Wednesday, August 15, 2012


This is me a week ago, the eve of my last day working at Moore College of Art & Design after 8 years as an Admissions staff member. I've been planning for this departure for 2 years, nonetheless I was still on a roller coaster ride of emotions: elation, fear, anxiety, worry, excitement and back up and down again. I'm happy to report that after about one week of freedom (last Thursday was my last day) and approximately seven pep talks from my lovely husband, I'm feeling very positive and pleased with my new life as a full-time Etsy vintage shop owner. Here's my week in Instagram pictures, how I document my life. If you're not a follower already, my username is: mousetrapvtg.

{celebratory cocktail with Hendricks of course} 

{celebratory dinner, BBQ ribs from the farmer's market & salad} 

{delicious vegan peanut butter cookies in the making} 

{delicious vegan peanut butter cookies ready for the oven} 

{kitty cuddles with Louis T. Kat, or Louis T. K. as we call her}

{first official appearance of soon-to-be-released Khaki Scout City Mice!} 

{first tasting of Chapter House's sparkling tea beverages, chamolemon mmm}

{a 40s camp photo I purchased at my first auction experience}

{first pedicure of the season with my girls, Beth (my SquidWhale partner) & Christiana}

{shipped out a second wholesale order of SquidWhale zip pouches to School of Vintage

{worked on cleaning & organizing my studio (update: it's still a mess)} 

{took photos for my first proper shop update since early July, a collection inspired by the waning of summer}

{crunching on an apple from my preview photo mid-shoot :) } 

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for lots more vintage!


THE LAST HURRAH shop preview

Well, it's August and the summer is officially waning. This week's shop update is a tribute to the summer's end and making the most of it. I plan to take long walks, drink lots of fizzy, iced beverages, gather wild flowers to dry, bird watch and soak in the sun.

{all these items will be added to the shop today, August 15th} 

{my feet and the small bits} 

{detail of 90s mushroom print rayon dress & two peach pit basket necklaces} 

{detail of 70s EMS straw hat with dried cattail "feather"}

{August morning light coming through my studio window} 

Visit the shop throughout the day to take in or purchase these late summer beauties...