Thursday, April 30, 2009

Second Sunday Stroll ATC Swap?

During the summer months, there is a art show called Second Sunday Stroll held the second sunday of every month May though September in the town where we have our bricks and mortar shop, Waynesville, Ohio.

The organizers would like to hold an ATC exchange in conjunction as a part of this but we need to know if people would be interested in doing this.

Anyone would be able to come and trade cards and if you wanted to sell your ACEOs or other art at the show you can get more information on participating as an artist at

This could be a good way to promote your business, network and get exposure as an artist. I think it could be a lot of fun and be a great chance to trade and add to your collection as a collector or learn more about ACEOs and ATCs.

They would also like to possibly have a booth where you can learn to make an ATC/ACEO and possiby be able to purchase some goodies to play with at home.

Is anyone interested in coming to an event like that? If possible it would be held each Second Sunday date. Leave me a comment and let me know if this would be something you would come to!


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Eat Green!

Pack your own lunch in re-useable totes and containers. Here are a few cute finds from Etsy:

From MyIttyBitty

From Country Life Naturals

From Blended Splendid

From ChezSucreChez

From Cotton Top Quilts

From Ever Improving Me

Happy Earth Day!

Being green is very important to Mom and me. One reason that we love the vintage goodies that we sell at Trendy Bindi's Boutique is because by using and loving them, we aren't adding to our carbon footprint. In celebration of Earth Day, we'd like to share some of our favorite tips and finds to help you stay green.

When mowing down at the shop, we use an old Smith and Hawken reel push mower. If your yard isn't too big it is a great green option for lawn maintenance. It's powered by you so you don't have to pay for gas or worry about pollution. You can also burn off some calories! We've had the same mower since I was little and it is working just fine 20 years later. Smith and Hawken no longer makes one but their parent company Scotts does.

You can find this here

Another thing that makes such a huge difference to the health of the planet as well as your own is to grow your own fruit and veggies. If you can't grow your own produce buy local organic. Fresher and often richer in nutrients, local produce also uses much less energy to put on your plate because it doesn't have to be shipped, flown or trucked in to your local supermarkets.

For some great information on gardening visit one of these great sites on Victory Gardens:
Victory Garden on PBS
Revive Victory Gardens

To find a local farmers market try one of these sites:
Local Harvest
Farmers Market Dot Com

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blissful Reading: A Well-Kept Home

Have you ever had a book decide to come home with you? I have. A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my wonderful local library, heading over to the mystery section to find a good cozy when this book seemed to leap at me from the shelf as I passed. I am quite happy that it did. A Well-Kept Home: Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother by Laura Fronty and Yves Duronsky is a beautiful book featuring simply elegant photography by Yves Duronsky.

Buy this at Barnes and Nobles!

This book has five basic sections that cover food, home maintenance, caring for linens, beauty & healthcare and gardening with the age old wisdom gleaned from the author's French grandmothers. There is also a handy little index at the back that lists handy uses for, say, garlic or irises.

This book really captures the cottage lifestyle by sharing the wisdom of our fore-mothers and sharing greener, thriftier and more effective ways to care for ourselves and our homes.

I hate to take my copy back to the library--I'll just have to buy my own!


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Blue Blog Party!

I am very excited to be joining the lovely Etsy Cottage Style Ning Ladies in their Blue Blog Party! This is my very first blog party to boot!

I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite blue finds:

Don't you just love this sweet netted blue vintage hat? Clara Estelle wears it so well don't you think?

Technically, this gossip bench started out with this nasty gold corduroy upholstery but a quick trip up the street to the fabric shack and a few minutes with scissors and a staple gun soon fixed that!

This little geisha girl just begged to come home with me. She is going to have a special spot on my tree next year.

Aren't the graphics great on these?

This darling find is actually part of a pair. You can see her with her sister, dressed in yellow, in our b&m shop and in our etsy shop.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at some of our blue finds. I'm going to go and check out some of my fellow hostesses' blue offerings now!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Waynesville Days

I know that it seems a ways off but July is creeping up on us and before you know it, Waynesville Days will be here! Carol, a good friend and wonderful owner of Waynesville's Red Barn General Store (where you can find all sorts of yummy foods, including the Country Living line, beautiful glassware, and much much more) has been working very hard and has just posted the official Waynesville Days website. Not only can you learn more about this weeklong old-fashioned patriotic small town celebration, you can also take a peek at some the great material from turn of the century Waynesville Homecomings.

You can also visit the Red Barn General Store Here

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Call For Artists!

Second Sunday Stroll...Waynesville, Ohio Press Release

Second Sunday Stroll Committee Announces
Call for artists Waynesville, Ohio Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - Starting Sunday, May 10th, and running through September 13th,
Waynesville Merchants Association will again host a monthly art event known as Second Sunday Stroll. Local visual and performing artists including painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, photographers, musicians, dancers, singers and magicians are invited to participate. Individuals will be set up along the length of the Main Street historical district and on one block of High Street. All visual arts must be original and made by the artists themselves.
The artists must send samples of their art by regular mail or
electronically to the Stroll Committee for approval. Visual artists will be
permitted to sell their work as well as demonstrate their talents. Sign
up for one Stroll or plan to attend all the monthly Sunday events. The
Stroll Committee will have the final approval of all artists and art.

Artists will be required to pay a promotional fee of $15 per month
which will be used for advertising to promote the art event. There will be
a discounted Summer Pass available for $50 if paid by May 10th. This
pass will register the artist for the whole summer at a savings of $25.

Performing artists may include soloists or small groups who sing,
dance, play musical instruments, or present mini dramas. All performing
artists will be working for tips and CD sales will be permitted as well.
Again, artists must send samples of their work by regular mail or
electronically to the Stroll Committee for approval. Performing artists
are not required to pay any promotional fees.

2009 is our third year to host this event and we are welcoming
supporting guilds and galleries to the event again this year. Any artist
guild, cooperative or gallery who would like to offer support to this art
event would be greatly appreciated. For details about how your guild or
gallery can become recognized for any of the dates in 2009, please
contact or visit our website for more details.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars
to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural
enrichment for all Ohioans. Other sponsors include the Canada Goose Gallery
featuring the works of P. Buckley Moss, the Waynesville Area Chamber of
Commerce and several other Waynesville merchants.

The dates for the Second Sunday Stroll are May 10th, June 14th, July
12th, August 9th and September 13th from noon to 5pm. For more
information or to submit your artwork and register for any or all events, please
email or send US Mail to Carol Vacca, P.O. Box 743, Waynesville, Oh 45068 or call Carol at 513-897-3885

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cupid is Back on ABC!

Back in the '98-'99 season, there was a delightful little show called Cupid which was sweet, funny and charming. Unfortunately it only lasted a little over a dozen episodes before being axed. Some attribute it to its time slot, but Mom and I both think that part of its problem was that it was too far ahead of the curve. The whimsical mixture of romance, comedy, and mythology was just too new.

ABC is the now the home of such delights as Pushing Daisies and Ugly Betty which share Cupid's sweetness. I think it is due to the success of these shows that the powers that be have decided that it is the perfect time to bring Cupid back.

It premiered last night at 10 p.m. EST and was delightful! It stars Tony Award winner Bobby Cannavale as Trevor Pierce or Cupid, Rick Gomez as Felix Araiza, Camille Guaty as Lita Araiza and Sarah Paulson as Dr. Claire McCrae. She is one of my favorite actresses and you might recognize her from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, What Women Want and Down With Love, among others.

If you missed the first episode, you can watch it online at ABC HERE

You can be sure that we'll be tuning in for the future episodes!

*Be sure to keep an eye on Trevor's shirts, they all are related to love. Last night he was wearing a Virginia is for Lovers shirt and another with the silhouette of the Taj Mahal on it. Such subtle touches really add to the charm of this show.