It was time for a change. I said goodbye to the striped wall a couple weeks ago. The colors were originally inspired by my vintage globe collection that sat on top of the stone wall above the fireplace but ya know what? I had kinda grown tired of it. The space had changed enough over time that the colors just didn’t work anymore. The Fresh Coat of White deal was sealed when I brought home those two giant 60s paintings. Can you imagine that geometric painting hung on top of those stripes?! Yeowza. Talk about cray cray.
And because I was born with OFMD (obsessive furniture moving disorder, it’s a thing) I had to also completely rearrange the living room. The upside is that dust bunnies never stand a chance around here. I’m still trying to figure out the rest of the wall hangings and whatnot, but, you know… due time. Actually, I’m putting a hustle on it, because we have some VIPs arriving soon. When the sun comes out, I’ll share a proper tour of the finished space.
Howdy, friends. Hope y’all had a nice weekend. I don’t know what’s happening, and I’m certainly not going to question it, but we’re having glorious weather here in central Virginia. We had much hotter, way more muggy days in June and as we creep up on August, I can’t really believe how mild the temps are. #notcomplaining
We had a really nice weekend on the home front. My big kid was out for a sleepover at a buddy’s house, my little kid enjoyed the undivided attention. We scratched some projects off the list, enjoyed some outdoor time, ate good food, drank fizzy drinks, swam a little bit… pretty much did all the regular summertime stuff. We’ve gotten really good at sleeping in this summer, I shudder to think about that first week back at school when the alarm is going off at a quarter to seven. (insert river of tears emoji)
Anyhow! I’m looking forward to the week. We have some very important and special people arriving at our house and I am just GIDDY even thinking about it.
polka dot sunnies – Target / 1940s wrap dress – antique Mall, $10 bucks / vintage brooch – Goodwill, $1 / straw tote – Goodwill, $2 / Saltwater sandals – Amazon
Photos by my 13 year old son, who is a real darling to participate in such a thing.
How’s this for typical Jenny finds?
I was in an antique mall with my girl last week, standing in a booth I loved, finding lots of other things I loved, and ended up overlooking the Charlottesville pennant completely. The kid spotted it, saying, “MAMA! Don’t you collect these things?!” Um, why yes. Yes kid, I do. Hand it over, thankyouverymuch.
Finding those polka dot heels was quite the Cinderella moment. Slipped my foot in and it was like… oh, yeah baby. Perfection. Don’t you just love when that happens? Best part is that they’re deadstock!
The rest of the finds are equally great. Hello, Catherineholm bowl. Hello, bright yellow and orange enamel brooch. Hello, Tony Bennett. Good-bye, Tonsils.
Viva la pop-in!
What about you? Any good scores lately?
I had the opportunity to pop into a couple thrifts last week while the kids were at camp. Thrilled to find this 1949 copy of The Fireside Cookbook and especially thrilled to have found it at a thrift shop that I’ve pretty much sworn off due to wacky prices. It was two bucks, win!
It’s everything I love about a vintage cookbook! I’m talking over 400 amazing illustrations by renowned children’s book illustrators, Alice and Martin Provensen. I couldn’t help but share just a few peeks with you. Enjoy!
Pretty swoony, right?
DID YOU KNOW?
- Alice and Martin illustrated over 40 children’s books together, 19 of which they also wrote and edited. According to Alice, “we were a true collaboration. Martin and I really were one artist.”
- They illustrated several Little Golden Books including The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown (1949).
- In 1952, Tony the Tiger, designed by Martin, debuted as a Kellogg’s mascot. (source: Wikipedia)
- see lots more of their work on this Pinboard and this Flickr group
- Have to have a copy for yourself? I found a couple on Etsy: here, here and here
Hey there, friends! Happy Tuesday to you!
Here’s a healthy frosty treat that we like to make in our house on hot summer days. I always keep frozen bananas on hand for shakes and smoothies because they add a creamy thickness without having to use any yogurt or ice cream. My kids love these and request them all the time. Super easy to make, all you need is three simple ingredients.
1. Frozen Bananas
3. Malted Milk Powder
I told you. S I M P L E!
Combine ingredients in your blender and hit the go button. While the shake is being whipped into submission, grab a pair of glasses and straws and be ready to pour. For one shake, I’d recommend using at least 2 frozen bananas, plus 1 tablespoon of malt powder and you’ll have to eyeball the milk, but somewhere around 10-12 ounces should work. More milk = thinner shake, less milk = thicker shake. More servings, double the bananas, double the malt. You got this.
If you’re not a malt fan, you could substitute with peanut butter. Equally delicious, I promise.
Howdy friends! Happy Sunday to you. I’ve missed you!
We had one heck of a busy week away from the house – being a camp taxi is major, y’all! I’m doing my very best to keep my kiddos busy and happy this summer, but for the luvva Pete! I sure am ready for a few slow days. I’m also really itching to get back into the swing of things here. I’ve got fun stuff to share including a new feature that I’m quite excited about. More on that soon!
Again with the matching finds. This happens to you, right?
The red book, LET’S HAVE A GOOD TIME: a plan book for successful socials, is from 1938 and is just about the cutest thing ever.
If you’re on Spotify, may I highly recommend a little 60s French pop music for getting things done! I’ve got a huge playlist called Pop de Paris and it’s my go-to for all things house tidying, laundry folding, deep scrubbing, and as of late, sitting at the desk chunking away at photo editing. These ladies will put a skip in your step, I guarantee it!
Oh, but don’t forget about the Gents…
A few favorites include: Fallait pas ecraser la queue du chat by Clothilde, and anything by Gillian Hills. Surely you are familiar with Zou bisou bisou? Search for France Gall, Brigitte Bardot, Francoise Hardy and then start hitting similar artists… you’re well on your way to building a great playlist!
Hey there! How are things? I’ve had my head down, working on a ginormous shop update and I’m just about to make it live. Stay tuned, it’s pretty mega.
It’s been so hot + sticky here lately that all I want to wear is breezy dresses, and this one fits the bill with it’s easy pull-over style and comfortable fit. Add a ponytail, a couple simple accessories, some sandals and boom, that was easy.
the details: sunnies, Etsy / brooch, antique mall / dress, Anne Taylor via Goodwill (4 bucks!) / heart tote, thrift bin (1 buck!) / shoes, Kork Ease
I haven’t put together a Friday Five post in a while (uh, forever!) because they require a fair amount of time spent poking around the inter webs to find just the right stuff to share, and honestly? I just haven’t been parked at my desk!
But it’s Friday! And it’s the 4th of July + I wanted to wish all my stateside friends a happy long weekend. Here’s hoping it includes all the parades, popsicles, cookouts and fireworks you can shake a stick at. My round up this week is a little cyber check-in and a high five with some of my favorite friends. A fab four cause it’s the fourth. Enjoy!
Ah, the epic summer road trip. My friends Andrea and Ward just wrapped up a pretty major one. They moved from Portland, where they lived for the last 7 years, back home to Atlanta. I loved checking in with them each day to see what they were up to on the long road home. Follow Andrea’s IG / Ward’s IG for much more from the big trip!
My friend Tracy is always my go-to when I’m like WHAT THE HECK AM I GONNA FEED MY PEOPLE, especially around holidays. I’m pumped after realizing that I have all the ingredients in the kitchen to make these Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Popsicles. I don’t think I’ll have to trick my kids into eating these.
This week was an exciting one for my friend, Karen! She released some sneak peeks from the new fall line for her super cute children’s label: Misha Lulu. Congrats, Karen! Everything looks amazing and I can’t wait to see more!
Hey, it’s not every day that your friend makes a commercial. So I was especially proud of Alix and her partner Jessica when their PSA hit 1 million views on youtube. And then overnight, it had another million views. It’s now passed the three million mark, holy cats! Have you seen it? Such a great message, excellent work ladies!
I’m off to enjoy the weekend, hope you do the same!