(aka: my "It is August and time to act like a grown up" list)
This week I took new head shots for my day job and let's just say.... it wasn't pretty. To be fair, the previous ones were taken about 13 years ago when I was still very much in my twenties and had one chin. I was fighting a loosing battle, amiright? That coupled with starting to feel the last tugs of summer and the rainy weather we keep having in DC has put me in a bit of a melancholy mood.
When I get in these little funks, I like making little resolutions of things to do to better myself. It gets me inspired and motivated. (And makes me feel like I am in control which is like a whole Oprah show in and among itself). The goal here is to do smaller things and simpler things.
Without further ado:
1) I, Tibby Harvie, vow to be all things Auntie Mame. I love her. I adore her. I want to be her.
2) No more eating with the TV on. I am a grown up or, at least, I am pretending to be one.
3) I will only drink Tea and Coffee out of pretty china. No more logo mugs (besides my Capitol Vintage Charm one).
4) I will plant Camillas in my yard.
5) I will stop buying pants that are too high water (Ann Taylor Loft, I am looking at you).
7) I vow to make my bed in the morning.
8) I am going to use all my pretty napkins, even if it is just for pizza night.
9) I stopped drinking alcohol about a year ago and now I drink Diet Coke like it is from a hose. So, I promise to drink more water out of my insanely fabulous monogrammed tumbler.
10) I will subscribe to AND READ the Sunday Washington Post. Maybe even outside. While drinking coffee from a pretty cup. And wearing a kaftan. After I make my bed.
What resloutions have you made lately?
Over the last few years, I have spent so much time and money buying things at thrift stores and flea markets only to get it home and realize something was wrong or broken….it wasn’t actually tarnish, the silver plate was worn off. Or the area I thought was just dirty is actually a stain. Or what I assumed was solid brass turned out to be brass plate.
I finally got wise and put together a little make up bag I carry with me now when I am out scouting at Estate Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores. Here is a peak inside my magic goodie bag:
“MonkeyPod” is a word you will often see stamped on the bottom of wooden Mid Century pieces. But what exactly is and how do you identify it? Today we will explore this mid century staple.
Opening up Capitol Vintage Charm has taught me so much about inspecting an item. I am still not the best at it but with each hunt, I am getting better. I can’t tell you how many times I found something and my gut said “BUY IT” so I did and then got home and realized that in the midst of totally freaking out about actually finding it…I missed the broke knob or the discoloration or the chip.
One of the things I find to be the hardest is determining if an item (usually ceramic/porcelain) is hand painted. Sometimes it is easy to figure out and sometimes it isn’t. But knowing the difference is a huge factor in setting a price. Think of all the man hours and artistry that went into a hand painted item!
Here are my beginner tips for determining if an object was painted by hand…
I don’t know about you but when I think of vintage art, one of the first things that pops into my mind are paint by numbers. We have all seen them, those little kits with the canvas that has light blue or gray lines with numbers inside of the lines. The cute little plastic paint packets with just the perfect shade of blue for your sky.
I feel like sometimes I find folks on Instagram and I fall into a black vortex of investigation. Holly Holden is one of my latest new instagram loves! If you don’t follow her, you should do so immediately. I love knowing what is considered “proper” and “appropriate etiquette” if situations ever present themselves. Also, I think it is just great to get a little refresh of some basics, like how to address an envelope properly. Ya’ll need to sign up for her Mummy’s Monday Manners newsletter!
For years anything that was a porcelain blue and white jar that had an Asian motif was simply a ginger jar to me. I had no idea until I opened my Etsy shop that there were differences. AND that there all kinds of differences in ginger jars.
Here, my friends, is your Asian Porcelain Jar Tutorial….
Last week we talked about the difference between Wicker and Rattan and it got me thinking about how I am probably really butchering the names of the fibers that actually make up different materials. For example, any basket I see is basically “rattan” to me. Or any natural fiber rug is “jute”. But that’s obviously not the case.
Today I thought it would be helpful to identify the difference in all these natural fiber materials. What’s the difference between bamboo and rattan? Or what is the difference between cane and rattan? Check out the information below:
I was going to post something the other day on my Chairish shop and described the item as “rattan”. Then I stopped and said “wait, is this wicker.” Then I realized I didn’t really know the difference and I, incorrectly, use them two terms interchangeably.
I wanted to share what I learned from the ole Google machine because, you know, we can’ know everything.