Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Resolutions

Have I mentioned before how much I dislike the idea of making resolutions? Nothing like starting a brand new year by setting yourself up for failure! That said, I am a big believer in self-improvement, and I do have some lifestyle changes I try to implement throughout the year (every year). I suppose this is like a New Year's resolution in the fact that I reflect on things I can do better, but I specifically refrain from setting objectives to be reached. After all, if I resolve to lose 20 pounds and only lose 5, I have failed to reach my objective. Let's call it a goal to make healthier choices and perhaps that will be easier to stick to.

And I always seem to make the same "resolutions": to dress better, and to get rid of clutter, year after year. Well, I am happy to report that I have made great strides toward the latter, mainly by opening my Etsy store. I have sold some things I don't need, and at least the rest of it is inventoried and packed safely away, waiting for its buyer to come along. I am also thinking about opening a stall in a local antiques mall, which would allow me to unload some of the larger items I've accumulated.

After all, even if I couldn't resist these MCM lamps for $3 at an estate sale this summer, I can call it inventory, not hoarding!

As far as dressing better, I think my occasional Sunday outfit posts helped, and I do wear a lot of vintage dresses in warm weather, but during the colder months there is a lot of room for improvement! And for someone who claims to be a dealer in vintage clothing, that's an area I desperately need to improve!

I also checked a couple of items off my long-term "to-do" list. I finally acquired my vintage stove, a 1950 Westinghouse double oven range. As I write this, my husband is downstairs re-wiring the burners. I had started that job, but he soon took it over after watching my slow progress for a couple of weeks- it's great of him to take it on! I hope to have it up and running again in the next few months. (A new post on that to come soon!)

Obviously this is not my kitchen....

I also finished some wood working projects which had been waiting for years. I finally re-finished my dad's old coffee table and gave it an MCM makeover with hairpin legs. 

And I finished my TV-quarium (TM), a project I had been thinking of for at least 7 years. I was very pleased with how these projects turned out and it helped me get back in touch with my "handy" side, something I had all but given over to my husband years ago.

I also started a sister site, the1930sproject, as a serious study in living a Depression-era lifestyle. Hop on over and check it out!

So here's to 2012, may it bring us happiness!


  1. You always find such great things!
    The table you refinished is to die for. Maybe I should finish my wood re-finishing projects? Inspiring!
    I always say that I'm going to declutter. Maybe this year will be my year to accomplish that?
    I'm really excited about the 1930s project too!


  2. Happy New Year! I hope sometime in 2012 our paths will finally get to cross!


  3. I think you accomplished some wonderful things during 2011. (I'm still oooohing and aaahing over the TV aquarium.) I'm looking forward to your 2012 projects.

  4. You are amazing!You do cool projects, write great blogs and always are sweet enough to comment on my blog! Love the stove! Happy New Year!~

  5. O my goodness that Tv is gorgeous you lucky lady what a lovely piece of furniture and so is your little table. Good luck and enjoy cooking with your lush cooker ;-)) Happy new year, dee x

  6. Good luck with the stove, I had to give up on mine, too much to fix and too expensive out here. Good luck with your resolutions.

  7. Here here! Happiness, health and great vintage finds! ;-)

  8. Wow, what fun stuff. Lovin' your blog. Thanks for visiting Dear Helen Hartman so I could come here and become your follower. Can't wait to see what happens with the 1930s project.

  9. Your idea of creating a resource/personal journal on depression era living absolutely fascinates me. Once you start it up, I will definitely be an avid follower! In the mean time, have you seen Shelley's work at New Vintage Lady? Her time period of interest seems to overlap yours to a great degree.