Happy first day of Spring! I’m so excited but I know I must know I must temper that excitement. In the background I can hear the weather report for Boston. Eight inches of snow expected in the next few days! Never mind, I’ll just have a cup of tea in my hygge corner and put the weather news on pause for now.
Spring is a time of renewal and celebration. It’s the start of the the Wedding season. We also have in there Mother’s Day and Easter celebrations. So today I thought I would share three simple items that would be great for sprucing up your table decor this season. Continue reading Vintage Flicker – Three Must Haves for the Spring table
This week has been fun, frantic and thoroughly enjoyed. The highlight was certainly the beginning of the 10 days of birthday celebrations.
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know that my daughter turned 10. It seems like just yesterday, but apparently it has been 10 years already. As is tradition for milestone birthdays in our household, we will celebrate one day for each year of life. I had a blast celebrating my fortieth. But that is indeed another story.
House Hunting continues and we saw a number of homes this week. One of which, stole my heart with its four large fireplaces and grand frontage. Sadly, it not only needed internal rehab, there was no furnace and a failed Title V with no plans yet available. Basically, this grand home was not mortgageable and would require a Cash buyer only. In the meantime, until the Universe is ready to send us our new home, I have been enjoying researching and reading about the rich architecture of American period homes. If you’re in the market for an Antique home, I highly recommend you check out Circa Old Houses. It’s a website specifically geared to searching for old homes. You can search by location, period style and of course price.
No week would be complete without a little visit to the thrift store. There’s a lot to love about this J&G Meakin coffee pot. From the ironstone to the brown transferware. The pattern is called “Americana Brown”. Each piece in the series features various landscape scenes across America. Made in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial, this brown toile coffee pot is decorated with a colonial couple at Independence Hall. This is very reminiscent of Liberty Blue , a pattern I also collect. You can read my top tips for collecting Liberty Blue in this blog post.
Etsy sales have been keeping me busy. And this week I had my first repeat customer sale, of a vintage typewriter. This 1960’s Rheinmetall German typewriter, I acquired a few years ago. It’s unique in that it has a QWERT as opposed to QWERTZ keyboard. Every Christmas four the last four years, it took pride and place on our side board. I adore the colour of this machine and it types wonderfully. I hope the new owner enjoys !
There were many cups of tea to be had during our little mid week snow storm. This art deco tea set by Delphine had just the right touch of Spring to lift me out of the doldrums of Winter. Who wouldn’t feel happier after a cup of tea in this pretty little tea cup ?
We have finally managed to get rid of the all the Christmas Decor that was still hanging around. As we are moving and will need to pack up soon, I do not want to invest too heavily beyond a refresh for the season. So out come some old favourites. My trusty silverplate pieces !
One of our family goals this year is to go to the cinema together once a month. This month we saw Jumangi Welcome to the Jungle with three other screaming 9 / 10 year olds. I have to admit it was a pretty fun movie and we all laughed hard. It was also good to see River Song’s mum AKA Karen Gillan ( Yes – I am a big Dr Who fan ) hasn’t been typecast. A good way to end the week … Now, I just wish I had “Dance fighting” as a strength.
How was your week ? Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
The Shop Feature Series is a blog segment where we get to chat with artistes and find out about their inspiration and story. My special guests today are Justine & Alexis, whose work I found while browsing Instagram. These ladies make gorgeous soy candles in interesting vintage wares.
Here’s what the creators had to say when I caught up with them. Getting to know the artiste, isn’t that what Etsy is about?
How did you get started?
Wayback Wax is two friends from Upstate NY. One vintage lover (Justine) and one crafty mom (Alexis). We started in March 2016 while we were thinking of how to do something fun and creative together, that could also bring in some cash!
We scour estate sales and thrift shops to find unique and fun vintage vessels for our hand poured candles. Every candle is handmade in Stillwater, NY in small batches by us. We use eco-friendly soy wax that is natural and safe so that once you have finished your candle you have a cool piece of vintage to add to your collection.
How would you describe your pieces?
Our handmade OOAK pieces are for those who love natural, soy wax candles and enjoy showing off their vintage collections. They are an eco-friendly product with style, and make a wonderful personalized gift or great addition to a collection.
Is there is favourite piece in your current collection?
The collection is always evolving as we find new pieces. Currently my favorite is this 70’s stoneware mug that’s filled with a Country Lemonade scent. It appeals to my love of all things hippie and the scent is just cheery and summery!
Any alternative ways for reusing your pieces ?
Once the candles burn down, the soy wax is soooo much softer than other waxes. Just some warm soapy water and the vessel is clean and safe for drinking, eating or any other use.
What can we expect from Way back Wax in the future ?
We are playing with the idea of offering collections for wedding and/or party favors. Curated collections of the perfect mix & match for the occasion. For example, vintage teacups in coordinating colors & scents for bridesmaids gifts or candles for Pyrex Parties!
Stuck on a desert island, what are your 3 must haves?
Swimsuit, suntan lotion and Spotify!
Just for fun are you are tea or coffee drinker?
Coffee drinker but my favorite drink is probably a nice cold beer!
My personal favourite in the shop is this mug which is perfect for Mother’s Day. This is sure to be one of a kind- OOAK gift. That’s thing about Etsy… you’re sure to find one off pieces that have the ability to translate the right mood, tone and sentiment. This is a great example!
I love the creativity in this shop and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your candles ladies! Check out Justine and Alexis on Etsy and be sure to follow them on social media for special offers.
This week has been busy. I’ve been enjoying the warmer Massachusetts days and getting out and about. I’ve found really great treasures, some of which of course are vintage typewriters, that I will get listed on Etsy shortly.
In the meantime, I’ve had such a good response to my Vintage Flicker videos that I’ve decided to make another. Again, it was a lot of fun to make and I hope you enjoy it too ! Leave a comment below with anything you’d like to see next. You can check out my first video on Finding your Vintage Flicker here. And don’t forget to Subscribe to my channel to get all the updates on my shenanigans !
(Oh and ignore the typos////arghhh)
Have a fantastic weekend !