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Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 14th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent most of mine painting furniture. I cannot believe that April is almost over! Easter is this coming Sunday. It came up on me really fast! I have not had the chance to get much Easter crafting in. I will be sharing one of the projects with you all tomorrow. So, for my vintage compilation today, I have decided to share some of my favorite vintage Easter themed finds from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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50s Dress / 1950s Dress / Pastel 50s Dress / 50s Easter Dress from Coldfish

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SALE Vintage 1950′s Embroidered Floral White Kidskin Leather Gloves Size Small S Extra Small XS Church Easter Wedding from L’heure Bleue

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White Wicker Purse 1950′s Handbag Summer Bag from LaBella B

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Mid Century Libbey Glassware Tumblers Pastel Flowers from Ivory Bird

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Vintage Duckling and Bunny Rabbit Easter Egg Cups Ceramic -Set of Two White Pink Green 1950s from Paper Particles

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1940′s Novelty Hankie…Easter Egg and Bunnies Hankie…Tammis Keefe…Linen Hankie from The Maid’s Attic

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Steiff Lamby lamb, antique German 1950s small 4 inch Easter lamb, collectible shabby toy for dollhouse, teddy or doll from Shabby Goes Lucky

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1950s Mattel Wind Up Tin Easter Bunny Egg Mid Century Rabbit and Flowers from 13th Street Emporium

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Vintage Napco Yellow Bunny Figurine – 1960′s Glossy Ceramic – Japan Numbered – With Label from Sam Jam’s 3

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German Echt Erzgebirge Paper Mache Easter Egg container with Chicks, Vintage cardboard paper Easter Egg box made in Germany from Ten Penny Gray

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Set of three vintage flocked styrofoam easter chicks- made in Japan- 1940′s -1950′s from Vintage Junk Girl

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Vintage Wire Egg Basket / Farmhouse Decor from Roberta Grove

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love love love the ceramic bunny! Heck, I love them all! I hope you all enjoy perusing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Let’s Shop Local’s March Market

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the March Let’s Shop Local shopping market. For all my local readers out there, Let’s Shop Local is an organization dedicated to showcasing and supporting local artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina. You can read more about the organization Here. What I love most about their site, is that there is an online artisan directory so you can find amazing artists all in one spot! We had a great time at the March market! I really enjoyed meeting everyone! Here is a little sample of some of the lovely items from the shopping spree:

Aren’t they so cool! You can check out some of these awesome artists and more at the next Let’s Shop Local event during the Got to be NC festival at the state fairgrounds this month. I will be posting more about that event soon. Until then you can shop with some of the artists below online! You can read more about upcoming events and vendors on the Let’s Shop Local website Here.

Here are the awesome artists that were at the March Market. Go check them out!

Veronica Lall Handcrafted handbags and accessories
www.veronicahalifax.com

Tish McDermott * Handmade jewelry and more

http://www.justatish.com

Marsha Travers Handmade soap and bath and body products
www.blissbain.com

Liza Lotz Handcrafted jewelry

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curva/260717474498

Elizabeth L. Strugatz * Wearable art jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WirednTwistednStoned

Robyn Johnston Handcrafted whimsical mosaic art

http://www.whimsicalrobyn.com

Katie Moller Handmade paper flower arrangements, wreaths and more

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperFlowerbed

Stefanie Lee Original canvases, furniture, crosses and more

https://www.facebook.com/simplystefsstuff?hc_location=timeline

Kathy Curran * Handcrafted jewelry, earrings and accessories

Jane Robertson * Handcrafted jewelry and decoupage baskets

Meg Smither * Textile artist, handpainted scarves
www.megsmither.com

Steph Hollingsworth * Handmade clutches, bags and jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RusticaHandmade

Villager’s Trading Post * Handmade soaps, perfumes and more

http://www.villagerstradingpost.com/

Bronwyn Gruet Original plaster sculptures mounted on reclaimed wood
www.limeandiron.com

Jill Evans Jill’s Jewels Original Jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillsjewels07

Jack O’Farrell Hand-painted coat of arms
www.shieldandcrest.com

CinTinque Handcrafted Jewelry Hand-hammered jewelry from vintage coins and watch pieces
www.cintinque.etsy.com

Robert Quarles Handcrafted wooden serving and cooking spoons

Alexandra Greijn * Handcrafted bum bags (fancy fanny packs)
www.stankweasel.com
Teresa Prichard * Handpainted pillows, sewn pillows and handcrafted baby bibs
www.etsy.com/shop/peddlerpack

Laura Bailey Handcrafted eye-glass holders displaying her art
www.eyeglasslasso.com
www.simplyjake.com

Lisa Mathias Handcrafted jewelry
www.etsy.com/shop/snazzytrinkets

Janet Jackson Handcrafted jewelry, tutus and children’s dresses

Oscar Grisson Handmade coasters, shirts and home/yard wooden signs
www.crafteegirls.com

Michelle Mitchell Custom vinyl designs

https://www.facebook.com/MMCreations2014

Annette Libby Handthrown Pottery
www.impressionsinpottery.com

Michelle Bertoncino Handmade items for new parents, babies & children
www.fivebees.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/fivebeesfanpage
www.five-bees.com

Tania Tafilowski Handcrafted Children’s Clothing
www.birdiebs.com
www.facebook.com/birdiebs
www.birdiebs.etsy.com
Good Grace’s Dog Treats * Handcrafted Dog Treats & Food

Pam Tucker * Tobacco Road Candles

Kristin Austin Handcrafted jewelry
www.birdandbeau.com
Aliya Trinity * Natural body products made from plants
www.etsy.com/shop/allywillow

Tammy Parrish Hand crochet clothing, toys & more
www.cre8tivecrocheting.com

Easy DIY Ten Minute Floral Headband

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Easter is going to be here before we know it! For all of you ladies that want an accessory a little more subdued than a fancy Easter bonnet, give this easy floral headband a try! This faux floral headband is really fast to whip up, and it is easy as pie!

Here’s What You Need:

*Skinny Metal Headbands

*Wire Floral Picks (I bought mine at Michael’s)

*Wire Cutters

*Glue(optional)

Instructions:

This diy is so simple! The first thing you need to do is separate the floral pieces in your floral pick. You can usually just pull branches off of the main stem. Once you have your floral pieces separated you are ready to add them to your headband. Take one of your wire floral pieces. You can trim the tail off to about an inch or so below where the floral piece starts. Take the end of the wire on the floral piece and wrap it around your headband. Wrap the floral piece around the headband a couple of times until it is wrapped all the way around and lies on the top side of the headband. Take a second piece of floral pick and wrap it around your headband just above where your first pick is wrapped. Continue on wrapping your floral wires around until you have as much as you like on your headband. I used one full floral pick on my headband, and I shifted the bunch to more of the side of the headband. If you wrap your wires well around your headband, you should not need to glue it in place, but you can add a few drops of glue to the ends if you like.

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I love this little floral headband! It really adds a little spring sweetness to an outfit. You can wear it with your Easter dress, or jeans and your favorite soft tee. I love the simplicity of it, and how customizable it is! You can change the look simply by using different floral picks. I hope you guys will give this one a try! You’ll want one in every color! I will be back next week with another fun spring DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 7th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market this weekend, and the weather was beautiful! We had a great time! When I think of spring time, I think of April and May. And when I think of April, I think “spring showers.” So, today I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage items inspired by spring stormy weather. Here they are:

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Reverse Carved Lucite Umbrella Pin Brooch Red and White from Ryan’s Nanapie

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Vintage Toddler Girl Blue Corduroy Umbrella Jumper from Bug and Bear Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Children Under Umbrellas in the Rain with Verse Illustration, Print for Framing from Kelley Street Vintage

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60s Mod RAIN COAT / Black & White Polka Dot Vinyl Raincoat from Lucky Dry Goods

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April Showers – 1960′s Aqua Blue Ladybird Raincoat – Age 3 to 4 from Philip & Elsie

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Vintage Silk Handkerchief in Colorful Umbrella Print 16 1/2″ x 16″ April Showers from Anna Lee’s Attic

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Umbrella Trinket, jewelry and/ or Candy Dish in aqua color from Modbury Farms

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Vintage 1950s Umbrella / Atomic Novelty Print / Swirled Lucite Handle from 4 Birds Vintage

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Snap bonnet in small yellow plastic case from 1950′s for the vintage ladies handbag from Laura’s Vintage Home

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vintage 1950s dress / 50s dress / Raining Umbrellas from Dronning

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Vintage Gold Plated Umbrella Ring from Elle Fulton

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Vintage Lefton Girl With Umbrella Figurine from Schmity’s Vintage Booty

Aren’t they all just adorable! I love the children’s rain coat, and of course all the umbrellas! I hope you all enjoy sifting through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I do! I’ll be back again next week with more vintage spring fun! Until then…

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- The Art of Peter Emmerich

A few weeks ago I was browsing through Etsy, and I let out a gasp. You know, one of those gasps that women do so well, that can either be from fear or extreme excitement. My husband refers to it as sucking all the air out of the room. In this case, I was crazy excited!I had somehow serendipitously come across a portrait of Coco Channel by Peter Emmerich, and when I entered his Etsy shop, I fell in love with every single piece there! It was a yes moment. So, today I am over the moon to share with you my newest favorite Etsy shop, The Art of Peter Emmerich! Peter is an amazing artist and illustrator! He has quite a fantastic resume, including design work for the Walt Disney Company. You can read more about Peter’s artsy accolades in his bio Here. His work is whimsical, and just so happy! Every piece will make you smile. The thing I love the most about Peter’s work is his mid-century style, vintage fashion references, and the quirkiness in his characters. He really gives so much personality to his art! His subject matter is also really awesome! There are illustrated portraits ranging from amazing old hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball, to the ever fabulous Diana Ross and Ella Fitzgerald, to even modern favorites Adele and Harry Potter. I also love Peter’s story book characters! One of my favorites is an illustration of a circus bear that looks like it was inspired by one of my favorite vintage children’s books, which features learning your abc’s at the circus! They are all just wonderful! Here are a few of my absolute favorites:

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Aren’t they all so adorable! I can’t decide on which one to get, I love them all! I know I will be getting Marcie one of Coco Channel for Christmas. She took a trip to Paris last year and the ladies at the Channel flagship shop liked her so much, they took her back and gave her a little tour of Coco’s studio. I was quite jealous. I know she’d get a kick out of the print of Madame Coco! To see more of Peter’s amazing work, visit his Etsy shop, The Art of Peter Emmerich, Here. You can also follow his awesome blog Here. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Fantastic Spring and Easter DIY Round Up

We had such a beautiful day here in NC today! I am very excited that spring is finally starting to arrive! Since we all need a good dose of spring inspiration, I thought today I would share a collection of some awesome spring projects from around the web with you. Check em’ out:

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Floral Easter Eggs with Printable Decals from How About Orange

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Fabric Easter Basket at Moda Bake Shop

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DIY Peeps Bunny Garland by The Sweetest Occasion

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Easter Bunny Garland from Talia Audenart

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Doily Basket from Martha Stewart

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Decoupage Easter Eggs from Smile and Style

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Easter Egg Candles from CB&J

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DIY Geometric Washi Tape Easter Eggs from Lovely Indeed

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Easter Egg Mix and Match Sculptures by Mr. Printables

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Felt Carrot Garland from Positively Splendid 

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Fabric Easter Eggs by Retro Mama

Aren’t they all so cute! These are definitely on the top of my list of DIY’s I’d like to do this spring. I hope you guys will be inspired to try a few yourselves. I’ll be back again next month with another fun round up. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring Gardens

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diy mini easter gardens DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring GardensI am so excited that spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up a bit! My spiraea has started blooming, and it won’t be long before everything else starts to grow. I recently snagged a set of little plastic vintage party favors, or nut cups as they are usually called. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them at first, I just knew I had to have them! Once I got them, I thought they would make the cutest mini spring garden containers to brighten up my home for spring. These mossy little gardens are a cinch to whip up, and they are oh so sweet sitting on a shelf or a little table!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Party Cups/ Nut Cups

*Reindeer Moss

*Floral Picks

*Little Paper Flowers

*Vintage Miniatures

*Wire Cutters

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather all your supplies. Choose floral stems that have small elements like tiny flowers or stamens, little butterflies, etc. I chose to use reindeer moss. It is green and very spongy. I like the texture of this moss, and I feel like it holds my picks well without having to glue anything.

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To start a mini garden, grab one of your little baskets. Grab a small handful of your moss. Stuff the moss into the basket. Pack it down and smoosh it well. You want it to be nice and compacted.

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Next, grab your wire cutters, and clip off some small elements of your floral picks. Cut a few at different lengths. Make sure you have at least a half an inch or so at the bottom of your stem. Push the pick into the moss where you want it. It should fit snugly into the moss. Add as many picks as you like.

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Now, you can carefully place your vintage minis and paper flowers onto your garden. If you want to make them permanent, you can glue them into place. I like to reuse them, so I don’t usually glue them down unless I have to.

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To finish your garden off, add your basket’s handle to the basket where the holes are. Now they are ready to display.

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easter succulent DIY Vintage Mini Basket Spring GardensI LOVE these little vintage faux gardens! They add a nice pop of spring color to my living room shelves. I think it would be really cute to add a little name tag flag to the garden and use it as a place marker for a spring table setting too. These little baskets are really fun and fast to create! I made four of mine in less than twenty minutes. I also used one of the baskets as a planter for a tiny succulent I had. You can find these little vintage nut cups on sites like Ebay or Etsy. I hope some of you guys will give this DIY a try. You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 31st

Happy Monday everyone, well actually now Tuesday here! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We took Beau to the park this weekend to play with his puppy cousin Kaponi. They had quite a fun time! This week I am going to share a little collection of vintage finds inspired by one of my favorite classic TV shows ever, I Love Lucy! When I was a little girl, I used to beg my mom to let me stay up late to watch Lucy on Nick at Night. I never get tired of watching this fantastic show, and no matter how many times I’ve seen repeat episodes,they always make me laugh! Lucy will always be the best!

Here’s a little you tube video of funny moments from the show:

And without further adieu, here are my favorites for this week:

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SALE Vintage 1950′s New Look Navy Blue I Love Lucy Dress with Polka Dot Trim and Rhinestone Buttons from True Value Vintage

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Vintage Pearls White Faux Pearl Two Strand Necklace With Pearl Clasp from Zoom Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Red Kitsch Collection….. Gift Set from Cheeky Vintage Closet

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Dell Comics I Love Lucy No. 14 Vol. 1 January-March 1957 Vintage Comic Book from Sir K’s Collectibles

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22 1/2″ – Vintage 1950s KNOX Rockabilly Straw Mens Hat from Marvita 13

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Vintage Bongo Drums Wooden Bongos from Hip Huggie

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1950′s Men’s Navy Blue Gabardine ricky ricardo Hollywood Jacket. Rocknroll Jacket-Rockabilly from Vintage Living of CA

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1940’s “I Love Lucy” Model 302 Telephone 2 Unit Toy Play Set with Original Box from Tomorrow’s Antiques 2

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1950′s Vintage Wallpaper -Yellow and Gray flowers on Gray from Hannah’s Treasures 

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Vintage 1958 Paint by Number Ballerina Craft Master 1/2 from Maybourne Modern

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Vintage Alphabet Cards:11 Cards – Best Friends from Junk Salvation

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RARE vintage 1955 “I Love Lucy” Coloring Book Hollywood Memorabilia from Bone Structure

Aren’t they all just fabulous! I LOVE them all! The apron is just too cute, dontcha think! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Paula Montgomery

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am super excited to share one of my favorite jewelry artisans on Etsy, Paula Montgomery! Paula has had one heck of a creative career, which you can read more about here in her bio. After many years of running her own art rubber stamp company, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, she decided to get into making jewelry after her mother in law sent her a bag of her old costume pieces. And boy, am I glad she did! Paula’s jewelry designs are simply fantastic! Each piece is handmade from repurposed vintage components like brooches, rhinestone jewelry, and buttons and charms. Every item in her shop is a one of a kind work of art! They are whimsical and elegant, funky and unique! I’m totally in love with them all! Here are just a few of my favorites from Paula’s shop:

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02 il 570xN.545159931 9yup I Heart Etsy Fridays  Paula MontgomeryAren’t they all just amazing! I love everything she has, but I will admit that I am head over heels for the animal charm bracelets! To see more of Paula’s wonderful work, visit her shop on Etsy, Paula Montgomery, Here. Also be sure to check out her awesome website Here, and follow along on Facebook, and Twitter. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

My Life in Pictures March 20th-27th

This past week we have been pretty busy. Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market last weekend. We took out a lot of my handmade items as well as some beautiful furniture from Marcy’s shop Sunflowers in Apex. We had a great time, as did Beau! He made a lot of friends while he was there. Sadie even came by with my mom and had a little visit. Sunday we attended the Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree. I will be posting more on that even very soon. We took the spoiled little monkey to the dog park a couple of times this week. He even got to play with the big dogs one day. I’ve made the rounds to all my favorite thrift stores and scored some lovely vintage sheets. All in all it has been a great week! I will be spending the rest of the week and weekend getting my house cleaned up and my sewing room reorganized. It is a disaster at the moment! I hope you all have had a beautiful week! Wishing you all a relaxing and lovely weekend!