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DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments

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1 DSC 0355 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsHi guys! Happy Friday! I know for a lot of people it is sacrilege to decorate for Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving. However, that is exactly what I am doing this weekend! It makes me happy, don’t judge me icon wink DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments One of my favorite things about the holidays and holiday crafting in particular is that my mom and I always make ornaments together. This year I wanted to make some ornaments that were similar to vintage jewel brite’s or vintage diorama ornaments. These do require the use of a dremmel, but other than cutting, they are pretty easy to make! We made a bunch of them in just an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Ornaments

*Dremmel Tool fitted with a cutting disk

*Paint

*Mod podge or medium to attach glitter

*Glitter (I used Diamond Dust)

*Cotton Balls

*Toothpick

*Vintage and new miniatures

*Little bottle brush trees

*Hot Glue and Glue Gun

*Pipe Cleaner

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon or Twine for hanging

Instructions:

04 DSC 0091 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo start with, draw a line to use as a cutting guide on the front of your ornament. Draw the circle to be about 1/2 to 3/4″ away from the seam in the center of the ornament.

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01 DSC 0099 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsCarefully cut your ornament with the dremmel. Insert the cutting wheel into the cutting line and then carefully follow it around until you reach the other side. Remove the cut front. You will be actually melting the plastic when you cut, so it may stick to itself after you cut, but you will find that you can easily twist it off.

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09 DSC 0056 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsPaint a layer of decoupage medium on the inside of the ornament, leaving the bottom of the inside clean. Pour a little glitter into the ornament, then swish it around to coat and tap out the excess.

08 DSC 0060 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsNow you need to glue in your minis. Glue them down to the bottom inside of the ornament with hot glue.

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06 DSC 0062 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo add the snow, you will need cotton balls. Pull the cotton ball apart. Add a little glue to the bottom of the ornament around the minis you glued down. Lay a little cotton onto the glue. Use your toothpick to smoosh the cotton down and around the minis.

05 DSC 0064 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo finish the cut edge, cut a pipe cleaner to size to fit the opening. Glue the pipe cleaner around the cut edge of the ornament. Snip down the wires in the top of the ornaments if you need to. Put the tops back on. Pliers will definitely help get the wires into the holes in the top. To finish, tie a ribbon or some twine to the loop in the top of the ornament. Now you are ready to hang.

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2 DSC 0352 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsI am so in love with these little ornaments! I had a total blast making them, and I love the vintage charm they add to a tree! I will be selling a few of these in my shop if any of you would like to have one of these fun ornaments on your tree, but don’t want to make them yourself. I hope some of you all will make some of these this Christmas with your favorite crafty partner in crime. You’ll totally love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun holiday crafting! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Salt Shaker Christmas Photo Holders

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18 DSC 0201 DIY Salt Shaker Christmas Photo HoldersHey everyone! One of my favorite things to craft with during the holidays is Christmas miniatures. I love creating little snow scenes, and I am head over heels for any kind of mini deer! I saw some salt shakers at Anthro last year that had little trees in them, and thought they were pretty darn cute. I wanted to make some of my own, but I wanted to add a little something extra to them since I already have jars and bell jar ornaments with snow scenes in them around my home. I thought I’d make mine to be photo holders. They are super easy to make and they make a great conversation piece to add to your holiday decor!

Here’s What You Need:

*Salt Shakers (I bought mine at Walmart)

*Christmas Miniatures (my deer were vintage, my snowmen came from AC Moore)

*Diamond Dust or glitter of your choice.

*Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

*Extra Long Tweezers

*Wire

*Glittered Poinsettia (I bought mine at Michaels)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ribbon or Trim

Instructions:

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First clean and dry your salt shakers. Next, grab your mini with your pliers and place a nice dab of hot glue on the bottom of your mini. Insert the mini into the open salt shaker and press into the bottom. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue sets up.

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Now, take a little spoon and spoon in a little glitter into the bottom of each shaker.

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To make your top, start by clipping the stem off of your flower. Cut a length of wire about 4″ or so. Stick the wire through the center of the flower and through the center hole in the top of the shaker. Fold the bottom 1/2″ or so of the wire snugly to the bottom of the shaker lid.

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To make the photo holder, start at the top end of your wire. Make a loop with your pliers. Then, with your fingers loop the wire around itself in a spiral pattern to the bottom where it meets the flower.

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To finish your photo holders, glue a little trim or ribbon around the shaker lid. Screw the lid on and insert your photos into the wire between the spiral loops. If your glitter is super fine and comes out of the shaker lid easily, you may want to close up the holes in the underside of the lid with some tape or glue.

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17 DSC 0200 DIY Salt Shaker Christmas Photo HoldersAren’t they so fun! I love my photo holders! They are a fantastic size! My little Printstagram mini prints are just perfect displayed on top! I think these would also make wonderful place card holders for your holiday table. The best thing about them is that you can make a group of them in under an hour. It is a perfect weeknight craft and would be a sweet gift for a hostess. I hope you all will give them a try sometime. I will be back tomorrow with more holiday fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch Necklace

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07 IMG 1298 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceHey everyone! One of my favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage brooches! I love the whimsy of them! I thought it would be fun to add in one of my newest vintage reindeer brooches to a statement necklace to wear for the holidays. It’s super simple to make a necklace with a brooch as a focal point, and all you need are a few supplies! The best part about this diy is that you can create a fabulous piece of jewelry in under an hour (plus drying time.) Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Brooch

*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice

*Eye Pins

*Jump Rings

*Lobster Clasp

*Bails or little Metal Tags (I bought mine at AC Moore)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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So the first step to making your necklace is to make your chain of beads. Take an eye pin, load a bead onto it. Snip the excess wire at about 1/2″ or so from the top of the bead. Take your round nose jewelry pliers and curl the wire around to make a loop in the top. So you should end up with a bead that has an eye at the bottom and at the top. Now, take another eye pin. Open up the bottom with your pliers. Hook the open loop onto the top loop in your first bead then close the loop. Load on another bead, snip the wire, make a loop and then load another eye pin. Continue making your chain of beads.

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Make your chain as long as you want. I made mine so the the stripe bead and the brooch would hit right about my collar bone on each side. Make one side to be from the back of the neck where the clasp will go down and around to the other side of your collar bone where the brooch will go. Then make the other side from the back of the neck to the top of where the brooch will go. Connect the two chain pieces with a lobster clasp. Attach the clasp with jump rings.

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Next, you need to prep your brooch for your necklace. Pull the pin part of the brooch off of the back with your pliers. My little deer brooch had antlers that I was able to hook a jump ring to. If your brooch doesn’t have a place at the top to hook a jump ring you will need a tag at the top as well as the bottom. Put a little E6000 onto the back of your tag(s) and glue them into place on the back side of your brooch. Let the glue dry thoroughly.

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Once your glue is dry, attach your brooch to the ends of the beaded chain you made earlier with jump rings. Now you are ready to wear!

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06 IMG 1300 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceI just love my new Christmas necklace! How fabulous is this brooch, really! I am just head over heels for my little deer! I used vintage lucite beads from a broken vintage necklace I had, but you can use any kind of beads you like. Have fun with it and make it your own! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this one! I hope you will give it a try! It is super easy and fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 17th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had a very cold one here, at least cold for us southerners. We set up shop at the flea market and over all it was a very nice weekend! One of the new handmade vintage items I have been working on lately is vintage wool handbags. I picked up a bunch of vintage plaid wools at Liberty this fall, and have finally finished making some bags with them. One of my favorite things for fall and winter is all the beautiful plaids! I am a plaid lovin’ gal! So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage plaid finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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1950s vintage Brownie Scout hankie / Aqua blue vintage Brownie hankie / Blue plaid Brownie Scout handkerchief from Little Vintage Stories

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Set of four classic red plaid 1950′s Juice glasses in perfect condition from Good Stuff Here

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1950s Plaid Dress / 50s Cotton Dress from Female Hysteria

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Exceptional Vintage Heavy Wool Blanket / Buchanan Clan Tartan and Black Wool Throw from Smallbones Studio

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Vintage 1950s tie . Prim and Proper . plaid clip on 50s bow tie . plaid bow tie by Arrow from Voyeur Vintage

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Vintage Mens Plaid Fedora … Champ, Feather Detail, Size 7-1/8, 1960s, Mad Men, Black and White Plaid from Cushion Chicago

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Vintage Mens Tie and Muffler Tartan Gift set from Lochcarron from Charmed Kitty

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40s or 50s argyle pattern plaid sunglasses sun glasses from All Bark No Bites Bits

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New/Old 1950′s Outing Picnic Set Complete in Original Box by Universal from The Freckled Berry

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Vintage 1950′s Plaid and White Shell Plaid Umbrella Pin Set from CoriLu Vintage

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Vintage Teddy Bear Plaid Fabric Taffeta Googly Eyes from Gizmo and Hooha

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Vintage Tin Litho Friction Toy Dog with Plaid Vest from Songbird Salvation

Aren’t they all so fantastic! I want everything on this list! The greatest thing about plaids is that there are so many different styles of plaid and so many beautiful color combinations! Be sure to check out these amazing Etsy vintage shops to see these wonderful vintage finds and much much more! You’ll love them! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Kids

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time for another gift guide for the holidays, and this one is all for the kiddos. There are so many fabulous items for children and babies on Etsy! Some of them make me wish I was a kid again! This guide is longer than my usual guids since I could have done a whole post just on plushies. I narrowed them down a bit and added in some great toys and accessories. Here are just a few of my favorite holiday gift ideas for the little ones:

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Fox Plush Toy with Scarf, Fox Softie, Fox Stuffed Animal, Handmade Fox Art Doll, Toy Animal, Kids Christmas Gift, Poosac, Nursery, Kids Toy from Poosac

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Modern Kids Play Kitchen from Mint Home

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Limited Edition Metallic Gold Moccs, Moccasins, Baby Moccs, Baby/Toddler Shoes, Genuine Leather, Metallic, Metallic Gold, Gold from Tiny Baby Soles

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Mr. Beaver, a woodchuck softie plush doll toy, made to order, OOAK from Dunlap Love

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CUSTOM Signature Cotton Candy Dolly,Handmade Dolls,Homemade Dolls,Cloth Doll,Fabric Dolls,Handmade Fabric Doll,Soft Cloth Dolls,Rag Dolls from Cotton Candy Dollies

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Christmas deer plush toy , handmade stuffed toy, baby safe soft toy, holidays from Skripskrap

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Kniting Teddy Bear Hat – Hat Character – Boy hat – Teddy Bear Beanie – Best Teddy Bear – Animals hats – Teddy Hat – Winter hat – Warm hat from Meet Best Knit

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Forest Friends Roll Up and Play Mat, woodland roll up with wooden figures, waldorf inspired, wool felt toy, handmade kids toy from Gnome Werks

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Stuffed Animal Teddy Bear Plush Toy Charcoal Grey Neon Pink Lime Green Linen Doll Handknit Ecofriendly from Me and Tex

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Outer Space Wood Bank from Mmim

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Baby Mobile — Bears in Party Hats — Customize to Match You Modern Nursery from Pink Cheeks Studio

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Plush Owl Softie Stuffed Owl Doll for Children and Baby Plush Toy from Friends of Socktopus

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Marimekko Unikko Kids’ Teepee (Small) from Teepeedees

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Free Armbands!!! Personalized Boy SUPERHERO Cape for Christmas comes with FAST DELIVERY – 26 inches – Custom Letter from Pip and Bean

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Cute Bug Plush – Handmade cloth doll kids toy monster bug plushie from Palooka Handmade

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The Farm Paper Toy Kit – DIY Paper Craft Kit – Puppet Theater – Paper Toy – Birthday Party Favor – PRINTABLE PDF from Pukaca

Aren’t they all just so adorable! If I had children I’d be buying them all! As it is, I’ve got a few of the softies on my Christmas wish list. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops! I’ll be back next week with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Easy Upcycled Christmas Cannisters

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I have a little thing for tins! Whenever I see a cute tin, I grab it up for craft storage, and I literally have dozens. I thought it would be fun to make a few christmas cannisters to use for storage and gift wrapping this year. I had some cute vintage gift wrap laying around, and the tins I picked up at the thrift store. This is a great weeknight craft, since it is so fast and easy to whip up!

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Tins

*Wrapping Paper or Scrapbook Paper

*Chalk Paint or Spray Paint

*Decoupage Medium or Double Stick Tape

*Paint Brush

*Cabinet Knobs

*Drill and Drill Bit the same size as the bolt on the knob

Instruction:

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05 DSC 0092 DIY Easy Upcycled Christmas CannistersFirst you need to paint your tins. You can spray paint them, or you can use spray paint or paint them with chalk paint. Cut your wrapping paper to be just a little smaller than the height of the can by the width of the circumference of the tin. So, if your tin is 4″ tall, you want your paper to be 3.75″ tall. Paint a layer of decoupage medium onto your tin. Also paint a layer onto the backside of your wrapping paper. Smooth the wrapping paper onto the tin. Smooth out air bubbles. My wrapping paper was really thin and it wrinkled badly when it dried on the tin. I am not sure how to remedy that issue. Maybe thicker paper? Anyone have advice on getting out the wrinkles? I think next time I will just tape on the wrapping paper with some double stick tape. To make the top, take the top of your tin and mark the center. Drill a hole in the top of the lid with your drill and drill bit the same size of the knob bolt. Insert the knob through the hole and screw on the nut on the underside of the tin and tighten down.

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These little cannisters only cost me a couple of dollars each to make since they were upcycled. You can find old tins at the thrift store for .50 cents or less usually. I used wrapping paper, but you could use regular scrapbook paper or even just leave the tins plain and painted in your favorite christmas colors. They are fantastic for storage all around the house, like holding craft items or toiletries. You can use them as gift wrap as well. One would make a sweet hostess gift with some yummy home made treat inside! I love how easy they are to make too! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas project.Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tea Towel Christmas Curtains

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One of my favorite spots in our home is the window at the kitchen sink. I love the view to the screen porch and back yard and it is a cute little size and perfect for cafe curtains. It is too small for traditional cafe curtains, and I love to sew, so I have always made curtains for this spot. Last year I picked up a fantastic linen Christmas tea towel at the antiques festival. It ended up being a perfect size to use for my curtains in the kitchen window!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Christmas Tea Towel

*Trim

*Festive Fabric

*Scissors

*Ruler

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Tension Rods to fit your window

*Curtain Rings with Clips

Instructions:

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First gather your supplies. Cut your tea towel in half. Measure your window opening so you can decide how big to make the valance. For example if my window width was 45″ then I would make my fabric 90″ wide. Determine the height you like and then add a few inches for the casing and also the hem. So if you want your length to be 12″ finished, then you would cut a piece 15″ long by the width you want, so in my example it would be a piece 15″x90″. You may have to cut two pieces that are 15×45 and stitch them together to form your long piece.

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Next, fold under your top edge by about a 1/4″ and press. Then fold again towards the wrong side by about an inch. Press. Stitch the fold down all the way down the width of the fabric close to the open edge of the fold. This will form your casing that you will stick the rod through.

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Next, fold under the bottom edge 1/4″ and then over again and press. Stitch down to hem. If you want to add ricrac, you can stitch it to the underside of the bottom hem. Now you should have your valance.

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Now you are ready to work on your tea towel pieces. Press under the top where the raw edges are towards the back side. Stitch. Now, you can stitch on your trim or ribbons.

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Stitch down any other trims you may want to add. I added a felt trim to the tops and gold ric rac on the front close to the bottom. Then I stitched green ricrac to the underside of the hem.

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Now your curtains are sewn. Insert your tension rod through your valance and position it in the top of your window opening. Load the rings on your other tension rod and position that one right in the middle. Clip your tea towel sides to the clips. Enjoy.

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I LOVE my Christmas curtains! They have made one of my favorite spots even cuter and jolly for the holidays! I love sipping tea and looking out the window in the morning at all the dog walkers in the neighborhood. This was pretty easy to whip up and takes less than a yard of fabric for the valance so it is an inexpensive window treatment! I hope you guys will try tea towels as cafe curtains for your small windows sometime, you’ll love them! I’ll be back next week with more Christmas crafting! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Fast and Easy Vintage Christmas Light Reflector Hair Pins

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5 IMG 1301 DIY Fast and Easy Vintage Christmas Light Reflector Hair PinsA little while ago I saw these fantastic vintage christmas light reflectors on etsy and just had to get them! They were so cute! I knew I had to do something special with them! They have been sitting on my desk for weeks, and it finally came to me that I should try making some hair pins with them to wear during the holidays! These are so simple and easy! Not to mention that this would be a fabulous project to do with your kids!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Christmas Light Reflectors

*Vintage Shank Style Buttons

*Hair Clips

*E6000

Instructions:

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Gather all your supplies.

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Glue your shank buttons onto the middle of your christmas light reflectors.

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1 IMG 1303 DIY Fast and Easy Vintage Christmas Light Reflector Hair PinsI totally love how they turned out! I think they are perfect for Hannah and I to pile on with our ugly Christmas sweaters this year for Santa pics. I could also pin one up to wear with my christmas dress at our holiday party. You could just as easily turn these into pins instead of hair clips just by glueing the pin blanks on the back instead of the hair pins. You can find old christmas light reflectors on Etsy and Ebay and even sometimes at your local thrift or flea market. I hope I have inspired you to make some festive clips of your own! I’ll be back tomorrow with more holiday how-tos! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 11

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We stuck around the house mostly. Sunday we went out to the flea market to shop, and Beau had a great time! I always love going out there! This week has been a little crazy since I am trying to get everything ready to set up shop next weekend at the Raleigh Flea, so I am a little behind. I did want to pop in and share some of my favorite vintage finds for this week with you all. Today I have curated a little collection of vintage finds in fallish hues of emerald and forest green. Here are my absolute favorites:

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Vintage Emerald Green Winged Cat Eye Glasses Eyeglasses or Sunglasses 1950s Frame from Vintage 50′s Eyewear

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50s Party Dress XS / 1950s Emerald Green Dress / The Toni Gown from Crush Vintage

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Vintage 1960s Rhinestone Flower Earrings Pin Set 2 Tone Green Aluminum from Rebecca’s Vintage Salon

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vintage 1950s hat / novelty hat / Pinecone from Poppycock Vintage 

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1950s Emergency Kit Ammo Box, Large Green Metal Storage from Nacho Kitty

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1940s 1950s Vintage TRAIN CASE – Forrest Carry On Luggage with Mirror Inside from Vintage Dame

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SALE Rare Printed Vintage Child’s Handkerchief with Bambi and Mother from Lady CBIM

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ON SALE 35% Off – 1950s Emerald Green Princess Coat – Fur Coat – Princess Coats – The Emeraude Coat from Aiseirigh

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Mid Century Modern Palissy Kelly Green Kontiki Kon-Tiki Atomic 2-Tier Cake Stand Boxed 1950s from Keepsies

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Old Green Books, Shabby Chic Home Decor, Set of 6 Green Books, Photo Props, Home Decor Wedding Decor, Vintage Books, Faded and Worn Look from Steve’s Book Decor

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Vintage 1950s Girls Forest Green Wool Coat and Matching Hat / Size 6 from Thrifty Vintage Kitten

I just love them all! Don’t you! The rich tones this time of year are so lovely! I hope you all enjoy browsing through all these amazing Etsy vintage shops. They are all brimming with wonderful vintage finds! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- For the Host or Hostess

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a whirlwind with getting ready for the Flea Market and holiday crafting for the blog. Before I sign off for the weekend though, I wanted to pop in and share my first holiday gift guide of the 2014 holiday season! I’ve put together some of my favorite items from Etsy’s wonderful handmade shops that would make lovely gifts for the host or hostess. It is the season for parties, and there’s nothing quite as charming as a little something handmade to show your appreciation and love! Here are my top twelve gift ideas for your holiday party hosts…

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Wooden Spoon, Hostess Gift, Shower Gift, Housewarming Gift, Bridal Shower Gift, Wedding Gift, Kitchen Gift, Birthday, Valentine’s Day Gift from We Should Spoon

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tweet bowl, green and white ceramic nesting bowls. modern, quirky pottery dishes. large cereal bowl, small bird bowl. gift for hostess from Karo Art

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WASHCLOTH – 100% COTTON, stocking stuffer, hostess gift, crochet washcloth, handmade washcloth, wash cloth from Right Soap

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Custom Monogram Initial Paper Coasters Black and White Polka Dot Floral Initial Colorful Personalized Coasters Wedding Hostess Gift Set of 5 from When it Rains Shop

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Tea Towel Set: Catherineholm Lotus Coffee Pot Tea Towel, Hostess Gift, Housewarming, Scandinavian, Norway, Turquoise, Red, Yellow from Fresh Pastry Stand

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Personalized Family Tree Cutting Board, Anniversary Gift, Custom Wooden Chopping Block, Engraved Housewarming Hostess Gift, Dandelion Decor from True Mementos

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4×6 RECIPE CARDS Set of 10 – cute elephant recipe card for potluck hostess housewarming gifts from Boy Girl Party

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Custom house portrait ornament personalized ornaments engagement gift, hostess gift from your photo by Cathie Carlson from Magic Markings Art

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Pre Buy HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS Soap / 6 bars / Rosemary Mint Soap with Shea Butter / Handmade Cold Process Soap from Joan’s Gardens

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Personalized Birch Bark Vase from Rustic Grove Designs

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Serving Spoons, Grateful and Thankful. Hand stamped servers for your holiday table decor or hostess gift from Milk and Honey Luxuries 

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All natural soy wax tea cup candle with saucer – green and gold floral from Three Birds Vintage Co.

Aren’t they all fabulous! I love them all of course! The Catherine Holm tea towels and the bird bowls are definitely on my wish list this year. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to check out all these amazing artists and their shops to see even more goodies! I’ll be back next week with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!