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Vintage Chica
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
Incorporting a little vintage into modern day living.
Interests: cooking, sewing, organic gardening, traditional mothering, the outoors
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I can now be found blogging here... sea+prairie the new-ish blog has all of the old vintage chica blog posts and several new ones. Im still working on getting a few of the links switched over, but I do hope you join me there. wishing you love and light, eren Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at This Vintage Chica
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Sep 19, 2011
I *so* hear you...I could have posted this yesterday. I keep telling myself that there is value in blowing up and apologizing and moving along despite it all...something I did not learn when I was a kid. Much love.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2011 on patience at Buttons Magee Weblog
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We still use our felt leaf garland from years ago too! I guess its time to get it out again.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2011 on hello fall at artsy-crafty babe
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Thanks Beki! Off to see what you've been up to!
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My Dad hooked me up with a set of tools after college too. I still have them all, but the tool box is long gone... probably holding legos now ;-)
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Kristin...they are addictive. I only meant to make one white one, but then we got carried away with the paint colors!
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Thanks Erin.
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Sep 19, 2011
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Or the other title I was considering for this post was "I love using my husband's power tools when he is gone." Some of you asked for a little more explanation about the photo from Friday. On a whim Friday afternoon, the boys and I made a few birdhouses from last year's penguin gourds. The gourds have been drying on the fence for a year now and they have been begging for that long to be used in some creative way. And this gave me the perfect excuse to use the husband's power tools. I love using S's pretty green drill and the bit that cuts circles in things. (Please don't tell him I called his drill pretty...or that I noticed that it is the perfect color of kelly green...ssshhhh!) After doing a little research, we found a great chart with the correct size holes for the birds we are wanting to attract. We made holes sized for chickadees, nuthatches and robins. We also used a super small bit to make a few drainage holes in the bottom to keep the inside dry. Next we cleaned out the seeds and dried flesh from inside the gourds, then sanded them down good using extra fine sandpaper. Lastly, using eco-friendly paint left over from a previous project, we coated the gourds with two coats of white, green and blue paint and tied them near the stem with gardener's twine. I think they turned out pretty sweet. Love a modern twist to an old craft. Hope our little birdie friends like them too. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at This Vintage Chica
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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Inspired by Amanda. Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at This Vintage Chica
Thank you Ms. Sarah...Im learning, Im learning...;-)
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After a very difficult and crazy summer, I am welcoming Fall with open arms. Welcome! I'm glad you're here! A few weeks ago, on a drive out to the farm to pick up our CSA and I spied the first yellow leaf clinging to a birch branch. I almost broke into tears at the promise of a shift in the season - both the natural season, and our season of grief. When things have gotten tough around here, in true "me" fashion, I've retreated to the garden. And good for me I have done so, because the garden is beautiful right now. The fullness of the garden right now seems to be in equal proportion to the heaviness I've been feeling. *note* when you are surrounded by things you can not change, its good to focus on things you can, like gardening. **another note, I think I need to repaint the large pots on either side of the front door...hmmm....now what color? The backyard vegetable garden took a beating thanks to Hurricane Irene, but the front beds are absolutely gorgeous in all their Fall bounty right now. This time last year, a good friend and I began tearing out the large boxwood bushes that covered the front of our house. They were gangly and not getting enough sun now that the trees are beginning to mature. It was time, and I needed a project on which to focus my energies. The front beds sat there bare and frozen all winter leaving the neighbors to wonder what the heck I was thinking. I planned those beds all winter long. And when Spring poked its little head out the very first time, I began digging in again. I knew I wanted to stick with more texture and a simple color pallet. Purples,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2011 at This Vintage Chica
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Hello peeps! Its been all about the chickens around here lately. Since getting our girls back in April, we've built a coop, fed and watered and cared for our three Dominiques (which weren't Black stars after all) and three Buff Orpingtons. After the girls started trying to roost in the backyard neighbor's tree at night, we learned how to clip wings. And the neighbors haven't fussed too much so far. But I think we have earned the reputation of the crazy, hippy people who have chickens in the city. Oh well... This past Monday, just about the time we were starting to get antsy and my husband started threatening them of becoming fried chicken, the girls started earning their keep. Eggs! Stars, one of our Dominiques laid the first egg and you would of thought she really was a star the way the boys oohhed and aaahhhed over her and her new ability. "Oh, Stars! You are such a good girl! You did it!" Then yesterday we discovered a little nest of 6 more eggs behind the air conditioning unit...those sneaky girls. We should be up to our ears in eggs within days. Anyone for a spinach and cheese omelet? Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at This Vintage Chica
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Thank you Sarah Jane.
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You and I both Michele.
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2011 on on the other side at This Vintage Chica
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Re: TypePad: [This Vintage Chica] kelly harp submitted a comment on "on the other side" Oh kelly, thanks for visiting. Much love to you today. Eren
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2011 on on the other side at This Vintage Chica
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Re: TypePad: [This Vintage Chica] Shannon submitted a comment on "on the other side" I love you friend.
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2011 on on the other side at This Vintage Chica
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Whew! What a few weeks we've had. Thank you for all of your tweets, emails and facebook posts. We survived Irene with very, very minimal damage. The summer garden was pretty much destroyed. But other than that we escaped with little more. Which leaves me thinking about those up the coast a bit more who are still experiencing power outages and flood waters. Our thoughts are with all of you. Today is a busy, busy day... haircuts, first soccer practices of the season, teacher meet n' greets, etc. As with so many themes in my life, it was the little things that amazed me during the hurricane...a little hummingbird visiting the window in the middle of some of the strongest winds of the three days, looking for the feeder in its usual spot...wings just humming right along as if nothing was any different. I want to be the hummingbird in the middle of the strong winds. The garden spider that went right back to building a new web even before the rains had ceased...while we were still hunkered down indoors with the power off. I want to be like the garden spider, so focused on the work at hand and not the dramas in life. And the morning glories that continued to open and close in perfect timing even without the sun shining brightly. As always, thank you for the lessons little creatures. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at This Vintage Chica
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Good for you...sounds like you had a lovely time. Im sure you were a complete blessing to those souls you came across today.
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2011 on some days... at Buttons Magee Weblog
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Re: TypePad: [This Vintage Chica] Tina submitted a comment on "postcard from the cabin" He, he :-)
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2011 on postcard from the cabin at This Vintage Chica
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3 mamas and 11n kids between us... that's 22 flip flops to keep track of, 4 silly stories about glitter and unicorns, 0 husbands, 1 black dog, 18 hornets killed, 8 boat rides, 3 people swimming the boat back to shore after running out of gas, 111 icey pops eaten and 31 sandwiches, 0 fish caught, 1 earthquake, 6 conked heads on the tube, 2 bags of marshmallows, 1 night out in the tent... and at least a million smiles. ------------------- I could not have asked for a better way to hit the reset button and prepare to head into another season. Time spent in the outdoors and nature always seem to do that for me. And the icing on the cake, was it was time spent with two of my bestest girl friends and their kids. A few things I realized... :: nature really is the great equalizer, where else can eleven kiddos from the ages of 17 to 5 have so much fun together :: I want to hold on to how blessed I feel right now for a little while longer...maybe all the way to Christmas :: next time, bring more chocolate...and more wine :: mamas rock...seriously :: I need to get away more often :: watching Shannon's kids tell such great stories makes me want to tell more stories to my kids Also of note... :: Yes, we felt the earthquake. At least those of us not on the boat at the time. My first. Never thought I'd experience a quake on the East Coast. :: And yes, now we're preparing for Irene's arrival on Saturday. What a summer! Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2011 at This Vintage Chica
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This year, we have not spent *near* as much time at the beach as I had hoped. And now with 2 weeks left until school begins, we're squeezing in as much as we can. I love this time of the year. The tourists are gone...mostly. The water is still warm from the heat of summer. And the pre-autumn sun seems to make everything glow. Here's a little video to make you smile. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at This Vintage Chica
Love this...reminds me of the little houses I built when I was a little girl. So sweet.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2011 on a paper house in the moss at homespun life
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I second the math bingo and word bingo apps...my boys love them. Also, flashcardlet. Hope you are well. I think of you often, but don't get here near often enough.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2011 on Unplugging at house on hill road
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