It's time to buckle down and finish collecting those vintage halloween pieces. The Halloween tradition has become one of the most celebrated holiday's of the year and I just love an excuse to decorate using vintage decor. Today, I would like to share a few great Halloween table setting ideas to keep that spooky spirit alive with a stunning vintage look!
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I am a fan of orange roses and love that she incorporated silver vases and just a few witches here and there.
This is quite dark and classy goth style with beautiful black candle sticks.
I am in love with this table setting! The blend of vintage pieces with new skull place settings seems so wild but inviting.
The traditional style witch plates and pumpkins make for a spooky but elegant Halloween celebration.
1. From Book Trucks to Food Trucks
2. From Mule-Drawn Streetcars to Pedicabs
3. The Servant Girl Annihilator Serial Killer
4. Party at the Moontowner!
5. From the Ritz to the Alamo Drafthouse
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I spent the last few days in bed from dental extractions and every day that I lied numb, I awoke to a sweet smile over me. That smile came from my husband, Kyle, who I describe as a pretty porcelain skinned frenchman. Unselfishly, he checked in on me, iced me down, fed me soft food, and made sure I didn't overdose on pain meds. Every moment that he awakened me, I immediately thought of when I first met him. It was that same smile that I saw when we walked away from each other, right outside of what is now a vintage gastropub. That (almost) 6ft , darkish hair, blue eyed man was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen and as he smiled, I ran to my friends exaggerating that someday his surname would be mine. Here we are....almost ten years later and these two Ledbetter's are still smiling and taking care of each other as best as we can.
Have you ever wondered what is the oldest building in Austin? Did you know log structured homes were the norm until the French settled here?
The oldest frame building in Austin is known as the French Legation Museum. It was built in 1841 soon after the French and US officially declared Texas independence from Mexico. The French Legation was considered a swanky structure compared to most log buildings and still stands strong while unfortunately, the log buildings of Austin were destroyed during the Archive War of 1842. The French Legation Museum as it stands today (shown below).
A day out on the East side of Austin, brought us to Takoba, a trendy Mexican restaurant known for their tacos and drinks. My husband and I decided to sit out front where we had a spectacular view of the Texas State Cemetery.
The Texas State Cemetery was established in 1851 and located just a few blocks east of IH35. It is grounds for Texas State Governors, Senators, Congressmen and much more. Prominent Texans such as Stephen F. Austin and Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock are buried in this cemetery and even First Ladies of Texas. The state cemetery is a beautiful site with dedicated monuments that stand splendidly above grounds. It is very well maintained and certainly a must see.
We are soon moving to East Austin, where we can bike ride by and appreciate the grounds every day. If you are in Austin, I recommend visiting the Texas State Cemetery to honor the many people who have made Texas what it is today. Check the Texas State Cemetery site here for guided tours and more.
This morning I woke up in the terrible need of a strong coffee and thought that perhaps I should have created my list of to-do's last night. Instead, I was tossing and turning in bed, thinking about the old diary that I threw out last week. It had radical records of events that are unheard of and I thought it would be best to leave it forgotten. However, I punished my brain in regret of throwing it out. I started thinking about how interesting it would have been for my nieces to read more about my adventures and maybe learning from it.
So this blog is not necessarily about Austin, Texas or particular vintage shops. It is about "A Vintage Visionary" - someone from Texas, named Mary Louise Cecilia Guinan (aka, Miss Texas Guinan). She was an American actress from 1906 to 1933 and famous for opening a speakeasy called the 300 Club in New York City. She claimed the patrons brought the alcohol to the club and she never sold it to them. Who knows what really happened but I am intrigued by a Texas entrepreneur who quickly made a spike in her career during Prohibition. She was a powerful woman who carried herself with idealistic charm and for that, I am intrigued by her story. If she carried a diary at all, I can only imagine it was filled with compelling memoirs of a woman in the early 1900's and would love to read it.
Today, Miss Guinan is my inspiration to break through the hardships. By this, I don't necessarily mean the "Glass Ceiling", I mean that I will disregard the ups and downs from having my own company. I will pull myself together and profess that, "I am a Vintage Visionary" and although a to-do list helps, I know exactly what needs to be done and will purchase a new diary.
Who is your vintage visionary?
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