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The Spirit of Things

My grandmother's yellow teapot

I was talking with a friend the other day about what I do and she made the comment that shopping estate sales makes her sad. She said it was even a bit depressing to her when she saw all these belongings “abandoned” for buyers to pick through and then to think that the family didn’t …

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On My Summer Reading List…

On My Summer Reading List...come enjoy a summer afternoon, a spot of shade, a glass of wine, and a good book with Henry and me!

10 books with adventure, romance, and history spilling out of their pages for absorbing summer reading!   Pour some sweet cold wine, grab a quilt, and let’s head out for a shady tree to read away the afternoon! Take a little time for yourself this summer to kick back and get lost in these worlds …

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Grandmillennial Summer Finds at Amazon

Grandmillennial summer finds for the closet, home, and table

Looking to spruce up your table, home, and wardrobe for summer on a budget? Don’t miss my grandmillennial summer finds from Amazon, Walmart, and Target! *Affiliate links included* I’m finding my summer frame of mind with a little online shopping this week. As I was perusing Amazon, Target, and Walmart, you know the three staples, …

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The Best Thrift Stores in Western North Carolina

Interior view of Second Blessings Thrift

Katherine reveals the 5 best thrift stores in Western North Carolina she frequents to find quality antiques and vintage. Just a few things to keep in mind when thrifting… No. 1 Don’t underestimate the power of manifestation. Set your intention to find something specific when you start your thrifting adventure. Think about it regularly though …

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Cocktails & Queries with Artist Allison Cosmos

Allison Cosmos working on a painting

Welcome to a new series here on Pender & Peony…Cocktails & Queries – where we chat with inspiring female leaders in business, design, art, and fashion! The idea is to have a casual cocktail with a lady I admire and think has some sage advice to offer us. I will be sharing the full interviews …

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4 Vintage Gifts for Mom She’ll Adore

Vintage gifts for mom, including brass tray, tea set, pitcher with pink peonies

Be extra thoughtful this Mother’s Day with one of these 4 charming vintage gifts for mom that she will adore. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we are all wondering what to give her that… 1. She doesn’t already have and… 2. She will actually use and enjoy. Am I right? In my experience, …

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Simple Strategies for Going Green

A simple going green strategy is to swap your light bulbs for LEDs

4 simple and practical strategies to help us in going green to reduce our carbon footprint and be more environmentally conscious. This sweet little mountain landscape painting found its way to me a few weeks ago, jumping out at me amongst piles of bric-a-brac and discarded clothing in this hole in the wall thrift store …

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Going Green: 15 Eco-Friendly Products to Shop Now

Collage of 15 eco-friendly products to use in your efforts going green

Put your everyday dollars into eco-friendly household and personal products that are better for the environment! This post shares brands making an effort to go green and 15 items you can shop right now to make a difference! Click on a picture below to shop (affiliate links included): Choosing eco-friendly products is not always easy, …

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Get Cooking! 50+ Kitchen Gadgets & Accessories

50+ Kitchen gadgets and accessories you'll actually use collage

50+ kitchen gadgets and accessories you’ll actually use for cooking and organizing your kitchen! One of life’s greatest pleasures is cooking a delicious meal! I love the chopping…the sizzle of veggies in a skillet…the aromatic herbs…the mixing and mingling of ingredients and flavors! Just writing this makes me want to head into the kitchen to …

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A Sunday Supper Menu Idea

Plated pork loin, mashed potatoes, and broccoli for a delicious Sunday supper menu idea

Add this savory Sunday supper menu to your repertoire for a delicious meal worthy of gathering around the table. Sunday suppers were one of those Southern traditions we adhered to with dependability when I was growing up. My whole family would amass at grandpa and grandma's house for a feast she miraculously assembled somehow between …

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