Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vintage Luggage Set

Do you remember that show Pan Am? Well it didn't do very well but it made a lot of people covet those super cute pan am bags.

Those super cute bags were also super expensive- at least for my shoestring crafty budget. Still it was what I really wanted to get for my friend Krista for her birthday. Thrifting to the the rescue! One day of visiting every thrift store in town uncovered these gems.

Then to personalize them even more I made a 'Pan Am' logo for the red bag. I took a picture of the logo from the internet and took out the name. Then I downloaded the same font and used that to put in her name "Krista". I played around with a couple different ways of getting the new logo on the bag but I ended up just tracing and painting it with some craft paint. To finish it off I tied vintage ladies ties to each bag.

And there  you have it a super cute personalized gift that cost way less than the store bought option. Plus we did some upcycling and made it 'handmade'. Epic win all around.

Anyone else make any cool gifts recently?


Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Dessa Birthday

Weekday birthdays are always a little tricky. You want to do something fun but yet you still have to be on the responsible side of things. What to do? Well sometimes there is no good answer and then again sometimes things just fall into place. That is what happened this year for my good friend Krista's birthday. The day fell on a Thursday and in our town they have "Thursdays on First", a street fair with food and homemade vendors that fill 1st Street. They also have free music and it just so happened that Dessa was scheduled to perform on Krista's Birthday!!! Perfection. We would have gone anyway because we both love Dessa so much but it was just that much more awesome. The day of I lost my camera (and found it again this morning!) so I didn't get any pictures but I thought I would share this sweet new video from Doomtree (the hiphop collective that Dessa is a part of).


Monday, June 18, 2012

For the love of reading

I don't normally do linky posts. I love bloggers who do though- they give me a chance to find little secret gardens on the internet that I normally would never have stumbled upon.  I don't often share them because I believe that most people will have already seen the coolest things before they stumble on this little corner of the internets, but this link I just had to share.

Click and enjoy. 
Then grab a book.


Sunday, June 17, 2012


The other day I went on a thrifting binge. I hit almost every thrift store in town and walked away with some amazing deals. I was on the hunt for something specific- which can often backfire when you are thrifting but I had quite the success! The items I were on the hunt for are for a birthday present for later this week though so for right now we are going to focus on all the other wonderful goodies I picked up!

 First of all some epic vintage roller skates! At $4 I couldn't pass them up. I used some white ribbon and have hung them from my shelf!

 I found this really pretty Scotland Tea towel and a couple of vintage ladies scarves at the cheapest thrift store in town. Their turn around isn't very good but sometimes you get little lovelies like this. All together the three items were 60 cents! That's how I like my thrift stores. Nice and cheap.
 I also felt like I scored a pretty sweet deal at the goodwill with these fish plates. At 99 cents each my set of four was well worth it. The lady at the counter was all "What are you going to do with these?" And of course without missing a beat I told her: "I am hosting a fishing and camping themed bridal shower next weekend and these are going to be PERFECT." Hahah. Don't judge lady, there is method to my madness. Besides who doesn't just want fish plates!!!
 I was also on a secret hunt for a mini washboard. And I found one! It was a secret hunt because I was sure that I wouldn't find it and would just be disappointed, but lo and behold there one was... hidden in a little bag of clutter. I scooped that right up. I was hoping to make a necklace out of it in time for the concert on Friday but it didn't happen. Next time!!!

I also had to include this little lovely. I actually found it a couple of weeks ago in a thrift store up in the cities. I have been searching for the perfect vintage egg plate for quite some time and I think this may be it. With space for deviled eggs AND other little snacks this relish plate is my new dream come true. It was also only $5. Win!

I hope all of your recent thrifting, garage sale-ing, shopping excursions have been fruitful as well,


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Yep, I am going to continue to gush about these guys because I love them so hard. Last night they played the Hambone Music Festival at the History Center!!! They rocked it as per usual. I went with a great little group of people but was sad that my roommate had to miss it. How many times do you get to see one of your favorite bands in your own home town for only ten bucks! Crazy!!!!

It also renewed my want to play the washboard. I also think I might look for some red cowboy boots...


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Long time no blog

Wow. This last month or so has just FLOWN by! I hope everyone else is having a good start to their summer. Work is kind of crazy but I am finally being trained in as a cake decorator, which I think could be super cool but I am still not sure if it is the path for me!

Already this summer has been filled with good friends, good food, and GREAT music! Also this year I get to throw in some great Roller DERBY!!!! I can not express how much I love all my derby gals. It is like getting presented with the coolest group of friends that you never would have met otherwise. One of my favorite new derby girls is actually leaving us forever soon : ( it will be a hard loss!

I counted the last day of May as the official start to the 'Summer of Awesome: 2012'. My roommate/best-ie and I went to Flogging Molly in Minneapolis! Their opening band? REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND!!!!! I have loved them for awhile now and this was my first opportunity to see them live. They were so good! Afterwards I got a signed poster, bought a t-shirt and took a picture with the band. Washboard Breezy is my hero and I am seriously considering getting a tattoo of a flaming washboard!

Even better? They are coming to my hometown this FRIDAY!!! I am one lucky little duckling.

Me. Just hanging with the band. 

So yeah. More to come. Lots of baking, crafts, music, and derby for the summer. Catch you later!