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A Gift from Grandma

Stack of handmade quilts

I was 18 and headed to college…focus elsewhere…eager to leave home and branch out in the world. Little care or interest in the 2 quilts my grandmother determinedly gifted: Simple but sturdy patchwork bundles in mismatched colors and hand-me-down fabrics. Each was lovingly inscribed with her and her mother’s names as the makers further detailing …

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Reading Lately – Spring 2022

Book on floral fabric with pink rose - The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

5 enchanting books perfect to enjoy this spring that will make you cry, laugh-out loud, and fall in love! If you are like me, you are always in search of the next good book! I’ve read some delightful ones here lately and thought I would share them with you lovely peonies just in case one …

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The Beauty of a Handwritten Note with Basic Invite

The beauty of a handwritten note on pretty stationery is a cheery way to show you care this winter

Brighten someone’s day with a handwritten note on beautiful stationery from Basic Invite –with tons of designs to choose from and each one customizable with colors and fonts, you’ll find just the right signature card! Sometimes I feel rather nostalgic for the era of the handwritten letter. Not that I really know or understand what …

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2022: FUEL

list exercise of all the activities, places, people, and things that energize me

At the start of a new year, I try to reflect and take stock of where I’ve been and the path ahead. A few years ago I stopped making concrete resolutions and instead started choosing a word or short phrase to embody my goals, attitude, and vision for the year before me. So far I’ve …

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Vintage Gifts for the Grandmillennial

10 unique vintage gifts for the grandmillennial

11 unique vintage gifts for the self-proclaimed granny chic lady in your life!  The Grandmillennial in your life loves heirlooms, traditional decor, chintz, and classic entertaining pieces. Give her something with… history bright hues captivating patterns timeless appeal and you can’t go wrong! I’ve curated 11 vintage gifts for the Grandmillennial that I know she …

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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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