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On a Tea Kick
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12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners
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Ghostbusters Birthday Party
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Entryway table / desk
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Furniture painting classes in the Chicago area
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Hummingbirds and Ghostbusters
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Spontaneous pop-up shop!
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Antique entryway table
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In love with limoncello
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What to do with this tiny, high window?

On a Tea Kick

My mom’s parents drank tea every morning, a habit I only recently converted to from coffee. Occasionally my family will have a tea party with me, and if it’s been a rough day sometimes I’ll curl up along with a nice cup in the evening.

What is it about a good cup of tea that is so comforting? I have a couple of really special teapots as well. One my beloved mother-in-law gave me before her son and I got married. Another is a classic Brown Betty from when my husband was born in Lakenheath, England.

I think we should talk about this a little bit. I would love to hear about yours and see pictures of your teapots and teacups and hear about your tea recommendations.

In the picture above is a new acquisition, an antique Fiestaware teapot in pink. Then this past weekend at the Kane County flea market I got the beautiful vintage tin from my friend Dana at Sugar Salvage and the tea is from my dear friend Chrisa. She brought it back from a recent trip to London. It’s the tea that the Queen drinks at the palace! (I feel super fancy.)

Are you a tea drinker? What are your favorite tea drinking rituals?

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12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners

When I opened my business a few years back, I had about $300 to get started. If you have a dream to open a boutique, it can be done with a tiny budget and baby steps. Here are 12 terrific low or no-cost tools for small shop owners that I used and would still recommend. Read More

Ghostbusters Birthday Party

Our youngest, Will, has been a diehard Ghostbusters fan for half his life. (An easy claim when you’re 5!) So we had to have a Ghostbusters birthday party this year. Read More

Entryway table / desk

Another round of “I can’t make up my mind about what to do with the entry table” is in the works. I think this will be an improvement. We’re big fans of pieces that do double duty. There’s currently a desk in our living room and a 1930’s side table in the entry. This would cover both needs since the top folds down, but then can be opened up for access when the dining room isn’t in use. Anything that can work harder and take up less space is a good thing in our home.

I’m sad because the table I found a couple weeks ago is SO beautiful, I hate to get rid of it.

Furniture painting classes in the Chicago area

Today was a first for me. We had our furniture painting class in Claudia’s lovely backyard garden. I don’t know about you, but I feel like we really earn our beautiful Chicago summers. Who wants to be inside when you can be outside on a gorgeous day like this?

If you’re interested in hosting a private furniture painting class, drop an email to NestVintageModern@gmail.com.

I’ve lowered my head count requirement to two people for a class. So if you were hesitant to book before because you didn’t get four people together, I’m not doing that anymore.

The price structure is two people for $95 each, three-four people for $85 each, and five-six people for $75 each. Class times are available in the day or evening. Furniture painting classes may be held in your Chicago area home or in a restaurant/bar party room or similar venue.

I provide all materials and I come to you. I bring brushes paint materials to paint tarps cups… everything. All you need to have is a table, chairs, and people to have fun with!

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Hummingbirds and Ghostbusters

Some days are just jam-packed with experiences.

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Spontaneous pop-up shop!

I was out just killing some time this afternoon, and happened to spark up a little chat with these two ladies inside of World Market. The daughter mentioned that she was looking for a cute cart to use as a bar and was frustrated at what she was finding. I mentioned, “I’m an antiques dealer and I happen to have some carts in my truck outside.” So she and her mom came out and ended up buying one in the parking lot. Maybe this is a new business model!

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Antique entryway table

I saw this table and area resale shop a couple days ago. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, picturing exactly where it’s going to go, how pretty it would be. And I just knew that if I didn’t go back and get it that I was going to have years of regret. And who wants to live that way?

So I ran over this morning, all the way there thinking, “Please let it still be there, please let it still be there…” and it was!

Welcome to the Piper home, beautiful antique table. You’re going to like it here.

In love with limoncello

I love lemons. I love lemon anything. Lemon drop candy, lemonade, even on pasta with a little mint mixed in, served cold. I also like cocktails. So lemon flavored cocktails? Totally IN!!!

Have you ever tried limoncello? It’s the drink of been obsessing over all summer. It’s delicious sipped slowly out of an aperitif glass or add a little seltzer to it and poured over ice for a wonderful cool and refreshing boozy beverage.

Lemons + booze. How could this ever be a bad thing???

And did you know that you can make it at home? It’s so easy! I would recommend that you use organic Meyer lemons. But just Google, there are so many recipes that I’m not even going to bore you with another one here.

If you have lemons, sugar, water, and a high proof (80+) grain alcohol, then you have everything you need. I’ve done a batch with vodka, and I’ve done a batch with everclear. I know that everclear seems to be more traditional, but I really think that most people would enjoy it with vodka. It’s a little more sophisticated flavor. A little softer, a little easier to enjoy. We’re not looking to get schnockered here. We’re looking for a nice, light, summary, cool, sweet flavor to enjoy in the evening after dinner when you finally get to sit and relax. Serve it out of the freezer in a frosty, ceramic cup. I like to use our sake cups.

I just used the recipe from America’s Test Kitchen, which Dave thought was a great source (we love that show). I’m excited to try it with other citrus fruits. Grapefruit, limes, blood oranges… It’s like being crafty but with booze and fruit! AWESOME!

Cin cin!

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What to do with this tiny, high window?

Growing up on the Gulf Coast I have a huge respect and love for stained-glass windows. That’s why I am quite torn as what to do with my own set of them. They’re awfully pretty and I hate to cover them up, but if you can see when you sit and watch TV you have a giant yellow square in the screen. Moving it to the other wall won’t fix it because there’s a matching stained-glass window over there, too. The only other remaining wall is opposite our front bay of windows, also all covered in stained glass.

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