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Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 21st

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend! We took the pups on a beautiful hike at Umstead park. They had a fantastic time and it was a lovely day! I picked up a new set of chicken salt and pepper shakers too at a local thrift shop. Overall it was a great weekend! Vintage salt and pepper shakers are one of those things that I can never pass up. I have quite a little collection in my house. So this week I thought I would share some of my favorite shaker sets from Etsy this week. Check out my best favorites:


Vintage Golfing Bugs Salt and Pepper Shakers from Rabbit Heart Designs

il_570xN.749567884_mx3yVintage Milk Glass Salt and Pepper Shakers Lime Green Accent Range Size Shakers Retro Kitchen Shabby Cottage Decor Vintage 1930s from Cynthia’s Attic

il_570xN.745728877_nnkyVery Rare Vintage Bambi and Falina Kissing Deer Salt & Pepper Shakers Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

il_570xN.743903800_apilSalt & Pepper – Nifty ‘Westinghouse’ Shakers – 1950s Washer and Dryer – Wood – Picnicing, Camping, Glamping in Your Retro RV – Flamingos from Retro Mama 65

il_570xN.786143719_qd62Vintage Chicken Hen Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Made in Japan – Hand Painted Salt & Pepper Chickens w/ Scarves – Mid Century Kitsch Hens from Vintage Dazzle

il_570xN.464102786_poijVintage Carter Hoffman Salt Pepper Shakers 1940’s Collectible Pottery Country Decor from In Another Life Vintage

il_570xN.520854424_owwc1950s Ucago wood cow salt and pepper shakers moo when shaken great barbecue kitsch from Lunch Lady Vintage

il_570xN.837391291_504f1950’s Salt &Pepper Shaker from Vintage Meg

il_570xN.792293278_qlqqVintage Rare Lotus Lyngby Cathrineholm Salt & Pepper Shakers – Mid Century from House Of Seance

il_570xN.680968132_b2gxVintage Toothpaste Tube Girls Anthropomorphic PY Salt and Pepper Shakers 1950s Napco Pink Blue CUTE and RARE from Crazy 4 Me

il_570xN.833379259_b0mkLovely pair of Old English Salt & Pepper shakers Odds of Mid Century and 1940’s vintage shabby chic crockery from Guidoux Vintage

1-Funky_Junks_Party_Junk_link_party.29-AMVintage Lion or Cat couple salt and pepper shakers. Very hard to find. Marked Japan and both numbered 4659 from Forever Finery

Aren’t they all adorable! I am a total sucker for ceramic animal shakers! I love them and actually have them all over my house. I can’t pick a favorite this week. Any of them strike your fancy? Be sure to check out the great shops that they came from! There are lots of treasures to see! I’ll be back soon with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 4th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic start to your week! I am busy getting things ready for Mother’s Day. Can you believe it is this weekend! It snuck up on me this year. So, in honor of Mother’s Day I thought I would share a little collection of vintage finds that I think would be perfect for any mom. Here are my favorites this week:


Vintage Apron Dress Seamstress Sewing Machine GREAT Graphics from NeatoKeen


Vintage 1950’s Bone China Brooch with Rose, Anenome Pansy & Forget-me-nots perfect gift for Mother, Mom, Daughter, Wife or Girlfriend from The Purple Papillon


Vintage Mother’s Day Hankie Carnations & Bows w Unique Fold Minty from Uncle Bunk’s Trunk


Vintage ROSLYN 1950s Country Ramble Pink Blue Purple Flower Tea Cup and Saucer English Fine Bone Porcelain China – Free Domestic Shipping from Beautiful Passions


Kitchen Bath Laundry Saying Soap Dish – A Mother’s Work is Never Done – Great Mother’s Day Gift! Kitchen or Bath – Blue 1950s Kitchen Decor from Glittering Dragonfly


1950’s Vintage Miniature Hand Blown Glass Birds – Mom with 4 Babies – Gorgeous Colors from A Collector’s Emporium


1930’s Vintage Wallpaper Bright Pink Roses Blue Flowers on Yellow from Rosie’s Wallpaper


Vintage kitsch rare lustre ware pastel lamb or llama vase 1940s 1950s from Tutti Vintage


1950’s Silk Scarf – Silk Rose Scarf – Vintage Double Sided Boho Floral Scarf from That Was A Good Year


Cat Figurines 1940’s China Kitty Statues Red And White Polka Dots Knick Knacks from Pepper LaRoux


Vintage Fashion Magazine Charms Harpers Bazaar Vogue Collier’s 1930’s 1940’s Enameled Charm Bracelet from The Rusty Nail Pail



Nov. 1954 Mademoiselle Magazine – 1950s Teen Girl – Women – Ads – Fifties Fashion – Beauty – Style – Christmas – Vintage Photos – Ephemera from Hobgoblins

Aren’t they so adorable! My mom and I both tend to lean toward anything cute, or floral. I know she would love any one of these lovely items as a gift! Do you all have a favorite this week? See anything your mom would love? I hope you enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun! Until then….

Happy Shopping!

Love Week- You’re Such a Deer Valentines Boxes




04-DSC_1431I have to say, I am a sucker for deer! I think they are one of the cutest things on the planet! Our Beau even looks like a little fawn sometimes! This Valentine’s Day I wanted to give my family and friends something a little more than just a flat card. I found these little paper mache boxes at the craft store and thought they would be wonderful to make little valentines, and fill with conversation hearts. I wanted something cute to top them with, but couldn’t quite decide. Then, the other day, I was organizing my cabinet and found my plastic deer cupcake picks. And what could be better than deer, really? For the ones I love dearly, perfect! I realize it’s probably too late to be able to get the supplies and make these for this Valentine’s Day, but you can always save the idea for next year.

Here’s What You Need:

*Small heart shaped paper mache boxes

*Craft Paint (I used Martha Stewart Brand in matte finish and also a metallic) and paint brushes

*Deer Cupcake Toppers (I found mine at

*Little Paper Flowers

*Hot Glue

*White Cardstock

*Word program to make your labels


*Conversation Hearts



First Prime all your boxes. Then paint them and the lids the way you like. My mom and I made these together and used a combination of patterns and colors.


Break the picks off the bottom of your deer. Dab hot glue onto their feet and glue down to the lid of the box.


Use hot glue to glue down your paper flowers at the deer’s foot.


Create a document and type out your sayings in the font you like. I used Impact on size 14 font. Space them out so they are at least a few inches apart. Cut the phrases in long strips.


Bend the paper back towards the back at the beginning and end words, then bend back towards the front at about a quarter inch the other way.


Clip the ends of the paper into a notch to make the paper look like a banner.

09-DSC_1412Glue your banner to your deer with a dab of hot glue. To finish off your boxes add conversation hearts to the inside and close up. Now they are ready to be gifted.





08-DSC_1422Aren’t they so sweet! I have used all kinds of mini deer in projects before, but these little plastic cupcake toppers are some of my favorites ever! Their little red smiles melt me! These little boxes are so simple to whip up and they make a really sweet valentine gift to those you love lots! You can really customize them just by the way you paint the boxes. Of course you could use other toppers as well. I hope you all will give this craft a try sometime. They would make cute little boxes for arty favors too, not just for Valentines day. Have fun with it! I will be back soon with another sweet DIY. Until then….

Happy Crafting!


DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper Ornaments




01-DSC_0507Hey everyone! Today I am going to share one more ornament tutorial with you all! I am going to show you how to make a super easy and quick treat for your tree using some of those little mini frames you can get in the dollar section at Michaels. You only need a few items and you can make several in under an hour, making it a perfect weeknight craft or craft party candidate! I had a blast making these the other day! I love them so much, I may have to make some more. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Mini Frames (michaels)

*Vintage wrapping paper scraps (small prints work best)

*Old books, magazines, etc for words


*Pen or pencil

*Rubber cement


*Cupcake picks, vintage minis, floral picks like holly, etc…


*Hot Glue and glue gun



First gather up all your supplies and decide what papers and words you want to use.


Take the paper insert out of the frame and use it as a template for your wrapping paper. Trace the shape and then cut out your wrap.


Then, cut out words you want to use from your ephemera.


Glue your wrapping paper to the white side of the frame insert with rubber cement. Put a little rubber cement on the back of your words and place them where you want them on the wrapping piece with your tweezers. Smooth down and rub off any excess glue.


Decide what minis or embellishments you want to add to the outside of your frame.


Glue the embellishment to the front with hot glue.




Cut a length of ribbon to about 4-5″ long. Glue the bottoms of the ribbon together to form a loop. Then glue the bottom of your loop onto the top back side of your frame. Hang on your tree and enjoy!




02-DSC_0503Aren’t they so dang cute! You guys know me, if I can make something with vintage stuff I ALWAYS have to! My wrapping paper and paper ephemera was all vintage as well as my little plastic deer. You can make these easily with your own paper scraps or with some fun new wrapping paper (Target has some super cute wrap this year!) Have fun with it and make it your own! I hope you guys will give this one a try for your next mid-week make, or party! They are so easy and fast to whip up, and they make really cute and inexpensive last-minute hostess gifts for those holiday parties! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas diy. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments



1-DSC_0355Hi guys! Happy Friday! I know for a lot of people it is sacrilege to decorate for Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving. However, that is exactly what I am doing this weekend! It makes me happy, don’t judge me 😉 One of my favorite things about the holidays and holiday crafting in particular is that my mom and I always make ornaments together. This year I wanted to make some ornaments that were similar to vintage jewel brite’s or vintage diorama ornaments. These do require the use of a dremmel, but other than cutting, they are pretty easy to make! We made a bunch of them in just an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Ornaments

*Dremmel Tool fitted with a cutting disk


*Mod podge or medium to attach glitter

*Glitter (I used Diamond Dust)

*Cotton Balls


*Vintage and new miniatures

*Little bottle brush trees

*Hot Glue and Glue Gun

*Pipe Cleaner

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon or Twine for hanging


04-DSC_0091To start with, draw a line to use as a cutting guide on the front of your ornament. Draw the circle to be about 1/2 to 3/4″ away from the seam in the center of the ornament.



01-DSC_0099Carefully cut your ornament with the dremmel. Insert the cutting wheel into the cutting line and then carefully follow it around until you reach the other side. Remove the cut front. You will be actually melting the plastic when you cut, so it may stick to itself after you cut, but you will find that you can easily twist it off.

11-DSC_0053Paint the inside of the ornament with your choice of paint. It may take a few coats. Set aside to dry thoroughly.


09-DSC_0056Paint a layer of decoupage medium on the inside of the ornament, leaving the bottom of the inside clean. Pour a little glitter into the ornament, then swish it around to coat and tap out the excess.

08-DSC_0060Now you need to glue in your minis. Glue them down to the bottom inside of the ornament with hot glue.


06-DSC_0062To add the snow, you will need cotton balls. Pull the cotton ball apart. Add a little glue to the bottom of the ornament around the minis you glued down. Lay a little cotton onto the glue. Use your toothpick to smoosh the cotton down and around the minis.

05-DSC_0064To finish the cut edge, cut a pipe cleaner to size to fit the opening. Glue the pipe cleaner around the cut edge of the ornament. Snip down the wires in the top of the ornaments if you need to. Put the tops back on. Pliers will definitely help get the wires into the holes in the top. To finish, tie a ribbon or some twine to the loop in the top of the ornament. Now you are ready to hang.


2-DSC_0352I am so in love with these little ornaments! I had a total blast making them, and I love the vintage charm they add to a tree! I will be selling a few of these in my shop if any of you would like to have one of these fun ornaments on your tree, but don’t want to make them yourself. I hope some of you all will make some of these this Christmas with your favorite crafty partner in crime. You’ll totally love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun holiday crafting! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 11

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


8 Anchor Hocking Forest Green White Daisy Tumblers in Wire Caddy – 1950 from Sharron’s Attic


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


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



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

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

Happy Shopping!

12 Fabulous DIY’s of Christmas Round Up

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Hey everybody! I know I am not the only one who like to start their holiday crafting early, so I thought I’d share some of the projects on the top of my crafting wish list. There are so many amazing DIY projects out there that are holiday themed, it’s hard to narrow them all down to just twelve! You can check out many more of the holiday projects on my Christmas DIY board on Pinterest that I love too. Here are my top favorites this year:


Mid Century Modern Christmas Wreath at DIY Network


Retro Fabric Christmas Light Tutorial by Our Family Four for Kojo Designs


How to make a Christmas wreath out of vintage ornaments — Georgia Peachez’ secrets at Retro Renovation


Home for the Holidays House Ornaments by Retro Mama


Crochet Christmas Light Decorations by Wink at Tuts+


Magazine Christmas Tree by Blog A La Carte


Retro Felt Christmas Ornaments by Fantastic Toys


Stripe Paper Straw Wreath by Tatertots and Jello


Ribbon Candy Twist Ornament from Better Homes and Gardens


Bambi Christmas Stocking by Polka Dot Daze


Christmas Garland by Creative Breathing


Tulle Christmas Tree from

Aren’t they all so cute and festive! I always have grand plans of making lots of fun crafts over the holidays. Life always seems to get in the way a bit, but I am starting early this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to sneak a few in! Do you all have anything you are super excited to make for the holidays this year? Anyone interested in doing a handmade ornament swap? I just love this time of year! I’ll be back next month with a fun round up of handmade gifts to DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fall Style Inspired by Julep Nail Polish


Today was the first little taste of fall weather around here. And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am very much looking forward to cooler weather and snuggling up with lovely sweaters! Today I am teaming up with Julep Nail Polish to give you some style ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors. I am not usually a fan of autumn’s earthy tones, but the softer colors still speak to me. I chose to create a look inspired by Julep’s beautiful polish color, Clara. This is such a luscious shade of pink. It has a little peachy undertone, and is soft, feminine, and modern! I love this shade of pink for fall as it tones down the brights of summer but still gives you a hint of color with your fall neutrals. My style tends to be pretty casual. I also have a serious obsession with sweaters in the fall! So, this ensemble is definitely on my fall wish list! I like pieces that are a little fun and quirky as well, and it’s no surprise the adorable deer sweater and amazing rose sneakers are right up my alley! Love love love them! I think that Julep’s Clara pink polish would be the perfect accompaniment to this fall outfit, don’t you! To see more amazing colors for your perfect fall manicure, check out the fabulous line of Julep Nail Polish. And here is a break down of my style inspiration and where to buy everything pictured in this post:


Deer, Far, Wherever You Are Sweater at Modcloth




The Cambridge Satchel Company Leather 13″ Top Handle Satchel Bag, Cream at John Lewis


Superga ‘Rose’ Sneaker at Nordstrom


Hand knitted eternity scarf-pastel rose by Sarigg at Etsy




I Am Happy Ring at The Iconic


kate spade new york faux pearl flower stud earrings at Cusp


And of Course Julep’s Clara Nail Polish at Julep

I also created a little look for the perfect evening out inspired by Clara as well. The dress from Anthropologie pairs beautifully with the Kate Spade jewelry! I am a total sucker for anything Kate!

An Evening With Clara


And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:


I hope you all have enjoyed my little style posts today! I always have so much fun putting outfits together!  Do you have a favorite color for fall this year? I am loving the softer tones! Hope you all are enjoying the Fall transition and the beautiful weather!

Happy Fall!


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:






From my board DIY Ideas I Love:






From my board Pets and Animals:






From my board Iggy Love:






From my board Tattoos:






From my board My Style:






From my board For the Home:






From my board Vintage Glassware:






From my board Amazing Vintage Barkcloth:






And from my board Glamping:






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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 3rd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! My sister’s pup Sadie came over for a sleepover with Beau. They had a great time! We took them to the dog park and the flea market. It was a beautiful weekend here! As some of you all know by now, I love all kinds of prints, and mash-ups of prints together. However, I am and always have been a polka dot kind of girl! It is my favorite print ever, even more so than gingham, which is a close second! This week I am happy to share a little collection of vintage polka dot finds! There were so many amazing dotty finds in Etsy’s wonderful vintage world, I had such a time narrowing it down! Here are just a few of my favorites:


Retro Polka Dot Glass Decanter With 6 Shot Glasses / Mid Century Kitchen / Colorful Dots from The Curious Case Shop


Blue and green flower and polka dots print cotton fabric square pillow case cushion cover – French 70s vintage from La Baronne Vintage


Vintage 60s Retro Mod Aspirin Polka Dot Lucite Teal Turquoise Blue Embedded Injected Confetti Green Red Yellow Blue Domed Bangle Bracelet from The Paisley Unicorn


Vintage 1960s Crank Noisemakers, Polka Dots, Set of 4, Festive Holiday, New Years Eve, Birthday Parties, Party Fun, Blue, Red, Orange from My Attic’s Treasures


Polka Dot Print Cosmetic Makeup Case Pouch from Chloe and Claudia


VINTAGE Hand Painted Umbrella/Parasol Shaped Enamel Hair Slides/Grips – Retro Rockabilly Polka Dot Shabby Chic Kitsch Cute from The Magic Clothes Horse


Vintage Arcopal France coffee cups Set of THREE tasses ceramic red polka dots kitchen retro decor from Oui In France


Vintage 1950’s White and Red Flocked Velvet Polka Dot Sweetheart Party Prom Dress // DIVINE from True Value Vintage


Vintage Hostess Apron Red Polka Dot Stick Figure from Crafty Sara


Mid Century Deer – Toy Stuffed Animal – Oil Cloth Reindeer – Ivory Cream Green Orange Polka Dots – Nursery Decor from Love Butler Vintage


1960s Ruffles & Polka Dot Dress, size 6 months from Salvage House



Vintage 2qt Fire King Red Dot Splash Proof Bowl, Fire King Bowl, Red Polka Dot Bowl, Mixing Bowl, Retro Kitchen, Mid Century Kitchenware from RD1 Vintage

Aren’t they all amazing! I LOVE everything! The apron is definitely on my most wanted list. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage items. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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