Adventure at The Antique House – Part 1

The setting is Small Town, USA.  The main characters are Mr. and Mrs. W.  The plot begins with Mr. and Mrs. W selling their old house and moving to a new one.  Well, not really a new one, but new-to-them.  As it turns out, this house probably qualifies to be on the National Register of Historic Homes.  As it also turns out, the previous owners operated an antique store in the building.  Mr. and Mrs. W purchased the house WITH all of the antiques included.  And…as it also turns out, Mr. and Mrs. W are related to me. Continue reading

Vintage 1982

How old does something have to be to be considered Vintage?  I think most vintage sellers would agree that you have Vintage, then you have Antiques, and then you have Older Than Dirt.  For an item to be considered vintage on Etsy, it must be at least 20 years old.  So 1982 is most definitely Vintage! Continue reading

White Oak Manor – Part 2

In my last post, White Oak Manor – Part 1, I told you about the wonderful respite we found at a Bed and Breakfast in Jefferson, Texas.  I’ll continue the trip with a few memories of the lovely town of Jefferson.  Called by some a pedestrian community, Jefferson is located in East Texas about 44 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana.  It’s population of almost 2100 swells each weekend as the city comes to life with antique shoppers and local events. Continue reading

White Oak Manor — Part 1

Was it the antiques?  Was it the Bed & Breakfast?  Perhaps it was the quaint, sleepy little town of Jefferson, Texas.  Or maybe, it was the much needed respite after a long and difficult struggle that comes after experiencing the death of a parent. Whatever it was, White Oak Manor in Jefferson, Texas, will always hold a special place in our hearts. Continue reading

Three Ways To Preserve Vintage Recipes

Grandma’s handwritten recipes were sometimes written on index cards, but might just as easily been written on the back of an envelope or anything else that was handy at the time.  Most of the recipes were written in pencil and some of the papers have become tattered and fragile. Continue reading

SunButter Cookie Recipe — Food Allergies Part 3

In my previous Food Allergy post, I mentioned that I use SunButter.  SunButter is made from sunflower seeds and can be used as a substitute for peanut butter and other nut butters.  In my house, peanuts and tree nuts are strictly avoided.   Continue reading

1940’s Sugar Ration Recipe

During this time of year, most families are preparing to make Sugar Cookies complete with festive decorations for their holiday gatherings.  Concentrating on what I might contribute to the holiday menu, I turned to our family cookbook.  The pages before me contained a host of cookie, pie, cake and dessert recipes, but what caught my eye was a recipe by Grandma.  Her recipe was born out of simpler times…times of humble means.  Still…this recipe was a childhood favorite of mine. Continue reading

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Enjoy Michael Buble singing “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” as you browse the lovely vintage Christmas selections from Etsy.

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Sobells Boutique — It’s All About Vintage

It’s no secret to those around me that I like vintage!  I also like to shop online!  So today I’m going to merge those two ideas together to tell you about a delightful Vintage Shop I found on Etsy.  Let me introduce you to Harriett Kroplinski, the shop curator for Sobells Boutique

(1)  Harriett, tell me a little bit about who you are.

I am a southern lady born and raised in Greenville, SC, in the Upstate South Carolina, very close to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I have three children and three adorable grandchildren.  My grandchildren call me Grammy.  I wanted to be called Mimi but that is not what they wanted, so Grammy it is! Grandchildren always get their way with grandmothers!

My background is in the beauty industry for over 30 years.  I am a licensed esthetician.  I was previously a salon owner.  The name of my salon was Sobells.  It means to me, so beautiful.  So that is where I got the name of my Etsy shop.

My favorite activity when I am not working on my Etsy shop is sewing.  I have the most pleasant memories of sewing with my grandmother.  She taught me how to make doll clothes.  Some of those I still have to this day.  I have made it my mission to share those special moments with my two granddaughters.  This past summer we made American Doll furniture and handbags.  I want them to cherish those special memories of me as I hold dear of my grandmother.

Harriett Kroplinski of SobellsBoutique

Harriett Kroplinski of SobellsBoutique

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Norman Rockwell — An American Way of Life

It’s always been said that baseball and apple pie typify the American Way of Life, but Norman Rockwell’s collection of American culture portrays us as far more than that.  Norman Rockwell, an American author, painter and illustrator in the 1900’s, portrayed the American Way of Life with optimism, humor, warmth, and patriotism.  Rockwell lived from 1894-1978 and produced over 4,000 original works in his lifetime.

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

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