Friday, September 10, 2010

Feature Friday

I have met so many lovely and inspiring people through the world of blogging. I thought it would be really fun to get to know some of those inspiring folks a bit better.  I am excited to introduce Amanda, the writer of She Can't Decide and the owner of three gorgeous Etsy shops. This lady is definitely inspiring!

Name:  Amanda Rogers from Eastern, Pennsylvania.

Hobbies: Just like my blog says I really can never decide. One day I find myself completely inspired by vintage linens and fabrics and the next day I am tinkering with photographing primitive kitchen tools and vintage home decor. I love to paint, sketch, craft with textiles, and photograph vintage items. I love the thrill of thirfting and collecting. 

How did you get into crafting/blogging: My mother had an antique business when I was younger. She used to live at auctions and estate sales, collecting vintage jewelry, linens and furniture. She was the one who introduced me to the antique world. I used to ask her if I could keep some of her finds before I starting going out and discovering my own vintage style. Blogging is one way for me to show others what I have found. I also love to see what others have found as well. The world is FULL of vintage trinkets and treasures. 
What inspires you? I love to look at vintage / antique illustrations and photography, but my biggest inspiration is the internet. The amount of creative people out there is unbelievable. When I see what other people are doing creatively, I think to myself what a wide, wide world there is. 

How would you describe your style? I have a vast and eclectic realm when it comes to what my style is. I love the clean lines and style of the mid century modern era, but I also have a wistful liking towards the frilly Victorian era and its romantic qualities.

What is your favorite thing to cook/bake? I have been grilling like crazy this summer. My husband and I really love to eat healthy. We made a decision a few years ago to cut out processed foods and minimize our sugar. We love chopped vegetables like zucchini, red bell peppers, and onions tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper and then grilled. Mmm. We have also been making fresh pico di gallo which is heaven. 

Best thrifted find? My favorite find is my bright and colorful framed paint by number that was 25 cents! 

Do you have any favorite websites, blogs, books, etsy shops? Oh this list could be out of control, so I will just share a few...

1. -This shop never ceases to amaze me. The photography is so beautiful and the vintage finds unique. 

2. -This blog is full of clean mid century style laced with a saucy blog writer who is not afraid to drop a few cuss words. Always good for a laugh. 

3. I am loving this blog recently, as I am an elementary art teacher and I find that the things Joel is doing with his twins can translate to my classroom. I used his idea for using scrap fabric and stick figures to make a collage. It was a success with my second graders!  He also had a fantastic post about light photography, inspired by Picasso, which I want to use in my classroom with older students this year. 

*If you would like be featured here on my blog shoot me an email at merrymayhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com. I'd love to get to know you better : ) *


  1. Lovely post, she is very wonderful! That bag with the straw flowers on it caused me to let my mouth hang open in a big goofy strange grin for a while, so thank you for that.

    I haven't been keeping up with your posts recently (eeek!) but I'm doing that now, and it's making me very happy. Thank you for always being so adorable and sweet and creative.

    Much Love,
    Norah xx
    -let's run away-

  2. Oh my gosh me too! That bag is amazing! I neeeed it!

    Awe thank you so much. I really appreciate your kind words! I am so glad you left your blog so now I can follow you too. Yay for new friends!

  3. Ashley! I love the photos! [so many interesting stories about each item] That dress was purchased by someone in Spain! The milk crate was for someone's wedding and the amazing straw bag was uncovered at a flea market under loads of ugly and torn rags. What fun!

  4. Great feature! I love her craft shop :)


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