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4th of July Fun with Tipsy Elves!

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Is everyone ready for the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend? We are gearing up for fireworks and cooking out with the family! One tradition we always have had in my family is that we snag some patriotic apparel to show off our love for ‘Merica. Usually it is a shirt or tank. When I was a teenager I had a pair of stars and stripes flip flops I loved so much I wore out! This year, I was so thrilled to be able to try out some patriotic goodies from Tipsy Elves!

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I had first come across Tipsy Elves last year at Christmas, as they are famous for their ugly Christmas sweaters, and my sister and I do Santa photos every year with a new funky sweater. They have some of the greatest sweaters from funny to tacky, to just plain adorable. So, I was surprised to find out that the company makes  some seriously cool gear for other holidays as well! Right now they are showcasing their 4th of July goodies. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Women’s American Flag Sweater

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American Flag Beanie

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Blue USA Fanny Pack w/ Koozie

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Men’s Epic Eagle Sweater

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Men’s Party Like a Patriot Tee

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Ulysses S. Pants

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I was lucky enough to be able to review a couple of their patriotic items. I chose the women’s American flag long sleeve shirt, and the red USA fanny pack. I was impressed by the quality of the shirt. It was a really nice soft cotton jersey. I am a big gal, so I am always worries that the xxl’s are going to be too small on me, but this tee fit perfectly! I LOVE it and know I will be wearing this top a lot!

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The fanny pack cracks me up! I have to say, I haven’t owned a fanny pack since like 1993 and I used it to carry my walkman. This fanny pack is great just for fun! I’m sure my sister Hannah will be stealing it from me to hold her hedgehog Harvey. Until then it will be getting a lot of use to keep our phones safe on the boat and keep me and the hubs refreshed with a soda or beer always at hand! See the whole line of fanny packs here.

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I would highly recommend Tipsy Elves to you all! Their apparel and accessories are just so fun, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Visit Tipsy Elves online to snag something fabulously American for yourself! You can also follow along on their blog, and find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

*Disclosure: I was compensated with product for this post. All opinions are my own. I only review items for brands and sites that I wholeheartedly love, and this brand is FABULOUS!

Photography by Kim Crenshaw Photography

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 29th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We took Beau out on the lake with his new doggie life vest, and went swimming. He swam and swam, it was adorable! I think there will be lots of lake swimming in store for us this summer! Summer is in full swing and it’s that time of year for road trips and overseas adventures. So in honor of family vacations, I have curated a little collection of vintage travel souvenirs to share with you all today. Here are my favorites:

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1950s California Skirt / Souvenir Cotton Skirt / 50s from Wildfell Hall Vintage

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Vintage Mid Century 1950s 1960s Decorative Oregon Souvenir State Plate. Retro Home Kitchen Travel Trailer Decor. 8″ from Glamp and Camp

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Los Angeles Farmer’s Market Souvenir Booklet 1950s Nostalgia from Time Portal

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1940s – 1950s Vintage Souvenir Pennant – Kansas  from Dingaling Vintage

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Vintage Florida alligator thermometer 1950s souvenir Floridiana kitsch Made in Japan from 3 Florida Girls

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Vintage Bemidji MINN Salt and Pepper shakers bears on tree Made in Japan 1950s souvenir Bemidji MN from Lost Tree Man

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Vintage cotton linen apron….1950s Souvenir Apron…New England…bright colors…never used..with tag from Little Sewing Bird

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3 1950′s Souvenir Bracelets from Fosterffoot

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Three adorable unique HANDMADE handpainted Swedish vintage 1950s unused wood souvenir dolls in landscape dresses marked NÄCKS from Nordic Art Curiosity

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Vintage Switzerland Hat Pin, Souvenir Pin, Pick Axe, Deer, Edelweiss, Green Enamel, Silver Gold Tone, Circa 1950′s from Retro Rage Victoria

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Tipos Mexicanos Scarf // 1950s Souvenir Scarf from True Value Vintage

Aren’t they fantastic! I LOVE vintage souvenirs! I have a collection of vintage Hazel Atlas souvenir glasses for every state I have lived in, so every time I see these fun souvenir glasses I swoon. I also just adore the souvenir booklet from the Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. I lived across the street from there for a few years, and it was one of my favorite places in the whole city! Everything here is so cute! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these adorable vintage Etsy shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and Necklaces

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01 DSC 4000 1024x857 DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and NecklacesI love collecting all kinds of vintage things, linens especially. One of my favorite things to collect is vintage state souvenirs. I recently came across a lot of vintage souvenir spoons I couldn’t pass up. I have been wanting to make some keychains out of them, ever since I saw my neighbors key chain that was made with a vintage silverware handle. I realize some collectors would be shocked that I “destroyed” collector’s pieces. And to you I say, sorry, I couldn’t resist! They were too much fun! Here is my how to for those of you who would like to make your own.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Souvenir Spoons

*Split Ring Key Chain Rings

*Heavy Duty Wire Cutters

*Sandpaper

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ball Chain

Instructions:

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Grab your spoons and your cutters.

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Cut your spoons. For my longer spoons I cut them about a half inch from the bottom of the handle. For the tiny spoons, I cut them at the end of the handle.

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Sand the cut end smooth if it has sharp edges or burrs.

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Take your jewelry pliers and start bending and curving the cut end towards the back into a loop. Before you close the loop insert your keychain ring. Then close the loop so that it is touching the backside of the handle. For the spoon necklace, bend the cut end back to the back side in a loop. String the spoon pendant on ball chain and add a clasp.

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02 DSC 3996 1024x965 DIY Vintage Souvenir Spoon Keychains and NecklacesAren’t they cute! I love how some of the fancier spoons were able to be used for both necklaces and key chains. All of my spoons were silver plated and were pretty pliable. If I had a spoon that was actual sterling I would have had to use a dremmel with a cutting wheel to cut the spoons and heavier pliers. One of the reasons I had no regrets cutting up my spoons was that they were cheaply made. I really love how easy and fast these are to whip up, and the graphics on the spoons are just fabulous! I am probably going to be sticking some of these up in my shop soon. If you would like one and there is a particular state you’d like, email me and I can reserve one for you. So, next time you come across some old souvenir spoons at the thrift store or flea market, I hope you will grab some and give this diy a go yourself! You’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more projects! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 22nd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We enjoyed spending time with my father in law yesterday cooking out and playing cornhole. The dogs had a great time running around the backyard too! I wear sunglasses year round, but when I think of them, I always associate them with summer. Well, since summer is here and it is hot and sunny, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of my favorite vintage sunglasses with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. Here are my absolute faves:

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1950s Black and White Vintage Sunglasses | 50s Made in France Sunglasses from Retro Active NOLA

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Vintage Sunglasses by May, Unique Black Silver Plaid, 1950s, 1960s from Vintage Kismet

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1960′s Black Cat Eye Sunglasses Cateye Vintage Sunglasses Wings and Rhinestones from Ravishing Retro

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Round Black Vintage Sunglasses With Rhinestones / 30s 40s Retro Eyewear Frames from The Dave Cave

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Vintage Ray ban Cat Eye Sunglasses Starburst from Vintage 50′s Eyewear

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Vintage Sunglasses Rare Panda Shaped Lens Mother Of Pearl 1960′s Pop-Art from His and Her Vintage

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VINTAGE New Old Stock 1950′s Bow Tie Antique Frame France Ivory Marbled Sunglasses with New Polarized Lenses from Specs Optical

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Vintage 1950s Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses from The Garment Girl

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Amazing Vintage 1950s 60s Cat Eye Sunglasses – Striped Frames Glasses – Cool-Ray Polaroid from Rogue Retro

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Vintage Pink Cat Eye Sunglasses, 1950s Cat Eye Sunglasses, Retro Sunglasses, Atomic Style Sunglasses from Go Go Vintage Glasses

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1950′s Sunglasses from Vermont Vintage Junkie

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True Vintage,original willson, green lens, rare, Cat eye sunglasses, 1950s NOS from Tamtas Vintage

Aren’t they all fabulous! I want them all! I am a sucker for cat eyes especially! The shapes and detailing on these are just amazing! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops this week as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Little Barn Salt and Pepper Shaker Holder

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Last year for my birthday my mom gave me the most adorable set of vintage rooster spice shaker set. I wanted to display it in my kitchen, and had them on my windowsil for a while, but I kept knocking them off, so I decided we needed a holder for them. I thought it would be fun to make them a little barn to sit in. Here’s how I made my shaker holder:

Here’s What You Need:

*Scrap of Nice Plywood 3/8 or 1/2″ thick

*Mini Picket Fencing (I bought mine at JoAnns)

*1/8″ thick Plywood

*1/8″ square dowel

*Wood Glue

*Paint

*Table Saw or Circular Saw

*Sawtooth Picture Hanger

*Pin Nailer and Pin Nails

*Jewelry Wire Snippers

Instructions:

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Please excuse my lack of photos near the end, they were lost in a corrupted card. I will try and be as thorough as I can. You all are always welcome to email me with questions if you need help with a project.

First you need to measure your shakers to see the depth and height to make your pieces. Cut a piece for your base to be the length to hold all your shakers comfortably by the width of the shakers plus about a half inch for allowance.

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Cut the back piece to be the lengh of your bottom piece by the height you want. My bottom piece was around 2″x9″, and my back was about 9″x7″. Cut the top edge of your back piece at an angle for your roof. Then cut your roof piece out of the 1/8″ to be the width of your holder by a few inches. Mine was about 9″x3″.

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Glue your bast to the front of the back piece at the bottom. Put a few pin nails in the back for extra hold.

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Paint your base in your grass green. And the back to be like your barn or house like you like it.

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Cut your tiny dowels to be the width of your roof. Glue them down to your top of your roof piece about an inch or so apart. Let the glue dry. Paint your roof. Then glue your roof onto the top angled part of your holder. Next you will need to add your fencing. Place the end of the fencing flush with the edge and bottom of the base bottom piece. Nail the first pickett to the base with your pin nailer. Then nail the second and so on. When you get to the corner wrap the fencing around tightly to the front and nail. Continue nailing all the way around to the other end. Clip your excess fencing off with your jewelry snippers. To finish off your spice holder, attach your sawtooth hanger to the middle of the top of the back of your holder.

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I really love how it turned out! This was really pretty simple to make. I hung it on the side of my upper cabinets by sink. They look very cute and cheery and I love the cuteness they add to the decor in my kitchen! You could easily make this a little house instead of a barn just by painting it differently. So, if you have a collection of vintage shakers laying around make a fun little holder to show them off in your kitchen! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Revamping Vintage Linens with Plaid’s New Fabric Creations™ Line, Plus A Giveaway!

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This post is brought to you by The Blueprint Social and Plaid Crafts. As always, all of the opinions here are my own. I recently had the opportunity to review Plaid Craft’s new line of craft products, Fabric Creations™. Fabric Creations™ Soft Fabric Ink is super soft fabric ink that is the perfect formulation for stamping, stenciling and brushing on fabric. It is machine washable, water based, and non-toxic. Plus it is super soft! Use printing blocks for creating unique fashions, quilts, textiles, stitching embroidery, scrapbooking, printing, and more! Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps and Fabric Ink are both available at Hobby Lobby and www.plaidonline.com.

I had recently snagged a bunch of old linens at the Flea Market for less than a dollar a piece. I use old embroidery and floral linens in my projects all the time as cutters. I thought it would be fun to funk some of the linens up a bit and give them a new life with the help of the fantastic block printing stamps and ink I received. I decided to stamp on an old 1960′s fringed table runner and also some pillowcases. I had so much fun with it, before I was done, I was even stamping my shoes! Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Linens such as Pillowcases, Table Runners, Napkins, Etc…

*Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps

*Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink

*Foam Sponges

*Foam Block Printing Mat

*Paper Plate

Instructions:

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I started with testing each stamp I had on a piece of scrap fabric so we could really get a feel for the design and how the stamps worked.

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The first thing you need to do is squeeze a little fabric ink out onto a paper plate. Also, place your foam mat under the layer of fabric where you want to start stamping. Dip your sponge into the ink and then dab the ink on the white design on the wood stamp. You can use two sponges and two color inks to create an ombre type effect easily just by dabbing one color onto one part of the stamp and then the other color onto the other part of the stamp.

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Carefully lay the stamp face down onto your fabric where you wish the design to be, be sure to note the orientation before you put it down.

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Press firmly down onto your stamp into the foam and then lift the stamp straight up. Continue stamping your design. When you get to the edge of the foam matt, carefully lift your fabric and reposition the mat to the new section and continue stamping. When you are done with a color of ink and want to change colors, or if you are done with your stamp, make sure to wash it off. The bristle brush you can get to clean the stamps with is incredibly helpful and makes cleaning a snap!

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I had also stamped a blue linen table scarf. I still like the way it turned out, but I will say that the colors are not quite the same and the darker colors showed up the best on them. It has a more muted antique look. I prefer the ink on white fabrics myself because the colors are so vibrant.

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I decided to do an all over print on the faded floral pillowcase in the gold ink with the square scroll stamp. It was really subtle , but turned out so sweet. The pink floral pillowcase got a pink and lime ombre stamped border, which had a fun vibe to it. The yellow floral got a bold blue paisley all over print with an elephant border. I love the boldness of the print but that you can also see the original floral behind lending its charm.

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My favorite linen revamp though was probably my table runner. I loved the funky embroidery on it, but I thought it would be so cool to add some border stamps and a few elephants to the center to give it an eastern flair. The designs melded flawlessly with the original embroidery and it really enhanced the look of the whole cloth. It was fun but a little shabby before, but now it is a great centerpiece for the table. I have been displaying it on the credenza in my living room.

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I did not want to stop stamping after I got through my linens, so I decided to try out the stamps on an old pair of espadrilles I had from a couple of summers ago. Since the fabric mat obviously would not fit into my shoe, I folded up a little newspaper and inserted into the shoe. Then I carefully stretched out the fabric with one hand so it was smooth and laid the stamp with the other. They turned out adorable too, and it took me about ten minutes to make them!

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Overall, I was extremely happy with the Plaid Fabric Creations™ line! I did really enjoy the stamps, but I cannot say enough good things about the fabric ink! It has such a soft hand. You can’t feel it once it is dry, like it is part of the fabric. I just love it! The wood stamps are a super nice quality too. They have a nice weight and feel in your hand and are really easy to use. They have a ton of designs, from southwestern, to eastern influence, to florals.

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To celebrate the launch of their new Fabric Creations™ line, Plaid Crafts is doing a giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win a Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Kit, which includes over $125 worth of supplies!

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I hope I have inspired some of you all to give the Fabric Creations™ line a try sometime! You can stamp projects so fast and easily, and the inks are divine! I am in LOVE with the fabric inks! To see more from the Fabric Creations™ line as well as tons of other products and projects check out Plaid Crafts blog online Here, and follow along with them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’ll be back soon with another fun project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 25th

Happy Monday everyone! And Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend and spending time relaxing with friends and family. As it is Memorial Day, this weeks finds are inspired by the amazing men and women who serve and protect our country every day, and our love for the good ole red, white, and blue…

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1950s Linen 9.5 x 5 American Flag, Stitched, Valley Forge Flag Co, Vintage Patriotic Decor from Nacho Kitty

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Vintage 1950′s Heavy Cast Brass American Eagle Flag Pole or Display Stand Top , Old Finish, Creative Use, Eagle Desk Weight from Kelley Street Vintage

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Vintage Patriotic Child Lithograph Tin Toy Drum with Eagle Flag from The New England Huswife

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American Flag Picture & Word Vintage 1950s Children’s School Flash Card from China Books, Cards, N’ More

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50s Vintage Day Dress White Blue Striped Red Trim 1950s Vintage Sheath Dress by Mode O’ Day Size Medium from Stutterin’ Mama

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Vintage Patriotic Necklace, HONG KONG, Red White and Blue Necklace, Plastic Beaded Choker Necklace, Memorial Day, 4th of July, 1950s Jewelry from Red Garnet Vintage

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MEMORIAL DAY SALE 1950s Bow Print Dress / 50s Dress / Red White and Blue Bows Full Skirt Dress from Foxburrow Vintage

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Vintage 1980s-does-1950s Red, White and Blue Americana Wide Brim Hat from CoriLu Vintage

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1950s embroidered fish blouse / red blue fish / nautical style blouse / novelty blouse / size 4-5 from Tiny Town Vintage

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1960s Blue Swimsuit by Everlastik (M) | 60s Red, White, and Blue Pin Up Bathing Suit from Retro Active NOLA

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1950s Rooster Tray from Old Green Canoe

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Vintage Ceramic Four Piece Canister Set – Red White and Blue – Made in Italy – Italian Canisters – Mid Century Canister Set – 1950s from Soulful Vintage

I love vintage Americana items, so awesome! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! To all our servicemen and ladies out there we love and appreciate you all! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Be safe and have fun! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 13th

Happy Monday everyone! Spring is definitely here. Everything is budding and we are starting to see the pollen swoop in. Everything has a yellow top coat to it at the moment. Even the sky has a bit of a yellow haze. Although I think the pollen is icky, I refuse to let it get me down. So, this week my finds are all going to be inspired by the color yellow. Not the dirty yellow that has been plaguing our area from all the pine trees, but the beautiful sunshine yellow of spring.  Here are my top swoon worthy picks for this week:

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vintage 1950s dress / 50s Neiman-Marcus Dress / 1950s yellow dress from Simplicity is Bliss

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Vintage Cluster Earrings, Yellow Milk Glass Earrings, White Yellow Glass Bead Earrings, Clip-on Earrings, 1950s 1960s Costume Jewelry from Red Garnet Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Yellow White Gingham Swing Pleated Skirt XS/S Extra Small Small from Mod and Fancy

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Vibrant mustard yellow graduated beaded 1970s 1980s necklace – great 1940s 1950s inspired classic style. Very on trend for 2015! Autumn VLV from Chronically Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Yellow Soup Tureen C609 by Californian Pottery USA from Oakey Creek Vintage

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1950s Yellow Printed Handkerchief Bridal Accessory from Yellow Bee Vintage

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Mid century plate 1950s Empire harlequinade yellow lunch plate- checkered design – retro vintage English ceramic from Lucky Magpie Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Wilendure Yellow Rose Tablecloth from WAAKO

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1950′s Yellow Boomerang Formica Counter Top Bar With Four Vinyl Covered Stools — Convo for pick-up from Rustic Realm

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1950′s Yellow Heifetz Rotoflex Pendant Chandelier from Very Vintage LA

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1950s Artmart Yellow Lady Head Vase from Sweet Memory Antiques

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1950′s Yellow Alarm Clock – Old Vintage – Made by ANKER – West Germany – Manual Winding – Art Deco Design – Glow in the Dark – Light Maize from Jersey Sparrow

Aren’t they all fabulous! Yellow is not a color I can wear very well, but I do love to pick up accessories and home goods in this fantastic hue! Do you all have a favorite this week? Be sure to check out these wonderful Etsy vintage shops. I think you’ll love them as much as I do! I’ll be back next week with more vintage love. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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!