9/1/11

Living a Vintage Lifestyle??

who is . . . Second Shoutout?

and . . .

what does . . . "Vintage Lifestyle" mean to you . . .

and . . . 

3 . . . secret Giveaways . . . really!!

Susan and her husband of Second Shoutout!! 


To answer the first question . . .

I couldn't be more Happy about all of this . . . 
you have to really hear about this in Susan's own words . . . which you can see - here!!

Great . . .  Fresh . . . Vintage Goods . . . at their very best!!!
 
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 On their Blog post - Susan asks the question . . .

How would you define . . . "Living a Vintage Lifestyle"?

I have to say . . . this is not the easiest question . . .
in fact . . . I thought about it for quite some time earlier today on facebook . . . 
and ended up saying something silly - like this . . .

"if I had a car like this . . . 
 I would feel like I was "driving" a  vintage lifestyle . . .
and I am quite sure it would make me very Happy!!"  :)

so in that case - I guess . . .

Vintage Car  =  Vintage Lifestyle  =  Happiness

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BUT SERIOUSLY . . .

I have been thinking about this in a major way today!!

So I want to know . . . how would YOU all answer that  question . . .

I really truly want to know your thoughts on this . . . 
so I am making this into a great giveaway . . .
( 3 ) actually!!


 
One of the prizes will be one of my vintage Cross pillow . . .
and the other two giveaways are a surprise . . .
but I think you will really . . . really like them!!  :)
so here we go . . .

how would YOU define . . . "Living a Vintage Lifestyle"?

just leave your answer to the question in the comment section . . .
or email me privately if you prefer . . . (lledorze@aol.com)
 
the winners will be announced next Tuesday!!
(1 winner will be "my favorite answer" . . . and the other 2 will be picked randomly!!)


let the fun begin!!!

xoxo - liz


10 comments:

kimberly said...

For me, especially now with the magazine coming out and the philosophy behind it, I think living a vintage lifestyle isn't only about surrounding yourself with things from a simpler time, but trying to bring back some of the best parts of living back when life was slower and simpler. I try to run around less, enjoy the simple pleasures in my life, whether it is my sweet family, our little farm, or the glorious friends that I am blessed with. I love slowing down enough to enjoy the journey and being able to see the value in items that have been well-loved and have seen more than I have! Sitting on a hammock in the summer, slow simmering a delicious stew all afternoon in the winter, enjoying a long leisurely lunch with girlfriends any time~
That being said, I am a complete sucker for anything rusty or chippy or well-weathered!
xx

Stacey said...

For me living my vintage lifestyle is about combining found, inherited, thrifted with the thoughtfully bought. It is about using what I have and re-purposing the things I'm no longer quite as fond of. It is about channeling the spirits of my mother and grandmother and making from the heart. They taught me to sew, cook and garden - skills I use daily to create a home that reflects who I am and the talented, strong women who guide me.

Personal Assistant said...

For me its more about feelings and as the French say living a life of "sans Limits" meaning Limitless. It is a life of never ending, you never get it done. So why run around like a chicken with its head cut off, relax and know that it's endless. As well limitless, you can be, have and do anything you want. Its fun to collect and enjoy things that have Long lived from a labor of love. Behind every piece of the past theres a story. Vintage Living is about Fantasy, Dreaming, Emotions, Exploring, thinking beyond what is and a knowing.

Baci baci

Anita said...

I think living a vintage lifestyle means having less, wanting less and taking the time to enjoy every moment more.

Of course, in having less, vintage is best! It's such a throw-away society today and things don't last. The things from yesteryear have lasted the test of time and are wonderful reminders to us of those simpler days.

sherri s. said...

Just found you, somehow, from clicking around...living a "vintage" lifestyle means a lot to me, actually--can't imagine it any other way. It means using my grandma's silver, of which she was so proud but rarely used; wearing a $5.00 vintage dress to a fancy gala where others are wearing designer gowns and feeling prettiest of all; it means smiling at the worn-out paint on the top of a "Grease" canister, thinking about all of the bacon consumed and drippings poured back in (all of those BLTs!). It means visiting a small county fair and, even through the modern trappings, feeling connected to all of those feet that came to all of those county fairs in the past to see the same things we went to see: prize quilts and jam and winning roses and the biggest hogs and watching the oldsters square dance inside the hog barn. And it means SO much more, too! Vintage = connectedness.

d. huneger said...

The vintage life to me is about being self-sufficient in many areas of my life...growing my own vegetables, making my own art, using what has been used and loved and using it again in a new way and loving even more...blessings.

Vicki K. said...

I carry a vision of my grandma's and great-aunts' homes where things were practical and handmade and the back porch screen door slapped shut as people came and went...there were sturdy cotton tea towels, fabric curtains over a doorless cabinet, fresh fruit canned in a perfectly mis-matched set of canning jars and quilts with recognizable squares of shirts and dresses.

Living a Vintage Life is surrounding yourself with useful, practical and charming things to conduct the business of life!

Kathrine said...

Hi Liz,

Living a vintage lifestyle for me is surrounding yourself with items that had been cherished & loved in a previous life. Passing that good energy on to a new generation. Opting for the love worn instead of the new.

But don't stop at your eye sight, I always have my house filled with music from my home's era (the 40's), vintage textiles, old fashioned down home cooking for the taste as well as the smell. Vintage lifestyle is about hitting all 5 senses. Live, breathe vintage.
Hugs.
Kathrine

liz said...

from Patty . . . sent via email to me directly . . . :)

How would I define “living a vintage lifestyle” ?



Let’s begin with the word “vintage” – which, by the way, has a lovely combination of letters and reminds me of the anagram games my mom and I used to play when I was a child.



Guess that makes me vintage... a good start to living the vintage lifestyle!



Vintage to me means things with a past... a story, some history. There’s no definite answer to how many years old something has to be in order to be considered vintage. I’ve heard anywhere from 20 to 90 years.



Growing up with things my folks had for a good share of their lives and things that were handed down to them by their parents was just the way it was. I knew no differently. There were some new toys for a birthday or Christmas, a new pair of shoes before the school year began and usually a special pair of Easter shoes. Almost all of my clothes were handmade. Except for my favorite – the hand-me-downs from a neighbor girl who was two years older! I was always so thrilled when she outgrew her clothes and they were given to me.



For more years than I care to admit to... I still surround myself with things that I’ve collected, things that have been passed down to me, things that talk to me. When someone comes to my shop to sell me something or when I go out on a “buy”, I am a sucker when someone tells me the story. Whatever it is, it’s very difficult to resist. I don’t want or need new... if someone else loved it before, that’s good enough for me. I’ll continue to love it for the rest of my life. Then someone else will take over...

liz said...

from Terry . . . sent via email to me directly . . .

Living a vintage lifestyle means being comfortable with objects and processes of
the past in the contemporary world without the sense of being antiquated. In a
mechanized world of supermarket conveniences I make home made jelly from fruit
grown in my garden, crochet clothing with my grandmother's steel hook, craft
furniture from downed trees on our property, sew new clothes, shopping bags and
quilts with the fabric of old clothes, grow fruits, vegetables and herbs to
enhance our meals, make home made breads, pastries and pizzas from scratch, and
live in a house populated with the furniture and books of my ancestors. I
purchase castoff objects at the Rotary Auction every year to read, create art
pieces, basketry, needlework, to serve my food and to wear. One of our cars is
twenty one years old and is the workhorse of the family. Our garden that is full
of perennials, flowering shrubs and unusual trees would have made my grandmother
right at home. At holiday time our house is decorated with intricately crafted
paper snowflakes, and gifts are always considered the most precious when made by
hand. Throughout the year the matrilineal tradition of knitting hatches a never
ending covey of projects engaging myself and my daughter with busy hands. We
live a vintage lifestyle, without the uniformly utilized convenience of a
microwave, in the course of our lives, without being anachronistic.

Yours very truly,
Terry