Fayetteville Finds: Vintage Cargo

Fayetteville Finds… Something new I’m testing out. When I lived in Dallas, I had a regular blog feature called Six Blocks from my House. Interesting things, yes, only six (or so) blocks from my house. Now that I’m discovering Fayetteville, I thought it would be fun to focus on cool places, people, things in Fayetteville. Those I find interesting, and you might find interesting too.

First up, Vintage Cargo. Vintage Cargo is new to Fayetteville. This fun boutique, which recently relocated from Eureka Springs, now occupies the former Sara Kathryn’s space on Mission. And fyi, Sara Kathryn’s moved to College and is as wonderful as ever. Winner-winner for Fayetteville.

Vintage Cargo

My favorite shops are those located in old buildings or houses like this one. If I can poke around inside a charming old house while shopping, I’m more likely to buy something. That’s a fact. The new owners, Jeff and Stan, who welcomed us like old friends, have done a fantastic job transforming the inside space while maintaining the wonderful facade.

Vintage Cargo

Go to browse. Get inspired. Clear your head. Buy yourself a little gift. You will easily find something for every room in your house. Dangerous, I know. And guess what? There’s a hair salon too!

Vintage Cargo, hair salon

Check out the vivid summer colors of this pottery line.

Vintage Cargo pottery

I bought this cute little bird hook for the powder room.

Bird Hook, Vintage Cargo

For whatever reason, none of our bathrooms have towel racks. Whatsup with that?  This bird hook is perfect. It’s made of iron, is sturdy enough for a towel or even a robe, and is painted in a distressed blue-green color. Comes in gray too.

Bird hook from Vintage Cargo

If I lived on a lake or had a beach house, I’d decorate around this fish stoneware because I HEART polka dots:))

polka dot fish pottery, Vintage Cargo

That’s my Fayetteville Find this week. Be sure to follow Vintage Cargo on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Grace Grits and Gardening

Farm. Food. Garden. Life.


Fayetteville Finds

Musical Pairing:

Van Morrison, Bright Side of the Street


There’s slime mold growing in my garden!

One of these things is not like the other...

♫ one of these things is not like the other♫♪


Sometimes a garden isn’t all pink flowers and sweet smells. Sometimes an odd thing (like slime mold) takes up residence, and it’s up to you, the head gardener, to get to the bottom of it. Here’s how it happens. While enjoying your morning coffee (freshly ground beans from Arsaga’s with just a touch of milk) and admiring all the new blooms since yesterday, you happen upon a whole colony of strangeness lurking in the mulch.

What on earth?

Slime Mold

Did a gigantic wolfhound vomit in your yard, because your small schnauzers could never barf up that much of anything.

A few days ago, you thought you saw a mushroom in that exact location. But now the “mushroom” has multiplied and slithered across the ground like The Blob. What a fascinating / nasty thing.

As you might expect by now, this is a true story. Insert dramatic music…

I turned to Dr. Google who said I have a slime mold, also known as dog vomit slime. For real. Mine (see how I’m stepping right up and owning it?) was whiteish and sort of reminded me of meringue or a funnel cake gone way bad. You know how funnel cake dough is all loopy and strung out on the paper plate? Sorry for the food references…

Here’s more slime in a different area of the bed. Yeah, I have lots of it.

Slime Mold slithering in my garden

Scientist-types get excited over this sort of thing because there’s a whole ecosystem living and growing right here. In my opinion, this wasn’t nearly as cute as when Horton heard a Who on that speck of dust. But still, I was curious to know more.

Horton Hears a Who

When I was in seventh grade science class, there were only five kingdoms of life. Later a sixth one was added (and some argue there is now a seventh.) Do you remember them? Me neither. They are: Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Plantae, Animalia, Protist, and Fungi. Although I thought I was dealing with Fungi, slime mold belongs to the Protist family. According to PBS, slime mold is a soil-dwelling amoeba, a brainless, single-celled organism, often containing multiple nuclei. Now, I’m clearly no scientist, and I’m sure there are a bazillion differences in these two classifications, but the thing that interests me most is that fungi “absorb” food while protist “feed”. (Think=monster.)


Although slime mold is unsightly*, it’s harmless. It grows in damp conditions and preys on decaying matter. There’s no need to remove it, but who wants to look at that? Plus, it’s a matter of time before my dogs roll around in it.

Or drag it in the house.

I promptly scooped it into a sack and very carefully (to keep the spores from scattering) placed it in my garbage where it is, no doubt, growing this very second and will smother our house tonight while I sleep.

The moral of this gardening story…sometimes a little mold may grow. It’s part of the deal.

Grace Grits and Gardening

Farm. Food. Garden. Life.

Check out this slime mold time lapse! Creepy yet cool.

Musical Pairing:

Weird Science Soundtrack

* gross understatement

not your typical SUMMER READING LIST

Grace Grits and Gardening - My Summer Reading List

This is NOT your typical Summer Reading List. This is a list of books I personally plan to read this summer. I expect that most summer reading lists include actual recommendations based upon personal reviews of the books. Not mine. I haven’t read any of these books. If you wish to read along with me, do so at your own risk, because I can’t vouch for a single title. I can tell you how I chose these particular books. Some are obvious (#NewYorkBestSellers). Some, not so much. But, don’t we believe fabulous “older” books are waiting to be read too?

  •  The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins). There’s lots of buzz about this book which has been referred to as the next Gone Girl. Am I the only person who hasn’t read it? Probably. Sometimes I’m slow that way.
  • All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr). A friend recommended this book to me just last weekend. She had that oh-my-God-drop-everything-and-read-this-immediately look in her eye. I went right out and bought it.
  • Hold Still Sally Mann (a memoir by photographer Sally Mann). I bought this book specifically because of a BookPeople Instagram post. See? Social media really works.
  • Words Fail Me (Patricia T. O’Conner). I typically have a book on the ‘craft of writing’ beside my bedside table, and I read paragraphs here and there before I go to bed. Since I love to write, I find these sort of books motivating, and this is the next one I plan to read.
  • The Life and Times of an Arkansaw Doctor (David Rattlehead, edited by W. K. McNeil). I’ve had this book on my shelf for quite some time. This book, written in 1851 (reprinted in 1989), was “the first volume solely devoted to Arkansas folk humor” and “provides a generally correct account of folklife on the Arkansas frontier in the 1850s”. I love reading about Arkansas history and consider it research for future writing.
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert Pirsig). This is one of those wildly popular, forward-thinking, cult-ish books I’ve never read. I’m gonna change that.
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain). Since I am an introvert, and I think people in general talk too much, this book grabbed my attention.
  • The Pleasure of my Company (Steve Martin). Well, who doesn’t love Steve Martin? I enjoyed his book Shopgirl, and this one sounded quick and easy and something that could be read on a plane ride, not that I’m going anywhere. His protagonist wins “Most Average American” award, which has already made me laugh.
  • The Deep Green Sea (Robert Olen Butler). I absolutely love Robert Olen Butler’s writing style, and this book, published in 1998, is one I missed. I can’t wait to read it.
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyler). This book dates back to the 1980s. I read somewhere that this book is possibly Anne Tyler’s best work and since I haven’t read it, I snapped it up at the Dickson Street Bookshop. Score.
  • Tales of the South Pacific (James A. Michener). This classic, published in 1947, inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical South Pacific. This is also that book that (according to my Daddy) inspired my odd first name. For years, I’ve planned to read this book and find my name inside it, but I never have. I have Daddy’s original copy, but it’s brittle and fragile and I think the pages might disintegrate if I handle it, so I found this more recently printed paperback at a yard sale. Wish me luck, it’s Michener… (#wordy)


Saturday, May 16, is WORLDWIDE LITTLE FREE LIBRARY BOOK DRIVE DAYBring new or gently-used children’s and young adult books to your friendly neighborhood Little Free Libraries. Snap a photo of yourself dropping off books and post it in social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) using the hashtag #givebooks. Random participants will be selected to receive goodies. Read more about this HERE.

Our Little Free Library has been a big hit in our neighborhood. The books constantly change as neighbors take and leave books. As I read the books on my “not your typical” Summer Reading List, I plan to add them to the library so others can enjoy them. Thanks to all who are supporting our library!

Our Little Free Library

For you Fayetteville book lovers, on Sunday, May 17, 2015, from Noon-6pm, Nightbird Books is having an Overstock Sale as part of the 5th Annual Block Street Block Party. Also, The Curious Book Shoppe on Block Street is having a Gigantic Spring Used Book Sale from 10am-7pm. What a great way to pick up a few good books for your summer reading! (Rain, rain, stay away…)

Summer Reading List - Dickson Street Bookshop

Whew! That’s all the book related news I have today. What’s on your summer reading list? I always crave more books!

Grace Grits and Gardening

Farm. Food. Garden. Life.

Musical Pairing:

Summertime, Zombies