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Happy Halloween… Vintage Style 🎃

This black and orange QUILTED dress is my costume today!  I’m going as a 60’s girl 😊

  
The bottom half of this dress is seriously quilted!! I’m going to be so warm when I take my kiddos out tonight!!

   
 
There is even a pocket –  perfect for for keeping a secret candy stash!! 😉

  
(This dress was half off at an Estate Sale – so it was $1.50)

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Simone is going as Laura from Little House on The Prairre. She got her outfit from a church sale for $2.

The older lady that checked us out said she had made the dress and hat for a barn dance she attended when she was young.

   
 

Vintage Fashion #7

I couldn’t resist posting this handsome picture of my three boys as part of my Vintage Fashion Series!

They are actually dressed as magicians but they look like little vintage gangsters!

  

Eli looks like a vintage Newsboy 📰

  
Thank you Goodwill for all pieces of their outfit… Pants, shirts, vests, hats ($2 each)

Friday Vintage Fashion – #6

 Happy day before Halloween 🎃

I think it’s fitting that my vintage dress today is black with orange accent flowers!


My beautiful halloweenish dress…

Keeping warm with a jean jacket…

Truly getting into the season’s spirit with a pumpkin orange sweater…

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I accessorized with a retro-flipped out hair style held back with a vintage orange scarf .

…and I can’t forget my pumpkin-pie earrings that I scored at a craft fair!

Happy Almost Halloween Y’ALL!

A minimalized home and a much needed cup of tea

Soooo… I just went on an almost 2 month “declutter, minimalize, paint, rearrange and transform EVERY SINGLE ROOM IN THE HOUSE” phase!

…and boy am I exhausted!

Here’s a little peek inside our home.

The first picture is our living room being used as a dual dinning room and classroom.

OH – there was so much stuff!!!

I can’t even begin to explain how much stuff we donated or threw away, but you can get an idea by looking at the other pictures of both our dinning room and living room.

 
Needless to say – I was in need of a break this evening. LOL 🙂

So…

I combined some very delicious goodies to make a fall treat!

I steeped the Chai Spice black tea in my newest 5-cent vintage thermos.

(See why I needed to declutter, I can’t turn down something vintage! I told myself I wouldn’t go to the garage sale and yet there I was forking over a nickel to a sweet old man in exchange for yet another fabulous thermos!!)

I added pumpkin spice creamer I got from Aldi’s to my chai tea.
 

….and let me tell you…

 – this is one delicious cup of tea 🙂

 – it feels so good to write a blog post, drink a pumpkin spiced tea, and do absolutely NOTHING 🙂

Hey good looking…. Whatcha got cooking?

Finally! A cool crisp fall day!! 🍁

… And I have a large stock-pot boiling on the stove…


Is this a large pot of stew? Or chili?

I wish – LOL!!

It’s a boiling pot of soapy water filled with old painted-on door hinges!


The kids were rather disappointed when they found out I wasn’t cooking them something to eat.

Here is a before picture – with about 50 years of paint..

Hopefully tomorrow I can show off some shiny vintage hinges hanging on our doors 😊

Vintage paper dolls

Simone woke up late this morning….. And was quite jealous that the boys had already played a video game with their father.

I figured I should pull out a mother-daughter activity…. And I had the perfect thing!

A book of Shirley Temple paper dolls and clothes!

  
We have been enjoying a morning of cutting and dressing up the dolls ❤️

  
  
Simone was very excited about the paper dolls because Laura from Little House on the Prairie played with paper dolls too.

Daisy, a dog and her carpet sweeper

I now have 2 Daisies in my life!

… And one cleans up after the other!! (How conventient)


I’ve introduce our dog, Daisy, before and how she came to be in our life 🐶❤️

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Now I’d like to introduce our second Daisy…


… Our vintage Carpet Sweeper!

I saw this at a garage sale today and I immediately thought of the one at my grandparents’ cabin by the lake!

(That thing seemed old even when I was a child!)

I asked the lady at the garage sale if it worked and she said, “Yup- used it twice a week! You can have it for a dollar.”

$1.00 – yes please!!!

So now I have a Daisy Bissel carpet cleaner to clean up Daisy’s dog hair!

(I know, I know… I should have put my pearls on for this picture)

It works like a charm!!! and all the kids think it’s cool and want to use it LOL!! 😉

Prairie Hat

Simone got this adorable vintage prairie hat at a garage sale –

(We met the lady that made the hat (and dress) for a dance about 40 years ago!  We also bought the dress, but Simone is saving it for Halloween)

Since she is currently reading the Little House on The Prairie series, she has been working on a MineCraft world that involves all the places that Laura lived.  Simone was so excited to wear her hat as she played!

Total immersion into a great book 🙂

A vintage tool set (that actually works!)

Pocket knives and tools are a big thing around my house…

To be trusted with a knife is HUGE! They must follow the rules:

  1. Always be sitting when you open a knife.
  2. Always close the knife before you stand up.

Last year, knives were given as birthday presents.

They are also cheap treasures found at Flea Markets and Antique Malls.

Now, I admit sometimes I get nervous when my littlest has a knife- or any tool for that matter.

Last year, he was satisfied with a used plastic stool set.


This year, however, we have been working on wood-working and tool using.

(I consider it an elective as part of our homeschooling curriculum.)


… Thankfully we happened to stop at a random Flea Market while we were out and about one day- and found this awesome tool set…




We bought it because it was so super cute…

But when we got it home, we realized the tools were real, just mini-sized!

It is so nice for Eli to have child-sized tools that actually worked!!


Inheriting a vintage vanity set

My mother presented Simone with a very special gift yesterday.


* the story behind the gift

My mother’s grandmother had a vanity set identical to the one my mother is holding.  Her and her sisters would “play” with it on visits to her house.

The set includes a tray, a powder jar, a hair jar, a nail buffer and file, and a mirror…


… What’s a hair jar??

It’s a jar for collecting the hair from your brush- there is a hole in the lid and when the jar is full, you put the hair out for the birds.

My mother remembers her grandmother putting the jar by her clothesline and the birds reaching into the hole to get hair for their nests! (Now that’s recycling!!)


This may not be the original set used by Simone’s great-great grandmother but it’s very much the same!

My mother’s sister had found this set at a flea market and when she down-sized her house she gave it to my mother who then give it so Simone!