March 30, 2012

March 29, 2012

Curator's Code

I recently caught a piece on npr's "on the media" about the Curator's Code - the code is "a suggested system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, celebrating authors and creators, and also respecting those who discover and amplify their work. It's an effort to make the rabbit hole open, fair, and ever-alluring. This not about policing the Internet from a place of top-down authority, it's about encouraging respect and kindness among the community." - from

As a blogger I try my best to link and attribute all sources, and I love the idea of having an established shorthand for this process. I especially love the hat tip () as a way to credit the "middle-man" sources of a post - I don't do this often enough.

Coincidentally, I was just having a conversation with someone at work about how most of our architecture and interiors images that have been re-posted elsewhere on the internet are attributed, but there are a few that make no mention of us or where the image came from!

So. I for one will be making the pledge to be a better curator!

Awesome website design by the way....

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March 27, 2012

Style Carrot: Quivver

Nice write up and photography on Style Carrot today about arrows as a design trend, with nice shout outs to Quivver and my blog ~ Thanks Marni!!

(got to replenish my shop!)

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March 26, 2012

Weekend Sewing!

Had a lovely quiet weekend - had an AMAZING dinner with Keyse at VeeVee in JP, got some summer sewing done, and saw the Hunger Games!

Finally got around to adding ties to my duvet cover, which I highly recommend to anyone who hates it when their comforter winds up in a wadded ball inside the duvet cover. - thanks to Martha Stewart.

Shortened and removed strange puffy pockets from this cute dress, made belt from cut off material.

Sewed myself a simple skirt from a pattern I made from an ugly, but well-fitting Gap skirt. I whole-heartedly recommend this method, I simply took the skirt apart with seam rippers, made notes about the construction and then made a poster board template. I've made three skirts with it - easy peasy. (helps that there's no pockets or kick pleat, ha ha. It does have a zipper though!)

I never wear prints, much less ones with hot pink flowers, but I am trying to broaden my fashion choices! Trying!

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March 23, 2012

Thrift Store Reviews: Thrift Shop of Boston

Thrift Shop of Boston (17 Corinth Street, Roslindale, MA)
Ratio of visits to awesome vintage/designer finds: 0/10
Ratio of visits to useful everyday items: 2/10
Prices ($, $$, $$$): $$

General: So I hate being negative since 100% of the proceeds go to the Home for Little Wanderers, but I'm going to take this place out of my rotation. The place is well organized, but rarely has anything of interest - for me anyway. I think I've bought some frames to reuse, and that's it. They do have some MCM furniture pieces show up now and then, but with crazy high prices! Not a place I recommend seeking out unless you happen to be in Rosi for some other reason.

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March 22, 2012

1960 Better Homes & Garden Decorating Ideas

It's been a while since I've scanned some vintage goodness - check out these amazing images from the  Better Homes & Garden Decorating Ideas book circa 1960.

You can see this full set and the others that I've previously scanned in my Sixties & Seventies Decor Archive on flickr.

Fireplace! Paneling!

Love this rope screen.

diamond jubilee

low low yellow

have got to find these pendant lights.

purple is in?

black and white is alright

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March 12, 2012

Thrift Store Reviews: Savers/Sister Thrift

A while back a commenter asked me about which thrift stores I haunted, and I have to admit I was initially like, no way! mine mine mine! Thinking about it though, none of these places are secret anyway, a little google-ing would turn them all up, and there's enough second hand crap around for all of us.....

SO. This is the first post in a series (maybe) which I'll give you my experiences and opinions about the thrift stores I visit. You may have very different experiences and opinions, but whatever, put 'em on your own blog.

Savers (1230 VFW Pkwy, West Roxbury, MA)
Ratio of visits to awesome vintage/designer finds: 3/10
Ratio of visits to useful everyday items: 7/10
Prices ($, $$, $$$): $$$

General: Fairly clean, well organized and stock rotates a lot. Can get crowded on weekends, and prices can be bafflingly high on some items. Lots of clothes, nicely organized by size. Good book selection.

Sister Thrift (370 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA)
Ratio of visits to awesome vintage/designer finds: 1/10
Ratio of visits to useful everyday items: 4/10
Prices ($, $$, $$$): $

General: Fairly clean, nice staff, loosely organized, very small and tight aisles - but great prices!

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March 5, 2012

HELP ME SWAP! (I really need a new mattress)

Blu Dot is having it's annual Swap Meet where they trade, well almost anything for products from their store. I'm offering 10 arrows from my Quivver shop in exchange for a new mattress.

My current mattress is at least 10 tears old and not at all supportive and it needs to go - it hurts me. I discovered Keetsa mattresses during Apartment Therapy's "A Year in Bed" mattress reviews, and they're just want I want - simple, coil, eco-friendly, good price.

Clink this link and look for "10 Arrows by Quivver" and click the thumbs up! 

(I know "vote for me" begging posts are super annoying, but I could really use a new mattress, and you can totally email me to vote for you for anything!!!!!! I will be your voting bitch!)

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March 1, 2012

Aunt Katie's Attic

On the way up to my Dad's two weekends ago, I stopped by Aunt Katie's Attic on Rt. 5 outside of Schenectady. Very fun antique/junk shop with tons of kitchenware, plus furniture and clothing - two whole floors worth. the women working were super nice and helpful - I recommend dropping by if you are in the area. The prices were good, and they have two store cats.

first floor - store kitty!

upstairs area, lots of fun clothes

I made out like a bandit and picked up this 70s Lane cedar chest! Hardly used with it's original tags, I just couldn't leave it there. Since I actually have no need or place to put a cedar chest, it will be on loan to my roommate who has 20x more sweaters than I.

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