Vintage, weekends

holiday cheers

The week leading up to Christmas day really gets me into the holiday spirit. Last minute shopping and the Phamily Christmas tree really begins to fill up with presents. The cats are going crazy and crazier everyday for some odd reason.

The weekend started off really well with dinner with friends at Broken Spoke down on Washington Street. The hole in the wall restaurant is filled with vintage bikes and Belgium knick knacks and a ceiling mural that boasts some fine Victorian collar-wearing gentlemen. The escargots and french fries are so savory and delicious! Definitely going to be back soon. Next day, I had a big shopping spree with my sister since we both had the Saturday off. We stopped by The Guild Shop for some cookies and punch and found these sweet gold cuffs that I’ll be giving away to two of my friends, even though I really really really want it all for myself. I also scored another set of those botanical salad plates so now I have a complete set to use for parties! YAY! To top off the food filled weekend, dinner at Miyagi’s sushi restaurant, which is just a little green room run by Mr. and Mrs. Miyagi. She serves the hot green tea with a cheerful smile while he prepares all the sushi. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much sushi in one sitting before.Yum!

Only several more days until Christmas! I’m excited for more food comas to ensue and watching the little cousins devour themselves in wrapping paper and presents.


something for everyone

One of my favorite things about Christmas is being able to wrap all those lovely presents. I know, I am such a nerd. But I love and appreciate every  little detail that goes into some of my more personal gifts. This year, my friends and I are doing Secret Santa, but I’ve been picking up a few vintage pieces here and there for the last couple of months that I will be giving away as a token of appreciation for our friendship. Just little things that remind me of each one of them when I saw it. This vintage belt I found at the Guild Shop reminds me of someone who shall remain nameless in case she reads this blog. I love the art deco details in the belt.

Silly Maggie always finds her way into a box if I’m not paying attention. She managed to sneak into this box full of tissue paper next to me while I was busy wrapping all the presents for my younger cousins. She’s smiling!

Books, Vintage

these old things

Spent my Saturday running “errands,” but ended up shopping. [  I'm hiding my credit card tomorrow. ] I couldn’t resist this beautiful beaded purse from Retropolis to add to my collection of “old lady” handbags. Vintage Dior and Bally quilted purse were gifts. Also picked up some awesome goodies from Half Price. The Cabinet of Natural Wonders and two John James Audubon books all with watercolor illustrations and colored plates. There are some really creepy illustrations in the Cabinet of Wonders, including the most vile things of all, caterpillars.

jewelry, Vintage

refined wood

My sis and I took yet another trip to the Guild Shop. Last time we left empty handed, but we felt pretty lucky this time around. I found some more beautiful Japanese porcelain bowls to add to my collection and a distressed leather belt. My favorite find is this old tackle box which I’m working on to restore as a jewelry display shelf. I love the little compartments for my rings and the tiny silver hooks are ideal for hanging those earrings that I always want to wear but are always all over the place in my room.