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Do You like Beer, Feminism and Vintage?

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Hi friends!

Well, good news then. The Vintage Modern shop is going to be slinging our vintage wares at two markets next week. And it is even better news if you consider yourself a feminist, or like to drink beer.

Or all three. I mean, I really hope you like all three things. (But more so, the feminism thing.)

On Thursday March 8th, the shop is participating in the FeMNist Night Market at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE Minneapolis. The event is from 5-10pm and will feature female Minnesota artists, makers and businesses. We will be up on the second floor of the building, set up as part of the Wellness Lounge. So come chill out and say hi!

 

 The event is at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE MPLS from 5-10pm. Click  here  for details.

The event is at the Grain Belt Bottling House in NE MPLS from 5-10pm. Click here for details.

The Vintage Modern shop will also be at Refind Vintage Market at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of Minneapolis on Sunday March 11th. The event is from 12-5 pm and will feature a curated selection of vintage sellers. So beer + vintage = a very good Sunday.

 The event is at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of MPLS from 12-5pm. Click  here  for details.

The event is at Modist Brewing in the North Loop of MPLS from 12-5pm. Click here for details.

The FeMNist Night Market is being put on by Still Kickin, Nora McInerny and The Coven.

Still Kickin is a charity founded by Nora McInerny and her friend, Lindsay. After Nora lost her husband to brain cancer, she created this nonprofit organization inspired by his favorite thrift store shirt. By selling t-shirts and other merchandise, Still Kickin is able to create “a safety net for other awesome people who find themselves going through awful things.” Every month, they pick a Still Kickin Hero and “give them the proceeds from our merchandise sales, donation-based workouts and other events held both in the Twin Cities area and around the country.

And on personal note, I am a big fan of Nora's writing. Her book, It's Okay to Laugh: Crying is Cool Too, meant a lot to me. The book is about love, grief, beauty, pain and all the other messy stuff in-between. Writing about grief is hard, and Nora does it with beauty and honesty. It made me laugh and cry, as promised. It is definitely worth a read. I've recommended it to just about everyone I know.

The Coven is a "collaborative community and co-working space for women and those who identify as non-binary" in Minneapolis. The community offers events and workshops and strives to empower its members to "become the absolute best version of [themselves] through connection, collaboration, and content."

The Refind Vintage Market is hosted by Minneapolis Craft Market and the vintage boutique, THE KEEP. According to their site, THE KEEP was founded "to bring a modern aesthetic to vintage clothing." The founders, Kathryn and Latricia, believe "the best looks come from mixing the PAST with the PRESENT."

Hope to see you next week! The shop will have some exclusive, new-to-you vintage merchandise available at these markets.

We Want to Celebrate Our 1 Year Anniversary with You!

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Hi friends.

It’s hard to believe, but our digital doors have been open for 1 year today. Woo hoo! Cue the streamers and popping champagne bottles.

Ok. Ok. Now that we’ve all settled down a little bit, I wanted to look back at some of my favorite upcycled furniture and vintage home décor pieces.

Who could forget the Make It Your Family Farmhouse, Upcycled Trestle Table? I was lucky enough to have my dad build me a similar table for my dining room. And then my dad built another beautiful table for the shop, and a very nice family in Chanhassen made it theirs. This table was definitely a labor of love.

The Shoe Collector Curio Cabinet and Upcycled Wood Dresser was one of the first pieces listed in the shop. I love how the copper drawer fronts contrast with the blush pink chalk paint. Oh and the marble paper lined shelves and black and white knobs. If I had a bigger master bedroom, you can bet I would have a piece just like this one. I sold this piece to a very sweet woman who told me her two year old said, “Pretty,” when he saw it.

The Everything is Coming Up Champagne Vintage Carved Dresser is one of my favorites for all the amazing carved details. And I just love how raspberry chalk paint compliments the reds and browns of the wood tone. This dresser sold to a lovely couple who had just moved into a new apartment in St. Paul.

I had some more help on this one! My mother made this Knotty by Nature Vintage Macramé Plant Hanger Curtain back when macramé was first popular. I love it because it is such a unique, well-made piece. And it went to a fellow maker in Minneapolis, so I know it is being well loved.

The moment I saw these marble and brass candlesticks, I knew we needed the pair for the shop. These candlesticks didn’t even make it to the website. I sold these to a customer at the Minne-Mile NightMarket put on by Minneapolis Craft Market in June.

Marble and Brass candlesticks 1a.jpg

 

Please remember to check the site frequently! I will be adding some new pieces that I’m super excited about this week. Also if you are on our email list, please check your inbox tomorrow for a special offer in celebration of our 1 year anniversary. And if you’re not on the email list, anyone who joins this week will also receive our special offer.

Thanks for shopping the Vintage Modern shop! Now let’s get back to that champagne.

 

The #1 Secret to Success (And It’s Easy…Or Easier Than You Think)

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Hi friends.

It’s a bold statement. I know. It is especially bold coming from someone who has never felt particularly successful.

That someone being me, of course. And success is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. 

Do I have a full time job that pays the bills? Yes.

Do I own a house? Yes.

Do I have a master’s degree? Yes.

Do I have a wiener dog? Yes. (Ok. That is maybe no one else’s measure of success but mine. But I mean, I do keep him in kibble & sparkly bandanas. )

 If Max Wiener in his rhinestone bandana isn't the picture of success, I don't know what is. :)

If Max Wiener in his rhinestone bandana isn't the picture of success, I don't know what is. :)

Now some other questions.

Am I married? No. I’m divorced.

Do I work full time as a writer? No.

Do I work full time as a vintage shop owner? No.

Have you had any of your fiction published lately? No.

What about your nonfiction stories? No.

Maybe some poetry? Nope. Not that either.

What about dusting? When was the last time you dusted the living room, Pam? Uhhhh…

My list of failures is always much longer than my list of successes. There is ALWAYS something that I am failing at. Usually there are many things I am failing at, all at the same time.

So I get discouraged. I convince myself I am a terrible writer. A terrible housekeeper. Just a terrible person in general that will never succeed at anything she wants ever again in her life.

But I’m sure none of you can relate to that, right? You are all wonderfully, happy people who get the raise, do the laundry, walk the dog and cook dinner from scratch EVERY NIGHT.

I mean, that is what the rest of the population does, I just know it. Or maybe not. Maybe there’s another possibility.

A friend recently told me maybe I am too hard on myself. It wasn’t necessarily a revolutionary thing to say, and yet, WOW, did I need to hear it.

I spend an enormous amount of time worrying about the things I don’t do well, or the things I don’t do at all (like maybe dusting the living room on a regular basis).

When you spend all your time worrying about ways you haven’t succeeded, it doesn’t leave a lot of time to acknowledge the things you have accomplished. And you have accomplished things obviously. And we can see from the first round of questions, I have too.

And also maybe more importantly, you and I should realize that success doesn’t always look like what we thought it would.

Am I Toni Morrison? No.

Will I ever be Toni Morrison? Well for obvious reasons, no.

The bigger point is, even if I don’t publish multiple, award-winning novels, I can still be a success.

So you really want to know the #1 secret to success?

Defining it for yourself and acknowledging it when it occurs in your life.

My success doesn’t have to look like Toni Morrison’s success. Your success doesn’t have to look like your next door neighbor’s success. Or your sister’s. Or your best friend’s.

And maybe that doesn’t mean writing a novel. Or having a perfectly mowed and landscaped yard. Or becoming a lawyer.

And you get to decide when you have achieved it.

It could be getting a raise, or it could be finally asking your boss for a raise (even if you don’t get it).

It could be cooking a fantastic meal from scratch, or it could be deciding you’d rather order pizza and spend more time playing with your kids (or your cat).

The important thing is to not be so hard on yourself all the time. It is great to set goals and work toward these things, but you should also give yourself credit for that— working hard. Putting in the effort is worth something too.  

So I am going to give it a try…

Have I had my writing published? Yes.

Am I being paid to write? Yes.

Do I own a vintage store? Yes.

Ok! Now who’s buying the pizza?

 

5 Easy Steps to Hack Your New Home Design Project

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Hi friends.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a bit of a home design nerd. I get really excited about picking out new paint, rugs, light fixtures, and then pulling all these items into a cohesive project. Like my entryway redesign that I did a few months back. Or my living room redesign which is still ongoing.

How do I get started on projects like these? It usually starts with a particular piece of furniture or maybe a paint color. And then I find items that compliment that inspiration piece. I basically build a color story around that item.

Wondering what a color story is? Don’t worry. You’re not alone.

I was talking to my friend and her boyfriend about my booth for the upcoming Minne-Mile NightMarket, and how excited I was about the color story I selected.

And her boyfriend was like, “Wait, what the heck is a color story?”

A color story is basically a set of colors you select to design a home, an event or even a tablescape. This group of colors, or color story, will guide the items you buy for that design project.

By selecting a color story, you are essentially eliminating some options and giving your project a focus. This is incredibly helpful if you are designing an entire home, or say planning how to display merchandise in a 10 X 10 tent.

Using a color story will also prevent your house from looking, like Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess quips, “a little bit like a crayon box, or different sets for a quirky girl television show.”

1.      Check out Pinterest and your favorite stores for inspiration.

Pinterest is amazing for planning design projects. You can create a board specifically for the project you’re working on and then pin all your ideas to the board. If you’re using the Pinterest app, you can just pull up your inspiration while you’re out shopping too. Super convenient.

I am diehard Target fan, and if you’ve been paying attention over the last few years, the discount store has really stepped up its home décor game. The Target I frequent has also created an area where home décor is merchandised much like what you would see in a department store. And you better believe this area always has a color story going on.

2.      Pick colors you love, not just what is trendy.

I love design trends just as much as the next gal, but I also know that just because a color is trendy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for me.

Blush pink is really popular right now, and I admit I am a huge fan. But I’m not going to paint my entire living room blush pink.

I like blush pink, but I don’t like it THAT much.

When I repainted my living room, I painted it black and white. Not only is black and white a classic color palette, but I have also loved this combination since about the third grade. I think it’s pretty safe to say I won’t be changing my mind about black and white anytime soon.

3.      Head to the paint store.

If you are designing a room or a home, I like to start with paint first. It really sets the tone. Plus if you’re buying new furniture it makes more sense to paint the room before you get all your new, beautiful pieces in there. I don’t know about you, but I am an incredibly messy painter.

4.      Let’s go shopping!

As Elsie from A Beautiful Mess suggests, “I like to build my color story like a pyramid, placing the biggest priority (both money and time spent on decisions) on the more permanent ‘bones’of my design first.” In other words, after the room is painted, you should be looking for your sofa, dining room table or headboard, depending on your project.

So head back to your favorite stores and start shopping!

You want to buy the bigger items first and then fill in around those big statement pieces.

5.      Embrace a little color story anarchy.

Not everything you buy has to fit in your color story. Say your color story consists of black, white, gray and blush, but you find these amazing turquoise pillows.

Buy those amazing turquoise pillows! (Especially if said pillows are on sale!)

Being too matchy-matchy can get boring. So don't be afraid to mix in small doses of other colors, especially in things like candles, pillows or other items that are cheap and easy to change out.

Maybe you'll decide down the road the turquoise pillows don't work at all, but then you're only out a few bucks.

But really, I think you'll be happy you bought the turquoise pillows. ;)

 This blanket includes all of my color story picks for my booth at the  Minne-Mile NightMarket on June 3rd .

This blanket includes all of my color story picks for my booth at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on June 3rd.

Our Favorite Boho Chic Home Décor Trend

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Hi friends.

Over at the Vintage Modern shop, we are all about embracing the idea everything old is new again. I mean that is literally what we do, we make the old new again.

Our favorite boho chic look that has reemerged as a home decor trend is macramé. It is popping up all over our favorite design blogs—Design*Sponge, The Jungalow and A Beautiful Mess—in the form of macramé plant hangers, wall hangings and curtains.

For those of you unfamiliar with macramé, let us help you out. 

“Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. Its primary knots are the square knot (a variant of the reef knot) and forms of ‘hitching’: various combinations of half hitches.” -Wikipedia.org

It was popular in the U.S. during the 1970s, lending a bohemian flair to clothing, jewelry and of course, home decor.  However, macramé’s history extends much farther back than that.

“In the Western Hemisphere, macramé is believed to have originated with 13th-century Arab weavers. These artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils. The Spanish word macramé is derived from the Arabic migramah, believed to mean ‘striped towel’, ‘ornamental fringe’ or ‘embroidered veil’.” -Wikipedia.org

The art of macramé spread to the U.S. slowly.  

“Sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed, thus spreading the art to places like China and the New World. Nineteenth-century British and American sailors made hammocks, bell fringes and belts from macramé.” -Wikipedia.org

Whatever its origin, we really like the chill vibe a piece of macramé adds to a space. It feels both old and new, perfectly vintage modern.  

If you are feeling the macramé vibe like we are, grab our latest addition. It is an epic macramé plant hanger curtain that was crafted by my lovely mother. (What can I say, I come by the crafting/DIY thing pretty honestly.)