Upcoming Holiday Events

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I’ve now got an event going on every Saturday until Christmas! I hope to see your face at one of them! But if you can’t say hello and shop in-person, you can grab all of my products in my Etsy shop.

Park City Pop-Up blog

Saturday, November 15: 11am – 3pm: Park City Pop-Up! 
B:Hive Bridgeport
285 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Get details & directions here.

Canton Holiday Craft Fair FB Event

Saturday, November 22: 10am – 4pm: Canton Holiday Craft Fair
Canton High School Gymnasium
76 Simonds Ave
Canton, CT 06019
Raffle proceeds and vendor fees benefit the Canton Dollars for Scholars Fund.
Get details & directions here.

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Celebrate Shelton Downtown Handmade Market
Conti Building
415 Howe Ave
Shelton, CT 06484

Black Friday, November 28: 6pm – 9pm
Small Business Saturday, November 29: 10am – 5pm
Saturday, December 6: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 13: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 20: 10am – 3pm
Get details & directions here.

NoRa First Thursday blog

Thursday, December 4: 6pm – 10pm: NoRA’s First Thursday
NoRA Cupcake Company
700 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
Get details & directions here.


Maison St. Germain: A Vintage Boutique

Maison St Germain vintage boutique Woodbury CT

Nestled in a shopping center behind Dottie’s Diner at 744 Main Street South in Woodbury, CT is the sweetest little vintage boutique I’ve ever stepped foot in: Maison St. Germain.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - jewelry

Owned by mother-daughter team Debra and Nicole, it’s filled with wonderful little treasures that make you think you’ve stepped right into an Audrey Hepburn film.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - antique sofas

It’s only a few minutes from Timex, so my friend/co-worker/fellow thrifty shopper Ali and I popped in to check it out during lunch on Friday.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - English pub table

I have been to quite a few vintage shops, thrift stores, and flea markets, searching for the perfect backdrop or table to set up in my office for photos and I finally found it at Maison St. Germain! I took this adorable little English pub table home with me and immediately squeezed it into my already-crowded office. But it’s okay because next year I’m moving my office into what is currently our bedroom — a much bigger space for all my crafty supplies and madness! I so wish the cute green chairs came with it, but they were sold separately so I didn’t take them.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - orange dresser

I was also in love with this big orange dresser. Beautiful! And unlike many of the antique shops in the area, Maison St. Germain’s prices were very reasonable. I hate when shop owners find a trashy piece of furniture in a junk yard somewhere for pennies, and try to sell it to you for hundreds of dollars. It’s clear that Debra and Nicole carefully curate every piece they bring into their shop and lovingly transform it into something unique, filled with personality. Debra even writes a blog about their adventures: Capers of the Vintage Vixens.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - vintage tea cups and plates

Oh, and if you’re looking for vintage teacups to turn into candles, you’ll find plenty here!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - blue table

I love the way they merchandised everything. This table made me want to sit down and have a tea party.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - pink vanity

I can’t even handle how perfect this pink vanity is!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - dressing room small bust sign

…Or this sign I found in the dressing room. Ha! Amen, sisters!

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - vintage clothing

Their back room was filled with unique vintage clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories. I wanted that cute pale pink ballerina skirt, but I picked up a slightly more sensible purple pencil skirt and a gold purse instead.

Maison St Germain vintage boutique - cash wrap

Even their cash wrap/checkout area was set on a beautiful vintage dresser or countertop. I had a wonderful time poking around during my lunch hour, and am so happy with the table I picked up. I’m sure you’ll start seeing it here on the blog all the time now! ;)

If you’re in the area, or looking for somewhere to pick up unique antique furniture or clothing, please stop by Maison St. Germain and say hello to Debra and Nicole! Please note that the address listed on their website is their previous address. Their current address is: 744 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT.

Lead photo courtesy of Maison St. Germain. All other photos by me.


4th Annual Trashion Show this Saturday!

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It’s that time of year again! The 4th Annual Trashion Fashion Show is this Saturday, April 19th 6-9pm at Hartford City Hall. Get your tickets here. (All proceeds support the Sustainable Farm School.)

I’ve been lucky enough to vend at the past two shows, but this year will be a little different. I will be teaching a demonstration on how to make your own sugar scrubs and have tons of info about some of the toxic chemicals you can find in your brand-name cosmetics. Did you see my article on the Evergreen Design Co. blog?

Trashion Show Hartford CT

I am so pumped to see this year’s trashion fashion! It keeps getting better and better every year!


Picking apples at Roger’s Orchards

Apple picking at Roger's Orchards Southington CT - poor and pretty

Here in Connecticut, you’ll hear a lot of people say that Fall is their favorite season. Why? Apples! We have so many wonderful apple orchards, including Roger’s Orchards in Southington, a Jensen family favorite.

apples ready to be picked - poor and pretty

Stan and I went apple picking yesterday with our friends Michele, Jeff, and their son Noah, and I remembered how much I missed it! My dad used to bring us to Roger’s Orchards every September when we were little, but I haven’t been in years.

Sami and Noah apple picking - poor and pretty

Leave it to a kid to remind you how much fun running around in nature and pulling things off of trees can be! Noah didn’t really need any of our help to fill up his own bag of apples, but I gave him a boost anyway.

Sami apple picking at Roger's Orchards Southington CT - poor and pretty

I picked a few of my own, too, especially when we reached the Cortland section:

cortland apples - poor and pretty

Just sweet enough and super crispy, Cortland apples are definitely my favorite, with Honey Crisp a close second.

are the apples at top the sweetest? - poor and pretty

Speaking of sweet, Stan tested the theory of whether apples at the top of the tree were any sweeter. They aren’t; but the victory sure is. ;)

reach! - apple picking - poor and pretty

I tried reaching to the top of a few trees myself, but I lack the necessary height. (Not for lack of trying though — look at that dedication!)

Stan & I apple picking - poor and pretty

I can’t wait to bake some pies and apple fritters with all of the apples we picked!

What are your favorite Fall pastimes?


Diva la Crêpe, Watertown

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed my sudden infatuation with banana-Nutella crêpes. You can blame that on Beata and Jordan. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover a lovely little crêpery only 20 minutes from Stan and I.


Sandwiched in between a nail salon and Italian restaurant in the Staples plaza on the Straits Turnpike, Diva la Crêpe is a perfectly quaint place to stop for a breakfast or lunch date. They’re open for dinner, too.


They have a variety of crêpes to choose from: savory, sweet, vegetarian, even Japanese-style ice cream crêpes! Plus, freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies, coffee, teas, and lattes.


Stan went with the Ultimate Breakfast Crêpe: two eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, cheese, tomato, and mushroom. I, of course, had my favorite banana-Nutella combination, along with a cup of raspberry tea.


I was surprised at how quiet it was on Saturday morning, but it made me feel less weird taking photos of one of the chefs making the crêpes:


He didn’t seem to mind, though. But I think he was nervous about me being so close to their Nutella stash. ;)


Yum, yum, yum. I will definitely become a frequent visitor. Frequent crêper? That sounds gross. Probably not as terrible as some of the other crêpey puns Stan and I came up with:

“What a crêpe place to get breakfast!” “Sorry if I’m being kind of a crêpe for taking these photos.”  “Holy crêpe, this is good!” “This place is the crêpe de la crêpe.” “I hope your readers don’t think this post is too crêpey.”