New Look For An Old Clock

On a recent trip to my niece’s urban cottage home, I snapped a few pictures of this adorable wall display. The once dark wood of the clock and the frame, are now freshened up with soft whites and they blend in just right against the off white wall. Instead of getting rid of the old clock that doesn’t work and the frame with no backing, a coat of paint gave them a whole new look. It never ceases to amaze me what a little paint can do.

time to paint the old clock

isn't that cute

shabby chic look

lovely pinecones

Password Keeper – Vintage Style

It’s not only handy, but it makes sense to keep all your internet passwords and web addresses in one place. From your banking to shopping sites, keeping this information written down is important. Instead of buying a new organizer, why not use a beautiful old book.

old bookFind one that isn’t valuable. You don’t want to be writing in a rare book or one that a family member holds dear, even though this idea won’t damage the book.

website address book There are usually a few blank pages in the back of a book. If not, use the inside back or front cover.

use for old booksWrite your web info in pencil. This makes it easy to make changes if needed.

password log bookAny book will do as long as it has enough empty space for your personal web notes. If you have a lot of web info you may need more than one book. Use one for business and another for shopping sites.

web address book, vintage styleWrite down any information that you need to keep track of; web addresses, user names, passwords, security questions, etc. No one will ever guess what’s in the back of the old book.

web infoAnd if your high tech computer locks up and you’re waiting for it to get up and running,  you can always look through the old book. You may find it’s not just handy dandy, but it’s actually a book worth reading.

I love old stuff.

A Winter Evening

I like to take a walk in the evenings no matter what time of the year. In the winter I put on my no nonsense jacket, an ugly but warm hat, a pair of gloves (or two, if it’s below zero),  a favorite black scarf and snow boots with ice grippers then head out into the evening air.

evening street

Darkness arrives about suppertime in the winter so there’s no sunlight for my evening stroll. The street lights cast a soft glow on the snow covered ground really brightening up the neighborhood.

winter yard

winter night sky

Part of my walk goes by houses and part goes past a wooded area.  If the sky is cloudless the moon shines bright through the leafless trees.  This evening it was cloudy. It’s not uncommon to see deer, fox or raccoon. Twice I’ve seen black bear.

snow garden

Solar lights in my snow garden.

winter yard

The planter from my home place is in snow-bloom.


Back home, off with the arctic apparel and time to sit by the fire. Since my house doesn’t have a fireplace, I use the next best thing, lots of candles grouped together. It’s not a roaring fire that crackles and heats the room, still I’ve found that no lights, TV or computer on while curled up on the sofa with only the fire from this tray, is very calming. I highly recommend it.

my fireplace

I found these cups at a second hand store for only $1.99 for all 12 of them. I filled each one with a tea light and placed the group on a wooden tray from my aunt Lorraine.

teacup candle

Antique Entryway

welcomeWelcome to my home. I live in an old house in an old neighborhood. When we found it, it was empty and lonely looking. That was fourteen years ago on a cold winter evening when driving down a dark street, my husband happened to see a “For Sale” sign leaning against the house. A few days later the realtor and I walked in this entryway. As soon as I passed the threshold, I knew I was home. After moving in I quickly painted this small area in a light sherbet pink and hung  mirrors to open it up. The antique decor fits well with the period of the house.


Stillwater, Minnesota


Earlier this December, my husband and I enjoyed a quiet get away to Stillwater, Minnesota on the banks of the St. Croix River.  The town is a busy place in the summer with it’s beautiful riverbank and many shops and restaurants.


Boats are tucked in for the winter. There was no snow at the time of our visit, but the town was dressed in holiday style. We strolled in and out of shops on the old streets near the river. Many older buildings have been restored. I’m sure with snow it must look like a scene out of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.


This is the place for antique lovers with the many antique stores, and even those were ready for Christmas.

Christmas past

old toys

Christmas singers

Christmas house

 vintage Christmas


We stayed at The Outing Lodge located a few miles out of Stillwater. Once a ‘poor house’ then a home for the elderly, now it’s a B&B.

The Outing Lodge

The Outing Lodge

The Outing Lodge

The Outing Lodge

                             We stayed in the Eva Peron room.

The Outing Lodge

Eva Peron room

The Outing Lodge

The staff is welcoming. A friendly chocolate Lab greets the guests. A nice breakfast got us off to a good start in the morning.

Many years ago I was in Stillwater in the summer for a river cruise, and not too long ago I was there during the colorful fall. Now this trip I enjoyed the town in the winter, so I guess my next visit will have to be in the spring….

Stillwater  MN

Jolly Wishes, Vintage Style

These cards belonged to my grandmother. I’m taking a guess from the style of art, they date back to around the 1930’s. To make cards affordable they were printed using only two or three colors. It was a limitation but still gave a very specific look. Keeping a minimal color palette makes the colors stronger. Card sizes were small, about 4  1/2″ x 5″.


This skier looks stylish with the matching jacket and hat.

When she falls down, her outfit is still perfect. That’s why she’s smiling.

In the 1930’s Scottie dogs were found everywhere from clothing to souvenirs to Christmas cards.

I don’t see any yellow snow. Good dogs.

I’m Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

“I’m dreaming of a pink Christmas, just like the ones I’ve seen in the vintage magazines….”

Who says holiday hues have to be red and green? Looking back to the late 50’s and early 60’s, pink was really cookin’ in the hip pad at Christmastime. Even though I do like the halls decked out in traditional red and green, when I saw these Christmas decorations in pink, I was on cloud 9.





How sweet.  Candles, shiny ornaments, stockings and even a beaded garland on the lampshade, all in pink make this such a welcoming sight. The ballerina-angels complete the look. I’d happily sit by this hearth to cast an eye at all this pinkness.

Of course, a pink tree is an absolute must. This one is made with tissue paper on chicken wire. Ribbon and roses are the finishing touch. It looks a bit lonesome with no presents underneath so if this was my tree, I’d host a bash for all my friends and hope they leave gifts (wrapped in pink) under the tree.


I want this! I don’t have a pool and if I did it would be drained for the Minnesota winter anyways, but I’d be happy to make an ice rink for this sleigh set.  If I owned these darlings I’d make it work.  Although the idea of these fluffy reindeer floating on water, is too too kooky! 

“You’ll be doin’ alright with your Christmas of white, but I’ll have a pink pink Christmas.”


(This poolside parade was designed by Gertrude Doran.)

Thanksgiving Table Setting

Here is an idea for the harvest table. I used things I already had on hand.

This non-traditional look is uncluttered and fresh. No tablecloth, just a runner. I used dishes and glassware that don’t have a pattern. Plain is perfect.

A simple centerpiece. Just a candle in a bowl of rocks. Pretty easy.

Serving dishes in white. Old or new is fine. What matters is that one color is used.

Spools of twine or yarn make a neat little candle holder. The candle bottom is secured in clay to prevent from tipping over. Nothing fancy for the name place cards.

Cheap Chic

Here’s a thrifty young mom. This look will take her through her busy day of running errands and going to a play date. Total price $24.00.

Dress: $17.00 – thrift store

Shoes: $7.00 – thrift store

Belt: HMD (hand-me-down)

Bag: HMD

little boy: priceless!



For an evening out the same simple dress is dressed up with a change of accessories. Total price $29.00.

Dress: $17.00 – thrift store

Shoes: $8.00 – vintage store

Bag: $4.00 – consignment store

Necklace: antique store – a gift from a relative

date with hubby – priceless!