It is about 6 years ago when I finally kicked the habit of smoking and I can honestly say it was the hardest thing I have ever done...including giving birth. I do miss certain things about it, first cig of the day with a huge mug of coffee, getting on the phone with my best friend and smoking away as we complain about kids, husbands, or mothers, or when the weather is so good you never want to come in and you mix an evening cocktail, grab your pack and unwind.
But the bad outweighs the good, obviously, so I quit. When I go to estate sales or flea markets, I am always attracted to vintage ashtrays and matchbooks and am amazed at the art and creativity that went into these items. Smoking was such a stylish, chic, and social activity in the 1950/1960's so the accessories had to be stylish and chic as well
What happened to the days when you would leave a restaurant and there would be really cool matchbooks in a bowl that you could take on the way out?
I was at an estate sale not to long ago and I could kick my own butt for not buying this person's vintage matchbook collection. There are so many ways to display these little boxes of heat.
But the best idea I have come across in a while is from the blog Capital B. This chick gives instructions on how to make your own "matchbook" notepad using paint chips that we all collect. It's basically a free idea and looks amazing.
I think this is actually a crafty project I am capable of so when I finally get dressed today I'm going to Home Depot and grab my favorite colors!