Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What am I listening to?

Meet Rose

M E E T   R O S E

Greetings friends!

Some of you may have already heard the exciting news via Instagram and/or Facebookbut I had to share my new venture on Threadesque! I found Rose, who is a 1961 Garway camper & decided I couldn't let this little cutie slip away! My best friend, Megan & I went on a road trip to Dayton, NV to meet Rose (a post about our journey is coming soon)! 

Rose will soon become 
mobile shop! 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

DIY Map Valentine

I love making my fiance, Donovan sweet handmade cards all the time but for Valentine's Day I always do something extra special! We love to travel together so I decided to make him a map valentine that could also be used as art around our house! 

You will need..

-A map
-Glitter glue

Step 1: Draw a heart shape on the back of your map 

Step 2: Cut along the line

Step 3: Write the letters on the map using your glitter glue

Step 4: Glitter! Shake off excess glitter

Step 5: Give to your loved one on Valentine's Day!

Guest Post Sunday - A View from the Baobab Trees


Meet Kristin 
A lovely little lady that writes about 
green living, vegetarianism & everyday life!

Hello! My name is Kristin and I write a small blog called A View from the Baobab Trees. I am so thrilled to be writing a guest post for Sam’s wonderful blog! Today, I wanted to pass on a few tips and ideas about green cleaning.

I became interested in natural, environmentally- friendly cleaning solutions for a few reasons. First, there are the obvious environmental and health concerns associated with many commercial cleaning agents. If the bottle reads “Toxic” or walking down the cleaning aisle at your local grocery store leaves you feeling light-headed and woozy, that’s just not a good sign--both for the toll the production takes on the earth or the potential long and short-term consequences to our health. Second, as a person with sensitive skin, I’ve found that making my own cleaning products has been the most hypoallergenic solution for me because I know exactly what goes into every mixture and can easily customize my cleaning products to suit my needs. Last but not least, it is very important to me to not buy products that are not tested on animals.  (Although there are some wonderful natural, cleaning brands that do not test on animals  such as Seventh Generation, Meyer’s and Target’s Method brand).

In this post, I’ll share with you some basic recipes for homemade cleaning agents. I have tried all of them, and they have worked like a dream for me so far.

Ingredients:  Here are some basic ingredients to get you building a “green-clean pantry”. Most of these ingredients are extremely inexpensive and can be purchased in large quantities. The biggest initial expenses are the essential oils but since you really only use a few drops at a time, they should last a fair amount of time.

  • Plastic spray bottles
  • Borax (is typically sold in a 4lb. box near the laundry detergent)
  • White distilled vinegar’
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled water
  • Vodka
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Clove essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Castile Soap
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups and spoons (just to keep everything kosher, I bought a cheap set to use exclusively for my cleaning stuff)
  • For more in-depth ideas ranging from how to make your own paint to how to make your own cosmetics, I would recommend investing in a natural home-care book. I use, Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond.

Recipes: Where indicated (*) I have reproduced some of the recipes from Better Basics. I also throw in my hints and experiences with each recipe.


                   Simple Orange Clove Pomander:

I make these every year around Christmas time. In my experience, they typically hold their scent for an entire year. You can make several to place in dresser or sock drawers. They also make beautiful centerpieces and look great in decorative bowls around the house!

                        One large bottle of whole cloves
                        One large orange

Push cloves into orange. Cover the entire surface area.

  Other Cleaning Agents:

                        All-Purpose Cleaner* (pg. 48):

I have even used this on carpet spills. When used right away, it worked immediately, removing the stain, leaving a mild yet fresh scent and did not leave the sticky, stiff residue on the carpet like many commercial carpet cleaners seem to do.

                        ½ teaspoon baking soda
                        2 teaspoons borax
                        ½ teaspoon soap 
                        2 cups hot water

          Funnel all ingredients into spray bottle. Shake.

Window Cleaner* (pg. 100):

This literally leaves no streaks!

¼ cup white distilled vinegar
½ teaspoon soap
2 cups water

You know the drill, funnel into spray bottle and give ‘er a shake!

Thank you so much for reading and letting me share! Best wishes for the upcoming week!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

RoseVintage Goes to College - Sneak Peek!

This is just a quick iPhone shot I snapped at our RoseVintage photo shoot today.. I couldn't wait to share a sneak peek! The rest of the photos are coming soon from Cluney Photo!



 Wearing pink and red together is not only for

Valentine's Day, 

 enjoy this lovely color combination all year long! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Elle Fanning - Rodarte

The Curve of Forgotten Things

STYLE CRUSH - Carey Mulligan

S T Y L E  C R U S H

Carey Mulligan
This british beauty quickly became one of my favorite actresses after seeing her in the film, An Education. I started following her & she always makes my "best dressed" list! I also loved her in Never Let Me Go & am looking forward to seeing her in The Great Gatsby!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Joy of Books

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Our Journey - Detroit to Missoula

R o a d   t r i p p i n' 


Detroit to Omaha 
(stopping in Chicago)

 Omaha to Missoula 
(stopping to thrift along the highway)


I found this adorable package waiting at my door!

Thanks so much ANewDayVintage

We had a wonderful time in Michigan visiting family & friends. We're so thankful for the time we were able to spend together. It's always hard to leave but we'll be back soon! Our drive from Detroit to Chicago was really fast. We were able to drop off our friend, Evan & see his new apartment, it's awesome! Chicago to Omaha also went by really quick, we were just anxious to arrive to our friends, Corey & Christie's house. Christie & I had some much needed girl time & the guys had... well, boy time! We went thrifting, did our nails & cuddled on the couch watching movies! Dono's truck somewhat broke down which was a huge bummer, it was a very costly, time consuming repair so it put a damper on our journey. 

After it was fixed, we were on the road again to Rapid City, SD where we spent the night. We ordered delicious chinese food & relaxed! The next day we continued on to Missoula while stopping to do some more treasure hunting (just wait until you see all of our finds)! It was a looooooooong journey to say the least but we finally made it! We were so excited to get out of the truck, we raced up to the door & quickly remembered how cozy our house is! Sleeping in our bed while cuddling with Otis was exactly what I've been craving for the last month! 

Happy to be back! XO

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