Collecting: Classic Martha Stewart Books

Martha Stewart is making a huge comeback, and we are having a renaissance with her classic, really the original, how to and DIY books Sometimes I stop and think about how I learned how to do what I think of as really basic things, but have friends who are intimidated to try themselves. Maybe they […]

Collecting: Lady Hamilton Silver Plate Flatware

Why buy new silverware when you can use beautiful vintage silver every day? One of the reasons Melissa and I started La Soeurette blog was to share things we love. Both of us grew up with mothers who loved to entertain and had all of the toys to do it. Beautiful china. Real silver. Gorgeous […]

Collections: Red Carved Hearts

One of my favorite possessions is a collection of hand carved red hearts When I first met my husband, he started a new tradition our first year together. Each Christmas he carves a red heart for me from a piece of wood that has a story. He carves our initials, the year and it is […]

Collecting: Holiday Punch Sets

Yes, I am that person who is still missing and obsessing over the loss of a vintage Fire King Egg Nog set. While not an expensive find, I miss it every Christmas.

Collecting: Vintage Holiday Knits

It is getting colder and snowier…. wear a festive holiday sweater! The holidays are officially here and it is a great time to pull out your favorite festive knits! Liz’s mom was an avid knitter, and she grew up with handmade mittens, sweaters and beautiful handmade woolen goods. Collecting is often a family tradition, and […]

Collecting: Vintage Mechanical Clocks

Vintage mechanical clocks are a glimpse of history and design For Daylight Savings, we thought it was a perfect time to share one of the coolest collections we have ever seen- vintage mechanical clocks. Liz’s husband, Shawn, is an avid collector of vintage mechanical clocks. He collects both mechanical clocks and wristwatches. He started his […]

My husband Shawn's vintage thermos collection in our backyard

Collecting: Vintage Thermos Containers

Use a vintage Thermos instead of buying a new hot beverage container As children, our parents would take us into the woods for weekend hikes and lunches in the shade of old oak forests and pine groves. Our parents would pack the plaid fabric Thermos satchel with a silver thermos with a little mug on […]

picture of Liz's watch

Watch Collecting 101

I was never a watch person. I sometimes noticed other people’s watches. My sister had a black Pulsar (type) in the 80’s and it was sporty and cool, but not my style. I had a simple Timex with a long rectangular face, roman numerals and a faux alligator skin band. I thought it was classic.