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Monday, August 29, 2011

Discovering My Vintage Side

It's Pinterest Day! I've been noticing a bit of an odd trend in my pins for me lately and thought I would share a bit of my sources of inspiration with you today.  You see something strange has happened to me this year.  I am becoming a vintage girl totally without my consent.  I was never attracted to "vintage" growing up.  The word meant "old" to me as a child and that we'd be buying my Easter dress at a thrift store instead of a department store.  Then later meant "country" while as a teenager as I watched my mother fill her home with "vintage" finds that made our rural home look like the decor of a Cracker Barrel restaurant (you southern interstate travelers know exactly what I am talking about).  I was totally against vintage...until now.

Now I find myself obsessing to find the perfect group of 60's and 70's bed sheets to make a quilt from.


Or I'm doing late night ebay searches for vintage newborn outfits.  They are just so precious on chubby baby legs!
Source: etsy.com via Harmony on Pinterest


I am also quite seriously thinking about starting a collection of vintage tea plates for my kitchen wall (yes totally Dolores Jane Umbridge style except less cats).
Source: etsy.com via Harmony on Pinterest


And I definitely am starting an obsession with vintage patterns and papers.  (I would love to do this to all my doors in my home with vintage wallpapers, some paint, and a sander).


I still cant quite bring myself to shop primarily at thrift stores for my own clothing, but I figure I'm taking baby steps in my transition to becoming a vintage type of girl.  Instead I fall in love with new lines of clothes in a vintage style, like these amazing tea dresses.
Source: etsy.com via Harmony on Pinterest


I am dying to donate all my matchy-matchy totally boring coffee mugs that I amassed from my wedding and start collecting retro cups and mugs to start my day out with some whimsy.
Source: etsy.com via Harmony on Pinterest


One thing I can say for myself is that I have always adored old books. I dont care if I ever read them, but I just cant stop collecting vintage literature.  I love the way they make my living room feel when they are filling my book shelves with all their stories both told and untold.
Source: etsy.com via Harmony on Pinterest


I wish I had discovered the gorgeous magic and fun to be had by wearing enameled flower brooches before they became so incredibly popular.  I mean have you seen those wedding bouquets made from collections of these vintage pins?  I'm only seven years happily married and am ready to have a second wedding just to carry one of those.  I just love the incredible colors found in these bobbles.  I might have to let them inspire a painting...hmmm.


And lastly to share with you today, I have recently realized that vintage metal hoops make every embroidery project I frame in them look a bazillion times more lovely.  I will never use another regular old wood hoop again.  I've been converted to vintage only.
Source: etsy.com via Harmony on Pinterest


Well, there you have it.  My latest obsessions and inspirations.  Are you the vintage lovin type?  What are your obsessions in the world of vintage right now?  Any particular finds you are most proud of?  I am just getting started in my discoveries and would love to hear from you pros.
XO, HARMONY

4 comments:

  1. Ohhhh great post my dear Harmony.. I too hv bought the vintage bug..and yes, now I've amassed quite a collection I'm currently selling in my etsy shop.. truth be told.. they can take their time selling.. hehe I just love looking at all these wonderful treasures... I hear you about everything.. I too am collecting vintage linens, brooches and so much more... it's never ending and ohhhh the history... so much color in all these things.. I love it too! xo hugs

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  2. Okay, I must comment because a) we are both Harmonys and b) I LOVE vintage. I just started an obsession with vintage Cake stands, plates and cake servers. Art and baking cheesecakes are my passions, second to my family of'course ;)
    Love your blog...come follow me ;)

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  3. Ahh, I love this post! I've been finding myself drawn more and more to vintage as time goes on, so I can definitely relate. (Though I have always liked vintage... I just went through a very long stretch when I preferred other things).

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  4. I 100% approve of all your vintage inspirations! So much fun, and so quirky but classic.

    PS. Great HP reference!

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