Thrifty Girl Vintage Used to Live Here

My first blog was called Thrifty Girl Vintage.  My first foray into blogging was a joy and I think it shows in how happy I was in my photos.  It was a thrill to find this huge, encouraging community of personal style bloggers of all ages.  I kept my blog going for about a year and hit around 100 followers.  I took my blog down when my life took some unexpected turns.  Still, it was such a positive experience that I couldn’t stay gone forever.

Here are my first photos from Thrifty Girl Vintage.  I was heavier then…and blonder!  But what I like about this community is that whatever you’re size, age, size of your town or nationality…we are all welcome here.

The first photo of myself I shared on my blog was this headshot.

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About the time i started my first blog, a 30 for 30 Remix was just about to begin. It sounded like a lot of fun and it would force me to jump in feet first, posting an outfit every day for 30 days. I took the plunge and added my blog’s name to Kendi’s list.  I was excited, but still I wondered…was I going to go through with it?

Day 1 came and I took photos on the porch.  Then I took photos in the yard.  Lastly, I tried photos indoors.  It took three tries, but I finally came up with something I didn’t mind posting online.  Looking back at it, I wonder why I decided to post my backside?!?

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I am happy to say that I stayed with the 30 for 30 Remix and posted my outfits for the next 29 days.  It was a challenge, but it was a great way to jump in and get started.  I would advise any new blogger, just to plunge in and go with it.

I’m glad I did.

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

Favorite Looks

The combination of a broken ankle, an ugly but extremely useful boot, over an inch of roots and a lost remote for the camera has brought me to the conclusion that the best thing I can do right now is to post some of my past favorite looks.

I’ve been wishy washy with my blog as of late but I’ve finally made the decision to stick with a self-hosted WordPress blog at Bluehost.  I’ve also decided to start back from scratch.  No one loves a new beginning more than me!

So for the next few weeks…or at least until I can drive to the beauty shop…I’ll be posting some of my favorite outifts from the previous I Love My Lemonade Life Blog and from my first blog which was Thrifty Girl Vintage.

For this week…

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This dress is a vintage cotton dress and the pink daisy pin, which I pinned at the waist, is also vintage.  It is finds like these that have me considering opening an online vintage shop.  I am constantly running across interesting items because I love to thrift and many of these one of a kind pieces are not in my size.

It sort of makes sense to open a shop.  Got a full closet?  Check.  Trying to simplify? Always.  But still unable to give up thrifting?  Absolutely.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a vintage store could be the answer.  For every problem, there’s a positive if you just look for it, right?

Have any of you had success with selling vintage online?

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

I’m linking up this week with the lovely bloggers for Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.  Come check it out, or better yet, join in the fun!

Guest Post: Making Lemonade by Bella Q

In moving my blog address, I’ve basically had to start from scratch.  However, there were a few posts that were just too good to scratch such as this guest post from Bella Q. of The Citizen Rosebud.  Enjoy…

Making Lemonade

 “When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is the often cited proverb one says when one is dealing with challenging situations. The zestiest challenge for all of us seems to be figuring out when and how to flourish, whatever the circumstances.

 In an economy that’s bitten the dustbowl, and in a world that seems to be hurling pell mell towards oblivion, we can witness first hand the best and worst of human nature that often triggered by hardships. Let me ask you: are YOU making lemonade?

 Thirsty? Here’s my simple 5-Step recipe for making that proverbial, refreshing and uplifting lemonade. It’s just 5 basic ingredients, with nothing artificial added.

 1 Give Gratitude. Everyday be thankful for one specific thing.

 2 Live to Give. Do something nice without any expectation of a reward.

3 Take Pain to Gain. Do something that adds value to your life. Be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

 4 Take Action. When there’s a problem, or a need, take action. Do something about it. Nothing gives you a feeling of empowerment like direct and immediate action.

 5 Trade verbal griping, and instead seek solutions. In the parlance of my grandmother: “Complaining doesn’t fix things. Fixing things fixes things.” Troubleshoot. When there’s a problem, don’t discuss it in terms of a complaint, but approach it with an intent to solve the problem. Sometimes we waste a lot of steam just griping about something, when that energy is better and more effectively put good use by seeking out a solution.

I’m not going to promise you a rose garden. But you can definitely improve your own life and those around you by making this brand of lemonade. Perhaps it’s the half-full,half empty conundrum. Same glass, different outlooks. And it makes all the juicy difference in the world.

Life handed him a lemon,As Life sometimes will do.His friends looked on in pity,
Assuming he was through.
They came upon him later,
Reclining in the shade
In calm contentment, drinking
A glass of lemonade

 

Bella Q is +40 writer, blogger and a fashion fanatic. She has recently taken the pledge to SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST, and you can too. You can find her rabble rousing at:  thecitizenrosebud.com

Keep making lemonade,

Debbie

Endings are Usually Just New Beginnings

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.” ~ Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland.

O God, What shall I do?

I am at the total end of myself.

Wonderful, dear child!

Now start your new beginning with me. ~ Ruth Harms Calkin.

Sometimes you find a poem or a quote that perfectly sums up how you feel.  This is me, right now.  I’m at the end of myself and my life as I’ve always known it.

It’s a  fresh new Spring and it’s different.  This is the first full year my kids are college age or older.  Becoming independent.  Self-sufficient.  Needing me less.  Figuring out their path and leaving me to figure out mine.

Now that the kids are older, I’ve got time in spades.  I waste it.  I haven’t quite figured out how to harness it and make a pleasant disciplined routine out of it.  Time evades my grasp like trying to catch the wind.

Then another problem arises.  I can’t make up my mind exactly what I want to do.  I start a new blog.  I take it back down…

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…and now I’m starting it back up again.

I picked up a paperback at a used bookstore a while back.  I was reading skimming through it today and came upon this:  “The nurturing female, according to Sheehy, defers achievement.  This is the woman “who postpones any strenuous career efforts to marry and start a family.  She intends to pick up on extrafamilial pursuit at a later point.”  But problems arise when she feels it is time to pick up again.  So often, during the early part of this pattern of postponement, there is a diffusion of her identity; as a result, the nurturer has a great deal of inner preparation to do before she can pinpoint outer goals.  She is understandably vague and apprehensive.” (Kalellis, Ph.D., Peter M.  A New Self-Image.  Argus Communications. 1982.  p.125.)

Since I’m presently sitting at home healing up from a broken ankle, I’ve had time to think and to pray about what direction my life should take next.  I’m definitely vague and apprehensive.  But I’m figuring it out.  Step by step.  Piece by piece.

So I’m starting the blog up again.  I’m replacing fear of the future with curiosity over what direction my life could take.  And I’m looking forward to the changes.  Should I open an Etsy shop?  Should I start writing my column for the local paper again?  What other new things am I missing?  I’m enjoying seeing movement in my life again after being stagnate for a while.

I’m wondering.  Have you ever felt stuck?  Have you ever had problems figuring out what you should do next?  If so, how did you get unstuck?

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

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