My So Called Crafty Life

Vintage Wallpaper Covered Easy Marquee Arrow

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A few weeks ago I was at Michel’s and I saw these fantastic marquee letters from Heidi Swapp. I thought they were so cute, and when I saw the one shaped like an arrow I just had to get it. These come as a kit with the chipboard letter, a template, a strand of battery-powered lights, and some clear bulb covers. They come in white so you get to decorate them however you like. There are all kinds of embellishments and tapes, papers, etc. in the line. I just bought the kit and some aqua bulb covers. This is what I used for mine:

Supplies:

*1 Heidi Swapp Arrow Marquee

*1 Package of Aqua Bulb Covers

*Vintage Wallpaper Scrap

*Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint- Gold

*Xacto Knife and Self Healing Mat

*Mod Podge or Glue of your choice

*2 Triple A Batteries

Here’s how I made mine:

First, I painted my arrow with my gold paint and let it dry thoroughly. I used the template that came with the kit and traced it on the wrong side of my wall paper. I then cut out my arrow with my knife. For the holes, I cut each hole as an “x” so the bulb cover could push through. I am not very neat with a knife so I did not even attempt to cut the circles out normally. Cutting them in an x worked fine for me. Then I glued my wallpaper to the inside of my arrow by painting a layer of mod podge on the back side of the wallpaper and smoothing the wallpaper onto the board. I made sure it was nice and smooth and let it dry. Then I pushed the aqua bulb covers into the holes in the arrow. I then pushed the lights up into the bulb covers and added the batteries.

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I really love my little arrow! It is a great addition to my craft room, and a good reminder to keep moving forward! This was such an easy and fun weeknight craft! I would definitely recommend picking one of these fun marquees up next time you are at Michael’s and giving one a try too! Have any of you guys made one of these yourself yet? I’d love to see yours too! I’ll be back a little later this week to share another fun diy with you all. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 2nd

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe it’s March already? I am so looking forward to spring time, longer days, and warmer weather! It’s time to start seeing some lovely color again. One of my favorite things about spring is that it is when we see a change from the warm neutrals of fall and winter to the soft and bright shades of spring and summer. One of my favorite color hues ever has got to be minty greens and blues! I love mint! Vintage mint is even better! So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite minty green finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Enjoy:

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Vintage Mint Green Rotary Telephone from The White Pepper

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Shawnee Pottery Cameo Ware Ruffled Edge Splatter Mint Green Window Planter Atomic 1950′s from The Wild World

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Vintage Mint Green Camera Imperial Savoy Bakelite Camera for 620 (120-620) Film with Wrist Strap from Brass Lens

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French Vintage Mint Green Metal Enamelware Salt Box /Salt Canister from Souvenirs De Voyages

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Vintage 1950′s 50′s NWT Deadstock Sleeveless Cotton Full Skirt Dress Mint Green Floral Appliques Button Front from Billy Kitten Vintage

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Vintage mint green acrylic bead necklace, Mint green marble beads, Vintage marble beads, Light green bead necklace, Retro green necklace from Bixipix

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Vintage Mint Green Dangling Earring 70 Kawaii Japanese White Polka Dot Light Pastel Green Ribbon Bow Lolita from Villa Collezione 

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Vintage Sea Foam Green Woven Leather Flats / Ballet Flats / Size 6 from Little French Dress

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Vintage 1950′s Sequin Beaded Clutch Evening Bag Wallet ATLANTICO Green Dye from The Velvet Firefly

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Vintage Guilloche Enamel Hand Mirror Minty Green Russet from Rumplebin

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vintage mint green wool blanket , rustic cream floral rose throw blanket from Experimental Vintage

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Ansco baby doll bath, 1950s toy, vintage baby doll, mint green metal, doll collectible, vintage toy from Karen’s Chic and Shabby

Aren’t they luscious! I love them all! That dress is so amazing, and the children’s doll bath is too adorable! Do you all have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Recipe Reviews- Gold Butter Cake with an Orange Honey Glaze

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Hey everybody! Today I am excited to share something special with you! I am going to start a new series on my blog dedicated to vintage recipes. I have tons of mid-century magazines that I have been pouring over the last few years, and there are so many things I’d love to share with you. I am going to start off with posting an old recipe once a month and see how it goes. My first recipe is for a Gold Butter Cake from Women’s Day Magazine, February 1952

Here is the Original Recipe:

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This issue had a bunch of cake recipes. They all looked good, but this one was something I’ve never tried before. The closest thing I’ve ever made was a pound cake. I had a bunch of beautiful sweet oranges too, so it seemed kinda perfect to try this month.

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I made a few adjustments. Instead of lemon extract, I used a half teaspoon of lemon zest and a half teaspoon of orange zest. I omitted the mace since I did not have any. I followed the directions for making the cake exact otherwise. I used a bunt pan, but I think my pan was too big since my cake didn’t fill the pan even when it puffed up. I’ve only made one bunt cake before and I don’t really remember it so I have no idea about bunt cake perfection. Mine looked pretty sad when it came out. The bottom puffed up instead of being flat. Also, I baked mine at 350 degrees but it only took about twenty-five to thirty minutes to bake. So you will want to make sure and keep an eye on it and test it after about twenty minutes.

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The glaze I used was the Orange Honey Glaze and I added in a little lemon zest in with the orange zest. I spooned it over the cake when it was hot and it soaked in nicely and smelled wonderful!

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We let the cake cool completely and served it up with an orange slice and some whipped cream. I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like the cake since I am more of a layer cake lover and I was worried the cake would be dry. The cake was dense but it had a great flavor to it and the glaze had soaked in a lot around the top and bottom so it was really moist but a little dry in the middle. The orange and lemon and honey flavors were so good! It was tart, but not overly tart and sweet, but not super sweet. Overall I was really pleased with this cake. My husband LOVED it! I made it last night and it is already almost gone. I would definitely recommend giving it a try next time you want something sweet! Let me know if any of you try it out. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Etsy Favorites Fridays- February 27th

Happy Friday everyone! It is the last Friday in February. I swear this month flew by! We have been snowed in a lot over the last couple of weeks with the icy roads, so I have added a lot of new favorites to my lists from Etsy! Here are five of my absolute favorites this week:

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Happy Hedgehogs Print by Cactus Club

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Be Kind – Organic Cotton Shopper – Tote Bag – Gym Bag – Yoga Bag – Shopping – Affirmation – Eco Friendly by OHNORachio

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Denim Bear Zipper Pouch by Blueberry Bandit

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Scenic Bunting Flower Deer Vintage Illustrated Plate by The Storybook Rabbit

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Vintage Retro Steampunk Handcraft Watch. Handstitch Leather Band /// A cute little bear GomGom – Perfect Gift for Birthday and Anniversary by Metal Et Linnen

Aren’t they fantastic! I’d be a serious hoarder if I only had more spending money! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! Be sure to check out the links to see even more amazing items from these wonderful artists. I’ll be back next week with more fun finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas Art

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05 DSC 1540 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtMost of you all know I have quite the obsession with vintage linens! I picked up a bunch of cutters from the flea market a while back including a vintage Vera linen napkin/placemat with a sweet rose print. It was kind of an odd size, not square like a napkin, but smaller than a place mat. I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do with it, so I sat it aside. Then I was at the craft store a couple of weeks ago and saw these skinny artists canvasses and thought it might be fun to cover one in fabric and use it as art in my craft room. Well, as it turns out the Vera napkin was a great fit! A little embroidery and some staples and you have a fun piece of art for your wall!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric, napkin, hanky, etc

*Lightweight Fusible Interfacing

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Embroidery Hoop

*Embroidery Floss and Needle

*Scissors

*Staple Gun

*Artist Canvas

Instructions:

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03 DSC 1437 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtWrite out your quote on the front of your fabric with your marking pen. My pen was out of ink so I just used a pencil, but a marking pen is best. Make sure your writing is a couple inches away from the edges.

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01 DSC 1439 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtOnce you have embroidered all of your quote, you are ready to make your canvas. Lay your fabric face down on the table and center your canvas face down on top of the fabric. Staple down one side of the fabric to the back frame of your canvas. Then staple down the opposite side down pulling it taut. Fold the corners in towards the back and staple down. Then staple the top and the bottom. Now wipe off any marks showing from your pen with a damp cloth. Now you’re ready to hang your canvas.

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09 DSC 1506 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtI just love how it turned out! I stitched one of my favorite Coco Channel quotes onto the napkin in a bright blue. You could of course get fancier and trace a special font on to stitch your words, which would be gorgeous. I, however, am lazy, and decided to just use my own natural scribble. This took me most of an afternoon while we were catching up on some Netflix. So, it is pretty quick and easy to make. I love the versatility in that you can easily customize it to your tastes just in the colors and fabrics you use. I have hung this little piece on the gallery area next to my desk in my craft room. It’s quite perfect there, don’t you think! I hope you all will make one of your own sometime! I will be back with another DIY next week. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 23rd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We have had some cold yucky weather here for most of this past week, so we have just been staying inside. I spent the weekend reading and catching watching Netflix. Sounds boring, but it was marvelous! I have been obsessing a little over vintage hair clips lately. Don’t know what sparked this interest in me, but I am glad I started poking around because there are so many amazing clips and accessories out there! I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from Etsy’s vintage community with you all this week. I think you’ll love them!

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1950′s barrettes from Underground Astoria

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Pink Mother of Pearl Hair Stick Pin Vintage 1950s Celluloid Hairdo Accessory Prom Wedding from Loose Ends Vintage

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Vintage Hair Pin / Bobby Pin Set, Enamel Blue Bird Hair Pins, Decorative Hair Pin, Gold Hair Pins, 1950s Spring Hair Accessories Jewelry from Red Garnet Vintage

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vintage princess rhinestone silver bridal hair piece bun holder 1950′s prom expandible piece childrens tiara dress up formal wedding prom from Burst of Vintage

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vintage barrette , sweet white comb, vintage avon from Rosebud Cottage

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Vintage Knitting Pattern 1950s Head Wrap Turban Scarf Headband Digital Download PDF from 2nd Look Vintage

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Happy Hair – Lot of 10 Vintage 1950s-70s Barrettes, Scottie Dog, Fish, Parrot, Rabbit, Flowers, Plaid, Fun Mix of Hair Clips from Orbiting Debris

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Adorable Yellow 1950s Barrette with Rhinestones Pony Tail Hair Beauty Flowers from The Depot

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Vintage Tortoise Celluloid Hair Comb with Blue Rhinestones and Hand Painting from Hemlock Vintage

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Vintage 50s Rhinestone Ponytail Holder Hair Clip with Pink Flowers – on sale from The Quiet Village

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Vintage bridal headpiece, 1940s wedding head piece, Floral tiara, Vintage bridal accessory, gold headband from Which Goose

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Vintage 1950s Adorable KITSCHY Pink French POODLES Hair Pick Lift Comb Mint Condition in Orig Box from Blackberry Woods

Aren’t they fabulous! I love every single one of them! I am picky about my hair being around my face, so I do clip it up a lot, although none of my clips are this exquisite! Do you have a favorite this week? I really wish I could knit, because that ear warmer would be so fun! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage lovelies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

 

Etsy Favorite Fridays- February 20th

Happy Friday everyone! Do you have any big plans for the weekend? I will most likely be glued to one of the Hunger Games books my sister let me borrow from her. I just finished the first book and can hardly wait to start the second. A lot of you who know me, know I love Etsy! I can pour through it for hours if I let myself. For a while I was showcasing artists every Friday that I loved. I stopped doing that some time last year since I was having a hard time getting the time to do the post. However, I miss sharing beautiful handmade items with you all, so I have decided to bring it back in a much smaller scale. I plan on sharing five of my favorite things from Etsy’s plethora of amazing artists that I just adore with you all every friday from now on. Here are my favorites this week:

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Squirrel in a Teacup Blank Greeting Card by Two Black Cats Studio

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Cinderella inspired necklace. / Collar Cenicienta. Colección “Erase una vez…” by Laliblue Shop

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36 Sugar Doilies 2.5″ Edible Aztec Doily Tea or Coffee Doilies by Sweet Marve Lace

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Rat with Book-Knitted Rat/Mouse-Autumn/Fall Home Decoration-Miniature Knitted Animal-Library Decor-Interior Decor-Mint Green-Candyfleece-UK by Candyfleece

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Colourful hand woven round Lampshade – Geo Series in Duo by Fizzy Lime Creative

Be sure to check out these wonderful shops and items! They have a little something for everyone! Do you have a favorite from my list this week? I love them all! I’ll be back next week with more favorites. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

A Home Tour Of My Happy Place (aka my home studio)

19 DSC 1441 A Home Tour Of My Happy Place (aka my home studio)It’s been a while since I have added any new posts to my home tour to share with you all. Quite frankly, my house had been a disaster for months before we did an early spring cleaning back in January. It feels so nice to have a clean and somewhat organized home again. I have a new love for my little house! It’s always going to be a work in progress, but I enjoy the changes. It dawned on me that I had never shared my little home studio/ craft room with you all before, and it is by far my favorite space in my home! So, when I was recently asked by Porch.com to share a story on a favorite space in my house, my happy place, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to introduce you to my little work space. Porch is a great website dedicated to your home space. It is a really cool network that can help you connect with professionals to help you create your space, manage your home, and get lots of inspiration! All for free! You should definitely check them out, there’s all kinds of awesome decorating articles!

15 DSC 1451 A Home Tour Of My Happy Place (aka my home studio)My hubby and I bought our first home almost five years ago. It is just the two of us, so our three bedroom 1100 square foot home has plenty of space for us! We have an office that doubles as a music room and of course our master bedroom. Our third bedroom was originally a guest room, but we really never have any guests since our family is all local. Since I can remember I have crafted out of closets and on the kitchen table. So one day, I claimed the guest room as my own. Our third bedroom has become my home studio.

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11 DSC 1458 A Home Tour Of My Happy Place (aka my home studio)I think my favorite place in my studio is my mid mod dresser area. The dresser was a Craigslist find we spruced up with some paint and new knobs. It holds fabrics, scraps, leather, and felts. On top of the dresser sits my crafty book collection as well as a stack of a few of my favorite vintage children’s books. My Olivia the Pig stands cheerily on the corner and the ceramic whale planter holds heart-shaped confetti collected from the Michael Buble concert my mom and I went to last year for my birthday.

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05 DSC 1471 A Home Tour Of My Happy Place (aka my home studio)My table area is stuffed all around with vintage chotskies and tins, and fun little containers holding some of my most used supplies. My planters have become hosts for paintbrushes or business cards, or stationary. I keep my pens and tools in vintage drinking glasses nestled in an old metal drink carrier. The wall at my craft table houses my favorite prints and decor.

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01 DSC 1478 A Home Tour Of My Happy Place (aka my home studio)My husband made my big red shelves for my room. They hold some of my most prized items! There are containers of vintage feedsack scraps and old hankies. My vintage tin doll house that makes me smile every day! I found it at a flea market in DC while on vacation with my sister and mother. I had always wanted one since my mother told me about her tin doll house that she had when she was a child. It serves as a kind of reminder of my two favorite gals, my mom and my sister Hannah. Hannah is like the best person to have around because she is super lucky! I always find the best things when she’s thrifting with me! My bottom shelf serves as a home to all my old linens. I have tons of vintage cutter tablecloths, bed sheets, towels, pillowcases, fabrics. The patterns and colors are so amazing. They are definitely my favorite medium to work with! Seeing these ever-changing fabrics every day inspires me to create.

14 DSC 1454 A Home Tour Of My Happy Place (aka my home studio)The other side of my room is home to my shabby desk. Above the desk hangs a vintage paint by number that Hannah found me at the flea market for a buck( told you she was lucky.) My wall shelf holds my favorite stuffed animals, most of which were my favorites when I was a child. Every once in a while I have to take one down and give it a squeeze.

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To end the tour of my room I leave you with my little Roux. This photo hangs on the wall next to the desk. It is directly across from my door and is the first thing I see when I walk around the corner to my room. My little angel kitty watches over me and the room we spent every day together in. Apparently it was his favorite room too. So, there you have it. My studio, my craft room, my creative sanctuary. It is not only a place where I work, but a place in my home that I absolutely love to be in. It has transformed little by little over the last five years. Always changing, adjusting to my growing collections of supplies. My closets and shelves are a hodgepodge of organized chaos, my walls filled with little things that make me smile. It is bright, sunny, cheery, splashing with colors and textures and patterns. This room is undoubtedly my happy place!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card Lampshade

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02 DSC 1225 DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card LampshadeA while back I made a lamp shade out of old photo slides. It continues to be one of my favorite lamps ever! Back when I made it, I thought it would be a lot of fun to use the same technique using playing cards. I collect vintage playing cards. I love to use them when wrapping gifts, or sometimes I may frame one. The artwork on them captivates me! This lampshade is pretty simple to make and it only takes a few supplies. I made mine in a little over an hour while I was watching tv with the hubby. It may take longer or not as much time depending on the size lampshade you have. Here’s how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Playing Cards (You can find some great ones on Etsy Here)

*Old Lampshade

*1/8″ hole punch

*Ruler and Pencil

*Large Jump rings

*Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your circumference of your lamp shade and measure your cards and decide how many rows and columns you need. Mine fit three rows of 10 cards. Lay your cards out in a design that you like. Then stack them by row.

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Find the middle of your side lengths and top and bottom. Mark in about an 1/8th to a 1/4 inch in the middle of each side.

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Punch a hole in each of your marks on your card.

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Then use the first card as a template to mark all your other cards. Then punch out the holes on all the rest of your marked cards.

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Now you are ready to start joining your cards. Open up a jump ring and load one of your cards on it at the side hole. Then add another card at the other side hole and close your jump ring. You want to make sure your cards end up facing the same way when laid flat. Then add another card to the side of the first two, and so on until you have your first horizontal row.

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Make your other rows. Then very carefully join them together matching up the bottom holes from the top row to the top holes on the bottom row. Join all the rows together.

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Next, strip your lampshade of the fabric and plastic so all you have left is the rings. You can use both rings if the shade was a cylinder, or you can use just the top ring if the shade was tapered. Very carefully join your cards at the top to the top ring of your shade with the jump rings. Once you get it on at the top join the cards together at the sides where the ends meet. To finish, add your lamp shade to your lamp and enjoy.

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01 DSC 1226 DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card LampshadeI LOVE my new lamp! The whole thing is thrifted, which makes me super happy! The lamp shade and lamp I picked up at the thrift store near me. The playing cards I picked up here and there, and got a bunch on Etsy as well. This lampshade was really simple to make and I really loved laying out my cards to patterns I liked. The finished lamp is sitting on my vintage tv in my living room and I think it is perfect there! I hope some of you will give this one a try sometime. I think you’d love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 16th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a lovely Valentine’s Day! Today is a special day! Twenty years ago today, my little sister came into the world. I was thirteen. From day one she’s always been my baby, but what’s wonderful about our relationship now is that she’s also one of my very best friends! Hannah is brilliant and an avid gamer! She loves everything from video games to board games to card games, and she’s really flippin’ good at them all! So, this week in honor of Hannah’s birthday, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite vintage game finds with you all. Check em’ out:

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Let’s Go Sailing Lotto, Vintage 1958 Samuel Gabriel Sons and Company, Boat Bingo Game from Goodlookin’ Vintage

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Vintage Mixies Card Game 1950s CLOWN Cards from NeatoKeen

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Vintage ‘Put and Take’ 1950′s Game from Big Fun Vintage

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1950′s French Family Game Set from To Every Season

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Rare 1950s Annie Oakley Board Game by Milton Bradley from Dogbotz Boneyard

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HONEY BEAR (3) Vintage Single Swap Playing Cards Scrapbooking Paper Ephemera from Antique Whimsy

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Vintage Metal Bingo Boards with Metal Shutters, Bing O Matic, Set of 6 (1950s) – Family Game Room Decor, Collectible, Altered Art Supply from Third Shift

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Vintage Game, 1950′s Collectable Game, Mid Century Game, Tiddly Winks set from Pink Neon Vintage

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Vintage Pressman Bingo Game with Metal Spinner, Bingo Cards & Markers from Found Alchemy

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Vintage Duck Pin Set – Unused in original box from Stack and Bundle

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Parker Brothers Miniature Fun Cards Jigsaw Puzzles from Autena Vintage

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Vintage Parker Brothers Who? A Game of Hidden Identity, Vintage Board Game, 1950′s Game, Vintage Parker Brothers Game from RD1 Vintage

I swear I want to play every single one of them! I love them all! Do any of you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! And to my Hannah: I hope you have a fantabulous birthday with your friends up at school! 2015 is gonna be your best year yet! I love you bunches!!!