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Fabulous Handmade Bags and Totes Round Up

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One of my favorite things to make in the whole world is a new tote or purse! I am always looking for ideas and patterns that are unique and fun. So, this month I thought I’d share ten of my favorite DIY bag tutorials I love with you all!

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Retro Messenger Bag By The Stitching Scientist 

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For Pleat’s Sake Tote by U Handbag

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The Urban Jungle Bag by Sew Sweetness

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Reversible Patchwork Bag by Pink Penguin

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Little Betty Bag by The Mother Huddle

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Too Much Woman for Just a Purse Tutorial by Sew a Straight Line

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The Madeline Bag by Imagine Gnats

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The Grandview Bag by The Boy Trifecta 

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Denim and Leather Tote by Between the Lines

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Tohoku Tote by I am Mama Hear Me Roar

I want to make them all! It is my goal to make each one of them some day. Do you have a favorite? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely blogs and websites as much as I did. There are so many beautiful things to be found! I’ll be back next month with another craft round up. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Wallpaper Covered Easy Marquee Arrow

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A few weeks ago I was at Michel’s and I saw these fantastic marquee letters from Heidi Swapp. I thought they were so cute, and when I saw the one shaped like an arrow I just had to get it. These come as a kit with the chipboard letter, a template, a strand of battery-powered lights, and some clear bulb covers. They come in white so you get to decorate them however you like. There are all kinds of embellishments and tapes, papers, etc. in the line. I just bought the kit and some aqua bulb covers. This is what I used for mine:

Supplies:

*1 Heidi Swapp Arrow Marquee

*1 Package of Aqua Bulb Covers

*Vintage Wallpaper Scrap

*Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint- Gold

*Xacto Knife and Self Healing Mat

*Mod Podge or Glue of your choice

*2 Triple A Batteries

Here’s how I made mine:

First, I painted my arrow with my gold paint and let it dry thoroughly. I used the template that came with the kit and traced it on the wrong side of my wall paper. I then cut out my arrow with my knife. For the holes, I cut each hole as an “x” so the bulb cover could push through. I am not very neat with a knife so I did not even attempt to cut the circles out normally. Cutting them in an x worked fine for me. Then I glued my wallpaper to the inside of my arrow by painting a layer of mod podge on the back side of the wallpaper and smoothing the wallpaper onto the board. I made sure it was nice and smooth and let it dry. Then I pushed the aqua bulb covers into the holes in the arrow. I then pushed the lights up into the bulb covers and added the batteries.

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I really love my little arrow! It is a great addition to my craft room, and a good reminder to keep moving forward! This was such an easy and fun weeknight craft! I would definitely recommend picking one of these fun marquees up next time you are at Michael’s and giving one a try too! Have any of you guys made one of these yourself yet? I’d love to see yours too! I’ll be back a little later this week to share another fun diy with you all. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 2nd

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe it’s March already? I am so looking forward to spring time, longer days, and warmer weather! It’s time to start seeing some lovely color again. One of my favorite things about spring is that it is when we see a change from the warm neutrals of fall and winter to the soft and bright shades of spring and summer. One of my favorite color hues ever has got to be minty greens and blues! I love mint! Vintage mint is even better! So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite minty green finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Enjoy:

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Vintage Mint Green Rotary Telephone from The White Pepper

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Shawnee Pottery Cameo Ware Ruffled Edge Splatter Mint Green Window Planter Atomic 1950′s from The Wild World

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Vintage Mint Green Camera Imperial Savoy Bakelite Camera for 620 (120-620) Film with Wrist Strap from Brass Lens

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French Vintage Mint Green Metal Enamelware Salt Box /Salt Canister from Souvenirs De Voyages

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Vintage 1950′s 50′s NWT Deadstock Sleeveless Cotton Full Skirt Dress Mint Green Floral Appliques Button Front from Billy Kitten Vintage

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Vintage mint green acrylic bead necklace, Mint green marble beads, Vintage marble beads, Light green bead necklace, Retro green necklace from Bixipix

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Vintage Mint Green Dangling Earring 70 Kawaii Japanese White Polka Dot Light Pastel Green Ribbon Bow Lolita from Villa Collezione 

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Vintage Sea Foam Green Woven Leather Flats / Ballet Flats / Size 6 from Little French Dress

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Vintage 1950′s Sequin Beaded Clutch Evening Bag Wallet ATLANTICO Green Dye from The Velvet Firefly

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Vintage Guilloche Enamel Hand Mirror Minty Green Russet from Rumplebin

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vintage mint green wool blanket , rustic cream floral rose throw blanket from Experimental Vintage

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Ansco baby doll bath, 1950s toy, vintage baby doll, mint green metal, doll collectible, vintage toy from Karen’s Chic and Shabby

Aren’t they luscious! I love them all! That dress is so amazing, and the children’s doll bath is too adorable! Do you all have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Etsy Favorites Fridays- February 27th

Happy Friday everyone! It is the last Friday in February. I swear this month flew by! We have been snowed in a lot over the last couple of weeks with the icy roads, so I have added a lot of new favorites to my lists from Etsy! Here are five of my absolute favorites this week:

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Happy Hedgehogs Print by Cactus Club

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Be Kind – Organic Cotton Shopper – Tote Bag – Gym Bag – Yoga Bag – Shopping – Affirmation – Eco Friendly by OHNORachio

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Denim Bear Zipper Pouch by Blueberry Bandit

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Scenic Bunting Flower Deer Vintage Illustrated Plate by The Storybook Rabbit

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Vintage Retro Steampunk Handcraft Watch. Handstitch Leather Band /// A cute little bear GomGom – Perfect Gift for Birthday and Anniversary by Metal Et Linnen

Aren’t they fantastic! I’d be a serious hoarder if I only had more spending money! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! Be sure to check out the links to see even more amazing items from these wonderful artists. I’ll be back next week with more fun finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 23rd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We have had some cold yucky weather here for most of this past week, so we have just been staying inside. I spent the weekend reading and catching watching Netflix. Sounds boring, but it was marvelous! I have been obsessing a little over vintage hair clips lately. Don’t know what sparked this interest in me, but I am glad I started poking around because there are so many amazing clips and accessories out there! I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from Etsy’s vintage community with you all this week. I think you’ll love them!

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1950′s barrettes from Underground Astoria

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Pink Mother of Pearl Hair Stick Pin Vintage 1950s Celluloid Hairdo Accessory Prom Wedding from Loose Ends Vintage

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Vintage Hair Pin / Bobby Pin Set, Enamel Blue Bird Hair Pins, Decorative Hair Pin, Gold Hair Pins, 1950s Spring Hair Accessories Jewelry from Red Garnet Vintage

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vintage princess rhinestone silver bridal hair piece bun holder 1950′s prom expandible piece childrens tiara dress up formal wedding prom from Burst of Vintage

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vintage barrette , sweet white comb, vintage avon from Rosebud Cottage

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Vintage Knitting Pattern 1950s Head Wrap Turban Scarf Headband Digital Download PDF from 2nd Look Vintage

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Happy Hair – Lot of 10 Vintage 1950s-70s Barrettes, Scottie Dog, Fish, Parrot, Rabbit, Flowers, Plaid, Fun Mix of Hair Clips from Orbiting Debris

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Adorable Yellow 1950s Barrette with Rhinestones Pony Tail Hair Beauty Flowers from The Depot

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Vintage Tortoise Celluloid Hair Comb with Blue Rhinestones and Hand Painting from Hemlock Vintage

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Vintage 50s Rhinestone Ponytail Holder Hair Clip with Pink Flowers – on sale from The Quiet Village

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Vintage bridal headpiece, 1940s wedding head piece, Floral tiara, Vintage bridal accessory, gold headband from Which Goose

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Vintage 1950s Adorable KITSCHY Pink French POODLES Hair Pick Lift Comb Mint Condition in Orig Box from Blackberry Woods

Aren’t they fabulous! I love every single one of them! I am picky about my hair being around my face, so I do clip it up a lot, although none of my clips are this exquisite! Do you have a favorite this week? I really wish I could knit, because that ear warmer would be so fun! 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 vintage lovelies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

 

DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card Lampshade

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02 DSC 1225 DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card LampshadeA while back I made a lamp shade out of old photo slides. It continues to be one of my favorite lamps ever! Back when I made it, I thought it would be a lot of fun to use the same technique using playing cards. I collect vintage playing cards. I love to use them when wrapping gifts, or sometimes I may frame one. The artwork on them captivates me! This lampshade is pretty simple to make and it only takes a few supplies. I made mine in a little over an hour while I was watching tv with the hubby. It may take longer or not as much time depending on the size lampshade you have. Here’s how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Playing Cards (You can find some great ones on Etsy Here)

*Old Lampshade

*1/8″ hole punch

*Ruler and Pencil

*Large Jump rings

*Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your circumference of your lamp shade and measure your cards and decide how many rows and columns you need. Mine fit three rows of 10 cards. Lay your cards out in a design that you like. Then stack them by row.

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Find the middle of your side lengths and top and bottom. Mark in about an 1/8th to a 1/4 inch in the middle of each side.

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Punch a hole in each of your marks on your card.

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Then use the first card as a template to mark all your other cards. Then punch out the holes on all the rest of your marked cards.

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Now you are ready to start joining your cards. Open up a jump ring and load one of your cards on it at the side hole. Then add another card at the other side hole and close your jump ring. You want to make sure your cards end up facing the same way when laid flat. Then add another card to the side of the first two, and so on until you have your first horizontal row.

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Make your other rows. Then very carefully join them together matching up the bottom holes from the top row to the top holes on the bottom row. Join all the rows together.

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Next, strip your lampshade of the fabric and plastic so all you have left is the rings. You can use both rings if the shade was a cylinder, or you can use just the top ring if the shade was tapered. Very carefully join your cards at the top to the top ring of your shade with the jump rings. Once you get it on at the top join the cards together at the sides where the ends meet. To finish, add your lamp shade to your lamp and enjoy.

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01 DSC 1226 DIY Upcycled Vintage Playing Card LampshadeI LOVE my new lamp! The whole thing is thrifted, which makes me super happy! The lamp shade and lamp I picked up at the thrift store near me. The playing cards I picked up here and there, and got a bunch on Etsy as well. This lampshade was really simple to make and I really loved laying out my cards to patterns I liked. The finished lamp is sitting on my vintage tv in my living room and I think it is perfect there! I hope some of you will give this one a try sometime. I think you’d love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 16th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a lovely Valentine’s Day! Today is a special day! Twenty years ago today, my little sister came into the world. I was thirteen. From day one she’s always been my baby, but what’s wonderful about our relationship now is that she’s also one of my very best friends! Hannah is brilliant and an avid gamer! She loves everything from video games to board games to card games, and she’s really flippin’ good at them all! So, this week in honor of Hannah’s birthday, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite vintage game finds with you all. Check em’ out:

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Let’s Go Sailing Lotto, Vintage 1958 Samuel Gabriel Sons and Company, Boat Bingo Game from Goodlookin’ Vintage

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Vintage Mixies Card Game 1950s CLOWN Cards from NeatoKeen

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Vintage ‘Put and Take’ 1950′s Game from Big Fun Vintage

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1950′s French Family Game Set from To Every Season

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Rare 1950s Annie Oakley Board Game by Milton Bradley from Dogbotz Boneyard

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HONEY BEAR (3) Vintage Single Swap Playing Cards Scrapbooking Paper Ephemera from Antique Whimsy

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Vintage Metal Bingo Boards with Metal Shutters, Bing O Matic, Set of 6 (1950s) – Family Game Room Decor, Collectible, Altered Art Supply from Third Shift

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Vintage Game, 1950′s Collectable Game, Mid Century Game, Tiddly Winks set from Pink Neon Vintage

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Vintage Pressman Bingo Game with Metal Spinner, Bingo Cards & Markers from Found Alchemy

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Vintage Duck Pin Set – Unused in original box from Stack and Bundle

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Parker Brothers Miniature Fun Cards Jigsaw Puzzles from Autena Vintage

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Vintage Parker Brothers Who? A Game of Hidden Identity, Vintage Board Game, 1950′s Game, Vintage Parker Brothers Game from RD1 Vintage

I swear I want to play every single one of them! I love them all! Do any of you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! And to my Hannah: I hope you have a fantabulous birthday with your friends up at school! 2015 is gonna be your best year yet! I love you bunches!!!

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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 3rd

Hey everybody! I am back! I hope you all have had a wonderful couple of weeks! Thank you all for being supportive while I took a little time off following losing our kitty Roux! And a huge thanks to all of you who left me sweet comments on my post and social media regarding his loss! It meant the world to me! I have been really mulling over my whole blog and what I feel like I want out of it and for it. Some things are going, some things are going to stay the same, and I will be adding a few new features that I am excited to share with you all soon! My vintage finds posts even though they are quite a bit of work, are still one of my favorite posts to do every week. A little vintage love to start the week just makes me happy! So, without further adieu, this week I’d like to share some of my favorite finds with you all inspired by all those wonderful shades of pink!

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1950s Hat / VINTAGE / Fuchsia / Petals / Ombre / Pink / Trebor / Silk / PRETTY from High Hat Couture 

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Vintage 1950s Large Cigarette Pack Prisoner Art Folk Purse from Trust Fund 21

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Vintage 1950s or 1960s Ladies Italian Sunglasses with Transparent Pink Frames Decorated with Rhinestones from Planet Alissa

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Beautiful Retro Turquoise 1950s Working Phone Master Tube Radio from Pigeon Atelier 

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Vintage 1950s Dress / 50s Cotton Dress / Jr Flair by Sportlane Pink and Red Floral Dress XXS from Tuesday Rose Vintage

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Kitsch Cat Rubber Toy, White and Red Pink with Blue Yarn Ball, 1950s Vintage Cat, Kitschy Cute, Bow Tie Cat Figure from Vintage By Jade

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Vintage Milk Glass Jar, 1950′s Face Cream, Cold Cream Jar, Atomic, Starburst, Pink Bathroom, Mid Century Decor from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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1950s Marx Pretty Maid Metal Toy Play Sink with Working Faucets, Pink and White with a Bonus Miniature Red Plastic Dish Drainer and Basin from Tparty

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Vintage Noritake #5234 Lindrose Salad Plate 1950s Pink Roses from Retro Groovie

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Vintage Towel White Cat Pink Flowers from Neato Keen

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Lovely Heavy Duty, Vintage 1950′s Pink and White Cotton Table Cloth, Very Good Condition, Needs Ironing :0) Wilendur? from Willowood Cottage

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Vintage White Half Apron printed with Pink and Red Daisies glamping from The Rural Rabbit

Aren’t they all fabulous! We must all remember to “think pink” darlings next time things are a bit drab! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! Definitely be sure to check out these wonderful etsy vintage shops too, you’ll love them! I’ll be back next week with more vintage love. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- January 12th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It has been pretty cold here the last week! I realize that cold for us southerners is like a tiny drop in a bucket for some of my northern friends, but for me it has been freezing! I have heard we may get snow this week sometime, which I would be quite excited about. If it’s going to be really cold, I’d at least like a nice pretty snow. Since my mind has been on snow, I thought I would share a little collection of some of my favorite wintery white finds with you inspired by snow queens. It was really hard to narrow it down this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Vintage Earrings Milk Glass Rhinestone Clip On Mid Century Circa 1960s Pear Teardrop Baguette Lozenge Cabochons Hand Prong Set Rhodium Plate from Patty’s Porcelain ETC

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Vintage 1950s White Hand Crochet Lace Collar from Revival Vintage Boutique

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1950′s Mr. Spencer Off White 3″ High Heels Pumps from Nora Barry’s

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High End Vintage Necklace, White Glass Stones & Jonquil Yellow Chatons, Silver Tone Rhinestone Necklace Choker, Winter White Jewelry from Accessory Avenue Boutique

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1950s Wool Waffle Sweater // Winter White // Vintage 1950s Cardigan // Medium from Thrifty Vintage Kitten

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1950s White & black rhinestone butterfly cat eye sunglasses from Veramode

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Silk Petal Beret. Vintage Wedding Hat. // ONE SIZE. // Off White. Knit Beanie, 50s Swim Cap. // Winter Bridal Headpiece. Hair Cover from Salvato Collection

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Vintage 1950′s White Beaded Purse Filigree Frame from Salvage Life

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1950s, Tacoma Washington / silky faux Persian lambswool / satin lined, gold rimmed buttons / Mid Century Winter / small medium from Artistry Vintage

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1950s hat set/ 50s angora knit hat and scarf from Shop KLAD

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Vintage 1950′s “SNOW QUEEN” Full Circle Skirt Sparkly Silver White Peter Pan Collar Dress XS / Small from It’s Darling Vintage

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Vintage off-white gloves, mid-century, short, brushed nylon, hand stitched and embroidered, size medium, 6 1/2, wedding, bridal, lovely from Costume Consortium 

Aren’t they all so beautiful! I love winter whites! I love them all! Really loving the clothing! My favorites on Etsy are always public, so you can always see more of my favorite items in my profile. I hope you enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage lovelies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!