Saturday, June 30, 2012

bits and bobs: home edition




hello! so the last few weeks have been way to hot in wisconsin for my midwest sensibilities. my cat and i just lay over the basement air vents panting together (i am sure that is quite a site). the nice thing about this kind of weather is that it reminds me of the warm places i have traveled and fun items i have brought back. maybe the items are more appreciated when i am lying on the floor looking up at them, but this week’s inspiration is photos i have taken from around my house of things i got while traveling or that remind me to explore more. have a good weekend and stay hydrated!

photos:
1. perfect traveling shoes
2. george raab painting of hele ware- the two did a lot of exploring
3. south american map
4. zanzibar mask
5. my grandma's traveling case
6. new mexican cow skull

Thursday, June 28, 2012

on the home front: twist on potato salad



if you are like me, you love grandmas but aren't always crazy about their miracle whip potato salads (pie on the other hand...) so  the other day, for a potluck i made this twist on potato salad with feta and sweet potatoes.  it was a hit so i thought i would share it with you!

ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes- chopped but not peeled
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried garlic ( or minced garlic)
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
direction:
  • boil potatoes in a quart of water for 5-10 minutes or until soft but not mushy
  • drain and let cool in a medium bowl
  • stir in rest of ingredients
  • let cool in refrigerator
  • please note: this is a relaxed recipe so feel free to change any quantities to taste. also keep the skin on the potatoes so they dont get mushy and then people think they are boiled carrots and don't want to eat them at bbq's!





Tuesday, June 26, 2012

a gift in the mail



Do you still like mailing letters and gifts to friends?  My partner, Cully, loves sending people letters. He has a huge collection of wonderful stationary and stamps and always remembers people's birthdays to send them a sentimental card.  I am not as good.  Although I love sending funky little vintage finds to my best girlfriends ( I am looking at you Mary and Eliz) , I don't do it nearly as much as I should.  That's one reason I love my etsy shop so much.  Even though people are actually buying the items, I love wrapping them like a special present.  Its the best when they order as a gift for someone else.  Its so fun to think that one of my little items is just the right gift for someone you care about, plus I just love going all out with vintage wrapping!

Monday, June 25, 2012

shop update




here is a fun little navy themed update for my shop.  oh how I wish those polka dot dresses had fit....












Saturday, June 23, 2012

bits and bobs

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

before and after



thanks so much! i am so happy to tell you that my little home was published as a before and after on design sponge! i can't begin to tell you what an honor it is.  i have followed their website for so long and have been so inspired by everyones beautiful home.  what a treat to see our little wisconsin house on that site! if you are interested i have more before pictures here and here.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

on the home front



so i am pleased to report on the home front that we now have two silkie chickens!  they are the cutest things i have ever seen.  amazing that something so small and sweet can exist.  some of you may remember we have two other chickens, maude and hazel who are still doing well.  we plan to have them join each other when the silkies have grown their feathers.

i am also happy to note  that although i do not have the will power to resist ice cream, wine or petting cats,  i was able to limit my blog post to only four silkie photos (only bf and i know the true number of photos i took!).  hope you enjoy!







Monday, June 18, 2012

Shop Update!




hello!  i just added a few great summer pieces into the shop.  lightweight sweaters, moccasins, maxi dresses and more!  hope you are all staying cool!





Sunday, June 17, 2012

bloglovin



hello folks!  i am still learning the ways of the internets and have finally signed up for bloglovin.  i am pretty excited to reach out to new readers and other bloggers.  so, if you are already signed up follow mw blog with Bloglovin!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

shop update


as the weather is crouching on 90 degrees without a cloud in the sky, i am curled up in my dinning room under the only fan in the house with all the curtains drawn. i will dream of this day come the cold wisconsin winter, but for right now i am happy to stay cool and swoon over some of these cute new summer clothes in my shop. hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!






Friday, June 8, 2012

Overdressed


These ideas have been tossing around in my mind for a while now and I know I wont give the whole concept justice but lately I have been thinking a lot about the kind of clothes I buy.  The last few years I have bought one pair of pants and worn them almost everyday until they "give up" and then I switch to a new pair of pants. Don't get me wrong I have loads and loads of clothes, far too many clothes, but very few of the clothes are the type I feel really good in or are my favorite.  So I resort to a few items that I love and wear almost everyday and the rest I can't seem to part with. So my most recent pair of favorite pants died this week and I have been thinking about where I want to get my next pair.  I am guilty, like most people in the blogosphere, of wanting to buy the latest item seen on a fashion blog c/o modcloth/forever21/h&m/target.  The prices are perfect of a 20 something on a student or nonprofit budget.  But how long do they last?  My partner buys a good pair of shoes or carhartt pants for $100 and wears them for 5 years before he has to replace them.  I buy a cute pair of flats at target for $20 and need to replace them in three months.  At that rate I spend $400 for his $100.  Now, that's not to say that I want to wear the same shoes for 5 years but I do think about the money I waste from buying cheap clothes that I don't agree with the conditions that they were made in.

Its hard not to think about this when  I sell vintage clothes.  Americans used to spend 11% of their income on clothes yet would buy only a few outfits a year.  These outfits would be well-made, tailored items that were meant to last.  Now we spend 3% of our income on clothes and they are meant to be thrown away after a few wears.  I am making a resolution to myself (and the Internet world) to buy better quality items that I intend to have for years to come.  Sure I will make exceptions with thrift shop and vintage finds but I want to break my cycle of thinking something is cheap (financially) so I should buy it, when it is just as cheap (quality).

So, my new pants that are catching my eye?  I think I will save a little more and invest in a pair of imogene + willie jeans. Are the expensive?  Sure. But I have been spending $70 of urban outfitters jeans that last 3 months and are made in sweatshops.  If these last a year I will have spent the same amount and bought something made in the U.S..

How do you balance ethics and shopping?
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