Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Red, White and Blew

Red, White and Blew- Paint the Gown Red

Red, White and Blew- Paint the Gown Red

Red, White and Blew- Paint the Gown Red

And we’re back! What a wonderful weekend, it was. Hope you’re nicely recovering like I kind of am. Nick and I had the cutest Fourth of July ever; parades, sand castles, popper duels… and home with sore feet and red noses. Every year. I took a whole lotta photos of the parade; the vintage cars, pirate ships, bands, floats, even a dancing hotdog. But I think parades are better experienced in real life. These simple floating balloons best capture the spirit of the day and are much more interesting to look at. Albeit the dancing hot dog was pretty great.

Fave Five 4th of July DIYs

Are your flags hung? BBQ’s clean? Patriotic dresses pressed? Yes? Well good! I’m off to the central coast today. But before I go, here’s one last 4th of July DIY roundup to get you pumped for tomorrow. Though I’ve been talking about nonstop it for two weeks now, I’m still a little stunned tomorrow’s the 4th. Can someone please tell me where the time goes and how I might slow it down? In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday! I’ll see you Monday.

The House That Lars Built

Berry American Shortcake

You can’t celebrate the 4th of July without berry cake or berry pie. That’s a fact. Not only are berries the sweetest during summer, they’re also naturally red and blue. So there’s absolutely no getting around it. You will eat berries on Independence Day. Last year I made this delicious mixed berry pie so this year I made berry shortcake.

This is a much cakier shortcake then you might be used to. Usually shortcake served in this fashion with loose berries and whipped cream on top is crumbly and dense, like a scone. This is really a cake. Had my layer risen more substantially, I would have cut it in half and frosted it as such. But since my layer was stubborn, I decided to serve the shortcake like this, and it was delicious as ever! What berry treats are you bakin’ this week?


  • 1-1/2 cup Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 9 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1-1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 whole Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream, Room Temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 16oz pkg Strawberries
  • 1 12oz pkg Blueberries

for the whipped cream

  • 3 cups heavy or whipping cream
  • 5 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch cake pan that is at least 2 inches deep. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and corn starch. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just barely combined. Pour into cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Immediately remove from cake pan and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely. Stem and slice strawberries. Make whipped cream by combining all ingredients in a bowl and mixing on high speed until light and fluffy. Cut cake slices and garnish with strawberries and whipped cream. Serve and enjoy! (Original)

Fave Five 4th of July Treats

Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend! So true Loverboy. So true. Because this week and next are all about the red, white and blue, today I’m sharing my Fave Five 4th of July treats with you. But the patriotic fun doesn’t stop here. This weekend I’ll be busting out my finest Uncle Sam hat, whipping up a berry patriotic treat and creating one last DIY… because I Americant get enough!


Mississippi Kitchen

Uncle Sam's Straw DIY

Uncle Sam's Straw DIY- Paint the Gown Red

It’s here! The moment you’ve all been waiting for…since yesterday. The one the only, Uncle Sam’s Straw! Sip sip hooray! Are these not the cutest patriotic straws you ever did see? I can’t wait to pop one into a chilled glass of stars and stripes sangria next weekend. Really I can’t wait. I’ve already tested both and you’ll be happy to know, these straws are the perfect means to sangria in your mouth. Oh bow-tiful.


  • Red, White and Blue Crepe Paper
  • Paper Straws
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Glue


1. Gather materials

2. Cut crepe paper into three sizes: blue large, white medium and red small. Cut string.

3. Stack crepe paper largest to smallest and align on one side.

4. Pinch center of crepe paper stack and tie a knot with a piece of string. Trim excess string.

Gently unfold both sides of crepe paper into a bow.

Place adhesive (I used hot glue) onto the back of the bow and glue to paper straw.