Better than Dusting: It’s Story Hour at Circa19xx

I am a person of great complexity and contrast.  Take cleaning, for instance.  I absolutely hate doing it.  I’m busy all the time, so when I have a spare hour or two the last thing in the world I want to fill it up with is cleaning.  At the same time, I can’t stand a dirty house. …

Circa 1920s Elegance: A Walk Through Atlanta’s Swan House

I often travel alone, either for business or just to chase after one tame little adventure or another, and to me—an extreme introvert—there are few experiences that are more freeing, more energizing, than a solo sight-seeing tour.  Over the years, many a well-meaning extrovert has asked me if I ever get lonely on these trips, …

An Easy Vintage-Look Necklace You Can Make in 15 Minutes

Deep in the nether regions of my linen closet there’s a pretty floral fabric-covered hatbox I’ve had since I was in college (it isn’t old—or I guess I should say it wasn’t old—I think I bought it at Target).  Inside is an odd assortment of doilies, ribbon, lace, and little swatches of fabric that are just …

Culinary Time Warp: The Kreem Kup in Wamego, Kansas

Earlier this week I published a post on the Antique Emporium of Alma, Kansas, and in that post I described my usual itinerary when visiting the area:  I first travel to Alma for stops at the Antique Emporium and the Alma Creamery shop.  I then make the 15-minute drive from Alma to Wamego.  I should …

One Woman’s Vintage Pin Portfolio

A memory from long ago:  My mom and I  are wearing our pajamas, watching QVC and sitting on her bed with all of her Joan Rivers brand jewelry strung out in front of us.  I’m trying on long, long strands of gold-colored glass pearls, mom is picking through a shallow drawer full of egg pendants.  …