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Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Painted Toy Animal Magnets

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2 DSC 0871 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsHappy Friday everyone! This week has just flown by so far! I am behind as usual, how does that always happen this time of year! Before we get into the weekend, I wanted to pop in with another handmade gift idea. This project is really fast to whip up, and really couldn’t get much easier than this. I am going to show you how to make these fun little animal magnets!

What You Need:

*Plastic Animals

*Paint ( I use Martha Stewart Crafts satin and pearl paints)

*Paint Brush

*Extra Strong Magnets

*E6000

Instructions:

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Gather your supplies. Clean up your plastic animals. Make sure they are clean and dry before you begin.

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Paint your animals with craft paint. It will take several coats depending on the color. My darker purple took two coats. The pearly violet took about five coats. Let your paint dry thoroughly.

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1 DSC 07921 Handmade Gifts 2014  Easy Painted Toy Animal MagnetsThese little magnets add a lot of fun to a message board! They are cute and whimsical. I made my little batch in under an hour plus drying time for the glue. You could really make these special for your gift recipient by using their favorite animals and their favorite colors or shades. This is a great last minute project and it is even something the kids can make themselves. Give them a try sometime, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another handmade gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Teens

Hey guys! The past few weeks have been a little of a whirlwind! I can’t belive this year is already almost over, I swear it has gone by so fast! I am knee-deep in making holiday gifts for my own crew this year. I did want to pop in and share a few of my favorite gift ideas for teens. Check em’ out:

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Red Squirrel Serenade – Tote Bag / Book Bag – 16″ x 16″ by Iota Illustration

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On Sale!!! LOLA’S SWEET DREAM Ooak Cameo Vintage Inspired Art Brooch by Odd Princess, Wearable Art by Odd Princess

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Unicorn i phone Slim Case – i phone Case – i phone 5 Case – i phone 5s Case by Pai and Pear

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Coastal Pillow Happy Girls are the Prettiest Pillow Audrey Hepburn Beach Decor Gift Girls Room Throw Pillow Cover Decorative Throw Retro Art by Vintage Beach

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Hummingbirds Zipper Pouch Little Coin Purse ECO Friendly Padded NEW Hummers Delight by J Pat Purses

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Goldie and the Bear Hugs – limited edition giclee print of an original illustration (8 x 10 in) by Helen Dardik

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Crochet Ring – Tiny Landscape – House and Tree on a Hill – Mini Amigurumi Adjustable Ring – Statement Ring by Biribis

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clutch – ipad case – minibag by Nuria Diaz Shop

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Macbook Decal Sticker for Macbook Sticker Macbook Pro Decal Macbook Air Sticker Snoopy SN by The CJ Store

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Harry Potter Dumbledore quote print – Happiness can be found – Typographic print, Inspirational Art poster, giclee print wall art by Simple Serene

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2015 Calendar Printable INSTANT DOWNLOAD/ Illustrated magical travel wall/ desk calendar by BelsArt

Aren’t they so flippin’ cute! I realize that most of these finds are rather feminine, but check out these amazing shops and you could certainly find something for just about everyone on your list. There are so many talented artists on Etsy! I am in awe every week! I hope you have enjoyed my little gift guide. Hopefully it has given an idea or two for someone on your list. I’ll be back soon with another fun gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 4th

We are starting to see some beautiful fall colors around here lately! One of my favorite things about fall is the changing leaves and the woods. And when I think of the woods, I think of all the cute little forest animals. We’ve been seeing a lot of deer around here, and hearing the owls at night. So, this week I thought I’d share a little collection of some of my favorite woodland critter items from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. I had such a time narrowing the list down! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Bluebird on a Log Cream and Sugar Set – Norcrest – Mid-Century 1950s from Kitschy Vintage

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Peter Rabbit drawer pull, drawer knob, 1950s bunny rabbit, original package from Sunny Day Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Capri Enamel Fox Pin with Rhinestones from Sultana Vintage Jewels

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Jolles Original Wicker Basket Purse Needlepoint Squirrel 50s Accessories from MDM Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Hopping Rabbit Tin Wind Up – Made in Japan from SMN Toys

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Vintage 1950′s Deer Figurines Pair Of Vintage 1950′s Deer from Ravishing Retro

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Rare 1950s Metlox Squirrel Pinecone Cookie Jar, Collectible from Mix and Match Dining

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WHOO-who-WHAT-what 1950s Japanese Owl Salt Shaker from Baubles N Trade

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SALE Was 18 GBP Now 9 GBP Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Cushion Pillow Cover 1950s Bambi from Little Sally Waters

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Vintage Playing Cards – 1950s Bear – Full Deck from Pumpkin Truck Paper

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Vintage Gift Wrapping Paper – Juvenile Mid Century Brown Bear Playground Birthday Party – Slide – 1 Unused Full Sheet Birthday Gift Wrap from The Goose and The Hound

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AWESOME Pair of LONGBOY FOXES Vintage Ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers Napco from Textiles and Old Things

Aren’t they all so darned adorable! Of course I am a bit biased since I collect vintage animal cuties, my house is full of them! I love each and every one! I hope you all have fun checking out these sweet vintage Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more cute vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 15th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I made tamales and it was so much fun! We also had some nice cool weather yesterday. I think fall is definitely starting to show here in NC. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and layering up! One of the things I think of when I think of fall is the woods and woodland animals and birds. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage owl finds with you all inspired by one of my most favorite woodland animals. Retro owls are so much fun! Here are some of my favorites this week:

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Vintage Lofisa Large Art Pottery Owl Vase – Mid Century from House of Seance

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Cute owl wooden salt and pepper shakers, cruet, serving condiment bird 1950s 50s pots from Trudy’s Store Vintage

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Enid Collins Style OWL Purse Mid Century Modern Mad Men Era Ladies Mod 1950s-60s Wood Box Purse / Handbag Handpainted with Owl from Jack Jett Vintage

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Vintage owl salt and pepper shakers ceramic, black red brown from Lititz Carriage House

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Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010

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Vintage Owl Perfume Sachet Locket Pin Brooch by Avon, Original Box from Love Lockets

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Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage

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1950s Vintage Owl Planter made by Norcrest in Japan Mother with Babies – Ceramic – Japan – Animal Bird Planter from Covenants

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Vintage Owl Playing Cards , Collage Pack , Scrapbooking from 2 Vintage Gypsies

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Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage

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Vintage 1950s porcelain owl teapot kitsch 50s from The Lucky Fox

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VERY RARE Vintage Retro 1950′s Cartoon Owls Salt and Pepper Shakers Antique Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love vintage owl items! Of course I love them all! They are all so cute! I especially love the little purse, and shakers! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- August 2014

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again where I share my obsession with Pinterest with you all! As far as social media goes, Pinterest is my black hole. I get lost in it all the time! This past month I have been busy with life, so I haven’t been pinning a lot. I did add a couple of new boards. I added to some old and newer favorite boards too! Here are just some of my favorites from this past month:

From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board Printables:

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From my board Wonderful Wallpaper:

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From my board Cath Kidston Favorites:

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From my new board Green Gate Lovelies:

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From my new board Sweet Smoothies:

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421 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  August 2014Aren’t they awesome! I have recently found Green Gate, and I am head over heels in love with it! Wish they carried the line in the US! I always have a great time sifting through the animals section too! So much cuteness! What have you all been pinning this month? I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

My Life in Pictures- May 2014

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Beau favorite thing lately is to be outside lounging in the yard!

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We’ve set up shop at the Raleigh Flea Market a couple of times this month. I always love being out there!

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We had a lovely Mother’s Day! Daryl fixed up this mid century credenza for me, and we made pallet art for our moms. We also got to spend time with all our puppy nieces and nephews. It was wonderful!

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Daryl and Beau have been two little peas in a pod lately! There’s been a lot of puppy snuggling going on around here. It’s adorable!

I always mean to share my photos with you all weekly, but sometime life gets in the way. This past month has been lovely, but busy! My sister is home from college for the summer now, so I am looking forward to spending more time with her! We’ve just been trucking on, working away, and spending time with four legged babies. Hope you all have had a wonderful month! Here’s to a fabulous start to the summer!

 

My Life in Pictures- April 3rd-24th

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My hubby makes the most beautiful hand turned seam rippers…

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Is this the sweetest face, or what!

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Beau flying his invisible plane…

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My newly painted dresser and sewing table in the sewing room…

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My favorite books…

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Beau was having a funky ear day…

 

Wowzers, it’s been a little while since I did my Thursday posts! We have been super busy lately! Daryl and I have been setting up shop at the flea market every week or two when the weather’s nice. We have been taking out handmade items we make, and awesome furniture from Marcie’s shop. I love being out at the flea market, and the vendors are great! Beau really loves it too, and spends his time napping or socializing with other dogs and people. We have taken several trips to the dog park, and Beau is even playing with the big dogs now and then. I have been busy painting furniture and making new goodies for the shop. Tomorrow I will be going to the Liberty Antiques festival, which I am very excited about! I hope you all have been having a great week! I’ll be back next week with some festival pics and probably a ton of Beau too!

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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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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Happy Crafting!