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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!

 

DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric Necklace

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braided fabric necklace DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric NecklaceOne of my favorite things in the whole world is vintage linens! I collect all kinds of them from tablecloths and tea towels, to hankies, to bed sheets. After I made my vintage bed sheet patchwork curtain last year I had several sweet scrap pieces left over. I have always loved the braided fabric bracelets that I have seen on Pinterest in the past, and thought it would be fun to try a braided fabric necklace. I wanted to make something chunky and fun. This easy necklace only takes a few supplies and you can make one in under an hour, so it’s a great week night project!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Scrap Fabrics

*Large Leather End Caps (I bought mine Here)

*E6000

*Thread or Embroidery Floss

*Chain and Clasp

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ruler

*Rotary Cutter and Mat

Instructions:

01 DSC 0008 2 DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric NecklaceThe first thing you need to do is cut your fabric strips. Cut six strips to be 1.5″ wide by at least 8″ long.

02 DSC 0010 2 DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric NecklaceGather your strips all together. Tie a piece of thread or floss around the top of the strips. Separate your strips by twos so you have three groups of two strips, and then braid your strips. Tie the end of the braid off tightly with your floss.

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04 DSC 0017 2 DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric NecklacePlace a dollop of e6000 into the end caps and twist the end of the braided strips into each cap so you have a cap on each end of your braid. Let the glue set and dry. Using your jewelry pliers, open up one end of your chain and attach it to one of your end caps. Run the chain around your neck and decide where you need to cut it for the other end. Cut the chain. Then open up the other end and attach it to the other end cap. Open up the middle of the chain and attach your clasp. Now it’s ready to wear.

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vintage braided fabric necklace DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric NecklaceI love my new necklace! It is a great statement necklace to wear with a plain tee! I love how versatile it is. You can really change up the look of your necklace by the fabric and the chain you use, and also the length of your braid. It’s a fun and easy DIY! I hope you all will give this one a try and add a little pop to your summer wardrobe! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Let’s Shop Local Market This Weekend!

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Hey everyone! I am excited to share that another Let’s Shop Local event starts tomorrow! This Friday through Sunday, May 16th-18th, Let’s Shop Local is having a handmade market fair as part of the wicked fun Got To Be NC festival the the Raleigh State Fairgrounds. There will be all kinds of amazing artisans in attendance selling their lovely wares from jewelry and candles to clothing and home decor, and much much more. There is something for everyone at this show! Let’s Shop Local is a fantastic organization dedicated to supporting local handmade artists. You can read more about them on their website Here.

Here is a little list of artists who will be at the show this weekend. Click on their names to be taken to their websites.

Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry Box

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01 DSC 0016 Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry BoxWhen it comes to handmade gifts for the ladies in my family, jewelry is usually on the list. This year for Mother’s Day I thought I would mix it up a little and make my mom a jewelry box that she can store her favorite pieces in. A thrifted wooden box works great as a starting base. Add a little paint and vintage wallpaper on the outside for style and sectioned compartments inside for functionality, and you’ll have a jewelry box that can rival an expensive boutique find. I had a great time making this DIY, and it was pretty quick to whip up as well. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Wooden Box, like a cigar box with a hinged lid

*Paint

*Vintage Wallpaper Scraps

*Martha Stewart Matte Decoupage Medium and a paint brush

*3″ Balsa wood strip from the craft store

*Craft Knife

*Glue

*Scissors

*A few sheets of felt

*Ruler

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is paint your box. Paint the outside and the inside.

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Once your box is good and dry, you can decoupage it. Lay out pieces of your wallpaper scraps on the lid. When you have a design you like glue them down by painting a layer of decoupage medium onto the back of your wallpaper piece and a little on the surface of the box, then smooth the wallpaper down onto the surface of the box. Cut pieces to fit for the sides of the box and decoupage them on.

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Once the wallpaper pieces has been attached and you have completely decoupages the box outside, you can paint a layer of the decoupage medium over the whole box to seal it up.

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Now you can work on the inside. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your balsa wood. Measure the depth of your box and cut a couple of pieces to that dimension. Then measure the height of the box. Cut your pieces down to the dimension of the height so they will fit nicely. For example, my pieces were 7″ long(the depth of the box inside to inside) by 1.5″ wide (the height of the inside of the box from the bottom to the top edge of the box not including the lid.) Also cut a small piece to make a little section that will go perpendicular to one of the divider pieces you already cut. I made mine 4″x1.5″.

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Now you need to glue your dividers into the box. Run a bead of glue onto the sides and bottom of the long pieces. Fit them where you want them. I made one to be 2.25″ away from the side edge. The second needs to be the same distance away from the side of the box as the length of the short divider you cut, in my case 4″. Glue your small divider piece perpendicularly to the one you just glued down. Let the glue dry.

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Paint the dividers and the bottom of the box again.  Set aside to let dry. Measure the distance from the side of the box to the first divider strip. Mine was 2.25″. Now cut strips of felt lengthwise to be the same width as the distance you measured(2.25″.) Glue the strips of felt together to form one very long strip.

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Accordion pleat the felt with pleats of a little over an inch. You should end up with a nice tight piece to fit inside the first divider space. Run glue on the sides and the bottom to glue the felt in place.  My lid had some foam I could not scrape out, so I cut a piece of felt to cover the inside of the lid. You can add felt pieces to the bottom of the box in the divided spaces if you like. And now you are ready to gift your handmade jewelry box!

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04 DSC 0025 Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry BoxI LOVE how this little jewelry box turned out! I think my mom will love it too! You can easily make your own in just an afternoon. It is really easy to customize as well! You can change up the look to suit your mom’s style just by the colors you use, and the papers you decoupage. I hope some of you will make one of these fun jewelry boxes for your favorite gals sometime. It’s really fun! I’ll be back next week with another sweet project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Local Gems- The Handmade Market

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Spring is here, and for many of us it is synonymous with craft show season. There are bunches of craft shows in the Raleigh Durham area where I live. One of the best local shows is most definitely The Handmade Market in Raleigh. This fantastic market is a one day semiannual show that features over fifty local and regional indie artists and crafters. This weekend, Saturday May 3rd, will be the seventeenth market since the show’s commencement in 2006. Every year so far, I have been tied up with other things, so this will be the first Handmade Market I will have attended, and I could not be more excited! This show is brimming with so many talented artists in all kinds of crafty mediums ranging from jewelry and clothing, to home accessories and fine art, and even great stuff for the kiddos. Here is a little peek at some of the amazing handmade goods you can find at the market this weekend:

You can see a full list of all the artists participating in the market and their website links on the Handmade Market’s artist page Here.

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a little chat with a few of the Handmaidens, the behind the scenes crafty supergirls that created and produce this twice yearly event. The Handmaidens are a group of seven creative women including Ndidi Kowalczyk (Hothouse Poesy,) Lois Peterson (It’s By Design,) Kiona van Rhee-Wilson (Lucky Accessories,) Jenni Moore Myers (Milk & Honey,) Kristen Randall (Mood Swing Studios,) Leeann Hynes (Fleur-De-Lee-Lee,) and Tracey Johnson (Patina South.) As it turns out all of these lovely gals met through Raleigh’s most fun bead store Ornamentea (website here.) They became fast friends and decided to attend the 2004 Boylen Height’s Artwalk in Raleigh as a collective under the name “Bead the People.” They had such a great time, they continued to do shows, but under the new name of “The Handmaidens.” Pretty soon the ladies’ came to realize there was a bit of a void in quality shows around in the southeast to showcase our region’s independent design scene. And so, on May 6th of 2006, the first Handmade Market was formed. It featured 35 local artists and was held at Vintage 21. Since then, The Handmaidens have produced seventeen successful shows, grown through a few spaces, and are currently showing out of Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market.  The success of this market is such a gift to our area’s indie movement. The Handmaiden’s love all kinds of art, and you can be sure that you will find some of the best local artists to shop from.

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I asked the ladies a little about their process and what they look for when deciding which artists to use in their shows. As with most craft show, the work is juried. Every one of the Handmaidens vote on each entry. It is very thorough. Some of the things they look for when they are deciding on an artist as a candidate for the show are the uniqueness of designs, the quality of the photos submitted, and if it is a good fit for the show. Sometimes even the price points of the items are a deciding factor as they need to be comparable to other items in the same category for the show. The Handmaidens strive for a good balance of craft genres as well so they don’t end up with too many jewelry artists, or too many stationary designers. I think they do such a good job creating a show with so many types of items available. There truly is something for everyone!

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I also asked the Handmaidens if they have any advice for artists and crafters they’d like to share. The synonymous opinion is to keep at it. Keep moving forward. Try new things, and go to as many shows as you can until you can find where you fit best. Try to carve out a niche for yourself by creating a unique product. Keep working on your photos. You will grow with your craft. If you are a local crafter of the Raleigh area and would like more information on how to apply for the next market in November, you can find the info on the Handmade Market’s web page Here.

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One of the best things about The Handmade Market is their dedication to give back to the community through the spring charity drive. This year The Handmade Market will be partnering with Triangle Pets Alive to raise money and awareness of their efforts to save healthy pets at area shelters through a foster-based rescue network. Baskets overflowing with participating artist and local business donations will be part of the highly anticipated voluntary raffle. All raffle money will be donated to Triangle Pets Alive

The Handmade Market is made possible not only by the hard work of the Handmaidens, but also through volunteers and sponsors. If you are a local business interested in sponsoring The Handmade Market, visit their sponsor page Here.

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If you are in our area and would like to attend the show this saturday, here is the detailed info from the press release:

The Handmade Market is a one-day, indoor designer craft fair and market featuring handcrafted goods from more than 50 artists, designers, and crafters. The FREE event will run from 11 am until 5 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. An extra, early bird, hour of shopping happens from 10:00 to 11:00am. Anyone interested in getting the first peak at all the latest designs can enter the market as a VIP, before FREE admission begins at 11:00 am, for $5 a person. The Handmade Market will be held at Cobblestone Hall, in downtown Raleigh. The entrance is located at 215 Wolfe Street in City Market, just south of Moore Square, in the former Greenshields building.

So all my locals out there, go check it out this weekend! You’re pretty much guaranteed to walk out with something you’ll love! In the mean time, be sure to check out the Handmade Market’s website for more info on upcoming shows Here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest.

And one last thing before I go…. Here is a little stop motion video of artist Jenn Hales creating the logo for the May market. Check out her site, Here, she’s fabulous!

 

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Friday everyone! I am on my way to the Liberty Antiques Festival today, but I did want to pop in and share a little gift guide with you all! As you know, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. A great place to find an amazing gift for mom is on Etsy! There are so many amazing artists creating all kinds of awesome things. There is truly something for everyone. Here are my top pics of Mother’s Day gifts for your most special ladies:

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Beautiful Women’s Scarf, Infinity Scarf, Cute Spring Scarf, Dusty Blue Floral Print, Scarf by Shop Natalie May

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Straw Fedora hat with trim, Summer Fedora, Fedora Beach Hat by Swaggy Valley Bags

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Rose Necklace – fabric jewelry – retro flower pendant – daisy floral charm – garden – resin glass pendant – sterling silver by Darling Studio

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Vintage Needlepoint cosmetic bag by Ella Osix

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Vintage Handkerchief Pillow Cover in Pink and Blue by Hanky Dresses

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Retro Chic Green Glass Soy Candle by Tregalo

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Typographic Print. Mothers Day Gift. Mothers Are All Slightly Insane Poster. J.D Salinger Quote. A Catcher In The Rye. by Rain City Prints

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Bluebird of Happiness in Cottage White Wire Bird Cage by Melanie’s Menagerie

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Lavender Lullaby Organic Herbal Tea | Loose Leaf Blend with Calming Chamomile, Relaxing Rose, Luxury Lavender | Soothing Sleepy Tea by Artful Tea

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Embroidery Hoop Wall Art – “Craftiness is Happiness” by Hopscotch Lane Shoppe

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Fairies Gather Here Sign Vintage Spoon Garden Plant Marker – Whimsical – Antique Silver Plated – Hand Stamped – Rustic Decor by Eve of Joy

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Aren’t they all fabulous! I know my moms would love any of these items! I hope you all enjoy shopping these fantastic Etsy shops as much as I always do. I love them all! I’ll be back next week with a lovely Etsy artist. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Upcycled Knife Bracelet

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One of my favorite things to upcycle is old silverware! I have made all kinds of projects with them for holiday gifts in the past. I also have a couple of DIY projects using silverware on the blog like my stamped silverware garden markers, and my spoon curtain tie backs. Upcycling silverware has become really popular. So popular in fact, that when I see the flat ware buckets at the thrift stores these days, there are usually only knives left. I thought there must be something fun to do with all the knives no one seems to want. I wore an engraved ID bracelet in highschool, and I thought it would be fun to make a vintage version of it with a upcycled knife handle.

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Silverware Knife with a cool handle

*Metal Stamping Set

*Hammer

*Dremmel fitted with a cutting wheel

*Grinding Wheel to Smooth the cut edges and a polishing wheel to polish for the dremmel

*Drill and a 1/8″ drill bit

*Jewelry Pliers

*Jump Rings

*Chain

*Pre-made Chunky Wire Bracelet (I bought mine at Michaels)

(If your knife metal is very hard, you may need to heat up the metal before you stamp the knife. You can use a blowtorch to heat it up but be EXTREMELY careful and hold the knife piece in a pair of pliers cause they will be very hot.)

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cut your knife. Measure the width of the top of your wrist. You want the piece to be a little shorter than your wrist width. Mark the width you want to cut on your knife measuring from the end of the knife handle upwards.

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Fit your dremmel with a cutting wheel and carefully cut the knife where you marked it all the way through. Be very careful, the metal will get hot and can spark. Grind the cut edge of the knife piece smooth with a grinding disk.

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Now drill a hole in each end of the knife piece about 1/8 of an inch in from the edge and in the center. We used a drill press, cause my hubby loves to use his toys, but a regular drill will work just fine. As always when working with tools, be careful! Polish the piece with the polish disk on the dremmel.

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Now you are ready to stamp your initial if you like. Test the stamp on the other part of the knife you have left over from the piece you cut off. Hold the letter stamp face down onto the surface of the knife. Hit it with a hammer with some good force. If it leaves a nice stamp, go ahead and stamp your bracelet piece. If it does not leave a nice stamp, you will need to heat up the metal. To see how to properly heat up your silverware and stamp it refer to my stamped spoon tutorial here.

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Now you are ready to assemble your bracelet. Lay out your pre made bracelet. Lay your knife piece above the bracelet and center it in the middle. Cut a piece of chain the length of the end of the bracelet to the hole in that side of the knife piece. Cut another piece the same length.

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Load one piece of chain onto a jump ring. Secure the jump ring to the end of the pre made bracelet. Now, fasten the end of the knife piece onto a jump ring and onto the end of the first piece of chain. Do the same with the other side. I attached my chain ends to the top rings on the connector bars of the pre made bracelets.

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I LOVE wearing my new bracelet! It’s chunky and fun! There are so many pretty patterns of silverware out there, some of them are really ornate and beautiful. I love how versatile this project can be too. You can change-up the look of the bracelet just by the chain you use and the pattern on the knife. This would be a fabulous hand-made gift for your mama, Mother’s Day is coming up soon ya know! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Let’s Shop Local’s March Market

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the March Let’s Shop Local shopping market. For all my local readers out there, Let’s Shop Local is an organization dedicated to showcasing and supporting local artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina. You can read more about the organization Here. What I love most about their site, is that there is an online artisan directory so you can find amazing artists all in one spot! We had a great time at the March market! I really enjoyed meeting everyone! Here is a little sample of some of the lovely items from the shopping spree:

Aren’t they so cool! You can check out some of these awesome artists and more at the next Let’s Shop Local event during the Got to be NC festival at the state fairgrounds this month. I will be posting more about that event soon. Until then you can shop with some of the artists below online! You can read more about upcoming events and vendors on the Let’s Shop Local website Here.

Here are the awesome artists that were at the March Market. Go check them out!

Veronica Lall Handcrafted handbags and accessories
www.veronicahalifax.com

Tish McDermott * Handmade jewelry and more

http://www.justatish.com

Marsha Travers Handmade soap and bath and body products
www.blissbain.com

Liza Lotz Handcrafted jewelry

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curva/260717474498

Elizabeth L. Strugatz * Wearable art jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WirednTwistednStoned

Robyn Johnston Handcrafted whimsical mosaic art

http://www.whimsicalrobyn.com

Katie Moller Handmade paper flower arrangements, wreaths and more

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperFlowerbed

Stefanie Lee Original canvases, furniture, crosses and more

https://www.facebook.com/simplystefsstuff?hc_location=timeline

Kathy Curran * Handcrafted jewelry, earrings and accessories

Jane Robertson * Handcrafted jewelry and decoupage baskets

Meg Smither * Textile artist, handpainted scarves
www.megsmither.com

Steph Hollingsworth * Handmade clutches, bags and jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RusticaHandmade

Villager’s Trading Post * Handmade soaps, perfumes and more

http://www.villagerstradingpost.com/

Bronwyn Gruet Original plaster sculptures mounted on reclaimed wood
www.limeandiron.com

Jill Evans Jill’s Jewels Original Jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillsjewels07

Jack O’Farrell Hand-painted coat of arms
www.shieldandcrest.com

CinTinque Handcrafted Jewelry Hand-hammered jewelry from vintage coins and watch pieces
www.cintinque.etsy.com

Robert Quarles Handcrafted wooden serving and cooking spoons

Alexandra Greijn * Handcrafted bum bags (fancy fanny packs)
www.stankweasel.com
Teresa Prichard * Handpainted pillows, sewn pillows and handcrafted baby bibs
www.etsy.com/shop/peddlerpack

Laura Bailey Handcrafted eye-glass holders displaying her art
www.eyeglasslasso.com
www.simplyjake.com

Lisa Mathias Handcrafted jewelry
www.etsy.com/shop/snazzytrinkets

Janet Jackson Handcrafted jewelry, tutus and children’s dresses

Oscar Grisson Handmade coasters, shirts and home/yard wooden signs
www.crafteegirls.com

Michelle Mitchell Custom vinyl designs

https://www.facebook.com/MMCreations2014

Annette Libby Handthrown Pottery
www.impressionsinpottery.com

Michelle Bertoncino Handmade items for new parents, babies & children
www.fivebees.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/fivebeesfanpage
www.five-bees.com

Tania Tafilowski Handcrafted Children’s Clothing
www.birdiebs.com
www.facebook.com/birdiebs
www.birdiebs.etsy.com
Good Grace’s Dog Treats * Handcrafted Dog Treats & Food

Pam Tucker * Tobacco Road Candles

Kristin Austin Handcrafted jewelry
www.birdandbeau.com
Aliya Trinity * Natural body products made from plants
www.etsy.com/shop/allywillow

Tammy Parrish Hand crochet clothing, toys & more
www.cre8tivecrocheting.com

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 7th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market this weekend, and the weather was beautiful! We had a great time! When I think of spring time, I think of April and May. And when I think of April, I think “spring showers.” So, today I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage items inspired by spring stormy weather. Here they are:

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Reverse Carved Lucite Umbrella Pin Brooch Red and White from Ryan’s Nanapie

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Vintage Toddler Girl Blue Corduroy Umbrella Jumper from Bug and Bear Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Children Under Umbrellas in the Rain with Verse Illustration, Print for Framing from Kelley Street Vintage

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60s Mod RAIN COAT / Black & White Polka Dot Vinyl Raincoat from Lucky Dry Goods

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April Showers – 1960′s Aqua Blue Ladybird Raincoat – Age 3 to 4 from Philip & Elsie

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Vintage Silk Handkerchief in Colorful Umbrella Print 16 1/2″ x 16″ April Showers from Anna Lee’s Attic

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Umbrella Trinket, jewelry and/ or Candy Dish in aqua color from Modbury Farms

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Vintage 1950s Umbrella / Atomic Novelty Print / Swirled Lucite Handle from 4 Birds Vintage

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Snap bonnet in small yellow plastic case from 1950′s for the vintage ladies handbag from Laura’s Vintage Home

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vintage 1950s dress / 50s dress / Raining Umbrellas from Dronning

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Vintage Gold Plated Umbrella Ring from Elle Fulton

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Vintage Lefton Girl With Umbrella Figurine from Schmity’s Vintage Booty

Aren’t they all just adorable! I love the children’s rain coat, and of course all the umbrellas! I hope you all enjoy sifting through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I do! I’ll be back again next week with more vintage spring fun! Until then…

Happy Shopping!