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My husband’s grandfather was a wonderful man. And a great wood worker. He passed away last year, and today I had such a fabulous time looking around his wood shop. I think vintage tools are some of my favorite things. They are the epitome of craftsmanship, and the worn wood & patina  from the metals can’t be beat.

Here are just a few of my favorite things from the wood shop {that I also shared over on my Instagram today} …

tool organization

vintage work apron

vintage tools

 

 

Do you have any vintage tools that you love? If so, share them on Instagram and share them with me by including #heirloomed in you photo post. I’d love to see them!

The reason for visiting the wood shop today was for a very exciting new project my husband has been working on. I am so excited to share, however this one takes time so stay tuned. But, here’s a little sneak peek in the meantime.

raw edge wooden slabs

raw edge wood

old wood planks

 

 

 

The intent of my blog heirloomed is to celebrate things that are inspired by yesterday but chic for today. So, you’ll have no trouble understanding why I instantly fell for the sparkly goods at Candy Shop Vintage.

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder, jewelry designer Deirdre Zahl earlier this year at The Southern Coterie Summit. I loved her jewelry (of course) and her business card & logo were just as beautiful. Which of course translates quickly to her website filled with original collection, vintage-inspired jewelry as well as real vintage pieces that she has collected. Oh, and then there is the packaging.

I love the analogy of the name – Candy Shop – and the nod to childhood. Picking through the goods, whether sweet or sparkling, as a child or adult, in search of the perfect piece.

I pulled together just a tiny few of some of my favorite pieces from the site. I’d love to know what your favorites pieces are, too!

100 anniversary ball jars

If you know me by now, you know I have a thing for jars { just two examples here and here }. So, I just had to share these two new preserves jar finds that I found. The Luxe Canning Jars from Jayson Home have a great vintage appeal and I love the classic gold tops. And, I’m sure you’ve seen these blue Ball jars that have been popping up all over the place, in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the first perfect Mason jar. I know these will be a big hit for 4th of July parties this year.

If you find any hidden gems I’m missing, I’d love to see any other fabulous jars that you find, too!

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Since I’m so inspired by things of the past, I decided it might be fun to start a new little series on the blog … yesterday / today. The series will take a look at things that are chic today, as compared to pieces from the past that inspired those trends.

Earlier this week I got an email from my friends at Layla Grayce showcasing all of the beautiful mint green items they have on their site. Seeing all the mint together in one place made me realize instantly the color connection from the vintage jadite pieces that were once stacked on kitchen shelves everywhere. The gorgeous milky green glass has long been a favorite of mine, especially against fresh white, as a display piece just perfect for styling.

Though I am pretty sold on a neutral palette, this summer trend is so vintage and yet so current for today that I can’t help but fall for it. I love that it goes effortlessly from a casual day at the beach to the most glamorous red carpet event without missing a beat.

Have you collected any jadite? Find a favorite mint green piece? Would love to hear about it! And, would love your suggestions for future posts in the yesterday/today series!

Mint Perfection: Earrings : Layla Grayce / Nail Polish : Essie / Pleated Skirt : Net-a-Porter

Summer continues, and so does Throw-Back Thursday! I truly can’t get enough … vintage meets my favorite season. I’m up for new themes for the board next week – leave a comment & give me a challenge, let’s see what I can find!

Throw-Back’s: Van Heesch Brass Bike { beach-cruiser with a little vintage metal? Yes, please!} /  Flea Bags { i have literally been swooning for years over these tool bag inspired totes } / Burroughs Beard Oil {doesn’t get much more old-school than this! and, can’t find anyone who loves the scruff like myself, found via design love fest} / To Kill a Mockingbird {i was not exactly a bookworm growing up, though my house is filled with old books. this one is new but feels decades removed }

Yesterday was the first official day of summer, though I’ve been celebrating for quite some time already. I think these throw-backs will help keep you in the summer spirit!

Throw-Back’s: Kinfolk: A Guide for Small Gatherings { a quarterly magazine that will inspire a few memories of your own} J.Crew necklace  { vintage-inspired settings would be great for anything from t-shirt to LBD } / Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Highback Wing Chair { the wing has such a regal touch, coupled with the undone finish makes it livable } / Stainless Steel Bendy Straws { a redo of one of our favorite kid classics }

Thursday is one of my favorite days of the week, and since you guys seemed to love the Throw-Back Thursday picks last time I’m continuing it into a little series here on Heirloomed.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I think today’s picks are perfect for any Dad!

Throw-Back’s: Calling Cards by Seaborn Press { if you don’t have them, you should } / Shoe Shine Brush { for some reason I can’t help but love the luxury of this brush, reminds me of being at the barn} / Typewriter iPad Keyboard { I may not be able to live without this gem} / Warby Parker’s Colonel Monocle { such a throwback, yet classic and timeless in tortoise}.

Thursday is one of my favorite days of the week, and since you guys seemed to love the Throw-Back Thursday picks last time I’m continuing it into a little series here on Heirloomed.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I think today’s picks are perfect for any Dad!

Throw-Back’s: Calling Cards by Seaborn Press { if you don’t have them, you should } / Shoe Shine Brush { for some reason I can’t help but love the luxury of this brush, reminds me of being at the barn} / Typewriter iPad Keyboard { I may not be able to live without this gem} / Warby Parker’s Colonel Monocle { such a throwback, yet classic and timeless in tortoise}.

I always notice {and pin} vintage-inspired items that I see come out. Of course if you know me by now, you know I love when people find throw-back elements they love and bring them back in a current way that works for today. It’s not dated, not stale or old – it’s something new and fresh but with a fabulously old-school feel.

So today I bring you some of my favorite recent throw-back finds. This just may become a more regular series on the heirloomed blog … what do you think? Would you like to see it?

Throw-Back’s : Karlsson’s limited-edition Batch 2008 potato vodka {click over, a good read!} /Restoration Hardware baby & child 19th C. Quatrefoil Iron Bed {because I must include my favorite RH} / Best Made Company Cloth Extension Cord {adore the design} / iRetrophone Steampunk phone {yes that’s an iPhone in there!}

like commemorating any special event, our first child is one we will do just as meaningfully as any other. i was on the hunt for the perfect gift for my mother & mother-in-law who threw a baby shower for me this past weekend. our parents have been doing so much for us to prepare,  in all the excitement as we await our little boy.

i adore the simple, classic, Southern tradition of the silhouette, but of course we will have to wait on that one for a bit {hard to do before he’s born, you know ..}. the stackable 1,2,3 and a,b,c rings i am just obsessed with – simple and easy to add to as your family grows, but i decided that i loved this more as a gift idea for a new mom {ie: me!} than as grandma gifts. and so, i settled on the vintage-inspired initial charms that each grandma can use however they please to commemorate their grandson and his new name. i think they are just darling and i’m so happy with the find.

i wanted to find a gift that would be as special and memorable as the shower itself, and also one that would play to a little surprise we were planning for the shower. we have been working to find the perfect name for our little guy, and 8 months later we have finally found it. and so, we used the shower as the perfect time to surprise our parents, family & friends by revealing his name. but, more on that tomorrow!

what other gift ideas have you seen or given as a baby shower thank you, or for grandparents to be?

images via: catbird jewelry / charm & chain / gibson lane studio / layla grayce

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