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New to the molly & mary Etsy shop!

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I just added a few new items to the molly & mary Etsy shop, including three vintage books from the sixties and seventies:

Cooking with Style: Easy, Elegant Recipes and Menus for Exciting Entertaining (1967)

Fifty Great Buffet Parties (1974)

and, the piece de resistance…

The Emily Post Book of Etiquette for Young People (1967)

These glimpses into retro entertaining and etiquette are very fun reads!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love scarves.  My wardrobe is filled with neutrals, so I wear a scarf almost every day to add some color and style.

Several months ago I came across an inspirational blog,  MaiTai’s Picture Book.  MaiTai gives lots and lots of fabulous ideas for using scarves and other accessories to create a variety of looks from a few basic clothing staples. Check out her post about how to accessorize a little black dress for several elegant looks.

In my ongoing search for fabulous vintage objects, I come across more lovely scarves than I could possibly wear.  Visit my Etsy store to see some of my finds…more are coming soon!

I have a small collection of vintage milk glass – a bud vase, a large vase, and two small shakers that lost their lids before I acquired them.  When they are not living in my corner cabinet, I use all of them for holding flowers.  The milky white glass is perfect for showing off the blossoms they hold.

Here are just a few of the gorgeous milk glass vessels that can be found on Etsy.

Anyone who knows me or has visited my Etsy shop knows that I adore scarves, especially vintage scarves designed by Vera Neumann.  Today I discovered a book at Anthropologie about this designer’s career.  The book is described as “A chronicle of the career of the incomparable designer, artist and entrepreneur Vera Neumann, who built her company on the philosophy that fine art should be available to everyone…”  It’s now at the top of my wishlist!

I just added seven pieces of fabulous vintage fabric to the molly & mary Etsy shop.  They include wool, swiss dot, and canvas.  Many of them incorporate shades of green (my favorite color!), and each of them has a unique and appealing pattern.

Last month I participated in a very fun workshop on making paper sculpture at Paper Nerds.  Paper is my favorite material, especially the pages of old books, which is what we used for our sculptures.  We learned how to make romantic paper flowers, darling little birds, and paper lanterns to decorate string lights.

I have been collecting over-loved vintage books from estate sales and thrift stores so that I can give their wonderful pages of text and illustrations new life.  I can envision bouquets of paper flowers in my future. ..

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