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I Heart Etsy Fridays- Ninainvorm

This week I was browsing through etsy and stumbled upon one of the cutest shops i’ve seen in a long time, Ninainvorm, from the Netherlands. Nina van de Goor, the artist behind Ninainvorm, makes amazing collages and screen prints on vintage ceramics. She had me hooked with her ceramics, which we all know is one of my vintage finds obsessions, but what makes her work so fresh is her designs. They are whimsical and colorful, and the way she places her designs onto the vintage ceramics and incorporates them into the original design of the piece is truly fantastic! Each piece is unique and lovely. Here are a few of my favorites:

I love them all, I really couldn’t pick a favorite! To see more of Nina’s fabulous work visit her Etsy shop here:

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Finds of the week 3/28

Since I missed last weeks feature, I am doing a double this week with the kitchy theme of “Midcentury Housewife.” Over the past few weeks i’ve been building up a bit here and there including amazing ceramics, dishes, fashion accessories, and of course, a lot of linens. Check out these great finds:

1950s Scotty Dog Dress

1950s Scotty Dog Dress

Visit Miss Farfalla’s Shop Here:

Vintage 1950s Millinery magenta silk floral hat with hat box

Visit Locale Vintage’s Shop Here:

Turquoise Pearl Fade Cat Eye 1950's Eyeglasses

Visit Thayer Eyewear’s Shop Here:

Hand Crafted Bakelite Maya Cuff Bracelet

Visit Jorge Caicedo MdeOca’s Shop Here:

Vintage Black and Cream Checkered Hat Box

Visit Heartkeyologie’s Shop Here:

Vintage 40s Golden Yellow Bakelite Dangle Celluloid Chain Link Swing Time Necklace

Visit SoCal Jewel Box’s Shop Here:

Pretty Lovebirds 1950s Enamel and Marcasite Brooch and Earrings Set

Visit Sarah Birt Jewellery’s Shop Here:

Vintage Ruffle Half Apron - 1950 Aqua Floral

Visit The Primitive Home’s Shop Here:

Yellow Lady Head Vase

Visit Egg Vintage’s Shop Here:

Vintage Towel BUSY 50s Housewife

Visit Neato Keen’s Shop Here:

Vintage Metal Recipe Box with Adorable Images of Kitchen Items, ACME Brand - Vintage Travel Trailer Decor

Visit New Life Vintage RV’s Shop Here:

Vintage 1950s Husband & Wife 1st Prize Novelty Tea Towel

Visit Vintage Critter’s Shop Here:

Vintage Cookbook Easy Does It Carnation

Visit Neato Keen’s Shop Here:

1950s Cotton Tablecloth, Lovely Blue with Yellow Roses

Visit New Life Vintage RV’s Shop Here:

1950s Mid Century Pink Drizzle Set of Four Tumblers in Carrier

Visit The Bountiful Bird’s Shop Here:

1950's Pyrex Refrigerator Dishes Set of 5 - Amish Butterprint

Visit Mas Memories Shop Heere:

Hazel Atlas Pink Crinoline Dishes - Vintage Rose Colored Ripple or Ruffle Edge Milk Glass

Visit Kitchen Culinaria’s Shop Here:

DREAM... Pair of Vintage Feedsack Pillowcases Pillow Cases

Visit In With The Old’s Shop Here:

vintage grey quilt

Visit Faded Plains Shop Here:

Adorable White Ceramic Long Neck Cat and Kitten Figurines

Visit Mimi’s Collectables’ Shop Here:

Aren’t they all just adorable! I so wish I could buy them all! I don’t think I can pick a favorite this week. I hope you all enjoy browsing these awesome shops as much as I did!

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Chasing the Crayon

This weeks featured artist comes from the lovely UK. Tracey Long of Chasing the Crayon is a freelence artist who creates amazing watercolors bursting with charm and whimsy. I love how quirky her prints are. I have to say that my favorite by far is the greyhound and chicken print titled “Dog Kitchen Maid and Chicken Cook”. As some of you already know I have quite a family of fuzzy friends, including three cats, a dog(an italian greyhound), a very old fish, and 10 chickens. This print was made for me, I tell ya, and it is already on my birthday list this year. I also really love her deer and her circus bear. They are all just fantastic! Take a peek:

I just love them all! To see more of Tracey’s beautiful work please visit her Etsy shop here:

Happy Shopping!


Brand Spankin’ New @ Sweet Sophie Blue

I have just added a bunch of new items to my etsy shop, Sweet Sophie Blue, today. I am adding to my softie line with “naked” bears I am calling “Plush in the Buff”. You can now buy a bear, bunny, or kitty undressed, and unnamed, and choose your own clothing and accessories for them if you so like. Take a peek at some of my “Plush in the Buff”


Here are some of the Hair Flowers:

And I’ve also added several dresses made from vintage hankies and bed linens

I have also started making mini versions of my plushies. Check out the new Mini Plush

You can find all these fun little cuties in my shop here:


One of a Kind Art Bears @ Sweet Sophie Blue’s

I have been meaning to post these for the last couple of weeks. I have recently been working on a new line of softies for my shop. I love to sew and have started making bears each with their own personality and little story. They all come dressed in clothing made from vintage fabrics, and accessorized. I just started making “naked bears that you can dress yourself and will post about those next. But first let’s meet the one of a kind artist bears available in my shop.

Miss Lulla Rose is a collector. She lives in one of the biggest oak trees in the forest, and her home is chocked full of treasures. Her favorite things to collect are bunny toys, chairs, teapots, ceramic planters, and stamps. You can usually find her scouring the local antique shops and thrift stores, or she perhaps at home decorating with the help and opinion of her many cats.

Madeline Maree is an artist at heart and creates art with whatever she can get her paws on. Her favorite things to make are blankets, pincusions, garden art, and cake decorating. She’s just as fierce a knitter as she is a skilled welder. There’s nothin this bear can’t do.

Ophelia Louise, or Opie Lou as her family calls her, is a sweet spirited bear. She has many loves, but her favorite things to do are dance, read poetry, and bake cupcakes. Most days you can find her dancing in her kitchen, or hangin out with her friends reciting the great sonnets of Shakespere and munchin on handmade sweets.

Little Miss Emmylou is a quiet and kind little bear who likes to spend all of her time outside with her woodland pals. Her favorite things are picking wildflowers, drinking tea in pretty cups, and her best pal and constant companion Ferdinand the deer. Most afternoons you can find Emmylou and Ferdinand curled up under a big tree with a good book and a cup of tea.

Madame Mollie Mae is just mad about birds! She owns a pet shop in town that specializes in all types of exotic birds. She can whistle and mimic the call of any bird in her shop. She lives high up in a tree house shaped to look like a big fancy victorian birdhouse along with her best friend and favorite bird, Ollie blue.

Auntie Odalee is a spunky and nuerotic old gal who absolutely loves to explore. She’s an accomplished musician and opera singer who retired from the stage to lead a more exciting life traveling and teaching piano lessons to the rich and famous aboard her sailboat.

You can find all these funky gals in my etsy shop Sweet Sophie Blue.


I Heart Etsy Fridays- Sweet Millie Handmade

This weeks featured artist comes from across the sea in beautiful Paris. Emilie is a mother of two and the fabulous artist behind her handmade line Sweet Millie Handmade. This lovely shop is full of handsewn goodies! Take a peek:

Everything is so cute! I really love her cows! They are fantastic! And I do have a little obsession with anything gingham! To see more of Emilie’s adorable handmade items visit her etsy shop here:

Vintage Finds of The Week- March 12th

Bonjour mes amis! This past week my hubby and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. We wanted to have our wedding at home, but after the stress of planning, and a tiny budget, we decided to do something completely different, and we hopped on a cruise with ten of our closest family members. The last stop on the cruise was the island of St. Maarten which is half french and half dutch. My parent’s know the island really well, they have a little flat on the french side they rent out to vacationers when they are not there. So they were able to plan a whole little wedding excursion for us. On March 8th of 2007 we got hitched on an amazing bluff that had actually been the ruins of an old hotel. My dad, who is a minister, performed the ceremony, and afterwards we all had a great lunch and a beautiful wedding cake they had ordered for us at a little beach restaurant at Orient Beach. It was such a fantastic day! So in honor of my anniversary and the beautiful french side of Saint Marten, I decided to do a vintage french theme this week. I hope you all enjoy!

vintage french measuring glass in red and green fruit print

Visit French Attic Find’s Shop Here:

Vintage Towel Fondue Recipe

Vintage Limoges Figurine Girl Haviland

Visit Neato Keen’s Shop Here:

Vintage French Flash Cards - 5 Per Set - Mint Condition

Visit The Raw Supply Co’s Shop Here:

Vintage French Fabric Red Check

Visit Ma Masion Fancaise’s Shop Here:

Une Recette de Beaute-Beauty Receipt for Marie-Antoinette Vintage Handkerchief

Visit In 2 Vintage Cloths’ Shop Here:

Vintage 1957 French Childrens Book by Lucie Dermine

Vintage 1957 French Childrens Book by Lucie Dermine

Visit My Fancies Shop Here:

Vintage French Ceramic Bunny Bottle

Visit The Vintage Cocktail’s Shop Here:

Vintage French Shabby Chic Rooster Pink Plates

Visit Snowy Creek Design’s Shop Here:

Vintage French Industrial Letters - Letter 'A' - Art Deco

Visit French Vintage Style’s Shop Here:

Aren’t they all just lovely! I think my favorite may possibly be the check fabric! I am head over heels for gingham! Go check out these fantastic shops!

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Catherine Reece Pottery

This week I am featuring a wonderful potter, Catherine Reece from the wonderful world of Etsy. Take a peek:

Catherine’s work is whimsical and adorable. She even makes cockroaches look cute with her “cockroaches in love” items. And I love the praying mantis! But I have to say, my absolute favorites of her lovely designs are her birds! To see more of Catherine’s lovely creations you can visit her shop on Etsy here:


Vintage Finds of the Week- March 5th

I found some super cool finds this week on Etsy Vintage, including some fabulous linens and ceramics, accessories, cute children’s tea cups, and an adorably funky book! Check em’ out:

Kitten & Balloons RED Tin Teacups

Visit Sushipot Part’s Shop Here:

Vintage Embroidered Full Apron Flower Basket

Visit Ivory Bird’s Shop Here:

Vintage Ceramic Dachshund Tray

Visit Judy’s Avocation’s Shop Here:

Vintage Mid Century Modern Pink Tin

Visit Dig Vintage’s Shop Here:

Full Flat sheet vintage yellow white and blue tourquoise floral print eyelet trim

Visit Happy Kristen’s Shop Here:

1960s Bird Brooch from Spain Hand Painted

Visit Bright Eyes Treasures Shop Here:

Vintage Childrens Book Joke Book

Vintage Childrens Book Joke Book

Visit Neato Keen’s Shop Here:

German handkerchief collection Set of 5

Visit The City Gardener’s Shop Here:

Vintage Hazel Atlas Hobnail Milk Glass Tumblers

Visit A Glimpse From the Past’s Shop Here:

Children Decor Rempel Planter Cow

Visit Queen Bee Vintiques Shop Here:

Aren’t they all so cute?!? I love anything Hazel Atlas, animal ceramics, and of course vintage linens! I hope you all enjoy these lovely finds and browsing these awesome shops as much as I do! Until next week…

Happy Shopping!


I Heart Etsy Fridays- Lazydoll

This weeks featured artist comes from across the sea, in the UK. Bo, the lovely artist behind Lazydoll creates beautiful little works of art from paintings and altered art collage to sweet little coin purses. My favorites are the little sewn itmes because they incorporate painting and embroidery. All of Bo’s characters have such a sweetness about them, you just can’t help but be smitten. Here are a few of my favorites:

I love them all! But if I had to pick a favorite i’d say it’s the bunny coinpurse, too cute!

To see more of Bo’s fantastic work, visit her Etsy shop here:


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