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Sewing Summit Thriftique Tour in SLC, UT


I’m doing another thrift/antique tour with Sewing Summit. Carrie and I have organized a route of top places to go downtown and thought I would share it here for Sewing Summit attendees and anyone else interested in knowing where I like to go.

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If you’re part of Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, head over to the forum for the detailed schedule, times and for the sign up. If you’re planning on going (or in the Salt Lake area and want to hit up these stores) here’s a little bit of info on these hot spots:

  1. Bruges has the best Belgian waffle and frites I’ve ever had. My favorite is the cinnamon liege waffle with crème fraîche, peaches and chocolate.
  2. Deseret Industries is my favorite thrift stores. There’s practically one on each street corner here in Utah.
  3. Capital City Antique Mall has a ton of vendors in one roof, they have a lot of pyrex and milkglass.
  4. Again, another DI. Can’t miss.
  5. Decades is amazing for fancy vintage duds. My sister-in-law found her wedding dress there for under $50.
  6. MisC and Green Ant are my faves. Green Ant is a vintage and affordable DWR. MisC is perfectly curated clothing from nearly every era.
  7. Retro Rose has a lot of fantastic home goods and tchotchkes. They organize their wares by color (BONUS!).

Zero Budget Project: Bathroom 1


The end of this week was a doozy. Between Chris taking on some side jobs and the kids refusing to nap, publishing this project was not going to happen. To be completely honest, it’s been pull-out-the-hair maddening not to get things done.

My sister took the kids for practically the whole day on Thursday which helped me get work done, especially since I’ve not had a break earlier in the week or since. Unfortunately, I managed my time poorly and spent about 80% of it applying dots to one of the walls in the bathroom. It took FOREVER.

This room really just called for some tidying and styling. It’s not a huge reveal, but I put in a few surprises that makes this space fun.

See, not much has changed from the before (above).

First on the list was to hang art. The photograph on the left was taken in front of a store front with a sort of comic message on the door. As I snapped this photo, I just about got beat up by whomever owned this “shop”. From the looks of things at that time, I wouldn’t have been surprised if illegal things were going on. I like the photo because it reminds me of the joys of finding your surroundings art-worthy and making excuses for adventure.

The photo on the left was taken by my sister-in-law while she was in Costa Rica. The composition of this piece is really great.

Here’s a better view of what I did to the cubbies: a spot for brushes, a bud vase that hides the soap (she’s only allowed bar soap for now), a vintage jar of q-tips and an extra roll of toilet paper. Above the cubbies I feature the second of my pair of Dachshund lamps. He’s like Penelope’s little watch dog to make sure she washes her hands.

I made the white box next to the watch dog out of a vinyl banner my cousin gave to me. I used this method for sewing it up. It houses all of Penelope and Felix’s bath toys. Since it’s vinyl, I don’t have to worry about it getting wet and grubby.

I spray painted Penelope’s stool a bright orange I had on hand. I thought I had the same green that’s featured in the shower curtain, but nope. That would’ve been perfect, but the orange still looks nice. Much nicer than the dirty pink caused by Penelope and her bathroom adventures.

You can see the dots on the far wall, right? They don’t photograph as well as I would like, but they look really lovely in person. I opted to do the dots here and forgo any artwork on this wall because the door is typically open and covers up a good portion of the wall.

The shower curtain and towel hooks were already there when we moved in (Thanks Nikki!!!), so no real work needed here. And it just so happened that I had charcoal towels to match the flooring and curtain. Score.

I found it really hard to photograph the entire bathroom. What are your tips on photographing small spaces? Maybe next time I do a bathroom, I’ll do video instead.

I ended up moving the Love artwork from Merrilee from the studio to the bathroom. I think it fits here better, and ties in Felix’s red towel.

The print on the right is a litho I made in college of Chris and I super imposed onto the poem, “Le Pont Mirabeau“. I learned it in Jr. High. It was an awkward situation learning it, but I really love the poem. In it it says, “La joie venait toujours après la peine.” Which basically means joy follows pain. Oh how lonely and sad I was before I met Chris. That summer before we met was brutal and filled with awkward facebook and myspace blind dates and plenty of relationships ending in disappointment.

When I met Chris, there wasn’t an instant firework moment. I just liked being around him so much I would go to the library the same time each week in hopes that I would bump into him again. For months we were just acquaintances or just running buddies. Then we had a disastrous first date. Sparks flew. A month later we were talking love and a few short months after that we were married. Since our first date, no one else has ever mattered. I printed this piece just after we started dating, so it’s a really fun reminder of our story and love.

And now you have every right to call me a cheesy romantic.

Back to the room – It’s nicely put together and this room didn’t cost me a dime! I’m pretty thrilled with the end results. Now only 7 more spaces to go!

Thrifty: Leather Kicks


I took the kids to the thrift store yesterday while we were down the mountain. It’s been about 2 months since I stepped into a thrift store, and I’ve missed the thrill of the hunt. I’m feeling a bit rusty, too. How does that work?

I still found some great deals. I bought Penelope some practically never-been-worn soccer cleats and felix some brand, spanking new leather stride rites. These shoes aren’t much to look at design wise, but they’re well made and they provide great support for helping him walk.

This little dude is now 17 months. I can’t believe it. He still seems like a baby to me with his continued love for cuddling and lack of motivation to walk. It’s hard not to get frustrated that he’s not developing as quickly as I would like, but I’ve got to enjoy each phase while it lasts. I know he won’t want to cuddle with me forever.

Similar: vintage blue oxfordsvintage brown Stride Riteshandmade tan loafers

Thrifty: Felix’s Striped Romper


Here’s another thrift store find I picked up for a couple bucks way back when Felix was a wee one. He still looks like a wee one to me, even though he’s nearing 16 months.

The green stripes just scream summer. I’m really loving this particular shade of green. I’m thinking of incorporating it in my home decor.

Penelope looks so grown up in this picture. Completely annoyed at Felix and his hair-pulling antics. 

She still loves him, though.

Outfit Details:


  • romper: thrifted


Thrifty: Shoes & White Balance


Yesterday I talked a bit about how I need to go out of my comfort zone a bit more when it comes to clothing. I do have some pretty awesome out-there clothes.

Like these shoes for example. Sarah thrifted them and gave them to me. They’re ridiculous and awesome at the same time. They’re also pretty dang comfortable, yet I’ve only dared to wear them once. I’m definitely going to wear them again and show you. Promise.

Also, have you noticed the all-over-the-place white balance around here? Maybe I’m the only one that’s bothered by it? Well, I lost the white insert to my Balens cap, so I’ve been winging it. Until today, when a nice package arrived on my doorstep. I ordered a really cheap white balance lens cap
from Amazon for $11. I highly recommend it.

The white balance on this sucker is a bit blue. But I think I’m okay with it (this is straight out of the camera). Thoughts?

Have you found any cheap tools that have changed your life? I’d love to hear about them.

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