Vintage Love Around Town

Last Thursday I got a new camera, a DSLR and a 50mm lens, to help me take better product photos.

I am in LOVE. What a difference a good lens and decent camera make.


Then last Friday my bestie came to spend the weekend with me!

And I can say I SO needed that!

What a great way to end the week! A new toy and my best friend!

She brought her camera and we went out Saturday for some camera play.  Since we both love vintage we headed to downtown Elizabethton, about 25 minutes from home, to hit the antique stores. 

And what fun we had with our cameras. I'm a little picture heavy so relax with your favorite beverage if you will, and I hope you enjoy the vintage love I'm sharing.

I love hats! I personally look dorky in hats, but I love them so!  Especially old hats. And we found these three gorgeous hats that made us lift the cameras.






Did I say I LOVE this lens? This is all in low light my friends, inside the back of an antique store without much in the way of overhead lights.

Of course we had to get silly after the hat photo shoot. :) Go ahead and laugh...we certainly did. 





And hey...Liz cheated, she could actually wear the hat! I had my hair up in a clip and so my pretty pink hat simply perched up there. lol






There were some cool vintage bicycles displayed in the window of an old closed up store. We had to shoot through the glass so got a few interesting effects with reflections.




We also found this abandoned barber shop. It feels to us like they simply walked out and locked the door behind them.


It felt "ghostly"


What I love about this photo is the reflection of the flag and the men across the street. It seems to underscore the "ghostliness" of the abandoned barber shop. Almost like a look at ghosts of the past.

So that's my little vintage tour in a small Tennessee town that was once a prosperous railroad and factory town. Luckily it is still a viable small town and has not gone the route of so many small towns in the U.S.  I love old towns and it always breaks my heart to see those that have become sad and practically abandoned. 

Til next time my lovelies I bid you adieu! 

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo



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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.