F I'm So Vintage: November 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

a country Christmas

I have finally finished up all of my Christmas decorating and can't wait to share some pictures with you. However, it has been so dark and gloomy here, I haven't had enough light to get any good photos. Also, my knee has gone out again (insert BIG SIGH here) so I am trying to stay off of it to see if it will heal on its own. Yes, I am one of the millions of Americans with no health insurance. Premiums for a self employed woman of my age were way out of the realm of possibility. (another BIG SIGH)

So, I thought I would share some wonderful examples of country Christmas decor that others have done. 

a wonderful primitive fireplace

via notforgottenfarm

a white country living room

via couintryliving

overstuffed white furniture mixed with primitives

via countryliving

simple and rustic

via countryliving

I love the simple natural feel of these spaces. Very cozy and homey. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

crock pot clam chowder

Thanksgiving is over and I don't know about you, but I am pretty much over turkey for the immediate future. I did make some homemade turkey soup using what was left of the turkey carcass yesterday, but that has been put in the freezer to be taken out and eaten on a cold day in January. 

All of this cool rainy weather we are having is making me want some comfort food, but it is such a busy time of year, my thoughts are definitely turning to crock pot cooking. For some reason I have been craving clam chowder and I came across this recipe, which, if I can drag myself out into the pouring rain to get the ingredients I will make this afternoon.

Crockpot Clam Chowder

Clam chowder recipe with minced clams, bacon, onion, and potatoes and milk.

4 (6 1/2 oz.) cans minced clams with juice
1/2 lb. salt pork or bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
6 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 c. water
3 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 c. half and half cream or milk
3 to 4 tbsp. cornstarch
chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Cut clams into bite-sized pieces if necessary. In skillet, saute salt pork or bacon and onion until golden brown; drain. Put into slow cooker with clams. Add all remaining ingredients, except milk, cornstarch, and parsley. Cover and cook on high 3 to 4 hours or until vegetables are tender. During the last hour of cooking, combine 1 cup of milk with the cornstarch. Add cornstarch mixture and the remaining milk and stir well; heat through.
Top each serving with a little chopped parsley and serve with crackers or crusty French bread.

A simply set table featuring a primitive table runner would be the perfect backdrop for a chowder dinner.


I hope you are dry and warm where you are. I am thinking I may have to inflate the life rafts if this goes on much longer.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

cyber monday shopping

It's not only Monday, it's Cyber Monday. The perfect day to shop on Etsy and find some great deals for yourself or gifts for the holidays. Normally, I promote items from other sellers on Shopping on a Monday, but as I have a great sale going on through today, I thought I would be utterly shameless this week and promote my own shop. So here are some finds for you.

a sweet vintage apron for the holiday hostess.


Some vintage sleigh bells to hang on your front door. Just in case Santa tries to sneak in that way.


a rustic wire chicken for your farmhouse kitchen.


a little watering can to make into a planter or water your plants this winter.


Do you have a baker on your gift list? These primitive old rolling pins make great collectibles.


A broom to sweep away the ashes.


A pretty floral and chenille handmade pillow for a cottage home.


All of the items I've chosen today are under $35 and today they are 20% off. Just use coupon code HAPPYDAY at checkout.

I hope you have a fun Cyber Monday shopping day and thanks so much for supporting small businesses.

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Friday, November 25, 2011


Hooray, it's SALE time in the ImSoVintage shop. I want to thank all past, present, and future customers by offering 20% off all purchases Black Friday through Cyber Monday. So if you have had your eye on something special for yourself or as a holiday gift now is the time to grab it up, without the mall craziness. Please enter Coupon Code HAPPYDAY  at checkout.

Click   HERE  for savings.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you an old fashioned Thanksgiving from my vintage home to yours.

I am thankful today for your friendship.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

last minute Thanksgiving decor ideas

Just a few more ideas for your Thanksgiving decor before the big day tomorrow. I know I have a lot to do today and so I am getting an early start. I was actually up at 4:30. BIG YAWN!!






You really don't have to spend a lot of time or money to make a pretty table. Gather some eclectic finds from around your house, an assortment of candles, and some leaves from outside and you will have a table that is uniquely yours. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful day. If you are traveling, please drive carefully. I am thankful for each one of you and want you to be safe.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

thanksgiving pies and a big ouchy

Yesterday started out great. I was really on a roll getting things done, when BAM I was getting some packing boxes out of the car in the pouring rain and my knee popped out of place. Have you ever seen those big football players go down on the field writhing in pain. Well, that is what it felt like. I literally couldn't straighten my knee and when I tried it felt like a bomb was exploding in there. But I knew I was tougher than those big old guys, so I managed to get the boxes and haul them into the house, drag them up the stairs, and fill them up to give someone a shipping estimate, all without straightening my knee. I then sat down on my bed and kind of burst into tears. Not one of my finer moments, but it really hurt. Trying to decide if I needed to go to the ER, I hobbled around for a bit and wow, my knee popped back into place. So my big thankfulness of the day turned out to be gratitude for the ability to walk.  Yahoo!!!

Now on to the pies !!!!!

We sure do love pies here in the south, and since it is Thanksgiving week and anything goes on Thanksgiving, I thought I would share a couple of southern recipes. (you can diet next week)

This recipe is from Mommy's Kitchen

Southern Pecan Pie

1/2 - cup sugar
1/4 - up butter (softened)
1 - cup corn syrup
(or replace with moonshine or cane syrup)
1/4 - tsp salt
1 1/2 - tsp vanilla
3 - eggs
1 to 1 1/2 - cups pecans
1 - 9- inch deep dish pie shell (unbaked)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream (mix) the sugar and butter well in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add syrup, salt, and vanilla. Mix again. Add eggs one at a time and mix after each. Stir in pecans. Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust. Bake in preheated oven until top is brown and pie set (about 45 minutes). If the crust begins to brown to quickly cover just the crust with foil and continue baking. Test pie by inserting a toothpick into the center of pie. It should come out almost dry.

*Tip Be sure to mix ingredients well. Otherwise the pie may not set up. You can use chopped pecans or whole. Store in the refrigerator. May be reheated in microwave before serving (about 15 sec)

This recipe is from butyoucancallmecrazy

Kentucky Derby Pie

  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c. salted butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 c. broken pecans
  • 6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ c. Kentucky Bourbon (optional)
  • 1 Pie Crust
Mix sugar and flour together. Add the eggs and remaining ingredients. Pour into crust. Bake at 350° for about 1 hour.

There was kind of a pecan theme here, but we have a lot of pecan trees in the south. What kind of pie do you like for Thanksgiving? I'm not a huge pumpkin pie fan so I kind of look for something different. Derby pie is definitely one of my favorites, although I am trying to cut back on chocolate, but maybe just this once.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

it's monday - let's shop

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone. It's Monday again, so as we all know it's time to relax and do some Etsy shopping. Christmas is definitely on its way, so I have some great goodies to share with you today from some wonderful Etsy sellers.

berries tea towel

cross stitch yule pillow

red rocking horse

red stripe jute stocking

linen tree ornament

heirloom nativity scene

holiday bread board

Have a great Monday. One of my knees seems to have popped out, so I think I will relax a bit today.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

all I want for Christmas

We all make our Christmas wish lists, but I think I know what my granddaughter wants this year.

and if the other one, which is loose, comes out, she can sing the song.

Have a fun day.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

planning a Thanksgiving table

I love Thanksgiving and as it approaches I am thinking about how I want my dining room table to look. 

Here are some lovely ideas.


Simple and natural, bittersweet can add the perfect touch to your table.


I love this idea of using a vintage plant stand from your garden to display items on your buffet.


A time for being thankful for the harvest is reflected in this lovely wheat centerpiece.


If you are lucky enough for a warm day.


For me, Thanksgiving is such a personal holiday. It is a time for giving thanks for all that is special in our lives, a time for family, and  a time for sharing. As I sit here and plan my Thanksgiving table, I think about all the things that I am thankful for...a warm home...that my 87 year old mom (who can be quite  fussy at times) is still with us...my sweet daughters and grandchildren...the fact that in such difficult economic times and at the tender age of 60 I have found a way to share my love for vintage and antiques and make a bit of income from it...and for all of you, who have shared your friendship with me. So whether your table this Thanksgiving is an elaborately decorated table for twelve or just a simple card table with a small pumpkin, I hope that it will be special for you my sweet friends.

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