Reclaimed Wood Art Sign from Boone Creek Loft / ETSY

 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It’s a time of reflection and gratitude.  A day centered around family.  (And food.  Definitely food.)

On this day I give thought to all I am thankful for-  too much to be included here today.  But at the top of my list, I’m thankful for my family, for their health and happiness.  I’m thankful for the support of family, friends, and all of you.

One of the biggest things I am thankful for is being able to stay home and raise my sons.  I’m thankful for my husband, who works so hard so that I can be home with them, and values what I do.

As I watch my little guys turn from babies into little boys (“big” boys if you ask them!) I remind myself that, even on the days I struggle most to maintain my sanity(!!!), these days are numbered.  My five year old’s little hands are filling mine.  My two year old is becoming more self-sufficient.  I cherish the moments we have.  I remind myself to breathe, to watch and listen.  To soak it up.  Seeing that baby face fall asleep on my chest every day at nap time, watching them play make-believe… these moments won’t last.  I’m so thankful I’m here for all of it.

Wishing you a beautiful & peaceful Thanksgiving.

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If you follow me on Instagram you saw this photo:

Staffordshire Dog Collection // Pursuing Vintage

I wanted to reassure you that I have not started hoarding Staffordshire dogs (as fun as that would be!).  The big guy in the background is our family pet, and the others are available in the Pursuing Vintage Shop.

Fun tidbit (as found on Wikipedia): There are various tales said to portray the usefulness of placing the Staffordshire spaniel figurines on window sills. One story is that a woman could place the ornaments in her front window; if the spaniels were turned back to back, it meant her husband was at home. If he was away or at sea, the dogs would be placed facing each other. When her lover passed the house, he would then know by the way the dogs were facing, whether it was safe for him to visit her without her husband knowing.

If you’re not going to use Stafforshire dogs to summon your lover, you may wonder how else you can use them.  Let’s look at some inspiration!

They don’t have to go on your fireplace mantel.  The dogs are styled nicely onto tables, bars, and shelves.

via Lonny

 

via Mimosa Lane

 

via Absolutely Beautiful Things

 

via The Inspired Room

 

via Where the Sidewalk Begins

 

For a more traditional look, place the dogs on your mantel.  They work well as either the focal point, or as part of a larger collection.

via Southern in the City

 

via Family Circle

 

via Houzz

 

And don’t forget to dress them up for the holidays!

via BHG

 

Don’t wait – grab a pair of Staffordshire mantel dogs from The Pursuing Vintage Shop!   And to further entice you, take 20% off your purchase through Sunday at midnight.

Pursuing Vintage Black Friday Sale

Help me spread the word!  I’d love it if you would share & pin the coupon.  Let’s all remember to “shop small” this weekend.

Have a great Wednesday – safe travels if you’re on your way out of town, and sane preparations to you if you’re hosting!

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I’ve been so busy sharing the One Room Challenge Powder Room Makeover with you, that it’s been so long since I’ve shared my amazing finds!  Hopefully you follow me on Instagram and have been keeping up with some of the fun pieces I’ve put in the shop.  (Speaking of the Pursuing Vintage Shop – I’ve moved some things around and created a new SHOP button to your right.  Check it out!  It will take you straight to the Shop, only one click!)

Sorry – I digress.  Without further ado, check out my favorite addition to the Pursuing Vintage Shop!

Circular Gold Etagere Baughman Style

Isn’t it fabulous!?  If I had a spot for it, it would be staying chez moi.  Alas, I don’t have enough wall space, so I’m passing this beautiful piece on to you!  Not sure how to use it?  Let’s look at some inspiration!

 

via Erika Brechtel

 

Set it up as a bar!

 

via 1stDibs

 

via Apartment Therapy

 

Use as a room divider!

 

via popsugar

 

Style it with fun, colorful accessories.

 

via Apartment Therapy

 

Combo use: bookshelf and china cabinet!

 

I think this piece is terrific, and I can’t wait to see it come to life in its new home.

Now, back to that Shop button — what are you waiting for?!  Click it and try it out!

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