Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lisa and Nikki's Friday Finds - A Peak at our Inventory!

Hi Friends:

What has inspired and delighted us this week? Here they are - some of our favorite vintage finds!
Georgia's picked up this vintage wooden hand mirror in Georgia! If it's a must have, let us know!
We turn vintage sewing drawers into recipe/address boxes! We have several drawer styles available. If you are interested, contact us for more information.
How about this 1950's Gerber child's divided plate set also in our inventory! We have a pink and green set as well.
Georgia's picks up vintage brown crocks whenever we see them. Great for repurposing, we love them as kitchen utensil holders. 
Vintage Hoosier glass coffee jars with embossed lettering are useful and attractive! Georgia's has several styles in stock.
Salvaged wrought iron work adds architectural interest. Georgia's has several coffee tables in stock made with antique wrought iron pieces (glass included).
An early 1900's shoe/boot rack repurposed as a wine rack.
This one tier vintage shoe rack should be used for just that, corralling shoes!
Nothing says summer like a blooming planter. Add this great vintage French hanging beauty to your yard and plant cascading Supertunias or your favorite herb!

Georgia's is working to build our inventory and bring more vintage finds to you. In the meantime, contact us for information on any of these items. 

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

All Hands On Earth - Highlights From Chicago's Green Festival!

Hi Friends:

Georgia's attended Chicago's annual Green Festival this past weekend and it was everything we hoped for and more. This sustainability event is a celebration of solutions, and we were reinvigorated by all the ways there are to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose! Here are a few of our favorite exhibitors: 
eco ditty - Makers of reusable, organic lunch, snack and sandwich bags. When you use one of these items, you're keeping a plastic bag out of the landfill and dangerous toxins out of your body!
The Greatest Candle - You aren't going to believe this! This company makes a powder that allows you to turn cooking oil waste into a vegetable based, eco-friendly candle. It takes just 2 minutes in the microwave and 15 minutes to solidify the wax. Did you know that for each 100 ml of cooking oil that you recycle, you save 100,000 liters of water?  The candles are long burning and there are great fragrance choices. We will demo this for you in a future post.
Theo Chocolate - This Seattle, Washington, chocolate maker cares about the way they "touch lives across the planet." They are the first organic and Fair Trade bean-to-bar chocolate factory in North America. The chocolate is truly high quality!
Working Bikes - A midwest organization dedicated to recycling bikes and making an impact. Discarded and donated bicycles are refurbished and redistributed as tools of empowerment in local and global communities. They ship over 5,000 bicycles per year and partner with groups that provide employment to severely underserved populations. Bicycles are even used as a source of electricity through the creation of pedal-powered machines!
Sleeping Mats
New Life for Old Bags - This project reuses plastic bags to help the environment and aid the homeless. Volunteers get together to turn plastic bags into plastic yarn (plarn) which is crocheted into sleeping mats for the homeless. We will demo this project in a future post, too; but, in the meantime, if you would like to join a group or start one of your own, search "new life for old bags" on Facebook. It is an open group.
Bottle Cozy
go dotty go! - These ladies recycle unloved wool sweaters! The wool is felted, cut and transformed into scarves and accessories. We think they make perfect one-of-a-kind gifts!
We hope we've inspired you to learn about and support green and Fair Trade businesses!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lisa and Nikki's Friday Finds!

Hi Friends:

What has inspired and delighted us this week? Here they are - the sights, sounds, tastes and one-of-a-kinds we loved!
Summer door decor at Georgia's! It's as simple as a white geranium tucked into a vintage (early 1900's) German fire bucket. The fire bucket is flat on the back side as it was designed to hang on a wall, most probably full of sand. If you love it, Georgia's has several available. Contact us for more information.
We love this photo of a vintage lifeboat taken by Georgia's tech guy, A.J., at Magen's Bay Beach in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands! 
Why not use marmalade instead of spice rubs and sauces to marinate your meat before grilling. Try this simple recipe: 1/4 cup orange marmalade, 2 tbsp. of orange juice, 1 clove minced garlic and 1 tbsp. olive oil. Mix together and marinate meat for an hour. In addition to infusing flavor, you will reduce carcinogens by up to 80%.
How great is Love & Toast's roller ball perfume, just $12, in fragrances like candied citron, clementine crush and juniper gin! The philosophy of Love & Toast: "It is just as important to do good as to look good."  A portion of every sale goes to Regional Affiliates of Girls, Inc. where girls everywhere are encouraged to be "strong, smart and bold."
Lilacs are blooming, but only for two weeks! Often considered to symbolize love, these fragrant flowers are good for cutting!

Georgia's is attending Chicago's Green Festival this weekend; we'll share what we learn with you next week! Have a good weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Mother's Day Letter From Mom!

Hi Friends:

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I thought I would post a letter to my children, Nikki and A.J., and to children everywhere, as to be a mother is to feel bound to all children. Happy Mother's Day to all moms and their beloved children!

Dear Nikki and A.J.:

Each year on Mother's Day, I realize that my gift is the privilege of being your mom. From the moment that I first held you in my arms, I have never been happier than when I am spending time with you. As your mom, it was my job to love you, protect you and encourage you and I wanted to get an "A" in it! I know well that I have been imperfect, but I hope you realize that every decision that I made was rooted in my love for you. Through you I have fine-tuned who I am, what I stand for and experienced the purest form of love. You have been my teacher.    

So on Mother's Day more than any other, I want to celebrate you. For without you, I wouldn't be a mother. On a day when you go out of your way to make me feel loved, know that you love me with every smile, with every hug with every phone call; you love me when you're compassionate towards others, courageous and responsible.  

And now that you are out there finding your way in life, I want you to know that I am proud of you for who you are. Strive to pay attention to what is meaningful in life and always take the high road. In your lowest moments, picture me standing there right beside you holding your hand and be strong. You are never alone, for you are in my heart and I am in yours.

Love, Mama 
Happy Mother's Day 
from Georgia's!    

Friday, May 3, 2013

Lisa and Nikki's Friday Finds!

Hi Friends:

What has inspired and delighted us this week? Here they are - the sights, sounds, tastes and one-of-a-kinds we loved!
Hello Summer and hello pop of color! We just love the green on these front doors that lead to a great vintage walk-up in Chicago.
New York's Central Park, early evening, after a beautiful Spring day!
These dome handle napkin rings with place card holder from P.O.S.H. Chicago are definitely utilitarian. Slide in a sweet note instead if you like! 
Who knew! Monkeys, the banana experts, peel bananas by slightly pinching the bottom as opposed to the top or stalk end. The fruit splits open easily and the strings come off with the peel. Give it a try!
Summer is upon us; what are you using on your lips? Give eos (evolution of smooth) lip balm a try! This 95% organic, 100% natural balm is free from paraben and petroleum products and made with vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil. Best of all, it comes in a variety of yummy flavors including pomegranate raspberry, honeydew melon and tangerine. Available in grocery stores and pharmacies everywhere.
We love the inspiration that can be found on You Tube. Take a few moments and listen to the heart and soul of this young boy as he sings "Dance With My Father." You will be touched beyond words.

We wish you a beautiful weekend!