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Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 11th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and all the mommies out there had a lovely Mother’s Day! You know the saying, “April showers bring May flower?” Well it is so true to our area! All the flowers in my garden are starting to bloom, and it is beautiful! I cut some peonies just this morning for a nice small table bouquet in my favorite Pip Studio pitcher. Vintage florals being my favorite of favorites, I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage florals with you all today! I hope you love them all too!

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Sublime Paragon Green Floral 1940′s Teacup and Saucer from The Beloved Teacup

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1940′s Floral Straw Hat from Oiseau Vintage

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CORO Flower Basket Brooch | Pink Enamel Glass Rhinestone Floral Pin | Vintage 1940s Jewelry from Second Hand Bijoux

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Vintage 1940s Dress Floral Print Eyelet Trim Ruffle from Regeneration Clothing

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1940s Vintage Turner Floral Canvas Transfer Picture Set Oval Gold Frames Excellent Condition Exquisite Decor Pair from Her Enchanting Vintage

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40s Novelty KITTY Cat Print BED JACKET / 1940s Pale Yellow Rayon Cropped Blouse from Lucky Dry Goods

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1940′s Vintage Wallpaper – Large Pink Cabbage Roses from Hannah’s Treasures

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Vintage floral tapestry handbag/ small fashion handbag/ floral tapestry purse/ handmade evening bag/1950′s womens accessories/ wedding bride from Retro and Roses Vintage

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1940s Floral Printed Handkerchief Cotton with Hand Rolled Edges from Yellow Bee Vintage

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1940s Old Feedsack Fabric Red Floral on Blue Circles on White Background , Cotton Feed Sack, Vintage Fabric Red, White and Blue from Rooster’s Nest Vintage

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Amazing Bouquets with Hummingbirds and Bumble Bees Vintage1940s Floral Barkcloth// Cotton Yardage// Upholstery Weight// New Old Stock from KimberlyZ

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Vintage Floral Flat Bed Sheet and Pillowcase Pillow Case Set Bedding Your Choice from In With The Old

I am so in love with all of these amazing finds! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy checking out these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 2nd

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

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Vintage Mint Green Rotary Telephone from The White Pepper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vintage Guilloche Enamel Hand Mirror Minty Green Russet from Rumplebin

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

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

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

Happy Shopping!

Etsy 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!

Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower Lampshade

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2 DSC 0096 4 Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower LampshadeHey guys! Earlier this week I posted a DIY for an upcycled lamp made from a vintage cookie tin. Today I wanted to share the how to for the lampshade that I made for it. This lampshade was super easy and fun. It took less than twenty minutes to whip up too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Small Lampshade

*3-4 Yards of Large Chiffon Flower Trim (I bought mine Here)

*Scissors

*Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue

Instructions:

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This really couldn’t get much easier. First, gather your supplies. Grab your trim. Cut your flower trim apart, so you end up with tons of single chiffon flowers. Now you are ready to glue. Apply a nice amount of hot glue to the wrong side of your chiffon flower. Then glue the flower down to the lampshade. I started at the top and worked my way down. Glue each flower next to the previous and continue around your lampshade in rings until you reach the bottom. Fill in any thin areas with a flower. Once your lampshade is filled with flowers you are ready to add it to your lamp and enjoy!

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Isn’t it so darned cute! I LOVE it! I really can’t believe how easy it was too. I want to make a bunch more now! This little flower lampshade is a great way to update your favorite lamp. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 22nd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It was beautiful here, so we took the dogs out to the flea market and the dog park. They had a fantastic weekend! Daryl and I had a sushi date too. All around it was a fabulous weekend! I saw a fantastic tin cake carrier at the flea market that reminded me of just how much I love vintage tin items! So, this week I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage tins and tin toys. There are so many fantastic tins in Etsy’s many lovely vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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Vintage 1940s 1950s Metal Tin Litho Paint Box With Adorable Children’s Graphics – Finest Water Colours Made In England from Vintage Critter

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50s Tin litho Toy Tea cups, Maids & leaves in pink green white on 5 metal from Olde Tyme Notions

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Tin Toy Phone, Metal Toy Phone, 1950s, Gong Bell MFG CO, Phone, Blue, Childs Telephone, Vintage Phone, Vintage Toys, USA, Rotary Phone, toy from Molly Finds

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Floral Recipe Box, Vintage 1960s Brightly Colored Folk Art Tin Storage from Bliss and Vinegar

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1950s Marx Tin House Vintage Tin Litho Colonial Dollhouse Doll House from Callooh Callay

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Vintage Oxo Cube Tin, Tin Box, Decorative Tin, Vintage Tin, Storage Tin, Retro Tin, Red Tin, Advertising Tin, English Tin, 1950s Tin from Two Time Vintage

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1940′s Vintage Tin Picnic or Storage Basket, Box w Wood Handles, Flowers and Plaid in Red, Cream, Green from Kelley Street Vintage

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Vintage 1960s Metal Tin Canister / Round Kitchen, Craft, or Toy Storage Container / Mid Century Farm Scene, Red Barn, Wagon, Weathervane from Midwest Artifact

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Fanny Farmer Four Seasons Candy Tin 1950s from Izzie Bea Boutique

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1950′s Ming Cha Epi Curio Tea Tin – Vintage Stephen Leeman Products Container – Chinese Donkey from The Odd Old Tried N’ True

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1950′s Very Noisy Ohio Art Tin “MINI MOW” from Fifi’s Finds

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Vintage Cake Carrier Covered Tin Storage Container from Silver Lining Home

Aren’t they all amazing! I am head over heels for the picnic tin and the watercolors! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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.

11 photo 3 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomNow repeat with the other side of the paper forming the right corner, then glue the car down into that corner. Glue the middle car inside so that it lines up with the top guide and is centered in between the other two cars.

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- July 28th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The weather was a little rainy this weekend for us, but for some reason it had me thinking of outdoor fun. When I was little, my cousins and I would play outside all summer. I thought today I would share some of my favorite vintage summer finds for outdoor fun with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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Retro Wooden BackYard Croquet Equipment Ensemble – Vintage OutDoor Sports 16 Piece Set – Repurpose Gameroom Decor from Devine Orders

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Vintage Paddle Ball Paddles, Franklin Paddle Ball Paddle, Sportcraft Paddle Ball Paddle from Paper Wood Vintage

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Vintage MV Flyer Junior Roller Skates from Jets Desiderium

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Outdoor Fun Games Everyone Can Play Vintage Childrens Book Illustrated Einson Freeman Co 1935 from Vickie’s Vintage Books

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Woven Metal Basket 1950s Hand Painted Vintage Sweetheart Basket from Coconut Road

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Vintage, hand painted, mid century BBQ set – 6 piece barbecue set with stand from Second Sparrow Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Metal 7up Cooler from Eagle Wing Vintage

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SALE FREE SHIP vintage slat wood folding chairs pair / yellow outdoor furniture from 86 Home

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Vintage Outdoor Entertaining Booklet, 1960′s How To Entertain Pamphlets, Summer Barbecue Recipes from Thirsty Owl Vintage

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Grab this sleek set of 8 vintage butterscotch bakelite corn cob holders in time for prime barbeque season from Two Swans Swimming

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1950s Freezheat Vacuum Thermos Flask Atomic Blue Black Picnic Party BBQ Hot Cold Drinks Retro Geometric Pattern from Time’s Turned Back

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Vintage Plate Mates Paper Plate Holders/Fun Scan Colors/Kiddo Dinnerware/Camping Outdoor Picnic/Mid Mod Dining/Retro Party Plastic from Euro Fair

Aren’t they all wonderful! I just love the fish paper plate holders! The outdoor entertaining book is too fun as well! Heck I just adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage stores as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Easy DIY Floral Summer Sandals

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06 DSC 0026 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsLike a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!

Here’s What You Need:

*Sandals

*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)

*Felt

*Scissors

*Fabritac Glue

Instructions:

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.

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18 DSC 0089 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOnce you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.

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12 photo 3 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsOpen your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.

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15 photo 1 2 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsNow you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.

16 photo 2 2 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsSet your sandals aside to dry. Once the glue is fully cured they are ready to wear!

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09 DSC 0033 4 Easy DIY Floral Summer SandalsI absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- May 13th

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend! It was a beautiful day here, and we got to visit with all of our family which was great! Our garden is blooming and I am even getting some lovely hot pink peonies popping up this week! One of my favorite things about May is how my garden just explodes with flowers! So, I thought this week I’d curate a little collection of vintage floral finds to share with you all. I love vintage florals more than just about anything! It was very hard to narrow down my favorites this week since there are so many beautiful floral items in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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vintage 1950s style dress // 70s Lanz Original floral cotton day dress from Trunk of Dresses

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Vintage 1950s Gulliouche Flower Enamel Locket Pendant Necklace from Vintage Fabulous

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Vintage 1950s Bracelet with Daisies from The Watch Maker’s Daughter

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Vintage 50s style floral cotton apron from Tickle and Finch

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Vintage 1970s Shabby Chic Metal Trash Can from A Brandi Sized Shop

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Vintage English Garden Cottage Tablecloth from Neato Keen

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Vintage Ransburg Hand Painted Canister Set – Set of Two from Bouquet 

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Vintage Floral Duvet Cover– 1950s, Cotton, Pink Roses and Blue Plaid, Checkerboard from Embellish on Broadway

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1950s Vintage Dress – 50s Rose Print Cotton Dress from Sweet Bee Finds

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Homer Laughlin Virginia Rose Fluffy Rose Dinner Luncheon Plates, Set of 4, Pink Florals, Platinum Trim from The Vintage Porch

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50s/60s – Vintage – Grandee Bead – Embroidered Pink Floral – White & Clear Beaded – Handbag – Purse from Starling Darlin’

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Vintage Wand Art Set, Women’s Accessories, Compact Mirror Comb Set from Good Soul Vintage

Aren’t they just fantastic! I love every single one of them! I am a total sucker for the linens especially! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry Box

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01 DSC 0016 Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry BoxWhen it comes to handmade gifts for the ladies in my family, jewelry is usually on the list. This year for Mother’s Day I thought I would mix it up a little and make my mom a jewelry box that she can store her favorite pieces in. A thrifted wooden box works great as a starting base. Add a little paint and vintage wallpaper on the outside for style and sectioned compartments inside for functionality, and you’ll have a jewelry box that can rival an expensive boutique find. I had a great time making this DIY, and it was pretty quick to whip up as well. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Wooden Box, like a cigar box with a hinged lid

*Paint

*Vintage Wallpaper Scraps

*Martha Stewart Matte Decoupage Medium and a paint brush

*3″ Balsa wood strip from the craft store

*Craft Knife

*Glue

*Scissors

*A few sheets of felt

*Ruler

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is paint your box. Paint the outside and the inside.

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Once your box is good and dry, you can decoupage it. Lay out pieces of your wallpaper scraps on the lid. When you have a design you like glue them down by painting a layer of decoupage medium onto the back of your wallpaper piece and a little on the surface of the box, then smooth the wallpaper down onto the surface of the box. Cut pieces to fit for the sides of the box and decoupage them on.

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Once the wallpaper pieces has been attached and you have completely decoupages the box outside, you can paint a layer of the decoupage medium over the whole box to seal it up.

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Now you can work on the inside. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your balsa wood. Measure the depth of your box and cut a couple of pieces to that dimension. Then measure the height of the box. Cut your pieces down to the dimension of the height so they will fit nicely. For example, my pieces were 7″ long(the depth of the box inside to inside) by 1.5″ wide (the height of the inside of the box from the bottom to the top edge of the box not including the lid.) Also cut a small piece to make a little section that will go perpendicular to one of the divider pieces you already cut. I made mine 4″x1.5″.

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Now you need to glue your dividers into the box. Run a bead of glue onto the sides and bottom of the long pieces. Fit them where you want them. I made one to be 2.25″ away from the side edge. The second needs to be the same distance away from the side of the box as the length of the short divider you cut, in my case 4″. Glue your small divider piece perpendicularly to the one you just glued down. Let the glue dry.

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Paint the dividers and the bottom of the box again.  Set aside to let dry. Measure the distance from the side of the box to the first divider strip. Mine was 2.25″. Now cut strips of felt lengthwise to be the same width as the distance you measured(2.25″.) Glue the strips of felt together to form one very long strip.

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Accordion pleat the felt with pleats of a little over an inch. You should end up with a nice tight piece to fit inside the first divider space. Run glue on the sides and the bottom to glue the felt in place.  My lid had some foam I could not scrape out, so I cut a piece of felt to cover the inside of the lid. You can add felt pieces to the bottom of the box in the divided spaces if you like. And now you are ready to gift your handmade jewelry box!

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04 DSC 0025 Sweet Vintage Wallpaper Covered DIY Jewelry BoxI LOVE how this little jewelry box turned out! I think my mom will love it too! You can easily make your own in just an afternoon. It is really easy to customize as well! You can change up the look to suit your mom’s style just by the colors you use, and the papers you decoupage. I hope some of you will make one of these fun jewelry boxes for your favorite gals sometime. It’s really fun! I’ll be back next week with another sweet project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!