Living Outside the Stacks

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Sloan + Themis: Vintage and Repurposed Jewelry

Sometimes my real and online worlds collide and it’s a fabulous thing. That’s what happened last Saturday. My worlds collided and it was all kinds of cool…

Cape Girardeau {Living Outside the Stacks}

On Saturdays, The Hubs and I have a routine that involves breakfast, running errands, and wandering the streets of downtown Cape Girardeau. We love walking along the water front and roaming through the historic district. It’s a beautiful area, full of quaint little antique stores, restaurants, and galleries. That’s one of the things I absolutely adore about this area, there’s a vibrant local community of folks who’re really interested in restoring, developing, and maintaining the history of this area and reaching out to new people and making them feel at home

A few weeks ago, I noticed that I had a new follower on Instagram and Twitter. So I checked them out and saw that it was a locally owned jewelry company called Sloan + Themis. Yay, I love when local companies follow me because it gives me new places to explore.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

As we were walking, I noticed a sign and said to The Hubs, “Hey, let’s go in there. They just started following me on Instagram…” So we walked inside and I was immediately swept away.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

The interior reminded me of a mix of the grottos in Italy, the historic buildings of New Orleans, and those really cool silver stream campers that have been all glamped up. Everything was perfectly thought out: the paint colors, the music, even the smells mixed to create a warm and inviting environment. Y’all know I’m in the process of redecorating my family room and seeing this space made me totally rethink my original plan

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

While we were looking around, the owner came out and introduced herself. “I know you,” she said, “you’re the librarian!” giggle Claire is such a sweet and funny person. It turns out that she and I have a lot in common: we’ve both lived in Mississippi, have sisters who live in Tennessee, and share a love for all things vintage and slightly bohemian.

She told me about the store and how it came to be…

Sloan + Themis started as an online store and became a brick and mortar store when she discovered the current location while out jogging. A fellow runner, y’all! The store specializes in vintage pieces and handmade jewelry made from upcycled materials.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

This bracelet is made with a vintage glass charm, fresh water pearls, and turquoise. Isn’t it just lovely? I can so see this all edgy stacked between a black leather cord bracelet and silver bangles with boyfriend jeans and a plain white tee or earth mothery nestled between a cuff and an armload of beaded bracelets, which Sloan + Themis carries, with a cute sweater and a flowy peasant skirt.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

And don’t you just love these necklaces? I think they’d make beautiful bride’s maids gifts or, even better, an “I love me and I deserve something special gift”.

Sloan + Themis {Living Outside the Stacks}

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say “hi” to Claire. You can also follow Sloan + Themis on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter, or shop online at Sloan + Themis.
Daenel T




Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this post, I’m just a very big fan of buying local and supporting small businesses.


Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. O. J. Simpson is asking to be released from prison early. blank stare He’s served nearly 5 years of his 33 year sentence and believes that he should be released because he’s been a model prisoner.  I guess he still doesn’t realize that he’s not really in prison for “stealing back his own stuff” but because the original prosecutors couldn’t make the murder charges stick. Whatevs, I know I’m not the only one who believes that’s why that man is really in jail. He got away with murder {even if he didn’t do it, I think he knows who did}, all he had to do was stay out of the public eye, but noooo, he had to keep working people’s nerves, now look…

2. I read that if you don’t have time to try on a pair of jeans before you buy them, you can do the “Neck Trick”: hold the jeans up to your neck, wrap the waist of the jeans around your neck so the ends touch,  if the waist band fits comfortably around your neck, they’ll fit your waist. I triple dog dare you to go into a store, try that trick, have someone take your picture, and post it.

3. Are you having a bad day? Click here. You’re welcome.

What had you scratchin’ your head this past week?

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Things That Leave Me Scratchin’ My Head {Coffee Talk}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}1. I guess judges are getting tired of people doing dumb stuff and making taxpayers for their stupidity, so they’re finding creative ways to punish them. A Cleveland Municipal judge ordered a woman to stand at an intersection holding a sign that read: “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” Yes, you read that right. That woman drove on the sidewalk to pass a bus that was unloading children.  Shaking my head

2. When I first read that some people were so salty over the elections that they filed petitions to secede from the union, I thought it was just another crazy Facebook meme until I read about them on the Washington Post website. Y’all seriously? Let me tell you something about this great country of ours… This is a democracy, the people speak every 4 years. The people chose to re~elect President Obama, so you deal. And in 4 years, when you get another chance at the White House, present a stronger message! Second, this is a free country. No one is holding you hostage. If you don’t like it, leave and go to one of those countries where you’re not free to voice an opinion or pick who governs you. For the record, this would be my opinion regardless of who’s sitting in the White House.

3. I know pregnancy makes you crazy… I once dreamed that ginormous Power Rangers chased me and the hubs into a church. The pink one ripped the roof off the building, picked the hubs up and ate him. But this lady takes crazy pregnant lady to a whole new level: an Arizona woman was so upset when she found out that her husband didn’t vote that she ran over her husband with her SUV. Her fear? That President Obama’s re~election will bring hardship to her family. Oy! I guess in the grand scheme of things, secession makes so much more sense and murder is much easier than divorce.

4. I love a deal. No, I really love a good deal and will share info about a great deal with anyone who’ll listen. But I love spending time with my family even more. And I’m almost positive that other people love deals and spending time with their families just as much as I do.  So why is it that a certain segment of our population is being denied the right to spend time with their families because people have decided that Black Friday deals should begin on Thanksgiving evening? What the heck? Are you seriously telling me that people cannot wait until Friday morning to begin Black Friday shopping? Thanksgiving is supposed to be about spending time with loved ones, not going out and trying to kill yourself to buy a $20 discounted item that no one’s gonna remember 6 months from now but will make repeat appearances on the credit card bill for the next 4 years. Stop the madness!

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?


Brown Boots and a Recipe {Shoe Style Saturday}

Shoe Style Saturday {Living Outside the Stacks}

Happy Saturday! Do you have plans for this weekend? So far, I got nothin’. I may talk the hubs into visiting some more antique shops downtown. We’ve been doing that a lot lately. I’m totally digging the idea of upcycling and repurposing things. And the hubs is really getting in to it too. In fact, one of our favorite places right now is a little shop called Annie Laurie’s Antiques. You can read all about it by clicking here.

This is our living room, the space we’re currently trying to decorate… I love the wall color and the wood ceiling. At first, I thought it’d be a little too cabiney for me but now that we’ve moved our stuff in, it feels cozy. And the colors are just this side of funky.

Living Room {Living Outside the Stacks}

We’re trying to find unique pieces to fill in some of the empty spaces. I think plants would look nice in the corners but we need some “personality” pieces too. The hubs would like to print and mat three of my photos to hang on the wall above the sofa. Right now, we’re about 100% certain that this picture will be the centerpiece.

I’d also like to take some time this weekend to set up a schedule for blogging. Now that I’m working, I find that I don’t have as much time to write or take pictures as I used to. Or, at least, not without taking time away from my family. When we moved here, our goal was to spend more time together as a family, you know, eat meals together, watch movies, just hang out… So I really need to find a balance.

I also want to cook more. Now that it’s getting cooler, I’m starting to crave soups, stews and heavy vegetables. That’s probably why I was all kinds of excited when I came across this recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apples by Shelly at Life on the Wild Side. For the recipe, click hereSeriously, doesn’t that look like the most delicious comfort meal ever? Cannot wait to try it.

What are your weekend plans?


Annie Laurie’s Antiques {Getting to Know Missouri}

Recently, I attended a presentation called “The Psychology of Now… In Retail and Fashion” by Lynn R. Moore. During the presentation, Lynn talked about current trends in retail and how people have shifted their thought from “I must have new” to “How can I reuse and/or recycle?” She talked about how people are thrifting more, shopping in vintage/second hand shops, garage sales, etc and upcycling their finds. She ended her talk with a discussion about the importance of buying local.

One of the stores she mentioned was Annie Laurie’s Antiques. Now I’d been hearing about this shop pretty much since I moved to Missouri but I never quite found the time to pay a visit. But after hearing the rave reviews from Lynn (and eyeballing a beautiful necklace she was wearing), I decided that no matter what I was making a trip.

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I ended up going two days in a row. Once by myself and the second time with the hubs.

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I absolutely adored the whimsical decor. See those frames, wouldn’t they make fabulous memory boards? Or chalk board frames? And, come on, umbrellas hanging from the ceiling? Fabulous!

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

My first trip was spent scoping the place out. I found a couple of pairs of boots that I absolutely adored but they were too small…

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also spied some fabric I thought would be make a lovely new slipcover for a bench the hubs and I had picked up from an earlier trip to a second hand store. Vintage luggage tabletops, anyone?

And, of course, there were all sorts of fun little things such as bird cages, globes and old books (be still my bird fearing wanderlust having librarian heart).

Annie Lauries Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

Annie Laurie's Antiques {Living Outside the Stacks}

The hubs and I will definitely be going back, we have lots of space to fill in our home.

Do you shop second hand stores? Are you a thrifter? What was your last purchase?

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