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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!

Etsy Love- Ten Awesome 2015 Calendars

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week and looking forward to the weekend! I have been looking for a calendar for my kitchen and my craft room for a while now. There are so many amazing calendars on Etsy, so I thought I would share ten of my favorites with you all this week. It was hard to narrow down my list, since there are so so many! Here are just a few of my faves:

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2015 Calendar | 3D Landscape Desk Calendar made of Paper | DIY Printable A4 size template files | Instant digital download by Sky Goodies

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2015 CALENDAR- Master of Literature – Instant Download – A4 size 8.27 × 11.7 inches by Mrs Peggotty Arts

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2015 Cat Calendar- Wall Calendar- Cat Body Calendar- In Olive by Jamie Shelman

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Wildflower Wreath 2015 Calendar Poster, Wall Calendar by Just Another Day

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Woodberry 2015 Calendar of woodland animals by Sheri McCulley

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2015 Calendar, 5 x 7 or 4 x 6 Desk calendar love photography girly pastel coral print nursery decor retro paris decor french decor~ by Caroline Mint

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Instant Download Digital 2015 Calendar Shabby Chic 2015 Calendar Digital Wall Calendar Printable Desk Calendar Digital 2015 Calendar by One Stop Digital

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2015 Calendar – Vintage Gift Wrap Designs – by Writeables

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2015 Food Calendar Illustrated/Desk/Kitchen by Vicki Smith Art

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New Year’s Sale – 20% OFF! – 2015 Calendar – Personable Pachyderms Elephant Calendar by Oh Me Oh My Oh

Aren’t they fantastic! I love them all, so now I have to narrow it down. Do you all have a favorite? I hope you all have enjoyed my round up of calendars and have maybe found one or two for your home too! Be sure to check out the wonderful shops that all these calendars came from, you’ll love them! I’ll be back soon with more Etsy favorites. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 30th

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and got to spend lots of great time with the ones you love the most! New Year’s Eve is coming up tomorrow and I thought it would be fun to share a little collection of vintage items perfect for a New Year’s party! There are so many lovely party finds and beautiful dresses and such in Etsy’s many wonderful vintage shops! Here are my favorites for this week:

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Vintage Cocktail Shaker illustration page Alice and Martin Provensen whiskey sour party wall decor for framing – Free U.S. shipping from Arcanium Antiques

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SALE Vintage shoes, pink leather heels, champagne gold silver metallic, wedding, Almalfi, Italy, 8 from Roselein Rarities 

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Goldleaf Champagne Glasses – Set of 7 1950′s Mid-Century Vintage VTG from Rue 78 Vintage

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New Years Sale / 1950s Fleur Champagne silk dynasty dress / 50s oldstock from Croatia Vintage

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Carolee Champagne Brut Bottle Swarovski Crystal Black Enamel Brooch Pin from Kansas City Treasures

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French vintage ice bucket. French vintage champagne bucket . Handle in stainless metal 1950s. Seau à glace. Vintage ice bucket.from Passe Simple

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Lucite box purse vintage 1950′s, Charles S. Kahn, clear and champagne satin-finish DuPont acrylic plastic, carved top and handle from Costume Consortium

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1950s vintage earrings : Circle of light from No Carnations

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New Years Eve Retro Party – 45 lp Auld Lang Syne, Should Old Acquaintance, Guy Lombardo 1959 record from Ribbons and Glass

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VINTAGE Lithographed TIN NOISEMAKER Toys, New Year’s Eve Party, 1950′s Retro from Frankie Steinz 

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SALE — 1960s Asian Oriental Sequin Silk Jacket Beige Off White Evening Wedding Prom Sparkly Glittery from Old Used Stuff

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Vintage New Years Eve Cards, Game Cards, Candle, Holly, Clock, 1950′s from Caffeinated Squirrel

Aren’t they all just fabulous! I love all of them! That dress is just to die for and the leucite purse. Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely 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- 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!