Friday, November 23, 2012

Better Than Black Friday

It has been years since I've had turkey, probably 2/3 of my life and to be honest- a lot of the holiday meal is in the meat.  So each year it is unknown as to whether or not I have a super tasty Thanksgiving (or Christmas or Easter, you get where I'm going with this), not that I'm complaining because it's never a bad meal and there is always pumpkin pie.  But this year was a win-win with a huge variety of the most yummy sides (my gram-in-law even made me some strict vegetarian stuffing, bless her heart) and as we managed a meal with both sides of the family, I had not one, but two helpings of spinach casserole.  Yum yum.

Miss J and I made some sugar cookies with an autumnal/Thanksgiving feel.  Fun fun.

Ours was a very low key and enjoyable holiday.  The kids had fun, despite the fact that they both seem to have colds.  And the company was lovely, it's this reason that the holiday season is my favorite time of year, getting everyone I love together in one place.  I'm thankful for so many things this year.  My husband, kids and fam, good friends, the roof over our heads, the fact that we still have a roof after this year's hurricane, our health and happiness.  I'm fortunate to be home with my two little ones and running my own business, it's the perfect job for me.  It's been a good year.

Onto the mayhem that is post Turkey Day.  No Black Friday for me.  I've never really been a fan and I'd much prefer to spend my time shopping on the computer (and Etsy of course), than brave the crowds "IRL."  And if you are like me, then you're in luck.  I'm offering a blog exclusive coupon code, running this weekend only.  Enter 2012BLACKFRI at checkout for 15% off your order.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gifts for Your Guy

I'm back!

It's been a very hectic and stressful couple of weeks but I'm gradually falling back into the regular routine since the hurricane, which thankfully we survived unscathed (more about that in a later post).  But it definitely threw our normal routine out the window.

Anyway, this week I hope to post a series of gift ideas for various members of your family.  Today's is for your vintage loving guy.  And Etsy is vintage gift overload.

My mother always says they don't make them like they used to and I think that in this case, truer words were never spoken.  While the design of a staple gun probably hasn't changed much, when was the last time you found one in such industrially beautiful packaging?  I am completely in love with its metal case and I'm not ashamed to say so.

Back when it was still brewed in PA.  Wouldn't this look great in your gentleman friend's bar?  Or any friend's bar, for that matter.

Aren't the worn and weathered suitcases so wonderful?  They hold such mystery, a story of a past life you'll never know.  I think this one has a very masculine air, which I quite enjoy.  And it doubles as a piece of storage/furniture when you aren't on the road.

The ever popular Woolrich jacket in black and red- my husband was a fan but unfortunately it wasn't his size.  Whether you're married to a lumber jack (or he's just a fan of sporting the facial hair like mine), you can't go wrong with a good wool jacket. 

For the snappy dresser in your life.  Perfect for the regular bow tie wearer, or the start of a collection for the beginner.  My personal favorite is the striped.  Hands down. 

Both useful and beautiful to look at, this ruler combines my favorite aspects of vintage.  Utilitarian and aesthetic appeal.

Perfect for the man (or woman) who is on the road.