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My Christmas Gift Wrapping for 2014!

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01-DSC_1124Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you all are having a fabulous day! I just finished my holiday wrapping and I thought I’d share it with you guys. I’ve also added a little how to on how to make covered buttons. This is the first year in a while that I have used printed Christmas paper. I usually use kraft paper, but this year there were some beautiful wrapping papers that I just could not resist! One of my staples when gift wrapping is yarn, and I also grab up ribbon at Michael’s when it’s on super sale. I think yarn or ribbons look so much nicer than stick on paper bows. Another fun way to spruce up a package is to add a piece of a Christmas floral pick. You can tape them on or tie them in with the ribbon or yarn.

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20-DSC_1108One of my favorite embellishments I used this year was covered buttons. These are really simple to make and they are super cute to add to a gift! You need the fabric covered button kits you can find at JoAnns or some local Walmart stores. You also need fabric scraps. I used Christmas fabrics and some vintage tablecloth remnants as well as some vintage images I had printed on fabric. Follow the instructions on the package. You basically cut out your fabric circles using the template on the back. Then you place your fabric face down into the rubber cup, then press the button top face down into the fabric. Fold the excess fabric into the back of the button. Lay the back of the button with the shank facing up and then press the whole thing together by pressing the plastic presser onto the whole thing and pressing down into the rubber cap firmly. Then you can pop out your button and tie it to a package.

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The other thing I like to add to my packages is sweet tags. I always use free printables from the internet. I used tags by She Wears Many Hats, Sonya DeHart, and The Sum of All Crafts. There are all kinds of amazing printable tags out there. If you want to find even more check out my Printables board on Pinterest Here.

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02-DSC_1120I am super happy with how my holiday wrapping turned out this year! It’s one of those things I look forward to every year! How do you guys like to embellish your packages? Any favorite tags this year? Thanks you all for letting me share my Christmas wrapping with you all! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Christmas Eve!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 23rd

Hey everyone! I can’t believe that Christmas is this week! This whole holiday season has just flown by! Before Christmas day comes I wanted to share one more Christmas vintage finds collection with you all! This week’s finds are welcoming Christmas with the jolly holiday man himself, Santa Claus! There are so many amazing Santa finds in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are my absolute favorites this week:

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Regal Toy Santa Claus Plastic Money Coins Vintage Bank Christmas Blow Mold Figurine Doll Canada from L’heure Bleue

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1950s Santa Ornaments Blume Japan Paper Mache Felt Cotton from Ivory Bird

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Vintage Sweet Santa Driving Sleigh Candle Holder Ceramic by Holt Howard from Nostalgic Home

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Vintage Santa Claus Candy Dish from Little Vintage Cottage

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Ceramic Christmas Figurines Noel – Made in Japan Santa Noel Figurines, 1950s Christmas Decorations, Retro Ceramic Santa Claus Kitsch Vintage from Be Quirksy

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Vintage Christmas, 1950′s Santa Claus In Storyland Pop-Up Book, Children’s Christmas Book, Santa Pop Up from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Vintage Christmas, Mantle Decoration, Hard Plastic Vintage Santa Claus, Vintage Reindeer, 1950s Christmas, Retro Christmas, Mid Century from Carnaby Vintage Jewels

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Vintage Christmas Gift Tags – Santa Claus from Pumpkin Truck Paper

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Vintage Christmas Planter, 1950′s Robyn Ceramics Santa Claus Planters Spaghetti Trim, Vintage Santa, Christmas Decor, Mid Century from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Vintage Christmas Tablecloth Do the Santa Dance from Uncle Bunks Trunk

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Vintage Santa Silk Spun 1950s from High Point Farm 2010

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Vintage Holt Howard Winking Santa Pitcher and 6 Mugs, 1959 — Merry Whiskers from Quantities of Quaint 

Aren’t they all so fantastic! The Holt Howard Santa finds are just to die for! I want everything on this Christmas list! I hope you all enjoy browsing these fabulous shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot Pads

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02-DSC_0886Hey everyone! I hope you all are really enjoying the holiday season this year! The holidays are rapidly approaching, so I wanted to share one last handmade gift diy with you all. I needed an extra little gift for my mamas this year. I know they always love gifts for the kitchen, so I thought I’d whip up some quick hot pads for them! Hot pads are a super easy sewing projects and you can whip up a bunch in just an hour or so. These hot pads are a great use of larger scraps of fabrics you may have at home too! I use cutter tablecloths a lot in my crafting projects and I also make totes with them for my shop. I always end up with large scraps from them, so I knew they would be perfect. The old prints are incredibly charming as well! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps

*Large Scraps of Cotton Fabric

*Batting

*Heat Resistant Batting

*Basting Spray

*Ribbon or Trim

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Quilting Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Iron

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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First gather all your supplies. Cut a front and back fabric piece to 9″ square. Cut a piece of batting and a piece of your heat resistant batting to 8″ square.

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Spray both your batting pieces with basting spray on one side.

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Center your batting pieces onto the wrong sides of the front piece and the back fabric piece, basting spray or sticky side down. Smooth out and iron.

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Cut a piece of ribbon or trim to 4″ or so. Fold the ribbon and stack the ends at the bottom to make a loop.

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Now sandwich your loop in between the right sides of the front and back pieces in one corner. Lay the loop so the loop is towards the center and the ends are in the seam allowance area. You also want the right side of the ribbon to be facing the right side of the front fabric piece.

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Pin the layers together. Place a pin where your loop is too to keep it in place.

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Stitch all the way around the square with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning.

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Clip corners.

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Turn your fabric right side out and iron.

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Top stitch about 1/8 to 1/4″ away from the edge all the way around.

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Now, you can leave your potholder with just the edges stitched or you can top stitch a little pattern on the top to quilt it. I stitched across mine diagonally to form an x on each pot holder. Finish off your hot pad by snipping any excess threads and giving a good iron. Voila! Easy, right!

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01-DSC_0887I LOVE these little hot pads! They are so much fun to make, I may have to make a few for my kitchen too! I know there are tons of tutorials on how to make pot holders and hot pads. This may not be the very best way to make one, it’s just how I have always made mine. You can really have fun with these and personalize them to your gift recipients style and color scheme. The vintage fabrics work well for my mamas since they all love pretty cottage prints. You can use your favorite fabric prints, funk it up with some ribbon, stitch a little ricrac to the edges. A few of these packaged sweetly make a wonderful stand alone gift, or use them to make a kitchen gift basket extra special. I hope you all will give this diy a go sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with some fun holiday wrapping ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Painted Toy Animal Magnets

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2-DSC_0871Happy 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_0792These 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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 16th

Hey everyone! Well, Monday totally got away from me this week, but I did want to pop in and share my favorite vintage finds of the week with you all! It is always my favorite post of the week! One of my very favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage linens, tablecloths especially! I will never tire of them, they are so amazing! So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite vintage Christmas linens with you all from Etsy’s lovely vintage shops! Check em’ out:

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Vintage Christmas Holiday Red White Green Border Tablecloth Snowflakes Tinsel Garland Poinsettias from HOLLANDVSTK

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Vintage Christmas Runner – Santa in Sleigh w/ Reindeer – Mid Century Modern – Red, Green, Gold – Cartoon Novelty Xmas by Eda Maria from Vintage PDX

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Mid century Christmas table cloth. Holidays, red, green, white, Christmas tree, poinsettias, snow flakes, holly, text, noel, Merry Christmas from Time Valley

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Vintage Christmas Cocktail Napkin Santa Claus Depler from Neato Keen

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Vintage Table Runner Happy Christmas MID CENTURY Santa Claus RARE! from Neato Keen

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VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TABLECLOTH Maids & Footmen Dancing MiD CenTuRy MoDern Festive! 54″ by 65″ from Pacific Modern

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Christmas Table Cloth 1950′s from Farmhouse Supply

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Mint Condition Vintage Mid Century Never Used Christmas Table Linen 52×70 Hardy Craft from Olde Home

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Vintage Santa Tablecloth – Shiny Brite Ornaments, Bells, Xmas Tree – Gold, Red, Green on Cotton/Rayon Christmas Tree by Parisian Prints from Vintage PDX

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Vintage Mid Century Heavy Cotton Christmas Tablecloth – Santa, Angels, Reindeer, Choir Boys, Christmas Trees & Shiny Brite Ornaments from The Toad House

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1950s Christmas Apron / Music Theme Apron / Holiday Apron / Holiday Half Apron / Holiday Fashion / Festive / Women Accessories Apron from Minxouri Vintage

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Tea Towel Vintage 1964 Christmas Robinson & Cleaver Regent Street, Ulster Linen, Mid Century from Retro 68

Aren’t they fantastic! I want every single one of them! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage Christmas finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy DIY Button Monogram Tablet Case

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4-DSC_0840Hey everybody! Today I wanted to pop in and share a really easy diy with you, a button embellished tablet case! My mom’s kindle case has seen better days. So, when I saw this sparkly case at Five Below, I thought it would be perfect to embellish for her for Christmas! One of my favorite vintage things to collect is buttons! I have bunches of them and use them all the time in my projects. I had a rather large lot of mother of pearl and shiny buttons, and I thought they would be sweet to use in a monogram on the case!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tablet Case

*Buttons

*Glue- I used Fabritac

*Marking Pen

Instructions:

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First you need to gather your supplies. Grab your case, your buttons and your glue.

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I used a pen to draw in my letter. So you want to start out by making your letter with one line of buttons. Play around with your buttons until you have a layout you like.

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Once you like your layout, glue each button down one by one with your fabritac glue.

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2-DSC_0844I think it turned out pretty cute! I built mine up a little too much so it is a bit bulky. But, I think it would be fantastic with just one layer of buttons too! You can find vintage buttons at flea markets and antique malls. You can always find buttons at your local thrift stores sometimes too. This case took me less than an hour to make and cost me less than ten dollars. So, go by Five Below and grab a tablet case and make it extra special for someone you love this year! I’ll be back tomorrow with another handmade gift. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Him

Hey everyone! I love holiday shopping! However I am always stumped on what to gift for the fellas in our family. They are always so hard to shop for! So, I have comprised a little collection of wonderful handmade gifts from the wonderful world of Etsy for the guys in your life. There should hopefully be something for even the  pickiest gent! Here are my favorites:

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UFO-logy Flying Saucer Types Mens T-shirt by Vortex Trading Company

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FREE SHIPPING – Men’s Personalized Bracelet, Men’s Leather Bracelet, Genuine Leather and Aluminium Plate Men Bracelet by Fosfor Store

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National Parks Checklist Map Print – 18×24 Gold limited edition screenprint by Ello There

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Slim Leather Wallet by Fullgive

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Custom Engraved Beer Growler with Flip Top by My Custom Growler

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Hexagon Coasters, Felt Coasters, Drink Coasters, Fabric Coasters, Felted Wool Coasters, 5mm Thick Felt Coasters, Bar Coasters, Coaster Set by Felt Planet

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BBQ rub gift set with recipes – 8 seasonings for grilling and barbecue by Dell Cove Spice Company

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Mens Messenger Bag, Mens satchel bag / Messenger bag for men / Mens bag / Felted bag / Mens Felt Satchel / Felt Bag / Mens Felt bag / Manbag by Rambag

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Htc One M8 Case – Star Trek Starfleet Command HTC One M7 Case – Htc One X Case – Htc One Phone Cover Case – 3D Exclusive HTC One Case by Gazooomp

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HANDMADE Men’s Leather Toiletry Case Dopp Kit Shaving Bag OOAK Groomsmen Present Groomsman Gift Wedding Groom Lifetime Leather Co Cognac Bag by Lifetime Leather Company

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Nordic Scarf, Deer Scarf, Deer Print Infinity Scarf, Double Patterned Scarf Oversized Scarf, Christmas Gift, Men Scarf Women Scarf Shawl by Style Scarf

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 Maple root wood guitar pick with leather friction pads by Wooda Cooda

Aren’t they all awesome! I know the guys on my list would love most any of these fantastic gifts! I’d love a few of them myself! I hope you all enjoy shopping these wonderful Etsy shops! They have something for everyone on your list I’m sure! I’ll be back soon with another holiday gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Handmade Gifts 2014- DIY Pet Pillows

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07-DSC_0773I’m sure most of you already know how much of an animal lover I am! My dog Beau goes everywhere with me. So of course I would have to make something pet related in my handmade gifts this year! I have long been a fan of Spoonflower, and absolutely love getting things printed from them! For those of you unfamiliar with this company, Spoonflower is a company where you can get your designs printed on all kinds of fabric as well as wallpaper and gift wrap. I’ve used them several times in the past for projects and I just can’t say enough good things about them! So, this year, I thought I’d get some of my favorite pet photos printed and make pillows for the family.

Here’s What You Need:

*Pet Photos

*Photo Editing Software

*Sewing Machine

*Scissors

*Fabric for Backing

*Straight Pins

*Stuffing like fiber fill

*Hand sewing needle and thread

*Spoonflower Fabric- I used the Canvas

Instructions:

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If you have never used Spoonflower to print fabric before, you can find a ton of info on their help page Here. This is how I made my files…. I used photoshop elements, and I made a new blank file. You can make it to the size fabric you want to order. You will need to decide the fabric choice you want to print on and the width of the fabric if you plan on getting yardage. For a fat quarter the measurement is 27″x18.” You will need to cut out your pet’s image. I used the polygonal lasso tool and selected around Sadie in her photo. Once you go all the way around the image selection will be highlighted.

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Now, click the move tool and drag and drop the pet image from its photo to the blank canvas. If you are printing more than one pillow, be sure to space the photos at leat an inch apart so you will have room for a seam allowance.

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Fit your photos on your blank canvas the way you like best, making sure there is plenty of room for your seam allowances. Now, save your file as a jpeg at at least 150dpi and upload it to your Spoonflower account. Decide your fabric type and order your fabric. I bought a fat quarter of the eco canvas fabric. I meant to pop this tutorial up earlier this year, but life got in the way, and I ended up behind on everything this year. You can still order this fabric and have it in time for Christmas, but you will have to order the faster shipping.

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Once you receive your fabric, you will need to cut out your photos. Cut out each photo at about 1/2″ or so away from the edges of the photo.

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Pin your cut out face down onto your backing fabric which should be face up so that the right sides are facing. Cut out the fabric cutting along the edges of the pet photo fabric.

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Now you should be ready to stitch the pillow. Stitch around the edges of the fabric with a half inch seam allowance all the way around leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning and stuffing.

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Clip the curved parts of the seam allowance and trim where you feel you need to. Turn the fabric right side out through the opening in the bottom.

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Next, take your polyfil and stuff your pillow. A chopstick or dowel may help you pack stuffing into tight spots. Stuff it nice and full.

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To finish off, close up the bottom by hand stitching the opening closed with a ladder stitch or a whip stitch. Now your pillow is ready for gifting!

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03-DSC_0777Aren’t they so darn cute! I think my family is going to go a little crazy for them! Our pets are super special you know! Aren’t they all though! These little pillows are super easy to whip up and they make a really fun one of a kind gift! I hope you all will try this one sometime too. I think you’ll love it! You can stitch them up yourself, or get the fabric and make a kit for your favorite diy enthusiast! I’ll be back next week with more handmade gifts. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 8th

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It has been one heck of a week here. I have been a little overwhelmed but I did want to pop in and share my vintage finds of the week with you all. It is always my favorite post of the week! One of my absolute favorite things to collect during the holidays are vintage deer and reindeer! They are so fantastic! So, this week I am going to share a little collection of some of my favorite vintage reindeer finds from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Check them out:

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8″ Vintage Reindeer Figurine, Red Rhinestone Jewel Eyes, Vintage Rudolph Reindeer, Kitsch Kitschy Christmas Deer, Japan Reindeer Decorations from Vintage by Jade

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2 Adorable Reindeer Hang Ups – Midcentury Die Cut Cardboard Christmas Reindeer Wall Decor for Doors, Windows, Classroom from Little Vintage Stories

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Vintage Christmas Reindeer, 1960′s Rudolph Reindeer Bank, Ceramic Reindeer Bank, Figurine, Christmas Decor, Christmas Figurine from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Vintage Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book; Robert L. May for Montgomery Ward from The Gold Gator

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Vintage Reindeer Christmas Candle Holder Candlestick from efine Gifts

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Vintage Christmas Deer Reindeer Enamel Brooch Rhinestone Pin Jewelry from Plucky Maidens

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Vintage Wool Shawl Christmas Red and White THICK and WARM from Annie Banannies Shop

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Vintage Christmas Reindeer, 1960′s Ceramic Reindeer, White Reindeer Figurine, Christmas Decor, Holiday Decoration from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Rubber Reindeer Figurines, Vintage Reindeer, 50s 60s Christmas Deer Reindeer Decorations, Plastic Deer, Vintage Reindeer from Vintage by Jade

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Vintage Reindeer Punchwork Needlepoint Velvet Throw Pillow – Stag – Cushion – Christmas – Holiday Home Decor from French Toast Kitty

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50′s Reindeer Pair from Retro Refaire

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Vintage Reindeer Red Velvet Deer Christmas Decoration Stuffed Animal Plushie Ornament Hopsack from Hopsack

Aren’t they all just adorable! I obviously would love any and all of them! I try to add to my vintage reindeer collection every year! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more holiday vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Handmade Gifts 2014- DIY Fabric and Leather Upcycled Belt

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03-DSC_0589There isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t make it to the thrift store at least once. One of the staples I always seem to walk out with are leather belts. I use them all the time when I make my upcycled bags. I found this adorable fabric on Etsy last month that looks like vintage feedsack patchwork. It was so adorable I knew I wanted to make a belt( and about a hundred other things) with it! I have made belts with webbing before, but this belt I felt was needing a little something special. I thought I’d try and stitch the fabric directly on the leather, but I could not find any nice leather belts that were thin enough thickness wise or wide enough and my size. So, I bought one that I could use with my webbing and as it turns out this was a super easy, fast, and inexpensive project!

Here’s What You Need:

*1.25″ Cotton Webbing

*Fabric

*Basting Spray or Stitch Witchery

*Leather Belt

*Iron

*Sewing Machine and Heavy Duty Thread

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies and cut your webbing fabric and belt. Decide how much of the leather belt you wish to show at the front. Cut the belt on each side where you like. Measure your hips or waist where you are going to wear the belt. Measure the leather belt piece and subtract that measurement from the total length. Add an inch to the length for your seam overlap. Cut your webbing to the length you measured. Cut your fabric to be 2″ wide by the length of your webbing.

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Fold one side under by 1/2″ and iron down. Then fold the other side in by half an inch and iron down. Spray starch will help keep your fabric allowance nice and flat if you need some extra hold.

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Now, you can either use double sided stitch witchery between the fabric and webbing and iron down, or you can spray the back of your fabric piece with basting spray and mount it to your webbing.

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Now you are ready to sew. Stitch close to the edge of your fabric. Stitch up one side, then pivot and stitch across the bottom, then pivot and stitch up the other side.

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Snip off the very ends of your webbing to clean up the edges.

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Lay your first side of your leather belt piece overlapping one side of the webbing by half an inch. Top stitch close to the end and then right below where the webbing ends. Do the same thing for the other side of the belt. Clip threads. Snip and blend the leather to the webbing if the leather is wider than the webbing. And that’s it, easy right!

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I think this belt turned out super cute! It was really easy and fast to whip up, and it was really inexpensive too! I made this belt in about a half an hour. The fabric I used was Lecien’s Old New. I used a strip off of a fat quarter and still had most of my piece left over. So, you can easily get by with long scraps or by buying an 1/8th or quarter yard at the store. I think this would make a wonderful gift for ladies, especially teens or young women! I hope you all will think about making one for one of your favorite girls or yourself sometime! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun handmade gift. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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