hoot! hoot!

It's been a busy week so far on the homefront, the kids are on spring break, lots of quality time to be had but amidst all the busyness I was able to sneak out for a quick run to the near thrift shop yesterday for my quick fix and I found these collection of owl figurines.

The small ones are only an inch tall... there are still a whole bunch that I left there, I just picked the cutest ones.

Aren't they owl-dorable? They will be in the shop tonight or tomorrow.


P.S. Don't forget to enter my vintage giveaway here! Thanks!


vintage giveaway!

My 2-year etsyversary is just around the corner (April 1st) and I thought a little giveaway to celebrate the event is in order.

I am offering the following pictured items to the winner PLUS a $20 gift certificate from Modish Vintage.

cute, round vintage tin with vintage buttons.

a bundle of vintage fabrics in six assorted spring patterns and colours about half yard each.

midcentury teak candlestick made in Denmark


Here’s how to win:

Leave a comment between now and April 2nd, Friday at 11:00 p.m. EST after which I will pick the winner using random number generator. Please share a personal milestone or success story big or small.

If you mention this giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, please leave another comment to let me know so you get an extra chance to win.

You may follow my blog and get an extra entry.

This contest is open to everyone worldwide, I will pay for the shipping.

Please include a way to reach you in your comment so I can email the lucky winner for their postage address.

Thank you and good luck!!



A big thank you to Kathleen at VintageEye for all the shout outs, tweets and support this weekend about my shop and blog. She's also a purveyor of lots of wonderful vintage things and you can find them here, here and here. Thank you Kathleen!


accidental estate auction winning

When my husband and I go to estate auctions, I am mostly the paddle keeper. He knows that I know what to look for, what I want and mostly very conservative about bidding in general, and plus I don't yet trust his junk hunting skills yet. Well, on one recent auction I had to get up to go to the ladies room in the middle of it and harriedly left my purse and my number with him. Upon paying my "winning items", found these two pairs of old looking native beadwork mittens; winning bid $45!. I thought that was a lot of money. I don't really know anything about native beadworks and I still have to do my research, but until then I am securing my number with me on our auction trips.

P.S. I will be having a give-away here on Monday, please come back and enter to win. Happy weekend!


magnolia blooms and Monday shop update

Today was a hectic day with full of appointments and small errands. It's also a gorgeous spring day and I took a few minutes raking some leaves outside and just soaking up the sun. I also snap some photos of my blooming magnolia tree on the front yard, it took several times of shooting, uploading and adjusting as the sun was so bright and had to tinker with the camera a little, I just learned something new about my camera today, bright sun, less ISO speed.

And here's a few items I added to the shop today.

vintage 1965 chemistry table chart

modern mid century orange armchair

vintage original watercolor painting - boats

vintage French tapestry wall decor mosque

vintage teak mid century modern lamp


happy Friday!

can't get over these photos taken by a super talented 16-yr old girl who takes amazing film photography shots. You can check her flickr photos here.

My Monday shop update will consist of BIG pieces... stay tuned!


new thrift finds: vintage clocks

Remember the stare incident I blogged about not too long ago? Well, just the other day, Tuesday to be exact, it happened again. There I am trying to be all sneaky and quiet, yup I’m one of those stealthy shoppers who can’t be bothered when I’m looking for stuff in the thrift shop. But I guess in this business sometimes you just have to be social when your finds are practically saying “WELL HELLO THERE, COME AND TALK TO ME!” to everyone that passes by.

I found a huge lot of vintage mantle clocks all sitting in one corner of my favorite thrift shop, undiscovered, so naturally I scooped them all up, all eleven of them and secured them in my cart (quick tip for newbie pickers, if you find something you like put them in your cart quickly and examine them later, sounds greedy huh, oh well…works for me) And then I went to the one corner of store to test the clocks and examine them a bit further. And you know how loud these old clocks are! VERY LOUD! So there I was standing and all these clocks were ticking, buzzing, and just plain ancient looking. There were Spanish and some Ukranian people speaking in their language pointing at my cart I just smiled at them, there’s a couple of seniors trying to be funny by asking me what time it is and everyone just want to say something about how old the clocks were, and what am I going to do with them, etc. etc.

So long story short it's all worth it and I'm not complaining one bit; here's a few of my favorite ones. Aren't they lovely?


pretty window

I took these pictures this morning after realizing flowers not only look good in vases but also on window sill. My camellia tree in the backyard is in full bloom and yesterday after school Jovan and Sofia picked some out for me but the stems are too short to be in a vase, so my little guy said "I have an idea" (his favorite phrase) and voila, my window sill in full bloom...


mirror mirror

I don't have many mirrors in my home, in fact the only mirrors I have are the medicine cabinet mirrors in my bath and one full length mirror I use to check if my shoes matches before going out the door to run errands or do my thrifting and mail runs, pathetic huh?. But I know others love to decorate their home or their entire walls with nothing but mirrors. And it can be charming and very stylish, I've seen pictures, but I can't do that, I won't get anything done but stare on my wall all day.

I got these mirrors last weekend from Goodwill and will be listing them in the shop soon.


Monday shop update!

My recent thrifting runs yielded some more brasswares and metalware vintage items so here continues my neutral shop update for this Monday...

They're freshly listed here.


DK general store

Just came upon this Etsy shop the other day and I just love the rusted and crusted vintage hardwares they have listed in their shop; and the item photos are gorgeous!


tins and threads

If you have been following this blog then you know my slight obsession with vintage tins. I have a huge bookcase full of them in my storage room (I love to use thrifted bookcases to store my items for my shop, so I can easily find them). Another corner of my storage is where my vintage fabrics and sewing supplies resides.

And for someone who doesn't sew much (because of the time constraints; two kids that aren't in school yet, thrifting, running my etsy shop, packing enormous items such as globes and huge mirrors) I have an inordinate amount of fabrics and sewing supplies that is taking over my room. So as I was tossing and turning the other night, I thought my tins and my sewing supplies together! in my shop.

I will be listing each tins with various sewing supply contents; everything will be mostly vintage from buttons, threads, zippers, and even small packs of fabric stash from my collection. They will be listed on Monday which is my next shop update.



Yesterday was one of those days; so what do I do instead of doing something worthwhile like finishing my taxes or folding the laundry? I re did my blog header and then as if I have all the time in the world I also studied my Google Analytics. Yup, insomnia will make you study your GA account. I even went further into finding out the list of strange search keywords people type in who ends up here in my website. Here's a short interesting list (original spelling intact) that has recently showed up in my GA account.

1. very large vintage outside bright yard art
wonder what is this person trying to find?
a very large bright vintage yard for his/her art?
or a vintage art for his/her very large yard?
or a large vintage art for his/her bright yard?

2. vintage muffin blog
hmm, cute name for a blog

3. creepy vintage granny
creepy? Granny is hot!
well, actually this search words are a little creepy!

4. madebyhank addiction
I didn't realized there's such thing... Ok then, welcome to the club. I myself have been trying for months to snatch up a bag from her etsy shop, but they sell so fast, I've never seen a handbag that is actually available for purchase which drives me crazy and makes me want it more!!!!

5. modish vintage goddess
you came to the right place baby!

6. neraidodhmiourgies


alice in wonderland

I can't wait to see this movie with my four-year olds.

"I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!"

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"

"In my world, the books would be nothing but pictures."

how to really love a child

I really like this a lot, found this image here, but wonder if there's a print for sale somewhere. What a great reminder...