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DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments

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1 DSC 0355 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsHi guys! Happy Friday! I know for a lot of people it is sacrilege to decorate for Christmas before it’s even Thanksgiving. However, that is exactly what I am doing this weekend! It makes me happy, don’t judge me icon wink DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama Ornaments One of my favorite things about the holidays and holiday crafting in particular is that my mom and I always make ornaments together. This year I wanted to make some ornaments that were similar to vintage jewel brite’s or vintage diorama ornaments. These do require the use of a dremmel, but other than cutting, they are pretty easy to make! We made a bunch of them in just an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Ornaments

*Dremmel Tool fitted with a cutting disk

*Paint

*Mod podge or medium to attach glitter

*Glitter (I used Diamond Dust)

*Cotton Balls

*Toothpick

*Vintage and new miniatures

*Little bottle brush trees

*Hot Glue and Glue Gun

*Pipe Cleaner

*Wire Snippers

*Ribbon or Twine for hanging

Instructions:

04 DSC 0091 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo start with, draw a line to use as a cutting guide on the front of your ornament. Draw the circle to be about 1/2 to 3/4″ away from the seam in the center of the ornament.

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01 DSC 0099 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsCarefully cut your ornament with the dremmel. Insert the cutting wheel into the cutting line and then carefully follow it around until you reach the other side. Remove the cut front. You will be actually melting the plastic when you cut, so it may stick to itself after you cut, but you will find that you can easily twist it off.

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06 DSC 0062 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo add the snow, you will need cotton balls. Pull the cotton ball apart. Add a little glue to the bottom of the ornament around the minis you glued down. Lay a little cotton onto the glue. Use your toothpick to smoosh the cotton down and around the minis.

05 DSC 0064 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsTo finish the cut edge, cut a pipe cleaner to size to fit the opening. Glue the pipe cleaner around the cut edge of the ornament. Snip down the wires in the top of the ornaments if you need to. Put the tops back on. Pliers will definitely help get the wires into the holes in the top. To finish, tie a ribbon or some twine to the loop in the top of the ornament. Now you are ready to hang.

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2 DSC 0352 DIY Vintage Inspired Diorama OrnamentsI am so in love with these little ornaments! I had a total blast making them, and I love the vintage charm they add to a tree! I will be selling a few of these in my shop if any of you would like to have one of these fun ornaments on your tree, but don’t want to make them yourself. I hope some of you all will make some of these this Christmas with your favorite crafty partner in crime. You’ll totally love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun holiday crafting! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Salt Shaker Christmas Photo Holders

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

Here’s What You Need:

*Salt Shakers (I bought mine at Walmart)

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

*Diamond Dust or glitter of your choice.

*Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

*Extra Long Tweezers

*Wire

*Glittered Poinsettia (I bought mine at Michaels)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ribbon or Trim

Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crafting!

 

DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch Necklace

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

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Brooch

*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice

*Eye Pins

*Jump Rings

*Lobster Clasp

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

*Jewelry Pliers

*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Kids

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time for another gift guide for the holidays, and this one is all for the kiddos. There are so many fabulous items for children and babies on Etsy! Some of them make me wish I was a kid again! This guide is longer than my usual guids since I could have done a whole post just on plushies. I narrowed them down a bit and added in some great toys and accessories. Here are just a few of my favorite holiday gift ideas for the little ones:

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Fox Plush Toy with Scarf, Fox Softie, Fox Stuffed Animal, Handmade Fox Art Doll, Toy Animal, Kids Christmas Gift, Poosac, Nursery, Kids Toy from Poosac

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Modern Kids Play Kitchen from Mint Home

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Limited Edition Metallic Gold Moccs, Moccasins, Baby Moccs, Baby/Toddler Shoes, Genuine Leather, Metallic, Metallic Gold, Gold from Tiny Baby Soles

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Mr. Beaver, a woodchuck softie plush doll toy, made to order, OOAK from Dunlap Love

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CUSTOM Signature Cotton Candy Dolly,Handmade Dolls,Homemade Dolls,Cloth Doll,Fabric Dolls,Handmade Fabric Doll,Soft Cloth Dolls,Rag Dolls from Cotton Candy Dollies

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Christmas deer plush toy , handmade stuffed toy, baby safe soft toy, holidays from Skripskrap

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Kniting Teddy Bear Hat – Hat Character – Boy hat – Teddy Bear Beanie – Best Teddy Bear – Animals hats – Teddy Hat – Winter hat – Warm hat from Meet Best Knit

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Forest Friends Roll Up and Play Mat, woodland roll up with wooden figures, waldorf inspired, wool felt toy, handmade kids toy from Gnome Werks

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Stuffed Animal Teddy Bear Plush Toy Charcoal Grey Neon Pink Lime Green Linen Doll Handknit Ecofriendly from Me and Tex

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Outer Space Wood Bank from Mmim

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Baby Mobile — Bears in Party Hats — Customize to Match You Modern Nursery from Pink Cheeks Studio

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Plush Owl Softie Stuffed Owl Doll for Children and Baby Plush Toy from Friends of Socktopus

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Marimekko Unikko Kids’ Teepee (Small) from Teepeedees

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Free Armbands!!! Personalized Boy SUPERHERO Cape for Christmas comes with FAST DELIVERY – 26 inches – Custom Letter from Pip and Bean

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Cute Bug Plush – Handmade cloth doll kids toy monster bug plushie from Palooka Handmade

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The Farm Paper Toy Kit – DIY Paper Craft Kit – Puppet Theater – Paper Toy – Birthday Party Favor – PRINTABLE PDF from Pukaca

Aren’t they all just so adorable! If I had children I’d be buying them all! As it is, I’ve got a few of the softies on my Christmas wish list. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops! I’ll be back next week with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- For the Host or Hostess

Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a whirlwind with getting ready for the Flea Market and holiday crafting for the blog. Before I sign off for the weekend though, I wanted to pop in and share my first holiday gift guide of the 2014 holiday season! I’ve put together some of my favorite items from Etsy’s wonderful handmade shops that would make lovely gifts for the host or hostess. It is the season for parties, and there’s nothing quite as charming as a little something handmade to show your appreciation and love! Here are my top twelve gift ideas for your holiday party hosts…

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Wooden Spoon, Hostess Gift, Shower Gift, Housewarming Gift, Bridal Shower Gift, Wedding Gift, Kitchen Gift, Birthday, Valentine’s Day Gift from We Should Spoon

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tweet bowl, green and white ceramic nesting bowls. modern, quirky pottery dishes. large cereal bowl, small bird bowl. gift for hostess from Karo Art

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WASHCLOTH – 100% COTTON, stocking stuffer, hostess gift, crochet washcloth, handmade washcloth, wash cloth from Right Soap

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Custom Monogram Initial Paper Coasters Black and White Polka Dot Floral Initial Colorful Personalized Coasters Wedding Hostess Gift Set of 5 from When it Rains Shop

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Tea Towel Set: Catherineholm Lotus Coffee Pot Tea Towel, Hostess Gift, Housewarming, Scandinavian, Norway, Turquoise, Red, Yellow from Fresh Pastry Stand

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Personalized Family Tree Cutting Board, Anniversary Gift, Custom Wooden Chopping Block, Engraved Housewarming Hostess Gift, Dandelion Decor from True Mementos

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4×6 RECIPE CARDS Set of 10 – cute elephant recipe card for potluck hostess housewarming gifts from Boy Girl Party

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Custom house portrait ornament personalized ornaments engagement gift, hostess gift from your photo by Cathie Carlson from Magic Markings Art

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Pre Buy HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS Soap / 6 bars / Rosemary Mint Soap with Shea Butter / Handmade Cold Process Soap from Joan’s Gardens

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Personalized Birch Bark Vase from Rustic Grove Designs

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Serving Spoons, Grateful and Thankful. Hand stamped servers for your holiday table decor or hostess gift from Milk and Honey Luxuries 

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All natural soy wax tea cup candle with saucer – green and gold floral from Three Birds Vintage Co.

Aren’t they all fabulous! I love them all of course! The Catherine Holm tea towels and the bird bowls are definitely on my wish list this year. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to check out all these amazing artists and their shops to see even more goodies! I’ll be back next week with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

12 Fabulous DIY’s of Christmas Round Up

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Hey everybody! I know I am not the only one who like to start their holiday crafting early, so I thought I’d share some of the projects on the top of my crafting wish list. There are so many amazing DIY projects out there that are holiday themed, it’s hard to narrow them all down to just twelve! You can check out many more of the holiday projects on my Christmas DIY board on Pinterest that I love too. Here are my top favorites this year:

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Mid Century Modern Christmas Wreath at DIY Network

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Retro Fabric Christmas Light Tutorial by Our Family Four for Kojo Designs

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How to make a Christmas wreath out of vintage ornaments — Georgia Peachez’ secrets at Retro Renovation

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Home for the Holidays House Ornaments by Retro Mama

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Crochet Christmas Light Decorations by Wink at Tuts+

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Magazine Christmas Tree by Blog A La Carte

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Retro Felt Christmas Ornaments by Fantastic Toys

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Stripe Paper Straw Wreath by Tatertots and Jello

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Ribbon Candy Twist Ornament from Better Homes and Gardens

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Bambi Christmas Stocking by Polka Dot Daze

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Christmas Garland by Creative Breathing

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Tulle Christmas Tree from Fabric.com

Aren’t they all so cute and festive! I always have grand plans of making lots of fun crafts over the holidays. Life always seems to get in the way a bit, but I am starting early this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to sneak a few in! Do you all have anything you are super excited to make for the holidays this year? Anyone interested in doing a handmade ornament swap? I just love this time of year! I’ll be back next month with a fun round up of handmade gifts to DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Tablecloth Covered Christmas Lampshade

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Some of you all know by now, I love making lamps and lampshades! I also have a total obsession with vintage linens and have bunches of cutters in my stash. I recently came across a shabby Christmas tablecloth with a fantastic design that I knew would be perfect for a lampshade. You can grab an old shade from your own home, or pick one up at the thrift store for a few dollars. Lampshades are so easy to cover and upcycle into something fabulous!  Here’s the how-to…

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Lampshade

*Ruler

*Scissors

*Hot Glue

*Trim

*Iron

*Basting Spray

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure and cut your fabric. Measure your lampshade all the way around width wise and also measure the height. Cut your fabric to be the width of your shade plus an inch by the height plus a few inches. Cut out your fabric piece and turn under the raw edges and press.

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Spray your shade with the basting spray. Lay your fabric over the shade as evenly as possible. Smooth out the fabric around the shade.

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Glue down the edges where your ends meet on the back of the shade.

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Fold up and glue the bottom edge of the fabric to the inside bottom edge of the shade little by little all the way around. Do the same thing with the top excess fabric.

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I absolutely love my Christmas lamp! The shade just shouts my style and it looks amazing in my living room! I can’t wait to see it when the whole room is decorated! This is a fantastic weeknight craft! You can find great vintage tablecloths at the flea market or online on sites like Etsy and Ebay. So grab up a shabby old cloth and some trim and cover an old shade for your holiday home this year! I’ll be back tomorrow with more holiday fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Happy Halloween!

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It’s here! Happy Halloween Everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday filled with lots of your favorite candy and favorite people! Eat , drink, and be scary, for tomorrow we have to start being extra good for Santa!

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- October 2014

Hey everybody! Can you believe it’s the end of October already! I know I’ve said it like a million times, but this year feels like it is just flying by! I’ve been really busy finishing up Halloween crafts and planning out my holiday lists, so I haven’t had beaucoups of time for pinning this month. I usually pin at night before I go to bed, but lately I have been out as soon as my head hits the pillow. I did add to several of my favorite boards this month, including my Halloween board.Here’s what I’ve been pinning this month:

From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board Art!:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board Halloween:

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28 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  October 2014I just love Pinterest! I really do! I know Halloween has not even come yet, but I am already getting pumped about Christmas! It is my favorite time of year for everything! I am sure my boards will be flooded next month with all kinds of holiday pinspiration! Can’t wait to share them with you in November! To see these pins and so much more, head on over to my Pinterest account here. Until next month….

Happy Pinning!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- October 27th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am very excited about this week since my birthday is Thursday, and Halloween is coming up on Friday! I love Halloween! It has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year! It’s the decorating, what can I say! So, since Fright Night is this week, I thought I’d share a vintage Halloween collection of some of my favorite Halloween finds with you all today. Check em’ out:

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Vintage Cathrineholm 5.5″ Orange Lotus Bowl – Mid Century from House of Seance

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vintage 1950s dress / 50s party dress / Bye Bye Baby from Dronning

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Vintage Brooch – Whimsical Pearl Spider Pin, cute accessory for Halloween from Mannequin Reject

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75 Vintage Halloween Trick or Treat Paper Bags / Candy Goodie Bags from SevenBC

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Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash Vintage Camera, CANDY CORN TRIO Colors from High Places Photos

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1pc VINTAGE HALLOWEEN FRINGE 1950s Paper Goodness from Covetable Curiosities

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Vintage 1950s 1960s Mod Halloween Decor, Tall 14” Honeycomb Halloween Hip Cat Table Top Decoration by Amscan, Vintage Halloween Collectible from MothWorksVintage

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Rosbro Halloween Witch Black Cat Pumpkin Candy Container from Gizmo and Hoo Ha

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Vintage LE Smith Orange Bittersweet Slag Glass Vases – Set of 3 from House of Seance

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Vintage 1950s or 1960s Magic 8 Ball Fortune Teller Game Paper Weight Conversation Piece in Original Box by Alabe Crafts Inc. from Grandmother’s Attic

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Vintage 60s Halloween Orange Plastic Pumpkin Jackolantern Trick or Treat Candy Basket from San Diego Vintage

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Aren’t they all awesome! I don’t think I can even pick a favorite this week, I adore them all! 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 goodies! Until then…..

Happy Shopping!