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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!

Holiday Home Tour 2013

Happy Christmas Eve Everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the holiday! Are you excited Christmas is practically here? I am! One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays is decorating my home. So I thought I would share a little peek into my Christmas decorating this year. Take a look:

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Please excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken with my phone. I just wanted to give you guys a quick peek into my little slice of Christmas heaven. I love my little holiday home! I hope you all have enjoyed my holiday home tour. Have a wonderful and safe Christmas Eve!

Fun Shrinky Ornament Christmas Tags

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Hi guys! It’s been a little crazy around here. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! I still have not even made a dent in my wrapping! Before the Christmas holiday I wanted to share one last Christmas-y thing, free printable tags! I have included printable sheets below for regular paper printable tags, and then ones for shrinky inkjet paper for an even more special tag.

Here is the printable for the paper tags:

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And here are the printables for the shrinky tags, they have already been lightened for you, so they are 100% ready to print on your shrinky paper…

 

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Aren’t they fun! To make the shrinky tags, print them out on your inkjet shrinky paper, cut them out and then bake. There are really simple instructions on the back of the package for the paper. You can write the name of the recipient and the gift giver on the back with a sharpie. I hope you all enjoy these printable tags! May they add a little extra cheer to your Christmas packages!

Happy Wrapping!

 

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 23rd

Happy Monday guys! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe Christmas is in just a couple of days! This month has just flown by. Over the last couple of months I have been sharing holiday themed vintage finds with you every Monday. Today will be my last Vintage Christmas favorites compilation, and I wanted it to be especially special. So, today’s wonderful vintage finds are all themed around my favorite of Christmas figures, Santa Claus!

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Santa Claus Driving a Car Candle Holder Holt Howard Vintage Christmas from Happy Fortune Vintage Here

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Paper Christmas Coasters from Rosy Bugs Loves Here

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Vintage Santa Claus & Sleigh from Le Vieux Salon Here

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Vintage 50s 60s Miniature Santa Claus Christmas Tree Ornament from SaVINTheAGE Here

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Vintage 1940′s Santa Claus Hankie from Muddy River Antiques Here

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12 Vintage Wooden Santa Place Card Holders / Nodder / Christmas Tablescape from Roberta Grove Here

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Vintage Christmas Apron Terrycloth 1960s Santas from Coconut Road Here

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Vintage Santa Ornaments from Peace Traveler Here

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Vintage Christmas Seals 1951 Vintage Paper Ephemera from Dishy Vintage Here

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Three Sweet Vintage Santa Claus Miniature Porcelain Cups Hand painted from Nancie’s Vintage Nest Here

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Vintage silver Santa Clause Brooch with red, blue and clear rhinestones from Faye Bella Here

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1940′s-50′s Christmas Figurines from Bits of the Past Here

Don’t you just love them all! I just adore vintage Christmas items, don’t you! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I always do! I’ll be back next week with finds to ring in the new year. Until then….

Happy Holiday Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Christmas Printable

Happy Friday everybody! This week has been a little crazy between the holidays and a sick hubby, but I did want to pop in and share these fabulous printables from Etsy’s awesome artists! I love the digital printables you can find on Etsy! There is something for every occasion. I love to get printable tags for my holiday packages since I am not a big fan of the ones you find at the chain stores. Every one of these printable items comes as an instant download, so you can print them out immediately after you purchase them if you like. Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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JOY, NOEL Rosette Banner Decoration Printable Paper Christmas Crafts by Fantastic Toys Here

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christmas village – favor boxes, luminaries, party centerpiece decoration printable PDF kit by Claudine Hellmuth Here

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Christmas Printable, Holiday Art Print, Typography, Tis The Season To Be Jolly by Mooseberry Printables Here

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 Printable Fiat-Style Vintage Holiday Car – Cake Pop Box/ Favor Box/ Holiday Decoration by Paper Built Shop Here

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Printable Christmas DIY Gift Tags Labels Scandinavian Holiday by Sam Osborne Store Here

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Printable Christmas Gift Tags – Chalkboard Style by Anthology Arts Here

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Christmas Gift Tags- Printable Set of 8 by Life Made Lovely Here

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Retro Christmas Gift Tags Digital Collage Sheet by Curious Crow Digital Here

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Printable Christmas Tags, Digital Collage Sheet, Retro Vintage DIY Gift Tags by The Vintage Remix Here

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Vintage Retro 1950s 24 Round Christmas Gift Tags Digital File Printable by Fenderskirts Vintage Here

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Christmas Printables for Playful Toys and Festive Decor by Tuesday Mourning Here

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Gingham Christmas PRINTABLE Party (INSTANT DOWNLOAD) by Love The Day Here

Don’t you just love them all! I do! I am definitely going to be snagging some of these for my Christmas wrapping. I hope you all enjoyed my little round up. Be sure to go take a peek at all of these amazing Etsy shops. They are full of printables! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Shopping!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tablecloth Drawstring Gift Bags

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Hi guys! A few months ago I came across some shabby Christmas tablecloths at a show and just had to have them! I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my holiday crafting this year. I didn’t really get the chance to use them in my decor this year, so I thought I would use them in my wrapping. Drawstring bags are really easy to make and they make sweet little gift bags!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloths

*Ribbon

*Safety Pin

*Scissors

*Ruler

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

Instructions:

Drawstring bags are really easy to make, and you can make them to your own dimensions easily. To make them like mine, you want your length to be longer than your width. My largest bag is 15×18″ and my smaller bag was 8×13″. Measure down three inches from the top on both sides and snip into the fabric by about 1/4″ where marked. Place your front and back pieces right sides together. Begin stitching at the first notch you make near the top. Stitch down the first side, across the bottom, and then back up the other side stopping at the other notch in the side using a half inch seam. Press open the seam allowance. Now you want to top stitch the seam allowance closed on each of the four sides. Fold the top of the front side of the bag and the back of the bag down by 1/4 inch, then fold the top down again so that the top is folded under to just above where the side seams start. Top stitch close tot he edge on the front and back sides forming the casings. Press your bag. Now fasten a safety pin to one end of your ribbon and feed it through the casings in the top of the bag. Pull the ribbon through and keep a long loop on the opposite side, so you have equal lengths of ribbon on each side. Cut the loop. To close the bag, scrunch the bag up and tie each side with the ribbon in a bow.

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I love these bags! They are so easy to whip up and the prints of vintage tablecloths are divine! You can easily make these to fit your own gifts. The greatest part is that the gift inside will come with it’s own bag to keep it safe when storing. I hope some of you all will give this one a try! It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back in a little bit with some printable Christmas tags! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Faux Bois Craft Paper Wrapping

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Hi guys! I meant to share this with you all yesterday, but I was still testing things out. I love craft paper and use it every year in my holiday wrapping. I bought a huge roll a few years ago from a framing supply company, and have barely made a dent in the roll. I like using craft paper as my inexpensive base to be able to spend more on embellishments. This year I thought it may be fun to try and print a pattern on the craft paper. I am a big fan of faux bois, and have a wood grain rocker tool for painting. Originally I thought I may be able to use a stamp pad and saturate the rocker with it before dragging it across the paper, but alas, that was a fail. So, I ended up trying paint and glaze. Here’s the how-to:

What You Need:

*Craft Paper

*Gold Paint

*Martha Stewart Paint Glaze

*Wood Grain Rocker

*Paper Plate

*Large Brush

Instructions:

First, you need to mix your paint and glaze. Mix equal parts paint and glaze onto your paper plate. Next, mix the paint and glaze thoroughly. Lay out your paper in a long sheet on a protected hard flat surface. Paint the glaze onto your paper quickly. Hold down the top of the paper with one hand and hold the rocker in your other hand. Then, drag the rocker from the top to the bottom of the paper firmly, in long rocking motions. Then drag the rocker down the paper again right next to the first run. repeat and continue all the way across the paper to the end. Let the paper dry thoroughly before using it to wrap your gifts.

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I think the wrapping turned out to be pretty cute! It is more subtle than I had originally wanted it to be, but I still like it. If you have a wood grain rocker, definitely give this one a try! Play around and have fun! Create your own custom gift wrap for your holiday gifts this year. You’ll have a blast!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Tablecloth Cross Body Mini Tote

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Hi guys! Welcome to day twelve of my Twelve Days of Handmade Gifts! Since it is the last day in this crafty handmade series, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite handmade gifts I have made for Christmas, my mini tote. Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am totally head over heels for vintage tablecloths and frequently repurpose the shabby ones in all kinds of projects. This project only takes a little fabric, so you could even use a tea towel. My little bag is super easy to whip up and it can be completed in under an hour!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tablecloth Fabric

*Lining Fabric (1/4 yard will work)

*Scrap of fabric for the pocket

*Leather or Pleather ( two pieces that are 6×9, and two strips that are 1×3)

*Extra long belt, or a long strap from a purse or bag

*2 1″ D-Rings

*Ruler and a French curve or curved ruler

*Scissors

*Sewing Machine and coordinating thread

*A leather needle or heavy duty needle for your machine

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure and cut the pieces for your bag. Cut the tablecloth and the lining fabric to be 10×13″. You will need two tablecloth pieces and two lining pieces that size. Next, cut your leather to be two 6×9″ pieces and two 1×3″ strips. Cut a pocket out of scraps to be 6×7″. Now lay your french curve or curved ruler on top of the bottom edge of one of your leather pieces. Draw a curve to make the curve in the bottom of the bag. Cut the leather on that line. Now you should have a curved bottom on one side of your leather piece. Fold the leather in half width wise, and trace the curve to the other side and cut. Now use that piece of leather with the curved sides tot he bottom as a template and trace it onto the bottom of your other piece of leather and your fabric pieces and cut out the curves for the bottom of the bag. Once everything is cut, you are ready to sew. Lay the leather pieces face up on the tablecloth pieces that are face up lining them up by the curve in the bottom. Top stitch all the way around the leather piece stitching it down the the fabric, repeat with other piece of leather and tablecloth piece. Now, take your tablecloth front and back and lay them right sides together. Pin the pieces from the top to where the leather starts, matching up where the leather meets and the curves are. Stitch around the sides and bottom with a 1/2″ allowance, leaving the top open. Now, make your patch pocket. Fold down your top of your pocket 1″ and stitch across. Then fold the side and bottom of the pocket seams by 1/2″ to the wrong side and press flat. Lay your pocket on top of the back piece of your lining evenly from the sides and the top and pin in place. Top stitch around the pocket leaving the top open. Now place front and back lining pieces right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom with a half inch seam allowance. Clip curves and trim the bottom seam allowances of your bag pieces. Turn your outer bag right side out and place it inside the lining bag piece so that the right sides of the fabric and lining are face to face. Match up the seam allowances and pin all around the top. Now, stitch around the opening with a 1/2″ seam allowance leaving a few inches open for turning. I left about 3″ for turning. Now, pull your main fabric out through the hole you left in the top and pull out the lining. Push the lining back into the main bag. Press the top of the bag all the way around pressing under the seam allowance where the hole is. Next, top stitch all around the top of the bag with an 1/8″ seam allowance closing up the hole in the top in the process. Now the main part of your bag is finished. Next, take one of your leather strips and thread a d-ring through it, then fold it in half so the d-ring is at the top fold in the loop and the ends are touching with the leather wrong sides together. Lay the piece on top of the side seam in the top of your bag so the d ring sits about 1/4 to 1/2″ away from the top edge of the bag. Pin down the piece to the bag. Now, stitch across the top of the leather where the loop meets the bag, then stitch down and back around again making a square on top of the leather. When you get back around to the place you started stitching the leather angle your piece in the machine and stitch across diagonally from the top of the square to the other side bottom, then stitch back over the bottom and then stitch back up to the other side in a diagonal, back stitching at the end. Repeat with the other piece of leather on the other side. To finish off, clip your handle onto the d-rings. Or, if you do not have a strap with hardware, add a swivel clasp to both ends of your strap looping them to the bottom and then stitching across.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag! IT is the perfect size to hold your necessities, and it is lightweight to carry. This is the perfect kind of bag for gals who don’t want to lug around a heavy purse! Everyone in my family refer to my bags that I carry as Mary Poppins purses because I have my whole life in there with me. I carry a lot more than I really need. I love how easy it is to customize this bag, just by the fabrics and patterns you choose to use. I also love how most of it is upcycled! Goodwill is a great place to find purses with good long straps. You can always reuse the bag portion for something else later. I left this bag open, but you could easily add one of those magnetic claps to the inside. I hope you guys will give this one a go, it’s perfect for the gals you need gifts for, and it is so easy. You’ll love it! I hope you all have enjoyed my handmade gift series this year! I’ll be back tomorrow with some gift wrap ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Feed Sack Patched Camera Strap

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Hi everyone! Welcome to day eleven of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! Today I am going to show you how to make a fun patched camera strap. I love vintage feed sack fabric and have dozens of little scraps. I had so much fun picking out my little scraps to embellish my strap with. This project is really fun to put together, and it is fast to whip up as well! Here’s the How-To:

Supplies:

*Vintage Feed Sack Scraps

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*2″ Webbing or an Old Belt

*Camera Strap Hardware Kit (Here)

*Leather Scraps

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Leather Needle for your machine

Instructions:

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Start off by gathering your scraps of fabric. You need to cut them into two inch squares with your rotary cutter. You will need about 15-18 of them depending on how long you want your strap. Once you have cut your squares, you are ready to patch them together. Take two squares and lay them face to face, then stitch up one side with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Take another square and lay it right sides together with the second square from the piece you just stitched. Repeat with your other squares, stitching the side to the previous square  until you have one long piece and all the pieces are stitched together in a line. Press open all the seams. Now, fold the edges under towards the backside of the fabric by a 1/4″ and press down. Next, cut your webbing or belt to be the same length of the patched strip of scraps. Lay the hemmed strip of scraps face up onto the webbing and pin down. Top stitch the fabric strip to the webbing, stitching about an eighth of an inch from the edge all the way around. Next, cut four leather scraps to be 2.5×3″. Cut a notch on each side of the bottom. Now, with wrong sides together, stitch down the side of the leather ends, rotate your needle and stitch down the next side. Cut two pieces of skinny webbing to be about 10-12 inches. Sandwich the end of the webbing into the bottom of the leather end, and stitch across the bottom, then stitch back up the other side. Repeat with the second leather end pieces. Now, insert the webbing into the top of the leather ends on each side, sandwiching the webbing in between the leather pieces. Stitch across the top. You can choose to keep your ends the size they are, or you can trim the sides down to the width of the webbing. Next, load your hardware onto each side of your webbing. Now you are ready to add it to your camera.

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I love this strap! It’s so cute! This would be a fantastic gift for your photography enthusiast! It’s easy and inexpensive to make too. I think I may have to make another one for my camera so I can enjoy one too! I love how easy it is to customize this strap too, just by the colors and fabrics you choose. You guys should definitely give this one a try for an easy to please holiday gift or yourself. I’ll be back tomorrow with my last diy gift project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 16th

Happy Monday everybody! I love vintage Christmas items! Since Christmas is my favorite time of year, I always decorate early. I collect Christmas items throughout the year, and usually can’t wait to display them in my home. My favorite Christmas items are all mid century! They are kitschy, cute, and always fun. I thought this week I’d share some awesome vintage mid century holiday finds with you from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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 Vintage Holt Howard Christmas Ornaments, 1958, Set of 8 Porcelain Christmas Decorations from Carnaby Vintage Jewels Here

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  1950s Christmas Apron / Music Theme Apron / Holiday Apron  from Minxouri Vintage Here

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 Vintage CHRISTMAS ANGEL Wall Hanging from Neato Keen Here

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 Vintage Santa Matches from Peace Traveler Here

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 Vintage Domed Christmas Tree Stand Santa/ Reindeer Litho Atomic Mid Century Modern from Random Retro Here

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 8 Vintage Christmas Santa Honeycomb Party Picks Mid Century from Peppermint Bark Here

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 Holt Howard Christmas My Fair Lady Head Vase Candleholder With Handmade Vintage Mercury Glass and Poinsettia Arrangement from Mercy May Here

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 Vintage Illustrated Santa & Reindeer Gift Wrap Roll from If Found Please Return Here

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 Vintage CHRISTMAS Towel Eames Reindeer Shop & Play Santa Signed from Uncle Bunk’s Trunk Here

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 Vintage Silverline Aluminum Tinsel Pom Pom Christmas Tree 4 Feet Tall 33 Branches from Peppermint Bark Here

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 X-Large Brass Deer Sculptures – Hollywood Regency / Mid-Century Modernist from Object of Beauty Here

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 Vintage Putz cardboard houses, mid century glitter mica houses from Tarragon Vintage Here

Aren’t they all just so darned cute! I love them all! I can’t even pick a favorite this week, especially with the linens! You all know how much I love vintage linens! I hope you guys enjoy browsing through these shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage Christmas finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!