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Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key Chain

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06 DSC 0071 2 Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key ChainI have been seeing leather tassel key chains and bag charms all over the place around here lately. We have quite a few birthdays coming up around here, and key chains are a great simple gift. So, I thought I’d make a few tassel key chains using my huge supply of vintage fabric scraps. As it turns out, this little tassel key chain was easy and fun to make! All you need are fabric scraps and a few jewelry supplies to make your own!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Scissors

*String or Embroidery Floss

*Large Leather Jewelry End Cap

*E6000

*Key Chain Hardware

*Charms (optional) and jump rings

*Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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First, you need to cut your scraps into strips. Cut each strip to be roughly under a quarter-inch wide. Cut a bunch of strips.

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Gather them up and tie them in the middle lengthwise with your string. Fold the strips in half so the tied area is at the top.

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Test fit the strips into the end cap before you glue it to make sure you don’t need to add or remove any fabric strips. If you do need to add some just tie them on to the area you ties before. Place a bit of e6000 in the end cap. Twist the tied end of the strips into the end cap.

Once your glue is dry, add the key chain hardware with your jewelry pliers and add any charms if you like. Once it is decorated, you are ready to add your keys and go.

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11 DSC 0082 Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key ChainThis key chain is easy to make and fun! I enjoyed making the one for my mom so much I made another tassel to add to my purse. I used vintage fabric scraps from bed sheets for the pastel one, and a mix of vintage and new fabrics for the brighter one. You can use any type of fabric you like. Experiment with colors and patterns. Have fun with it! They make great handmade gifts! I’ll be back next week with more DIY fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 15th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I made tamales and it was so much fun! We also had some nice cool weather yesterday. I think fall is definitely starting to show here in NC. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and layering up! One of the things I think of when I think of fall is the woods and woodland animals and birds. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage owl finds with you all inspired by one of my most favorite woodland animals. Retro owls are so much fun! Here are some of my favorites this week:

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Vintage Lofisa Large Art Pottery Owl Vase – Mid Century from House of Seance

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Cute owl wooden salt and pepper shakers, cruet, serving condiment bird 1950s 50s pots from Trudy’s Store Vintage

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Enid Collins Style OWL Purse Mid Century Modern Mad Men Era Ladies Mod 1950s-60s Wood Box Purse / Handbag Handpainted with Owl from Jack Jett Vintage

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Vintage owl salt and pepper shakers ceramic, black red brown from Lititz Carriage House

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Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010

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Vintage Owl Perfume Sachet Locket Pin Brooch by Avon, Original Box from Love Lockets

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Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage

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1950s Vintage Owl Planter made by Norcrest in Japan Mother with Babies – Ceramic – Japan – Animal Bird Planter from Covenants

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Vintage Owl Playing Cards , Collage Pack , Scrapbooking from 2 Vintage Gypsies

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Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage

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Vintage 1950s porcelain owl teapot kitsch 50s from The Lucky Fox

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VERY RARE Vintage Retro 1950′s Cartoon Owls Salt and Pepper Shakers Antique Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love vintage owl items! Of course I love them all! They are all so cute! I especially love the little purse, and shakers! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor Lamp

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10 DSC 0079 5 DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor LampI have been a fan of mid-century modern style since I was little! I love the furniture and styling! Last year I made a fun mid-century inspired lamp shade with Martha Stewart decoupage materials. You can see that post Here. I have had it sitting on an old floor lamp in our living room. This floor lamp was an old cheapie we bought when we had our first apartment over ten years ago. Needless to say, it was in need of a makeover. I had seen a spiral wooden lamp in an antique mall years ago. So, we thought we would give it a try. It took up our saturday, but it was totally worth the time! We had a great time making it together as well!

Here’s What You Need:

*One old floor lamp

*Wood-Poplar (We used 3/4″ x4″x11′)

*PVC Pipe (We used a 3′ piece)

*Paint

*Stain

*Paint Brushes

*Sandpaper

*Drill with a bit, or a drill press

*Wire Cutter

*Bottle Stopper Piece from a Bottle Lamp Kit

*Nuts

*Tablesaw

*Mitre Saw

Instructions:

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First you need to figure out how much wood you need and pvc pipe. Decide how long you want your wood pieces. We made our pieces to be roughly 3.5″x3.5″. Measure your lamp height(area you are covering). Ours measured about 54″ tall. Take the measurement of what you are covering and divide that by the thickness of your wood (in our case 3/4″) and then divide that by two and that’s how many pieces of each material you need(in our case 54″ tall divided by .75″ would be 72 pieces all together divide that by two and that will give you 36 pieces of wood and 36 pieces of pvc pipe.) To decide how much wood you need take your desired size which is 3.5″x3.5″ and add the kerf of the saw blade (in our case 1/8″) multiply that number (3.625) by how many pieces you’ve calculated (36×3.625=130.5″ =10’10.5″, so an 11 foot piece worked for us.) For the pipe take the kerf of your blade plus the thickness of your pvc pieces( in our case 3/4″) and multiply that by the number of pieces you calculated( 36) to get the length of pipe you need. You will also need to disassemble the top wiring of your lamp. Mark which wire is on each screw so you can keep track of it.

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Once you have all your materials, you are ready to cut your pieces. Start with your wood. Make sure to add for the kerf (width of the blade) when you mark your cuts. Carefully cut all of your wood pieces on your table saw. I had 36 3.5×3.5 squares once cut.

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Lightly sand each block with a light 220 and 320 grit.

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Now you are ready to cut your holes. Measure the circumference of the metal pipe that is the shaft of your floor lamp. Find a drill bit slightly larger than that width. Mark the centers of each block with a ruler or center finder and pencil. Drill each block and set aside.

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Lightly sand any rough areas where the holes were drilled.

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Now you are ready to cut your pipe. Use a blade on your mitre saw that is a veneer/plywood/plastic blade, or a really fine tooth blade.

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Making sure you mark your pipe pieces for the width of the blade cut your pipe pieces on your mitre saw. You can see in the photo, my husband clamped a block the exact width out from the blade we needed our pieces so he didn’t have to measure and mark after each cut.

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Once you have all your pipe pieces cut you are ready to paint them. I painted mine a creamy white.

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Also paint your base the same color as your pipe pieces.

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Stain all your pieces with a soft cloth, rubbing the stain with the grain of the wood. Set aside to dry.

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Now you are ready to assemble your lamp. Slide a wood piece onto your lamp pole and scoot it all the way to the bottom. Then slide on a pvc piece.

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Then repeat all the way to the top alternating wood and pvc pieces.

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Now you need something to hold down everything tight. We used a bottle stopper insert from a bottle lamp kit.

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Squish the bottle stopper coupler into the top wood piece.

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Then screw the top wood piece onto the threaded rod at the top of the lamp.

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Next, slide on another pvc piece, a large washer and a nut. Screw it all on tight to the threaded rod.

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Next add your harp if you have one and your bottom socket holder base.

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Trim the wires and strip the ends with your wire cutters and strippers.

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Take your marked wires and twist them around each screw that they coordinate with. Assemble the rest of the light socket. Add your light bulb and your harp if you have one and finish off with a fun lamp shade.

 

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06 DSC 0081 DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor LampI just love how my lamp turned out! It really looks so much better in my living room than that old shabby metal! As much as I love my handmade lampshade, I would eventually like to get a vintage fiberglass stitched lampshade. But we shall see. So, i you have an old shabby floor lamp sitting around, give this diy a try. It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back next week with another project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 8th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We stayed around the house mostly, so it was a nice relaxing weekend here. I recently came across a booth at the flea market that had a few vintage lunch boxes. They were so cool! Vintage lunch tins are one of those things that I’d love to collect, but don’t have the money to get into. I can still admire the many amazing one’s online! This week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage lunch boxes from Etsy’s many wonderful vintage shops with you all. I had a hard time narrowing down everything! Here are just a few of my absolute favorites:

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Vintage Lithographed Metal Lunch Pail / Lunch Box with American Teenager Theme (c.1956) – Rare Collectible, Industrial Decor, Storage from Third Shift

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Vintage Barbie and Midge Vinyl Lunch Box and Thermos from Number 2 Pen So

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Vintage Farm Scene Thermos Fifties 1950s Collectible from Juniper Lane Shop

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1962 Aladdin Cable Car Lunchbox from Lemon Bright

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1961 Vintage Lawman Lunch Box With Thermos from Ellen’s Meanderings

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vtg Aladdin 1956 “Robin Hood” drink thermos with stopper, green, forest scene, collectible, no cap lid, free u.s shipping from Breelzebub

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The life & Times of Grizzly Adams lunch box and thermos from Tony’s Collectibles

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vintage Hopalong Cassidy lunch box / 1950s litho lunchbox from My Little Huckleberry

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Vintage 1967 Dick Tracy Metal Lunch Box from Briarfoot Meadows

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Vintage Lunch Box Tom Corbett Space Cadet from Merishca’s Vintage

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Walt Disney World lunch box by Aladdin from Rube’s Relics

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1959 Porky’s Lunch Wagon Dome Lunch Box from Capraistic

Aren’t they all just fantastic! I love them all! Do you have a favorite? Definitely go check out these cool Etsy vintage shops! I hope you have as much fun browsing as I did! I’ll be back next week with more awesome vintage finds! Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Awesome DIY Projects for Fall

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Hey everyone! Can you believe it is already September! I swear this whole year is just flying by so fast! Fall is just around the corner.And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am looking forward to sweater weather! So, since fall is fastly approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fall diy projects from around the web with you all. There are always so many beautiful projects on my crafty wish list from the many talented bloggers out there! Here are my top ten picks for fall:

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DIY Twig Push Pins from Design Sponge

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Fabric Pumpkins from Thompson Family Life 

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Paper Bag Fall Wreath from Pop Sugar

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DIY Falling Leaves Garland from 6th Street Design School

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DIY Canning Jar Ring Pumpkin from Yellow Bliss Road

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Scrap Buster Fall Pillow from Cluck Cluck Sew

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Fall Decor Ideas from Home and Garden Design Ideas

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DIY Book Page Pumpkin from Craftberry Bush

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DIY Fabric Acorns from Zemphira Scatter Art

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DIY Glittered Acorn Wreath from That’s My Letter

Aren’t they all so lovely! I love all the pumpkins! They all look like so much fun to make too! I hope you all have found a few to add to your fall crafting! Definitely be sure to check out these fabulous blogs they come from as well, you’ll love them! I’ll be back next month with some Halloween fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kid’s Room

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06 DSC 0086 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomHey guys! Today I am going to share an easy decorating diy with you all. I have a serious love for vintage tin toys! I usually don’t indulge myself since I am drowning in all my other vintage collections. However, a while back I was getting some vintage minis from HeyYoyo.com, and saw these mini tin vintage cars from Japan. I couldn’t resist. They have since sat in my closet for months. A few weeks ago I picked up some shadowbox frames from the craft store on sale, and I thought my little cars would be so cute framed. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage tin Cars or vintage toys (I bought mine Here and Here)

*Shadowbox frame

*Matteboard or Thick Acid Free Paper( I used watercolor paper since I like the texture)

*E6000

*Ruler

Instructions:

09 photo 1 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomThe first thing you need to do is cut your backing or paper to fit your frame. My frame was 8×8″ so I cut my paper to be 8×8. Lay out your cars to test fit. Once you have them like you like them, measure out to the side and the top. I decided they would fit best to be 2.25″ from the top and side.

10 photo 2 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomTake a scrap of paper and lay it to your top mark which in my case is 2.25″ from the top, then lay your ruler 2.25″ from the side to form a right angle in which to line up your first car. Place a generous amount of your E6000 on your first car then press it onto the paper lining it up with the ruler and paper to fit inside that corner you made.

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12 photo 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomRepeat the steps you did with the first row of cars to make the second. This time measuring and laying your ruler and paper as a guide 2.25″ up from the bottom and sides of the paper backing. Let your glue dry overnight, then insert your paper into your shadow box frame and close up the back.

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02 DSC 0096 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomDon’t you just love it! This was so simple to put together and it took hardly any time at all. This is a really universal idea, and you could use the same idea to display other collections such as bottle caps, kewpie dolls, or cowboy badges. I think this would be fantastic in a kid’s room! I don’t have any little ones yet, so this one will be going in my hubby’s office. I hope you guys will give this easy diy a try with one of your favorite mini collections! I’ll be back next week with another fun craft! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 1st

Happy Monday everyone! We are enjoying the Labor Day long weekend! Today we will be grilling out and hanging out with family, so it is going to be a great day here! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the week! This weeks vintage finds are inspired by all the amazing hard working men and women who protect us, serve us, keep us healthy, inspire us, and make life easier for everyone! Check em’ out:

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I Want To Be a Farmer Vintage Illustrated Children’s Book Farm Decor Gift for Farmer — Carla Greene Childrens Press from Happy Fortune Vintage

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Vintage Artist Case Paint carrying box with Used wood palette board Art supplies from Salvage Relics

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Vintage Pyrex 500ml Mad Scientist Beaker from Another Blessed Day

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Vintage Directors Chair Bar Height Nautical Blue White Stripes Beach Folding Chair Seat Made in America from The Velvet Branch

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Vintage 60s designer G S Harvale Co Tie Polyester Necktie mens industrial farmers tie cow chicken duck sheep Mad Men Unique gift from Chick Antique

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1950s apron chefs apron barbeque apron and hat chef hat novelty oops funny gag mens apron from Vintage Runway

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Vintage Denim Coveralls … 1970s Workwear …Dark Blue Denim from Bottle Blonde Vintage

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Vintage ~ Late 1940′s Early 1950′s ~ Nurses Uniform ~ With Cape from B’s Attic

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Original Vintage Us Navy Uniform Shirt – USA WWII from Retroe Design

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German army flight pilot suit coverall combi military airforce air force Bundeswehr luftwaffe fighter from Chevalde Guerre

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Bill Monogramed Work Shirt / Sz Med from Revival Vintage ATX

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all! There is something really cool about vintage uniforms. One of my most treasured vintage items I own is my grand father’s hurricane hunter’s flight jacket from when he was a pilot in the Air Force! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with another vintage collection. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 25th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I helped my mom shoot a wedding on Saturday, and it was so lovely! My sister is back up in Asheville at school and I miss her already, but I know she is having a great time and enjoying getting back into the swing of her classes. Most schools are back in session for the school year. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite back to school vintage finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops! Check em’ out:

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the wheels on the bus – Hubley school bus, vintage die cast toy from Faye Travis Vintage

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Vintage Boxed Set Addition Flash Cards – Built Rite 1950′s from Bouquet

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1950′s Vintage Locker Baskets Refurbished in Summer Brights from Rehab Vintage LA

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XL HUGE 1950s Vintage Original Roller School Revolving Blackboard Chalk 2.3M Tall By Wilson & Garden Ltd – Kitchen Memo Board Pub Menu from Magpie’s Vintage Shop

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1950s Thermos Brand Barn Lunch Box with Thermos from Livin’ Mom’s Dream

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Vintage 1950s Children’s Science Book – Research Ideas for Young Scientists from Sweet Shop Vintage

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Vintage Ideal School Supply Abacus,1950s Ideal School Supply Toy, Vintage Classroom Industrial Decor, Mid Century from Red Hill Home

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red varsity school sweater. 1950′s wool cardigan / concert band. unisex. large / XL from Cricket Capers

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SALE RESERVED / vintage 50s plaid jumper dress / 1950s plaid school girl dress / fall plaid sheath dress / drop waist from Arche Type Vintage

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Saddle Shoes Vintage 1960s Brown Leather Oxfords Women’s size from Pure Vintage Clothing

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74/ Vintage Old 1950s School Teacher Leather Bag Luggage / School Teacher SuitCase from The Penduline

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Vintage 1950s Vinyl Pencil case with vintage pencil from Retro Warehouse

Aren’t they all just awesome! I love them all! Sometimes I miss being in school! Back to school shopping is always so much fun! I hope you all enjoy checking out these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. 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!

DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book Buntings

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diy cloth book kids bunting DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsRecently I came across a couple of lots of adorable vintage cloth baby books. They were well loved and a few of them had crayon marks in them, but I knew they would be perfect to upcycle! I have wanted to make a bunting for my screen porch for a while now, and when I saw these books I knew they were just what I was looking for! Buntings are really easy to make and they are a great way to add a little fun to your decor!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Cloth Books

*Paper (Cardstock or chipboard works nicely) and Pencil

*Ruler

*Scissors

*Bias Tape (I bought mine Here)

Instructions:

110 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book Buntings

22 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsThe first thing you need to do is measure and make your template. Measure the width and height of the book. Draw the width and height of the book pages onto your paper or cardstock. You should have a rectangular shape to match your page. Then, mark the center point on the width at the top and bottom. Measure up from the bottom about a third of the way up on each side of the length. Draw a line across. Mark the center on that line. Then draw a line from the center of the third line to the bottom right corner and then from the center to the bottom left corner. You should now have your flag bunting shape. Cut out the cardstock. This is now your template to cut your flags.

32 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsNow, use the template you just made and trace the flag onto one side of each page in the book. Cut out your flag pieces.

42 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsLay out your pieces and decide how you want to assemble the bunting. Stack the flags in order.

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62 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book Buntings

72 DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsNow you are ready to sew your bunting. Sandwich the first bunting flag about 5 or 6″ in from the end of your bias tape. If you are new to sewing, you may want to sandwich and pin all your flags to your bias tape before you sew. I sandwich and sew as I go, but that’s the fast and lazy way, not necessarily the proper way. Edge stitch about 1/8″ in down your bias tape. Sew a little in between flags. I will sandwich a flag, and then when I get close to the end of that flag, sandwich the next flag in leaving a little gap between the two, then continue stitching. Sandwich and stitch down all the flags in your bunting. When you are done stitching your bunting closed, clip the excess threads.

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diy book buntings DIY Sweet Vintage Upcycled Cloth Baby Book BuntingsI absolutely LOVE my new buntings! They are going to look so fantastic on my porch! I may keep the kitty book for my craft room though as that one is my favorite and I spend the most time in there, so I’d get to see it everyday. You can use this simple process to make your own bunting out of any kind of material you fancy. If you have some old cloth books, upcycle them. Or, give it a try with your favorite fabrics. You’ll love it! You can make several of them in under an hour, and they are simple and fun to sew. They really add a lot of charm and fun to a space too! Definitely one of my favorite things to make! I’ll be back next week with another retro DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!