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Handmade Gifts 2014- DIY Pet Pillows

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07 DSC 0773 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Pet PillowsI’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 0777 Handmade Gifts 2014  DIY Pet PillowsAren’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:

From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board My Style:

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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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From my new board Green Gate Lovelies:

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From my new board Sweet Smoothies:

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421 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  August 2014Aren’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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 10th

Happy Monday everyone! Are you all excited Valentine’s Day is coming up at the end of the week? I am having fun finishing up Valentine’s projects and really loving all the cute and sweet decor in my home! Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday I thought I would share a little collection of vintage valentines themed items with you all. Here are my absolute favorites:

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VALENTINES DAY SALE! Vintage 1950s-60s Red Frilly Neglige/ Nightie Size L from Gadzina’s Hamper

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1950s rhinestone earrings // vintage 50s heart rhinestone earrings from Vivian Vintage 8

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Vintage NOS Hearts Hankie / Handkerchief / Hanky – Hearts and Roses from Lovely Linens and More

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Vintage Rose 1960s Dress – Cotton Candy Pink Chiffon Party Dress – XS XXS Valentines Day Dress from Zwzzy

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Vintage Towel Peynet Lovers Valentines Day from Neato Keen

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1950′s Love Bench Sterling Silver and Enamel Bench from Collections 4 U

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A Fun/Comical Vintage China Dish/Pin-Dish Courting Couple & A Park Bench Circa 1940′s-1950′s – Valentines from Townshends Emporium

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Vintage Love Poems Book 1950s from Evelyn and George

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Vintage Wind Up Toy / Wind Up Valentine / 1950s Valentine / Mechanical Valentine from The Vintage Mistress

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Vintage Dennison – For My VALENTINE – Valentine’s Day – Gift Wrap Wrapping Paper – 1950s from Mid Century Addiction

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Retro Valentine Planter, Vintage 1950s Girl In Red Hearts Dress from Bliss and Vinegar

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Five Vintage School Kids Valentine Cards 1940s from Rosie Moonbeams

Don’t you just adore them all! I love all the “couple and benches” finds! I am diggin’ the dress and nightie too! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Fabulous Printables for Valentine’s Day

Hi guys! I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! I am getting ready to take Beau out to the flea market. It’s pretty much a weekly ritual in our house. Before I head out, I wanted to share some of my favorite Valentines printables you can get from Etsy’s amazing artists! You can find all kinds of digital goods on Etsy these days and I love so so many of them! Here are just a few of my faves for Valentine’s Day:

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INSTANT DOWNLOAD – Printable Paper Craft Diamond/ Gem Ring from Paper Built Shop

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Mason Jar with Flowers, Chalkboard Printable File, INSTANT DOWNLOAD in Pink from Mooseberry Printables

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conversation heart gift boxes – fits candy, cookies, favors and treats with customizable text PDF kit – INSTANT download from Claudine Hellmuth

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INSTANT DOWNLOAD, Printable Valentines, Digital collage sheet of retro, vintage couples for tags, cards, scrapbooking and more, atc aceo from The Vintage Remix

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Printable Classroom Valentine’s Cards – 2.5″x3.5″- I Wheelie Like You from Poppy Press SF

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Valentin’s day Fox card printable or to send by email 11×14 cm from Dagreedy Shop

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Mason Jar Valentine – Instant Printable from Corissa Nelson Art

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Valentine Milk Carton Box Printable PDF  from Paper Glitter

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5×7 “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Printable–Black Stripes & Gold (Faux) Glitter from Steal My Heart Design

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Valentine Candy Bar Wrappers–fit Hershey’s minis girls teens ballet drum major Clipart–Clip Art–8.5 by 11–Digital Collage Sheet from The Digital Chick

 

Aren’t they all so cute! The ring box totally speaks to my quirky side, but I just adore them all! I hope you all enjoyed my little collection of faves! Definitely go check out these awesome Etsy shops, you’ll love them too! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon! I am a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, and always have been since I was little! I love that it is a day about love! And it’s the one time of year I can get away with decorating my house extra cute. I wanted to share a little collection of some of my favorite gift ideas for all your special valentines this year. There are so many amazing artists on Etsy, there is something for everyone! Here are my favorites:

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Valentines Day Dog Collar, Red with White Hearts, 1 Inch Dog Collar by You Had Me At Woof

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Valentine’s Day Personalized Necklace – Couples Carved Initials Necklace – Custom Hand Stamped Faux Bois Jewelry in Sterling Silver by Eclectic Wendy Designs

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Heart bobby pins 2 cute red or pink glazed ceramic hair pins by Damson Tree Pottery

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Pink Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet – Valentine’s Day by Scrapuchino

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Valentine’s Day Card, Anniversary Card – To My Significant Otter by My Zoetrope

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Felt sheep red hearts garland Valentines gift Soft sculpture by Cozy Mil Art

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Light Teal Love Pillow by Honey Pie Design

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1.10 ct 8×6 mm Natural Oval Morganite Solid 14K White Gold Diamond Engagement Halo Ring by GNG Jewel

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Be My Valentine felt banner, Valentine’s Day garland by Tastefully Mismatched 

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There Is Nobody Else I’d Rather Lie In Bed and Look At My Phone Next To / Valentine Card by Emily McDowell Draws

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 valentines day for him, gift for boyfriend by Madie’s Charms

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B is for Bird Locket by J Topolski

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Valentine Card – Holding Hands by Hello Small World

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Love Birds fabric stuffed figurines Valentine’s gift soft sculptures by 5 Love Birds Nest

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You Are My Person Coffee Cup by Avonnie Studio

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love initial bracelet // silver or gold by Gigglosophy

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Valentine Gifts For Him, Guy Stud Hanger by Handmade Affair

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fishing men’s valentine gift – hooked on you hand stamped fishing lure by Wyoming Creative

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ITTY BITTY Bite Size VALENTINE Heart Sugar Cookies, 1/2 Pound by Sugar and Flour

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love the quirky Valentine’s Day cards! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s Day fun! Until then…

Happy Shopping!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- January 2014

Hi guys! Pinterest has been one of my favorite things for some time now! I love all the beautiful photos, decor, and vintage and diy inspiration I come across! December was a little hectic and I didn’t end up with time to share my pins last month. In the last month, however, I have been making up for lost time. I have added several new boards and added to my everyday favorite boards too. Here are some of my favorite pins from the last month:

From my new board Vintage Hanky Love:

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From the new board Amazing Craft Spaces:

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From my new board My Life in Pictures:

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From my new board Be My Valentine:

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From my new board Gluten Free Goodies:

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From my new board Iggy Love:

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From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Words to Live by:

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And from my board Pets and Animals:

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Aren’t they so lovely! I love Pinterest! To see these pins and more, you can follow along with me on Pinterest Here. I’ll be back next month with more beautiful pins. Until then…

Happy Pinning!