vintage goods giveaway

Happy Monday! I am excited to announce a giveaway from the Tag&Tibby Etsy shop. Today's bundle includes a stitched Early to Bed, Early to Rise cloth and hanger, a 1968 Fisher-Price Teaching Clock, an infant knit sweater, and two Junior Elf Books (Little Raccoon, 1961 and Captain Kitty, 1951). This set is worth over $40!

This bundle would make a beautiful baby gift or a birthday present. The clock and books do show some vintage wear in keeping with their age.

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friday links

Happy first week of Autumn! The temperature has officially cooled in our area and it feels like fall. I have yet to purchase pumpkins or lay out any fall decor, but many of my blogging friends are on top of it. Here are a few favorite links this week:

Um, yes please! Homemade cinnamon rolls at Living on Love. 

Beautiful front entry fall decorating tips by Hello Lidy. 

I want one of these pillows by the Novogratz family at (shocked) WalMart. More at Decor8.

How are you with compliments? Great post at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! My husband is flying back to from Sweden today. Happy to have him home again!

five ways to encourage creative ideas

Miles Diner (from Banshee) Mooresville, NC

Miles Diner (from Banshee) Mooresville, NC

1. Clear your head   

Go for a walk. Visit a new place. This can be as simple as a new coffee shop, park, or a new road on the way home from work. I always gain inspiration from visiting a new location. 

Research has shown that creativity is enhanced when performing straightforward mechanical tasks such as jogging, cooking, and driving. Unobstructed thinking time is always useful. -the rosie project, graeme simsion

2. Rest 

This is counterintuitive but so helpful. Take a break and work on a different project. If it is late, go to bed and start again early in the morning. I am most fresh and full of ideas early in the morning. Ideas that seem full of problems often work themselves out after a break.

3. Read

Reading is a great source of inspiration. I typically read one fiction, one non fiction, and a few magazines at a time. The magazines update me on trends, writing style, and photography. The non fiction is encourages my business ideas, and fiction is my escape (see point 2).

What I remember most vividly was how the legs of that old chair poked up from the weed-choked ditch. And how, when I pulled it to the side of the road and stood it upright, its threadbare seat exhaled a tired puff of dust into the air. Even beneath the layers of dirt, I could see that the chair was beautiful.   -looking for me, beth hoffman

Mooresville, NC

Mooresville, NC

4. Visit a place with unexpected things

A thrift store, a farmers market, an estate sale. Finding a place where the inventory changes will challenge your mind to think about new ideas. Thrifted products often provide me with DIY ideas. A farmers market might inspire a new color combination. 

American Classic Antique Mall, Mooresville NC

American Classic Antique Mall, Mooresville NC

5. Give to someone else

Again, counterintuitive. Taking your mind off of yourself and your lack of creative ideas may be just what you need. Make a meal for someone. Take someone out for lunch. Volunteer. 

“The problem is that we have plenty coming in but we are not giving out to others” -streams in the desert 


What do you do when you are scrambling to solve a creative problem? I would love ideas!! 

monday thoughts and inspiration

Hi guys! (or should I say y'all? we now live in the South...)

Happy Monday! Do anything interesting over the weekend? We kept things simple at our house. Our kids are settling in to the school schedule and my Mom visited while my husband Lee works in Stockholm. We miss him like crazy and are eager to have him home in a few days. My Monday so far feels a bit random so I'm going with it:

The Outdoors

The weather is cooler in North Carolina and it encourages me to spend more time outdoors. We plan to add outdoor dining or a picnic table next year. We did add an outdoor couch to our porch and it has been a source of peace and relaxation the past few weeks!

Planete Deco

Planete Deco

Entryway Organization 

We need some help in our entryway. After school shoes, bookbags, and lunchboxes are dumped by our front door daily. A coat tree would help, but I also like the idea of a hall tree like this one from West Elm. Might be a good DIY project.

Autumn Clothing

I am 31 and often question what brands work best for my 30s. I was recently encouraged by an article in Real Simple to dress for success. And I do think that can mean wearing leggings with a cute cardigan and earrings when working from home. Lately I've purchased from Loft on sale and have been happy with the quality and fit. Do you have a favorite store?

Baked Goods

I like to cook. I do. But I also tend to let life take presedence and my best meals come from the crockpot. I am at the point where I'd like to schedule a baking afternoon. Any tips?