Lots of new stuff is brewing

Ahhh… like a nice glass of sweet tea, while you sway on your porch swing…..
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except….
I’ve been hustling like a mad woman over here.
I’m working on some really exciting stuff this summer.
I can’t tell you everything yet, and I know I’ve been really tossing some hints out there lately, but I can tell you that it’s got everything to do with thrifting, (my favorite pastime).
In other news, I have decided to make the leap to a vendor rental space at my local junktique.  I’ll be sure to share photos once I have everything set up.  I’m starting out small with only the rental of a shelf, but hoping to grow over time.
I’ll be postponing the etsy  shop for a little while to focus on my “brick and mortar” space.
On top of everything else, I’m still dancing and teaching!
This time two years ago, I sent out ten press kits and prayed to get a return call.  After following up with a few, I got an interview.  I didn’t feel that I was a good fit at the first place, and quickly got discouraged.  A few weeks later, I got another call from my current employer, who needed a quick replacement.  Two years later, I’m still there, plus teaching aerial dance and college dance!  By the grace of God I am pursuing my dreams, and will continue onward!
Never stop believing in the plans that are written for you.

Pink “Thrift Store” Finds

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I figured I would show off some of my recent and not so recent pink thrift store finds!  Ok, that’s a lie, because a lot of these were at garage and estate sales too, but they are still “thrifted.”
First is my most recent pink find… these three pink Cuisinart pots.  I still have my entire set of my wedding pots and pans, still in the plastic, stacked in my cabinet.  But I needed these pink ones!  I often use the same skillet, and the same stock pot.  It’s just two of us so I never really need more than two burners going at once.
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Next is this pink repro pay phone.  I wanted one of these really bad, and I almost bought a red one at an estate sale for $25.  That was before I knew they made this in pink.  I passed on the red one, but happened to be perusing craigslist for garage sales when I spotted this phone in the back of a listing’s photo.  I rushed out there, and this beauty was still there.  I paid $15 for this one.  The previous owner was a 16 year old who was selling this to raise money for shoes for prom.20170213_083211_resized
These next two go together but were found at two separate garage sales.  The pink bridesmaid was in a box with several other colors.  I’ve kept one of each, sold a few in my etsy shop, and still have a few left.  The bride and groom were at an overpriced garage sale.  I felt grateful to find this shabby chic beauty for just $1.
This pink hat was found somewhere in Pittsburgh at a large second hand sale that was held in a convention center.  I negotiated the price down because I bought a few different vintage hats and bundled.  Instant collection!
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The last few photos are not thrift finds but I felt like I had to show them off here.  This painting was actually done by my husband.  He made this in high school, long before we ever met, but this shabby chic piece of art is perfect for my style.  And it’s like this big pink vintage style crock with the delicate flowers he painted were done just for me!
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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, my gerbera sprouted three beautiful blooms.  I have to showcase them here:
And furbaby wants you to know she has a pink dollar tree find too.
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Enjoy Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

4 Thanksgiving Ideas for the Family Gathering

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Today I’m bringing you some (hopefully) fresh ideas to entertain your family on the big turkey day.
Everyone knows that when everyone gets together, they gorge on turkey and all the sides, plus dessert…. and usually all settle in to watch football, or traditionally chit chat and gab away.  Kids tend to entertain themselves (either good or bad).
Instead of everyone doing the thing they do every year, why not add a little extra into the mix?
Here are 4 ideas to shake everything up, (just a little bit)
Recipes:  Having a potluck?  Want to try something new for next year?  Have the people that bring a dish, also bring copies of the recipe.  They can also send you or give you the recipe before hand so you can make copies and provide them for guests to take if they want to introduce the dish into other events.  One of the greatest things about recipes is that the dish is continually always known by the person you got the recipe from.  It can be a widely known recipe, but if someone you know introduced you to it, it’s THEIR recipe!  Let your recipe live on this year.  For the more tech savvy crew, you could even create a newsletter with everyone’s recipes, but make sure you have a paper friendly version for the non techie folks.
Time Capsule Craft:  This next idea comes from my love of crafting.  I know not everyone loves glitter and glue, but this simple craft is fun for the whole family.  Create a Christmas Tree ornament that will seal the moment in time.  Provide clear plastic fillable ornaments, and have guests fill them with craft supplies that you or they provide.  (Craft table potluck anyone?)  Personalize ornaments by having guests write simple memories on small sheets of paper.  Ideas to get you started are; major life events such as marriages and births, major life accomplishments like graduating, or landing a good job, and simple life events like favorite holiday movie, food, or song.  A link to directions and craft supplies can be found HERE but don’t limit yourself to just these craft supplies.  They have such cute things in craft stores these days, so take a trip to just meander.
Silly Talent Show:  Everyone has a silly talent or trick.  Can you recite the alphabet backwards, or do some magic tricks?  Have guests showcase their talents after dinner.  Let guests know ahead of time so they can prepare and aren’t put on the spot.  Kids particularly might love this activity, so let them steal the show if they want.  You might get an entire magic show, or dance recital!
The Most Important of All:  Give back.  Vow to do an act of kindness.  No act is too small.  Share your ideas and proclaim your act to everyone.  Maybe you can get together and volunteer your time.  Feed off of one another, steal each others ideas, and most importantly… follow through.  Acts of kindness are only great if they play out.
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Vintage and Nostalgic Halloween Home Tour

I had a Halloween Party planned… but everyone started cancelling last minute so we had to cancel last minute.  Truth be told, I may not have gotten out my decorations for a second year in a row if it weren’t for planning that party that never came to fruition.
Last year my precious vintage Halloween collection was still in storage, and I didn’t make it there to get it out.  October crept up on me as I was settling into my new life here in Florida.  This year however, I was able to get it out and add to it a bit.
I enjoyed creating my vignettes, and I always enjoy sharing my memories with my blog readers.
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What’s Halloween without a Jack o lantern?  My gramma bought this one for me when I was in elementary school.  I don’t remember there being a huge amount of them before this, and I think I had one of the first electric pumpkins ever.  It’s on the good old oak ice box.

On top of the ice box I have my paper mache vintage reproduction collection.  Most of these are from Pat Catan’s back in PA.  That place was always a sure bet for finding some great, super affordable, holiday decor with a vintage flair.  This year I found this tall black cat on the left at Hobby Lobby.  He fits in well with the family.

Here’s my roadside bookshelf adorned with a cheap Party City tinsel garland and other Pat Catan’s gems.  On top is some REAL vintage Halloween stuff.  These vintage blow molds were found for either $1 or less than a dollar a piece at a great little consignment store back home.  I miss that one too.  Definitely on the list when I visit again.
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Remember my bare top of kitchen cabinets, and how I was looking to spruce them up in the last post?  I spruced.  I went a-thrifting and found some additions.  That large paper jack o lantern just to the right of the large black and orange pinwheel has lenticular eyes and I think might be vintage or close to it.  It was a large Hallmark card, and someone laminated it to use for years and years.  The candy corn is a plush boyds bears accessory.  I think I’ll continue looking for or making items to add to this little vignette.
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On the other side of my kitchen I had planned to clear this area for a buffet.  My autumn cookbooks, thermos avon cologne, and my made by me vintage inspired Halloween noisemakers create a scene.  I also kept my cast iron stove toy/salesman model since it seemed to fit in nicely.
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There’s not much space to decorate in the living room, but I finally got out my gramma’s pumpkin.  It’s a ceramic pumpkin her friend made her in 1976.  I remember this being out every year on the coffee table.  Inside were her little yarn scarecrow, and this plastic fall foliage I placed around the house.  The sign is also a Pat Catan’s find.

Lastly is the decor in the main bathroom.  I found that large wax jack o lantern at Goodwill years ago, and the sign was from Pat Catan’s.  To my surprise, after choosing these decorations, I realized the jack o lanterns on the sign and the ones on the towel nearly matched.  A happy accident, as I wasn’t even meaning for that to happen.  The trolls were from my collection as a kid.  Although I downsized, I kept the holiday ones, an also did the same with my rubber duck collection.
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Lastly, I had put together this little candy buffet for our guests before the party got cancelled.  Now it will serve as the candy in case we get trick or treaters.
I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!!!  Enjoy the start of the Nostalgia Season!

 

Free Mini Email Course!

 

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*Launching September 12th*
I want you guys to think of email from me as a little power up… Super Mario Bros. style.  Like the red and white mushroom that makes you bigger than you were from the start.
 I’m sending monthly recaps to my community of blog subscribers so that you never miss a post, but that’s something just anyone can stumble upon.
So my goal is to create exclusive content for JUST the members of the Nicolyndime Club.  I want you awesome ladies to feel special, and well, AWESOME!
As you know, I focus on frugal beauty and fashion, as well as powerful uplifting content, stories, and advice.
My first FREE mini email course will be a 5 day installment where I send you a little thought each day, along with some actionable steps.  The course title is “5 Secrets to more Confidence in Yourself” and will launch Sept. 12th.  Be sure you are signed up by then to receive day 1.
But that’s not all!  You might receive additional content that I don’t post on the blog.  Additional recommendations, cheat sheets, printables, and whatever else I happen to think may be a great addition to your life, including subscriber only giveaways, extra entries in public giveaways, special pricing and offers on products, and early notice of launches!
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OK I’m ready to formally announce this

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(No… I’m not pregnant…)
But I’m pretty proud!
Women are pretty powerful, and you are pretty powerful too.
Right now I feel like every song written about following your dreams, was written just for me.  One of those, walking on the clouds, can’t bring me down, won’t be stifled kind of moods.
And I’ll tell you why….
In one short year, I’ve accomplished so much more than I ever thought I could, with little more than sheer will, determination, and some pretty great cheerleaders in my corner.  (you know who you are, and though a few of you may be far away, you’re always close in my heart.)
It wasn’t long ago I was in a pretty bad state of mind.  I didn’t think there was much more for me to experience in this world, and I was jaded and suffocated.  When my husband got relocated to Florida for his job, I moved, leaving everything behind, and began a fresh start.
With no friends, connections, and familiar comfort spots in sight, I buckled down.  Determined to land a dance teaching job.  I sent out a bunch of press kits and waited.  I landed an audition, but the hours weren’t there for me.  I landed another audition and it just didn’t seem like the right fit.  Disheartened, I kind of gave up.  Then I got a call.  She needed a teacher fast, and it just so happened that my resume finally made it to her mailbox.
Dream number 1:  I was hired!
I decided to step out of my comfort zone, and start taking classes in aerial silks, and eventually aerial lyra.  I worked hard, I got a pull up bar, and I went to class all the time, even if I felt I couldn’t do anything and was really far behind.
On a totally random and ordinary day, the owner, asked me if I would like to teach the intro level classes.  I’d hoped that my responsible behaviors, work ethic, and determination to succeed, shone forth and I’d like to think that’s one of the reasons I was hired.
Dream number 2:  Tackling a dream AND getting hired.  (Can you even believe that once I hit 25 years old, I thought I was too old and my opportunities were zilch?!!!)
Not too long ago one of the instructors from that first job I landed needed a substitute for her adjunct faculty job teaching dance at a local college.  She asked me if I’d like to go through the process to become credentialed to teach there.  YES!
Dream number 3: Teaching at the college level.
A lot of people told me that I’d never make anything out of dance.  They scoffed when I wasn’t doing a “real” track of study and threw comments around on how easy it must be to just go to school and dance.  Those people sounded very ignorant to me then, and sound even more so now.
As an adult, and fellow member of humanity, I would tell anyone to follow their dreams.  I’d add that if you work hard, and position yourself in the right track, your odds are better to land that dream job.
Don’t give up… never ever ever give up.  Laugh at the naysayers.  Tell them nothing, but show them how wrong they are.  The best revenge is living a happy life.  🙂
Be the person that makes other people feel good.  You’ll be remembered for that.
But,
You’ll also be remembered for making people feel bad…..
Remember that too….
It’s your choice.

 

Happy Planner Haul

20160805_151904_resizedAwhile back I posted this Happy Planner haul on my Instagram account, (if you’re following me, you’re totally awesome and I thank ya very much.  If you’re not… why aren’t you!?)  I also hinted at a big announcement for me.  I’ve been bursting at the seams to tell you all, but I was waiting till it actually happened.  And it’s happening…..
But I’m not going to tell you just yet.
I’m making sure that it will actually happen….

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But I’m telling ya that I’m going to be pretty busy for a few months, and I needed a great planning system.

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A Happy Planning system!
This is the Happy Planner…
I also bought a ton of frugal and fun supplies to go with it.
It might have been an excuse to buy cute stickers….
All of these stickers were $1 per sheet!
I like my planner for memory keeping too, so I wanted to snazzy it up.

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I’m really excited to continue to plan, craft and decorate in it.

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Here’s what I love about the Happy Planner Concept:
  1. The Planner is Happy!  With designer style pages, and cohesive quirky elements, you can customize this planner anyway you like.  You can add stickers, and washi tape, and lots of Happy Planner designated items that are in the line.  Not to mention that a quick trip to Etsy proved to have a zillion options for add ons, add ins, stickers, and anything else you might want.
  2. There’s a ton of room for the actual planning… plus decorating.
  3. The pages come in and out easily with this awesome disc binding system:20160805_151945_resized
4.  I purchased the 6 month extension pack so I can get a solid 2 years out of this planner.  There are wedding, fitness, and recipe extension packs too!
I think if you can make your planning system fun, and personal, you might have a lot more fun planning out your days!
If you have a Happy Planner or another planner system, I’d love to see how you make your personal planner happy!