Monday, January 24, 2011


hello there.

i hope this finds you all basking in the glory of yet another monday completed and (hopefully) free of any start-of-the-week casualties. while the beginning of the week can pose itself as a threat to the joy in our lives, i challenge you to find the small things that add color and spice.

vintage heart focuses on those little things. when this humble little shop opens, i hope you find many of these intricacies woven into not only our (exquisitely tasty!) product but also the aesthetics and environment. not only do i believe that the small things in life are often the most beautiful, but they also require us to take pause; to live in each moment to fully embrace them.

so today i will share with you a couple of things that inspire me, and in turn help to shape this vintage heart to come. this is a mere snippet of what makes my soul jump and hints a little bit more at who i am. more importantly though, this is a glimpse into many of things that will one day be a part of vintage heart.

live shows. (in front of the tower no less)
wine nights with good friends.
rainy days.
and coffee breaks, of course.

what inspires you? please do tell.

Monday, January 17, 2011

monday's muse.

*did you notice the shameless use of alliteration? good. moving on.

as most of you are out of work and enjoying the day off, take a moment to enjoy this video.  the national had a big year (way back when, in 2010) so i have no doubt you have already fallen in love with this song.

go forth and listen to good music.

Monday, January 10, 2011

new green

first and foremost, thank you! thanks to all of you that have made your way over here and become a part of this adventure.  i am so appreciative of all of the support and encouragement.  so, thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you.  okay, now on to 'business.'

my mother used to say that her favorite part of the year was when she saw 'new green'.  new green, to her, was the first bit of spring that brought to life those barren trees  and the one week a year our texas grass was a color other than 'water me'. you know what i'm talking about, that vibrant green of a new season, a fresh start.  so what does that have to do with anything, you ask?

that is our goal at vintage heart.  to find the new green..albeit in a slightly broader way. as a business our aim is to use as many recycled and biodegradable materials possible, lessen our dependance on the 'to-go' cup, as well as decrease our negative impact on the environment.  in always moving toward this goal, i am also looking for new (and rad) ways to be green.

there are of course a few obvious ways:
-recycling! put those cups and bottles in those blue or green bins rather than the trash
- use less. instead of grabbing a bag of 100 styrofoam plates for your next tail gate, have everyone bring a couple of their favorite (and no i don't mean family heirloom) plates and serve from those. its a couple extra pounds in your bag but you're saving money and there is just not anything good about styrofoam.
-craigslist. you call it selling your stuff that has been sitting in the attic, i call it recycling. win.

and as a few other, maybe less thought of approaches:
- composting. the city of austin has a 30 day challenge in which you learn how to compost at home and how to apply for a tax rebate. commercially the process is a little more complicated, but i am intrigued as to how vintage heart can be a part of this.
- gardening. gardening not only adds a splash of color to your patio or yard, it is also very beneficial for the planet.  you can read here about all of the benefits of gardening. if you're really brave, plant food.
- get creative.  turn those old clothes into aprons, pillows or dish rags.  you can always play it off as vintage if you ever get a curious look. this austinite caught my eye with custom wallets.

what are some of the ways you add a little green to the world?  whether it be making lanterns out of jelly jars (yes please), your trusty 16oz thermos that never leaves your side or a small garden, share it here. let me know what you're up to.