winter brightness + beauty


When I began my 20’s, I always assumed once I graduated college, I’d be out of here. Guess it didn’t quite turn out that way, but in the words of Mumford & Sons, “I will learn to love the skies I’m under“. I’d like to think that I am where I need to be right now, but I hold on hope that a new adventure lies ahead of us soon. In the spirit of embracing where I am {and on a snow day, even! while listening to Sigur Ros, the perfect snowy music} I will share some pretty winter touches in our house.

Up above we have our Ikea-inspired winter forest art that Mr. M and I made. One of the perks of having a long, cold winter is that it gives us extra time for creative projects. I helped M sketch the design and cut out the template and he cut out and sanded the forest out of simple white-coated masonite. We even found two LED stick lights that go behind it to light up at night and bring out the shadows. I love it.


One of my favorite estate sale finds last year was this linen snowflake embroidered dresser cloth. Each snowflake is so delicately sewn. I have realized that I honestly would miss winters without snow. Obviously it gets old and annoying eventually, but it’s so charming and sparkly some of the time. Having a puppy that adores playing in it is another plus. See, I am trying to make the most of this place, this climate. Makes it a little more bearable.


Some more estate sale + flea market finds to brighten up our winter days. That flowered tray is actually a gift from my parents from a flea market adventure they had in Denmark. It’s my special little treasure. The tiny vintage cardinal print reminds me of my Grandpa–they were his most favorite birds. The blanket was handmade by M’s Grandma and it happens to be Ollie’s favorite cuddle blanket.


The tiny wooden snowflakes were a Christmas gift from M’s parents. So pretty. That mini credenza has a story of its own that may involve a journey from the Jersey Shore (um, not the show!!) all the way to Wisconsin.

So there you have it. Our cozy winter home. And now I must admit I am ready for Spring…


Vintage typewriter cart score!

estate sale find, originally uploaded by ordinarymoment.

Some more vintage love–a 1940s-50s metal typewriter cart found at an estate sale this weekend…for 5 bucks. What a deal! Discouraged by the lack of treasures elsewhere, we come across a sign for a sale. We go. We find! Isn’t that the best? Recycling at its finest. Taking old, forgotten things and giving them new life. The quality, the character, the story. This is why we hunt for vintage gold whenever we can. I also found a Gwen Frostic print book and a tiny framed cardinal print to brighten up our winter time. Happiness in the things of old.

vintage embroidery turned art

vintage embroidery, originally uploaded by ordinarymoment.

Indeed, I have a soft spot for vintage linens + embroidery. Imagining whose hands lovingly created the dresser scarf, tea towel, hankie to give to their dear ones. The time, the stitches, the joy. A beautiful, simple creation still living on for a new generation to discover + cherish. Handcrafted treasures lasting through the ages. And so I stretch these sweet bluebirds over a canvas, to be enjoyed anew as a work of art. It makes me smile.  A lot!