For Christmas this year, my mom gave me the sweetest gift… My grandma’s old sewing box!! She left some of the bits and bobs that had been inside for sewing, but also filled it to the brim with new pocket letter materials. Am I spoiled or what?!
Wanna take a look inside?
Here’s the tray on top…
and below that, MORE GOODIES!
Plus, 2 collections (and 1 bonus kit!) from my favorite Etsy shop, Peachy Skeen…
I could spend hours scrolling through all the vintage collections in this shop. Highly recommend checking it out if you like pocket letters, planning, pen pals, etc. I got a collection with a purple theme and one that was farm-themed!
Here’s the shop’s card if you want more info…
My mom is the absolute best for putting together such a lovely gift. I love that it is a treasured heirloom, but updated in such a fun way! I know that making things with the supplies inside will bring me so much joy. ❤
Now then, who wants a pocket letter???
Did you get anything fun and unexpected for Christmas?
On our recent mini vacay to Delray Beach, we brought along an old polaroid camera. We had gotten it at a flea market a few years back and I never really thought it would function (I just wanted it as a funky bookshelf accessory). But lo and behold, Chet found a way to get it working and we took a roll of beach-y, vintage-vibes snaps.
I really wanted a way to display this special roll of film. Each of the pictures make me happy and I love that they look like they could have been shot in 1977. (#nofilter just an old ass camera, lol)
Here’s what I came up with and instructions in case you wanna make your own!
What you’ll need:
- a frame
- hot glue gun
- glue sticks
- thick twine or rope for hanging
- thin twine or yarn for stringing across the frame
- mini clothespins
- sandpaper if your frame needs a lil distressing
And how it all comes together:
The most important part of this project, in my opinion, is to find a frame that fits the vibe of your polaroids. I found this one on clearance at Home Goods. The light blue, antiqued look really goes with our beach-y, vintage-looking polaroids. You could probably find a great frame for your own photo display at a thrift store or maybe you have one sitting around your house! If you’re going for a distressed look, you could always paint and then sand to let a little wood peak through.
Once you have your frame, take out the backing and glass. Lay out your polaroids to see what arrangement will work best. Then, measure out some twine and string it across. Secure with hot glue.
Next, cut some thick twine to attach to the top of the frame for hanging. Depending on how heavy your frame is you may need to staple down the ends.
Finally, clip your polaroids on with some adorable mini clothes pins.
Hang on the wall and admire your finished product…
I’m totally obsessed with how this turned out and love displaying our tiny collection of beachy polaroids by my desk! Have you completed any DIY projects lately? I’d love to hear about them. ❤
Did you know cigarette manufacturers used to issue trading cards to stiffen packs and advertise their brands? Above is Gallaher’s Cigarettes’ “How to” collection and below is Ogden’s Cigarettes’ take on my favorite child star! I love this vintage marketing. Seems like a fun thing to keep an eye out for when ambling about in antique stores and flea malls.
Today I thought I’d share my current favorite teas and tea essentials! Tea for two and two for tea…
1. Blackberry Black loose tea from MonTea,a fabulous little tea shop in Lexington, KY in the Chevy Chase neighborhood.
2. Yogi Pure Green tea bags in a thrifted glass tea jar.
3. Loose green tea leaves from the Good Foods Co-op bulk tea section. For the easiest bulk foods container DIY? Just spray paint the lid of a mason jar with some chalkboard paint.
4. Hand-painted tray table, thrifted. (Similar: here, here, and here.)
5. Local honey in hand-me-down Hadley Pottery.
6. Tiny cups from my stackable espresso cups and saucers set .
7. A mesh tea ball to steep loose leaves. (Though I’d love to get my hands on some cheekier infusers like this one and this guy.)
8. Mismatched spoons.
9. Linen tea towel, thrifted. (Similar: here, here, and here.)
So, now the only question is…