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Vintage Charm

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Thrift Stores can be Magical! – Source

Are you a flea market fanatic? Love a good garage sale? Go gaga over thrift stores? If you can answer YES to any of these questions this post is for you!

Many a wedding or private event can be embellished with items from a thrift or resale shop! If you’re a bride or mother of the bride, don’t be surprised if you find what you’re looking for at a great vintage store. It’s worth taking a look! Incorporating gently used tablecloths, linen napkins, glass, and other barely used treasures can cut your decor budget substantially.

Since we are from the Moon/Airport West area, we’re going to tell you about the awesome choices in our own back yard.

Fenna’s Consignment and Retail Shop- Owner Kelly Cain has re-purposed her former business space into a beautiful vintage and retail shop. Opened just a few short weeks ago, we have stopped in numerous times to ooh and aah over Kelly’s handpicked selections. You will find an amazing assortment of vintage and gently used designer jeans and clothing, housewares, vintage glass, doilies, and much much more. Kelly has partnered with local women artists and offers one of a kind necklaces and other jewelry items as well. Do yourself a favor and stop by Fenna’s Grand Opening this Saturday, February 4th at 10 am. The location is 7051 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale, PA. 15071. Click HERE to get to Fenna’s Facebook page.

Consignment Cottage- Owner Terry Chesky and Joanne Cain of Katherine’s Daughter Events have been friends for many years! This is one of our favorite stops for home decor and a room upstairs is solely devoted to it. There are racks of clothing upstairs and down, a shoe section, designer purses, jewelry, handmade items, and even a maternity section. You owe it to yourself to visit Consignment Cottage on a regular basis to check out the new additions! Click HERE to visit CC’s website.

EcoChic- This is Consignment Cottage’s sister store, also owned by Terry Chesky. We can’t drive into Moon Township without stopping here! There are so many great deals, interesting accessories, shoes, clothing and housewares, you owe it to yourself to make the trip. We bought the cutest purse here not long ago and it never fails to garner big compliments. Click HERE to visit EcoChic’s website.

Let us know in the comments section below if you have a favorite flea market, consignment store, or thrift store. We’d also love to hear your stories of re-purposing gently used items in creative ways!

 

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Holiday Entertaining Tips

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Available at Cuttings, Sewickley
Cute Serving Bowls! Available at Cuttings, Sewickley

Are you the Christmas host or hostess? We entertain often during the holidays and we’ll tell you- it’s not too late to get it together without being frazzled. Check out our tried and true holiday entertaining tips and have your holiday down pat!

  1. What type of party are you having? Whether you are inviting guests to your home for a quiet evening, Christmas eve or day dinner, or a big holiday party, clearly define your vision. Cozy dinner and drinks, large holiday soiree, or hot chocolate party; think it out beforehand and decide exactly what you’d like to do.
  2. Decide on your budget. Easier said than done but this is an important step in the process. Consider whether you want to spend extra money on themed decor or paper products or if you’d rather put your money into different types of food, drinks, or dessert offerings.
  3. Take care of the core meal.  We’ve had a few lessons learned when delegating important parts of the meal to guests who are (ahem) a bit unreliable. Take care of the core meal yourself- meat, potato, bread, vegetable- and then add extra dishes by spotlighting what your guests or family members can bring.
  4. Make a list. Write down everything you’re going to need. If you haven’t started your list yet, this is the time to do it.
  5. Shop as you go. It’s better to get a few things everytime you’re out and about than to wait until the week of the party and do it ALL. Plus, it’s easier on your finances as well. Get your paper products one day. Buy wine and other alcoholic purchases another. Save the perishables for the week of the party so those are fresh.
  6. Do as much as you can at home before the big day. Can you set your dining room table a day or two ahead of time? Consider making a timeline for the day of and the days leading up to the party. The more you do beforehand the easier your life will be. Imagine taking a hot bath or a nap a few hours before dinner. You can do that if you plan ahead.
  7. Set things up so all you have to do is minimal maintenance. If you have to constantly heat appetizers in the oven, you will be in the kitchen all night! Think of ways to prepare, serve and replenish food that does not involve constant kitchen time- like using chafers, or serving a few (cold) platters of cheeses, bread, and olives and a (hot) dinner. Or recruit a shy family member(s) to be in charge of heating appetizers and food.
  8. Enjoy your own event! Put your favorite dress on, light the candles, and pour the bubbly. Time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and mingle with guests. (Monitor your own alcohol consumption if you are in charge of the entire meal- no one likes a drunk hostess!) Do your best to keep an eye on things, but also expect that mishaps may occur that no one anticipates. Spills, and other minor stuff can happen but be a sport and smile and solve the issue. Don’t be a drama queen if things fall apart.  Just keep going!
  9. Have a plan for the next day. Do some clean up but also have a good day of rest. Heat up any leftovers for dinner and save a bottle of wine for yourself. Don’t give in to the urge to put everything away in a single day. Just relax and reflect on your great party!

If you follow these ideas, you’ll be sure and have it all together! Relax and enjoy yourself at your own party!

All Around the Christmas Tree!
All Around the Christmas Tree!

Related Articles:

Holiday Entertaining, The Huffington Post

Easy Holiday Entertaining, Love From the Oven

At Home for Christmas, First Home Love Life

 

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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The Mantel Upstairs at Cuttings Flower and Garden Sewickley
The Mantel Upstairs at Cuttings Flower and Garden Sewickley

With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Sewickley Village held their annual Wine Walk this year on November 4 and wow, what a crowd! I arrived in town alittle after 5pm and already the streets were lined with people ready to check in and receive their list of participating businesses.

I came mainly to visit Cuttings for their annual Holiday House. Jim Price and his staff outdo themselves every year and create such a feast for the eyes. Everywhere you look are magnificent Christmas trees, enchanting displays and wonderful gifts for family and friends alike.

It’s so worth a ride to Sewickley to visit Cuttings. While you are there, check out the many new (and old) businesses! Make a reservation at Vivo Kitchen and top the evening off with a delicious dinner.

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Red Wreath

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Red Bowl Silver Spoon

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Red Roses

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Mr Mrs Bulb

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Queen Bee

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Egg Nog Set

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Wreath with Red Ribbon

Cuttings 2015 Merry and Bright Platter

Cuttings 2015 Holiday Cake Server

One of Many Holiday Trees at Cuttings Flower and Garden, Sewickley

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Beautiful McConnell’s Farm

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McConnell's Market
McConnell’s Farm Market

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. 

Henry David Thoreau

Don’t you just love this time of year? The leaves are turning golden yellow, orange, and red. There is a chill in the air. Pumpkin everything is available- coffee, donuts, pumpkin pie, you name it.

Love the cornstalks
Love the cornstalks

One of my favorite places to experience the fall season is McConnell’s Farm. Established in 1787, it is one of the oldest farms operated by a single family west of the Allegheny Mountains. If you love rustic, this is the place to visit. It takes a bit of navigation to get there, but only a tad. It’s about five minutes off of the Hopewell exit of 376. There’s good signage and google maps should take you there easily.

When you drive up to the barn, it’s a feast for the eyes. Pumpkins, mums, haybales await. Walk inside and sniff. Right now, it’s all about apples. Lots and lots of apples! Gala, McIntosh, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and on and on. Bags of 1/2 peck, little baskets of ’em, they are everywhere. You could easily get what you need here to make a fantastic pie.

Along the side of the barn are bins of very fresh vegetables. Potatoes, kale, onions, fresh garlic, and numerous squashes. Up on the blackboard was a recipe for spaghetti squash that so inspired me I bought one! I can’t wait to bake it and top with some of my husband’s fresh honey.

McConnell’s Farm is a CSA or Community Shared Agriculture Farm. How it works is you pay them a set amount (their website says $288) before the season and they use this to support the farm. This entitles you weekly visits and $20 free fruit and vegetables per week for seventeen weeks of summer. Visit their website for more information- HERE.

On my most recent visit, I also bought fresh cider, a bundle of kale (5 huge stems for a $1), and some delicious potatoes. That evening, I created a side dish of sauteed sweet onions, kale, and potatoes. I sprinkled fragrant dill from my own herb garden and added a fresh squeeze of lemon. Can I tell you? It. Was. Amazing.

This weekend, consider taking a ride and visiting this wonderful farm. Be prepared to be inspired. You’ll love McConnell’s Farm.

Pumpkins everywhere
Pumpkins everywhere
Sunshine and Pumpkins
Sunshine and Pumpkins
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Contest Giveaway! Cuttings Flower and Garden

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Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!
Win this Holiday Tea Towel from Cuttings!

We loved this tea towel the moment we laid eyes on it! Katherine’s Daughter Events and Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley Pennsylvania have joined together for a fabulous giveaway. Win this awesome tea towel plus a $50 gift card to purchase anything else you’d like from their beautiful store!

It’s easy to enter. Sign up for our IDEAs! posts by entering your email address along our sidebar. That’s one entry. Comment below and tell us your favorite part of the holiday season. That’s two entries. Follow our Facebook link and comment there. Three entries! So easy to win!

Cross the last gifts off your list by visiting Cuttings. Beautiful ornaments and decorated trees, stylish gift and entertaining ideas, wall hangings, vintage finds you will not see anywhere else. Please go and check them out!

Cuttings Flower and Garden, 524 Locust Place, Sewickley PA. 412-741-7227

Christmas at Cuttings 3

Christmas at Cuttings 2

Cuttings at Christmas The Silver Room

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Shop Local This Christmas

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Cuttings in Sewickley - The Silver Room
Cuttings in Sewickley – The Silver Room

Years ago I owned a gourmet coffee shop in Sewickley called Cappuccino City. It competed directly with a national chain only a block away (we were there first) and I tell you, it was tough. We lasted seven years and in the end, sold our business successfully. Since then, I have always had a soft spot for local business.

There is easy attraction to the big box chains- national advertising, sleek displays, lures of deep discounts- especially at the holidays. Honestly, I do shop one or two chain stores at Christmas. But I always stop at my favorite local businesses and complete my shopping there.

Why? Because there are unique finds among the small shops. They carry items that the big boxes will not have. Beautiful items to decorate, to give, and to adorn your packages.

Primitives at Kathleen's in Beaver PA
Primitives at Kathleen’s in Beaver PA

Supporting local business creates and maintains jobs. It helps keep intact those small towns that would not otherwise survive in the wake of big shopping centers and malls. There is a great flavor to small towns where you can walk outdoors and wander in and out of shops.

The Basket Loft in Sewickley PA
The Basket Loft in Sewickley PA

I patronize each of the stores I’m showing here. At Cuttings Flower and Garden in Sewickley I buy unique gift items such as tea towels and ornaments I use to embellish my packages. At The Basket Loft I purchased Root candles for my Christmas table. Grandpa’s Joe’s Candy Shop has two locations- Beaver and the Strip District- where you can indulge your sweet tooth in old favorites such as Mallo Cups and Mike and Ike candies. I buy bacon flavored treats there- including chocolate covered bacon!- for my niece who loves bacon. During a recent shopping trip to Consignment Cottage in Moon Township, I purchased a primitives- style wall hanging for my dining room (for less than $10) during their 20% Thanksgiving weekend sale. Kathleen’s in Beaver PA was a complete surprise. A mecca of primitives (which I love) and a Santa that I may just head back there for.

Need a new outfit for Christmas Day? Check out Consignment Cottage
Need a new outfit for Christmas Day? Check out Consignment Cottage
Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop in Beaver PA.
Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop in Beaver PA.

Wherever you live, please make a note of what local businesses you can patronize. It is worth the effort to go out of your way just a bit to meet your neighbors and make new friends. Shop local this year and love it.

 

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