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I came across Bellalulu Vintage while looking for items for my Happy Birthday to myself treasury back in March. This shop is so cute, full of great thrift finds, and beautifully staged, that I keep returning to it for inspiration.

Vintage Wooden Crate The Book of Knowledge by bellalulu on Etsy. When I was little, I was pretty into encyclopedias — I think I really needed the invention of Wikipedia –and my family had a set of The Book of Knowledge. In addition to this being a more unique crate than most of the thrift ones you find for sodas or produce, I’d like to add that little hat tip to something I enjoyed as a child in my home.

Vintage Fencing Mask by bellalulu on Etsy. I think fencing is a really fascinating sport. I’ve been interested in it since I first read Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden in middle or high school and the couple meets for the first time at the armor section at the Met in New York (or maybe it was when I watched Lost and Delirious for the first time. Either way, I highly romanticize fencing as I associate it with some of my favorite bittersweet love stories. ) I’m off track now, right? Okay. Well. Fencing. It’s interesting, and this fencing mask would make great decor. I imagine it would be a bear to dust though, so maybe  stock up on some compressed air!

Vintage Letter M Flag by bellalulu on Etsy. If the $40+ price tags of the last two items scare you off, have no fear. There are plenty of sweet little finds for under $20, like this vintage letter M flag.

It’s a cute shop and — since branding has been on our minds a lot lately with my blip in the last Friday Reader Roundup and Mary’s post yesterday — I’ll note that it really nails the branding.

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I love the color art prints by Amanda Catherine Designs on Etsy! They are all great and very affordable! I love affordable art. I completely believe in paying the price asked by an artist but most often I just can’t afford it. These type of prints can have a great impact in a space, while also being affordable! Love that! Click on each image to be taken to the listing.

 

 

I broke our french press last night! Oh no! It was on the drying rack and I bumped it off while loading the dishwasher, breaking the carafe. We have the option of getting a new carafe, but the one we bought is so cheap that I’m not sure we’ll be able to order the carafe and I don’t know if other brand replacements will fit it.

There are a lot of pretty options for french presses, so I thought I’d shop a few before I commit to purchasing the replacement part.

EILEEN | Coffee maker, 3 cup, 0.35 l, 12 oz Shiny | Bodum Online Shop

1. EILEEN 3 cup, 12 oz coffee maker from Bodum: I really love the pattern around the carafe on this one, and the color palette is great.

BEAN SET | Iced coffee maker, 1.5 l, 51 oz Red | Bodum Online Shop

2. BEAN SET 1.5 l, 51 oz red iced coffee maker from Bodum: The one that just broke is about this color, but it didn’t make iced coffee. Appealing! I also really liked how bright it was. Our kettle is bright yellow so they looked pretty good together.

3. Bonjour Maximus 8-Cup French Press from Williams-Sonoma: I love the lid on this one! The dome shape and the metal makes it look so sleek.

4. Melior Bodum Single Cup French Coffee Press by LessToxicToaster on Etsy: Speaking of sleek, I think this one is so cute and vintage. A single cup press wouldn’t be completely unrealistic for us, though maybe we’d want two.

5. Red Bodum french press coffee machine Danish by CuratorvsCurator: Luckily, there is another, similar press available on Etsy right now! This one holds 4-6 cups, perfect!

6. Mid Century french press by RueDesLouves on Etsy: This one is another vintage find. That polished chrome looks so shiny!

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We are in the market for new dinnerware. We’ve been using the set of dishes that I have had since Kyle and I started dating. They’re black and octagonal so they’re kind of different looking, and I really liked them until I grew tired of the bowls. Now, we use two thrifted bowls for soups and noodles if it’s just the two of us, but I’d really like a set that we can use for more than just us. It turns out, however, that shopping for plates is fairly boring. I want white or neutral-colored plates that will last a while, but I want to shop on a budget. So far my best option is this Oneida Verve 53-piece Dinnerware Set at Overstock.com.

It’s only $79.99 for all 53 pieces and I like that it comes with a soup bowl and a fruit/cereal bowl. Plus, the 53 pieces include what would be a completer set in most dishware lines so that’s kind of handy. I do actually like them, too. Sure, they’re not exciting, but I’m looking for dinnerware that makes the food look good.

I like this Oneida Dinnerware Chef’s Table Hard Square 16 Piece Service for 4, too. I like the plates a little better, but I don’t like the mug at all and suspect the bowl won’t be my favorite either.

So I don’t bore you to death with my lame plates… here are some of the more exciting plates I found:

Heller Dinnerware Set> - Design Within Reach

UrbanOutfitters.com > Well-Stacked Plate

UrbanOutfitters.com > Well-Stacked Bowl

UrbanOutfitters.com > Streak-Dye Bowl

Salt & Pepper™ Stone Light Gray Dinnerware - Bed Bath & Beyond.

I might try to wait until I’m actually excited about a plate set — or until I can afford to mix and match dinnerware until I have exactly the collection I want. I’m just not the dinnerware set kind of person, you know?

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Eeek!!! I can’t express how badly I want this print from Peachlings on Etsy! I’m on a money spending freeze to save up for some things, so right now it’ll have to wait. Sad. Face. If you’re a Hunger Games fan then I’m assuming you’re right there with me. Such a simple pretty print.

 How sweet is this mountain scene? Makes a great nod to vintage paint by numbers while still feeling modern. I love those colors.

The simple heart and cute background flowers push this print over the edge for me. Adorable. This would be perfect in a baby room. Boy or girl.

Peachlings is headed up by Bec Nolan who resides in Australia. You should check out her Pinterest and her blog. Great things on there.

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This weekend was the city wide garage sale in Savannah, MO so I thought I’d share my finds! We weren’t going for a huge haul this year and managed to spend less than $5 the whole day, but I’m still really excited about my finds.

At one of the first garage sales we went to, I found this cute plate for only a quarter.

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I realized we had a lot of walking to do on this street still and I was going to have to carry the plate with me so I looked around for a little bag.

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This bright blue bag caught my eye right away but it was marked $4. I wondered why it was so high until I realized it was a never been used picnic pack!

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Complete with tablecloth, napkins, wine glasses, plates, flatware, and corkscrew! The pack and wine bottle holder are insulated so I think it will be really handy for us. Suddenly, $4 seemed like a bargain… but I still haggled and got them to sell me the pack and the plate for $3.75. Not bad!

We didn’t find much of anything else we wanted until the very last sale where I found these really pretty and colorful Matryoshka dolls.

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I used to have a set of matryoshka dolls that I played with when I was a little girl so I was more than happy to pay the $1 (after bargaining) for a new set!

I just love garage sale season, don’t you?

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I know, this seems silly but lately the tissue boxes around my house bug me. I don’t like the way they look at all. Vain, I know. But I know I’m not alone, otherwise tissue box covers wouldn’t exist.

This kelly green lucite box cover is awesome for $12.99 from The Prepster on Etsy.

 

This retro box is fun for $12.50 from The Orange Collective.

This one for $8 is a great pattern, super colorful, and reversible. I also like that it’s perfect for smaller boxes. Cute! (by Bits and Pieces Crafts)

What do you think? Are these things gimmicky or completely sensible? Thoughts?

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Jess

I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.

Mary

Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

 
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