F Simple and Serene Living: February 2012 09 10
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

tick tock

Do you ever feel like time is racing by and that you are falling behind. You know the old saying "the hurrieder I go, the behinder I get". I have been feeling that way lately. There are so many things I want to accomplish and they aren't getting done.

My six year old granddaughter created this and my daughter photographed it. It made me think how we are all just trying to live our lives from A to Z. There is so much to do every day and sometimes I wonder if we set our expectations too high.

That is so definitely me on some days. I feel like the bag lady has struck. Have I been getting anything accomplished. Well, of course. I've made some pillows for my new line.

but, frankly it is going slower than I would like. The creative process seems to take longer for me. I have to search through jars of buttons to find just the right one. 

I have to put fabrics together and then look at them for awhile to know if they make me happy together. 

and because my concept involves being eco friendly, I have to hunt down my materials; old quilts, vintage linens and feedsack fabrics. It takes more time than I like. So I have been working on creating happy thoughts along with my work. When I start to feel bogged down, I think about a moment in my life when I felt perfectly free and happy.

Remember what it was like to be a child and to feel completely uninhibited. There was just pure joy in the simplest things. I can remember being about ten years old and riding my bike through town and singing at the top of my lungs. Some man drove by and started to smile when he saw me. At first I felt a little embarrassed, but then I realized how good I felt and that I had made him feel good too. So now I conjure up that feeling when things seem to be getting me down.

And when I get my knees fixed, one of the first things I plan to do is get me a bike. SO if you see some crazy lady riding a bike and singing at the top of her lungs, that will be me. 


Today is the 4 year anniversary of ImSoVintage the shop. Yes, I opened my shop on February 29th,leap year, four years ago. To celebrate, I am offering a 15% discount on all purchases today only. Just use coupon code ANNIVERSARYDAY at checkout.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

dreaming confidently

Yesterday on my Facebook page I posted this quote.

Henry David Thoreau has inspired me to stretch my imagination and thoughts. He instilled a sense of  environmentalism in me. He inspired me to stretch my thinking in new ways, and whether I agreed or disagreed with everything he said, he gave me a basis in which I could develop my own ideas.

There have been many times during my life that I have lost the sense that I can go confidently in the direction of my dreams. We all get bogged down in the daily living of this world. We have bills to pay, children to raise, partners to make happy, bosses to please.......and in those things, our dreams often get lost. Often we forget what our dreams are. To me they are like the sun rising over Walden Pond. Even if we forget them, they are there to begin anew the next day.

Walden Pond

I love this quote from Thoreau.

"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."

One beautiful thought

when thought over and over, can blossom into a field of beautiful thoughts.

As many of you know,I was a cognitive therapist. I worked with people to help them improve their lives by changing their thoughts. Often being the very fallible person that I am, I would forget to practice this myself. So recently I have been working to change this. When I  start to think that my dreams can't happen, I stop myself. I picture a big stop sign in my mind.

and then I change how I am thinking. 

When I started writing this blog I didn't really have a plan, but at some point I  realized that I like this. This is something I can do. It is something I enjoy. It is something I can be successful at, and when I changed my thinking about it my success began to blossom. I went from a few hundred views a month to over 30,000 in the last month. WOW, there are people out there who like what I have to say. I like what I have to say. I like me!!! That is not being egotistical, it is loving myself, which is the most important thing in this journey we call life. And, if there are people out there who disagree with something I say or share, I invite those people to share their views.

I am practicing carrying this over into all aspects of my life. For too long, I tried selling things in my vintage shop that weren't what I liked. I now focus on the things I love.

Yes, I know there will be people who love them, and others who will say "not so much", but I know that by being true to my dreams and not doing what others think I should do, I will be happy. I will be dreaming confidently.

What are your dreams? I would love to hear them.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

patience is........

.....definitely overrated. I know, you thought I was going to say a virtue, and I wanted to say that, I really did, but I am just not feeling the love for patience at the moment. You are probably saying, but Laura, you usually have such a sunny disposition. ( give me a moment while I admonish my two grown daughters over the internet for laughing) 

This is how I have been walking the last two months.

Yes, I have been limping around town with a cane. When I took my sister to the orthopedic doctor for her broken ankle, the nurse came in, looked at us, and said "you two are just like a Cadillac with two flat tires". 

She was right, we were all dressed up and couldn't move. Speaking of flat tires, I went out to check on my van, which I haven't driven for a couple of weeks and, yes, you guessed it, it has a flat tire. Really?? That little ordeal is going to have to wait until after the freezing cold snowy weekend we are having. I will be virtuously patient for that. 

Okay, so what is it that I am having such a problem being patient about. Well, as you know, I went to see the ortho doctor on Thursday. I had told him that as bad as my right knee is, with the cartilage tearing off, my left knee is actually worse. Okay, he agreed to xray it. He sheepishly entered my room and pronounced. You know, you were right. Your left knee is worse!!! I'm sending you to the knee replacement doctor. Hallelujah!!!!  finally I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. 

This is where the patience part comes in. You see, it is a really long tunnel. They have agreed to work me in to see the surgeon on March 26th...... Excuse me, isn't that over six weeks away? I am really in pain. I can't walk. I need to be seen......Nurse Ratched very sweetly replied, "I know, but the doctor is actually booked until May. This is the first day we can possibly make room for you."  Are there really that many people walking around (and I use the term walking, loosely) with knees that need to be replaced?  Has the entire state of Kentucky worn out their knees? Have they all been mountain climbing, running marathons, what is it?

So here I am, on this cold, snowy February day, (yes my family does have a very strong drama gene) looking forward to spring. Spring will bring an appointment with the Pope  surgeon and who knows, by summer I may get the actual surgery. 

In the meantime, I refuse to mention my knees anymore. This is the last you will hear about them until the appointed day. (maybe, I hate making sweeping statements)

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Friday, February 10, 2012

displays under glass

I thought I would expand on yesterday's post on vintage photo displays and look at glass cloches and all the lovely things we can display in them.

Glass cloches originated in France and were originally used to protect garden plants from cold and frost. Kind of like a mini greenhouse. Today these beauties are a perfect way to showcase everything from antique pretties to nature collections.






I am always on the lookout for vintage cloches, and after seeing these fabulous displays I am going to be even more diligent in my search.

Linking with:

Vintage Inspiration Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Inspiration Friday
Potpourri Friday
Home Sweet Home

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

antique photo displays

I love old photographs. Whether they are of my own ancestors or someone else's, I love to look at them and imagine the stories they have to tell. I am always looking for ways to display them. 

I love this idea of hanging them like clothes on a clothesline.


This is a display of mine, where I combined photos with other antique and natural finds.

So lovely when displayed in glass bottles


and jars


Here, the photos are displayed with some of the cameras that may have been used to take them.


and of course, they are always beautiful grouped together on a wall. Like this.....


or this...just hung in a collage with push pins


Have you found any unusual ways to display vintage photos?

Linking with:

Vintage Inspiration Friday
What's It Wednesday
Farmhouse Friday

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

just where are my old kitchen graters?

I am always looking for new and unusual ways to utilize old vintage kitchen ware. I love old kitchen graters. I had a very nice collection that seemed to disappear one of the last times I moved and now I am thinking it is time to start looking for some to replace the ones I lost. I use to hang them as a collection on a wall and place some in an old dough bowl, but now I think I would like to find some new ways to use and display them. Here are some ideas I found that I thought I would share. 

I like this idea of pinning an old photo on them and displaying some berries.


I love the look of these in front of the tin wall, combined with an old wood shelf and some linens. Very farmhouse.


I would never have thought of using them as vases. Possible a small jar inside to hold water.


This is adorable. I wish I was this creative.


hmmmm!!! a grater in your bedroom to display your earrings.


A cute idea for your craft room.


and of course, with all of their little holes, they are perfect to repurpose into lights.

Grater Light Fixture

Do any of you collect graters? I would love to hear your ideas on how to use them.

Linking today with:

Ivy and Elephants

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