Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday - Wine

Just the thing for a cozy plastered night in...


Using a glass is so much more refined.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

40 MPG...Say What?



After 7 years of driving my Chevy Cavalier, I have said goodbye to my old friend...and said hello to my new Ford Fiesta! We have been looking at getting a new car for a while, and I am so glad we waited for the Fiestas to come out. Other cars we were interested in where the Mazda 3, the Honda Fit, and the VW Golf TDI. But once we test drove the Fiesta, the choice was clear.

How we chose the Fiesta:
1. Gas mileage—with 40 MPG highway, we were sold!
2. Personality—cute little hatchback model just makes you want to squeeze her!
3. Quality Build—quiet cabin and solid construction so it doesn't feel like you are driving a tin can down the highway.
4. Handling—peppy and sporty!
5. Price—decent price with extras that are only found in high-end luxury cars

If you are looking for a new car for better gas mileage and a lower carbon footprint, the Fiesta is the place to look!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hydrangea Wreath

First off, I love hydrangeas! In fact, that was the sole flower used in our wedding and reception. I had white hydrangeas for my girls' bouquets, my bouquet, the ceremony arrangements, floral cones on the aisles, the centerpieces at the reception, and all around my cakes. Now that I think about it, I can't believe that it was already almost two years ago...seems like yesterday. Oh, and, aren't my girls beautiful?

Tom Mike Photographer

Secondly, I think that the use of one type of flower is absolutely beautiful and very stunning. While I don't really like silk flowers in flower arrangements, I do think they have their place in home decor. Mainly for wreaths and...hmmm, I can't think of any other time right now.

For my wreath, I used:
14" styrofoam wreath form
2" shear white ribbon (leftover from my wedding)
9 - silk flower hydrangeas
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

I cut the ends of the stems down so there was about 5 inches left. I then glued one end of the ribbon to the back of the wreath and wrapped the ribbon around the form 3 or 4 times. I hot glued the stem of the first flower and placed it so it overlapped the wrapped ribbon, then I continued wrapping around the stem and wreath form.

I continued to glue, wrap, glue, all the way around. I also hot glued three leaves to fill in spot that I thought needed it. This is what it turned out like...


What's your favorite, show stopping flower?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Business Cards

My MiniCards from Moo just came in the mail, and I am so excited about them!

I am part of the Vintage Market Team on Etsy (ning.com account here). There was talk about doing a business card exchange, so I figured I better get some cards! The mini cards are about half the size of a regular business card, and you can customize all of the cards. I ordered 100 cards and used 20 different items from my shop for the fronts. Check them out!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

American Pickers in NY

This story really doesn't have anything to do with me, but I think it is worthy enough of sharing...

The History Chanel has a show called American Pickers. If you haven't seen it, imagine a cross between A&E's Hoarders and the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. Two guys, Frank and Mike, travel to backwoods America and "pick" items from people's homes...with the owner's permission and payment, of course.

Anyway, long story short...they were in Groveland, NY, taping on Thursday! Groveland, NY, is a small town in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and about 7 miles from where I grew up. They were there "picking" from an old church. The current owners are turning it into a recording studio, and I guess the basement was filled with "pickins." You know how word travels fast in a small town, so when my mom found out they were there, she headed over to meet them. Only Mike was around, but she got a "pick-ture" with him and his autograph, and said he was super nice!

My wonderful mom is on the left.


Secretly, I think my mom wishes she had his job...she would be super good at it, that's for sure.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Garden Plans

We plan to redo our flower garden in the front of our house this fall. As you can see from the picture, the front of our house is pretty simple...but boring. The major changes will include, removing the bushes from the front of the house and extending the garden on the right side of the house to the walkway and driveway. As of right now, all I know is I want the garden to be very natural looking with lots of color.


While researching and trying to figure out what I actually want to replace the bushes and fill all the new space with, I stumbled across a great resource for garden planning! The Better Homes and Gardens Web site, bhg.com, provides free downloadable garden plans for everything from container to formal to butterfly gardens. You can find them all here.





The PDF provides you with an illustration, diagram, and listing of all the plants used. Tweak the garden to your space—swap out plants for your favorites, add more plants to fill space, or take out plants for a smaller space. You can even use it just to see what plants look nice with others. It's a great tool!

If you are a subscriber to bhg.com, you can use their "Plan-a-Garden" tool. I haven't used it, but it looks pretty cool. You can personalize your own garden by size, shape, and plants. You can even add walkways, trellises, trees, etc.

More to come on this project. For now, I welcome any suggestions...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Crochet Guevara

Crochet Guevara is a pretty awesome site that showcases a "gorilla knitting" movement happening in Philadelphia. I think I need to start the crochet front in DC. What do you think?


Friday, July 9, 2010

Christmas in July Sale

I am participating in the Vintage Market Team's Christmas in July sale! I am offering 20% off all Christmas-related items in my Etsy vintage shop, Virgo's Vintage. Click here to see all of my qualifying items! Sale runs July 10-17!

You can also click here for other participating shops items, or just search "vmteamxmas" on Etsy. Check each shop announcement for details. There are some great deals out there!

Check out the video below to see some participating items...




Friday, July 2, 2010

My Visit to Lily Dale, NY

Lily Dale is a cute little town located in the southwestern part of NY, just south of Buffalo and near the PA border. Lily Dale (or the Lily Dale Assembly) is home to many pschyics, mediums, and spiritualists alike. In the summer months, they open their gates (yes, it is a gated community with a guard and all) to the public. I went for a reading, with no idea what to expect. I will not go into the details of my reading, but it was very good.

From the moment you enter the town, established in 1879, you are filled with a sense of calmness and peace. The town is quiet with only the sound of low-tone wind chimes in the background. On the grounds you will find gift shops, a coffee house, a cafeteria-style restaurant, an old hotel, and many B&Bs. There is also a Fairy Trail through the woods, the Forest Temple and Inspiration Stump, the Healing Temple. You can attend a workshop at the old Lakeside Assembly Hall or Historic Lily Dale Auditorium, or visit the Lily Dale Museum. There is even a Pet Cemetery (Lily Dale was not short on cats...all super friendly!).

I think the Lily Dale Web site says it best: "We hope you will find here a deep sense of peace and a renewed sense of the divinity within you."

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