Introducing the “Rock & Roll Tarot Notebook” Collection!

I’m super excited to finally share with you this collaboration that my friend Jeff & I have been working on – a collection of Rock & Roll Tarot Notebooks! It’s been a secret project for months, and I hope you love it as much as we do.

Jeff is an old friend of ours & also happens to be a mega-talented artist, the man behind Subversive Image, working with linoleum block printing. He and I had this crazy idea a few months ago of reimagining the major arcana cards of the tarot with our favorite musicians, and making notebooks of them. We had a really fun night figuring out who all we would want in our deck, and my head was swimming from all the possibilities.

Joey Ramone as The Fool and Stevie Nicks as The High Priestess were the first two icons we made. Jeff designed them, and he pulled so many great elements from Joey’s style & Stevie’s album artwork – did you notice her boots and tambourine are from Bella Donna? I was thrilled to make them into books and start using mine.

Oh, and the backs of the notebooks! Jeff designed them to look like the back of the Rider-Waite Tarot, but with musical elements instead of the traditional art. I couldn’t love it more!

We pulled in more elements from the artists on our next two; have you caught them all yet? The Transparent Anatomical Mannikin from “In Utero” is now cupid – wearing the crown worn on cover of “Live Through This”, looking down on Kurt and Courtney (and the Space Needle). Of course, Courtney had to have a Bean in her belly.
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Mix Tape September

At the Moment:
September is my favorite month of festivals – and I am happy to say I didn’t sell at a single one! I really enjoyed taking the whole family to Dally in the Alley, DIY Street Fair and Dlectricity + Dan and I had a date night at Eastern Market After Dark. They were all a lot of fun.

Roy and Della are happy to be back to School, and I’m so happy to be back to working more here on this shop with the extra time I now have back. Thanks for everyone who was equally excited that I’m back with vintage vengeance – September was an incredible month for sales & I can’t thank you all enough for supporting what I love to do! I promise to keep putting new amazing stuff in the shop in October and through the holidays – I’ve got a whole new collection of T shirts coming and some new handmade awesomeness too (more about that right below).

ALL the notebooks! My workspace has now turned into stations of books at different steps of being assembled. Stay tuned – in a couple days, a new line of notebooks – a collaboration with an old friend that I am thrilled about – are coming to the shop!

Listening to:
Marshall Crenshaw, LCD Soundsystem, The Blasters, The Time, and a steady stream of podcasts while I’ve been working.

Della’s fav song of the month (because she is a music obsessed kid): Going strong on the entire Teen Titans Go “Night Begins to Shine” album, but “Rise Up” is her fave song on it.
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Tennis, Anyone?

Sometimes I check out the local thrift and find a deadstock vintage T shirt, cardigan or dress. Exciting!

Sometimes I check out the local thrift and find stacks of deadstock vintage Tennis ribbon. Not so exciting.

Happy Birthday, He-Man!

It’s He-Man’s birthday today! He-Man (the TV show, that is) first debuted on September 5th, 1985, making it 33 years old today.

Coincidentally, this is also the first day back to school and I feel like shouting “I HAVE THE POWER!” right now.

Mix Tape August

At the Moment:
It’s the last full month of summer, and we’ve been packing ALL the summer things in – trips to the pool, trips to the water park, watching baseball, hangouts with pals at the park, road trips to other zoos, and hiking in the woods. Oh, and one more thing to pack in – selling at my last two summer festivals – DIYpsi and Heidelberg Project’s block party. Then I got to see my all time favorite band, Depeche Mode, on tour & it was INCREDIBLE, and watch Paul Frank give a presentation at The Henry Ford. Each of these things were really fun in their own ways, and I’m really gonna miss all the time together we get as a family & with our friends in the summer. Oh, and I almost forgot – Roy lost his first tooth, learned how to tie his own shoes & learned to ride his big kid bike all in the same week!

School starts again this week, and so does more time for me to work on the shop – which is very exciting! I’ve already been photographing new stuff for fall, and some has been appearing slowly…expect a lot more starting next week!

I made a custom David Bowie Record Embroidery for a friend, and worked a bit on knitting a hat for another friend. Unfortunately, one of my machines that I use for my handmade notebooks needed repair, but I’m happy to report it is all fixed and ready to go, so lots of notebooks are getting made in September, and more Record Jewelry too!

Listening to:
HAIM “Something to Tell You”, The Raveonettes “2016 Atomized”, Protomartyr, Tom Petty, Prince, Sloan, and LOTS of Depeche Mode for days before & after the concert. My favorite podcast of the month was Jon Cryer on My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan, talking about Radiohead’s “OK Computer” – I highly recommend!

Della’s fav song of the month (because she is a music obsessed kid):
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Saturday – Detroit LIVE at the Heidelberg Project!

I am very excited to be selling my handmade notebooks and Record Jewelry this Saturday in Detroit LIVE at the Heidelberg Project block party! Reware Vintage will be sharing a tent with my pals Carey of Glass Action! and Jodi Lynn of Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles, and we’ll have Handmade Detroit T shirts and other merchandise for sale with us too.

The Heidelberg Project just seems like the best place for a block party, doesn’t it? It’s pretty much impossible to be there and not have a smile on your face. Now add in live music, great food, art & other cool stuff for sale, & kids activities – this is gonna be an awesome day. I’m so excited!

The fest is going from 12-8 – Come on down and party with us!

Reware Vintage at DIYpsi This Weekend!

I’m stoked to have Reware Vintage back at the DIYpsi Summer Festival this weekend! I’ll be one of 75 people selling handmade & vintage, and it is a great mix of vendors & of bands playing too. I’ll be outside in my own tent with deals on what’s left of summer clothes, and tons of new T shirts and apparel for fall, along with some surprises from me – and I know Justin will have some crazy stuff as well.

Hope to see you there!

Mix Tape July

At the Moment:
July was a fun month – we celebrating Dan’s Birthday & my birthday, went to a couple concerts, and the kids and I had a few “field trips” as they call them. It was the best timing ever – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which happens to be a favorite of mine (especially after Ferris Fest) was showing on my birthday, so i went with a few friends and saw it for the second time on the big screen at the Redford Theatre. It was awesome! We also visited the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo and the Red Oaks Water Park for the first time, both of which were great times.

I had an awesome weekend selling my handmade notebooks and jewelry at Mo Pop Festival last weekend, and debuting a few new items there that aren’t yet on the internets…soon, though! Otherwise, I’ve just been gearing up for fall with the shop & can’t wait.

I treated myself to a new binding machine this month, and I’m in love with it – made a ton of new notebooks to celebrate! Most sold at Mo Pop Festival, but the ones that didn’t will be going in the shop in August.

Listening to:
The new albums by Lana Del Rey, Drew Beskin, Waxahatchee and Katy Perry and also MIA, Kendrick Lamar, The Dandy Warhols, and Solange. I also got to see Violent Femmes & Echo and the Bunnymen live, and listen to everyone at the Mo Pop festival from the Craft Bazaar tent where I was selling stuff that weekend, which was pretty awesome.

Della’s fav song of the month (because she is a music obsessed kid): Chained to the Rhythm by Katy Perry. Can’t say I blame her – I think that may be her best song ever.
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Reware Vintage – Back at Mo Pop Festival This Weekend!

I can’t wait to be back at the Mo Pop Festival in Detroit this weekend! I’m just one of the twenty makers in the Craft Bazaar tent, curated by Handmade Detroit, and it is one killer line up of crafters! I’ll be bringing a bunch of new notebooks, plus jewelry made from vintage records and things – lots of them are not even yet available in the shop. AND I’m debuting a secret project I’ve been working on with a friend!

If you are coming down to Mo Pop, find me in front-ish part of the Craft Bazaar tent. It’s a giant tent and a nice & shady place to cool off and treat yourself to a new handmade treasure in between bands.

Summer is Half Over?!?

How is summer half over? I know it is true but I don’t want to believe it.

That’s why I’m still putting great new summer clothes in the shop. Tank tops, skirts, dresses and of course T shirts! There’s still lots more to come the next few weeks to help you finish your summer strong & looking great.

I am thinking fall too, though! I’m shooting pictures of new vintage pants, jackets, bags, sweatshirts and cardigans…and yes, more T shirts too to go in the shop (some have already hit).

Stay tuned & excited – there’s lots more to come!