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!

Reware Vintage at Vintage in the Zoo!

I’m very excited to be setting up shop for a day at the first ever Vintage in the Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan this Sunday,July 16th! I’ll be there with stacks of T shirts, a rack of summer clothes and whatever else I can fit in the Reware Mobile (my SUV).

If you live in or near Kalamazoo, stop by & shop with me and dozens of other vintage sellers in person at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market from 11-3. More info on the Vintage in the Zoo website.

Hope to meet you there!

What We Kept This Summer (So Far)

A couple house calls, a thrift trip and a few lucky garage sales lately all added up to some great finds for the shop for the summer & fall collections…and also a few finds for our family!

First up – 1970s & 1980s stripes for me!

And this 80s leopard maxi skirt. I love this print, and it has pockets!
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Mix Tape June

At the Moment:
June started with a bang – Roy’s Jurassic Park birthday party! We rented a bounce house and he & his friends had a total blast. School is officially out for summer so we are enjoying more time together and working out our new schedules for work, sleep and play. We went to the beach, went strawberry picking and kite flying. I got to go camping with my BFF right by Lake Huron with a historic lighthouse right near us, and the whole trip was SO GREAT and relaxing. Dan and I saw two concerts – Nick Cave and Chastity Belt with Sneaks. Both shows were just completely awesome. I also saw New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men with Monica, and yes I realize that those 3 tours are just on complete opposite ends of the music spectrum and I don’t mind at all.

As for Reware Vintage, I got to sell at Vintage Street Market in Grand Rapids in June – a favorite show of mine, and go on a mini buying trip and house call + added bonus “live thrift” for a day! I hadn’t gone on an out of town buying trip in well over a year (thank you everyone who has scheduled house calls so I haven’t needed to hunt!) so that was a ton of fun. I also have 2 new stores that are now carrying my handmade notebooks this month – Detroit Mercantile in Eastern Market & Brick and Mortar General Store in Ypsilanti!

I finished another knit hat which ended up too big for Roy but fits me great, so now it is mine lol. I made a bunch of new jewelry from vintage finds for the Mo Pop Festival, which I really love. Also, I’ve been working on a secret new project with a friend – debuting soon!

Listening to:
The new albums by Roger Waters and Rancid, and also Dolly Parton, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Lana Del Ray, Fugazi, Jack White, Beach House, The Bird and the Bee, The Roots, Ben Folds Five, The Cure, They Might Be Giants, Crass, Sloan, and Iggy Pop.

Della’s fav song of the month (because she is a music obsessed kid): “Free Fallin’” by Stevie Nicks. She loves Tom Petty and loves Stevie Nicks. This cover is the perfect combination for Del!
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