Spring Vignette inspired by my McCoy pottery collection

Fifteen  years ago — maybe more — I was shopping at the Georgetown Flea Market in Washington, D.C. when I spotted a trio of McCoy Pottery vases shaped like flowers. I had just started collecting  McCoy, and the vases were high on my wish list. But at $50 each, they were way out of budget. […]

N.C. Heirloom Apples

The family and I took a trip to the North Carolina mountains this past weekend to relax, unplug and enjoy one another’s company. I have a new favorite cocktail after this weekend: a cinnamon apple martini, which tastes like a Hot Tamale candy in a glass. I’m working on figuring out the recipe. We had […]

Vintage Furniture Makeover: Stenciled Demilune Tables

As somoene who has furnished nearly every home I’ve ever lived in with yard sale finds and secondhand vintage furniture, this statistic shocked me: Did you know that Americans throw away 10 million pieces of furniture every year? These are the very pieces I am excited to find at yard sales and thrift stores. The […]

Grandma's Homemade Watermelon Rind Pickles

If there is one food I associate with my Grandma Mills, it is her homemade watermelon rind pickles. She used to keep the jars, filled with bright green syrup and clove-seasoned pickles, on a shelf in her kitchen, behind an old sheet that had been fashioned into a curtain. Whenever Grandma cooked a family dinner, […]

Atta Girl Says: Tips for Decorating with Collections

I have a slight problem with collecting. I’ll fall in love with something… and before long, a single mason jar … …morphs into an entire collection of mason jars and vintage bottles. A single prized vase… …begets an entire collection of vintage pottery. Today, I’m owning up to my obsession over at seven thirty three […]

featured Vintage Jewelry in Shadowbox

The truck is loaded up, and the van, too, because Saturday is the big day — the first-ever Carolina Vintage (mini) Market. I am beyond exhausted from all the painting, picking, prepping and pricing for our big two-day sale at The Hen House at SuzAnna’s Antiques in Raleigh. From what I hear, Kristen of Sophai’s […]

Carolina Vintage Market Raleigh NC

It’s always been a dream of mine to be a vendor at a barn sale or a place like the Lucketts Spring Market. I’ve even considered organizing my own barn sale. But then there’s that little hitch of not having a barn. Details, details… Well, it turns out several of my blogger friends share my […]

Atta Girl Says: Make Your Own Downton Abbey Butler's Call Box Memo Board

By now, you know I’m a little bit obsessed with Downton Abbey. (Well, pretty much all British TV – Sherlock, Call the Midwife, Mr. Selfridge…) So, is it any surprise that the TV show that inspired a bloggers’ meetup also inspired today’s craft project? When Suzy and I were planning the Hometalk N.C. Bloggers Meetup, […]

Vintage Bird Cages and Cameras at Lucketts Market

I promised last week that I would show you more scenes from the fabulous Spring Lucketts Market. Today’s post will have few words, but lots of photos. So, grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we go virtual junkin’. What’s not to love at Lucketts Market? Wouldn’t this toolbox turned planter be perfect […]

Atta Girl Says: Lucketts Spring Market

For the second year in a row, I made the pilgrimage from North Carolina to the junkin’ paradise that is the Lucketts Spring Market. Like last year, I got to check in with some of my favorite vendors, including Miss Mustard Seed. And just as I did last year, I bought lots of fabulous stuff, which […]