clickin’ around, vol. 24

I love the simple bouquets shared on Found While Walking. So unfussy and fresh.

It’s discouraging as a vintage reseller when people don’t realize the labor that goes into getting some garments ready to sell. This journey of a dress post illustrates how time-intensive the process sometimes can be.

These caffeine patches are the most genius idea on the face of the planet. Want.

I’m jealous of Micaela’s recent thrift-store score.

How cool is this stupid simple hair comb makeover DIY? I’ll definitely have to try it soon.

While I’ve sworn off bourbon for life (or at least the rest of October), I do want to try this recipe ASAP.

It figures that as soon as I step away from tumblr, up pops a new Dolly Parton blog. Of course I love every post!

Bookmark these tips for finding one’s passion for a listless, lazy day. So many good ideas!

And lastly, two words: SEQUIN GRAFFITI.



how to: bake pumpkin bread like tammy wynette

I’ve been thinking about Tammy Wynette a lot lately. Maybe it’s because I changed my work computer’s desktop to this last Friday, or maybe it’s because I’m saying her name 100 times a day, scolding my naughty kitty, her green-eyed namesake. So last week, when I came upon a couple handwritten recipes of hers on the Country Music Hall of Fame’s website (check them out here), I decided her pumpkin bread would be the perfect baking project. Like most of my go-to recipes, it’s pretty simple and pretty delicious.


3 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups mashed pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts


Mix dry ingredients, blend other ingredients, except nuts. Mix alternately and add nuts. Grease two Bundt pans and fill. Bake approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Then try to fend off your cat and dog while you enjoy a slice and a glass of milk.

Obviously, I’d recommend baking these babies with Tammy on. I’ve been listening to her “Another Lonely Song” album a lot. Every song is a winner.



Top photo c/o: country dreaming

Mighty Swell on Twin Cities Live

Mighty Swell was featured on Twin Cities Live today! You can watch the whole segment, featuring cute vintage stuff from us, right here. I couldn’t help but feel like a proud, happy, grateful mama when I saw the clip. I wish I could thank every single one of our wonderfully sweet, stylish customers. None of this would be possible without you, and I am sincerely grateful for your support.

Thank you.



tonight’s agenda


Holy canoli, am I happy my work day is just about done. This morning when I got into the office, a box of books from Amazon arrived, and it’s been killing me slowly to not be able to tear right into them. So, after swimming tonight, you’ll find me curled up under the covers, kitty by my side, tea mug in one hand and book in the other. I’m most excited to start Carl Ann Harris’ autobiography, Storms: My Life with Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac. Anyone else get Christmas Eve excited for new books? I know I’m not the only one!



heads up: calvary lutheran’s 9th annual rummage sale

The Lutheran church down the street from me is holding their annual rummage sale this weekend. I made a quick pit stop there on my way to work and was quite impressed with theprices and selection. I scored a couple vintage dresses, a Minnesota state flag, a pair of beautiful gold hoop earrings, some mugs and gifties for Mighty Swell grab bags and a drying rack for dishes (my dishwasher kicked the bucket week!) all for under $8. The surprise find of the morning was this autographed, framed photo of Stevie Nicks I got for 50 cents. (50 cents!!!) The frame is fugly, but that’s an easy enough fix.

Anyway, there was a ton of stuff left this morning and they had boxes and boxes still to put out. If you’d like to check out this sale, here’s what you need to know.

Calvary Lutheran Church’s Ninth Annual Rummage Sale
Address: 3901 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis
Hours: Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon everything is half-price; from noon to 3:00 p.m. it’s $1/bag and $2/box; from 3 – 4:00 p.m. everything that is left is free. Proceeds raised go towards the church’s community programs, including Beechwood Inc., the Twin Cities Women’s Choir and Crossroads Community Organization.
Reasonably priced breakfast treats, coffee, soup, hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches and homemade desserts are also available.

I’ll definitely be stopping back tomorrow afternoon to shop the bag sale and pick up an apple pie bar and cup of coffee. I hope y’all are having fantastic Fridays so far!



clickin’ around, vol. 23


Christina has been posting nothing but vintage photos of her gorgeous grandma over on her tumblr this week and they are all so happy-making. The one above I found to be particularly adorable.

Speaking of family photos, I’ve also been completely captivated by Backyard Bill’s series of family portraits. His work is always so, so great.

Have you ever wondered how the heck to wear a petticoat? I sure have! Let’s let Solanah, from Vintage Vixen, tell us everything we need to know.

100 thank yous go to Rebecca from Minn Chic for giving the heads up that the OPI collection inspired by The Muppets (!!!) is coming soon. You can view the slide show of colors here; I pretty much want them all.

Have you been weeping into your empty wine glass because sangria season is over? Yeah, me too. Let’s all dry our eyes and make this autumn-y version, c/o Fresh Tart Steph, OK? OK.

How cool is this contraption? It turns a basic jar into a beautiful, lace-y vase.

Speaking of design done well, I’m in so much love with these daily metaltations, found via Miss Moss. The first one is my favorite, followed by the light bill one.

This post, full of fresh ideas for wearing florals into the fall, couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time. Thanks Lavelle!

I’ll be back soon with a fun how-to…til then, take care.



cure for the DIY doldrums

{Image above c/o Cathy of California.}

Does anyone else get discouraged when looking for new DIY projects online? I consider myself a pretty good at the Google and even still my searches are fruitless, turning up posts by glue-gun crazed moms and little else. Even my consultations with the few vintage craft books I own has left me wanting for more. It seemed like fortuitous timing then, to discover Cathy of California via Lena Corwin’s awesome blog. Simply reading through Cathy’s posts makes the ice that is my creative brain start to thaw. Her artist profiles are fascinating and incomparable to anything else I’ve read. Obviously, I had no qualms at all about ordering her book, Vintage Craft Workshopwhich includes designer how-tos for 24 vintage projects and is supplemented by artist profiles and craft history. I hope the UPS man hurries…



P.S. What are your favorite DIY blogs? I need to know.

P.P.S. I put together a back-to-school beauty supply list over on Beauty Bets today. Every product costs less than $7!

heads up: choose to reuse coupon book

Junk mail doesn’t usually make me squeal with delight, but last week, I got a direct mail piece I am pumped about—Hennepin County’s annual “Choose to Reuse” coupon book. This baby is packed with really, really, really good coupons for all my favorite thrifts, including Salvation Army, Hidden Treasures, East Side Community Thrift, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill, the PROP Shop and many more. But that’s not all! (Goodness, I sound like an informercial!) The booklet also has discount offers at some of the best vintage shops in town, including Corner Store Vintage, B Squad Vintage, Rewind and record shops, like the Electric Fetus and Hymie’s. (A list of all the 80+ participating retailers can be found here.)

If you didn’t spot one in your mailbox last week (or if you’re like me and have already used up all thrift-store coupons!), download the entire thing here or pick up a copy at Hennepin County Service Centers, Hennepin County libraries and all Three Rivers Park District locations. And get on it soon—coupons are only good through the end of November.

Cheers to saving, y’all!



sunday with sassoon

Making tags is definitely one of the most mundane aspects of running my own vintage business. There’s nothing really fun or glamorous about it, but if I don’t have them on hand, nothing gets priced, which means product doesn’t leave my house…which can make a girl feel a bit crowded (also, batty). I’ve been getting better at making batches in between Mighty Swell sales, my motivation frequently bolstered by the rom coms and documentaries I save to watch while I stamp-stamp-stamp away. This afternoon, I whipped out a slew while watching Vidal Sassoon: The Movie and found myself really inspired by his story and all the beautiful images from his hey day. If you’re interested in ’60s fashion or like learning the back stories of creative entrepreneurs, I recommend giving it a watch. (See the trailer here.) Have you been motivated or inspired by any movies or documentaries recently? Goodness knows I’ll be back at tag-making soon enough and in need of something to watch!