Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Merry, Merry Christmas Cheer!

As everything's snowballing toward Christmas (and at an awfully hurried pace, I must say!), it seemed like a good time for a MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS CHEER SALE in the shop!

Check it out for up to 50% off some items! More sale items as well as brand new additions to the shop will be posted now through Christmas! Be sure to convo me if you need special shipping rushes as the month goes on!

Apologies for the lack of posts lately (always?)...but I've got some fun Christmas decorating and crafting projects I'm working on and will try to post soon!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

And a Good Time was had by All...

...farmer's market...surprisingly good estate sale...what more (other than donuts) could a girl want on a Saturday morning?!

Let's just say that it doesn't matter how many times we loaded the car...or how long it took...all that matters is that Rebecca and I got everything INSIDE the car. including ourselves. and the doors/trunk all shut! success!

Photos of some of our haul to come. Possibly photos of the newly re-arranged front room. It made ALL the difference. Maybe enough to keep me from painting it for a few more months. I didn't say from *wanting* to paint it. the downside: babyson doesn't have as much couch support on his window sill. He actually fell off the sill today. I think he'll work on those balance skills pretty quickly.
p.s. why does he look so insanely small in this picture?

Did someone say "go update your Etsy store?!" On it. Check it soon for new, fab treasures!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My mother-in-law was right...

....vintage roller-style maps would make GREAT window shades!

check it out:

(from here)

oh, and did i mention that i have one of these babies in the SHOP right now...and two more i'll be adding soon! (unless i decide to keep them for future use...surely i'll *someday* have enough and large enough windows to pull this off!)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

so...tomorrow is 10.10.10... about another SALE?!?! Not only is it almost 10.10.10.....HappyGoVintage just had it's 100th SALE!

EVERYTHING at HappyGoVintage is 10% off FOR THE REST OF OCTOBER!!!
just be sure to send me a convo with the code "TENOFFOCTOBER" before or after you purchase and the price will be adjusted or discount refunded through PayPal!

Keep checking the store all month as we've got some great stuff we'll be adding soon!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy (Go) Birthday! HappyGoVintage!

So, it's fall and it's also SALE TIME!!! We joined up on Etsy on Sept. 1 last year...and our first sale was Sept. 16. Since today is somewhere sorta in the middle of the beginning, as it were, we're offering

15% off
any ONE item in the shop
Today through September 15th!

Just convo me before making payment on Etsy with the code "HappyGoBirthday"

Now, go...have fun at the SHOP!

Saturday, August 28, 2010



The HappyGoVintage shop is filling up with brand new (old) treasures that I am soo excited to be offering! Check it out before they're gone! THE SHOP

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This and That

As promised...the shower curtains that required a zillion the happygovintage apartmenthouse bathroom!

...some beautiful treasures in the shop!

oh, and a rather cute'd he get on here?!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It might catch on fire...

...but I don't care!

I bought this really old light fixture at a barn sale in Ohio, with every intention to tear out all of the wiring, paint it, and flip it upside down, adding little glass vases (to be filled with flowers or candles) in place of the bulbs to use as a table centerpiece. Well, that hadn't happened yet....and a few weeks ago, I came home to find the husband WIRING it in place in the kitchen, in place of an old pendant lamp I really wasn't that crazy about. So far, no fires....I'm thoroughly impressed with the husband (I seriously didn't think this thing even WORKED!), and now we have way more light from a GORGEOUS fixture in the kitchen! (p.s. don't try this at your home!...and if you do, use plenty of electrical tape on the old wires! and maybe first ask an electrician friend if it's a good idea...I found out later that the husband had *sort of* been precautious).

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Then Comes Marriage...

So, as promised, here are some great ideas from my friend's wedding last weekend. Sadly, my camera battery died just as i started taking shots at the reception....soooo...until I get ahold of some other people's photos, there aren't any of the cute couple from last weekend (the photo below is from their engagement. Aren't they just so cute?!)
My favorite of her many great ideas is pictured above. They cut rounds of a tree someone had recently taken down and wood-burned their initials (lovers' tree carving style) into each one. These were the centerpieces (flowers sat atop each one) for the round tables at the reception. They had a "who knows Libby and Kai the best?" quiz on the table...and ditched these leftover (but very lovely) centerpieces on the high-scorer at each table. These also served as pie displays on her dessert table (each pie flavor was spelled out with scrabble tiles...the photo below is from the table centerpieces). She also made a cake stand (small narrow log with large flat log on top) for the bride/groom cake (with sweet little birds topping the cake!)
More photos ideas as well as awesome stuff soon to hit the store!

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Go, NOW! :) (click here to be transported to a wonderland of vintage fantasticalness)
p.s. don't forget to check back here in a few days for photos and details and great ideas from a super cute wedding! oh and HAPPY MARRIAGE, KAI and LIBBY!!! (need. to. charge. camera. battery. once i find said battery.)

Not bad for 100 bucks less, huh?!

theirs: (at $ know who they are)

ours: (at $15 bucks or so) *photo courtesy of Christina, as I have yet to take pictures of my matching on here at the HappyGoVintage Apartmenthouse! Isn't her bathroom just so cute! LOVE that tile!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I just dyed in your arms tonight...

I don't have pics of the completed project (yet), but let's just say that this:
turned into a really awesome end result for Christina and me!  (awesome afters and more in-progress shots..and maybe a tutorial if you're lucky and i find more than 5 free minutes come!)

p.s. did i hear someone say Anthropologie *be still my beating heart* is over-priced? :)
p.p.s. new stuff added to the shop all this week!! 

Monday, July 5, 2010

In CASE you missed it....

....the Plaid Happy Go Vintage suitcase was on the FRONT PAGE OF ETSY on Friday! :) (bottom row, 2nd one in from left) 

Thanks to PeachyPopVintage for featuring Happy Go Vintage in such a great treasury, and thanks to Etsy for putting it on the front page!

Friday, June 25, 2010

get $20 at BULX....LAST CHANCE!!

So I'm horrible and started this post last week, but didn't track down the links and actually post it for now there's not a lot of time should totally head over to to sign up for $20 credit when this awesome new discounted high-end home improvement products store launches! Also, be sure to check out where my friend and old co-worker Matt gives you the DL on the super sweet BULX! (you'll also find some awesome pics of his own house remodel...which is ah-mazing...and was featured on ApartmentTherapy not too long ago!)

I don't know exactly how long this "last chance" lasts, so go, now! (No, really, click your butt over there right now!!!) Can you tell I'm excited about this?!?! (BULX launching must be a sign that it's high time to buy my own fixer-upper, right?!?)

p.s. for even more before/after photos of Matt's house, be sure to check out TulaneRehab (his house's own blog) there on my sidebar -----> (but only after you sign up for $20 at!)


Shop Update!

I've been (slowly, but surely) updating the Shop!  

I've never tried making an Etsy "Treasury" myself, but lately lots of HappyGoVintage items have been featured in treasuries...they're so fun.  I definitely think I'll be making some of my own soon!  Do any of you make Treasuries?!  Below are a few featuring items from my shop...check them out!

and from Lonkoosh

Can you spot the HappyGoVintage item?!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Year of the Glass

In honor of the glass that is 2010 being almost down to half full (or almost half empty), here are some things accomplished, unaccomplished, and some new mid-year resolutions. What are some of yours?
Half full (what I’ve done):
*re-done some particularly ugly parts of the Apartmenthouse (office/bedroom switcharoo, claustrophobia kitchen, my closet/deathtrap)
*started dressing nicer for work
*started a somewhat successful garden with the Husband
*scored some amazing thrift/estate sale finds (ROUND dining room table, dining room curtains, sweet vintage artwork/frames, pottery, hand sewn-metal zippered-perfectly fitting dresses…)
*learned more about how to be married

Half empty (what I’ve not done):
*taken enough pictures (100+ documented incidents of Laz being cute don’t count.)
*done enough sewing (yes, unfinished quilts, I see you all balled up in that plastic bag in the closet!)
*launched the handmade portion of HappyGoVintage Shop
*photographed/listed some of my favorite Etsy offerings for you, my Etsy-shopping friends
*kept up with this sad little excuse for a blog
*designed a real logo for HappyGoVintage

Half full (what I’ve recently decided to do):
*find/build/steal/buy/make the husband build/otherwise obtain a perfect teal-blue-ish velvet sofa (this will probably take years)
*go running consistently with the Husband even when it’s killer hot and humid. As in several days a week consistent. As in even when watching Hulu in our air-conditioned abode sounds much more fun.
*try more recipes and get better at cooking/find more time for it…oh, and eat less sugar (not really a new resolution…just an ongoing one…)
*limit myself to one insane list a day, instead of multiple agendas for the perfectly planned life that is just not mine.
(does this one count?)

and with those new goals in mind, I think I officially need this!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Bright Spot... a hot, humid, rainy weekend:

this: (look past the dirt/rusty-grunginess....(no, really, look past it...scroll down!)
A little bit of 409 spray (okay, a lot) and plenty of elbow grease go a LONG way!

Oh, and the best part may have been bringing her home from the thrift store on top of the husband's car when our delivery guy took too long to show up!

Someday I may paint her...creamywhite, teal, or hecks maybe even red...but for now i like her as is (scratches, paint splatters and all!).  And did you SEE those legs she's got?! And her cute little casters?! Sigh... :)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Further Justification for Thrifting/Antiquing/Estate Saling/Alley Scavenging and Most Any Other Form of Treasure Hunting:


I'm still busy beachin' it...but other people (our friends at Apartment Therapy) are steadily and diligently posting great material...check it out!

What collections of everyday objects make your walls'n'windowsills more interesting?

(At the Apartmenthouse, we've got vintage (I'm talking "made in the USSR") army men lining our doorframes; pottery, pottery, and more pottery; rocks under glass; and pressed fall leaves!)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wish You Were Here....

'cuz this is where I am! :) But back to the real reason you visit this blog...APARTMENT HOUSE IMPROVEMENTS! We swapped the office and bedroom...painting the old office this wonderful bluegreen before moving in the bed...the best there's room for me to have a sewing table in the "new" office! All of this happened Friday night and Saturday...exhausting, but totally worth it! Behold, the hideous...okay, not hideous, just uninspiring "office before":

A little bit of hard work (and a super fantastic paint color) go a LONG way:

The fabric panel (which looks much better in real light) is a vintage remnant I found in Columbus 4 years ago and FINALLY have somewhere perfect to put it. It's hanging behind the bed as a make-do headboard (cropped the bed out as it is still covered in junk!) I chose to hang it as-is, no hem, no pocket sewn in, no nothing, so that i can still use it to recover a perfect chair or make a perfect curtain someday for a more permanent house! (it also leaves the designer and pattern name printed down the side visible, which is fun).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Did someone say

(head on over, right here)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The HappyGoVintage ApartmentHouse is on ApartmentTherapy!!!

We made it into ApartmentTherapy's "Small, Cool 2010"'s a super fun contest that lets you peek into dozens of awesome small spaces...all carefully designed by their own tiny-space dwellers...and what an assortment of personalities come through in these homes!! With all of the variety, you're sure to find something to vote for (and more than a few ideas for your own small, cool space!)

The photo above is from our submission! See more (and VOTE for us!!) HERE (before 9:30AM Saturday, April 24, when the "thumbs up" round of voting closes on our entry)

You can see all the other submissions HERE

Friday, April 9, 2010

My friends are on the Kitchn!!!!

No time for a propper post with lots of pictures...packing before work for CHICAGO!!!!...but check out my friends Matt and Blair and their kitchen on the Kitchn (part of the ApartmentTherapy site!) Oh, and be sure to post to tell them how much you love it...those pictures are the result of LOTS of hard work!!

p.s. see their entire house project @ their blog TulaneRehab there on the sidebar!!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Dinner Preparations!

Behold, The Homemade Noodles: (if you don't know what these are or how to eat them, find a Midwest grandma and get yourself educated!)  *hint* mashed potatoes required!

Adding the leaf to the dining room table wasn't we added another table!

Glass bottles, waiting for flowers. or flowering tree branches (somehow a little more acceptable to steal from the neighborhood!)

New napkins b/c we didn't have 3 simple steps: (find old table cloth w/ holes/stains, cut into napkin-sized squares, fold over edges and hem!)

And just b/c I love it and don't think it made it on the blog metal spice rack, finally stocked with the PERFECT vintage bottles (found at a yard sale and perfectly sized for the metal container thingie we hauled back from our Tennessee honeymoon!)

Sweet recent thrift store find (now hanging above my kitchen sink!)  You can't really tell from the photo, but it has the nicest hand-done resin finish!
The State Plates...*finally* hung up!  (L-R: MO, IN, OH...which, i guess is pretty much how they land on the map as well!)
Sweet Christmas present from my sister....Handblown glass balls....finally hung as suncatchers in the dining room windows!

I've also been working on Etsy here's a sneak peek (actually, the first item below--i call her Kathy--is now available in the shop!)...and now I'm off to prep tomorrow's chickens and veggies!  Happy Easter!  He is Risen! (Somehow that first sentiment just falls very flat compared to the second...)