February Faves

I decided to start a new monthly blog post featuring just a few of my “faves” from Etsy.  This month I am featuring very talented artisans from three of my favorite shops…Laura of RecycleRoom, Brenda of PorcelainChinaArt and Liz of LHStudioDesigns. Grab yourself a coke or pour yourself some hot tea and take a look around these shops.  Hopefully you’ll find some new “faves” for yourself along the way.  I hope you enjoy my new monthly feature.  Here are my February Faves: 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

Just Installed CommentLuv — Try it!!

I am really excited about using a new-to-me WordPress plugin…CommentLuv.  It’s just a way to thank you for commenting on my blog.  IF I installed this plugin properly, you will be able to choose one of your blog posts to highlight along with the comment you leave on my post.  So do me a favor and leave a comment below.  I’d like to see if this works.

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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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Thought Provoking Quote

Have you ever read an article, a quote, or heard someone say something that just stuck with you.  Something you pondered on for days.  Something that was so simple, yet so thought provoking.  Well, such was the case for me today.  I was reading an article that listed some quotes made by famous women and found this one to be very thought provoking. Continue reading

An Interview with Mrs. A.

I’m a wife, mother and grandmother enjoying life in the Heartland of America.  I like sewing new treasures or re-purposing gently used fabrics, crocheting, photography, beautiful quilts and fun jewelry.  I also enjoy the hunt for a great vintage find and researching the story behind each piece.  I’m always looking for a better way to organize just about anything and everything.  And…revamping recipes to cook with food allergies is a must!

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