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Out With the New in With the Old: Our Recent Vintage Finds

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It’s finally April and that means a few things for us at Sincerely, Doris Jane. Blooming flowers, baseball season AND … last but certainly not least … antique show season! 

Be it Burlington Antique Show, Springfield Extravaganza or just a quick stop into a few of our go-to antique stores, we have a hard time coming home empty handed. We love to see how other people incorporate their finds and family heirlooms into their home decor so we thought we’d share some things we picked up at last year’s markets. We threw in a couple finds from our antique shop trips too, well, because they’re just too cute.

The first round of Burlington shows is coming up this weekend. Find all the vendor and admission information you need here. See ya there!

1940’s Ivory Soap makes a great shelf accent in a bathroom and have a little Cincinnati flair being made by Procter & Gamble. Found for $5 a bar at Venice Pavilion Antique Mall in Ross, OH. 
After seeing one that was out of her price range at an antique show, Jess searched for months for an antique ink well and finally found it last summer for $50 on eBay.
Remember this old Jergens sign Em found on Black Friday? It’s been waiting for the perfect place in her home and she found it. This hangs above an artificial plant holder (IKEA) and is the perfect addition to her guest bathroom. 
This little brass frame was just $5 at Burlington Antique Show last year. It holds a photo of our Great-Grandparents atop their 1930’s Majestic Radio in Emily’s house. The doily under the plant ($10 at IKEA) is also antique and belonged to our Great-Great Aunt Clara. 
Jess is drawn to anything blue and white and made of porcelain. This is a hand-me-down from our mom, but we’ve seen them at shows recently. 
This delicate painted salt pot now holds Em’s wedding rings overnight and perfectly matches the walls around her vanity. Just $5! 


We have stacks of antique books just waiting to be used. They are the perfect touch of “old” to a modern room. We’re not quite sure where these were purchased, but we’re sure we didn’t pay much for them. Usually $5-10 will get you a started on your collection. 



SDJ E-Signature copy


Our Favorite Antique Hotspots: Columbus to Cincinnati


We don’t exactly do run of the mill birthdays in our family. They’re a production. They require thoughtful planning, unplanning and replanning. No, sir, we do not just pass the day with a last year’s candle and a couple cupcakes.

Jess turned 24 last week but has been planning her day for at least a month. She left her heart in Columbus, OH when she graduated from The Ohio State University (go bucks!) two years ago, so we knew where we’d likely be spending the day. So after two coffee stops, a two hour drive and the best egg and bacon sandwich we’ve ever tasted (Thanks, Fox in The Snow!) we had an entire day of antique shopping ahead of us and all of our favorite places just happened to be along our route back home.

We thought we’d share our favorites with you. Try them out and show us what you find!

  • Columbus
    • Flower Child Vintage – located in the Short North Art District, this funky little place is like stepping into a time machine and is loads of fun to wander through. It’s groovy, baby.
  • Springfield
    • Heart of Ohio Antique Center – A definite don’t-miss-it spot. Block out a couple hours to make it through their showrooms … This place is HUGE! Em’s not exactly directionaly gifted. She practically needs a compass to get around in there

  • Waynesville
    • Waynesville is chock full of antique shops. Park the car and start walking, we promise you won’t leave empty handed!
  • Lebanon
    • Lebanon Peddler – we ran into the Lebanon Peddler (literally, it was raining cats and dogs) after following them on Instagram and couldn’t believe we hadn’t come sooner. Off the beaten path, Lebanon Peddler is a picker’s paradise.
    • Miller’s Antique Mall  – How do we love Miller’s? Let us count the ways. This is one of our can’t-leave-without-buying-something place. They have an incredible selection, tons of vendors and super friendly staff. We love you Miller’s Antique Mall.

  • Fairfield
    • Ohio Valley Antique Mall – another mall worthy of a clear schedule. If you can’t find it at OVAM, you’re not looking hard enough.


  • Cincinnati
    • Wooden Nickel – If you’re in search of larger items like an antique bar, chandeliers, or some of the most gorgeous antique furnishings you’ve ever laid your flea-market-lovin’ eyes on, Wooden Nickel is your one stop shop. 

Recipe: Grandma Patti’s Baked Oatmeal

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Back in November, Em and her husband caught a flight to Houston, TX to visit their friends, Mark and Nadine, for the weekend. On their first morning there, Nadine made her Grandma’s baked oatmeal and an obsession was born. We’ve never had the privilege of meeting Nadine’s Grandma Patti, but she certainly sounds lovely, and we’re sure we’d love her just as much as we love this recipe. “Grandma Patti” is from Cathay, ND and was a farm-girl turned farm-wife.

Nadine’s Grandma Patti and 6 of her 9 Great-Grandchildren

Not only is this recipe SO easy, it’s also the perfect cold-morning breakfast that will fill you up and stay with you until lunch time. It’s also not packed full of butter and is fairly low on sugar so, although it is just sweet enough to tame a craving, it won’t totally wreck your diet. This baked oatmeal is just too good not to share, so after clearing it with Nadine (since it’s a family recipe), we’re passing it on to you. Here we go!


  • ½ cup oil (can substitute applesauce)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups quick oatmeal
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • We’ve been adding a little cinnamon when we make it – optional!


  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • Mix oil, brown sugar and eggs
  • Add oats, baking powder, salt and milk
  • Pour into a buttered 9×5 (loaf) pan and bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes
    • You can mix recipe and leave overnight (refrigerate) to bake in the morning
    • Keep in fridge after baking and microwave before serving
Oatmeal will rise slightly after baking 

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. We make it often and it never lasts long around here.


Doris Jane

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10 Signs You’re an Old Soul Just Like Us 

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We’ve always been a bit different. Nostalgic. Sentimental. Whatever you’d like to call it. We listen to Glenn Miller and Harry James instead of whatever is on the radio these days. We wear gloves and pillbox hats and full skirts and bake from scratch in aprons. Different.

With the best Dad in town, Easter 2017

We find ourselves pining for the way life was for our grandparents. Simple.                    We certainly don’t mean that they had it easy. Grandma Doris lived through The Great Depression (you wanna talk about having stories to tell. Yeesh.) They saw the world go to war and watched the country come together when they needed it the most. No, life surely wasn’t easy all the time, but it was simple. Free from the tangles of social media, technology and double-booked schedules. A time of family dinners and card parties and letting the kids play outside “until the streetlights came on.”

If you’ve gotten this far, our guess is you also find yourself moving to the beat of your own drum, or in our case to the tune of a Big Band trumpet. We are dreamers. Believers. But most of all we’re “old souls” and if you answer yes to a few of these, well then you have a forever friend in Sincerely, Doris Jane.

10 Signs You’re an Old Soul Just Like Us

  1. You Daydream – Whether it’s a story from your Grandma or Grandpa, a history book, or an old record, all you have to do is close your eyes and you can time travel.
  2. You’re a “paper” person
    • Mail – You’re a total sucker for new stationery and go bananas over the perfect birthday card. Jess likes to throw in something a little sparkly, our advice to you – open anything from her over the sink, or spend the next hour trying pick up glitter and confetti. You also find great joy in finding a little something with your name on it in the mailbox (other than bills. bleh.) and you rush back inside to grab your antique letter opener.
    • Books – You’re a library regular and you adore the quiet vacation that comes with a trip through the shelves. You could spend hours trying to pick the perfect title. The one that seems to jump right into your hands. When you open it, what do you do before reading a single line? ……. Did you just whisper “smell the pages?” We thought so.DSCF5400
    • Technology – You find yourself saying things like “I need to check my planner/address book” fairly often because you don’t keep those things in your smartphone. You also seem to be ages behind your friends when it comes to technology or the latest apps.
  3. You believe things deserve to be fixed rather than thrown away – from darning a sock to patching up a bruised relationship, you at least try to fix whatever it is before discarding it. You reuse things when you can and love the feeling of pride when you’re able to make something work again.
  4. You love history – Whether it’s leafing through a history book, tracing the branches of your family tree or paging through an old family album you find history to be a free vacation. You love a little trip down someone else’s memory lane.

    Grandma Jane and our Mom, don’t you want to squeeze her little cheekies? 
  5. Music feeds your soul – You’re a little more “in tune” with what song will fill your heart and make you feel whole. You’re unceasingly romantic and know the right music can enhance an old memory or create a new one. Hit play on “Sentimental Journey” by Doris Day in our house and it’s like Grandma Jane is right there singing along.
    Em dancing with Poppy on her wedding day to “Moonlight Serenade” by Glenn Miller



    Grandma Jane (dancing with her cousin by marriage, Taft) and her dad, Great-Grandpa Laesche (dancing with his sister, Ann) 
  6. You love being outside – You enjoy gardening, watching birds, picking flowers and taking walks because being outdoors seems to stop time. While walking with Grandma Doris she gazed up and said, “those trees look like they could reach Heaven.” It’s hard not to long for the shade of an old sycamore in the middle of July after that.
  7. Shopping – Let us guess, when shopping with your friends you’ve heard that something “looks like you.” You see a vintage a-line dress in a store window and immediately match it to the gloves and swing coat you have at home. You feel at home in an antique shop because, let’s face it, you’re an antique yourself. Your style, whether it be clothing or home décor is unapologetically your own and you like it that way.
  8. You love a roadtrip – Warm air through open windows, music on and a bag of snacks and homemade cookies in the back seat is the perfect way to start and end a vacation. It gives you a chance to connect with the person in the seat next to you.
    We snapped this at 1940’s weekend at Cincinnati Museum Center a few years back


  9. You’ve been told you are “wise beyond your years” –  Deep down you’re sure you’re at least 80. You are calm, level-headed and can adapt easily to change.
  10. You have an appreciation for the “little things” – Our motto is “Little Things Mean a Lot.” It also happens to be one of our favorite old songs. It’s a reminder to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. To call your grandpa, write to that friend you lost touch with, give a gift that really means something. Fill your home with memories and belongings of family members who have passed away and continue their stories. Let your hair down and truly enjoy the people around you because some day the little things will be the big things. 
    Poppy on his birthday last year

Seek and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer, guys and dolls. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Em and a few of her bridesmaids posing with the groomsmen’s cigars  
Jess and her roommates on graduation day from The Ohio State University

…and to all the old souls out there, we love you.



Doris Jane

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DIY: Drop Cloth Curtains in 10 Easy Steps


We love a good DIY project and that, we-can-do-all-things feeling we get out of making something ourselves. We may be a couple of girls, but thanks to our Dad we’re no stranger to a power tool. (Pass the drill, please.)

Em’s been kicking around the idea of hanging some sort of window treatment in her kitchen for about a year; always stopping short of buying fabric before changing her mind. Then she discovered drop cloth curtains. The perfect neutral shade, airy enough to let in lots of natural light and best of all …. they don’t cost a fortune and they’re a piece of cake.

We read a few different tutorials, combined them and then tweaked them a bit to fit the look Em was going for. The finished product is SEW worth the time behind the sewing machine (Or not, check out a “no-sew” option here  from, Thoughts from Alice.)

We’ll be sure to post before and after photos of Em’s breakfast room once we piece everything together. In the meantime, we wanted to share our own version of the Drop Cloth Curtain tutorial: 


6′ x 9′ drop cloths (We found ours for just $11 at Lowe’s!), scissors and/or pinking shears, measuring tape, thread and, of course, wine.

We also enlisted the help of our mom who tends to be the brains behind most of our projects.


Drop Cloths – $11 each at Lowe’s

White Pom Fringe trim – $6.99/yard + 50% off coupon from Joann Fabric

Total: About $25 per curtain

Let’s get started! 

Step 1: Launder your drop cloths – this removes dust and softens the fabric A LOT. It also removes that this-is-a-drop-cloth-not-a-curtain smell.

Step 2: Put any children to bed (very important. We stopped several times to restart Lion King, fetch snacks, give a bath and reset our sewing machine settings after pudgy little fingers got to them before we did.) This is where the wine comes in.

Step 3: Lay your drop cloths out on a large table (you could also use the floor, but Em has a very hairy, very high maintenance yellow Lab so, kitchen table it was for us.) If you’ll need to do any hemming, fold the top of your fabric down rather than cutting off the bottom.

***Our drop cloths did not have true 90° corners. Be careful that this doesn’t throw off your measurements. We had to rip seams and start over*** 

Step 4: Create the pocket for the curtain rod. Our curtain rod is 2″ diameter so we measured and marked 2½” from the top, then pinned our fabric.

Step 5: Start sewing! Fire up the machine and follow your pins to make a pocket.

Step 6: Refill wine glass.

Step 7: Add the trim – We decided to dress these up a bit so Em found 1¾” white pom fringe at Joann Fabric. Just pin the trim vertically down the side of the drop cloth, then head back to your sewing machine.

Step 8: Hem and trim loose threads – if necessary! We had to cut one large drop cloth in half for two smaller windows so that one needed a little extra love, but the two on the larger window did not.

Step 9: Break out your iron/steamer – we also read that this step is more effective to do when they’re damp, but we ran out of nap time so we decided to just do it while they were dry.

Step 10: Hang ’em up and let everyone ooooh and aaaah over how creative and clever you are.

This project took us about 6 hours, but that includes chasing around a toddler, wine refills and having to restart once because we’re rookies. Depending on your skill level, we’d guess it would take about 3-4 hours. Happy sewing, friends!


Doris Jane


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