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Hello, I'm Helena. I live and love on Long Island with my husband, JW, and my daughter, My Girl. We live in a very little old blue house that is bursting at the seams with all my vintage fabrics and decor, together with our critters - 3 cats, one dog, Gretel, and a giant pond full of fish, turtles and frogs. My house is a work in progress, as am I. I love to find ways to put a little vintage love into my home, kitchen, garden and even myself. Oh, and I love to make things. I hope you’ll join me! XO I have an Etsy shoppe… blondie blu… handcrafted goods perfect for livin' a vintage cool life. blondie blu adores: --when your heart beats in anticipation of finding a treasure when you pop into a thrift shop or yard sale; --taking a piece of worn out furniture or sad, lonely old knick-knack, "dressing" it up a little and finding a new way to use it or display it, making you walk on air for days at a time with total satisfaction; --finding new ways to "waste not"; --just about every piece of vintage fabric in existence - really; --livin' a vintage cool life.
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Yes, it's been a long, long time. I do miss my little blog, but my brick and mortar shop, home and family take up all my time, so as the expression goes "something's gotta give", and that something is this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at A Blondie Day
I've been away SO long from my blog, although I'm always on my Facebook Page. But here I am and with a Giveaway!! Just stop by my Facebook Page..."Like" the page (if you haven't already) and then scroll down to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at A Blondie Day
Yes Annmarie, I am carrying "Let Your Light Shine"! It's one of my favorites. Please visit my Facebook Page for info on how to order. Thanks!!! XO
I'm still here! The past few weeks have gone by in a blur as I gathered together inventory, put finishing touches on wares, priced and packed goods and just generally organized and prepared. I moved into my new little shop... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at A Blondie Day
For at least a month or so I've been posting cryptic notes on my Facebook Page asking for good thoughts to be sent out into the universe, or making off-hand comments that I've been busy for a good reason that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at A Blondie Day
I always have a current obsession. And like most obsessions, I go a little nutty. Lately, it has been all bout doll heads - vintage and antique ones. And the more I find the more I want. Many people find... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at A Blondie Day
Oh I know, you've probably been jarred to death. I have too. Jars, and every which way to recycle them, have been all over the crafty world forever and we just can't seem to let go of them. Browsing through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at A Blondie Day
Hi Gayle, the best way would be to cut and paste the recipe into Word and then print it from there. Hope you enjoy it! Helena
Just a heads up, my Happy Homestead Pillow Collection is in the shop today. The collection is inspired by dreams of my great grandfather's farm. Although not owned by my family any longer, I was privileged a few years ago... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at A Blondie Day
We are fitting in as many happy things as we can these last few weeks of summer. My Girl starts Middle School in a few weeks and I will miss her. Making memories is high on my list right now.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at A Blondie Day
It has been much too long since I posted my last Vintage Handwritten Recipe, and I aim to change that. Since summer still has a bit of oomph left in it (temps in the high 80's coming this week), something... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at A Blondie Day
One of the things I love best about, well, pretty much anything vintage is because it has a soul. Each item has a story, a past, a history. And one of my favorite things to do is to imagine that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at A Blondie Day
Just a quick note that there are ruffles... LOTS of ruffles... in the shop... Rufflette Bags... Blondie Blu Army Backpack... ... and crossbody bags... Also, Gypsy Bags! All in the shop today. XO Helena Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at A Blondie Day
Lately I've neglected my poor blog but I suspect in September after My Girl goes back to school and JW travels again (most likely) things will go back to normal, and I can blog a bit more. But for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2013 at A Blondie Day
Thank you so much! Yes, I think the best part of the day was meeting many lovely new people. It really is what I love most about what I do. :) XO Helena
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2013 on Now That It's Over... at A Blondie Day
Aw you are so sweet Holly. Wishing you a happy and very crafty day too!! XO Helena
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2013 on Now That It's Over... at A Blondie Day
Thanks Tammy! I understand where you are coming from with regard to WWII history and personal accounts etc. My parents were WWII vintage and I was so blessed to have them. That generation was very special people. They took nothing for granted, they were thankful for everything they had and they didn't need much to be happy. And I am sad that we are losing those wonderful people every day. Soon they will be all gone and we will all be poorer for it. On a happier note, I am so glad my blog has brightened up your day!! Thanks for visiting. XO Helena
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2013 on Now That It's Over... at A Blondie Day
Hi Karen! Thank you so much for visiting me. :) To answer your questions, the picture is a vintage crewel work and it is amazing!!! I found it at a thrift shop and couldn't believe my eyes. The frame on it, while good quality, was not complimentary, so I covered it in the vintage blue floral fabric you see on it now. If you would like a closer picture of it in case you would like to duplicate parts of it in your work, etc., I'd be happy to send you one. Just let me know!! Have a great day and thanks again for visiting. XO Helena
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2013 on Now That It's Over... at A Blondie Day
I survived my first craft fair! And although I know I have already posted pictures of my mock up booth in every which way possible 'til you are all about to scream, I just NEED (yes, need) to post one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at A Blondie Day
... and looking for something fun to do, come and visit me! I will be at the St. Luke's Church Craft Fair, 3 Lawrence Lane, (corner of Montauk Hwy.), Bay Shore, NY, on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 9am to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at A Blondie Day
I'm so glad Cindy - I hope you enjoy it!! :) Helena
Bob you can copy the recipe and paste it into Word and then print it.
A recent find at the thrift shop... Before... ...and After... with a nice fresh dress of pretty vintage barkcloth... Other business as usual, as I continue to get ready for my first ever craft show. I will post more info... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at A Blondie Day
New Blondie Blu Army Bags in the shop...and these will fit an iPad perfectly and are lightly padded for protection... XO Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at A Blondie Day
Still so busy and excited... ...getting ready... ...for my first craft fair on July 27th... ...and working on my business plan... ...for my brick and mortar shop... while still enjoying summer and having My Girl home, that I'm afraid I've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at A Blondie Day