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I Heart Etsy Fridays- Paula Montgomery

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

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

Happy Shopping!

My Life in Pictures March 20th-27th

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

I Heart Etsy Fridays- The Vintage Remix

Happy Friday everyone! Well actually, by the time I finish this post it will be saturday for some of us. It has been a really crazy day here. We are going to be setting up a booth at the Raleigh Flea Market this weekend and have been getting everything prepared. Before I check out for the evening, I wanted to share one of my favorite Etsy shops with you all, The Vintage Remix. This fantastic shop is brimming with fantastic digital downloads. You can find everything from book plates and paper dolls, to collage sheets, invitations and tags. Laura, the artist behind the awesome shop, creates all of her digital goods with amazingly adorable vintage graphics. Every single item in her store is just so sweet! I used her christmas and valentine’s tags before and they were a big hit with my whole family! The great thing about digital downloads too, is that you get them as soon as you purchase them, so it’s instant gratification. Here are just a few of my favorites from The Vintage Remix:

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il 570xN.373771990 jh0b I Heart Etsy Fridays  The Vintage RemixAren’t they fabulous! I especially love the paper dolls and my sister would flip for the book-plates! The collage sheets and tags are great for scrapbooking too! To see all of these wonderful digital goods and much more, visit The Vintage Remix on Etsy Here. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- March 2014

This past month has just flown by! I am so looking forward to springtime, and warmer weather. I have not spent a lot of time on Pinterest this month since my sister was in town for spring break and vacation days we are currently using. I still was able to add a few pins here and there to some of my favorite boards. Here are my favorites for the month of March:

From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board Iggy Love:

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From my board Tattoos:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board Vintage Glassware:

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From my board Amazing Vintage Barkcloth:

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And from my board Glamping:

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Aren’t they all so inspiring! I think one of the reasons I love Pinterest so much is not only for all the inspiring ideas and decor, but also that the images are so lovely! I hope you all have enjoyed my pin picks for the month! You can see all of these and so much more on my Pinterest Here. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

My Life in Pictures- March 6th-13th

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My sleepy Beaureguard….

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Daryl and Beau at Wrightsville Beach…

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Me and Beau at the beach. We’ve both got some serious fly aways…

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Can I please have some oysters? Please…

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Prancin’ in the sand…

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My mom made these adorable hand embroidered pillowcases as a gift for our anniversary….

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A pineapple upside down cake made in a cast iron skillet. One of the best cakes I have ever had in my life! And it was gluten free…

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Good morning, now rub my belly…

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A score from the flea market. Vintage Samsonite is one of my favorites!

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Stills from the Fever Dreams screening we attended Wednesday night. It was fantastic! More details about the event coming soon…

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Hannah and I grabbing a snack at Mcdonalds after the movie…

This past week has been really awesome! Daryl and I took Beau to the beach in Wilmington this past weekend to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary. It was a gorgeous day! Beau had a wonderful time playing on the beach and we had a great lunch date downtown! My sister Hannah is home this week for spring break and we have been having a great time together! I took her to get her new batman tattoo on Tuesday at Blue Flame down in Raleigh. They did a fantastic job! I also had the pleasure of attending a showing of the Fever Dreams film series directed by our friend Rob Underhill down in Raleigh last night. It was a wonderful series and I can’t wait to see what they come out with next! I will be sharing more from the event very soon. Today was spent running errands, and hanging out with Hannah Banana. Getting ready for a busy weekend. One of my favorite antiques dealers is retiring and they are having an auction for her remaining stock. I am so sad to see her go! I’ll be back next week with more photos. Have a beautiful week everyone!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 10th

Happy Monday guys! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Daryl and I went down to the beach this weekend for our anniversary, and it was so beautiful! We had a great time, and Beau really enjoyed his walk on the beach! This week I wanted to share one of my favorite vintage loves, mid century drinking glasses! I am a total sucker for vintage glassware, and already have a little collection of fun glasses taking over my kitchen cabinets. There are so many amazing vintage drinking glasses in Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Mid Century Swiss Alpine Drinking Glasses by Marcrest from Wise Apple

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Vintage Pair Federal Glass Glasses Yellow Basket Weave Teal Ivy Tumblers Summer Cottage Chic from Aud’s Delights Vintage

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set of 3 vintage daisy drinking glasses flowers lime green aqua teal from Bucks County Vintage Co.

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Libbey Yellow Gingham Juice Glasses Three Small Checkered Glasses from Tim and Kim Show

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Vintage Glassware Set Mid Century Glass Set Fruit Juice Glass Retro Design Made in France from Verified Vintage NL

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Scottie Dog Red Plaid Glasses by Federal Glass Company Set of 5 from Grandma Used to Have

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Vintage Glasses Cowboy Rodeo Horse Wrangler Bull Rider 2 Country Western Swanky Swigs from Classic Memories

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Vintage Hazel Atlas Candy Stripe Red and White Tumblers, Drinking Glasses from Winkin Possum

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Vintage Mid Century Feisty Set of 4 Rooster Shot Glasses Barware – Eat, Drink and Be Merry from Luckiest Duck 2

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5 Vintage Federal Glass Frosted Tumblers, Zoo Animals, Toms Collins Glasses from Merry Sunshine

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Hazel Atlas Cottage Cheese Glasses- Gay Ninties Vintage Tumblers Set from Thrift Core

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Set of 7 mid- century glassware of recreation areas of the United States, sports glassware from The 3 Vintage Sisters

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Vintage Swanky Swigs 50s Juice Glasses Farm Animals 1950s Glassware Set of 6 Old Jelly Glasses Orange Green Black from Whimzy Thyme

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60s Anchor Hocking Flower Glasses from Funky Lady Vintage

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Two Crosshatched Glasses in Pink and Blue from Modern Practicality

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1950′s California Souvenir Drinking Glasses / Hazel Atlas / Set of 4 from Roberta Grove

Aren’t they all just so fantastic! I want them all, and more! If you are a nut for vintage glasses too, check out my Pinterest board Vintage Glassware for even more inspiration and finds. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops! I will be back next week with more sweet finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

My Life in Pictures- February 27th- March 6th

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Sadie came for a sleepover this past weekend…

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We took the puppies to the dog park and they had a good long play session…

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Sadie bravely barking at the big dogs walking by…

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Sometimes a dog just wants to be carried…

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Sometimes Beau likes to prop himself up on the armrest in the car…

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Daryl and Sadie waiting for our lunch…

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This is what I saw when I woke up the other day…

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One of my favorite vintage Easter bunnies…

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I was stuck in traffic yesterday for a while. This was the scene in the back seat…

This past weekend was really beautiful! We stole Sadie for a sleepover and Beau was thrilled! We took them to the dog park, and then the flea market the next day. It was great! The beginning of the week brought in cold weather and then the rain. I have been a little under the weather, so the rest of the week so far has been really quiet. I am looking forward to this weekend! Daryl and I are going to the beach for our anniversary. I hope you all have had a lovely week! I’ll be back next week with some pics of Beau on the beach icon smile My Life in Pictures  February 27th  March 6th

 

DIY Custom Wooden Stationary Box

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13 DSC 0091 DIY Custom Wooden Stationary BoxToday I am going to share how to make a custom wood box with a slide lid with you. This is something I have wanted to make for a while now, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to put inside to store. A few weeks ago, I bought a set of mini greeting cards from Printstagram, and I instantly knew that they were the perfect item to make the little wooden box for. This project, although not totally advanced, does require some major power tools. So, it has the potential to be quite dangerous when working with items like a table saw. If you don’t know what you are doing, or are not very careful, you can easily lose a finger. This is why I had a LOT of help from my hubby on this project, since he is an experienced craftsman. There are probably other ways to make one of these boxes, since everyone has a prefered method of woodworking. This is how we made our box…

Here’s What You Need:

*3/8″ Birch Plywood

*1/8″ Birch Plywood

*Ruler and Pencil

*Table Saw & Push Block

*Drill Press or Drill with a 3/4″ forstner bit

*Wood Glue

*Pin Nailer &23 gage pins

*Dremmel Tool and a Carving bit

*Image Transfer or Decorative Paper to decoupage top of box

*Clear Lacquer Spray to seal the image on the lid

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your items that are going to go in your box. My cards are 4×4, but my envelopes are a little less than 4.5×6″, and the stack of everything compressed is around 2-2.5″. I want my box to be a little larger to fit everything nicely. So, I want the inside bottom to be 5.25×6.75 which is the padded measurement of the envelope plus the width of the wood for each side because the sides are going to sit on top of the bottom. The sides will be the length of the bottom and a height of over 2 inches, so sides are 6.75×2.5″. The front and back pieces will be a bit different since the front will be shorter for the top to slide into the grooves you will cut. The back will be the width of the bottom and the same height as the sides, so 4.5×2.5″. Cut the front a quarter-inch shorter in height, so it would be 4.5×2.25″

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Measure and mark your wood. Set up your table saw to cut your lengthwise strips. Cut your length pieces first. We cut the 6.75 strip first. And then a 4.5″ strip.

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Then cut your cross cuts. So out of the 6.75 piece, cut one at a 5.25 for the bottom, and then two pieces at 2.5 for the sides. Then cut the 4.5 strip for the front and back pieces at 2.5″ for the back and 2.25 for the front.

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To make the groove for the wood to sit in you need to cut a dado 1/8″ in from the top of the side and back pieces. Set your table saw to 1/8″ from the blade. Now, using extreme caution since you can lose a finger, carefully push the side piece through the blade of the saw from the front until you see the blade breaching the back end, but don’t let it go all the way through.  Stop it short. Do the same thing with the other side making sure the groove is being cut on the correct side of the wood. For the back you can cut your dado all the way through from one side to the other since it will be sandwiched in between the sides and therefore the sides of the wood won’t be seen.

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Take your front piece and mark the halfway point on the top front. Load your drill or drill press with a 3/4″ forstner bit, and drill halfway onto the top edge making a half moon notch in the top of the wood.

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Next, load a small carving bit onto your dremmel. Take your side pieces and carve out the rest of the dado in the side piece, stopping just a tiny bit short of the back ends. You should now be able to fit the side and back pieces together and see a continuous groove all around the sides and the back.

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Now, run a small amount of glue down the bottom of one of the side pieces. Smooth out the glue so it is a thin layer. Glue it to the bottom piece. Now shoot a few pin nails through the bottom into the side you just glued. Glue and nail the other side. Then run some glue onto the bottom and sides of the back piece. Sandwich it in between the sides in the back. Nail it in place from the bottom and add a few nails in the sides. Then glue and nail in the front piece.

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To make the top of the box, measure the inside dimensions of the top inside of the groove plus a tiny bit of wiggle room. My top needed to be 4.75×6.5″

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Measure and cut your top piece from the 1/8″ plywood using your table saw.

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Fit the top into the box. If it is a bit tight you can shave it down by sanding the edges.

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You will need to sand the entire box lightly with some 220 grit sandpaper to smooth off any rough spots.

*You can leave your box natural or you can add an image to the top like I did. The top of my box was a little of a craft fail. I originally tried to use a lazertran transfer and burn the image into the wood with the real turpentine method. This did not work for me at all. I’m entirely positive if my turpentine is the real deal, especially since I followed the directions on the transfer paper to a t. What I ended up using was another transfer that I let dry and then glued it on with a layer of decoupage medium. I then sealed it with a clear lacquer spray. I was not very happy with this one either. You can’t see it in the photos, but the transfer bubbled a bit when I sprayed the lacquer on it. I am planning on making another top sometime and just decoupaging a thin paper image on the top since I think that will have a better turn out. *

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12 DSC 0090 DIY Custom Wooden Stationary BoxI LOVE my stationary box! I LOVE my Printstagram mini cards too! This box is a great piece for a coffee table or a side table. You can make one to fit your photos, craft supplies, beauty projects, anything you like. If this is a little more work than you’d like to take on, sometimes you can find an old cigar box with a slide top and decorate the top. I will be back next week with a fun and easy bunting to share with you guys. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

My Life in Pictures- February 20th-27th

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This plastic bunny is one of my favorite flea market finds!

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My favorite Dunny and a cute little vintage deer…

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I love the way my upcycled slide lampshade projects the photos on the wall…

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My favorite shelf in the kitchen…

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Don’t bother the bunny when she’s napping…

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This is the look I constantly see whenever I am working on the computer…

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Roux has a thing for curling up on my legs. He is awfully fond of Hannah’s jeans too!

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I went through downtown Pittsboro this week. It is one of my favorite places!

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This is a belted goat at Farrington Village in Chapel Hill. I did not have a cookie this time, so I was not nearly as popular as last time I was there…

This week was a little lazy. I have been a bit under the weather, so I have been keeping more to the house. I did have to go pick something up at the feed store in Pittsboro this week, so I got to drive through their adorable downtown area. I also took Beau to see the belted goats at Farrington Village. The cafe there has excellent iced tea! I hope you all have had a lovely week! Have a beautiful weekend!

My Life in Pictures- February 13th-20th

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Happiness is a little pink owl…

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My grandfather’s camera…

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My mom has been working on these little glitter houses. Aren’t they cute!

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Birthday packages for my Hannah Banana

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We got a split leash for the dogs. It fantastic, until they see a squirrel…

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Beau and his new puppy cousin Kaponi taking a walk…

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Beau pouting because the puppy was getting all the attention…

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Beau’s squirrel….

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My mom always has fresh flowers in her house. I can never have flowers because my cat is an asshole, but at least I get to enjoy them over there…

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Sadie in her new coat…

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Calling the chickens in…

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My beautiful fluffy little man…

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Hangin’ out with my girls…

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This week has been lovely! We have had some beautiful weather! My sister in law and her boyfriend got a new puppy, a weenie dog, named Kaponi. He is precious. They came over this past weekend and Beau had a good time playing with the puppy. He also got quite jealous that he wasn’t the center of attention. I have been babying him a little extra this week to make it up to him. He’s so spoiled! My sister Hannah turned nineteen this week. It’s her last year of teenhood. I was very excited to receive the March issue of Reloved. I have two projects in the mag this month. So it’s really been a very good week! Hope you all have had a wonderful one as well!