ANNOUNCEMENT: Thrifted General Store on ETSY!

I finally took the big leap and have opened an ETSY shop! Thrifted General Store is all about vintage (surprise surprise). I'm so excited to reach a wider range of people and curate some beautiful vintage items. Here are a few of the items in the shop!

VINTAGE 90S FLORAL DRESS

There will be many more items coming to the shop soon. If you like the shop, make sure to favourite it on Etsy.

Brand New Layout + An Update

Welcome to the new thrifted.ca! Over the past few weeks I've been working on migrating this blog from Typepad to Squarespace. Not an easy feat since Typepad does not make it simple for you to move to another platform. But with some help from my friends who understand code far better than myself I've finally completed the switch! I'm so excited to be on a more user-friendly platform that is, frankly, all little more with the times.

A new layout means new content! So what's coming down the pipeline? I've got some delicious recipes I've been working on, a ton of DIYs to share, and I'll be sharing a peek inside my home with room-by-room tours. 

An Update...

Grant and I have been working on a giant to-do list I made for our condo which includes some serious cleaning and refurbishing some new and vintage furniture around our home. We added a pantry to the kitchen recently for some added storage. Our condo was brand new when we bought it last summer and we were able to choose many of the finishes. It was cheaper in some instances to go with the fixtures included and change them after we moved in, such as the lighting. My biggest regret is that we didn't paint before we moved in. We didn't have the option to choose paint colours and it would have cost thousands of dollars to have the builders repaint. EVERYTHING is beige. The walls, the trim, and the doors are all the same boring colour. We have 9ft ceilings which will make painting even more of a chore when we do get around to it. I plan on starting by painting the trim and doors white for some added depth. I have something special planned for the kitchen which I hope to tackle before Grant and I go on our honeymoon.

Yes, we got married over six months ago but at the time it wasn't feasible to take a proper trip. So in about a month we're taking three weeks to visit London, Scotland, and Iceland. We're fortunate (and excited) that Grant's dad and step-mom live a bit outside London. After about five days we'll be heading north to Edinburgh for a few days before leaving on a week-long tour of Scotland. We'll be doing a loop from Isle of Skye, to Inverness, and Aberdeen back to Edinburgh. From there we hop on a train to Glasgow to catch a plane to Reykjavik. We have about four days in Iceland before we fly home. I am SO excited. I have been overseas since 2012 and Grant and I have never been on a big trip together like this before. 

I'm so thrilled to FINALLY share new posts and get this going on the regular!

xo Allison

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Finally, the third and final post about our wedding. When Grant and I discussed the reception we knew we wanted to have a fun party with our friends and family. One of the first things we decided on was our caterer. Grant and I had been going to Daawat, a local East Indian restaurant, together and with both of our families since very early into our relationship. We love the food, we love the staff, and it was a great way to offer both vegan/vegetarian food and as well as something for the meat eaters. The food was delicious and we were even able to have fresh naan because the caterers brought a tandoor. For dessert we bought a flat pumpkin and apple pies from Costco. It was the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving so we took advantage of the plethora of pie available. And since you can't have pie without ice cream, we ordered ice cream and sorbet from a local company. We also picked up some local vegan cookies for our vegan friends.

Grant and I didn't hire a DJ. We rented sound equipment and our friend Steve set it all up for us and even came on Sunday to take it all down. For music, we scoured our iTunes libraries and made playlists for the cocktail hour, dinner, and the dance.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

My mom and I made strawberry rhubarb jam and canned it as gifts for our guests. I bought round kraft paper labels and designed a simple logo for the jam. Grant made all of the chalkboards.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Grant and I had a beer and wine toonie bar. My Uncle Tony works in the wine business and helped us pick out the wines we served. We didn't want to overcomplicate things with hard liquor but we did make a pumpkin apple whiskey cocktail that guests could pour themselves. The cocktail was a mixture of organic apple juice, pumpkin whiskey, and lemon juice. Simple but super delicious.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

I actually collected vintage Corelle plates and mugs for our wedding over a couple of years. We had different patterns to mix things up. I'm now sitting on over 200 pieces of Corelle!

Grant and I went to pumpkin farm he proposed to me at the buy about a hundred pumpkins. We used the little ones as place cards and the larger ones for decorating the hall.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

To designate table numbers, we ordered gold number balloons (which I almost forgot to pick up from the balloon store!).

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

I ordered our flowers from Costco. They were a mixture of sunflowers and gerbera daisies - my favourite flowers. For vases we used milk bottles, collected over a year from Grant's milk consumption.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Yes, we were piped into the reception.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

We used brown kraft paper on the kids' table. There were markers and crayons and by the end of the night the table was full of drawings.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

We also ordered disposable cameras for the tables. I'm glad we did this because we have an album of candid photos of all the people we love the most that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Grant and I danced to You Send Me by Sam Cooke. It's been "our" song for years.

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Our Wedding Part Three: The Reception// THRIFTED

Before Grant, I would have told you that I didn't believe in soulmates. Every day I'm reminded of how wrong I was. I can't express how fortunate I feel to spend my days with my best friend. It doesn't get much better than this.

Photography: BREANNE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

My Dress: MODCLOTH

Shoes: LOTTA FROM STOCKHOLM

Make-up: BERNICE JANG

Hair: RICCI HAIR CO.

Kilt rental: SCOTTISH IMPORTS

Catering: DAAWAT

Ice Cream: PINOCCHIO

Audio & Visual Rentals: LONG & MCQUADE

2014: Books, Comics, and the Joys of Public Libraries

THRIFTED//2014: Books, Comics, and the Joys of Public Libraries

Guys, reading is my favourite. I’ve been an avid reader since I was a little kid thanks to my mom, who made reading together (and eventually on my own) a daily ritual. My goal for 2014 was to read 15 books. I ended up reading only 11 but I also read a decent amount of trade comics, which totally counts for something right?? I’m going to give 15 the ol’ Harvard try again in 2015 and I’m already down one book. Here’s a rundown of what I read last year. 

My favourite books of 2014 were:

Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus. 

I loved Sara Marcus’s book about the rise and fall of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. Sadly, I was far too young at the time to appreciate the movement and the women involved. For me, Riot Grrrl was such an important part of the ‘90s and I think that it’s worth an investigation at any age, especially for anyone who defines themselves as a feminist. Also check out the awesome documentary “The Punk Singer” to get a more personal look into the story of one of Riot Grrrl’s greatest warriors: Kathleen Hanna.

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

In my opinion, Malala’s story is of great importance right now and one that everyone should be more acquainted with. I’m sure Malala is a familiar name and face to many people since what happened to her is so horrific (and highly publicised) but reading her narrative about the events that lead to her being attacked by the Taliban gives a better picture about who she is and what she’s fighting for. Malala’s campaign for global education is an inspiration and it comes as no surprise that she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Srayed

I haven’t gone to see Reese Witherspoon reprise the role of Cheryl on the big screen yet. In all likelihood I’ll take myself to a matinee sometime this month even though 99% of the time film adaptations of novels disappoint. That being said, Wild, the book, was excellent. I completely identified with Cheryl’s journey. I haven’t hiked the Pacific Crest Trail but I understand the need to start fresh and forge a new path for oneself.

I also read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (a magical little novella), The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (the author of The Secret Life of Bees delivered another great story), This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper (total fluff, which is sometimes necessary), The Vacationers by Emma Straub (good story but not particularly memorable), Horns by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son also writes horror - another example of the book being better than the film), The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (the end of the All Souls Trilogy – sort of like Outlander with vampires and witches), #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (how to be a badass boss bitch), and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (am I the only person who didn’t like this book?).

THRIFTED//2014: Books, Comics, and the Joys of Public Libraries

I’m not a devout comic book reader. I don’t read single issues and most of the trades I read are borrowed from the library. Near the end of 2014 I got back into reading comics. None of the comics I read feature caped crusaders. In the past I’ve read some X-men and Wolverine storylines but these days I’m more into sci-fi and noir comics.

Even if you’re not a comic book reader I would recommend Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples to everyone. A killer inter-galactic love story with fantastic writing, which is hardly uprising considering that Vaughan wrote Y: The Last Man. My second favourite was Revival by Tim Seeley, the dead rise but only in a small town in Wisconsin and the “z” word doesn’t apply. I was also super into Fatale by Ed Brubaker, a noir mystery with sci-fi undertones (I also started reading Brubaker’s Criminal and Velvet – double thumbs up). 

My other comic reading endeavours included Fables Volumes 19 & 20 (I’ve been reading this series for nearly a decade and it’s hard to believe it’s coming to a close with only 5 issues left), Fairest Volumes 3 & 4 (a spin-off of Fables), Hellboy in Hell: Volume 1 by Mike Mignola (Hellboy is just perfection, so dark, so good), Baltimore: The Plague Ships also by Mike Mignola (I can’t wait to devour more as soon as my library holds come in), Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel & Faith: Season 9, #5 (I am a BTVS fanatic and will follow Joss Whedon and his writing crew wherever they lead me), Black Science: Volume 1 by Rick Remender (the first trade of this inter-dimensional story was SO good – more please), Pretty Deadly: Volume 1 (death and the old west, I have mixed feelings that I hope to resolve with Volume 2), East of West: Volume 1 (also death and the old west but different, well reviewed but just not my cup of tea), and Lazarus: Volume 1  by Greg Rucka (dystopian near-future where you can build your family a soldier sister).

In conclusion, libraries are just the best. I love that my library allows me to suggest content, nerd out with comics, read e-books, and send my husband to 3D printing classes for FREE. And if you’re a fellow Edmontonian you should know that EPL memberships are still FREE. Since I have a book buying problem, I’m going to take it easy in 2015 and borrow instead of buy. 

xo Allison

Our Wedding Invitations with FREE TEMPLATES!

THRIFTED//Our Wedding Invitations with FREE TEMPLATES!Most of our wedding was DIY, including our invitations. Grant and I decided early on that we wanted to use 45s for our invitations. If we had a limitless budget we probably would have recorded a couple of songs and gotten those pressed. Alas, this was not the case so instead we bought a box of random singles from a local flea market. 

THRIFTED//Our Wedding Invitations with FREE TEMPLATES!

In Photoshop, I made a template for the label on the records themselves. We simply measured the existing labels and I made a template from that. I mixed a few fonts that I like and added some dingbat font as well. To keep with the theme, I used kraft brown paper for the stickers and the insert. There was only one insert but for display purposes I photographed two so that you can see both sides at once. I measured the existing record sleeves and made the inserts slightly smaller.THRIFTED//Our Wedding Invitations with FREE TEMPLATES!

I also made a template in Photoshop for the sleeve itself. It is one large piece of paper and we actually ended up buying a printer large enough to print 11x17 in order to print the entire sleeve on one piece of paper. The front of the sleeve has the our basic wedding info while the reverse side has an area to write addresses.THRIFTED//Our Wedding Invitations with FREE TEMPLATES!Grant spent several hours gluing the labels onto the singles as well as gluing the sleeves themselves together. For the labels we used kraft card stock, for the sleeves we used 11x17 80lb weight paper.

THRIFTED//Our Wedding Invitations with FREE TEMPLATES!We didn't save the best examples of the labels. Once Grant got some practice with the circle cutter I took out the centre circle on the template so that it was easier to avoid showing the dotted line. Our 45s had 1.5" holes but this isn't always the case. The smaller holes are 1/4" in diameter.

THRIFTED//Our Wedding Invitations with FREE TEMPLATES!

Grant and I were super proud of our invitations. I personally love that we made them ourselves even if it took a lot more time than ordering them online. I am not a Photoshop expert by any stretch of the imagination. I'm mostly self taught. I've attached the templates I made below. For the insert, make two files so that you can print on both sides of the paper. They should be 7" by 7". Photoshop does offer free trials so if you don't feel like dropping a couple hundred bones you can always give that a whirl. You will also need a pair of scissors, a paper trimmer, a circle cutter, a large ruler, an X-ACTO knife, and a glue stick.

What do you think? Did you or would you make your own invitations? I'd love to hear from you!

11x17 Printer (was $100 cheaper when we bought it)

11x17 White Paper

Download 45LABEL_TEMPLATE

Download SLEEVE_TEMPLATE

xo Allison