If it hadn’t of been for my mother, I wouldn’t have this career.
Seriously. I think about it often this time of year. Why? Because every October and November she would drag me out to every flea mall/ antique store in and around our area and make me hunt for every vintage Santa mug, pitcher or cookie jar I could find.
On the regular – she would take me to yard sales and estate sales. At a young age, mom taught me how to hunt. Eventually, I developed an eye for things I liked and I would put them away in my hope chest.
Mom drilled me to look for little details such as… look for the “Japan” stamp… Fenton is good. Fenton hobnail is even better. For years I learned these tips among many other. Later I added on to this base knowledge and begin adding in my own style.
Once we got home we would have to “display” the items of course (I now call this styling lol). So along with developing an eye for hunting “junk”, mom taught me how to arrange that “junk” in a way that instantly turned it into treasure.
I write this today because it hit me, I was taught these things not knowing it would later develop a career. She had no idea it would pay my mortgage, help send her grandkids to college (possibly) and provide me with nice things. Each little tip she gave me as a young child, I practice daily.
All because a grown up taught a little, I hunt for items, nearly daily, for customers. I write about how to style those items and I display soooo many vintage items in my home in hopes of inspiring other to embrace beauty in old things.
Share knowledge with little ones and don’t underestimate them… In many ways, childhood shaped us.
So we’re approaching the end of October, sadly! No worries – more fun months are to come. However, I want to embrace every last moment of the month and all it’s fun festive charm!
Since Aaron and I don’t have children yet, this post is geared to those adults who are without kiddos yet still wanna be festive! There’s no way we can fit all of these ideas into the next remaining days but this will hopefully get your festive mind going!!
1- Go to The Pumpkin Patch
Yep, there’s still time!
2 – Binge watch scary or not really thaaaaaat scary movies.
Aaron and I LOVE doing this!
3 – Bake a Fall treat
4 – Hand out treats to all the trick or treaters
Being out in the country we don’t get many of these but I always have a bowl of candy ready!
5 – Drink a warm mug of apple cider
Good news – you can do this into November too!!!
6 – Splurge on a Fall scented candle and burn it ALL weekend long.
I’ve been doing this all month but it’s not too late!
7 – Carve a pumpkin
Adults can do this too!
8 – If your town is hosting a grave yard tour, GO!
We did this last year and really enjoyed the weirdness while learning the history of our community.
Within the past year I have a newfound love for collections and grouped items that are very similar to one another. When similar vintage items are grouped it achieves a uniformed look with character.. if such a thing is possible. I’ve always collected milk glass (began at age 8) but recently I’ve wanted to broaden my collection abilities.
That’s around the time I began thinking clocks were cute. Yep clocks. Especially the little vintage desk clocks with the white face and blacks numbers. So I began hunting around the antique malls and keeping the ones I found while picking. (This isn’t my usual way of doing business.. lol)
Before I knew it I had gathered a little collection! Not to mention at a great price. Even at the antique malls I never paid more than $12 for a clock. In fact, most of these I found under $5. I’m not saying I found them everyday. Shoot, I didn’t even find them once a month but when I did they were reasonable priced.
I’m still working on my little clock collection. I recently styled them in our front living room on the top shelf of a bookcase. The hunt for my clock treasures has nearly been the best part of collecting!
Fall and Christmas are my VERY FAVORITE times of the year to decorate my home! I love pumpkins, orange, fall scented candles, cooler temperatures.. ahh just give me all the warm cozy tones!!
So I did a little Fall decor on our farm table in the dining room. As usual, I kept it simple and tried using mostly items I already had. Sometimes shopping your own home is the best way to find cheap inspo! I tend to shop my own home every season and swap items around.
This Fall, I used some white cake stands to add height and antique glass jugs on either side of those cake stands. To add a little festive charm I styled some faux white pumpkins (from last year) on the stands. Then to add a little Fall orange-y color, I popped some orange florals from Hobby Lobby.
Simple as that! The only “new” thing for this space are the Hobby Lobby florals coming out of the vintage jugs. I personally feel Fall is quiet easy to decorate for! Just think, pumpkins alone are beautiful!
Simple, sweet and oh so neat! We needed to make our little coffee situation both functional and eye appealing. So I went for my favorite glass canisters to keep our coffee area tidy!
Aaron and I like different flavors of coffee so one jar (the biggest) is for his coffee and the other is mine. For months we’ve been keeping the Folger’s containers under the counter. Having thear glass canisters enables us to keep our coffee nearby yet look cute!
Ha, these containers also serve as decor because they look cute! The older I become the more I look for decor to serve or be able to serve a functional use. That’s exactly what these glass jars do!
Ha, I just had to write about these little jars because they make me happy every morning. Thanks so much for reading my post today!
P.s. to see where I get my favorite glass jars click HERE.
Y’all, I can’t express how excited/nervous I am to have this online store. We’ve had countless requests over the past year to list items online. Aaron and I have been working on to set it up here and there during brief moments between our hustle since early Spring.
Last Tuesday on the way to our friend’s house for dinner, we pressed the “go live” button and launched Classic Cottage Online. Yep, we were in the truck for this magical moment. Ha, there’s no time like the present time.
We began with one single item. Within minutes 5 people had it in their cart. Less than 15 minutes later, we sold out! (Ha, of our one item)
(Above are screenshots of our launch night)
Like I said, I’ve been nervous about branching out into this online adventure while keeping my other booths and blog afloat. Aaron had the bright idea of starting slow. (Y’all that man is full of the simplest yet SMARTEST ideas) So for now we’re going to be listing a few items at a time.
Thanks SO MUCH!!! Your support means EVERYTHING! Maybe soon I can share more about this whole new adventure!
Literally it’s hard for me to remember details of the month because it didn’t last very long. Okay, let’s see what details I can share!
I’ve mentioned before we live in a college town – War Eagle! I thought the student rush was over (My mistake). It was a Saturday morning and we had just finished picking. We were taking a load of furniture into the store and I was hit with an open college student floodgate!
As Aaron was taking it off the truck, I was writing price tickets and handing them to parents. There were SO many college kids!
Then we had a few slow days. This was totally okay for two reasons. 1 – I needed a slow down after that crazy rush. 2 – It enabled me to work on some more projects. (We’ll talk more about that soon!)
The Creamy Month
Without even realizing it, I was drawn to medium french cream colors during the month of August. So odd but I realized my booths were mostly cream colored with pops of green!! Funny how our eyes sometimes decide how things should look before our brain even notices that it should be deciding!! I was totally okay with this and the college girls seemed to love it!
So that sums up the oh so quick month of August! We kicked off September 1st with Aaron and I working a 12+ hour day. Hustle has no time for football, y’all! Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today!
So pumpkin spice latte came out yesterday & that can only mean one thing – Fall will be here soon.
This year I’m switching up the Fall decor in our home. However, I really enjoyed my white pumpkin vibe last year so I figured I would share them with you all again just in case you’re needing a little inspo and are digging the white pumpkin vibe.
I so enjoyed my Fall Mantel last year. I used different tones of green with neutrals. Also, some sweet terra cotta pots! Fun times!!
The dining room had some fun fall vibes last year too. I used a large dough bowl with a striped table cloth (Linked) in it to soften the look with white pumpkins and lambs ear.
A white pumpkin here and a white pumpkin there at Le’ Bowman house!
Alright, so that was Fall decor of 2017. Hope these pics inspired you. Stay tuned to see how we’re styling for Fall this year.
If you’ve been reading my posts for any length of time, chances are you already know I LOVE to READ! I also love discussing books I’ve read. So here’s a few books I’ve read recently and LOVED!!! I have recently hit a book jackpot or so it seems.
So 2018 has been the year of Karlee being addicted to the Outlander series by Diana Galbaldon. These are big books that you won’t be able to put down. It’s historical fiction that will have you emotionally attached to characters. A Breath of Snow and Ashes was the 6th book in this series and I’ll go ahead and tell ya I’m dreading the day I’ve completed the entire series. WHAT. WILL. I. DO. WITH. LIFE??
Wow, this one was good! Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate is another amazing historical fiction. I was mid book and called my Nonna to let her know to add this book to her MUST READ LIST! My Nonna is from Memphis, Tennessee and part of the setting of this book is in Memphis 1930’s.. That’s before Nonna’s time but I still thought she would think it was interesting. Before We Were Yours will pull your heartstrings, y’all.
I really like a good phycological thriller that will keep you guessing. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager was my Summer beach read.. Ha, a little dark for a beach read but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This novel had me guessing until the end!
This was my other beach read! Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis is absolutely life changing. I found this book to be really motivational. Especially as an entrepreneur, it gave me a nice little motivational kick. Seconds after finishing this book, I jumped on Amazon and ordered it for my sister.
Alright, those are some of my recent reads that I actually enjoyed!! If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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