suitcase > dresser

I inherited a great vintage suitcase a few months ago and decided to make it into a mini dresser for winter hats and scarves.  I had extra sofa legs on hand, so all I needed were some nuts and washers.  Check out the final product!

DIY vintage suitcase

DIY vintage suitcase

Okay, full disclosure: The original intention for this suitcase was for it to be a cat bed.  Sadly, it was not accepted and became a mini dresser.


a seahorse compilation

Did you know that the female seahorse lays the eggs but the male seahorse carries the unborn youngins in his pouch?  Seahorses also like to swim in pairs with their tails linked together. Pretty cool.  Here is a roundup in homage to this incredible creature.

Make a paper seahorse wall sculpture with a printable PDF pattern.

seahorse wall decor
seahorse wall decor from EcogamiShop

Or crochet your very own seahorse!

seahorse crochet pattern
seahorse crochet pattern from lalylala

I like this nautical-themed mini dish set.

seahorse Ceramic Platter Set
ceramic platter set from Creative Co-op

And here’s the same seahorse design on a canister.  Simple but lovely.

dolomite canister with seahorse design
dolomite canister with seahorse design

Or get this fantastical pillow from Roostery that’s filled with mermaids sleeping on the moon and riding seahorses.

mermaid seahorse fabric pillow cushion
throw pillow with mermaid/seahorse design made from Spoonflower fabrics

They have lots of color options…

Or adorn yourself with a seahorse pendant necklace cast from an actual dried seahorse.

brass cast seahorse necklace
brass seahorse pendant necklace from monteazul

Can you find the seahorse in this art print from society6?

society6 art print
Rainy Days by Judith Clay

I stumbled upon this French site that has many old engravings, often in large format and in color.  I really like botanical illustrations.  Most botanical illustrations are all over Pinterest, but this old image is new to me.  The description reads: “Fish color drawing after ‘Universal Dictionary of Natural History’ Atlas Zoology Volume 2 reptiles and fish by C. d’Orbigny – Paris.”

vintage seahorse illustration
vintage seahorse illustration

Mix the old with the new with this custom vintage iPhone.custom iPhone case with seahorse illustration

Check out this seahorse crest!

seahorse crest from Fairbairn’s Book of Crests
seahorse crest from Fairbairn’s Book of Crests






American Gothic

These photos remind me of Grant Woods’ American Gothic oil painting but only in the terms of the framing and farm focus. All of the images featured below were taken (circa early 1940s) by Farm Security Administration photographers tasked with reporting and documenting the plight of poor American farmers. I selected the photos below simply because they are striking.

More info about the FSA photos can be found here andhere.

Faro & Doris Caudill, Pie Town, NM (1941)
Faro & Doris Caudill, Pie Town, New Mexico (1941)
Jim Norris and wife, homesteaders, Pie Town, New Mexico
Jim Norris & wife, Pie Town, New Mexico (1940)
Jim Norris, Pie Town, New Mexico (1940)
Jim Norris, Pie Town, New Mexico (1940)
FSA borrower, St. Croix island, Virgin Islands (1941)
FSA borrower, St. Croix island, Virgin Islands (1941)





It’s sunny.

I would have fared well during Victorian times when pasty complexions were all the rage. I am physically unable to tan.  I burn and then freckle.  Pale skin has yet to make its comeback, but luckily for me, parasols have!

Cancan Sun Parasol by Guy de Jean
Vogue, January 1963

Photo via We Heart Vintage.  (Okay, I know it’s not current but I love the photograph.)

Parashell Parasol by DiCesare Designs
Sakura flower parasol series
Sakura Flower Parasol by DiCesare Design
Planetary Parasol
Clock Parasol by Kota Nezu

I love this idea.  Never wear a watch again…carry a parasol!  Japanese designer Kota Nezu created a parasol with a built-in sun dial. Find out how it works here.

food & food-ish

It’s raining.

April showers in September… Since Monday, my umbrella has not left my side. It will probably stay there for the rest of the week.  Oh well.  Enjoy these images with umbrellas!

From Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies:

published in 1963

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.

B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away.

D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh…

The Morton Salt Umbrella Girl 

Morton Salt Umbrella Girl (1914 - today)
(1914 - today)

I’ve always wondered about the Umbrella Girl on the cover of Morton Salt containers. Since 1914, she has had five makeovers but hasn’t been updated since 1968.

Movie posters for the 1964 French musical film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg