A few random thoughts along with some patriotic and vintage home decor inspirations to share with you on this Memorial Day weekend.

This week really got away from me, after returning to Vermont from a couple of weeks of getting Summer-Ready in Coastal Maine.

Vintage Coastal Style Living Room


But I do have some neat news to share,

I’m delighted to have been chosen as one of MacKenzie-Childs’ home decor ambassadors for 2023.

I know many of you are very familiar with MacKenzie-Childs and may even collect some of their traditional pieces like their Courtley Check.

But if you’re not a native of MacKenzie-Childs, you’ll definitely want to check them out. I’m really looking forward to sharing much more about them very soon!

So, all this week, I was really dedicated to styling and decorating our outdoor spaces with their newest collections. They’ll all be coming to the blog shortly!

Here’s a sneak peek!

Lemon LuLu Cakes on dessert plates

And do you remember these vintage goblets that I found at The Best Vintage Market?

Pressed Flowers

I came home to fully dried flowers in the vintage student plant press that I found a few weeks ago while out Thrifting with the Gals. See more about this old plant press in the post, 38 Antique Flower Arrangements & One Vintage Student Plant Press.

But I haven’t done anything with them just yet. They are cute, but the flowers I chose to press are a little too thick to frame or display, unfortunately.

The process of pressing flowers is still a bit new to me.

Flowers in Flower Press

Currently, I’m trying my hand at pressing some lilacs that I’m looking forward to making bookmarks with.

Also coming to the blog in short order.

Lilacs in Flower Press

You may also enjoy Memorial Day weekend finds in the post Baby Adidas, Petite Cobbler Rack, & Watercolor Ski Drawings.

The Vintage Soul

My vintage booth down at The Vintage Soul in town is all ready for the Memorial Day weekend!

Manchester, Vermont is a popular stop for the Appalachian trail hikers to rest and restock. Here are a couple of hikers stopping in at the shop while I was there restocking my window booth.

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And you know what?

A local hotel stopped in and bought a couple of my old DIY suitcases for a photo shoot they were planning.

The suitcases were part of one of my first DIY blog posts that I ever shared here, How to Repurpose a Vintage Suitcase for Your Home Decor.

2 DIY Restored White Suitcases

I’m looking forward to some great tag sales this weekend, too; how about you?

Sun and Rain

The week here started out a bit cold and rainy.

And the dandelions were in full swing.

You may also enjoy Mother Nature And An Antique Millinery Hat Mold post.

Vermont Rainy Mountain Views

We are still seeing overnight temperatures in the 30s.

Can you believe that?

During a recent cold snap, we lost a tomato plant overnight—it was covered, too!

Memorial Day weekend is usually the time we are safe from overnight frost and can start planting our flowers, so keep your fingers crossed.

Vermont Hot Tub and Beautiful Day

As of now, the sun is out, and the forecast looks promising for this Memorial Day weekend.

Vintage Bathroom Accessories

Do you remember these vintage framed embroideries that I picked up when I was back in Maine from The American Workshop in Kennebunk for just $5 each?

Vintage Framed Embroidery

They now look super cute in our guest bathroom. With their pastel colors, handmade stitching, and antique gold frames. I just adore them.

Vintage Bathroom Embroidery Pictures

Inspired by Liz Marie over at Liz Marie Blog, I found this vintage wooden towel holder over on Etsy and added a few thrifted bathroom linens.

Vintage Bathroom Towel Rack and Linens

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Breakfast Nook Table with Random Thrifted Finds

And our breakfast nook table caught my eye with all these random thrifted finds from a week in Maine,

even with a centerpiece filled with passing lilacs…

Patriotic Vintage Decor

I’ve collected old flags over the years and enjoy using them in our Patriotic summer home decor.

Here I strung one tattered flag through the vintage wooden skis that I have mounted on our porch.

Vintage Skis with Patriotic Porch Decor

You may enjoy these fabulous 11+ Patriotic home decorating ideas too!

And here is an old flag strung through a grapevine peace wreath, also on the porch.

Patriotic Wreath


Now I’m off to plant a variety of sunflowers along our split rail fence that we put in last autumn.

I believe the sunflowers will look amazing around the fence come this fall.

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Package of Sunflower Seeds

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at annck@dabblinganddecorating.com

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  1. Hi Ann! I love how you draped old flags on the skis and wreath. I just swapped out the flags on my flag pole — maybe I will use one of the old ones somewhere around the property. Note to future self — don’t try raising flags when it is windy out. What a fiasco! It took me forever, haha! Can’t wait to see your Mackenzie Childs content! Congrats on being chosen as an ambassador! Hope you are having a great weekend!

    1. Thank you Molly. I’d love to get our flag pole up and running again. Just haven’t figured out how to do it yet… Have a great weekend!

  2. Your towel bar and towels are so pretty. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.