Here’s to new beginnings!

by Cindy on January 8, 2014

Happy New Year!

I hope 2014 is off to a great start for you.  I know I’m excited about the possibilities of a new year and I’m eager to start fresh.  Like many of you stopping by, I have high hopes for changes and growth this year. High hopes, dreams, and of course a few plans. 🙂

One thing that won’t be changing is my love of history, the past, old places and forgotten things.  My kids got on-the-fly history lessons as we took a few mini trips over the holiday break, amidst other activities. We did make it to a museum, but the rest of our history appreciation came from driving and walking through a few old towns and handful of new (to me) antique malls.  I’ve collected some of my favorite pictures to share here.

Classic Ford truck

A well-loved classic Ford truck.   {Lexington, VA}

Brown's Hardware in Salem, VA

 I stop for ghost signs.  Can you see the Coca-Cola sign underneath?   {Salem, VA}

Salem, VA

Sky and steeples   {Salem, VA}

Salem, VA

Abandoned house, VA

I stop for abandoned homes too.  I can’t help but think of the hustle and bustle of the families that may have lived here in the past.  It looks like a wheel chair ramp was built on the right.  {Christiansburg, VA}

Cambria Antqiues, Christiansburg

Cambria Antqiues tin ceiling

The Cambria Emporium – what an amazing antiques mall – with a historic train depot right across the street.  Trains sped by the building adding to the ambience.  The building itself has so much character with the wood floor and stamped metal ceiling.  We found a special piece here that will make unusual bead storage – will share that one in a future post.   {Christiansburg, VA}

vintage tulle skirt

 Bringing home this vintage tulle skirt for one of my dress forms.    {Roanoke, VA}

Buchanan neon movie sign

Dixie Donuts

Dixie donuts  Richmond, VA

 Oh the donuts!  Resolutions and all that, who can resist? 🙂     {Richmond, VA}

Old Dominion Press

Absolutely smitten by this section of Cary St. – Old buildings, cobblestone alleys, ghost signs and mysterious doors.                                            {Richmond, VA}

Old Dominion Press

Old Dominion Press

Just a few blocks from my old dorm (grad school), we discovered the Museum of the Confederacy and Jefferson Davis’ home, The White House of the Confederacy.  Although reluctant at first, once we stepped inside the 1818 home, the kids seemed just as interested to learn more about President Jefferson Davis’ home where he lived with his family from 1881-1885.    Our tour guide was an incredibly knowledgeable and articulate freshman attending William and Mary. We saw personal family pieces (furniture, prints, toys) in the  mansion and listened to interesting stories about Jefferson and Varina and their children.  The couple is buried nearby in Hollywood Cemetery – I shared photos of this famous cemetery last January in this blog post.

The White House of the Confederacy

Window of The White House of the Confederacy

 A wavy glass window and finial on the steps at The White House of the Confederacy.   {Richmond, VA}

Finial - at the White House of the Confederacy  Richmond


Thank you for visiting and stepping back in time with me. I have one last photo – one I took in Blacksburg along with a well-love quote……

Now on to the present.…..  Happy New Year and here’s to new beginnings!

– Cindy xoxo

The Journey of a Thousand Miles



Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designer


Cindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.   She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her first jewelry design book, The Missing Link, was recently released this Fall.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rhonda January 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Lovely photos Cindy…Someday it would be fun to join you for the “thrill of the hunt”…I share your love of things old and well-loved…Have a beautiful week!

Michelle Buettner January 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Super photos Cindy! I’m especially smitten with all the window reflections from the old buildings, that perfect old Ford, and of course, the ‘ghost signs’. We had tons of ghost signs haunting all the gorgeous brick buildings in the rural, central Illinois town where I grew up and recently I asked and found out that they’ve all since disappeared due to the revitalization of the town (insert sad face here!) so seeing yours brought back fond memories indeed! Thanks for the ‘history ride along’ – it was fantastic!

Cindy Cima Edwards January 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Beautiful photos! (I also love old houses). To a great 2014!

Alice January 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Great photos. I’m always inspired by your blog posts. Like you, I enjoy photographing buildings and house that have seen better days. They have a story to tell.

I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for all of us in 2014.

Elizabeth January 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm

All beautiful photos!!! Happy new year to you and your family 🙂

Vicki January 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

As always love reading about your jaunts and seeing your beautiful pictures. Can’t wait to see the tulle skirt on maybe the ArtBLISS dress form!!!!
Wishing you a wonderful year to chase and fulfil your dreams.

sandi m January 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Happy New Year Cindy! As always, love the photos … all the history and antiques. This is an area that I some day want to visit.
Yes, you must share your dressed up form, and can’t wait to see your new ‘find’ – it is a beautiful piece.

Ann Schroeder January 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I enjoyed this post. It brought back memories of so many hours in my youth spent at antiques shows, estate sales and the like. Can’t wait to see your bead storage find!

cynthia January 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

wonderful post! I love all these ‘well loved’ places, buildings, cars …. so much history and stories to tell!

CraftyHope January 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm

I adore this post. You know I’m a sucker for Antique malls, but I also like chippy paint and interesting facts about the Confederacy (I am from Alabama, the heart of the South!) Thanks for sharing your adventures and I’m looking forward to many more this year.

Ann January 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Did you notice the fantastic needlepointed carpets in the Confederate White House? They are wall to wall, but done in a needlepoint looking weave. Gorgeous!

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