a vintage birthday shoot

Using vintage props in a photo shoot is not a new idea but it is always a good idea, in my opinion.  When my sister-in-law asked me if she could use our fantastic French ticking settee for my niece’s first birthday shoot, of course I was on board!  Normally we just admire this petite piece of furniture and finally it was called into duty.

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To execute the vision we needed to scout locations, sort through props, try on hair flair and arrange outfit changes for the model, as well as, a nap.  Such a diva!  Fortunately Hadley was pretty agreeable to the arrangements we made and signed off on the whole “first birthday photo shoot” deal.

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She’s pretty much a natural at working the camera and the vintage.

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We warmed up with a portrait shoot using the driftwood inspired wall as a back drop and a hot pink slipper chair – another vintage find that I knew I was saving for a special reason.  While the vintage pieces play a nice supporting part in these photos, I think it’s clear who steals the show!

When you have a vintage Pedigree pram, it only seems appropriate to pose the baby and doting parents with it, right?  But the faux fur stole completes the look.

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It’s a tough call but my favorite are the photos with the settee and that adorable one year old…

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend with your babies.

adamstown

You know it’s a good year when you honeymoon in Brimfield and celebrate your birthday in Adamstown.  That’s like the Disney World and Disney Land equivalent to us east coast antiquers.  Side note, I have never been to Disney and I don’t really care as long as I can continue to jaunt to Brimfield and Adamstown annually.

vintage photographs

Yep, I turned the big 3-1 last weekend.  On Small Business Saturday no less.  It was no circus like my 30th.  (Maybe you recall the circus themed party we threw last year.  Good times.)

vintage circus theme party

However, it was perfect.  Just about a mile stretch of antique shop after antique shop and no real agenda but to meander the aisles and look for treasures!

mcm pendant lights

I brought home a couple of keepers including a double-sided rear bike basket.  I actually passed up the opportunity to buy one of these a few months ago and was kicking myself.  It was the “one that got away” for sure.  Lo and behold, I found it again and this time for 1/3 less!  It is already stationed on a junky bike in the newly excavated garden bursting with holiday greens.  Now I am on a quest to find an equally cagey basket for the front of the bike by spring.

bike basket

I also scored a few new-to-me frocks including a retro plaid Pendleton dress that I will be wearing this Christmas.  #lumberjack

vintage Pendleton plaid dress

And a cute US Navy cardigan.  It was probably part of a suit.  Perhaps a lady administrator wore it with a navy pencil skirt. So cute.

It was a good day!

retro Christmas tree

small wonders

Yesterday we celebrated Ryan’s birthday. His 35th! I can’t believe I am actually old enough to marry someone that is 35. I still think I am like 17. I’m not. Even Close.  Anyway, we had a nice day that ended with dinner al fresco at our favorite sushi place with our favorite dining partner.

Wilson seems a little hungover this morning.  It must’ve been all that sake.  His birthday is coming up next…

But enough about my boys, onto a before & after.  A little one.

I picked up a bland stool a few weeks back.  You know the type.  The oak ind that can be used as a stool or seat.

I wanted to have some fun with this one so I painted it in a custom mixed Annie Sloan pink.

Then I painted on tandem bike on the seat/stool.

When it is used as a seat, you can see “ride on.” on the seat back.

Wouldn’t this be fun in a little girl’s room?

Or as a stool at the sink for her?

This will be for sale at next weekend’s BRICK & MORTAR sale.  Yes, it is already time for our August sale!  The theme is Camp Vintage so there will be lots of great ideas for bringing outdoor, vintage style into your home.  Come see us August 10th – 12th.

 

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