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Vintage-Inspired Mother/Daughter Fashion

Sometimes you hear a great quote and it becomes your new life motto. When Don Draper directed his creative team with the famous line, “Make it simple, but significant,” I knew it would be my new mantra. Lately I’ve been considering simple significance in most everything I do, whether it’s analyzing my wardrobe, cooking dinner, or renovating our kitchen.

Lucy and I chose simple, all-inclusive outfits for our family dinner outing at a local restaurant that fits right in with Don’s creative advice. Canton’s downtown scene had been lacking excellent casual dining downtown until recently. You could easily find upscale restaurants and seedy dives, but the lack of moderately priced meals in a nice, casual environment pushed people like me to the suburbs for family outings. A couple of modest places have popped up to fill the void, but it wasn’t until Deli Ohio opened last year that I said, “Aha! Yes— This is what we need.”

A simple space with an attractive, and decidedly fuss-free dining room, it’s the perfect spot to pop in for an amazingly delicious sandwich you can feel good about. The family who owns Deli Ohio works with local farmers to source ingredients, and I gotta say, the bacon alone is worth the trip! It’s a great family atmosphere, and Lucy loves sitting still for her meal and then running around the open space with special permission from the staff. (They’re really chill and their own toddler enjoyed playing with Lucy too!) We love it there, and Canton’s better because of Deli Ohio. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

W H A T   I   W O R E :

dress: ASOS / shoes: Clarks / necklace: Avenue Antiques in Canton / bag: Cleveland’s WMC Fest 5
lipstick: Laura Geller Rosato / waterproof lip liner: It Cosmetics Romantic Rose

W H A T   L U C Y   W O R E :   100% thrifted

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sixties' toddler fashion

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Deli Ohio - Canton

Deli Ohio- Canton

Deli Ohio- Canton

Deli Ohio- Canton

Our Kitchen Renovation

kitchen renovation - Making Nice in the Midwest

Our home has been covered in tarps with the contents of our kitchen displaced in boxes. It seems I’m always looking for something or other, and usually what I’m looking for and can never find is that elusive thing called time! Oh, but it’s gratifying to be in the midst of a kitchen renovation and see such dramatic changed take place in our home. I’m documenting the process over at A Beautiful Mess, so you should go over and check it out! Here are the kitchen posts I’ve shared so far:

There are already quite a few dramatic before and after photos! I can’t wait to share the grand reveal! (When it’s all finished, that is. Will it ever end?)

kitchen renovation - Making Nice in the Midwest

kitchen renovation - Making Nice in the Midwest

Moxie Jean Kids – Get the Look for Less

Back to School time was so thrilling when I was a kiddo. Every late Summer afternoon, when other normal kids were running through sprinklers or begging their parents for ice cream truck money, I watched excitedly as the mail truck slowly approached from the distance— Would today be the day I get my class list? As I wondered which friends (and which boys) would share a classroom with me that Fall, I would pour over clothing catalogues, wishing Mom would puh-lease buy me all the clothes I wanted, instead of just giving me a set allowance for Back to School clothes. As a sixth grader, I would grab a calculator and crunch the numbers so I could get the most clothes for the money I had to spend, making sure I had a bomb outfit for the first day of school. These were important decisions, you guys! I probably wouldn’t get new clothes again until Christmas, and even then I would be more likely to get tube socks and patterned undies instead of the corduroy flare jeans and the flower-power zip-down shirt that I really wanted.

I wonder if Lucy will one day get as excited about Back to School shopping as I did. She might not be in school just yet (Let’s not rush it!), but I still bought her some new clothes in the spirit of this time of year. Just like my six-grade self, I pulled out my calculator and crunched the numbers so I could get her the most for our money. I ended up buying Lucy all of these name brand clothes for less than $40, and I didn’t even have to leave the house! What’s my trick? Moxie Jean, the upscale resale shop for kids— online!

I pride myself on being pretty thrifty, but my desire to save money usually clashes with my annoyingly specific style requirements. I rarely bother looking for clothes at garage sales, because most of the time the things for sale are nothing at all like the classic, vintage-inspired clothes I like for Lucy’s wardrobe. Typically I find most of her vintage clothes at local thrift stores, but it can be frustrating to spend a long time looking through clothes that are tightly smashed onto racks alongside tacky t-shirts and over-appliquéd dresses. It’s rare that I leave the thrift store with more than one simple white t-shirt for Lucy. I also like to look around at local resale shops, but there’s still a lot to sift through while corralling an active toddler who would rather be playing outside.

I really liked my experience shopping at Moxie Jean. It’s just like any online store where you can view things by a variety of categories, the clothing is neatly displayed on a simple background, and it arrives well packaged and in pristine condition. But instead of the online shop prices, I paid about 75% less than retail for the brand name clothes I found. (Honestly I don’t care too much about brand names— I look for specific styles. Brand names like Boden and Gap just make it easier to skip to clothes I know I’ll like!) I ended up finding lots of dresses, jumpers, shirts, and jeans that I wanted to get for Lucy when browsing Moxie Jean’s 18-24 month girls category, but I narrowed down my purchases to the items below:

Black turtleneck originally from Old Navy

Gingham skort from The Children’s Place

Plaid jumper originally from Old Navy

Orange marled sweater originally from Jacadi

Red gingham pants – Deréon brand

This year, the National Retail Federation estimated that shoppers will spend an average of $231.30 on clothes and $124.46 on shoes. Moxie Jean can give you at least three times as much plunder as you’d get at retail stores, and to prove it, they cut the estimated total of $355.76 in half and they’re giving it away to one lucky winner to buy a new wardrobe.

Enter the giveaway below, and read more about Moxie Jean at their website here!

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My DIY Glitter Countertop!

DIY glitter countertop

You guys! I think all of the paint fumes around here are starting to get to me. I built a glitter countertop for our dining room. What could make that an even crazier prospect? Well, we are knee deep— no, make that eyeballs deep— in home renovations over here, and I decided it would be fun to build a glitter countertop right at the beginning of all the chaos! Phil and our dads are working on replacing the ant infested eaves of our home and also the gutters, while we’ve simultaneously been working on renovating our entire kitchen! So much good stuff for our house— so much bad stuff for my sanity. Anyway, amidst the planning for the new kitchen, I stumbled across a favorite antiques dealer of mine who was finally selling an old cabinet of his I had been eyeing for years! I had always sighed longingly at it when it was just an overstuffed display fixture at the antique mall, thinking about how perfect it would be to store all of my craft supplies out of sight in our dining room (my workspace). He gave me a deal for $300, so I immediately put it on layaway, then a month later brought it home.

The problem with the cabinet was, well… nothing as far as I was concerned. But I guess the fact that it had part of its front and all of its sides and top missing might have become an issue down the road. So I had to get out my saw and drill and finish the cabinet out with some new wood that completely clashed with the beautiful, old patina of the cabinet. It was a travesty, as you all bemoaned alongside me, but my friend Kyle helped me paint it a fresh coat of white, remove the broken glass knobs, and replace them with new ceramic ones. All it needed was a countertop!

I figured I could buy some lumber to frame out a new countertop similarly to our office countertop, so I headed off to the lumber yard. While I was there, inspiration struck. I thought— Hey, what if I made the countertop like a retro diner table top? Some funky laminate on top and aluminum banding around the edge? That would add the perfect amount of quirkiness to the beautiful antique cabinet! Of course, they didn’t have any laminate that fit the bill, nor any aluminum banding. So my DIY become a wee bit more complicated, but infinitely more fun! Did I tell you there were buckets of glitter involved?

DIY glitter countertopDIY glitter countertop

I built the countertop just as I had done in our office, and painted it a lemony yellow for an undercoat, in case any glitter didn’t cover certain spots, then the yellow would camouflage the mistakes. I’m glad I did that, because when I look closely at it now, I can see spots of that yellow paint showing through. After the countertop was built and painted, I got to work on the glitter. I decided to use an epoxy resin with glitter stirred in to give the countertop a durable finish with a transfixing, dimensional sparkle to it.

DIY glitter countertop

DIY glitter countertop

I used this epoxy resin which was a bit cheaper than others I had seen out there, and it worked great! To make the epoxy resin, you have to mix the resin with the hardener. The proportions must be exact, so I used plastic measuring cups that I could dispose of later. To begin, you mix equal parts of resin and hardener, stirring vigorously and constantly for four minutes. Then you transfer the mixture to a clean container and stir again for 4 minutes. Before stirring again, I quickly dumped the contents of my glitter bottle into the resin, then stirred.

DIY glitter countertop

DIY glitter countertop

After the last four minutes of stirring was complete, I poured the epoxy resin onto the countertop and spread it out with a wide painter’s edging blade. You supposedly have 20 minutes to work, but I found that it began getting tacky sooner than that, so I worked quickly.

DIY glitter countertop

Because I was planning on putting aluminum banding on the edge, I let the epoxy run over the edge. I wish I had covered it with duct tape, though, because I ended up having to sand away the drip marks to get my banding to sit flush with the edge of the counter. Duct tape would have just peeled off after about an hour or so of letting the resin set up, and then I wouldn’t have had any drip marks on the edge.

After spreading the resin, I sprinkled the top with glitter to cover any areas of yellow showing through. This prevented my epoxy resin from creating a shiny, glass-like surface, though, so the next day I decided to do another layer of epoxy resin and glitter. I’m so glad I did! It made all the difference.

Note: Do not pour your epoxy resin outside like I did! I got bugs in mine that I had to cut out with a blade. Most of the divets I made with the blade were filled in after the second coat of epoxy resin I did inside our house. But pouring inside was difficult because I had to make sure the toddler was nowhere to be found and that there was plenty of cardboard on the floor to catch drips.

DIY glitter countertop

Because our house was basically under construction, I left the countertop alone for about three weeks before working with it. It was a good idea to let it cure that long because of the two coats of resin I had done extended the curing time quite a bit. (I would set something onto the counter and have to pull hard to get it off because it was bonding with the resin!) So this week, the aluminum banding I had ordered from Outwater (ALU7777 on this page) came in, and Phil helped cut slits into the edge of the counter so we could attach the banding. We used a skill saw to cut the grooves and I applied construction adhesive to help the banding stay in place.

I love the way it turned out! The cabinet top is significantly higher than standard height (It originally was mounted as an upper cabinet/locker in an old store— hence the no sides or top thing.), so you can’t see the glitter until you are next to the cabinet, but you can see the beautiful aluminum banding, and I think it plays well against the more traditional feel of the cabinet itself.

DIY glitter countertop

It’s a nice surprise, though, when you go over to the cabinet to make a drink, and BAM! There’s a glitter countertop! Talk about a conversation starter!

http://www.outwatercatalogs.com/lg_display.cfm/catalog/Master_Catalog_Vol_42/page/37/highlight/brass%20ripple%20edge%20banding

http://www.outwatercatalogs.com/lg_display.cfm/catalog/Master_Catalog_Vol_42/page/37/highlight/brass%20ripple%20edge%20banding

Oh, and P.S. Maybe you’re not really into the idea of a glitter countertop or tabletop, but check it out! I made this abstract painting last week! It was my first time really attempting anything like this since art school, and even then, I had never done anything in this style. I shared my process over at A Beautiful Mess right here, and you can see how I framed it right here.

DIY Custom FramingI hope you all are doing well! I’m hoping to get back to more regular posting within the next week or so. Thanks for checking in on me! As always, you can see me in between posts here by checking out my updates at A Beautiful Mess!

 

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