Naptime Vintage Coming Soon!

I’m SO excited to announce…I am starting a side-gig biz & opening up a vintage kiddo shop account on Instagram at @naptimevintage! Please follow and share with your vintage-loving mom & dad friends, if you can. Thanks so much for your help, I’m super excited for this new adventure in vintage – first sale happening REALLY soon!

Mix Tape March

At the Moment:
This month I did a major update in the shop – new clothes for men & women, new jewelry and more in the online store for spring – have you looked yet? I am also really thankful that wholesale orders have been coming in every week from brick & mortar shops, so I have been crazy busy and working weekends & nights to fill orders. It is awesome to be slammed in my “slow” time of year!

This month we took Della to her first Pistons game and she LOVED it, exclaiming “Pistons Basketball!” as Dan walked her into the game. She adorably super into hugging & cuddling, running across the room for a hug and saying “Gotcha!” with a smile after (thank you to whoever taught her this). Roy has been all about “making” everything, from baking with me to making construction paper toys, to helping with the “kostruction” when we’ve been working on the house. Dan and I have also been spring cleaning and organizing (even though it is still snowing here), and back to running as much as we can.

I made more in National Craft Month than I have in ages! SO many notebooks and new jewelry for the Reware Vintage shop and for other brick & mortars, I embroidered a few new projects for the site, and I even worked on a Tiger rug art kit from the ’70s a bit. Handmade Detroit had another fun craft-in night, and I really love the Carol Duvall inspired necklace that I made there. I also took a sewing class to make Roman Shades at my favorite local fabric shop, Haberman Fabrics, and am almost done with our new shades for our kitchen and family rooms.

Loved this Pyrex Post on, full of links for all things Pyrex!

Also, I’m back to reading blogs again, but am sad to see a number of my favorite bloggers have left and am in the need for new blogs to read (ones that don’t read like giant advertisements, especially). If you have some favorites to pass on, please tell me in the comments!

Listening to:
I am listening and checking out a bunch of new podcasts to listen to while I run, and while I work too. Lately I’ve been digging Stuff Mom Never Told You, Launch Grow Joy, and Explore Your Enthusiasm. Have any you love & you think I should check out? Please let me know in the comments!

Shopping and Drooling Over:
The new Handmade Modern section at Target. Have you seen it? I hear there is fabric at some Target’s too, but I haven’t seen any in mine yet. Fingers crossed! has the most amazing leggings. Go. Go look at those hot air balloon ones.

Atomic Crush Design has these new retro Gravel Art Kits and I LOVE them.

All of these wooden dowel projects are so so good!

and Other Things I’m Loving Right Now:
Yoga with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, daylight in the evening, sewing for hours and hours, seeing the baby giraffe at the Detroit Zoo, random gift from customers in the mail, GNO with Crissy from Indie Biz Chicks, watching Teen Witch on Netflix, and FINALLY watching my BFF’s winter guard perform!

Looking Forward to:
Starting to plan Roy & Della’s birthday party, selling at Craftin’ Outlaws in a few weeks, and spending every moment I can outside in the sun. Oh, how I have missed Vitamin D!

Hello Spring!

Spring is just around the corner! We’re saying goodbye to winter & all our cold weather clothes with 40% off – check out deals in every department – Women’s, Men’s, and Kids!

Kid-Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Roy and I have been baking a lot together this winter, and it is awesome in so many ways. I love that our almost-4-year-old is so interested in cooking already, and that he is developing understanding of the work that goes into our food. Plus it is a great bonding time for just the two of us!

I’ve learned that the key to cooking with children so young is to keep it simple and keep him helping through the whole process. Of course it helps if the treat at the end is something yummy for kids their age, too. One of our favorites to make lately is Peanut Butter Cookies. It couldn’t be simpler, quicker, or more perfect for a preschooler!

Peanut Butter Cookies
makes 2 dozen cookies

1 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
Anything else fun you want to add – let your kid get creative! Chocolate chips, candies or even crushed potato chips would be great. We like to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Let them dump the ingredients in the bowl and then take turns mixing it all together. Having kid-size mini utensils is great if possible!

Make sure to let them try the batter and decide when you are done mixing (unless he will take advantage of it and keep sampling that way, ha ha).

Pushing down on the cookies with a fork is a favorite step. Do it once, then cross-wise, and stress *gently* so your cookies don’t become pancakes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, then let cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.

Enjoy and high five your helper!

Family Style: Just Me, San Francisco

One last post from our trip to San Francisco!

On one of our last days in town, we randomly woke up at 5am. For no reason. Then I said “Why don’t we just go watch the sunrise?”. So we went to the best place we could think of to do it – the Golden Gate Bridge.

It was BEAUTIFUL! We watched the sun rise, walked through the park, saw Alcatraz and then watched the storm clouds (and the crazy wind) roll in. We barely escaped the area before it really started pouring, but got some great shots beforehand. This picture certainly wasn’t one of them, but it was the only one of both of us.

Here’s a couple of our favorites!

And a couple of my outfit for the day…

Vintage Felt Hat – thrifted, Esprit
Dress – Old Navy (similar)
Vintage Denim Jacket – thrifted, Toughskins
Tights – gift
Boots – Target
Vintage Belt – Held Over
Handmade Antler Necklace – Antler bought at antique show, strung on chain by me
Hobo Bag – Target (similar)
Handmade Earrings – My favorite new studs! From GirlyThings73 on Etsy, bought via Brickyard Buffalo

It was one of the best days of vacation ever. Who’d think insomnia could have such beautiful results?

Mix Tape February

At the Moment:
This was a fun month for Reware: I got a new plus size mannequin (old dress form for sale, email me if interested!), and got a ton of new items in the shop. Plus I had a Galentine’s shopping night, hosted by my friend Benita in her home, and it was awesome! Want to host a shopping night for you & your friends? Message me! Hosts get a great discount + shop credit based on sales.

It was a fun month for our family, too. Not only did Dan & I have an awesome vacation, but Della & Roy had a great time at Grandma & Grandpa’s too. They have been super into costumes lately – Della especially loves a rainbow tutu that she has. We turn off the lights in Roy’s room and put on “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, and she has her own little dance recital, spinning around on her tip toes while Roy stands on a chair pointing a flashlight down on her as a “spotlight”. They came up with this all on their own, and it is now a totally adorable daily tradition.

To balance out the cuteness, the mega-sick has continued, full force. 3 different fevers and a stomach flu went through the family, plus a double eye infection for Roy, which literally came on the same day he actually could eat again. Then he was allergic to the eye drops and it was the worst thing ever. PLEASE, make the sick end, somebody!

Another highlight of the month: Carey & I teaching a Valentine’s craft to our kids’ preschool class. It was super fun, and Roy has been all excited for crafting and art ever since. We’ve made a bunch of construction paper guitars, painted an oatmeal carton drum, cut construction paper feathers for his bedroom door, and decorations for the kitchen, plus lots of drawing & coloring. So fun, but I’m running out of ideas…can anyone suggest any blogs/pinterest boards of preschool age crafts?

Aside from lots of kid crafts with Roy, I made over 50 pairs of earrings for stores & the site, some new embroideries – a couple are in the shop as of yesterday – and Della’s very first sticker book.

I finished Tiff Tuttle’s Being and Awesomeness: Get Rad, Stay Rad, and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it! Seriously made me rethink a number of my habits & tendencies and put some things in a whole new light. Thanks, Tiffany!

Listening to:
Adam Ant, The Ting Tings, Desmond Dekker, Ladyhawke, Mustard Plug, and Tiffany Han’s “Raise Your Hand and Say Yes” podcast. Also, The Clash’s Sandinista has been on the turntable a lot, because “Hitsville UK” has been stuck in my head most of the month.

Shopping and Drooling Over:

I just discovered Present & Correct, and I want all the things!

It’s been a year with my current running shoes, and I’m ready to switch to a new pair. Maybe these ones?

Speaking of shoes, have you seen the Andy Warhol x Converse collection? OMFG.

And other stuff I’ve been loving lately:
San Francisco. Also, meeting up with a number of old friends this month, making art with my friend Carey and our kids’ preschool class, surprise gift boxes from our friends in Seattle (thank you Kysars!), taking Roy & Della to the MOCAD and the DIA and NOT taking a single picture so that we really enjoyed ourselves, Katy Perry’s halftime show, watching jellyfish swim, Moscow Mules, Valentine’s Day, bright colors that make me channel spring, Ben Folds Five announcing a summer album release & tour, and applying for out-of-state craft fairs with fingers crossed.

Looking Forward to:
Going to yoga class at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, taking a new sewing class, and Daylight Savings Time (yay, winter is nearly over!)