Category Archives: Florida

Love, Florida

Guys, it’s been WAY too long since I’ve posted a Love, Florida blog! Did you know that this year is supposed to be Florida’s 500th birthday? I’m not really sure what all that means… but we’re sure going to celebrate!
When we were cleaning and organizing one of our upstairs bedrooms I came across some of Ray’s vintage Florida postcards he bought for tattoo inspiration 6-8 years ago!
I love the first one pictured because of shape of Florida and the Elephant! FYI – Back in the day, traveling circuses would generally retreat to the Sarasota area during the winter. This is why you’ll see a lot of circus images associated with vintage Florida memorabilia. love fl 1love fl 2love fl 3Do you have any good ideas for displaying postcards? Maybe framing them and hanging them in clusters? I just don’t know. All ideas and suggestions are appreciated. =)

Love, Florida – Aunt Aggie’s Bone Garden

Whew, it’s been a while since I posted a Love, Florida blog and this one shouldn’t disappoint. Today I’m featuring Aunt Aggie’s Bone Garden. I first learned about the bone garden several years ago as it was located in Lake City (and possibly a few block from my house). Unfortunately, you can no longer visit as it was only in operation between 1900 and 1918.

From what I’ve gathered, Aunt Aggie Jones was a former slave from around the area. She created her bone yard around the turn of the century and it became somewhat of a tourist attraction for North Florida. The garden was made by hangings and statues of sun bleached animal bones. Where she got all of these bone, I surely don’t want to know. Aunt Aggie didn’t charge admission, but she did have produce and flowers for sale. Pretty incredible isn’t it? Also, maybe slightly creepy as well.
Fun fact #1: My friend Megan wrote a song about Aunt Aggie’s Bone Garden.
Fun Fact #2: There was another former slave that opened a bone yard around the same time just one tiny town over. I wonder if these two ladies were friends.

All images are taken from the Florida Memory website. If you’re into Florida history, old photography, etc. this is really cool site for you to check out!

Tropical Storm Debby

I used to love thunder storms, tropical storms and even minor hurricanes. As long as the power didn’t go out it was great. School would be cancelled and we got to hang around the house and watch movies all day. The only drawback was my dad making me and Brie go in the yard a pick up sticks after a big storm, which we thought was torture.

In Florida, these storms are just a way of life. Just something that happens year after year. This year seems to be particularly bad for North Florida. Tropical storm Debby has basically flooded all of my hometown and the surrounding areas. During the last tropical storm, Big Brown experienced some damage (thanks, rude tree), which in turn caused us to have lots of leaky roof issues during the last few days. I’m talking like buckets full of water filling up in our house. However, our damage is NOTHING compared to what some people are dealing with. About 100 roads are closed/washed out, houses are underwater, cars are being washed away, massive trees are down, the weather channel even visited little Live Oak, FL to report on the massive amounts of standing water. Ray and some other guys from our church went out yesterday to help remove water, dig trenches (ditches?), rescue people off their roof, etc.  After I got off, Ray and I tried to go out and assess some of the damage around town… but we honestly couldn’t get very far due to so many road closures.

Despite all the heartache these storms have caused so many people around here, it’s really good to see people loving and helping other people. It’s incredibly encouraging to see the gospel being played out so clearly.

Love, Florida – Vol 2

As you know, we love Florida and we love old things. Here are a few of our vintage Florida-y pieces from around the house.

Orange juice glasses found at a tiny thrift store in Keystone.

Orange ashtray I use to store recently worn jewelry. There are usually 2 of Ray’s guitar picks in the mix as well… but I took them out because they were ugly. Haha.

Vintage Florida tray featuring cities and attractions.