Saturday, December 21, 2013

Last Minute Holiday!

Hi Friends:

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought you could use a little last minute inspiration. From decorating to entertaining, here are some quick and simple ideas to put the finishing touches on your holiday. If you are on top of things and ready to go, save these ideas for next year!
Many of us exchange ornaments or use them to decorate packages. These snowflake ornaments were made by cutting out circle motifs from an old crochet tablecloth. Just dip in fabric stiffener and let dry. Lace tablecloths work well, too; look for them at thrift stores.
We are in love with bottle brush trees! How about this Christmas tree farm displayed on a vintage silver tray! 
Yup, we're obsessed! Who can resist a vintage toy car with a bottle brush tree tied to the top?
Tuck a mini poinsettia into a sugar bowl for a little holiday cheer.
Do you have more people coming for dinner than your tableware can accommodate? No problem, mix and match; it will look modern and interesting at the same time. After all, no one dresses from head to toe in one brand, right? 
Giving a gift card? Here's a great way to present it. Buy a chocolate bar and wrap it with a printed snowman image. Using bits of fleece, add a hat and scarf. Tuck the gift card under the wrapper and voila!
For sipping hot cocoa or filling with candies, we love these snowman cups for the little ones from Blue Cricket Design. All you need are styrofoam cups with lids, orange felt and paint!

Friends, we've so enjoyed sharing our vintage finds and every-day inspirations with you this year. From all of us here at Georgia's, we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy new year!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Season's Greetings... Cards

Hi Friends:

One of my favorite holiday traditions is sending seasonal greeting cards. It's such a nice way to tell people you are thinking about them during this time of year. 

As I am sure you have experienced, displaying these cards can be a trick. Here are a handful of ideas to help you showcase your cards and add charm to your holiday decor.

When you rifle through your Christmas decoration box, do you have any extra ornaments that just don't seem to make it to the tree? Add them to a decorative bowl and add your cards. The bowl will look great on your coffee table or sideboard.

You can use the same philosophy with bells -- add them to a decorative bowl with your cards and voila!
Do you have a table with glass on top of it to protect the surface? Slide the cards underneath the glass for a great display.
We just love this idea from Martha Stewart! Simply punch a hole through your holiday cards, add a ribbon to form a loop and hang on tree branches. So cute and festive.
You can also purchase card holders that can be hung over the back of a door or mounted to a wall. I have a vintage card holder that I hang from a ribbon on my door (image on the right) but we found a great vintage-inspired piece at Pier 1 this year (image on the left)!
 How do you display your holiday cards?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

All We Want for Christmas Is ….

Hi Friends:

We've been out and about gathering inspired holiday gift ideas to share with you. We can't help but marvel at the originality and resourcefulness behind these items! Buying information is provided in case there is something you must have for that special someone. Enjoy! 
You may have seen vintage door knob wine bottle stoppers, but how about these pool ball stoppers! For more examples, google antique knob bottle stoppers on Etsy. Add a bottle of wine and you have the perfect gift!
Everyone is on the road at some point during the holiday. We love this License Plate Bingo game from Restoration Hardware for both young and old! 
 Isn't this beaded statement necklace beautiful! Find them at holiday markets and major retailers. 
Panettone, a sweet bread loaf studded with fruit originally from Milan, is enjoyed for Christmas and New Years and makes the perfect gift! These beautifully wrapped breads can be ordered from Eataly or found on many gourmet food sites and in fine grocery stores. makes beautiful trays from vintage frames and drawer pulls. Trays aren't just for serving; use them on a dresser, bathroom vanity or coffee table to showcase special items.  
Love, love these vintage salt cellars made into ring boxes from The Paper Button. The designer, Kari McDonald, makes the lids from vintage buttons. We would use one on the side of a sink to hold rings while doing dishes or as a tooth fairy box in addition to presenting/packaging a beautiful ring.
Here's a great gift for the man in your life: a woolen scarf made from menswear swatches by Margo Petitti. Her line of one-of-a-kind accessories for men are made from fine Italian woolens, silks and cashmere.
How fun are these Barbie doll shoe bracelets by Sara Gallo Jewelry! Her motto: play dress up! You know you want to!

We here at Georgia's hope your holiday shopping is merry and bright!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Musings!

Hi Friends:

With Thanksgiving behind us, Hanukkah upon us and Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the holiday experience. Right about now we are inundated with news reports on the hottest trends, shopping frenzy and sales predictions. We are told how to get the best deals, beautifully wrap packages, set the perfect table, and pace ourselves in order to juggle it all and remain stress free. The message seems to be that the holiday is something to be survived more than enjoyed.

For years I have found this time of year to be very emotional - a mixture of excitement, expectation and even melancholy. When I am out and about, I am deeply affected by the decorations and holiday music; it evokes memories of holiday's gone by and loved ones lost. I want nothing more than to shop and lunch with the girls in my life. Sign me up for the cookie exchange and count me in to go to a holiday craft show. I love every caffeinated minute!

So how can we get the most out of the holiday and skirt the downside? Maybe we should start by adjusting our perspective. Gift giving, for example, shouldn't be a chore. It's not about getting someone exactly what they asked for, it's about enjoying the opportunity to give. In our house, there is a long standing rule: you can't ask for your gifts. Now this doesn't mean that hints aren't occasionally dropped, but the shopping experience changes when you have to put a little thought and/or creativity into the gift. Shopping is no longer a  laundry list of items to buy and recipients will be appreciative of your efforts. What more precious gift is there than thoughtfulness?

Decide to enjoy being among the bustling crowd. Pause to delight in children getting their pictures taken with Santa, hum along with the piped-in music, help someone make a selection, or chat with your neighbor in the checkout line. Choose to be merry and you will be rewarded by way of a joyful heart.

Remember, too, that you don't have to "do it all." Pick a few meaningful things to do with loved ones to celebrate the holiday - something everyone will look forward to each year - a cookie baking day, holiday movie night, or piling in the car to marvel at the brightly lit houses. Most importantly, give back. Regardless of your celebration preferences, live out the expression that to those who much is given, much is expected; there are lots of opportunities to volunteer or sponsor others in need at this time of year.

Finally, be patient and non-judgmental. Just because we may celebrate the holiday a certain way, doesn't mean others do, too. If we pledge to be generous of heart and spirit, the holiday will be exactly what it is supposed to be - a time of hope, joy, peace and love, especially love. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Hi Friends:

I would like to dedicate this post to the memory of Dennis Gulkis - brother-in-law, uncle and long time antique lover. We are thankful for the many good times we shared.

Friends, I am not ready for Thanksgiving this year. In an effort to decorate with something that is warm and welcoming yet quick and easy, I settled on cornucopias. We're all familiar with this horn-shaped symbol of abundance originating in classical mythology and associated with Thanksgiving and harvest. Here's a few tips on putting one together! To make a traditional horn of plenty, pick up an inexpensive cornucopia (usually made of wicker) at a craft store and gather together real or faux items that are associated with harvest and abundance including fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers and nuts. Anything goes here; consider pomegranates, apples and artichokes in addition to the customary gourds and Indian corn. Fill the back of the horn with paper or straw to support the contents and begin arranging by placing the largest items to the back. Continue adding until you are satisfied with the arrangement. This large cornucopia took some filling! I lined the bottom with colorful faux leaves for added texture.
I found this vintage cornucopia at an antique market. It was designed to hang and makes a welcoming door decor!
For a more dressed up version, vintage cornucopias like these can be found easily on internet shopping sites.
If you have smaller cornucopias, why not place one in a guest bathroom or bedroom or fill mini cornucopias with cookies, candies and chocolates and give them as gifts. Get the kids involved in making them; it's a great way to spend time together and give thanks for the abundance in your life.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Lisa & Nikki's Friday Finds!

So Inviting!
Hi Friends:

What has inspired and delighted us this week? Here they are - the sights, sounds, tastes and one-of-a-kinds we loved!
Happy day-after-Halloween! Did your kids get an abundance of M&M's this year from trick-or-treating? Why not teach them a new game -  M&M baseball. Here's how it works: Every M&M color corresponds to a baseball play. Each player takes a turn eating M&M's out of his bag one at a time and calculates the number of runs they accumulate (based on the order and color of the M&M's picked). When a player pulls out a dark brown M&M (or an out), it is the next player's turn. The game ends when all players have eaten their entire bag of M&M's and the winner is the player with the most runs, of course!
Here's how each player can score:
  • Blue M&M: Single
  • Orange M&M: Double
  • Green M&M: Triple
  • Red M&M: Home Run
  • Yellow M&M: Strike
  • Dark Brown M&M: Out
Now about those Milky Way bars! Why not make a Milky Way cake. There are many versions of this cake out there, but we like this one:
Ingredients: 1 cup butter (2 sticks), 16 fun-size Milky Way bars, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 4 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 cup chopped pecans.

Method: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan. Melt 1 stick of butter and chopped Milky Way bars in a heavy pan. Set aside. Sift together salt, baking soda and flour in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream the remaining stick of butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla. Alternately add sifted dry ingredients and buttermilk. Add candy mixture and nuts. Blend well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.

Icing: Melt one stick of butter with 8 more fun-size Milky Way bars. Add 2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk. Blend adding additional powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency and amount is achieved. Pour over top of cake.
Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean we have to take down ALL of our pumpkin decorations. Get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with this great mini pumpkin potpourri displayed in an ironstone server. We love!
Vintage rolling pins - roll out dough for your baked goods or mount one and use it as a towel holder!

November is here and for most of us, it's time to don the wooly sweaters and hats! Get outside and enjoy the last vestiges of fall, everyone. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Here I Am...On The Road Again...

Hi Friends:

Gosh, don't you just love that Bob Seger song? It's my favorite road trip song.

Alright, now back to business. As many of you know I recently returned from a whirlwind road trip through the South where I ate grits and biscuits (by the ton), visited with family and friends, and experienced some great sites and sounds from three of the South's best cities: Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville, North Carolina; and Nashville, Tennessee. Talk about some good times. Here is a snap shot of my trip (I'll do a post on each city) including not-to-miss places, friendly faces and lots of fun - Charleston-style.

The main purpose of my visit to Charleston was to witness the marriage of my brother-in-law to his beautiful bride. But while I was in town, I found time to enjoy the history of the city.

Here is my not-to-miss list:
A carriage ride through the city (I always research to find the one that takes the best care of their horses). Carriage ride operators will give you the history of the city as you travel down original cobblestone roads.

Visit the city's many famous landmarks (which you will learn about on the carriage ride). I loved St. Michael's Episcopal Church on Board Street. It's the oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston.
Be sure to go to an Oyster Roast. Restaurants around the area often offer all-you-can-eat roasts on Thursdays and Fridays. Not only are the oysters from the local waters, they are delicious and the roast is a great activity with friends. Just shuck, dip into your favorite condiment (I like horseradish), enjoy and repeat! Now, if only I could find a vintage shucking instrument...
Do you spy what I spy at the front of this bus? A vintage copper boiler! The bus driver and I had quite the spirited chat about this gem from the past - he uses his very differently than we use ours!
Gosh, there are so many great restaurants to visit while you are downtown. I loved Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar. Don't be shocked, but I had the shrimp and grits, which were delish. I also had hushpuppies and shrimp corndogs. We also tried Water's Edge in Mount Pleasant (just outside downtown Charleston) and loved the Herbed Grouper. The Seafood Pasta was also a hit at our table. And... we even saw dolphins during our meal!

I stayed with family while I was in town, but on previous trips, I've stayed at the Planter's Inn on Market Street and Hampton Inn on Meeting Street. Customer service at both hotels was impeccable.

Have you visited Charleston? Do you have recommendations on places to visit and places to eat? Let us know in the comments section!

I'll sign off for now. My next blog post will feature the best of Asheville, North Carolina (...well, from my perspective at least). Bye ya'll.