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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Late 1950s Peggy Hunt Wiggle Dress

This is an amazing Peggy Hunt wiggle dress that I picked up at an estate sale in Michigan. It's made of the most gorgeous silk. I'm listing it in my etsy store for any of you collector's out there!! Here's a link to the listing:

More 1950s Dresses

These are some more fun old dresses I picked up at an estate sale. I'm listing these beauties in my etsy store! They are so charming and I couldn't resist buying them!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Vintage Bella Marie Antoinette Lip Balm has been featured on the front page of Etsy!

Yay!! Our ol' Marie Antoinette Butterscotch Lip Balm landed on the front page of Etsy today. Click here to find our lip balms: VINTAGE_BELLA_BODY_PRODUCTS

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Hunt Eggs

This is the wonderful basket of eggs before they were hidden outside for the kiddies to find!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This was on the front page of Etsy and it speaks for itself!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Custom Notebooks or Journals

Vintage Bella is now selling professionally printed notebooks. These can be ordered with either lined or blank paper. We can use your design or one of our designs can be customized with your information. Great idea for a personal journal or a bridal guest book!

NEW Bath Salts by Vintage Bella Body

These yummy new bath salts will add an element of soothing goodness to your next bath. Each bottle comes with a muslin bag. Fill with a spoonful or two and then drop in the bath. Mmmmm.....

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Glad I could help.

"Someone's Down in the Shower!"
Those are the words I heard earlier this morning at the gym coming from an elderly lady named Betty. In fact, I keep hearing those words resonating in my head. I know that about one person reads my blog, or so I've heard. My new step-dad told me last week he checks in regularly to see what I've posted. So, I guess this is just cathartic for me, getting it off my chest, writing about it. My hands are still shaking.
I was in the pool with about 25 other ladies. We were nearing the end of a water aerobics class. Betty is older, tall and has a boisterous personality and a loud voice. But she had a mortified look on her face as she peered out from the bank of showers and yelled out to those of us in the pool.
"Someone's down in the shower!"
I knew that we were dealing with a situation that needed immediate, urgent attention. Any of you who know me, know that in such instances, I don't think, I just react.
I pushed my way on over to the pool stairs muttering "come on Amy." My best friend was working out with me today. So, with friend in tow, I raced to the showers and entered the corridor. I expected to see one of the very elderly ladies who work out in the mornings lying in the aisle way on the floor. In my head I was thinking, brittle bones......try not do anything that could cause a an ambulance and get the old gal onto a stretcher. But I saw nothing. At the opposite end of the showers I saw Betty standing there overlooking a shower stall with the door open.
What I saw was not what I expected, as I peered into the shower stall. I didn't see an elderly lady. I saw a gal about my age. (I'll be turning 40 in a couple months) And she was naked, lifeless and crumpled/wedged into the bottom of the stall. Her head/neck was wedged in an awful bend against the wall and her eyes were open and she was staring forward. She was completely lifeless.
Now, I know you aren't supposed to move a person who has fallen because there could be a neck or spinal injury. But in that instance I decided that breathing was the top priority. Those of you who know me know that I have issues with my wrists, elbows and shoulders and various other joints due to an autoimmune disorder. I've been using 2 pound barbells in the pool and have been considering going back down to one pounders since my elbows have been bothering me. But I was telling myself, 'you need to pick her up so she can breathe.' Fortunately, by this time, the adrenaline had kicked into overdrive and in a flash I was reaching down and grabbing her around her chest and lifting with all my might. As her head was relieved from the awful crink, she just popped back to life. She looked at me frightfully and I reassured her, "Honey, you passed out and I'm here to help you."
I assessed her the best I could. Her coloring was good. I checked her pupils. I didn't know if she had banged her head or not at this point. She told me that the last thing she remembered was turning off the water. She then told me that she thought it might be her sugar. I asked her if she was diabetic. She said no. I asked her if she had worked out on the gym floor. She told me she had done 40 minutes on one machine and 12 on another. I asked her if she had eaten anything today. She said no. I asked her if she had s0aked in the hot tub and she said yes. At this point, I was trying to cool her with wet towels on her forehead and get her blood sugar level up so we were in a mad dash to find something for her to eat. However, no one there had anything. Not even a cola. The machine vends water bottles and gatorade but the gatorade slot was empty. Finally, a lady came forward with two pieces of hard candy. So I unwrapped one and she popped it in her mouth. A few minutes later we got her to eat the second piece of candy. She perked up and we finally were able to get her to a standing position and get her into the locker room.
She was doing much better and after awhile I was able to leave her in the care of a gym employee and I returned back to the pool. The second class was about to start and the pool was packed. I lost my spot so resorted to swimming to a more secluded area in the deep end and just took a few deep breaths. I was shaking and felt like I just needed to go somewhere and cry. So, After a bit, I told Amy I just had to go shower off, get dressed and get back home. And so I write....
Glad I could help.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

NEW Valentine's Day Lip Balms by Vintage Bella Body

Three new lip balms were created in the Vintage Bella Lip Balm Lab! This trio of cherry, blackberry and strawberry kissing balms will scent and soften your kisser. This is a smooth, moisturizing lip balm that will help make your lips more kissable. These lip balms would also be great as bridal favors at a shower or wedding. Available for a limited time only at

Monday, February 1, 2010

A Vintage Bella Wedding

We, at Vintage Bella can help you design vintage inspired bridal printed goods such as save-the-dates, shower invitations, wedding invitations and thank yous. Check out our goodies at

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pinewood Derby and the winner is Lightning McQueen!

My 6 year old son raced his very cool retro style version of Lightning McQueen in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby. Although his car didn't have the necessary speed to win, it had the necessary coolness factor to win the first place title of 'Coolest Race Car.' Woohoo! (As you can see, he had help from one of his papas.)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Project Impact - Quilts for Haitian Orphanages

Project Impact was a success! We gathered a group of gals (and some husbands) and kids, too, and over the course of 5 long, grueling days, we made exactly 100 quilts and 70 pin-free diapers that will be crated and taken down to a couple of orphanages in Haiti.

Lots of gals lended their sewing skills.
And we had some big boy helpers, too!
This is a sample of one of the -pin-free diapers.

I think people are just compelled to do something. Sending money is one thing, but making something tangible makes the process feel very personal and makes one feel very connected. We made the quilts and diapers in an assembly line fashion. We had several different stations. Some gals were on sewing machines. Others with no sewing skills were cutters. Some would cut batting and pin layers together. My good friend who spear-headed this project asked if her Baptist Church would open its doors and house our efforts. Our project was advertised on a local radio station. People were dropping in with fabric donations and others, strangers, just showed up with sewing machines in hand. There were several youths who made quilts and had their quilts on display for the congregation this past Sunday. There is a gentleman who belongs to an organization that helps adopt children out of a couple of Haitian Orphanages to American families. He received an SOS from Haiti that they were in dire need of blankets and pin-free, tie-style diapers for the babies and small children. (some of the babies have AIDS and they don't want those babies poked, thus the pin-free style) He will be taking a crate to Haiti in a couple weeks and hand-delivering the diapers. Thanks to everyone who is helping in whatever way they can to make a difference. If you can, make a donation to the Red Cross.

Saturday, December 19, 2009