Cake, anyone?

Twice Loved monogram featured on cake at 
35th Anniversary Vow Renewal ceremony!!

This was to cutest cake ever!  A wedge of cheese with grapes and a wine cask on top and inside...fabulous red velvet cake...yum!  And if you think the cake is cute, you should have seen the anniversary couple!  Still madly in love after 35 years...precious!  Happy anniversary Chuck & Karen!

The featured "M" monogram is a custom crystal and pearl creation embellished with a vintage jewelry piece.  We customize by size, color and style, making your monogram perfect for any special occasion!

Just me being me...Lori


Be healthy!

This week we are celebrating National Women's Health Week and hoping all women will take the time to exercise, eat right and see your doctor for yearly check-ups!  Our local Curves asked us to come in for the day to share our "healthy" creations {all calorie free, heehee}.  

Just wanted to show the first item that we sold for the day...absolutely gorgeous Eisenburg brooch and crystal necklace!!  

Take care, be healthy, and wear your jewels!!

Just me being me...Lori


A happy home...

With Mother's Day just a few days past, I have been pondering an article I read regarding how women set the tone in their homes and specific things they can do to make those who live there, as well as those just visiting, feel loved and accepted assuring happiness to all involved.  

We all know that eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep will lead to feeling well and should increase our chance for feeling happy.  But did you know that happy people have stronger relationships, and are more generous with both time and money, all leading to more happiness?  A happy person tends to be more forgiving, more helpful and has tons more self-control, all leading to more happiness!  Happy people know how to have fun and be silly...all leading to more, you guessed it, happiness!!

So, the specific suggestions for a happy home are the following:
  • Hug and kiss hubby and kids everyday and tell them you love them
  • Give hubby and kids a real hello when they come in
  • and a real goodbye when they leave

My Mother's Day bouquet...
I like the "hello" and "goodbye" suggestions ... stop what you are doing and greet them letting them know they are the most important thing happening at that moment.  It seems like a no-brainer, but how often do we stop and meet someone at the door when they are coming or going?  Something to think about.

Just me being me...Lori


For all the ladies born in May...

May Birthstone : Emerald

Birthstone Color: Deep Green
May birthstoneSpring is a time of new growth and rebirth.  And the intense brilliant green of the Emerald, May’s birthstone, is as refreshing to the eyes as a spring garden after a rain.  Within it’s depths are often tiny fractures or inclusions, which the French call "jardin," or garden, because of their resemblance to foliage. The Egyptians were known to engrave Emeralds with the symbol for foliage to represent eternal youth, and to bury these jewels with their dead.  The ancient Romans associated this gemstone with fertility and rebirth, and dedicated it to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.  

The Ancient Egyptians mined Emeralds in the eastern desert region 2,000 years before Cleopatra’s birth, braving extreme heat, scorpions and snakes to search for the beautiful crystals.  During Cleopatra’s reign, she claimed the Emerald mines as her own, as this was her favorite gem.  She often wore lavish Emerald jewelry, and it is said that she bestowed visiting dignitaries with large Emeralds carved with her likeness when they departed Egypt.  

In the sixteenth century, the Spanish Conquistadors were amazed to find the native people wearing Emeralds larger and more magnificent than any they had ever seen. Although the natives attempted to hide their Emerald mines, the Spaniards soon discovered and conquered most of them.  But it took twenty years before they found the abundant mining operation held by the Muzo Indians, and another thirty years to overtake this aggressive tribe.  The Muzo mine was in the area known today as Colombia, and it remains the source of the most prized Emerald specimens.  Other sources of Emeralds are Brazil, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Russia.

The Emerald is a member of the beryl family of minerals.  The green crystals grow slowly within metamorphic rocks and are restricted in size by the rock, making large Emeralds rare and costly.  Although this gemstone is relatively hard and durable, it must be protected from blows because the inclusions found within make it susceptible to breaking. 

Some Twice Loved Vintage emerald treasures...
Emerald vintage jewelry hair pins.

Some people believe that wearing an Emerald brings wisdom, growth, and patience. And as any couple in a long-term relationship would agree, all of these qualities are essential for a successful and lasting love.  This may explain why a gift of Emerald for an anniversary -- or anytime -- is considered symbolic of love and fidelity.

Just me being me...Lori


New designs for summer...

Introducing our new wraps for candles, jars, cakes, books, or anything else you want to fancy up!  Each wrap is adorned with a vintage piece of jewelry on top of a flower and tied on with burlap and tulle. Remember those jars we picked up in Montana...

Wrap on vintage jar...

Wrap on candle...

Wraps on cake display...

Wrap featuring emerald...birthstone for May!

We can customize by color and size...can you see these as napkin rings or tied on dining chairs??

Just me being me...Lori


Old-fashioned hamburger & fries...

Nothing works up an appetite like junkin' around looking for treasures!  Recently, we stopped in at In-N-Out to refuel, and just had to share this fantastic burger drive through and restaurant with you!

First, a little history...In-N-Out was started in 1948 by Harry Snyder and was the first drive through restaurant in California.  The employees wear white uniforms with red aprons, and, from my experience, are all super nice!  There are two "not-so-secret" secrets regarding In-n-Out.  The first one is the "secret" menu that you can find on their website but is not listed on the menu board at the restaurants.  Those in-the-know will order their burger "animal style"...if they like grilled onions, that is!  The second one is the reason behind the "crossed" palm trees that are planted at most In-N-Out locations.  The trees represent the location of a buried treasure {from the movie It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world} and are living symbols of Harry's treasure {In-N-Out and drag racing, the theme of the movie}.  Currently, there are over 200 In-N-Out locations in California, Utah, Arizona and Texas.

I am hoping for one in Colorado very soon...I wonder if they will use crossed pine trees instead of palms...

My order...single with cheese...animal style...fries & an iced tea...YUM!

Back of restaurant while waiting in line for my order...

This is what they specialize in...best burgers on the planet!

Well, we're off to another treasure hunt...we'll let you know what we find...stay tuned!

Just me being me...Lori


Twice loved baby bassinet...

A friend gave us this antique wicker bassinet which will be perfect for Baby Girl's first weeks at home!  After some spray paint, lots of tulle, bedding & a bow with bling, the bassinet is ready.  We loved the idea of covering the base to look like a tutu.  The brooch on the bow is one of our vintage finds and the ideal finishing touch on a bed for a princess!

This is how we do it at Twice Loved Vintage...

Antique wicker bassinet...well loved!

The bassinet ready for Baby Girl...

Cozy & comfy with a beautiful vintage brooch...so twice loved!!

Thanks, Judy, for the gift of this beautiful bassinet!!

Just me being me...Lori


Junkin' in Bozeman...

We did make a little time to hit our favorite spots in Bozeman and here is what we found...

Two gorgeous jars, one tinted green and the other tinted blue with fabulous lids!

And loads of vintage jewelry to use in some of our new designs...yum!

I can hardly wait to show you what we come up with...stay tuned!

Just me being me...Lori



This past weekend, Ashley & I traveled to Bozeman, Montana, along with family and friends to celebrate the milestone of college graduation with Ross {my son & Ashley's brother}.  We just wanted to share a few things we learned along the way...

~ No accomplishment can be celebrated without the help of 
friends and family!

~  Everyone should visit Montana at least once in their life...
it is beautiful!

~  Hard work does pay off... Ross graduated with honors!

As for the graduation ceremony, it was the best I have ever
seen!  Why?  The keynote speaker was Jake Jabs, founder
and owner of American Furniture Warehouse, and he gave 
the graduates this advice:  value your education, work hard, 
save some money, be honest and help others along the way.  

Jake grew up in Lodge Grass, Montana {very small} and
worked on his family's farm growing up.  His parents were 
both immigrants, his father from Russia and his mother from
Poland.  They came to America to begin a better life for
themselves and their kids.  Jake attended Montana State
University before starting several businesses and finally
purchasing a furniture company and renaming it American
Furniture Warehouse.  Jake has donated over $28 million
to MSU showing his belief and support of higher education.

   In his closing statement to the graduates, he told them that 
the greatest reward of a college education is the confidence
that is gained providing the basis for future dreams and 
success.  What an inspiration!

There ceremony ended with the MSU fight song, mascot and
 balloon drop.  GO CATS!

Thanks to everyone 
who came to help us celebrate!
 And congrats to Ross!

 Just me being Momma Bear...Lori