Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 in review

 we bought our first house!  definitely a life changer for both of us.  i never thought i could have so much emotion towards one building as much as i love and sometimes hate this house. literally blood, sweat and tears, transitions from late night arguments over removal of certain vermits to ecstatic jumping high fives over difficult projects that we never thought we would accomplish on our own.

our first garden.  small, sweet and fruitful.  lessons learned in terms of what to grow, where to grow it and how to deal with those damn japanese beetles(who can take all the fun out of gardening). 

we got little chickens!  cutest things ever.  i would say that they have effected our social life in numerous ways- one is that i don't think we have attended a party since, where the topic doesn't turn to chicken talk.  but honestly they are so much fun!

the love of my life made me an honest woman. couldn't be happer or more in love with that man.

we got to go to two beautiful weddings this year. one in oregon and the other in california.  we were so lucky to be able to attend and see family and friends who we haven't see in years.

unfortunately, with all the beauty of the year we also lost a damn good woman.  a whiskey drinking, story telling, strong, southern grandma will be missed.

so to top off the magical year of 2012 we got to celebrate the first christmas in our very own home.  i think there was even a little extra snow for the occasion!

Friday, December 21, 2012

holiday weekend sale

special sale: but i wanted to ad a really special treat for dusty society followers.  if you mention dusty society's blog or facebook in your comments when purchasing an item, along with the 25% off i will give you a little vintage treat.  it might be 60s costume jewelry, 50s gloves, 40s postcard or maybe some other surprise up my sleeve!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

all in the family

i have always know my big sister was awesome. from a little girl when we would sneak down to the basement and dance to madonna songs on a contraband cassette tap, or when i was 13 and she drove me (in her own car!) to the thrift shop for my first thrifting experience.  which i admit, at first, took some coxing to wear old man jeans, but i have never looked back. despite my unflinching knowledge of her unending talent, compassion and creativity, it still fills me with so much pride to see when the world recognizes her abilities. go check out Let the Kids and see not only the love she brings to her work but also her amazing family.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

its beginning to look a lot like christmas

we have decorated the home,  made treats for the coming days, found a christmas sweater for the cat(!) and now we are biding our time until it snows.  Cross your fingers for tomorrow!

Monday, December 17, 2012


i have a new section in my shop called sale.  all items will be $20 and under!  i have a lot of fun things to add for the new year and want to make room.  so if there are items in the shop you have been eyeing for a while... see if its there!

shop update!

a few updates in the shop to report: amazing rustic campus boots, adorable mustard wool cable sweaters, cowboy boots and more! check the shop out!

mustard wool cable knit cardigan// hand knit sweater with metal buttons

70s leather cowboy boots// mid calf high heel// size 6

Thursday, December 13, 2012

on the home front

i am guessing that most people are in a similar winter situation: with christmas around the corner, electric bills getting higher with each snow fall, money is getting a little tight.  so, we a snuggling in for the winter and looking for cheap, good, healthy foods to make it through.  i am practicing different soup bread combos and this is a particular favorite.
kale, cabbage, sweet potato soup with fresh rosemary soda bread.
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 medium chopped sweet potato
1 chopped tomato
1 cup shredded kale
1 can garbanzo beans
2 tablespoons basil
2 crushed garlic gloves
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon vegetable better than bouillon (it really is...)

in a large soup pot bring sweet potatoes, bay leaves, basil, garlic and bouillon with about 3 cups water to boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes.  
add beans, and cabbage and boil for another 7 minutes or until cabbage is tender but still has color. 
add tomatoes and kale for 1-2 minutes- just to get warm. 

1/4 cup earth balance
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper plus additional for topping
1 3/4 cups milk (we use unsweetened almond milk)
1 egg white, beaten to blend
      position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. stir earth balance in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until melted and golden brown, about 3 minutes. remove from heat.
stir flour, oats, sugar, rosemary, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl to blend. pour milk and melted browned butter over flour mixture; stir with fork until flour mixture is moistened.
turn dough out onto floured work surface. knead gently until dough comes together, about 7 turns. (note: knead just until dough comes together so the bread isn't too tough) divide in half. shape each half into ball; flatten each into 6-inch round. place rounds on ungreased baking sheet, spacing 5 inches apart. brush tops with beaten egg white. sprinkle lightly with ground black pepper. using small sharp knife, cut 1/2-inch-deep X in top of each dough round.
bake breads until deep golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. cool breads on rack at least 30 minutes. serve warm or at room temperature.
we served bread and soup with sartori balsamic bellavitano- amazing!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

christmas party outfit idea

Looking for a cute party outfit?  I have some great items new to the shop!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


we had the first snowfall of year today.  it couldn't be prettier outside.  i love the way heavy wet snow falls on everyday life.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

on the home front

after a few months of being engaged, we are ready to start sending out the invitations!  my sister took the photos and found a great vintage style print to use.  we wrote a little poem after a night of wine and editing. 
so excited!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

easter egg chicken

my sweet ameraucana, hazel finally laid her first egg!  such a pretty blue color.  we were so excited when she started roosting. maybe i am taking it a little too seriously but it feels like she is a woman now!

Monday, November 26, 2012

cyber monday sale

entire shop 30% off simply enter code CYBER12 at checkout!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

as seen before: over sized coats

i might reference the satorialist too much.  you know what? i am okay with that.  he is amazing.  the people he meets are amazing. the photos he takes are amazing.  and i am always amazed when he references styles i have in the shop.  so it was with extra excitement when he had a post that commented on oversized coats and the colors camel and white, because... i just so happen to have an oversized, white and camel coat in the shop!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

on the home front: goulash

i am so happy to be finally able to post a "on the home front" post.  its been a crazy month with travel and work so it feels extra sweet to be able to take time to make homemade soup and bread.

our first full day home, i broke out an old recipe i got from a russian roommate i had and added a new black bread recipe i found on 101 cookbooks.  she referenced a dill butter so i played around a little and made a great dill butter!

vegetarian goulash

      4 red potatoes                                        8 cups veggie stock
      4 small yellow onions                           6 oz tomato paste
      1/2 green cabbage( i used purple)         kosher salt and ground pepper
      4 carrots                                                bay leaves
      1 red pepper                                          2 beets
      4 celery sticks                                       sour cream and green onions
      1/2 stick butter                                      crushed garlic

  • cut all veggies into small cubes.
  • saute yellow onions and cabbage in butter on medium heat until cooked and light brown.
  • add broth, potatoes, beets, carrots and boil for a few minutes.
  • add paste, pepper, celery, salt and pepper, and bay leaves.  
  • simmer until beets and potatoes are soft.  
  • remove bay leaves and blend soup.
  • place sour cream, chopped green onions and crushed garlic on table and allow each person to garnish to taste.

for the dill butter, I softened 1/4 cup salted butter, then blended in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.


this bread recipe is so easy.  and thats coming from a woman who has made bread that baked into crumbles, never solidified, or was so hard it could be used as a weapon.  my only thoughts to potentially remember or play with:  properly grate carrots- or they will be visible and may be hard, and if you really like rye (like we do) try half rye flour/half bread flour instead of 1/4 rye flour. thanks 101 cookbooks!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

diy leather tote bag

i was hanging out with a girlfriend of mine the other day and we were both coveting those beautiful leather tote bags we have been seeing around the internet lately. it is such a great bag for moms, students, or women who end up carrying their whole life in their person. this one from madewell is my favorite, but unfortunately i don't have $168 to spend on a purse right now. so, what does any thrift loving, crafty girl do?  make her own! or in my case- make one for my friend! i first went to the only fabric store in town.  they didn't sell leather and if they did, i doubt i could afford it.  so i went to the thrift store and found a 70s old man leather jacket.  it was butter soft leather but an overall awful jacket.  but for $7 it was the right price for leather.  i took it home and deconstructed every seam so the leather laid flat.  i think the hardest part was to find the right tutorial on how to make a tote bag.  i found this one by bijou lovely.  it is such an easy tutorial that it really becomes fool proof.

so breaking it down.  things i like about the project:  easy tutorial.  all it required was the leather from an old jacket and lining.  second,  the bag is reversible!  i made this fabric a while ago by following directions to bleach napkins from the design sponge book. i was going to use it to upholster the loveseat i showed you earlier. in the end i wasn't crazy about it for the upholstery but knew it had a second life. 

things that didn't go so well:  the bag is a little bigger than i liked.  i ended up sewing the sides in the make it a bit smaller.  second, this old man was a smoker.  the leather, like a person's skin or hair, holds the smell.  i definitely recommend cleaning the leather before you begin to sew!

overall, it is a super fun, easy, cheap project and i hope my friend gets a lot of use out of it!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

as seen before

it was this very photo, of the ever stylish natalie hughes on vanessa jackman, that made me want (need) a leopard print coat.  this style is so classic.  i think the photo is from 2010 but it could be 2012 or 1966.   its effortless, chic and comfortable.  my grandma always stressed the importance of a good winter coat. the kind of coat that along with making you feel warm, made you feel beautiful every time you put it on.  i believe this coat offers just that.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

shop update

edwardian top blouse// embroidered cottonlace camisole

i think this shop update's theme will be pretty things that any girl might love to wear.  edwardian camisoles, leopard fur coats, 30s lace dress, soft angora sweater and the list continues... enjoy!

               vintage 30s wedding dress// long lace dress

                  60s lace dress// 60s wedding dress

                       vintage 50s floral sweater// 50s embroidered cardigan

Saturday, October 6, 2012

bits and bobs: engagement photos

we had the most romantic, wonderful time taking these engagement photos last week. my sister, christina beam took these photos and i can't believe how great they turned out! she does miracles.  fall is so beautiful. its hard to believe that this magical little forest existed in real life. and if you are wondering, yes, i do always have a shit eating grin on my face when my man is givin' me kisses.

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