Friday, May 22, 2015

Current Obsession - Turquoise Jewelry

I LOVE turquoise jewelry - I have a few good pieces but I can see more in my future...









The vintage store where I have space has some beautiful turquoise jewelry.

off to shop...
xoxoMary


Monday, May 18, 2015

Kitschy Curtains

I just finished these curtains made from vintage travel souvenir scarves.  The scarves are so fun!


Gypsy Wanderer curtains at my Etsy shop

I found these great vintage travel souvenirs on Etsy today...


A great vintage post card and lots more travel-related goodies at New Life Vintage RVs


Love this souvenir of Chicago tray at CalloohCallay


A sweet New York pin at GreytVintage


A garland of vintage European city banners at ScrappyPuppy


Niagara Falls salt and pepper shakers at NewportRoad


Vintage New Mexico souvenir apron at oldstufflove


swizzle stick collection at MyOtherFootsLaughing


Boston souvenir hanging plate at WindChimeGirl

Happy travels!
xoxoMary



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Break the Mold

I've had an ah-ha moment!  Actually, it's HUGE so it's more of an AH-HA moment.  I've been really struggling with the concept of being put in a mold...


It seems to me that we are so often put in certain 'molds'.  Age, gender, economic status... 

The list is endless and they're all kind of awful.

We're expected to fit a certain set of behaviors that are more often than not thrust upon us - usually without our approval.


I've been totally guilty of going along with it and worrying so much over who I'm 'supposed' to be.

It's exhausting.  I'm done.

AH-HA!  I don't have to fit into any mold at all!  


It's something I knew but I didn't really.  It just occurred to me that I can make it REAL.  I can move beyond my fear of being judged and just BE.  

My AH-HA moment!  I know, I know, it took long enough, right? 

Better late than never, etc...

What a relief! 
xoxoMary



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Fab Apartment

I ADORE this apartment!  I had seen some of the photos before but didn't know it was all the same place until I saw Vintage Mama's John Webster board on Pinterest...







Isn't it the most fun EVER?  Check out this issue of Covet Garden for more..

xoxoMary


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day Musings...

It's Mother's Day - time again for that awful clash of imagination versus reality which happens so often - in my life anyway...


Being a mother really was the ultimate thing for me.  I have three daughters (now grown).  I was able to be a stay at home Mom for much of the time when they were small.  


I baked bread, sewed their clothes, knitted them sweaters...


I did become a single mother when they were a bit older which wasn't exactly awesome but I did still try really hard...


At some point though I realized that the mother I think I was, and am, is definitely not the same one my daughters think they have.


It has repeatedly come to my attention that they don't think I'm all that great.


I've really messed up in more ways than I could have ever imagined.


I'm never able to say the right things.


I'm a Grandmother now so I'm sure I'll do much better at this.


I really love being a Grandmother.  So far the kids seem to think I'm ok.  I guess all I can do is try and hope for the best but you really never know...

xoxoMary

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gray Hair Don't Care

So, here's the thing - I'm not dyeing my hair anymore.  Well, at least I'm not dyeing it all-over blonde.


Not that yellow hair isn't a great look for some people but I'm just done with it.


My natural color has probably always been sort of a dirty blonde.   "Dirty blonde", isn't that just what you want to hear your hair described as?


"Tanned blonde" sounds better.  Anyway, I never left it alone for a minute ever since I discovered the horrors of Sun-In when I was a teenager.  Always lighter, darker, streakier...


My timing is perfect.  This article on the Huffington Post says 'Granny Hair' is very in right now.


EVERYONE is getting in on the trend!


So, here's my mine right now.  Can't wait to see what my REAL color is going to be!

I'll keep you posted
xoxoMary

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

St. Nectan's Glen

Our recent visit to St. Nectan's Glen and waterfall near Tintagel in the UK...


Our granddaughter and her new friend Jori having a stick race in the stream.  It was very difficult to determine the winner...


A hike through an ancient forest and then a steep slope down to the waterfall.  This area is considered a very spiritual place so visitors leave many offerings...


Magical ribbons and secret wishes are everywhere.


the waterfall


Aurora and Jori left their mark with a 'fairy stack' of flat stones


Back at the cafe for a rest and refreshments


Cornish cream tea time!
xoxoMary

(Thanks to Jori's super-talented Dad, Si, the Cornish Gardener, for the beautiful pictures of the kids and the waterfall)