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Instagram Sale: Chinoiserie Chic "Chstuff"

LeAnn Stephenson


At The Vintage Laundry we're kind of geekin' out over a new venture!  We've curated a small collection of themed vintage goodies that will be available every Friday for purchase over at our Instagram @TVLStudios feed.  Beginning at 10:00 AM this Friday, August 7th we'll launch the first of many weekly sales!  This week's theme is Chinoiserie Chic "Chstuff"
So, if you love us more than your luggage and you want to scoop up some stunning vintage pieces, here's what you'll need to do:

1. Have or create an account on Instagram.  2.  Follow both of The Vintage Laundry's Instagram feeds here & here.  3. Pre-register for our upcoming sale here. We would like to encourage our fans to make sure and register so that you don't miss the details of the sale, contest giveaways and sneak peek pics of the vintage goodies that will appear in each sale! 4. And finally, keep an eye on the feed and  comment with "Sold" and your email in the comment section of the post on anything you'd like to purchase.  After that, we send an email with an invoice and then you checkout. . .  easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Here's a sneak peek of a few items in this Friday's
Chinoiserie Chic Chstuff  Instagram sale. . .

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De-Stash Bash This Weekend

LeAnn Stephenson



Hi all! I wanted to put a fun event on your radar. Jennifer Perkins is hosting a De-Stash Bash at the TOMS Shoes on S. Congress April 26th from 11-5pm. Her recommendation is to think of it like a group arts and crafts garage sale.

According to Jennifer this event will be like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Etsy and a flea market all rolled into one without the long lines, politics, postage fees and dust. Plus there will be a band and free drinks.

Some of Austin’s craftiest people are coming together to set up shop and help others start their own crafty adventures. Don’t come looking for finished items, this is all about the supplies. The artists involved are clearing out their craft closets for a major de-stash! Here are a few things you might find:  Vintage beads, sewing trim, collage ephemera, yarn, raft books and magazines, fabric (new and vintage), buttons, scrapbook supplies, and jewelry findings.

Vendors include….

Jennifer Perkins formally The Naughty Secretary Club, Anne Marie Beard of AnneMarie: Style for the Individual, Leslie Bonnell of Stitch Lab, Chia of Chia Hats, Sierra Baily of Manic Trout, Lisa Chouinard - Feto Soap, Becka Spellman - Baby Bolt




Come See Us at Fredericksburg Trade Days

LeAnn Stephenson


Come See Us at Fredericksburg Trade Days!!


Come see me this Friday, Feb. 20th - Sunday, Feb. 22nd at Fredericksburg Trade Days at Sunday Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas.  This show is famous for its antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, vintage furniture, candles, clothing and jewelry.  You can shop with over 350 vendors in 6 barns.  Picturesque Sunday Farms is surrounded by local wineries, Lavender trails, the Pedernales River, delicious country peaches, Luckenbach, Enchanted Rock, and hundreds of bed and breakfasts.  Fredericksburg Trade Days also hosts a Biergarten that offers over 50 varieties of beer and live music. 



I'll be in our new spot at the back on row F in space F13.

Date:
February 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2015
Hours:
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday 
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday Saturday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday





Thingy Thursday: Artist and Collector, Greg Irvine

LeAnn Stephenson


Image 
Eve Wilson Photography 

I can’t think of a better Thingy Thursday post to begin 2015 than the amazingly creative and collected space of artist Greg Irvine. I was wowed by this collaboration between filmmaker Paris Thomson of SIRAP, and Editor Lucy Feagins of The Design Files. Together they made a short video documenting Greg’s remarkable home, his collections and his paintings. 




Greg's collection of tortoise shell objects is stunning!


He has a large collection of vintage fabrics which he uses in his painting.
TITLE: View to the Garden with Blue • MEDIUM: oil on canvas • DIMENSIONS: 4ft x 5ft




Greg believes in surrounding himself with a lot of beautiful things. . . a practice I'm more than a little familiar with, but I think you call mine hoarding!



His sketch books are jaw-droppingly stunning!  He has hundreds of them full of sketches/paintings like the ones above.






TITLE: Clarice Cliff & Flowering Gum • Limited Edition Print 1/100 • DIMENSIONS: 91cms x 84cms 


Australian Homes · Greg Irvine from The Design Files on Vimeo.

Images are courtesy of Greg Irvine and Eve Wilson Photography and the film is by Paris Thomson / SIRAP and Produced by The Design Files with music by Digging Holes
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The New And Improved Bookbook

LeAnn Stephenson



As some of you know, prior to my life in the antiques business, I was an illustrator and graphic designer in the advertising and publishing world.  And although this post has more to do with modernity than antiquity, the dormant "art director" part of me can't help sharing this clever video that was produced for IKEA by the talented agency BBH Asia Pacific.

So, you know how they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery?  Well, Ikea's new ad promoting its most recent catalogue "bookbook" is a different kind of video for IKEA; it’s sort of a satire/homage to Apple with just a hint of mockery… And the result is hysterical.


Watch as “Chief Design Guru” Jorgen Eghammer introduces the brand’s latest hi-tech innovation with lines like,  "… with an endless battery, page flicking technology, and thousands of pre-installed products, the paper catalogue is set to revolutionize the way people use technology in their homes."  And listen for other quotes by Eghammer like, "The 2015 Ikea catalogue comes fully charged and the battery is eternal," and "If you want to share a particularly inspiring item, you literally share it!"

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FROCKTAILS

SHOP OUR FLASH SALE TONIGHT ON INSTAGRAM
Make sure to shop our FROCKTAIL sale on our Instagram, Wednesday, 
July 9, 2014 at 7 PM Central Standard Time. Up for grabs will be gobs of 
vintage frocks and vintage barware…because vintage cocktails were 
meant to be consumed in swanky vintage barware and glammy vintage 
dresses! 

All you will need to purchase is to be the first to comment with your 
Paypal email and your zip code and the item is yours! You will then be 
invoiced and given 24 hours to pay. After payment has been received, 
we will drop it in the mail to you… simple as that!

We will be posting about 20 photos from 7 PM - 10:00 PM tonight. 
See you there!

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City Wide Sale This Weekend!

LeAnn Stephenson


When it comes to French Monograms and English 
silver, say yes.  Always say yes!
It's time for City-Wide Garage Sale!  And January's show is huge.  My vintage goodies will be there along with 131 other exhibitors.  The show dates and times are tomorrow, Saturday, January 25, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday, the 26th, 11 am - 5 pm at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd here in Austin.  Admission is $6 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. Early Shopper Passes can be purchased for $10 Saturday morning, giving you early access to the show between 8:30a-10am. 

The Vintage Laundry will be in the third row in  a corner spot in spaces 313 and 320.  Come shop our lovely monogrammed napkins or pick up some silver, a damask tablecloth, or vintage china for that dinner party you've been planning!



Bet you didn't know that Austin's recent snow and ice clouds had silver linings . . . . 

lots and lots of silver linings!



We can actually promise you a rose garden . . .
sure, our roses are on vintage china, but still!


The Vintage Laundry will be in the third row in  a corner spot in spaces 313 and 320


Tuesday Ta Da!

LeAnn Stephenson


I am not, intrinsically, one of those people put in this world to meet deadlines.  Despite this handicap, I persist in trying.  I missed the reveal for the DIY upcycled champagne lamps on Makers Monday.  So, I thought I could try and save face and sneak by with a Tuesday Ta Da post to show you how they turned out, but unfortunately I committed to a four day show out of town last week and simply didn't finish what I started.  This serves as a brilliant illustration of how I've made a much closer acquaintance with over-committing than I am entirely happy with … 
So, basically, what I'm saying is … I got nothin.

Perhaps I can get my "To Do List" done by next Monday!

Photo courtesy A Pair of Pears



Come See Me in Fredericksburg!

LeAnn Stephenson


Come see me this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Fredericksburg Trade Days at Sunday Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas.  This show is famous for its antiques, collectibles, tools, crafts, shabby chic, primitives, vintage furniture, candles, clothing and jewelry.  You can shop with over 350 vendors in 6 barns.  Picturesque Sunday Farms is surrounded by local wineries, Lavender trails, the Pedernales River, delicious country peaches, Luckenbach, Enchanted Rock, and hundreds of bed and breakfasts.  Fredericksburg Trade Days also hosts a Biergarten that offers over 50 varieties of beer and live music. 

I'll be in Barn 3 in spaces 11 and 12.

Date:
January 17th, 18th & 19th, 2014
Hours:
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday



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Heavy Sigh, Face-palm With an Eye Roll Dismount

LeAnn Stephenson




It has been proven to me again, and again that life is a great unfolding ... that opportunities, wisdom, and understanding will be revealed to me as I go along. I wait, as patiently as an instant-gratification junky can wait, for cues from the universe as to what I should fix my gaze and energies upon next. But here's the thing … and I hate "The Thing" …especially "my" thing. Because my thing is … STARTING. I'm a marvelous starter, a comer-upper of great ideas, an enthusiastic believer that if you work and live and love hard enough that everything is possible. I've started hundreds of things, DIY projects, blog posts, paintings, book writings, entrepreneurial ventures, relationships, conversations, thoughts, sentences … the list is endless and more than a little embarrassing. But here's my "Un-Thing" … FINISHING. I'm like the opposite, evil twin of a premature ejaculation … the iceman never cometh, if you know what I'm sayin'.

And, naturally, the only logical next step in my ever-so-cluttered mind is to start a new project … (insert face-palm.) The new project is a book (insert combination heavy sigh, face-palm with an eye roll dismount.) The chapters are good-natured pokes at all that is me, but are also turning out to be a kind of love letters to myself and to others that share "The Thing." Writing about this has offered me a revelation that although I want to escape, running and screaming from this utterly frustrating habit I have of putting off till tomorrow what I could do the day after tomorrow - I've just decided to embrace it. Because, as they say, you are defined not so much by your imperfect moments, but by your reactions to them. 

So, only time will tell if I can see this "reaction" through to the end … wish me luck, think "finishing thoughts" and if necessary shame me into completing and publishing it.

Below is a snippet from one of the thirty-five chapters in the book. I hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Thursday!

Chapter 1

 

Read Label Before Use


You know how packaged products are required to have a label listing ingredients and such? Well, I think some people should come with them, as well … and I'm sorry to say, that I'm one of them! Before you even think of speaking to me or engaging me in any manner, you should probably read my label. It has recommendations for your use and safety (see label below.)

Nutritional Facts:


Calories: None of your business
Sodium:  Queen of the Swelling & Bloating Float in the High Blood Pressure & Congestive Heart Failure Thanksgiving Day Parade
Carbohydrates:  Girl please!
Sugar:  Can I get a witness?!

LeAnn Stephenson is fun for the whole family. Made from 100% morose introspection and existential crisis, she was founded in Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1965. She played in the White Sands Basin Range where, twenty years earlier, the Trinity nuclear (atomic) bomb was tested (which explains a lot.) She contains more than 75% of the world's eyebrow hair (see nuclear bomb) and in a blind taste test, 2 out of 5 children tested chose LeAnn Stephenson as their mother.


Warning: 

LeAnn Stephenson's singing voice has been described as "very disturbing." 

So, as you can see, I may appear to be perfectly harmless, but I can assure you that I am anything but.

For starters ...

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Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire

LeAnn Stephenson



We have a crazy cat.  She's called Eva June.  She's a beautiful Maine Coon with striking yellow-green eyes . . . . she's also the spawn of Satan . . .  wicked, evil, mean, and totally unsocial.  She won't let anyone touch her, except me and on occasion my daughter, who's her Mom (but not her real Mom). Most of the time I want to dragon-kick her across the room for using the furniture as her own personal scratching post or string her up by her elbows for hacking up little kitty cigars that I will, without fail, step in with bare feet.  But, for some reason, when she does want to cuddle, I'm her girl.  Which makes me fairly sure that if we were trapped in the house in a blizzard and everyone died . . . . She'd totally eat me last.

I tell you that to tell you this, Christmas decorating at our house is like hugging our crazy cat, "Evil June:"  a little dangerous, a little warm, and a lot of awesome.  Tradition follows that we crank up the psychotically-challenged Christmas carols in her honor.  To start, we play the old standard, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" to soothe Eva's schizophrenia.  We celebrate her multiple personalities with, "We Three Kings of Disorient Are" and poke fun at her paranoia with, "Santa Claws Is Coming To Get You." As a tribute to her dementia we play, "I 'Think' I'll Be Home For Christmas" followed closely by her personality disorder's favorite, "You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pee, Maybe I'll Tell You Why."  And finally we all join in with a rousing-ly manic rendition of, "Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Office and the Stores and the Cars and the Buses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and . . ."

Hope your Christmas decorating is bright, beautiful, and full of crazy kitty power.  Here are few photos of our efforts.

We hung our Christmas wreath on our newly painted door! We added a bit of vintage silver and a wide red satin ribbon to our boxwood wreath to give it a little patina.
My girl baby was home from university and got to hang all of her childhood ornaments and reminisce . . .  she loves to decorate the Christmas tree


… and my baby boy just loves the Christmas tree!

Baby It Was Cold Outside!  
We had temperatures in the teens during our decorating extravaganza, so, the Hubbs 
built a roaring fire, chilled a bottle of champagne and threw down a sheepskin rug  to 
keep our tootsies warm!


And it just wouldn't feel right without our vintage ornaments.
I'm kind of partial to our Shiny Brite collections! I love to contain them in apothecary jars on the mantel, in silver Revere bowls on side tables and in niches!

 
And this is what happens when I clean vintage brass and gold flatware all afternoon . . .
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Simply Brilliant: Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

LeAnn Stephenson



My girl baby is in the middle of her sophomore year at university.  My boy baby is in the middle of the exciting ordeal of applying to universities he would like to attend next Fall after he graduates from high school this June.  He would like to be a filmmaker and is concentrating his search on universities that have exemplary Radio-Television-Film colleges.  Austin's very own University of Texas is well-known for its program and boasts some very successful alumni.  Topping my son's list of favorite directors and screenwriters is fellow Texan and UT alumnus, Wes Anderson.

Which brings me to today's Simply Brilliant talent.  Anderson's next film will be entitled The Grand Budapest Hotel and will star his regular collaborators Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman, along with many others cited below. It recounts the adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.



Other Anderson films that might be of interest are  Bottle Rocket (1996), Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Darjeeling Limited (2007), a stop-motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, released in 2009, and perhaps his best received film to date, Moonrise Kingdom, which opened the Cannes Film Festival 2012.


The Grand Budapest Hotel is to be released March 7, 2014 in the U.S. with cinematography by Robert Yeoman and screenwriting/direction by Wes Anderson.  I can't wait for its release and would like to suggest you not miss it either!


Video and photos courtesty:  IMBb and cine.gr


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Two Words, One Finger

LeAnn Stephenson



The life that I think I lead and the actual life that I have are two distinctly different states of being.  Each comes with its own appalling revelations and pace.  That is to say, that the past week or so has left me a little ruffled, unsure of myself, and questioning every move.  I appall this state of being and I have something to say to these feelings … and I'm sorry to say it involves two words and one finger.

Hence, the touch-y, feel-y quote above.  Just needed to remind myself to live an authentic life and relish the messy unplanned parts, as well as the perfectly planned ones.

Happy Thursday to you!


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I Be A Grinch

LeAnn Stephenson

Thanksgiving has come and gone. Black Friday is underway. Merry old soul or not, the Christmas season is officially upon us. And, this Monday will mark what is called "Cyber Monday," which to me, sounds a lot like the business-end of a pervy 1-900-number conversation, only online. 

This year, my sugar plum imagine-ings have been slow in coming - my festive spirit missed it's flight and is on stand-by, and I'm thinkin' this lack of merriment basically makes me a heathen! And as it turns out, my children and the Hubbs agree with the "you-be-a-grinch" diagnosis.  So, I've put together a Christmas playlist on The Vintage Laundry Spotify and I wanna share.





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Girl Please! Pink and Gold

LeAnn Stephenson

Forget silver and gold! We have an arsenal of #pinkandgold #vintage entertaining essentials to make your #holidaytable unforgettable!


PINK VINTAGE PLATE  |  GOLD FLATWARE  |  PINK GLASS STEMS  |  DAMASK NAPKINS


We at the Vintage Laundry are kind of partial to pink, and when we pair it with gold and make it all vintage, well, all we can say is GIRL PLEASE!! 

In our opinion, this lovely combo can make anything more elegant, without a smidgen of pretentiousness.  We've taken some gold-plated flatware and gold-rimmed vintage plates, paired them with some pink glass stems, finished it off with vintage Damask napkins and Presto! ...your table is a showstopper!!

So, forget silver and gold this year and check out The Vintage Laundry for an arsenal of pink and gold vintage entertaining essentials to make your holiday table unforgettable this year!

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