It can be said that living in the past is unhealthy, and in many respects I agree. But the past not only offers lessons learned and a path to how we came to be presently, but odds and ends of a different way of doing things, helping us decide how we want to establish our personal footing in the world, and glimpses of a lost connection with something outside of ourselves.
I am those dirty words: sentimental, idealistic, nostalgic. Aka: sappy, corny, kooky. (I embrace them all!) While I am all these things, I don’t (always) live in a dream world. The reality of contemporary times and everyday life are at the forefront. I do, however, like to incorporate my love of past relics, my yearning for a more regaled approach, and my pure enjoyment of using useful yet left behind objects into my life. Technology and modern conveniences are a part of our lives now, and most of us wouldn’t know how to function without them. They do make our lives easier, but I will gladly sacrifice a little convenience for the feeling of doing something myself, the latest trend for something I enjoy that maybe no one else does, and an easily produced object for a personal touch that alludes to something special.
I started this blog to share my ideas about vintage inspired things, antiques, in general what I enjoy and use, and a peek at specific times left behind. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has to preface most things with “Yes, I know, I am a dork” or gets those sideways glances when people find out my likes, loves, and overall take on life. I can’t be the only one! I’ve been often referred to as “young at heart with an old soul.” I’ll take that. So I hope to talk about everything: music (my love of Perry Como to the lovely sound She & Him evoke), movies (I love classics, including silent film, and what most contemporary movies are lacking), fashion (dresses, hair, accessories, the need for personal fashion awareness), antiques (I peruse many local shoppes frequently), general outings (road trip stops, and taking the train for the day instead of driving), historical references and the movements that were inspired by them (art, fashion trends), establishments and structures from a by-gone era (crumbling barns on the prairies, diners), a class and a subtle sophistication that seems to have gotten lost (too many t-shirts and ill fitting clothes, nonexistent customer service, manners, and common courtesy), and much more.