My So Called Crafty Life

Easy DIY Floral Independence Day Wreath

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Here’s What You Need:

*Large Silk Flower Daisies

*Chipboard or Particle Board Wreath Form ( I bought mine at Michaels)

*Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon

Instructions:

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Start by snipping the tops of the flowers off of the stems. You may be able to pull the tops off as they are just little caps. If not, use the cutters and snip them off close to the top of the flower as you can get.

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Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back side of the flower. Then insert the tiny bit of stem left on the back into one of the holes in the wreath form. Press down to glue to the wreath form securely. Repeat with the next flower and the next hole. Continue on repeating with the flowers until the wreath form is full and covered in flowers. MY flowers were fairly large. If your flowers are too small to space by using the holes in the wreath form, then just glue them to the form closer together and don’t worry about the holes.

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Once your wreath is filled, cut a piece of ribbon to about 14″ or so and fold in half. Glue the ribbon to the back side of the wreath at the top of the wreath. Now your wreath is ready to hang and enjoy.

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Happy Crafting!

4th of July Fun with Tipsy Elves!

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Is everyone ready for the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend? We are gearing up for fireworks and cooking out with the family! One tradition we always have had in my family is that we snag some patriotic apparel to show off our love for ‘Merica. Usually it is a shirt or tank. When I was a teenager I had a pair of stars and stripes flip flops I loved so much I wore out! This year, I was so thrilled to be able to try out some patriotic goodies from Tipsy Elves!

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I had first come across Tipsy Elves last year at Christmas, as they are famous for their ugly Christmas sweaters, and my sister and I do Santa photos every year with a new funky sweater. They have some of the greatest sweaters from funny to tacky, to just plain adorable. So, I was surprised to find out that the company makes  some seriously cool gear for other holidays as well! Right now they are showcasing their 4th of July goodies. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Women’s American Flag Sweater

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American Flag Beanie

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Blue USA Fanny Pack w/ Koozie

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Men’s Epic Eagle Sweater

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Men’s Party Like a Patriot Tee

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Ulysses S. Pants

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I was lucky enough to be able to review a couple of their patriotic items. I chose the women’s American flag long sleeve shirt, and the red USA fanny pack. I was impressed by the quality of the shirt. It was a really nice soft cotton jersey. I am a big gal, so I am always worries that the xxl’s are going to be too small on me, but this tee fit perfectly! I LOVE it and know I will be wearing this top a lot!

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The fanny pack cracks me up! I have to say, I haven’t owned a fanny pack since like 1993 and I used it to carry my walkman. This fanny pack is great just for fun! I’m sure my sister Hannah will be stealing it from me to hold her hedgehog Harvey. Until then it will be getting a lot of use to keep our phones safe on the boat and keep me and the hubs refreshed with a soda or beer always at hand! See the whole line of fanny packs here.

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I would highly recommend Tipsy Elves to you all! Their apparel and accessories are just so fun, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Visit Tipsy Elves online to snag something fabulously American for yourself! You can also follow along on their blog, and find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

*Disclosure: I was compensated with product for this post. All opinions are my own. I only review items for brands and sites that I wholeheartedly love, and this brand is FABULOUS!

Photography by Kim Crenshaw Photography

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 29th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We took Beau out on the lake with his new doggie life vest, and went swimming. He swam and swam, it was adorable! I think there will be lots of lake swimming in store for us this summer! Summer is in full swing and it’s that time of year for road trips and overseas adventures. So in honor of family vacations, I have curated a little collection of vintage travel souvenirs to share with you all today. Here are my favorites:

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1950s California Skirt / Souvenir Cotton Skirt / 50s from Wildfell Hall Vintage

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Vintage Mid Century 1950s 1960s Decorative Oregon Souvenir State Plate. Retro Home Kitchen Travel Trailer Decor. 8″ from Glamp and Camp

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Los Angeles Farmer’s Market Souvenir Booklet 1950s Nostalgia from Time Portal

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1 of 4 Hazel Atlas 1950s Souvenir Tall Tumblers Glasses Nevada Arizona Utah New Mexico from Beautalicious

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1940s – 1950s Vintage Souvenir Pennant – Kansas  from Dingaling Vintage

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Vintage Florida alligator thermometer 1950s souvenir Floridiana kitsch Made in Japan from 3 Florida Girls

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Vintage Bemidji MINN Salt and Pepper shakers bears on tree Made in Japan 1950s souvenir Bemidji MN from Lost Tree Man

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Vintage cotton linen apron….1950s Souvenir Apron…New England…bright colors…never used..with tag from Little Sewing Bird

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3 1950′s Souvenir Bracelets from Fosterffoot

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Three adorable unique HANDMADE handpainted Swedish vintage 1950s unused wood souvenir dolls in landscape dresses marked NÄCKS from Nordic Art Curiosity

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Vintage Switzerland Hat Pin, Souvenir Pin, Pick Axe, Deer, Edelweiss, Green Enamel, Silver Gold Tone, Circa 1950′s from Retro Rage Victoria

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Tipos Mexicanos Scarf // 1950s Souvenir Scarf from True Value Vintage

Aren’t they fantastic! I LOVE vintage souvenirs! I have a collection of vintage Hazel Atlas souvenir glasses for every state I have lived in, so every time I see these fun souvenir glasses I swoon. I also just adore the souvenir booklet from the Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. I lived across the street from there for a few years, and it was one of my favorite places in the whole city! Everything here is so cute! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these adorable vintage Etsy shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Recipe Reviews- Cream Pie’s

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Hi guys! I have another vintage recipe to share with you all today. Last month I told you all about the vintage Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook that I had picked up at an antique market recently. I have been thoroughly enjoying pouring through it! We have been getting lots of berries lately, strawberries and blueberries. I wanted to make a pie, and I have actually never made any custard pies before, so I decided to try the cream pie recipe.

Here’s the original recipe:

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I followed the recipe at first using the double boiler method, but then my bowl was just not getting the liquid warm enough so I put the mix in a saucepan on medium heat and it thickened up nicely. I found this recipe really easy to make. I made my first recipe following the strawberry cream pie recipe. I had two pie shells, so I decided to make a blueberry pie too. The changes I made for the blueberry pie were that I added a layer of banana slices to the bottom of the pie shell then poured in the custard filling, then I added blueberries to the top with a little sprinkle of sugar.

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Both of the pies I made were so delicious! They did not last long, and my hubby really loved them too! This is definitely going to be a go to easy desert recipe for me next time I need something special in a jiffy! I love how you can easily change it up using what fruit you have on hand. It’s simple and tasty, everything I love in a dessert recipe! I do hope you all will give it a try sometime!

DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and Necklaces

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01 DSC 4000 1024x857 DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and NecklacesI love collecting all kinds of vintage things, linens especially. One of my favorite things to collect is vintage state souvenirs. I recently came across a lot of vintage souvenir spoons I couldn’t pass up. I have been wanting to make some keychains out of them, ever since I saw my neighbors key chain that was made with a vintage silverware handle. I realize some collectors would be shocked that I “destroyed” collector’s pieces. And to you I say, sorry, I couldn’t resist! They were too much fun! Here is my how to for those of you who would like to make your own.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Souvenir Spoons

*Split Ring Key Chain Rings

*Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

*Sandpaper

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ball Chain

Instructions:

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Grab your spoons and your cutters.

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Cut your spoons. For my longer spoons I cut them about a half inch from the bottom of the handle. For the tiny spoons, I cut them at the end of the handle.

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Sand the cut end smooth if it has sharp edges or burrs.

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Take your jewelry pliers and start bending and curving the cut end towards the back into a loop. Before you close the loop insert your keychain ring. Then close the loop so that it is touching the backside of the handle. For the spoon necklace, bend the cut end back to the back side in a loop. String the spoon pendant on ball chain and add a clasp.

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02 DSC 3996 1024x965 DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and NecklacesAren’t they cute! I love how some of the fancier spoons were able to be used for both necklaces and key chains. All of my spoons were silver plated and were pretty pliable. If I had a spoon that was actual sterling I would have had to use a dremmel with a cutting wheel to cut the spoons and heavier pliers. One of the reasons I had no regrets cutting up my spoons was that they were cheaply made. I really love how easy and fast these are to whip up, and the graphics on the spoons are just fabulous! I am probably going to be sticking some of these up in my shop soon. If you would like one and there is a particular state you’d like, email me and I can reserve one for you. So, next time you come across some old souvenir spoons at the thrift store or flea market, I hope you will grab some and give this diy a go yourself! You’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more projects! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 22nd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We enjoyed spending time with my father in law yesterday cooking out and playing cornhole. The dogs had a great time running around the backyard too! I wear sunglasses year round, but when I think of them, I always associate them with summer. Well, since summer is here and it is hot and sunny, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of my favorite vintage sunglasses with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. Here are my absolute faves:

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1950s Black and White Vintage Sunglasses | 50s Made in France Sunglasses from Retro Active NOLA

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Vintage Sunglasses by May, Unique Black Silver Plaid, 1950s, 1960s from Vintage Kismet

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1960′s Black Cat Eye Sunglasses Cateye Vintage Sunglasses Wings and Rhinestones from Ravishing Retro

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Round Black Vintage Sunglasses With Rhinestones / 30s 40s Retro Eyewear Frames from The Dave Cave

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Vintage Ray ban Cat Eye Sunglasses Starburst from Vintage 50′s Eyewear

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Vintage Sunglasses Rare Panda Shaped Lens Mother Of Pearl 1960′s Pop-Art from His and Her Vintage

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VINTAGE New Old Stock 1950′s Bow Tie Antique Frame France Ivory Marbled Sunglasses with New Polarized Lenses from Specs Optical

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Vintage 1950s Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses from The Garment Girl

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Amazing Vintage 1950s 60s Cat Eye Sunglasses – Striped Frames Glasses – Cool-Ray Polaroid from Rogue Retro

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Vintage Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses, 1950s Cat Eye Sunglasses, Retro Sunglasses, Atomic Style Sunglasses from Go Go Vintage Glasses

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1950′s Sunglasses from Vermont Vintage Junkie

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True Vintage,original willson, green lens, rare, Cat eye sunglasses, 1950s NOS from Tamtas Vintage

Aren’t they all fabulous! I want them all! I am a sucker for cat eyes especially! The shapes and detailing on these are just amazing! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops this week as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Little Barn Salt and Pepper Shaker Holder

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Last year for my birthday my mom gave me the most adorable set of vintage rooster spice shaker set. I wanted to display it in my kitchen, and had them on my windowsil for a while, but I kept knocking them off, so I decided we needed a holder for them. I thought it would be fun to make them a little barn to sit in. Here’s how I made my shaker holder:

Here’s What You Need:

*Scrap of Nice Plywood 3/8 or 1/2″ thick

*Mini Picket Fencing (I bought mine at JoAnns)

*1/8″ thick Plywood

*1/8″ square dowel

*Wood Glue

*Paint

*Table Saw or Circular Saw

*Sawtooth Picture Hanger

*Pin Nailer and Pin Nails

*Jewelry Wire Snippers

Instructions:

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Please excuse my lack of photos near the end, they were lost in a corrupted card. I will try and be as thorough as I can. You all are always welcome to email me with questions if you need help with a project.

First you need to measure your shakers to see the depth and height to make your pieces. Cut a piece for your base to be the length to hold all your shakers comfortably by the width of the shakers plus about a half inch for allowance.

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Cut the back piece to be the lengh of your bottom piece by the height you want. My bottom piece was around 2″x9″, and my back was about 9″x7″. Cut the top edge of your back piece at an angle for your roof. Then cut your roof piece out of the 1/8″ to be the width of your holder by a few inches. Mine was about 9″x3″.

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Glue your bast to the front of the back piece at the bottom. Put a few pin nails in the back for extra hold.

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Paint your base in your grass green. And the back to be like your barn or house like you like it.

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Cut your tiny dowels to be the width of your roof. Glue them down to your top of your roof piece about an inch or so apart. Let the glue dry. Paint your roof. Then glue your roof onto the top angled part of your holder. Next you will need to add your fencing. Place the end of the fencing flush with the edge and bottom of the base bottom piece. Nail the first pickett to the base with your pin nailer. Then nail the second and so on. When you get to the corner wrap the fencing around tightly to the front and nail. Continue nailing all the way around to the other end. Clip your excess fencing off with your jewelry snippers. To finish off your spice holder, attach your sawtooth hanger to the middle of the top of the back of your holder.

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I really love how it turned out! This was really pretty simple to make. I hung it on the side of my upper cabinets by sink. They look very cute and cheery and I love the cuteness they add to the decor in my kitchen! You could easily make this a little house instead of a barn just by painting it differently. So, if you have a collection of vintage shakers laying around make a fun little holder to show them off in your kitchen! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 16th

Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! All last week, I was thinking Father’s Day was that Sunday. Well come Sunday morning I had the dogs all ready to give their papa his card, and he informed me that it was Flag Day, not Father’s Day. I had misread my calendar! So, since this weekend is actually when Father’s Day comes, I thought I’d share another fatherly group of vintage finds with you. I’ve gathered a little collection of vintage fishing finds perfect for all my guys in our family.

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Vintage Oil Painting ~ Fly Fishing ~ 1950s from Lovely Home Vintage

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1950s souvenier multi-function fishing pocket knife w novelty case ruler from Corner Brook Newfoundland Canada – Jowika Republic of Ireland from 123 Name 123 Vintage

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Vintage Galvanized Minnow Bucket Red Old Pal Nautical Fishing Bucket 1950s Minnow Bucket from Wyrembelski’s Vintage

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Vintage telescoping fishing rod with cork handle and metal reel, circa 1950s from Selective Salvage

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Vintage Langley Fish Measuring Tape and Weigh Scale Combo – FREE SHIPPING from Lumberjack Worthy

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Vintage 1950s Lamp, a horn lamp in the form of a fish made from carved cow horn fishing man cave sporting fisherman cabin folk art, mancave from Kitty’s Vintage Vault

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Large Vintage 1950s Steel Tackle Box. All Metal With Organizing Tray from Gateway Heirlooms

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How to catch fish when they are not biting” 1951 original publication. Great pictures and articles. Vintage at its best. Mid century gold from Vintage Mining Co.

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Vintage Wooden Post Card 1950s Fishing Use as Plaque from I Prefer Vintage

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Dardevle Spoon Fishing Lures – Vintage Fishing Lures, Vintage Fishing from This Charming Man Cave

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Vintage Fishing Lures, Instant Collection, Assemblage Supplies from Just Make Lemonade

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Vintage fishing postcard set – unused c. 1940s 1950s color illustrated four-piece matching postcard set from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada from Chronically Vintage

Aren’t they awesome! I love the fish lamp! How cool is that! I think my dads would love any of these cool fishing finds! Do you have a favorite? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Crafts- Nature Prints

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Hi guys! I am here to share another vintage craft project with you all. These nature prints are from a vintage McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine from Spring/Summer of 1958. These vintage McCall’s mags are my favorites to go through just to look at the beautiful patterns you could buy. This craft uses scraps of wood to create shapes of animals and fish. With a scrap and a little imagination, you could really create a special work of art!

Here’s The Original:

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I used watercolor paper as my canvas. I had a bunch of Plaid’s Fabric Creations Fabric Ink left from last weeks project, so I used my fabric inks for printing. I would assume that craft paint would work as well, you may have to thin it a little. My husband does a lot of wood-turning, so I used a few scraps he had that were from a tree log he had recently trimmed into a slab. I loved the angular shapes of the scraps. I stamped my paper and then when it was thoroughly dry I used a white sharpie paint to add white for the eyes, and then used a black micron pen to draw in the accents to make my fish and my road runner come to life.

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I really had a blast making these prints! It is a craft you could easily do with your kiddies or for a simple summer craft night! I have my prints framed in my living room to bring a little summer flair to my decor. I hope you all will give this one a try for your next summer project! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 8th

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My mom and I drove down to Georgia yesterday to pick up a puppy for my sister, and I ended up coming home with a little sister for Beau. I’m such a sucker for puppies, but she is just beyond adorable! My husband and my dad are already far gone over the two little ones already. The rest of our four legged family is currently not even close to being happy about our new additions. Hopefully they will come around soon! Since this coming Sunday is Father’s Day, I thought I would share some great vintage finds for dads with you all today. Here are my absolute favorites:

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Vintage 1950′s 60′s Straw Fedora / Novelty Golf / Sz 7 3/4″ / Made in Italy from Four B Vintage

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Vintage Old Spice Bottles with After Shave Lotion, Blue Sailing Ship, Gray Stopper No. 4, 1950s – 1970s, Mens Bath Beauty Man Cave Decor from Callooh Callay

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1950s Striped Bow Tie Clip on from Love Charles Vintage

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Vintage ice bucket with liquor label print from The Gold Gator

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Vintage Mansfield Holiday II 8mm Movie Camera With Triple Turret Lens from Nostalgic Warehouse

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vintage fly fishing print from the 1950′s from Route 44 West

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50s Antique Radio Crosley Radio AM/FM Model E-30 MN, Art Deco, Vintage 1953 from Times 3 Vintage

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Vintage McCoy Boxing Kangaroo Dresser Valet/Caddy from Pathway to the Past

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Crying Towel Vintage Bowlers Retro Kitsch from My Victorian Cottage

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Vintage Fathers Day Mug, Morikin, Japan, Hand Painted from Junquie

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Mid Century Handyman’s Book 1957 Vintage 1950s DIY Repair Home Improvement from Velvet Willows

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Vintage 1950s Round BBQ Barbecue Chef Tray with Great Graphics from Retro Warehouse

Aren’t they all fantastic! I can see something in here that each of our papas would just love! What about you all? I actually have the kangaroo caddy. My mom got it for Daryl a few years ago and it sits perched atop the radio cabinet next to his closet. I hope you all enjoy perusing these lovely Etsy vintage shops this week as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!