I recently attended a holiday craft fair in Oxford at The Jefferson, an event venue that welcomed craftspeople from all over the state who offered many interesting creations, from paintings to jewelry and ornaments.
A while back, I was driving through Coffeeville on my way back from Jackson, and I stopped at a little spot that is usually very busy on the weekends with people who set up yard sales. In the past, I lucked-up and found a lot of vintage jewelry for sale. This time, I had a similar experience.
My cousin, Pamela Whitten Gullick, has created a jewelry and craft business she calls Findings. She made this bracelet and earrings for my birthday, and she crafts some Mississippi-related items, like the necklace at left. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
Here I am on the front lawn of Longwood mansion, an antebellum home in Natchez that was never completed by its owners. Exterior shots of the home were also used as the Vampire King of Mississippi’s home on True Blood. I didn’t see any vampires while I was there, but it was an interesting place to visit. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
Here’s a video of Windsor Ruins in Port Gibson, Mississippi’s antebellum stonehenge. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
Here’s a few photos from Brent’s Drugs in Fondren. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.
One of my favorite spots to eat in Jackson is at Brent’s Drugs in Fondren. Walk inside, and time has stood still. The restaurant still looks like it would have in the 1950s or 1960s complete with vintage bar stools and a soda fountain-style ice cream bar. I used to visit there frequently on Sunday mornings, where breakfast is a modest price compared to most eateries, and I was thrilled when they opened a little, speak easy-style bar in back called The Apothecary. Above is a video of my last visit to The Apothecary. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.
My neighbors recently decided to move. They threw a lot of things away and left a lot of things behind. When I walked over to talk to them, I was told that anything left under the carport was free game, so here’s a few items I picked up. I also got an antique dresser with a broken mirror that I’d like to transform into something useful someday. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save Save
So, I was pretty thrilled to find this Michael Jackson doll, circa 1980, at a yard sale recently. I think it’s from the Thriller period. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
I enjoy eating at old country restaurants and places with a little character and history like Taylor Grocery. I also recently had the opportunity to eat at a similar place in Utica, Miss., called Gibbes Old Country Store. You can read reviews about it on Trip Advisor. Here’s a tip: If you go, don’t eat all day so that you will be really hungry. You’ll be served a huge amount of food, and all of it is good. Try to save room for dessert. I enjoyed the ambiance and antique-feel of the place. I love when people are able to transform or salvage old buildings and part of history lives on. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
Name any hobby, and chances are I’ve probably devoted a little time to it at some point in my life – whether it’s drawing, painting, playing tennis or racquetball, gymnastics, collecting stamps, running, taking hip-hop and salsa dancing classes or sewing. I recently decided to cover the seat of an antique chair that I purchased with some burlap fabric that I picked up at a craft store, and when I had some left over, I used it to make short curtains for the room. Because I’ve been a journalist for the past 20 years, I picked fabric with an antique typewriter print. This was the result. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
I stay on the lookout for gold frames that I’ve found at thrift stores for $1 or $2 each. When filled with family photos and grouped together, they make a great focal piece on a table in your home. Here are three that I picked up. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
I bought three Ball jars at an antique store in New Albany and decided to use one as a vase. These pink blooms were growing on the property of an abandoned house in my neighborhood, so I decided to sneak a few from the vine for my decor. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
I took a picture of this can label in Crystal Springs and had the photo enlarged for framing. It was a nice addition that hangs above my collection of Mississippi pottery. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
For about 20 years, I’ve had a tree bed. You can’t see the entire bed in this photo, but it’s a headboard and footboard made of tree branches that I bought over 20 years ago in Ripley, Miss. So if you use your imagination, it’s kind of like sleeping in a tree house. Growing up, my mother had a pair of metal peacocks on our wall, so I decided peacocks would be the vintage theme of my room. I bought a pair from eBay for around $20, then I found another pair at a thrift store even cheaper. Continuing the peacock theme, I had purchased a velvet jeweled peacock picture from a thrift store. I decided to place it on top of a canvas so it would be a larger art piece in the room. I bought a piece of foam board from a craft store and covered it in burlap. Then, I attached it to the wall with a nail and hung it over the foam board. I also added a string of white …
I visited a unique Mississippi eatery last week, and after the experience, I decided that I would create a blog video series called “Mississippi Style On the Road.” Anytime I’m out and about in the state and encounter something interesting, I’ll try to shoot it and share it with you. Above is the first of those videos. At least once a week, I eat a Cracker Barrel. I’m sure most reading this know it’s a chain restaurant decorated with antiques and artifacts that looks like an old country store. But recently I’ve had the pleasure of visiting two “real” old country store restaurants in Mississippi. The first was Gibbs Old Country Store in Learned. Enter this restaurant, and you may have to wait a while to be seated, but once you have been, the food is worth the wait. This weathered shack is filled with antiques, walls of canned goods, a cash register older than most people living today, and black puppy dog who is a regular. He stays in the back away from the …
As one of only two women employed full-time for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Brookhaven deputy Krysten Butler carries a gun and badge, and with versatility, works an array of cases, from narcotics investigations to child abuse and sexual assault crimes. It’s a job that only someone tough could do – someone who must stay in control in any situation. “I can hold my own,” Butler said. “I’m not a girly-girl. I never have been.” But when this hardcore mother of five – who can also stand her ground with three teenagers, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old – gets home from work, she’s still fierce, (in both the fashion and bravery sense of the word), when standing in the kitchen wearing a vintage-style, multi-colored, ruffled apron. “My mom brought me the apron because she said that I made a horrible mess of my clothes when I cooked,” Butler said. “After I put it on, I fell in love with it – not with the actual apron itself, even though it’s pretty cute, but the way …
When I started researching style from the 1920s because of this weekend’s release of “The Great Gatsby,” I ran across a few fashion terms I’d never heard of before like “hobble skirt,” “Eton crop” and “deerstalker.” Check out the video above to see what a “hobble skirt” is if you’re not familiar with it. An Eton crop is apparently a slicked down hairstyle worn by ladies at the time that helped show off their cloche hats. And a deerstalker is a hat worn by hunters. Think Sherlock Holmes-style, even though the character originated before the 1920s. This week, we ran a story about Gatsby style that you can read here. In it, you’ll learn how you, in 2013, can create the 1920s flapper look. Here are a few suggestions from Stephanie Jo Abby, a third-year MFA costume design candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi who just won the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Award for Design Excellence in Costumes. Suggestions to get the “Gatsby” look: • A vintage store can be …
I’ve been a big fan of the late Texas designer, Enid Collins’, quirky 1960s box purses for many years. I own a few of them, and I’ve even made a few of my own inspired by some of her designs. As I hobby, I like to search for antique furniture pieces and revive them. I recently found a boring wooden cabinet, and it reminded me, in some way, of this Enid Collins purse called “For the Birds.” So I decided to create the same design on my cabinet. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
I have a variety of furniture and decorating projects that I started at home and have not found time to finish them. So I decided this weekend I would devote some time to completing a few. Here they are: Table – One afternoon, I spotted this table in the back of The Salvation Army for $5 and knew it would be pretty painted. Here’s the finished result. It actually only took about 10 minutes to do using white paint. I filled in the middle with a touch of turquoise craft paint, and now it sits in front of my bed. Not sure what I’ll put in it yet. Monogram – This was originally an antique mirror, but I broke it during my recent move. I had seen similar things done on Pinterest using letters, so I decided to create one of my own using my initials. At first, I wasn’t happy with the gold color of the letters, so I repainted them light brown. It still didn’t look right, so I changed them back to …
I recently attended the Handworks Holiday Market at the Mississippi Trade Mart and saw a lot of interesting handmade creations that inspired me to begin decorating for the holidays and thinking of special Christmas presents that I could make for friends and family. Here are a few things that stood out to me. At the end, you can see what I picked up at the event. I didn’t catch the name of the artist who creates these unique jewelry pieces by combining elements of vintage jewelry, but I think they are spectacular. And I love how she attaches them to old photographs to emphasize their vintage appeal. I was hoping Santa would bring me the interesting necklace or pair of leaf earrings above. Check out these wooden angels made by Mississippi craftsman Billy Lay. I love the colors he uses and his vision of using simple pieces of wood and cut tin to form the body of an angel. Perhaps that’s a door knob used for the head? Here’s a set of Mississippi-shaped pottery dishes by …
Jackson residents Michael Busbin and Brian Kendrick have gone mad for “Mad Men.”Tonight is the season finale of AMC’s hit show about love, life and business at a Manhattan advertising firm. Currently set in the 1960s, “Mad Men” premiered in 2007 and is in its fifth season. It has become a pop culture sensation, influencing everything from hairstyles and fashion to cooking, decor and entertaining. Because of “Mad Men,” Busbin and Kendrick bought a retro home in northeast Jackson. “It has the grass cloth wall paper and all the cool retro vibes of the ’60s when it was built, kind of like Don Draper’s new apartment now,” Busbin said. “We have updated some of the features of the house that make it more fashionable, but we still have some of the features that are ’60s-inspired, such as the rock garden in the living room. We love Eames molded chairs, scoop chairs, Panton chairs, and anything with that ‘Mad Men’ vibe. That is how we like to live in our home – cool and relaxed with …
At the moment, I’m really into monogrammed jewelry. I recently saw this advertised by Lee Michaels jewelers and thought it was a good deal starting at $18. I’m adding it to my wish list. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
My friend’s dad, who sells antiques, recently found this for me, and I love it. I suppose it’s a reproduction Norman Rockwell print/painting. Got a comment? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save
I recently picked up these chairs for $6 each at an antique store. Now, I’m hoping to find a farm table with weathered wood to go with them. Got a comment? E-mail me at email@example.com or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save