The Gypsies

The Gypsies

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Photo Shoot

 **** Who doesn't LoVe a crystal chandelier??
 * * * Funky chair..... I like it!
 Paige of Lucky Me Studios ** Billy (a very fun vendor)  ** Lisa of SIMPLE DIMPLE
 * * * elegance
 * * * so pretty* * *

Lucketts Spring Event*

A Spring Party indeed!  Lucketts Spring event was spectacular!   Shabby Sister from "Lucky Me Studios" went on this vintage-y *fun-filled weekend of nothing but stuff with this gypsy.  And when we say stuff we mean awesome-great-shabby-vintage-antique-junktique-over load of just stuff!
I encourage you no matter where you are located to make a trip to Lucketts.  You will not regret it.

Next on our list of places to visit and shop is
Aldie Virginia, Federick Maryland and not to mention the Hidden City- Philadelphia PA.

 Oh, yeah.... not to mention New Jersey!   Can you say ROLLER COASTER?!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring is here....Spring has sprung! 
As Simple Dimple continues seeking new old vintage items to display-   we would like to wish you all a very Happy Spring!   It sure doesn't feel like spring here yet~   but we know she is on her way!


**Stay tune ~ a new change in our blog is coming*

Simple Dimple

                   ****     Easter Tea Time

                 ****      Cabbage never looked so sweet

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Auld Lang Syne

And so this is 2013~ where did the time go?!
In a flash it is discovered we are very behind on some work~ so playing a game of "catch up" is on the chalk board.

<~ this awesome piece was once a mirror attached to an old chest of drawers.
After some cleaning, sanding and more white wash this ol' timer will be transformed to a menu board.
Love using chalk paint.....  and one will never know that chalk paint is covering a mirror!   We tried to salvage the mirror, but the yellowing and other stains on the glass pushed us into the idea of a chalk board. 

This is one of 4 mirrors that will be getting a make over. we said.....  playing catch up!
Looking forward to spring events.....we will keep you posted!

Hoping you all had a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year*

With love&joy in everything vintage*

Monday, November 5, 2012

Just a little something ~ for your next flea outing*

Kick back and relax.......

One of our favorite magazines is "Secondhand TREASURES".  It is chopped full of useful information and tips from junk "pickers".
Lets begin with some of our tips we use while junking.
*cash in small bills (don't let the seller know you may have a wad of $20s)
*keep a blanket/towels/plastic grocery bags & wet wipes in your car
*dress for comfort
*journal or notepad
*clear mind for negotiation

As some of the top experts will tell you- negotiation skills are beneficial for any treasure hunter- it becomes a game one you can win!
And always finish what you start~ don't begin negotiation if you are truly not interested in the sale item.
Go early!  Folks who get there early at a sale sometimes get first pick at the prized stuff! Especially at flea markets where vendors tend to set up super early. 

A little lesson learned.
At a recent estate sale, there was a dress form that went on the auction block.......(one particular gypsy tends to think she is the auction queen)  however this time the gypsy lost out.  The dress form started high- $150 - and ended low the gypsy should have bid $5 more and bam!, the dress form went for a cRaZy $35.      Crack an egg on her egg I say!  

There are a few online guides for auctions:

Can't say enough about the Brooklyn Flea.  Every weekend of the year, New York's key attraction- it happens outdoors from April - Thanksgiving and moves indoors for the winter season.

Please be careful with Craigslist.  We've know many who used Craigslist for purchasing really nice pieces of furniture to later shabby and create even a nicer piece of furniture- but we also have known people to get ripped off, finding later the ad was a scam.  Never send the seller a personal check- and always be sure the seller is local.  Go with someone to pick up your item(s)......and never pay fees upfront. *This is not a Craigslist bashing...... like any online purchase- use with caution.

Go to for estate sales in your area!

Did you know that placing a dryer sheet in between old postcard photos- it will draw out the moister as well as any "aged smell".  Place the dryer sheet in between each postcard/photo..... seal in a zip lock baggy- about a week.   Takes care of that mildew basement odor we tend to find when purchasing these vintage lovelies*

Vintage white linens clean up nicely when you soak them in 4 gallons of warm water- and 1 1/4 cups of white vinegar.  Soak for about 3 hours- rinse with cool water then hand wash in Woolite.  

Until next time~

With love&joy in everything vintage~
Simple Dimple & Rose Cottage

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Recipes & more!

First, we want to thank those who sent in recipes.....and secondly we had not only pumpkin pie recipes sent to us but other delicious sweets made with pumpkin!   So we added those as well.  *

                Pumpkin Cake Roll
3 eggs                                2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. sugar                           1 tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup pumpkin                1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. lemon juice              1/2 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup of flour                  1/2 tsp. salt
                                    1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)*
                                    1 c.  confectioners sugar    2 (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
                                    1/4 c. margarine                 1/2 tsp. vanilla
~ Beat eggs and sugar for 5 minutes. Stir in pumpkin and lemon juice.  Sift flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, salt and nutmeg together and fold into egg mixture.  Pour into greased and floured 10x15 inch jelly roll pan.  Sprinkle nuts on top and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven immediately invert onto a well dusted with confectioners sugar tea towel.  Roll up cake and towel, starting with the short side.  Cool.  Unroll; spread with filling.  Reroll the cake and refrigerate.
*~ Filling:  Beat confectioners sugar, cream cheese, margarine and vanilla together.
                                                                                                                                    M. Lane

                                        Easy Pumpkin Spice Cookies
                      1 pkg. spice cake mix               1 (15 oz. ) can pumpkin
 ~Mix well in electric mixer.  Drop by teaspoon full onto cookie sheet.  Press down with spoon to make cookies flat.  Use parchment paper or nonstick aluminum foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.  Frost if you like with your favorite frosting.  Makes 36 cookies.  REAL EASY!
                                                                                                                                     B. Kuntz

                                  Pumpkin Pie
2 c. pumpkin               1 1/2 c. milk  (canned skim is what I use)*   
2/3 c. sugar                 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
2 T. flour                     Dash of cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 eggs
~Mix pumpkin, sugar, flour, salt, spice and eggs with a mixer.  Add milk and stir by hand.  Pour into pie shell and sprinkle top with cinnamon.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center of pie comes out clean.
                                                                                                                    Darla H.

                                          Pumpkin Pie
                       *Look on the back of the Libby's Pumpkin Pie can!
                         It's very good and easy to make!

Enjoy these yummy treats!  Have a wonderful Friday~ and remember to check us out on our facebook page!   92 follower so far!   A loud gypsy YEAH!!!!!

With love & joy in everything vintage*
Simple Dimple & Rose Cottage 

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Calling all Pumpkin Pie recipes!   Readers are encouraged to submit their best pumpkin pie recipe....and we will post the recipes on our blog & facebook page!    And of course...cough cough we will bake one up ourselves from YOUR recipe!   The more....the merrier!  So come on gals.... get crackin', or is that bakin'..... well, sharin'!

Happy Autumn*

With love & joy in everything vintage*
Simple Dimple & Rose Cottage