{STYLE: vintage wedding dresses from etsy}



I swear I wasn’t sitting around dreaming about a wedding but something made me search vintage wedding dresses on etsy. I totally underestimated what I found. So many beautiful and timeless pieces and all under $600! Of course if the stars align and you fall in love, it has be your size (the dress, not the man). The truth is that I was never a wedding day dreamer until the invention of Pinterest and I’m single so it hasn’t taken over my brain just yet but that being said…..I do envision a very vintage inspired dress. I’m gravitating towards the style of the 1950’s but I think these would all make a bride stunning. The key to wearing vintage – formal or casual, is to mix it up with some modern styling. Here’s my picks for what you may pair up your beautiful vintage dress to complete the look. 


I bet you don’t remember anything that beautiful coming out of the 1980’s!? And you can be a blushing bride, literally, with that sweet dress from the 50’s. It was fun being wedding stylist for an afternoon! 

{thrifting 101: not your granny’s blanket}

This is one of those items you come across and you almost need a second opinion to confirm if it’s tacky cool or just tacky. I’m pretty sure it’s so tacky it’s cool. Check out this huge and colourful wool blanket I found on my latest thrift store adventure. The colour reeled me in and I didn’t have the will power to walk away. The first thing that popped into my head was how great it would be as a photo backdrop, so that’s what I did! Oh yeah, it also works well as a blanket. 

{thrifting 101: milk glass party}

I’m a sucker for milk glass, as anyone can see by the shelf full of the stuff in my own place. I love that it has such a distinctive vintage look but can also be incorporated in a more modern space (when done right). In a way it’s really timeless. Here are two great pieces I found at the local Good Will store. Don’t they look great together? It’s like they were meant to be together to help someone celebrate a sweet occasion. 

{thrifting 101: flower power}


There seemed to be a theme to my finds on my last visit to the thrift store – flowers! I swear I found all three of these items during one visit to one store, sometimes things just work like that. 

This super retro looking ashtray was just too pretty not to scoop up. In fact the word ‘ashtray’ to me seems too dirty for something this cute. This would be a great dish in your bathroom or bedroom for hairpins or rings. Or I guess it could be used as an ashtray, if you must. 

I’m a sucker for tins….like it’s probably gotten a little out of control. I usually don’t find true vintage tins in thrift stores, they’re more of a flea market find but my eyes lit up when I saw this colourful tin. I haven’t decided where it will live yet but everyone has something that needs a good storage space. Or you could take the lid off and use it as a vase with some really basic wild flowers or grasses.

Lastly is this huge vintage bedspread that I found. It’s so big that I can’t really show it all in a photograph. I was so drawn to the colours and velvet-like texture but I had walked away from it because I just didn’t know what I would do with it. But before I cashed out I had to go back and grab it because it was just too nice to look at. I love the vibrant colours and contrast between the random flowers and the orderly pattern. 

When I brought it home I took it out on the deck to take pictures and realized that it looks amazing on the ground and would make a super cozy rug (shoes off please) with a bunch of big pillows tossed on top for extra seating. 

{thrifting 101: don’t pass the chachka’s}

dust collectors, trinkets, useless crap. Whatever you want to call them we all know about chachkas and probably know someone with a dusty collection sitting in a glass cabinet in a dining room that never gets used. Many of those lonely chachka’s eventually end up on a shelf in a thrift store. That’s where we meet. I never pass up the random trinket isle at the thrift shop. You really just never know what you’ll find.

This past weekend I found a new home for one little lonely guy. His new home is this fabulous glass ‘bird feeder’ (said the label) that I found at a flea market off the highway on my way up north.

And here is Mr.Deer’s new home on my patio….fresh after a rainfall. It’s little things like this guy that add interest to the ordinary. It’s one of those little details that people may not notice right away but when they do it’s an element of surprise and delight. 

And here he is as part of my hippie garden corner on my patio. Now that’s an upgrade from a dusty shelf

{thrifting 101: flea market finds}


































Let the flea market crawl begin! Check out these great finds I picked up at the Almonte Flea Market last weekend while I was there for Handmade Harvest. I definitely have a weakness for housewares but check out the neon water canteen I found in mint condition. In love! I will never be unfashionably thirsty again. 

If you’re in the Almonte area, stop by on a Sunday morning this summer.