Rococo Labels: Free Printables

I’ve designed some new label printables for you, FREE courtesy of in vintage French Rococo style in four different color combinations: Spode, Red Onion, Kale and Rococo Cocoa.  Download HERE and rint them in horizontal or vertical format for organizing, shipping, gifting, product packaging, scrapbooking… so many possibilities! Our kind friends at made these label files editable, which means you can type in your own text to the downloads, (full instructions on their blog). Of course, handwritten labels are lovely as well. Enjoy!


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Shopping Vintage: The Etiquette of Price Negotiation

Do you negotiate with antique dealers? What are your thoughts on haggling prices for vintage finds? Share them on the comments of my post over at SC Johnson Family Economics, I’d really like to read them!

Disclosure: I am a paid blogger for SC Johnson.

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Girl Scouts, A Boy Scout, and the Cart

Yesterday, I finally had the great pleasure of meeting and shopping with my Country Living magazine partners in crime, fellow Contributing Editors Heather Bullard and Serena Thompson. These two ladies and their good friends, Lisa Souers and Elaine Thompson, each flew into the Bay Area to meet up and enjoy a few days together, finishing their visit with a trip to the Alameda Flea Market. I drove down from Petaluma to hook up with them and we “scouted” the flea market together, scheming some pretty fabulous and creative ideas for the future along the way. Needless to say, it was a wonderful, wonderful day!

Heather Bullard, Me, Serena Thompson, Lisa Souers, Elaine Thompson (photo by Nicki Rosario)

My favorite purchase of the day was a vintage, distressed Boy Scout trophy/statue/statuette/award (?). Someone asked what I will do with him. My reply- I will look at him!

Photo effect made using the PhotoFunia app on my iPhone.

When planning my trip to the flea market, I was hoping to come up with a quick and easy idea to make my standard-issue vintage shopping cart more appealing and practical to schlep around. I had a “Eureka!” moment and pulled out my vintage hardware & nail apron collection. I tied them all around the cart for the perfect no-sew solution. I tucked a book cover cut from an old World Atlas into the bottom to keep items from dropping through and tied a couple more aprons inside. The pockets were great for holding small purchases, my water bottles, my note pad, collected postcards and business cards, and small bits of trash.Here it is in action!Don’t you just love a good flea market day?!


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