Along with my vintage table linens obsession, I also love aprons. I don’t think I’ve ever worn one in my life, but I have a few from my grandmothers and really, what could be cuter. So in case you do rock aprons, or just like to admire them from afar, here are some favorites under $40.
 block printed linen apron, $38  reversible apron, $36  60′s apron, $23  black & white, $38  plaid apron, $8  grey canvas, $40  vintage mustard apron, $8  green tomato apron/dishtowel, $18  floral, $4.95
One thing I always ask for for Christmas is books. I love to read, and although I stick to a good novel for my daily dose, I also like having some beautiful design & DIY books around for when the feeling strikes. In researching this post, I found a million books I’d love to add to my collection, so this will be Part 1 of the You Can Afford It Friday book round-up, and Part 2 will be up on January 1. (I’ll be taking next Friday off cause that’s Christmas… can you believe it?).
 The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Typography, $45  The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Printing Materials and Techniques, $50  Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators, and Creatives, $30  Stencil 101 Decor: Customize Walls, Floors, and Furniture with Oversized Stencil Art, $24.95  The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design, $35  Postcard, $29.95  Reprodepot Pattern Book: Flora and Reprodepot Pattern Book: Folk (225 Vintage Inspired Textile Designs), $24.95 each  1000 Fonts: An Illustrated Guide to Finding the Right Typeface, $29.95  Appliqué Your Way, $19.95
See you on the 1st! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions or round-up ideas can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.
Hey guys! I’m back with the second You Can Afford it Friday round-up with vintage art under $50. Vintage pieces don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and they look great mixed in with more modern pieces. I like to buy stuff that already has a beautiful frame, but sometimes throwing a vintage piece in a newer, modern frame can help it fit in with the rest of your collection.
 Floral needlepoint, $46  Landscape needlepoint (comes with another piece), $18  Daisies on wood (wallpaper not included), $6  Flax lithograph, $22  English greeting card, $12  Chromolithographic plate of grass plants, $18  Painted ceramic of Italy, $13  Henri Rousseau book plate, $5  Oil still life, $49
See you next week! As always with OK Great features, if you have a submission we’d love to hear about it. You Can Afford It Fridays submissions can be sent to me (Ellie) at mintdesignblog [at] gmail [dot] com.