The best graduation advice – Unscripted edition

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Graduation marks a passage, the ending of one thing and the start of another. Here in lies the challenge: a graduate knows what it’s like where they’ve come from, but they don’t know what it’s like where they’re going on to. Despite the buoyant moments like tossing their cap in the air and hugging the friends they made on this part of life’s journey and eating cake, every graduate has at least a bit of uncertainty about what adventures lie ahead. 

With that in mind, here is a little unscripted graduation advice from the Vintage Unscripted team and from notable thinkers of great thoughts:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”    

Dr. Seuss

When graduation ends, learning does not. Make it a point to learn something new every day. Ask questions, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box to offer solutions when you see issues. ~ JayDee,

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.”    

Mark Twain

Be kind. Be fearless. Be a friend. Ask questions. Do not settle. Make the world a better place for the generations that follow. Follow that advice and you will happily attend your graduation reunion knowing you made a difference. ~ Linda,

“To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.”  

George W. Bush

Stay true to yourself.   Find what makes you happy and be passionate and loyal about it.  Plan your route wisely and then stay on course.  Call your Mother. ~ Tina,

 “Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path then by all means you should follow that.”

 Ellen Degeneres

Be proud of yourself and what you do and never stand on the sidelines but jump in the game with both feet. Be enthusiastic in your career and always remember to pay yourself first. ~ Dot, 

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”  

Winston Churchill

Getting good scores on your AP exams is important. Knowing how to do your laundry is equally important. ~your future RA

“Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child raising, they are unemployed.”

Erma Bombeck

School is based on what you know. Life is based on what you know and who you know. Make friends, build bridges, make connections. You never know how that will pay off in the future. ~ Laurie,



Things We Liked This Week (5/14/17 – 5/20/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – We’ve heard the old adage ‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’. If you care to take that literally here’s how.

JayDee ( – If you’ve been planning a shed, ‘Man Cave’, or ‘She Shed’ for your backyard, check out these winners!  Shed of the Year – The Finalists Revealed. Oh my! Those are some pretty incredible sheds!

Linda ( –  I think this garden designer in New Zealand may have the world’s greatest green thumb. Check out what he built and see if you agree with me. 

Mary Ellen ( – I imagine anyone who loves vintage and antique items has a fascination with history and its material culture. Another stop on our retirement road trip will be to the Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City Missouri  

Pam ( – Face it, we all use Google to search but did you know these Advanced Google search tricks ? For instance did you know Google could do your math homework for you? Or check your flight status. Or even get you the customer service phone number to UPS, Fed Ex, or any other company? Check it out, there are lots more search tricks that Google can do too.

Tina ( –  See Kitchen and bath trends for 2018.  Warning; gold and brass faucets in the bath are making a comeback!  


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Things We Liked This Week (5/7/17 – 5/13/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – Need help with gardening? These Garden Hacks might be just what you need. Enjoy!  And don’t forget your sunscreen!

JayDee ( – Late Spring and Summer are always popular times of the year for weddings. If you’re looking for a unique spot to have your wedding, you might want to consider one of these “vintage” and spectacular architectural venues! I’m thinking the New York Public Library looks like a pretty great place for a wedding – how about you?

Laurie ( – I’m not a fan of fixing things that aren’t broken, but I am also a fan of turning the dial up to 11. Can the classic PB&J (Wonder Bread, smooth Skippy, Welch’s grape jelly) be beat? Here are 14 ideas of PB&J upgrades.

Linda ( –  For the cat lovers out there, a bit of insight into their psyche. An interesting article about cats’ fascination with boxes

Pam ( – I don’t know about you, but I rely on my Smartphone more and more. I use it for everything from staying organized to shopping and keeping up with the latest news.  The folks at Money magazine came up with 36 great apps to save you money. So now you can use your Smartphone for more than just Facebook and texting your friends.

Tina ( –  If Dad likes to poke around at garage sales, plan ahead for Father’s day weekend on this 100 mile yard sale right here in Illinois!


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Things We Liked This Week (4/30/17 – 5/6/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – This is the most amazing artwork form I have had the pleasure of watching in a very long time. Watch the video then click the Finished Projects tab…. I think you will be amazed too! 

JayDee ( – I love plants! Indoor, outdoor – it doesn’t matter, I love them all. My Grandma and my Mom have passed this love of plants down to me. Mom used to make the most beautiful terrariums. I remember when I was a kid how I used to look into those tiny gardens and imagine what it would be like to shrink down and actually walk through the wonderlands that Mom created. This week, I found an article “15 Delightfully Diverse DIY Terrarium Ideas: Tiny Green Delights!” and it reminded me of Mom and her terrariums. Had to share this with you! I especially love the tiny water garden idea in a tea cup. Enjoy!

Laurie ( – About this time every year I get all twitchy to paint some part of my house. This year, my *yawn* boring old plum front door is getting my critical eye. Luckily, I found some front door paint inspiration from House Beautiful.

Linda ( –  If someone told you they could build a house for you in a day for $10,000, would you believe it? Granted, it’s tiny at 409 sq ft. but a start-up company in San Francisco has developed a way to make that dream come true. Here’s more info on their secret weapon

Tina ( – An article from Apartment Therapy about a home in Mass. that has not been touched as far as the interior decor since the 1970’s!  Groovy!

Pam ( – I bet you never knew this about the Girl Scouts! Were you a Girl Scout? Check out some of these amazing ways Girls Scouts helped make history.

Have you found something on the internet this week that you would like to share? Post the link in a comment below!

Things We Liked This Week (4/23/17 – 4/29/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – I ran across an article from the Audubon Society which reminded me that I keep meaning to share something with you all. It’s spring which means the Sandhill Cranes have hatched and are out and about. I hope you enjoy learning about these majestic birds as much as we enjoy watching them!

JayDee ( – I have often thought about creating a greenhouse using salvaged windows and doors. I think it would be a perfect place to start my annuals, pot new plants, and even just go there to hang out and relax. This week I spotted an article about someone who created a similar structure, but she used salvaged stained glassed windows! Here’s her “Stained Glass Cabin in the Woods“. It’s absolutely beautiful!

Laurie ( – The PBS show The Victory Garden introduced me to the rose rustlers from the Antique Rose Emporium, who forage for sturdy roses that can flourish without the pampering roses often need. That’s my kind of rose. You can read their story and see their mail-order inventory of roses old and new here.

Linda ( –  A window to the future of communication. The Portals Project allows two people or group of people in different parts of the world to have a face to face conversation. The key – a gold shipping container and video conferencing software developed by Shared Studios, a SF based art, design and technology based collective. Can teleporting be far away?

Mary Ellen ( – Having just been in my best attempt at steampunk attire, I was blown away by Sue Beatrice’s sculptures using watch parts.

Tina ( – Found this fun list called “Best Damn Thing In Every State”.  I live in Illinois and apparently they think Lake Shore Drive is the best thing.  Hmmm.  See what they found for your state!

Pam ( – I worked on estate sales all week so had no time to surf. Never fear, I’ll be back.

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Things We Liked This Week (4/16/17 – 4/22/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – This popped up on my feed and it made me so happy to see the wildflowers recovering in California after the severe drought! If you are lucky enough to live in California or happen to be visiting there soon this article  includes a map of popular areas to see the blooms. Enjoy!

JayDee ( – Today is Earth Day! Looking for a fun way to celebrate? How about checking out the Lyrid meteor shower tonight? The article “Lyrid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See Its Peak This Week” will help. If the skies are cloudy, you can also watch the meteor shower live at Slooh. Slooh will also have a live presentation this morning (at 9am ET) Celebrating Earth Day, an interview with several astronauts and videos submitted by people all over the world explaining what they would miss about Earth if they were in space. What would you miss most?

Laurie ( – Happy Earth Day! They aren’t exactly household names, but we owe a lot to environmentalists. Here are some names you should know and the reasons you should know them.

Linda ( –  I stumbled across an article by Craig Burrows, a photographer who specializes in ultraviolet photographs of flowers. Mother Nature’s art work is absolutely beautiful, even in the dark. 

Mary Ellen ( – Now that we are retired we know that we will be taking road trips and like the quirky and unusual destinations. The website Roadside America looks just the place to plan some visits. Yes, there’s even an app for that! I would totally like to visit The Lincoln Train Museum .  

Tina ( – I have some shady areas in my yard where grass just does not want to grow and I just ran across this Country Living article for plants that will thrive in the shade.  

Pam ( – As a music lover April 21 is a special day. Today is Iggy Pop’s 70th birthday. While you may not know or even like his music, he almost single handedly created an entire genre of music known as Punk. On the other end of the spectrum, today marks one year ago that we lost another pop icon, Prince. So whatever your musical tastes may be, go have a listen to something you enjoy in honor of all the great musicians out there.

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Things We Liked This Week (4/9/17 – 4/15/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – They really do research everything! This will give you a smile. Have a wonderful week everyone!

JayDee ( – I was reading through Apple News this week and stumbled on the article “10 Family Heirlooms That Tell Stories“. The timing couldn’t have been better, as I have been spending more time at my parents house. When I look around their house, I see stories in so many things in each room. Like the spiral staircase lamp and plant holder that my uncle made for my Mom – she always had it filled with her plants. Or the display hutch that was made by another uncle and has always displayed figurines and collectibles, also items that have a story. You wouldn’t necessarily think a garage would hold heirlooms, but as soon as I step in my parents garage, I recall so many memories and stories about the workbench Dad made and his wood drawers in a cabinet that hold nuts, bolts, and nails. I wish I could bottle the smell of his garage and take it home with me – so many fond memories! I really enjoy being at my parents house among all these memories. I wonder if my own kids will someday have memories and stories of the things displayed in our house?

Laurie ( – The Scottish Book Trust offered up a list of the top ten most memorable rabbits in literature. Some I knew, some I didn’t. But I take some issue with this list because it omits my favorite, The Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams. To this day, I cannot read it without getting teary and running to hug my Hoppy, a ratty-tatty plush bunny that still has the tiniest bit of still pink flannel that has not been worn away deep inside his ear and is, as he has always been, real.

Linda ( –  Earth Day is coming up on the 22nd which is one more good reason to think about things we can do to ensure we leave the world a better place for generations to follow. Here’s an article that lists 25 ways to become a wildlife warrior. As an added bonus, the author opens with five really cute animal videos which is the perfect way to start your day off with a smile. 

Mary Ellen ( – I love old cars and enjoyed this use of a new “precious” artifact of the auto industry.The Anthropocene’s Best Gem Is Made Out of Old Car Paint..  

Tina ( – With spring comes the itch to do some picking and hit the garage sales.  I happened along this article of a 100 mile garage sale here in Illinois.  It’s not until June 16 and 17 but it’s something to look forward to.  

Pam ( – Just when we thought the 90’s were over for good, they’re back! Who remembers Tamagotchi’s? The company that created this Japanese craze has brought them back. For now they are only available in Japan though. So you may have to wait a bit to relive your childhood.

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Things We Liked This Week (4/2/17 – 4/8/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – Did you know that April is National Decorating Month? Well we didn’t either but that DID send us on a hunt for easy projects. How about painting your cabinets! No? Well then how about a concrete countertop – DIY style! 

JayDee ( – Oh. My. Check out these very clever succulent cakes and cup cakes! Aren’t they gorgeous?! I make my Grandma’s Crazy Cake recipe quite often (it’s a family favorite for over 70 years) and the next time I make it, I’m going to turn it into succulent cup cakes for the May Day Baskets I make for our neighbors!

Laurie ( – Do you knit or crochet? Are you a slightly subversive human being? Yarn bombing may be for you. Like most covert street art, it’s impossible to pin down exactly who where and when it started. Leanne Prain’s 2009 book Yarn Bombing was my inspiration when I collaborated with five stealthy family members and friends to yarn bomb an noble old maple in our front yard to celebrate  my girl-child’s high school graduation. Now that the weather is warming up, I’m thinking it might be time for another stealth yarn bombing operation. I’m fueling up my creativity here and here and here

Linda ( –  I was introduced to the Brazilian acrobatic dance form Zurcaroh this week. Not as a participant, you understand, but as a spectator and all I can say is “WOW”. 

Mary Ellen ( – We got the beat! Yah! What Do Hanson And Madonna Have In Common? Hits Ideal For Saving A Life

Tina ( – Not everybody will be excited about this but I am a collector of Mason jars and my mother’s maiden name is Mason so there’s a reason.  Anyhow…Ball just announced a new designed jar with a spiral design and a new miniature jar too!

Pam ( – For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that I love a good beer, preferably a good craft beer.  So for those who love beer, here is a list of The 10 best beer cities in the US. Raise your glass and say Cheers!

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Things We Liked This Week (3/26/17 – 4/1/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

Dot ( – I love working with this icing! It works perfect for decorating and it a must for your Easter cakes. If you are in need of a refresher on making flowers for your cakes and cupcakes you really need THIS. And just in case you have a thing for sunflowers (made of icing!)……. Enjoy!

JayDee ( – Oh my goodness, do I have Spring Fever! My mind is on my flower gardens. I plant over a thousand annuals every year in our various gardens, choosing annuals because I like to change things up each year and try new flowers. I especially like finding unique and unusual flowers to be a focal point in each garden. While searching the Internet for ideas, I ran across this article “15 Flowers to Try This Spring” by DesignSponge. I’m really looking forward to trying the Cobea Scandens this year – what an amazing flower!

Laurie ( –  Shout out to my friend Helen who posted an incredible Buzzfeed Sweaty video of four guys old enough to know better skating on an ice covered trail in Duluth, MN. The original Vimeo trail skating video  is even more funny/amazing/mind blowing. 

Linda ( –  I think a quick trip to Sweden is in order to see the world’s first mall that sells only recycled goods. Talk about the perfect excuse to go shopping. 

Mary Ellen  -( – My Mother in Law always had a tidy home and went through a deep spring cleaning every year. Now that I’m retired, I’d like to develop a better spring cleaning habit with 30 Days of Spring Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home. 

Tina( – I have always admired crazy quilts and recently came across this article on Crazy Quilt History.  They are so colorful and I just love the different hand stitching.  

Pam ( – Since California has had more than it’s share of rain so far this season, the  Southern California desserts are blooming with gorgeous carpets of Spring Poppies. What a beautiful sight!

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Things We Liked This Week (3/19/17 – 3/25/17)

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Our favorite finds from the internet this past week.

JayDee ( – Now that it’s Spring, my thoughts turn toward my gardens. We have a lot of moss growing in our woods and I have been able to use some of that moss to start the moss growing on some large boulders along our driveway. I have often thought of creating a little community of small sculptures to hide in the woods, then help the moss get started on covering them. I found this photo as inspiration. Can you just imagine it? Walking along a path in the woods, and tucked unexpectedly just off the path you are greeted by moss covered “people”. I can’t wait to get started! If you like moss, here is an interesting article I found this week called “The Truth About Moss – Dispelling Moss Myths“. 

Laurie ( –  We still have an extensive vinyl collection, mostly 1970s-1980s new wave, punk and British invasion. And I know vinyl is back. But I never much thought about how LPs get made. Story on APM Marketplace this morning led me to this indie record company and modern maker of LPs, Hand Drawn Records

Linda ( –  I am in awe of British artist Ann Carrington’s talent. Check out the way she transforms vintage silverware into gallery worthy bouquets

Mary Ellen ( – Another Kind Of Blue uses Technology and Dance to create a new form of art.

Tina( – While I don’t necessarily agree these are the worst Decor Trends from the year you were born, I certainly enjoyed browsing and seeing items that are now VINTAGE!  And big flowers on matching curtains and bedspreads…I’m glad they’re gone!

Pam ( – I don’t know about you, but I love Instagram. It’s by far my favorite Social Media app.  I found this cool infographic of Instagram facts. 130+Facts about Instagram you should know in 2017.

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