About Me


I can’t remember when it was that I started liking vintage and decorative collectibles or crafting with vintage items….but maybe it goes back to when I was in grade school (about 8 or 9 ) and I recall that I bought an antique fairy tale book at a swap meet for a dime unlike one I had  ever seen

It was a beautiful tale about the adventures of a boy and a girl and was illustrated with what I recall now as  Art Nouveau illustrations. I can’t tell you why I remember the illustrations more than the story, but there you are.   I lent this favorite book of mine to my best friend and somehow she promptly lost it. (Needless to say we probably didn’t remain friends for very long after that incident.)   Perhaps I have been trying to replace that treasured book since then.  And a loss of a book so long ago has transformed into part of my lifestyle and influenced my interior design tastes as well. C’est la Vie!

Talk about influences, the other major influence in my life was my grandmother, who practically raised me.  I spent many a fond summer at her house.  She was an avid crochet buff, gardener (she loved african violets) and made beautiful Barbie clothes for my Barbie.  She grew up during the Depression, so she rarely threw away anything, so I imagine she impressed a little of her upcycle and repurposing habits onto me before it was fashionable and chic.

In any case, fast forward to the future and the fact is, at sometime I caught the vintage love bug, and  I still love to read, research and hunt  for vintage finds and antiques online and offline…and I really love to save money while at my favorite pursuit!   That’s probably why all those interests have mixed together to make me take the time to start a blog and share some of those adventures with you!

As I shared on my first post, this blog was created to provide articles, book reviews, shopping reviews of stores in the LA  and Orange County area and online resources, and some personal stories on vintage costume jewelry, decorative vintage collectibles, vintage ephemera and paper, and trash to treasure redo’s (it will be a mish mash of assorted things and we’ll see what direction the blog takes)— in any case it’s many of the things which I now collect and do.


24 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I just found this site through CraftCrave and I think it is fabulous. I use a Silhouette Cameo and your printables are great. Thank you.

    1. I’m glad you like this site. Thanks for the compliment and stay tuned for more Silhouette freebies. 🙂

  2. I just found you site a few days ago and I love it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. I have a silhouette and hope to print some stickers for my planner once I figure out what I am doing.

  3. I love it! the printables for the happy planner are my fav. I use InDesign to make my own but it is very hard to do… what program do you use? I hope you respond 🙂 love from the Netherlands

    1. I use a combo of programs…Inkscape (an open source vector design program) and Adobe Illustrator which I am barely learning. I agree the learning curve is steep! That’s why some of my first designs were so plain and simple. I also use Silhouette software Designer Edition which gives you different kinds of flexibility with pattern designs.

  4. I am not sure, but the fairytale book you talked about sounds a bit like the book I cherished as a child for exactly the same reasons! I loved the illustrations which may well have been art nouveau or for some reason I used to think of them as irish illustrations back then. I don’t remember the stories either except the very first story was called “Dick Nameless”. I am wondering if we are talking about the same book. It may have been called “A Treasury of Fairytales”.

  5. I just found your website and I LOVE IT!! I’m addicted to it really. 🙂 Thanks for sharing all your creativeness, it’s very inspiring.

  6. Just wanted to say a BIG Thank-You for all of the Planner Printables you’ve made available! I can’t wait to try some of them out. You are VERY talented!!!

  7. You are amazingly talented and I am so appreciative of you sharing that with us! THANK YOU!! I also wanted to thank you for making printables for the mini Happy Planner. I just switched to one (from the classic size) and wasn’t surprised at all when I went to my favorite blog and there they were; gorgeous printables just for the mini! You rock!!!

    1. Thanks for your generous praise. It’s so nice to hear from “pleased” customers? I am glad you find my website a great resource. Have fun with your Mini Happy Planner. 🙂

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