I am a collector. So is Ray. We like things that are old, unique and pretty. I’ve been collecting things since I was a child. Dolls my Aunt Robin sent me, ceramic Disney figurines, manatee paraphernalia, moose paraphernalia, old photos … I had collections of all of these at one time or another.
As we all know, collecting can get out of hand and can slowly move into the hoarding territory (NOOOO!). So, to stay far far away from keeping piles of trash, old clothes, cats, ect. I’ve become much more particular about the pieces I purchase and keep.
My vintage jewelry collection is the first installment of this series. These are some of my favorite pieces (but also just the ones that happened to be on my dresser). Some belonged my Nonnie’s, some were gifts, and some were purchased at festivals and antique stores.
Aren’t they pretty?!
Hey true believers, I know batman is all the rage right now, but I’ve been really into wearing my Spider-man ring lately. Ray gave me this vintage Spider-man ring as a Christmas present the year we were engaged. It’s from a local antique store and I couldn’t love it more. It’s funny, there are things in my life that I normally would never care about (like comics and guitars) but, because I love my husband, those things matter now.
A super hero ring might seem like a silly example of love, but I promise you it’s not. Also, I mean, it’s pretty cute.
And as the great Stan Lee would say, ’nuff said. =)
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.
My sister, Brie, is hilarious, stylish, wonderful, creative, brave, ridiculous and even so much more. She likes colors, folk art, vintage. Her bedroom is a huge reflection of who she is and her aesthetic. She loves to display fun and personal details. I just love it so much!
So, it’s my pleasure to introduce you all to Brie!
“My bedroom is basically a funny mixture of current Brie and 12-year-old Brie (hello, lavender walls and strange light-colored gigantic furniture. Think Ray Romano’s headboard in Everybody Loves Raymond… because I own the exact same one.) I have lots and lots of trinkets that I’ve somehow accumulated over the years from thrift stores and Christmas presents from my mom and Alliray, and I love them. I really like old jewelry and clip-on earrings, and I’ve gotten a lot of mine from a jewelry box gold mine that my mom inherited. I also love hand-made things! My grandpa used to be an incredible wood-worker and my grandma did a lot of adorable embroidery and sewing, so I have several things that they’ve created displayed in my room. Most of my other artwork and handmade treasures have come from thrift stores and craft festivals.”
Lemon curtains my mom made followed by cloth cats my Nonnie made!
Hello, popsicle stick lamp!
Jewelry box I found at a craft festival.
Vintage circus bowl filled with homemade soap by my friend, Tim!
“Basically my room is just a big mess of all the things and details that I love! It makes me feel like myself and like I can breathe. In just over a month, I’ll be moving to east Africa, but I will definitely be bringing along a few of these things so I can feel like I’m at home… even on the other side of the world. My bedroom is my fave place to be, and I love it so much. Even my purple walls and dusty bookshelves and middle-aged adult furniture.” 🙂
Ray and I have both lived in Florida for our entire lives, and while it’s not always the ideal state to be in (hello 105 degree + humidity), it’s our favorite state to be in! Love, Florida is going to be a recurring series on alliray that will feature Florida-related wonderfulness.
My good friend, Katie (another lover of interesting retro finds), gave us this book of vintage Florida post cards she found in her Grandmother’s house. I really REALLY love them and have been trying to think of different ways to display them around Big Brown.
This alligator postcard is my favorite. The painting style and colors are so perfect.
I know, sooo rascist. I love the expression on this man’s face though. Also, his yellow belt.
Aren’t they beautiful? Any ideas on how display them? I need suggestions! =)