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Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review- Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage Wallpaper

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03 DSC 3225 1024x988 Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review  Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage WallpaperRecently I had the opportunity to review some of Modern Masters Metallic Paint.  I was so excited to try this paint out as there are so many gorgeous colors available! Narrowing down exactly which colors to choose was so difficult, as I wanted them all! I got some small samples of a few colors that would compliment my favorite vintage wallpaper. I used an old colonial style side table my mom had in storage that she was going to be getting rid of soon. It had some cool lines and the table top was framed in a way that I could add the wallpaper to the top to go with my metallic paint embellishing. Check out my how-to:

Here’s What You Need:

*Modern Masters Metallic Paint (I used SnowflakePink PearlOlympic GoldShimmering Sky from the Metallic Paint Collection)

*Side Table

*Primer (I used Killz)

*Paint Brush

*Detail Paint Brushes (Small craft paint brushes are fine)

*Wallpaper

*Spray Adhesive and Glass Custom Cut to Fit or Wallpaper Paste

How-to:

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The first thing I did was paint a couple of coats of primer on my table and drawer. The wood on this table had a really dark stain, so I ended up with three coats of primer to cover it to my satisfaction. In reality I probably could have done two and been fine. I started by painting all my pink areas first. I painted each of the legs and the sides as well as the front of the drawer. I used three coats of the pink. Again I probably could have done two and been fine. I let the pink dry for a few hours. Then I started in with the blue accents with a craft brush that was about an inch wide. I mixed the blue with the white at a 90/10 ratio to make the lighter hue of blue. Then, I painted the band around the top of the table, the line in the middle of the drawer and all the corners that framed in the middle pieces as well as the front facing pieces. I think I used two coats on the blue areas of the table. I also painted the hardware in the blue. This took several coats since it was thin and very light. Once all the blue areas had dried, I got out my smaller skinny brush to free hand the details in the gold paint. I made the quilted pattern on the panels by painting diagonal stripes in one direction and letting the stripes dry, then painting stripes in the other direction. I did two coats on each of the stripes. I free-handed the tassels with feathery strokes on the tops of each leg. I also added a little line of gold dots on the blue band of the drawer. Once the paint was thoroughly dry, I added the hardware back on to the drawer and put the drawer back in. I measured the inside of my table top and cut a piece of wallpaper to fit the space. Then I used spray adhesive to stick the wallpaper to the table top. I am getting a piece of glass custom cut to fit the table top inside and protect my wallpaper.

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02 DSC 3227 682x1024 Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review  Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage WallpaperI LOVE how my table turned out! I could not be happier with the Modern Masters Paint line either! It was super easy to use, and the colors are gorgeous! The metallic has a lovely sheen to it and it has a nice semi gloss smooth feel to the dried paint surface without being shiny too, which I like. It shimmers and sparkles without looking too fake. I also love how smooth a finish it has. A lot of the craft metallics I have used in the past have looked a bit splotchy. Over all I was thrilled with the outcome of my project and would highly recommend trying out Modern Masters paint for your next furniture or wall project!To find your local Modern Masters retailer, you can use their Retail Locator or their Online Shop . Be sure to check out their blog too, Modern Masters Café Blog, for inspiration and diy’s, and of course on social media FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+ and YouTube too! Also if you are interested, check out the Top 5 Tips for Working with Metallic Paints – A Modern Masters Café Blog Post for some great tips! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Etsy Favorite Fridays- April 17th

Happy Friday everyone! Wow, it’s been a crazy day! I almost thought I was going to have to share this with you all this weekend sometime, but I still have an hour left before the weekend officially starts, so I’m all in! Wahoo! So, here are five of my absolute favorite items from some of my favorite shops on Etsy for this week:

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Hand Knit Cat Home Decoration Сream Home Decor Animal Rustic Decor Library Decor Gray Striped Cute Animal Woodland Rustic Stuffed Cat by Olga Mareeva

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Funny Ceramic Figures, Completely Customizable, with Shapes of Bear, Fox, Cat or Bunny and Decorated with pigments. Ready To Ship by Barruntando

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Cat illustration, whimsical animal, childrens art, cat portrait, cat print, animal art, yellow, kids painting by Inameliart

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Tea Towel Blue Vintage Mason Jar Tea Towel Flour Sack Towel Kitchen Cotton Towel Home Decor Gift by Apple White

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Flower Coasters Set of 4 – White by Decoylab

Aren’t they all adorable! I am so head over heels for the knitted kitty, it reminds me a bit of a fat little Roux! I also love the kitty painting, and love that she is holding a little bird, and she looks so much like our bengal Jack. Too adorable! The ceramic kitty is also amazing and reminds me so much of our kitty Sophie. It is uncanny! Apparently I am on a kitty craze this week! Be sure to check out the fabulous shops these items came from and the amazing artists who made them! I’ll be back next week with more favorite finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Crafts- Retro Style Upcycled Men’s Shirt

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Hey guys! I have really been enjoying making and sharing vintage crafts with you all every month from my collection of vintage home magazines! This week I am going to share with you how to update an oversized men’s button up with some retro flair. I really wanted to share this one with you all including the source, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find the exact magazine that I got the idea from. The original was a in a mag and it was a gift idea for a teen girl. They took a man’s shirt and rolled the sleeves. Then they cut and hemmed it to be shorter and embroidered a cross stitch design on it. If anyone knows the specific idea and mag it came from, please feel free to share!

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For now though, I am going to tell you how I made my retro top. I started with a large men’s button up shirt I picked up at Goodwill. I tried it on and measured where I wanted it to hit length wise. Then I added a little to to the length for hemming and cut it at that length. I measured up from the bottom of each side seam and then drew a straight line across. Then I turned it under by a quarter inch and then under by about an inch again and stitched the hem closed on my machine. Then I stitched a little crochet trim to the under side of the hem. I cut the sleeves off at a little above my elbow line. Then I rolled the sleeve up twice and top stitched around the edge. Then I rolled it up again a couple of times. I hand stitched a little crochet trim on the pocket of the shirt, and then I drew my initial with a marking pen and using a back stitch, hand embroidered the initial in a navy thread to coordinate with my shirt.

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I love how my top turned out! I made it in about an hour with all the hand stitching, so it was pretty quick to whip up. The shirt only cost me a couple of dollars and the trim was a couple of dollars, so this shirt only cost me around five dollars to make. You can’t beat that, really! I love the retro flair it has! It is super comfortable too! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is a great project for a beginner too I think! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather Handles

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Hey everyone! A while back I scored a super sweet vintage quilt in super shabby condition at the thrift store for a few dollars. I knew the quilt was kind of beyond repair to remake it into a quilt, but the fabrics were so lovely I thought I would use it as a cutter for some sewing projects. I thought I would make a simple tote to share with you all. This particular tote has added tabs on the side for an adjustable strap, but you could make it just as easily with just the top handles for a simpler tote. It is easy to customize it to your own style.

Here’s What You Need:

*Shabby Quilt

*Lining Fabric (I used an old thrifted bed sheet)

*Leather Scraps

*Leather for handles or premade handles or a belt

*Pom Pom Trim (about 1/2 yard)

*Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Extra Cotton Fabric and interfacing for the long strap or webbing

*Bag hardware- (I bought mine Here)

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Leather Needle

*Zipper Foot

*Fabric Glue (optional)

Instructions:

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The first thing you want to do is cut out all of your pieces. Cut two pieces of your quilt to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. Then cut two lining pieces to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. If you want to add a pocket you can cut one out for that too. I cut a piece to span the bottom so it was about 15″ wide by 8″ tall. Also cut your leather strips to 2.5 wide by about 14″ for each strap. Cut two pieces of leather for your tabs to be 1.25″ by about 3″. If you are making a fabric strap cut the fabric to be 3″ wide by about 52″ long. Cut interfacing for the strap too. If you are using webbing, cut your webbing to about 52″ long.

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Start your tote by sewing your trim to the bottom of your font quilt piece using your zipper foot. Then place the back quilt piece to the front with right sides together and pin around the sides and the bottom. Stitch around the sides and the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Stitch your pocket to your lining piece if you have one. I folded my pocket piece under and stitched the top hem. Then I stitched the pocket to the lining at the bottom and side seams and then added a seam up the middle for a divided pocket. Put your back and front lining pieces together right sides touching and pin. Then stitch all around the sides and the bottom. You can go back to using your regular foot for the lining pieces as you will not be stitching around any trim. Clip the corners of both the lining and outer bag.

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Turn the lining and the outer bag right side out and press.

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Now you need to stitch the tabs to the sides of your tote. Decide where you want to place your tabs. I places mine so the top of the tab hit at 5.5″ from the top of the bag on the side seam. Mark with a marking pen the spot on both side seams of the bag. Insert the top of the tab into the metal ring. Fold it over so it overlaps the metal by about an inch. Then use a little dab of fabric glue to glue it in place on the side seam. Repeat with the other tab. Then top stitch the tabs onto the side seams, stitching in a square and making sure to stitch as close to the ring as you can get. A zipper foot will help with this too.

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If you are making your own handles, fold the leather strips in half with the wrong sides together. Stitch down the open side as close to the edge as you can. Then stitch up the other side close to the edge. You can use premade handles or even a belt if you do not want to sew your own. Mark where you want your handles to go on the top of your bag. I made mine to be about 4″ in from each side seam. Place your handles with the ends flat against the top of the bag and the handle down towards the middle. Stay stitch the front and back handles to the front and back of the bag.

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Turn the lining inside out and insert the outer bag into the lining. Match up the side seams and then pin all the way around the top.

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Stitch all the way around the top of the bag leaving a few inches open for turning right side out. Use a half inch seam allowance. Pull the bag through the hole you left and pull the lining through then stuff the lining back into the bag.

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Iron down the top seam of the bag. Place a pin or two to hold the opening closed smoothly.

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Top stitch the hole closed close to the top. You can then top stitch around the bag if you like. I top stitched 1/2″ away from the top of mine.

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Now you are ready to make the strap. Apply your interfacing and fold the piece in half with right sides together. Iron flat. Stitch down the side of the strap with a quarter inch seam allowance. Then turn your fabric right side out with either a turning tool or a chopstick, etc.

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Iron the strap again. Fold the raw ends to the inside and iron flat.

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Insert your strap through one of your rings so that the end comes up the back side. Fold the end over and stitch across the strap a few times.

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Take the other end of the strap and insert it through the adjuster, then loop it through the other ring and back up to the wrong side of the adjuster. Loop it back through the bar and then stitch it down to the strap close to the bar.  You can do the same steps with a strap for webbing, just omit the stitching of the strap step.

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02 DSC 3252 740x1024 DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather HandlesI am super happy with my little tote! I love all the fabrics in this quilt, they have a homey feel! It was really simple to put together. I want to say it took me around an hour to make, so it’s pretty quick to whip up. I always love to use reclaimed fabrics, but you could certainly use any fabric you like. If you decide on using thin fabric, you may want to use an interfacing to keep it from being too floppy. I hope you guys will give this bag a try sometime! I think it is a great tote for spring and summer! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Crafts- Cactus Pin Cushion

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4 DSC 3098 Vintage Crafts  Cactus Pin CushionHi guys! I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all today! This one comes from a vintage 1954 August issue of The Workbasket Magazine. There was a pattern for a cactus pin cushion made from felt. I thought it was so cute, I just had to give it a try!

Here’s the original how-to:

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Pattern:

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3 DSC 3101 Vintage Crafts  Cactus Pin CushionI had a blast making this little pin cushion! It was really pretty easy. You don’t even need a sewing machine, everything is sewn by hand. I used a gingham fabric scrap for the pot portion instead of the felt like in the original, and I used a cereal box for the cardboard piece. Other than that everything else is by the original way. I think it looks super cute with or without the little pins. It was super fun to make and really inexpensive. I think it would make a great little gift for a craft friend! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another vintage craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 6th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! My poor guy was sick this weekend with some nasty allergies, but we did have a lovely dinner at my parents house last night and we caught up on all of season four of the Walking Dead. Overall it was a pretty good weekend! I can’t believe we are already well into April already this year. It’s flying by as usual! April always makes me think of spring showers, so this week I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage umbrella themed goodies. Here are my top faves:

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Vintage Wooden Hen & Chicks with Umbrella Bottle Stopper – Wine Cork from Retro Reaction

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Soviet Sun Umbrella / 1950′s Cute Cotton Fabric Kids Parasol / Mid Century Vintage USSR ABC Turquoise Textile, Colour Russian Alphabet Print from Little Monsters Store

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Vintage wall hanging planter, yellow umbrella, 1950s from Le Strict Maximum

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Vintage Tartan Plaid Small Umbrella Parasol, Monkey Handle Umbrella, Children’s Umbrella 1950′s from Black Sheep Emporium

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1950s Novelty print dancing lamb white cotton skirt – S from Vera Mode

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Mid century 1950s ceramic hor d’oeuvres/snacks/sweets umbrella dish with handle from Felt Babushka

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Vintage Playing Cards Dancing Daisy Girls early prairie girl paper ephemera scrapbooking collage altered art paper Crafts 4 ea of 2 designs from Tailored Chaos

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Vintage 1950′s Umbrella Stand In Brass from Not So Antique

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Spring 20 percent sale Vintage Sankyo Japan porcelain Raindrops keep falling on my head music box from Garage Sale 715

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Vintage Figural Umbrella Pin Brooch Covered in Pearls and Blue Enamel circa 1950s Scatter Pin Jewelry Parasol Women from West Vintage and Supply

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Tin Toy Yone Wind up Home with Umbrella Chicks Woodsman Works from Guys Alley

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Vintage pill box from Archaic Catch

Aren’t they so darling! I love love love novelty prints so I love all the prints, and that bottle topper is so adorable! Do you all 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 lovely vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Craft Round Ups- Easter DIY’s to Try

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Hey everybody! Can you believe that Easter is this weekend? I swear spring has just come so fast this year, and I couldn’t be happier! I love springtime! So, I thought to celebrate the Easter holiday I would share some of my favorite DIY’s for Easter that have been on my crafty bucket list this month!

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DIY Clay Bunny Bowls by Alice & Lois

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Easy Burlap Easter Bunnies by Landeelu

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Easy Hipster Easter Eggs by One Good Thing by Jillee

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DIY Easter Mason Jars by Number. 2 Pencil

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Cute String Egg Basket from Good Home Design

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DIY Paper Eggs from Craft and Creativity

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DIY Golden Marbled Easter Eggs by She Knows

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DIY Party Confetti Egg Game by Oh Happy Day

Aren’t they all so adorable! I am hoping to get some time to make some of these myself this year! Do you all have a favorite? Are you planning any Easter crafting this week? Be sure to check out these fabulous blogs and websites to see these projects and many more that I am sure you’ll love! I’ll be back next month with another craft round up. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Dying Whites with Procion Dyes

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Whenever I have a white piece of clothing that gets a little dingy, instead of bleaching it, I like to dye them in pretty colors. I’ve never been really into tie dye, but I have been dying natural fiber clothing and accessories with procion dyes for about ten years now. I love the colors you can get with the procion dyes, and they are so easy to use! I had a couple of tees and some white cut offs that I decided to dye recently. So, I thought I’d share the how to with you all.

Here’s What You Need:

*Natural Fiber Clothing like cottons, silk, even woods

*Procion Dyes ( I get mine Here, the colors I used were sea-foam Green, Wisteria, and Jade Green)

*Salt

*Soda Ash Fixer

*Bucket or Large Rubbermaid

*Plastic spoon

*Measuring cup and spoons

*Plastic cup for mixing

Instructions:

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Dharma Trading has excellent instructions on dying fabrics with procion dyes which you can find here. This is how I learned to use the dyes. If you want to do a solid color tie dye, twist and bind your clothing with rubber bands.

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Add the right amount of salt for your weight of fabric to your container, and then add the water you need. I use a five gallon bucket for small batches.

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The next thing you need to do is make up your dye solution. Add a little water to your dye to make a paste. Mix up the urea, and then add your dye paste to the urea solution, Mix well. If your dye isn’t dissolved completely it can cause spots.

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Add your dye to your salted water. Mix well.

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Add your fabric to your dye bath and stir frequently for about 20 minutes.

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Mix up your soda ash fixer, making sure it dissolves completely. Gradually add your soda ash solution to your dye bath. Continue to stir frequently for thirty minutes to an hour. My colors turned out really light, which I was pretty happy with. I did thirty minutes, but probably should have done an hour.

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Once the time is up dump your dye bath and rinse your items. Rinse thoroughly under cool water.

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Once they have been rinsed, ring them out and then wash them in the washer machine with detergent. Dry as you would as usual and then enjoy wearing your new duds!

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I love to dye clothing! I dye them solids a lot, but occasionally I will tie dye a piece in a single color. The henley is one of my favorite new shirts! When I first decided to try dying clothing, I was a little nervous using procion dyes because I thought it would be hard. I found out very quickly that it was easy and oh so much fun! I hope you all will give them a try sometime! It’ll make you want to dye everything! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 30th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I shot a wedding this weekend with my mother in Chapel Hill and it was just beautiful! Easter Sunday is this coming weekend. So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage Easter finds with you from Etsy’s wonderful vintage world. There were so many adorable things, I had a hard time narrowing them down. You can see more in my etsy favorites. Here are my absolute faves this week:

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1950s Chein lithograph tin basket toy Easter basket vintage Easter basket with nursery rhyme characters Vintage Easter celebration from Mabel’s Parlor

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Adorable vintage family of bunnies made by Wilton from Mod Gossip

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Vintage Fuzzy Flocked Wind Up Easter Chick Toy – 1950′s Easter Basket Decoration – Action Motion Toy – Working Condition with Key from Samjams 3

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Vintage 1950′s Rabbit Candy Container for Easter from Exploremag

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Western Germany Paper EASTER EGG Candy Container 1940′s-50′s from The Owl’s Nest of NC

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VERY RARE Vintage Antiques Little Lamb Sheep and Bamboo Bookends Salt and Pepper Shakers Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

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Vintage Wrapping Paper – Norcross Easter Bunnies – 2 Unused Sheets from Pumpkintruck Paper

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Vintage Duck Pull Toy 1950′s Japan Wooden Easter Chick from Songbird Salvation

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Champagne Roses ~ Vintage 60s Floral Hat ~ Adjustable from La Belle Vintage

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Light pastel blue womens ladies gloves / vintage 1960s Dawnelle / wrist length / hand sewn from Frugal Fairy Vintage

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Lovely 1950s pink and green enameled tulip brooch – mid-century vintage Easter, spring, summer, wedding, garden party feminine flower pin from Chronically Vintage

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vintage 60s chevron striped sundress / GAY GIBSON plaid dress / full skirt cotton dress / pastel spring dress from Archetype Vintage

Aren’t they so cute! I love this time of year with all the bunnies and little chicks! Do you all have a favorite this week? I love them all, especially the tin basket! I hope you all enjoy browsing these wonderful vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…

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Favorite Vintage Finds of The Week- March 23rd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl’s grandmother and one of his cousins celebrated their birthdays this past Sunday with a big party. It was so nice seeing everyone! We had lots of laughs, and lots of cake! I also got the first chance to wear my new spring straw hat to brunch. Spring is here, and Easter is on the way. So, I thought I’d start the spring out with a treasury full of vintage bunnies! There were so many cute bunnies in Etsy’s awesome vintage shops this week, I will be adding a few more to an Easter vintage post next week. Here are my absolute favorite bunnies this week:

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1950s Jell-O Ad Rabbit Illustration Vintage Advertisement Art Easter Bunny Print, Cute Kitchen Wall Decor from Ad Vintage Com

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whimsical vintage rabbit planter / figural woodland bunny nursery decor / tuxedo top hat bow tie egg carrot / Morton pottery from Shop Good Grace

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VINTAGE BUNNY BUTTON 1950s Chocolate Hand Painted Italy from Covetable Curiosities

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Celluloid Rabbit on Tin Tricycle, wind up toy Made in Japan 1950s from Professor Tiny

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Vintage Mid Century Easter Bunny Centerpiece Vintage Handmade Ephemera Art Decor from Anna Lee’s Attic

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Hornsea, Jug, Pitcher, Ewer, Bunny, Rabbit, England, rare, 1950′s, Kitsch, Collectable, medium size, like Hornsea, epsteam, etsyEUR, UK from Kitsch and Collectable 

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Bunny Tales Vintage 1950s Rand McNally Children’s Book by Peggy Burrows Illustrated by Helen Endres and William Neebe from Grandmother’s Attic

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1950s Easter Bunny and Cart Planter from Just Smashing Darling

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ART Signed Easter Bunny Vintage Brooch Exceptionally Cute Mid Century Pastel Enamel Bunny Pin from Twinkling Star Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s German Easter Egg Bunny Rabbit Head Candy Container from Explore Mag

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Vintage Unused Little Tots Plastic Bunny Rabbit Feeding Dish Mother’s Biggest Little Helper In Original Box from Once Upon a Firefly

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Vintage Steiff Little Lying Rabbit or Hare – Lieg Hase -Stuffed Mohair Animal Bunny Rabbit – Button, #2309,00 Flag, and Tag from Industrial Blonde

Aren’t they all so dang adorable! I actually have a copy of the bunny book at home and it is one of my favorites. The illustrations are so cute! I can’t really pick a favorite as usual, but I think it would probably come down to a tie between the planters or the stuffed bunny. I am a sucker for Steiff! How about you guys? Anything you dig this week? I hope you all have a blast checking out these fantastic shops! I will be back next week with some vintage easter finds. Until then….

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