Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Recently - I was researching some of my ancestors on Ancestry.com.. I I traced my grandmother's family all the way back to England then back to Sweden (vikings) and then in my lineage - I found Cleopatra.... I am serious.. THE CLEOPATRA.. I searched one person at a time to arrive at her - but really how accurate can all those old records be?

I look nothing like Cleopatra (or Elizabeth Taylor) - And I am sure the - Syngvi Alreksson King in Sweden - who is one of my ancestors between my grandmother Mildred and Cleopatra didn't look like her either...

This makes me laugh a bit.

Friday, August 27, 2010

my little sister with vintage jewels....

This is my little sister circa 1990 adorned with all kinds of vintage costume jewelry. Being about 13 at the time - I had no idea they were "vintage" - I just knew some old lady gave them to us to play dress up. All I wanted to do was dress up this cute little baby and take photos and she was always so cooperative.

We had so much fun playing taking fun pictures over the years.


Sweet niece Annie - It is your turn now. I can't wait.
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

sketchbook project...

I just found out about this project today on the Color Fly Studios blog.. I think this is super fun.

It is the Sketchbook Project.

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

Thousands of sketchbooks will be exhibited at galleries and museums as they make their way on tour across the country.  After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be barcoded and available for the public to view.

Anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. All you have to do is sign up - send them $20 and they will send you the same sketchbook as everyone else; - and from there it is up to you... You complete your sketchbook with whatever you choose - then send it back to be a part of the exhibit.

Cool - isn't it.  Check it out

Has anyone participated? Tell me about it.... I really want to do it.  I am such a doodler.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I think collections are cool.. Check out some of these I found via flickr ::

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1. Barbie Collects Dishes, 2. hair doodles, 3. My Pez® Collection, 4. Fiestaware, 5. Bird's Nest Collection, 6. Blythe shoe collection, 7. Vintage Enamel Pin Collection, 8. universal pliers, 9. Tape-Collection

I love the idea of collections - as long as they are properly displayed....
I would like to to collect:

1.  Turquoise  Fiestaware  - Cody and I have a good start to this.. I think we have 9 place settings a  couple of platters and a white pitcher.. I also like the idea of adding other colors such as white, kelly green, and yellow.

2.  Pin Back Buttons aka Flair - I have approx 20 so far - I like a lot of the old ones.  If I see any lying in a thrift store for a dime - I pick those up..

Pushing My  Buttons
via blazerman on flickr

3. White Glass and Ceramic items.. I would love to have a beautiful nicely-displayed milk glass collection. Also -I love white ceramic items especially animals..

via sweetsweetlife

via Johnathan Adler

via zgallerie

Custom Milk Glass Order
via jenscloset

4.  Vintage Rulers & Yardsticks- How I would love to make a collage from vintage rulers - I don't even have one yet - but they are on my list.... Does anyone remember anthropologie using yardsticks in their displays? Exactly!

via thriftcraft on etsy

Ruler collection
via marcin wichary

anthropologie store

What do you collect?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

etsy picks...

When cruising through etsy - I always get inspired.  I ALWAYS find tons I items I would love to have..

I thought I would show you  some awesome items I have been spying this week::

Pirate Peg Dolls from MooShooPork     

Hello Necklace from Joannarutter
Geek Books from erinzam 
custom silhouette mugs from brooklyrehab
vintage magazine rack from cometwreckage

Friday, August 20, 2010

a favorite...

This is one of my favorite movies...

I have always liked Marie Antoinette - well it started with high school French Class when we read "Les Miserables" and studied the French Revolution. The history fascinated me - During high school, I also read "The Queen's Confession" by Victoria Holt. I was sold - she was one of my favorite historical figures.

This movie's imagery is amazing - I love the soundtrack and costumes. It is perfect.Oh yeah - Kirsten Dunst is one of my favs too. Sofia Coppola did an incredible job with this film. 

We have this  print from BluLima on hanging at home as well.

If only I could visit Versailles....maybe one day.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

paris market...

Cody and I went to Savannah, Georgia on our honeymoon and it was a lovely place.  We enjoyed ourselves immensely in the old southern town. The historic district of Savannah is charming and we spent our days exploring the city squares among SCAD students and spanish moss.

On this trip  - I found one of my new favorite stores (as if I needed a another one) - - The Paris Market & Brocante. I wanted to scoop up everything in the store and take it home..... It was eye candy for sure... If you ever are in Savannah - You MUST go. Check out their blog as well.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

awesome abc's...

I found this cute  pencil sculptures today while reading the Little Ocean Annie blog... I just started reading her blog and I already adore it...

Pencil Sculptures hand carved by Dalton Ghetti via Little Ocean Annie


1976, originally uploaded by kaylovesvintage.
I love this 1976 calendar.... it was a good year

Monday, August 16, 2010

corner of our home...

We thought it would be fun if we could share a corner of our home with you - so that you can get to know us better... Please remember as you check out our photos  - that we have only been married 3 months and we did NOT live together before that  - so we are still getting settled.  (Don't worry - we will not show you pics of the garage!)   Our home is still a work in progess - and if I know me - it always will be.. . I love to add new items to my home and move things around. 

This weekend I just randomly took this photograph so I thought I would share...

We actually photograph most of out items in our etsy shop here.  We have white walls because we live in a rental - rest assured that we would definitely paint the walls if we were allowed and we owned the place.

+ We just hung the Ikea alphabet print - OlLUNDA  a couple of weeks ago. I think I like it - especially the raised letters and the red. Cody and I are font people. 

+ The wooden chest came from a South Georgia plantation - we picked it up at an auction for a steal. 

+ I just planted that succulent in an IKEA planter that I bought a few years ago. Succulents are the pretties plants ever!

+ My mother bought me the C&A aluminum letters from etsy seller gaugenyc as a Christmas gift.  I love them.

+ My granny made the red patchwork piece..  It is my favorite thing in this picture - My granny makes a lot of quilts and hand sewn items.. but she usually sells them and I don't get many pieces.  

+ The white frame is a flea market find that I painted.  I love the detail work around the edge.  This frame shows up in most of our etsy photos.

+ One of our engagement photos are on display here.  We still have not printed any of our wedding photos, but that is on our to do list.

We hope to share more glimpses of our home...

Friday, August 13, 2010


Cody and I are so excited to launch our new site and etsy shop - oh dear watson.

I thought we would start off some fun facts::

+ We have only been married since May 2010...(coming up on our quarter year anniversary).

+ Cody has a beard and I love it.

+ I had a crimp perm in 5th grade.

+ We live in North Carolina.

+ We have both been called "font snobs"

+ We have no pets or children - we do have a cutie niece Annie.

+ Cody has lived in 5 states  - I have lived in 2.

+ Amanda loves sharpies.

+ Cody hates desserts, ice cream, and chocolate.( he is a bit of a weirdo)