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Etsy Favorite Fridays- May 29th

Happy Friday everyone! Do you all have any big plans for the weekend? I am busy getting a little gift ready for a friend’s baby shower on Sunday. She is having a little girl and I have been busy making a few things for the little gal. Before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I would share some of my Etsy favorites with you that I have been crushing on this week!

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Fox Ring – Fox Wraparound Ring – Fox Jewellery by The Vulpeculiar

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Kit 2 cups custom “enamorrados” by Saludos Al Pollo

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Audrey Hepburn art doll. Jo Stockton doll. Funny Face movie, felt doll. Movie Icons Audrey Hepburn Doll by Whisper Of The Pipit

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Vintage mid-century modern patchwork armchair Cuatro Flores by Lasilla Design

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Beaver keychain plush, cute animal key ring, woodland stuffed animal keychain, funny accessory, gift idea for teens, back to school by Inspirational Gecko

Aren’t they all so cute! I adore them all of course! I am head over heels for the Audrey doll! Funny Face is my favorite move, like ever! Do you all have a favorite this week? You can see these wonderful items as well as many many more from these fabulous artists in their shops. Go check them out, you’ll love em’ too! I’ll be back with more awesome Etsy finds soon. Until then…

Happy shopping!

Love Week- Let’s Spoon Frame

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06-DSC_1308I am a big fan of quirky! Things that are a little unusual and a little funny, a little cute, always make me giddy! I’ve seen some really cute stamped silver spoons on Etsy, stamped with the words “lets spoon” on them. I thought framing a spoon for Valentine’s Day decor would be a kind of fun and quirky gift for my hubby. Instead of stamping I used craft wire to write my message. Here’s my how-to:

What You Need:

*Shadowbox Frame

*Vintage Spoon  (or spoon of your choice)

*Thick Craft Wire

*Jewelry Pliers

*Paper and Pen

*E6000

*Matboard or Thick Paper like cardstock or watercolor paper

Instructions:

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The first step is to form your wire word. Write out the word you want to form on a piece of paper to size.

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Next, bend your wire carefully following the curves of the letters. I held one end down to the paper while I used my other hand to form the wire.

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When you get to the letter “t” you may need to use your jewelry pliers to squeeze the wire together.

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To make the cross on the “t” bend the wire at a right angle and form a small loop on the left side. Squeeze the loop flat, then make another loop on the right size and flatten. Bend the wire at another right angle and continue on to form the rest of your word.

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Snip of the excess wire when you are done forming your word. Set aside.

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To make the apostrophe form a loop and then clip the wire at the end of the large loop.

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Cut a piece of mat board or paper to fit your frame. Mine was 8×10. Smear a little E6000 onto the back of your wire word and glue down to your paper. Then Glue down your old spoon underneath. Let dry completely. To finish off, insert your art piece into the shadowbox frame and close up the back.

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01-DSC_1325Isn’t it fun! I LOVE it! This was a seriously easy DIY and it was pretty darned fast to whip up. You can even use old cast away spoons from your kitchen. I really hope some of you guys will try this one yourselves, I think you’ll have a blast! It makes a great last minute Valentine gift, or even for an anniversary. Cute, fast, and inexpensive too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Love Week- Fun Scrappy DIY Valentine’s Tree

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02-DSC_1340I’m not big into scrapbooking, but I do love all the papers and embellishments! My mom and I are always picking up scrapbooking supplies, but we seem to hoard it more than use it. I have been wanting to make a scrappy tree with a paper mache cone for a while now, and I thought a tree for Valentine’s Day would be perfect to use up some of my favorite papers and embellishments. This tree was really easy to make and it was a lot of fun!  I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make all kinds of scrappy trees. Here is how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Paper Mache Cone

*Scrapbook Paper

*Mod Podge or Rubber Cement

*Foam Cone

*Wood Finial

*Heart Paper Punch

*Ribbon, trim, etc…

*Hot Glue

*Paint

Instructions:

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The first thing I did was make my tree topper. Punch out six paper hearts. Fold each heart in half. Spread rubber cement on the back of your hearts. Glue one heart to another at the sides matching the folds. Then add another heart to the other side. Continue until you have gotten to your sixth heart and glue the open side of the sixth to the open side of the first. Set aside.

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After I made my topper, I added the paper to my tree base. Spread rubber cement or mod podge on the cone. Line up the edge of your paper to the seam on your paper mache cone. Smooth the paper onto the cone a little at a time, applying your adhesive as you go to places that may have dried or you missed. Keep smoothing the paper onto your cone until you reach where you started. Wrap and fold the excess paper at the bottom into the underside of the cone. Glue your styrofoam cone inside the paper cone. This is what you are going to glue your base into. Hollow out a little space in the middle for the top of the finial.

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Now you can embellish your tree. I glued hearts upside down around the bottom and then topped with ribbon and ball trim. Then I added ribbon and trim to the top. To finish your tree, glue on the heart topper and then glue the finial into the styrofoam base.

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03-DSC_1338I really enjoyed making my Valentine’s tree! It looks so adorable on the shelf in my living room with my other Valentine’s decor! What is great about this tree is that it is so customizable to any celebration, holiday, or style you choose. You can easily make it your own just by the colors, patterns and embellishments you use. This is such a fun project to make and would be fantastic for a craft night with your kids or your favorite crafty pals. I do hope you will give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another fun Valentine’s inspired DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 10th

Hello everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had beautiful weather here and took the dogs on a walk at Umstead Park, which is a beautiful hiking trail in our area. Valentine’s Day is this weekend! I love Valentine’s Day. Not really just the holiday but the season. It’s a bright spot in the middle of winter. What’s not to like about a day dedicated to love? This week on the blog I will be sharing lot’s of posts for “love” day. To kick things off I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage finds inspired by Valentine’s Day. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Valentine’s Day Heart Print 1950′s Dress – Red and White 50s Cotton Day Dress – Sleeveless Retro Fifties Dress – Size Medium from Chariot Marie

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Vintage Heart Locket With Engraved Initials L.G. from Luxxor Vintage

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Lady Raspberry heels • 1950s heels • vintage 1950s shoes 6 from Dear Golden

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Vintage 1950s VALENTINE Handkerchief Hearts and Roses with Scalloped Lattice Border from Hey Betty Vintage

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Vintage Japan Valentine Girl Heart Planter from Wildrose Primitives

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1950s Valentines Day Decoration Honeycomb Crepe Paper Heart Vintage Paper Decoration from Red River Antiques

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Vintage 1950s Kitsch Kissing Boy and Girl Sweethearts China Salt and Pepper Shakers Cruet Set from Jumble Sailor

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25% OFF SALE MINT Vintage Pillowcases Applique Boxers Panties with Pockets Red Valentines Gift from Dr. Carrot

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Vintage Floating Everlights | Mini Floating Candles from Western Germany (c.1950s) – Valentine’s Day Decor | Unique Holiday Candles from Third Shift

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Vintage “Be My VALENTINE” Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap Wrapping Paper – Pink HEARTS and Gold Keys – 1950s from Mid Century Addiction

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Vintage Twin Scottie Dogs Double Pin With Pink Rhinestone Heart on Chain 1950s / Scatter Pin / Scotty Dog / Valentines Gift from Open Slate

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Wee Wisdom Magazine February 1951 – Valentine’s Day, Be My Valentine, red hearts, lace, retro kids decor, nursery decor, February birthday from DH Booksellers

I tell you what, I love them all! I know I say that a lot, but I would be such a hoarder if I had lots of money and a tiny waist! Do you have a favorite this week? 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 fun. 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!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- For the Host or Hostess

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a whirlwind with getting ready for the Flea Market and holiday crafting for the blog. Before I sign off for the weekend though, I wanted to pop in and share my first holiday gift guide of the 2014 holiday season! I’ve put together some of my favorite items from Etsy’s wonderful handmade shops that would make lovely gifts for the host or hostess. It is the season for parties, and there’s nothing quite as charming as a little something handmade to show your appreciation and love! Here are my top twelve gift ideas for your holiday party hosts…

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Wooden Spoon, Hostess Gift, Shower Gift, Housewarming Gift, Bridal Shower Gift, Wedding Gift, Kitchen Gift, Birthday, Valentine’s Day Gift from We Should Spoon

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tweet bowl, green and white ceramic nesting bowls. modern, quirky pottery dishes. large cereal bowl, small bird bowl. gift for hostess from Karo Art

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WASHCLOTH – 100% COTTON, stocking stuffer, hostess gift, crochet washcloth, handmade washcloth, wash cloth from Right Soap

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Custom Monogram Initial Paper Coasters Black and White Polka Dot Floral Initial Colorful Personalized Coasters Wedding Hostess Gift Set of 5 from When it Rains Shop

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Tea Towel Set: Catherineholm Lotus Coffee Pot Tea Towel, Hostess Gift, Housewarming, Scandinavian, Norway, Turquoise, Red, Yellow from Fresh Pastry Stand

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Personalized Family Tree Cutting Board, Anniversary Gift, Custom Wooden Chopping Block, Engraved Housewarming Hostess Gift, Dandelion Decor from True Mementos

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4×6 RECIPE CARDS Set of 10 – cute elephant recipe card for potluck hostess housewarming gifts from Boy Girl Party

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Custom house portrait ornament personalized ornaments engagement gift, hostess gift from your photo by Cathie Carlson from Magic Markings Art

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Pre Buy HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS Soap / 6 bars / Rosemary Mint Soap with Shea Butter / Handmade Cold Process Soap from Joan’s Gardens

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Personalized Birch Bark Vase from Rustic Grove Designs

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Serving Spoons, Grateful and Thankful. Hand stamped servers for your holiday table decor or hostess gift from Milk and Honey Luxuries 

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All natural soy wax tea cup candle with saucer – green and gold floral from Three Birds Vintage Co.

Aren’t they all fabulous! I love them all of course! The Catherine Holm tea towels and the bird bowls are definitely on my wish list this year. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to check out all these amazing artists and their shops to see even more goodies! I’ll be back next week with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- August 2014

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

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From my board Printables:

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From my board Wonderful Wallpaper:

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From my board Cath Kidston Favorites:

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42Aren’t they awesome! I have recently found Green Gate, and I am head over heels in love with it! Wish they carried the line in the US! I always have a great time sifting through the animals section too! So much cuteness! What have you all been pinning this month? I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 11th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We got lot’s of good puppy time in this weekend, it was lovely! I picked up a new set of Pyrex the other day, and it just got me thinking of how much I adore pyrex designs! I love the prints, the colors, the feel of it all! So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage Pyrex items from the wonderful world of Etsy vintage with you all. There are so many awesome pyrex dishes, I had a hard time narrowing down my faves this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Pyrex ‘Dots’ #401, #402, #403 and #404 nesting bowl set (c. 1968-72) from That Retro Piece

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Vintage Pyrex Cinderella bowl Daisy from Hallingtons

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Vintage Pyrex Butterprint 402 Mixing Bowl – Turquoise Amish Pattern on White Milk Glass – 1 1/2 qt – Teal Aqua Colour from Eight Mile Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex oven and table set – bake serve store – yellow – set no 430 – ramekins – casserole dish – set of 5 – NOS – original box from Old Cottonwood

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Vintage Pyrex Casserole Blue Horizon with Lid and Warmer ~ Vintage Turquoise Pyrex from The Mixing Bowl Online

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Beautiful and Rare Mid Century Modern Design Large 10″ Green Dot Pyrex Mixing Bowl from Midge and Manny’s

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Vintage Pyrex Pink Daisy Space Saver Casserole / #575B / 2 Quart / Pink, White Daisies from Gumdrop Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex Snowflake Garland Bowls & Fridgie 401, 402, 501 from My Deer Owl

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Pyrex Dandelion Promotional Divided Casserole Dish from Playfully Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex 502 Woodland Brown With Lid Refrigerator Dish 502 Brown Pyrex Refrigerator 1.5 PT Pyrex Brown 502 Pyrex Woodland Brown from Hip Cat Retro Vintage

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Vintage Pyrex – Two Small Bowls – Early American fom Simply Suzula

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Vintage Pyrex Tea/Coffee Tea Light Warming Set Grass Accent Art from Mod Makes It

Aren’t they all just amazing! I wish I could afford all of them, they would all be mine! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more summer vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 17th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a wonderful Valentine’s Day spent with the ones you love most! I wanted to continue the love theme around here even though Valentine’s day has passed. I mean, what’s not to love about love, right! This week, I have gathered a little collection of heart themed vintage items to share with you all today. I love hearts! Here are some of my top favorites from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops this week:

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Tammis Keefe Linen Towel Home Is Where the Heart Is 1950s Kitchen Decor Hand Tea Towel  from Barking Sands Vintage

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vintage 40s / 50s fascinator hat – RED HEART felt hat from Ms Tips

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Vintage Embroidered Puppy Spade Diamond Heart Club Ladies Bridge Club Card Table Tablecloth from Step In Time

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Set of 3 Heart Glasses Striking and Bold Graphic Rocks Cups MCM Heart of Glass from Electric Marigold

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Vintage Heart Flower Necklace – 1950s Clear Lucite Rose Pendant on Sterling Silver Chain Jewelry from MaeJean Vintage

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1950s Vintage Dress – Aqua and Coral Hearts with Bows – Novelty Print Dress from Vintage Frocks of Fancy

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60s ivory pumps with original box and receipt . mid century heels . wedding shoes from Coral Vintage

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Vintage Trifari Crown Turquoise Heart Pin with flower center from Charmed Kitty

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Fun Flirty Half Apron Pink Heart Pockets Valentines Day Fun Attire Vintage 1950′s-60′s from Classic Endearments

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Vintage 1950s HEARTS Wallpaper – Assortment of Colors from Snippets of Time

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1950s “Hearts” Card Game from palimpsette

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Vintage 1950′s Gold Tone Heart Shaped Pill or Trinket Box from Acoda Mercantile

 

Don’t you just love them all! I do! I especially love the apron! I have quite a little apron collection in my cupboard these days. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then….

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Madie’s Charms

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely Valentine’s Day! My hubby actually had the day off of work today which was fantastic since he is usually out of town most of the time! Today I wanted to share a special artist with you that I have personally shopped from. Madie’s Charms is a wonderful Etsy shop filled with hand stamped jewelry and accessories. I gave my husband one of Madie’s guitar pick key chains with our wedding date and initials for Valentine’s Day this year. He absolutely loved it! Each piece in the shop is hand stamped and I love that the key chains are made from durable aluminum, and the jewelry is sterling silver. There is a real sweetness to all of her designs, the crystal charms that are on a lot of the jewelry pieces are so lovely. And, I especially love the key chains! Here are a few of my favorites from Madie’s Charms:

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Aren’t they all so sweet! Personalized gifts are the best! To see more of Madie’s lovely work, visit her shop, Madie’s Charms on Etsy Here. You can also find her on Facebook Here. I will be back next week with another cool handmade artist. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Happy Shopping!

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