Gone shoppin'...

We will be out in the field designing and re-stocking our supply of vintage jewels this week so see you on Monday!  Have a fantastic week!


Baby girl flower headbands...

With baby girl on the way, we have decided to include baby items including the super cute infant headbands with a flower and pearl.  So sweet on newborns with a tutu for the first photo shoot.  These are the first ones out of the studio...aren't they fun?     

Spring blooms from Twice Loved Vintage

teal tutu
Photo by AdoraBelle on Pinterest

Stay tuned for more baby items to come...we're just getting started!

Just me being me...Lori


Order out!

Lots of fun Twice Loved Vintage products headed for the Shops on the Boardwalk in Cuchara, Colorado!  Can't wait to sit on the outdoor patio of the Dog Bar with cold drink in hand soaking in the mountain sun and fresh smell of pine trees.  Anyone want to join me??

Vintage feather clip

Flower clips with vintage centers

Vintage hair pins
Wine bag with rag flower

Red and white loopy scarf with vintage flower clip

Beautiful colors in the new spring line of loopy scarves.

Capri blue and white loopy scarf with peacock feather vintage clip.

We think the flower and feather clips would be great Mother's Day gifts!  They can be worn on jackets, shirts, handbags and in the hair in addition to the loopy scarves.  By the way, the loopy scarves are made from super soft jersey knit, comfy, and just the right weight for springtime warmth.  They look great worn long with a dress or longer shirt but can also be doubled as shown above.  I love to wear mine with a simple shirt and my j crew dark gray blazer with a flower clip on the lapel of the blazer...I call it polished casual.  Stay tuned for more designs to come shortly!

Just me being me...Lori


Puppy love...

How did I get here? I have just found myself having a conversation with my doggie!  We talk about the weather.  We talk about my daily "to do " list.  We talk about my weight, wardrobe and hair.  I vent to her when I get frustrated and celebrate with her when I accomplish something.  She is my sole companion for 10 hours a day, 5 days a week.  No wonder we talk about so much! 

And, yes, she does talk to me too.  But she mostly listens.  I love that!

This is my Bella with snow on her face!
This is Shelby also with snow on her face!
And this is little Lexi Lulu, our princess!
God sure knew what he was doing when he made dogs.  After all, dog is God spelled backwards!

Just me being me...Lori


Who knew aprons were so useful...

Do you remember your grandma wearing an apron?  I do, but I never thought about the role it played in her life as a wife, mother, grandma and later a great-grandma.  Kinda makes me want to dig out my apron and start wearing it!

Notice the size on the pattern is medium, which was 14-16!  {Today's medium is 6-8.}  

The History of 'APRONS' 

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few.  It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses, and aprons used less material.  But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.  It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.  
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.  And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.  Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.  Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.  From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.  After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.  In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.  When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.  When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner. 

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. 
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love.

I love these old patterns!

Someday we should have an apron party and everyone could wear their favorite apron, and we could eat warm banana bread with real butter...and drink sweet tea...yeah, we need to do that sometime.

Just me being me...Lori

Note:  The History of Aprons was an email sent to me by my Mom, by way of my Aunt Patty.  Thanks for sharing!


Sunset in the city...

While we're on the subject of romance, let me share the view with you that I had last night with my hubby!  We were on the 27th floor of the Hyatt Hotel in Denver in a bar called The Peak.

Sunset view of the Rocky Mountains.

A little wine, a fantastic view, and my best friend...life is good.

Just me being me...Lori


More on romance...

I confess.  I am a romantic.  Deeply. Hopelessly.  I love all the chic flicks with happy endings where the girl always gets her guy.  I love romantic proposals and weddings, sentimental gifts and things passed on as keepsakes.

Have you ever run across something completely by accident, and it becomes one of your most cherished things?  This happened to me several years ago.  We were moving my Grandma to a new location and through the packing and moving we found the most amazing romantic sentiment ever.  It was a simple mirror; floor length and placed on the only wall in her hallway.  The mirror had been there as long as I could remember, but it never really drew any attention to itself.  I am sure I looked into it at least a million times over the years growing up.

The treasure was discovered when we removed the mirror from the wall.  There, taped to the back, was a handwritten, smudgy note that read... 

Dear Carmie, 
When you look in this mirror
 you are looking at the most beautiful
girl in the world,

The mirror had been an anniversary gift!  Isn't that the sweetest thing ever? {sniff, sniff}

My Grandpa Glenn holding a bouquet of flowers.

                          As a final note, I received my very own mirror and note this year for my birthday from my
sister, and I will cherish it always!  Thanks, Lu!

Just me being me...Lori


God works in the baking aisle...

Last week I was feeling a little down.  Easter was coming and my husband and I were going to be home alone this year.  No kids, no candy and no Easter dinner.  You don't cook Easter dinner for two...it just doesn't happen.  It's not designed for two. 

So I decided to make a quick trip to the grocery store for chocolate chips and walnuts to make a batch of  "cheer-me-up" cookies.  I ran into my friend, Roberta, in the baking aisle and quickly confessed that I was on a mission to get baking supplies for my pity party.  She gave me the greatest idea for some super easy and delicious cookies!  

You start with a sugar cookie mix, making it according to the directions, and then add 1 cup of macadamia nuts and 1 cup of white chocolate chips.  Bake as directed on package.

Macadamia nut and white chocolate cookies...yum!


Cookie dough with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.

Ready to go into the oven...

My idea...a touch of coconut on top!

After the first batch baked, I decided to add a little shredded coconut on top of the next batch before baking...these were soooo good!  I also put some dough into my mini-cupcake pan, again with the coconut on top.  These were super cute, but hard to get out of the pan so I would suggest using cupcake liners.  I think the mini-cupcake cookies would be nice for a shower or special occasion, or to cheer someone up, don't you?

It's amazing the places God works to show us that there are nice people who will take a minute to chat and share something of themselves with you when you need it most.  Today I am seeing the beauty of small-town living and God's unlimited care for me...

Just me being me...Lori


The lilacs are blooming...

The lilacs are blooming and filling my backyard with the lovely fragrance of springtime!  I love their smell, I love their color, and I love this time of year.  I have always thought of spring as a time of re-birth, when trees and flowers come back to life transforming the dead and brown into the green and blooming.  I can hear the birds chirping in the mornings, and somehow, it makes getting up early easier and more pleasant.  Yay spring!

Lilacs are the perfect accent flower for shabby chic weddings and home decor.  They are easy to arrange and because of their voluminous blooms they need no filler, unless you want to, of course!  

These are MY lilacs!

I found this board on Pinterest...what an awesome cake!

Lilac bouquet

photo credits going clockwise: lilac sherbetlilac bouquet, groom suit from this wedding photographed by Susan Striplingdivine twine, wedding programs via Once Wed, lilac cake by Maggie Austin
You can see more ideas for arranging and decorating with lilacs on our Pinterest board "Lilacs."
Remember to take time to smell the lilacs...
Just me being me...Lori


Romance...now & then...

When we think of romance, it is rare to apply the sentiment to our parents or even our grandparents.  Although not often thought of, and less often spoken of, some of the most romantic gestures are the simpler, old-fashioned ones.

"Back in the day" when a young man wanted to ask a girl to a dance he used the simple method of asking!  Just a simple, "would you like to go to the dance with me?"  Today, extreme pressure is put on the young man to come up with a unique and creative way to ask for a date. 

Photo from Pinterest
Here is what one high school girl shares about prom:

If a boy wants to ask a girl to prom, he'll do some crazy things; such as giving her a pizza that says the words, " Will you go prom with me?" spelled with pepperonis, or sending flowers to the office with a card inside, getting his friend to ask her for him, or sending her on a treasure hunt following sticky notes with instructions and finally finding the one that asks her to prom.  One high school boy had a live goldfish delivered to his prospective date with the message attached that read, "Of all of the fish in the sea, will you go to prom with me?"

But, sometimes this is switched... instead of the guy asking the girl, sometimes the girl asks a guy to prom, but she doesn't go as overboard as he does. Girls will do things like asking them face to face, getting a friend to ask if they have a date, or doing something fun like writing on his truck window with window chalk. 

This night is extremely special for the girls, and prom is the most important dance for them.  That is probably why so much pressure is put on the guys in the asking process.  Girls take just about the whole day to get ready for one night. She spends time fixing her hair and makeup, getting her nails done, and everything else, while all the guy has to do is brush his hair and put on his tux.  

Photo from Pinterest

We like the creative, yet simple date requests that require a little thought, little or no money, and team coordination!  After all, in high school everyone should be included, right? 

More on old fashioned romance tomorrow...

Just me being me...Lori


Tutu Baby Shower...part 2

Still thinking about those adorable tutus we made for baby Ellie.  She will have so much fun playing dress up with all those cute tutus!  Yesterday I promised pictures of the food, favors and recipe for the fruit dip.

So here's the pictures of the food we served:

Mini pigs in a blanket and mini meat & cheese sandwiches.
Strawberries, pineapple "flowers" and fruit dip.
Layered dip, pasta salad with spinach & strawberries, and cups of ranch dip with veggies.
The cake looks exactly like the invitations!
My piece of delicious carrot cake {fat-free of course, heehee}.

Party favors...little metal buckets with...

...a super cute "onesie" cookie & package of flower seeds.

Fresh Fruit Dip

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
12 macaroon cookies, crushed
1 pint of sour cream

Mix ingredients together and place in refrigerator over night.  Lightly stir before serving.

Serving ideas:  cut fresh pinapple in half, leaving the green top on the half you will use.  Remove pineapple, leaving the outside intact.  Place dip in hollowed out shell.  Place on platter and surround with various fresh fruit.  I love this with strawberries, pineapple, grapes, apricots, peaches, blueberries, raspberries...well, with just about any fruit!

This is easy, fast and so yummy and everyone will ask for the recipe...up to you if you give it or not!

Just me being me...Lori


Tutu Baby Shower...part 1

I think I have baby fever.  Bad.  Like 104 degree temperature bad.  Good thing baby girl is on the way!

We had the cutest shower ever on Saturday!  The theme was birdies and tutus...adorable!  The mommy-to-be requested onesies numbered 1-12 {so she can take a picture of the baby each month wearing the corresponding number of how many months old she is} and tutus {made by everyone at the shower.}  This shower was 100% fun, with no silly games and tons of delicious food.
Shower invitation
Decorated entry to greet guests!
We decorated the outside entry, two gallery walls with the onesies and eventually the tutus {once we got them made}, and the cake table with a tutu table skirt. 

Cake table with tutu table skirt.
Carrot cake on tutu stand, pink cream cheese mints and fancy nuts.
Numbered onesies...such a cute display!
Months 1-6 with finished tutus!
Month "7" will be December with a green & red tutu...and a little school spirit with the orange & black on number "11."
Using  our creativity to make 12 unique tutus for baby Ellie.
Baptism gown worn by nana-to-be and mommy-to-be...precious!

Check with us tomorrow...we will talk about the party favors and the food that was served including a fabulous recipe for fresh fruit dip that is soooo easy!

Just me being me,


Dressing for spring weather...

We knew it would happen.  We talked about it last week.  Yep.  Just as the lilacs are getting  ready to bloom, spring has disappeared and winter is trying to make a come-back with howling winds and much cooler temperatures.  Two days ago I was watering flowers and enjoying 80 degree weather.  Today I am back to jeans, a sweater, my Tom's and a {gasp} jacket!  I am convinced the definition of spring is "somewhere between winter and summer, but  can be either or both in the same day!"

The ever changing spring weather makes it so hard to decide what to wear in the morning...I am so tired of my "winter" clothes and so ready to wear the fresh spring colors and style trends.  So I found this article that I thought was helpful, and now my only question is what in the heck are smoking slippers???

Smoking slippers found on Pinterest

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Dressing For In-Between Weather

Is early spring not the most awkward time for getting dressed!? Every morning, it’s like pulling teeth trying to find an outfit combination that won’t leave you either really, really cold or really hot. And while retail stores are fully promoting their spring/summer collections, mother nature still occasionally flips the temperature dial to 20 degrees (thanks for that). You’re so sick of coats, jackets and boots and have worn every sweater in your closet at least 5 times.
When the weather is schizophrenic like this, we all look like idiots — some of us under-dressed in flip-flops or bare legs (I’m looking at you, tights haters), while some of us show up sweating and panting everywhere we go from the unnecessary layers of scarves, sweaters or jackets. It’s difficult.
But it doesn’t have to be. Some Do’s and Don’ts for dressing for this in-between weather:
Do wear shift dresses.
Don’t wear sundresses.
Do wear bronzer.
Don’t get a spray tan (yet).
Do wear platform or wedge sandals.
Don’t wear high-heeled Tevas. Ever.
Do wear layers.
Don’t wear long underwear.
Do put your fur in storage.
Don’t put your sweaters in storage.
Do wear a lightweight, printed scarf.
Don’t wear a SNOOD.
Do carry a cardigan in your purse.
Don’t carry a bikini in your purse.
Do keep an umbrella handy.
Don’t wear rain boots every single day.
Do wear cropped skinny jeans.
Don’t wear capri’s (for fashion’s sake).
Do wear smoking slippers or ballet flats.
Don’t wear any shoe that is lined in Shearling.
Do keep vests, jean jackets and other transitional outwear around.
Don’t keep your fur, down or puffer coats around.
Do shop trends like polka dotspastels and more.


A girl's best friend...

April Birthstone : Diamond

Birthstone Color: White, Clear

April birthstoneApril's birthstone is remarkably simple in composition, yet stunning in its unique ability to reflect and refract light into vivid flashes of brilliant color.  The ancient Hindus called the diamond "Vajra," meaning lightening, both because of the sparks of light thrown off by this gem as well as its invincible strength.  The diamond is harder than any other substance on earth. 

Diamonds have been used to embellish such items as crowns, swords and emblems as well as jewelry, and are seen as a sign of wealth.  Diamonds have also been credited for having certain medicinal properties.  During the middle ages, these gemstones were thought to heal illness, but only if the ailing person took the diamond into bed to warm it up first! 

Formed deep within the earth where there is intense heat and pressure, diamonds are simply crystallized carbon.  Volcanic activity from centuries ago brought these gemstones to the earth's surface, where they are found either within volcanic rock formations or river beds.  India is thought to be the first river-bed source of diamond mining, but today diamonds are found primarily in Australia, the Soviet Union, and Africa. 

No more notable in its uncut state than a plain pebble upon the beach, the true beauty of the diamond was not revealed until the 16th century, when gemstone cutting and polishing techniques were perfected.  Today, the value and appeal of this stone depends largely upon how skillfully it is cut and faceted. 

Rhinestone dangle earrings - Twice Loved Vintage

Jet necklace with rhinestone pendant - Twice Loved Vintage
A gift of a diamond is symbolic of everlasting love and commitment, and therefore, the traditional preferred gemstone in engagement rings and wedding bands making future brides say "I do!"  

Just me...Lori