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Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 16th

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

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

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

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

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Vintage Christmas Cocktail Napkin Santa Claus Depler from Neato Keen

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

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

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Christmas Table Cloth 1950′s from Farmhouse Supply

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Shopping!

December Shop Update and Free Shipping Coupon!

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Hey everyone! I wanted to pop in and let you all know that I have finally added some new items to my shop! Here’s what’s new in my blog shop:

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I have several new reclaimed vintage tablecloth bags available as well as some fun new pillows and key fobs. You can check out my blog shop here. I have extended my sale coupon until Monday the 22nd. Get 20% off with coupon code xmas20.

I have added all of my leather and 100% vintage wool bags and craft supply items to my Etsy shop over the past couple of days. Check out what’s new:

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And I still have a few Christmas ornaments available too:

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I have extended my Etsy shop coupon as well until Monday the 22nd. Check out my Etsy shop Here. Get 20% off your entire order with code xmas20 at checkout.

And since I adore my wonderful readers so much as well, I am offering free USPS First Class shipping on all orders until Christmas Day!!! And all orders over $50 will get free Priority Mail upgraded shipping!!! Use code freeshipxmas

Happy Shopping everyone! Ant thank you all so much for your support!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Custom Photo Patchwork Pillow

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06 DSC 0817 Handmade Gifts 2014  Custom Photo Patchwork PillowOne of my favorite things to gift at the holidays are lovely handmade pillows. They are something that just about all the gals on my list love! And in my opinion, you can never have too many pillow covers! I switch out the ones in my living room every month or two or at least every season! This year I knew I wanted to do pillows for our moms, but I wanted to make them extra special. So, I printed some of my favorite family photos on fabric from Spoonflower and made patchwork pillows. They were really fun to make, and they were fast to whip up too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Digital Photos and Photo Editing Software

*Spoonflower Fabric (I like the Linen Cotton Canvas)

*Cotton Quilting Fabric of your Choice

*Self Healing Mat

*Rotary Cutter

*Quilting Ruler

*Iron and Board

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Scissors

*Pillow insert (16×16)

Instructions:

I have to apologize. I was so into doing this project, I completely forgot to take photos of my process. So, I will try to explain the best I can. The first thing you need to do is import your photos into your photo editing program. I used photoshop elements. Resize your photos to the size you want your patches to be. I want my pillow to be 16×16, so I made my photos to be 4×4.” I used eight photos and eight fabric squares for my pillow. Create a new blank file to be a fat quarter size, 18×27″, and drag and drop your photos into the blank canvas. If you are using photoshop or elements, you can click on view and then show grid and also show rulers to evenly space out your photos. You want there to be 1″ between each photo to keep a half inch seam allowance. Save your file as a jpeg and then upload it to Spoonflower. For tips and help on designing and uploading fabric for Spoonflower visit their help page Here.

Once you have received your fabric you will need to cut out your squares. Cut out each square with a half inch seam allowance using your mat and rotary cutter and ruler. Your squares should be 5×5 inches. Cut out your eight fabric squares at 5×5″ too. Cut two pieces for your back at 10×17.

Next, you are ready to make your patchwork front. Lay out your squares into four rows of four. Stack the pieces by row. Take the first square from the first row and stitch it to the second square from the first row at the side seam. Then stitch the third square from the top row to the second square at the side seam and then the fourth to the third. You should now have a row of four squares stitched together at their side seams. Stitch the other four rows in the same way as the first.

Iron open all your seam allowances. Now you need to stitch your rows together. Lay your top row on your second row right sides together and the bottom of the first row meeting up with the top of the second row. Stitch the rows together with a half inch seam allowance. Stitch the third row to the second in the same way as the first, then stitch the fourth row to the third. You should end up with a piece that is four rows of four squares. Iron open all seam allowances. Set aside.

Now you need to get the back pieces ready. Fold under the top of each back piece by a quarter inch, then fold over by a half an inch or so and iron. Top stitch the edge closed.

Now you are ready to pin and stitch your pillow. Lay the two back pieces on the front patchwork piece. The right sides should be touching and the finished edges of the back pieces should be in the middle of the back of the pillow cover and overlapping a little. Pin all the way around your pillow cover. Next, stitch all the way around back stitching at the beginning and end.

To finish the cover, clip the corners and turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert your pillow form and now you have a very special pillow for someone extraordinary!

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03 DSC 0819 Handmade Gifts 2014  Custom Photo Patchwork PillowI just love how these pillows turned out! I am a super big fan of patchwork, and I love the photo fabric mixed in. It gives a really special heartfelt handmade touch to this project. I just know my mammas are going to love them! I know the deadline for Christmas shipping is coming up really fast at Spoonflower, so if you are wanting to make a pillow yourself you need to order asap. This would also make a wonderful kit for your favorite crafter that you could easily put together. And of course you could make one of these wonderful pillows for a birthday or mother’s day, etc, gift. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is so much fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another diy gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 8th

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

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

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

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

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

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Vintage Reindeer Christmas Candle Holder Candlestick from efine Gifts

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

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

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

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

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

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50′s Reindeer Pair from Retro Refaire

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

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

Happy Shopping!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Upcycled Fabric Embellished Leather Bag

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07 DSC 0602 Handmade Gifts 2014  Upcycled Fabric Embellished Leather BagOf all the things I tend to hoard, bags are probably the most plentiful around my house. I have tons of purses! Some of them I made myself, but a lot of them have been gifts, or thrift store scores. I am not a label lover, but I do love a bag that has a fabulous shape and wonderful details! Sometimes I love the shape of a bag, and the price is so great, I snatch it up, but it is a little plain and tends to sit in the closet for a while. Well, I thought I would add a little style makeover to a couple of my latest closet dwellers and upcycle them with some lovely fabric embellishments! Check out the how to!

Here’s What You Need:

*An old boring bag with a flap

*Fabric ( I was able to use a couple of large scraps)

*Iron

*Scissors

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Basting Spray

*Sewing Machine

*Leather Needle and Heavy Duty Thread

Instructions:

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Gather up your bag(s) and your fabric.

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Trace the flap of your bag onto your fabric. If you have a directional print, make sure you trace it so it falls in the direction you want.

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Take your ruler and mark 1/8 to 1/4″ out from where you traced the flap all the way around.

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Cut out your fabric using the outside line you marked.

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Fold the fabric under to the backside by a 1/4″ allowance. Fold under and iron all the way around

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Lay a piece of cardboard over the back of the purse and spray the front of the flap with basting spray.

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Carefully lay the fabric on top of the sticky flap. Smooth and reposition as you go until you are satisfied with how everything lines up and looks.

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Now you need to topstitch the fabric. Start stitching close to the edge on one edge of the flap. Stitch down and around the flap. Pivot when you get to the back of the flap then stitch across the back and then pivot and stitch back around the side to where you started. It can be a little tricky maneuvering the purse around the machine, but go slowly and carefully and you’ll be fine.

09 DSC 0563 Handmade Gifts 2014  Upcycled Fabric Embellished Leather BagNow clip your excess threads and close up your flap. And that’s it! Admire your new bag!

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02 DSC 0611 Handmade Gifts 2014  Upcycled Fabric Embellished Leather BagI love how these turned out! For the brown bag I used a scrap of a fantastic vintage Grandma Moses bark cloth fabric, and the black one was an adorable Pam Kitty vintage button cards fabric. You can really customize this just by the fabric colors and patterns you use. I think I will end up keeping the brown cross body. One of my gals will be getting the black one. So, grab that gently used bag from the back of your closet or the thrift store or discount store, and turn it into a custom accessory for your favorite gal or even yourself! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Teens

Hey guys! The past few weeks have been a little of a whirlwind! I can’t belive this year is already almost over, I swear it has gone by so fast! I am knee-deep in making holiday gifts for my own crew this year. I did want to pop in and share a few of my favorite gift ideas for teens. Check em’ out:

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Red Squirrel Serenade – Tote Bag / Book Bag – 16″ x 16″ by Iota Illustration

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mermaid print 8 x 12 sea how cute I am by BoopsieDaisy

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On Sale!!! LOLA’S SWEET DREAM Ooak Cameo Vintage Inspired Art Brooch by Odd Princess, Wearable Art by Odd Princess

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Unicorn i phone Slim Case – i phone Case – i phone 5 Case – i phone 5s Case by Pai and Pear

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Coastal Pillow Happy Girls are the Prettiest Pillow Audrey Hepburn Beach Decor Gift Girls Room Throw Pillow Cover Decorative Throw Retro Art by Vintage Beach

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Hummingbirds Zipper Pouch Little Coin Purse ECO Friendly Padded NEW Hummers Delight by J Pat Purses

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Goldie and the Bear Hugs – limited edition giclee print of an original illustration (8 x 10 in) by Helen Dardik

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Crochet Ring – Tiny Landscape – House and Tree on a Hill – Mini Amigurumi Adjustable Ring – Statement Ring by Biribis

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clutch – ipad case – minibag by Nuria Diaz Shop

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Macbook Decal Sticker for Macbook Sticker Macbook Pro Decal Macbook Air Sticker Snoopy SN by The CJ Store

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Harry Potter Dumbledore quote print – Happiness can be found – Typographic print, Inspirational Art poster, giclee print wall art by Simple Serene

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2015 Calendar Printable INSTANT DOWNLOAD/ Illustrated magical travel wall/ desk calendar by BelsArt

Aren’t they so flippin’ cute! I realize that most of these finds are rather feminine, but check out these amazing shops and you could certainly find something for just about everyone on your list. There are so many talented artists on Etsy! I am in awe every week! I hope you have enjoyed my little gift guide. Hopefully it has given an idea or two for someone on your list. I’ll be back soon with another fun gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 1st

Happy Monday everyone! Today is the first of December, can you believe it! Before you know it Christmas will be here. Even though we’ve only had a white Christmas two times in my entire life living in the south, I always associate Christmas with snow. So, this week, I am starting out the month with a little collection of vintage finds inspired by a snowy white Christmas. Enjoy!

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Vintage white ceramic christmas tree with glowing electric bulbs from Lititz Carriage House

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Creamy White Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas Ornaments Snow Capped Silver Glitter Set of 3 Three 1950′s from Relics and Rhinestones

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Vintage Sleigh reindeer Ornaments by Rosbro Plastics (set of 3) from Lazy Days Relics

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Vintage Spun Head Christmas Angel Decoration white 1950s halo wings composition paper cardboard made in West Germany from The Heirloom Shoppe

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50s Christmas Tree Earrings Vintage White porcelain Gold Unique Ceramic Xmas Earrings Handmade Ceramic from Bone Structure

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winter wonderland – Christmas tree candles with glitter and sequins, retro vintage holiday décor, kitschy 1950s fun, set of 2 from Faye Travis Vintage

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50′s Lace Dress and Jacket. // Rhinestone Button. Wedding Shift, Matching 2 Piece Set from Salvato Collection

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Vintage Christmas Wrapping from the 1950s . White doves with gold from Brookside Vintage

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Darling 1950s Holt Howard Christmas Angel- Made in Japan from Peppermint Pigs

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festive vintage 1950s set of 8 12 oz Christmas SNOWFLAKE mid century DRINKING GLASSES highball lemonade iced tea from Our Vintage House

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Christmas, Sheep, Nativity, Figurines, Miniatures, Lambs, Clay, Handmade, 1940s, 1950s, Set of 3 from Vintage Dotti Rose

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Ceramic German Christmas Tree Stand from Nesting Wren

Aren’t they all so sweet! I love them all! Vintage holiday decorations are probably one of my favorite things ever! I hope you all have enjoyed my little wintry collection! Be sure to check out all these fantastic items and the wonderful shops they came from! I’ll be back next week with more holiday vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments

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1 DSC 0355 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsHi 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 icon wink DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments 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

*Paint

*Mod podge or medium to attach glitter

*Glitter (I used Diamond Dust)

*Cotton Balls

*Toothpick

*Vintage and new miniatures

*Little bottle brush trees

*Hot Glue and Glue Gun

*Pipe Cleaner

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon or Twine for hanging

Instructions:

04 DSC 0091 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo 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.

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01 DSC 0099 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsCarefully 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.

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06 DSC 0062 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo 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 0064 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo 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.

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2 DSC 0352 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsI 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!

DIY Salt Shaker Christmas Photo Holders

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18 DSC 0201 DIY Salt Shaker Christmas Photo HoldersHey everyone! One of my favorite things to craft with during the holidays is Christmas miniatures. I love creating little snow scenes, and I am head over heels for any kind of mini deer! I saw some salt shakers at Anthro last year that had little trees in them, and thought they were pretty darn cute. I wanted to make some of my own, but I wanted to add a little something extra to them since I already have jars and bell jar ornaments with snow scenes in them around my home. I thought I’d make mine to be photo holders. They are super easy to make and they make a great conversation piece to add to your holiday decor!

Here’s What You Need:

*Salt Shakers (I bought mine at Walmart)

*Christmas Miniatures (my deer were vintage, my snowmen came from AC Moore)

*Diamond Dust or glitter of your choice.

*Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

*Extra Long Tweezers

*Wire

*Glittered Poinsettia (I bought mine at Michaels)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ribbon or Trim

Instructions:

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First clean and dry your salt shakers. Next, grab your mini with your pliers and place a nice dab of hot glue on the bottom of your mini. Insert the mini into the open salt shaker and press into the bottom. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds until the glue sets up.

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Now, take a little spoon and spoon in a little glitter into the bottom of each shaker.

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To make your top, start by clipping the stem off of your flower. Cut a length of wire about 4″ or so. Stick the wire through the center of the flower and through the center hole in the top of the shaker. Fold the bottom 1/2″ or so of the wire snugly to the bottom of the shaker lid.

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To make the photo holder, start at the top end of your wire. Make a loop with your pliers. Then, with your fingers loop the wire around itself in a spiral pattern to the bottom where it meets the flower.

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To finish your photo holders, glue a little trim or ribbon around the shaker lid. Screw the lid on and insert your photos into the wire between the spiral loops. If your glitter is super fine and comes out of the shaker lid easily, you may want to close up the holes in the underside of the lid with some tape or glue.

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17 DSC 0200 DIY Salt Shaker Christmas Photo HoldersAren’t they so fun! I love my photo holders! They are a fantastic size! My little Printstagram mini prints are just perfect displayed on top! I think these would also make wonderful place card holders for your holiday table. The best thing about them is that you can make a group of them in under an hour. It is a perfect weeknight craft and would be a sweet gift for a hostess. I hope you all will give them a try sometime. I will be back tomorrow with more holiday fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch Necklace

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07 IMG 1298 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceHey everyone! One of my favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage brooches! I love the whimsy of them! I thought it would be fun to add in one of my newest vintage reindeer brooches to a statement necklace to wear for the holidays. It’s super simple to make a necklace with a brooch as a focal point, and all you need are a few supplies! The best part about this diy is that you can create a fabulous piece of jewelry in under an hour (plus drying time.) Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Brooch

*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice

*Eye Pins

*Jump Rings

*Lobster Clasp

*Bails or little Metal Tags (I bought mine at AC Moore)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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So the first step to making your necklace is to make your chain of beads. Take an eye pin, load a bead onto it. Snip the excess wire at about 1/2″ or so from the top of the bead. Take your round nose jewelry pliers and curl the wire around to make a loop in the top. So you should end up with a bead that has an eye at the bottom and at the top. Now, take another eye pin. Open up the bottom with your pliers. Hook the open loop onto the top loop in your first bead then close the loop. Load on another bead, snip the wire, make a loop and then load another eye pin. Continue making your chain of beads.

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Make your chain as long as you want. I made mine so the the stripe bead and the brooch would hit right about my collar bone on each side. Make one side to be from the back of the neck where the clasp will go down and around to the other side of your collar bone where the brooch will go. Then make the other side from the back of the neck to the top of where the brooch will go. Connect the two chain pieces with a lobster clasp. Attach the clasp with jump rings.

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Next, you need to prep your brooch for your necklace. Pull the pin part of the brooch off of the back with your pliers. My little deer brooch had antlers that I was able to hook a jump ring to. If your brooch doesn’t have a place at the top to hook a jump ring you will need a tag at the top as well as the bottom. Put a little E6000 onto the back of your tag(s) and glue them into place on the back side of your brooch. Let the glue dry thoroughly.

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Once your glue is dry, attach your brooch to the ends of the beaded chain you made earlier with jump rings. Now you are ready to wear!

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06 IMG 1300 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceI just love my new Christmas necklace! How fabulous is this brooch, really! I am just head over heels for my little deer! I used vintage lucite beads from a broken vintage necklace I had, but you can use any kind of beads you like. Have fun with it and make it your own! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this one! I hope you will give it a try! It is super easy and fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!