Monday, October 31, 2011

Heidi's Regency Blog

In order to try to minimize "selling" posts here at this blog... I created a blog for Heidi's Regency. That is where I will post the majority of my "I'm selling goodies" posts. So please follow that blog for the latest happenings at Heidi's Regency! Thank you!

Heidi's Regency

Happy Halloween!

Careful not to say my name while looking in the mirror...

What are some of your Bloody Mary stories?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Darkbloom Imagery - Self portrait

I have been needing to make some promotional images for Darkbloom Imagery so I took some photos today of myself, until I can get more models. This was actually a pain in the ass to do since I have about 5 feet less space than I really need. Looking forward to making Darkbloom Imagery a success here in Kenosha so I can rent my own studio!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The story of Heidi's Regency
Many years ago I met a fabulous woman who loved Vintage, Western, New Orleans, and most of all Kitties. She was a directly honest woman who never candy coated her ways and always played fair. She was a great supporter of community and artists and just loved life. While being a full time accountant in her own business, she still found the gusto to open up her own Vintage Shop in Phoenix, AZ. That woman was Heidi Owens and her Vintage Shop was Hollywood Regency.

Heidi was loved by many and loved many in return. Her store too was an amazing treasure in the wonderful shopping district of Melrose and the 7th Ave curve. Her business became such a treasure and success, she had to expand into a bigger space, not too far from the original location.

Sadly, it was at this time that the cancer that Heidi had survived years before, returned and in the end took her life. She was a fighter up until the end. She never wanted to be treated as someone who was sick and refused to let the cancer become who she was.

Unfortunately after her passing, Hollywood Regency was sold and renamed and after that I lost track of what became of the store.

I had a hard time deciding if I should name my Vintage selling "store" after her or not. As much as I wanted to pay tribute to her in my own little way, I felt that it may be looked down upon because my little nothing of a store couldn't compare to the grand woman that touched so many people. I finally said screw it and named my store Heidi's Regency. She is the one who inspired me to embrace the "sickness" that is buying and selling vintage plus, I wanted to do my part in keeping the original Hollywood Regency alive -- even though I am now 2000 miles away from it's origin. Although I would love to have a store front, I doubt I have the business savvy to do that -- so for now, it's an online store.

So those of you who are wondering who Heidi is... She is a woman that taught me, trusted me, pushed me, promoted me, and most of all believed in me!

Heidi Owens... You are still missed very much! Love you! XOXOXOXO

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Weekend Finds

I didn't have quite so successful of a thrifter's weekend this past week. I did pick myself up a couple of things and some goodies to put up for sale. Hope you all had a better week than me. :)

Perfect for your bobbypins! Will be listing later this week on my etsy.
From 1954! Year round gardening from Better Homes and Gardens! Will be listed on my etsy later this week!
Jello molds! I am keeping these babies! I have seen far too many recipes in my old rags to not try them out!
More sewing goodies! I am keeping these! I hate to have to use them especially if they are on original cards, but I can't have non-usable vintage in my home!

You can find my etsy at: Heidi's Regency

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Weekend Finds

Wooden Scotty pin, "Mother" brooch, dutch girls pin, silver holly earrings, rose on celluloid earrings, black round earrings, green ball earrings.

I am convinced that Kenosha is the land of the rummage sale. Every weekend you can find at least 20 in a 3 mile radius! Most are junk, some have something, and every once in a while you strike gold! This weekend was not filled with gold, but I did get some goodies... Here are some of the finds I got either at thrift stores or at rummage sales.

Share with me your weekend finds!!!

2 hats that need to be rebashed and restiffened and mustard colored gloves.

head scarves

Perry had one of these, but threw it out when we moved (he told me I couldn't keep it) so when I found it... I had to get it!

More sewing goods. You can never have too many I am now convinced.
One half of the cooking books -- you know for the cooking I won't ever do!
The other cooking books I won't use.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chris Isaak - Beyond the Sun

Amy, Chris, and Me
If you know me you know I have a hard on for Chris Isaak! His new album drops October 18th, 2011. I've already heard it and it's pretty damn sweet. Highlights for me are Dixie Fried, Miss Pearl, Great Balls of Fire, and Can't Help Falling in Love. I urge you to grab this album when it is released. His voice is tender and oh so smooth...

Here is a video sampling I made to promote the album. The pics and videos were taken in Stateline, NV a couple of weeks ago when we saw him in concert. Enjoy!

Outfit notes:
40's gabardine western shirt
40's brown slacks
30's western cowboy boots
giant rubber scorpion pinned to my hair.

In case you were curious, Amy and I had a Cowboys and Indians theme...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

My Green Thumb

Normally when I think of my green thumb, it's green with envy seeing all the wonderful home grown delights that others produce. Victory Gardens and flower beds grown to full glory with such ease that you think it was like putting on your panties every morning. But let's face it, while I can keep animals alive far beyond their time on Earth, I cannot grow a damn thing! Seriously, I've killed cactus. When I am able to get something to grow, it buds maybe once before it goes to sleep forever. It could be many things, not enough water, too much water, small planters, wrong time of season -- whatever the reason, vegetation doesn't last very long at the hands of Lolita!

This summer I wanted to grow things. Anythings. I am always a sucker for the $1 bin at Target and there they have little seed kits. I picked up a few. I can't remember what flowers they were -- as I am pretty sure they all died off. I also picked up a pepper kit. While I don't like peppers, Perry does, so I got terribly excited over the thought of growing him peppers to eat. While that isn't exactly a Victory Garden, I am on my way!

The plant grew for many months, but never sprouted a pepper, just leaves. Then one day I noticed something different. There it was, about the size of a pea, my first pepper!!! I was so excited I called happily for Perry to come take a look. Ok, maybe yelled is a better word than call -- I am sad that I didn't take a picture of the little pea pepper when I first saw it. Even though I told myself to take a picture.

Here we are a few weeks (maybe a month) later and it was time to bring the plants in the house. I see my pepper is still growing! About the size of a dime now. This time I took some pictures. Here is my pepper! Even if this little guy dies tomorrow, I will be happy to know that he made it this far -- which is a victory for me on my own!!

I really hope that it continues to grow and ripen into a big yummy pepper and has little pepper babies of his own. So Perry can sauté them up in a pan and gobble them up!

Tell me about your food growing experiences! Also which of the categories do you fit under? "Green thumb all the way", "I'm great with animals, but kill plants", "I am awesome with both", or "Meh, they're both goners in my hands".

Sunday, October 9, 2011

That vintage feeling...

I know it's been a long time since my last post... Sorry about that. I just wanted to share with you 2 of my latest finds.

Firstly this rayon cord purse. I just thought it was a cute purse to have. It's on the smaller side so it's perfect for that casual night out.

Secondly... I got these today. This is where that vintage feeling comes in. I am sure you all have experienced it yourself. That thrill you get when you spot something competly wonderful.

My eyes nailed these shoes and instantly I lost my poker face. I started to shake as I sat down on a bed that wasn't properly sturdy and nearlt fell through. It would have been worth it! I couldn't get my shoes off fast enough as I kept repeating over and over, "Please fit. Please fit." I could feel myself getting ready to cry because I thought for sure they'd be too small. They fit like a dream!! These babies were mine!!!! So I looked for the sign for how much shoes were... you ready for this? $1.00. I got these vintage spectators in my size for a dollar!!! This has to be my best purchase yet! Even better than my $40 full length seal coat!

I can't wait to wear these pretty ladies out!

So what is your latest find that gives you that vintage feeling?