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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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1 of 4 Hazel Atlas 1950s Souvenir Tall Tumblers Glasses Nevada Arizona Utah New Mexico from Beautalicious

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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!

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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 16th

Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! All last week, I was thinking Father’s Day was that Sunday. Well come Sunday morning I had the dogs all ready to give their papa his card, and he informed me that it was Flag Day, not Father’s Day. I had misread my calendar! So, since this weekend is actually when Father’s Day comes, I thought I’d share another fatherly group of vintage finds with you. I’ve gathered a little collection of vintage fishing finds perfect for all my guys in our family.

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Vintage Oil Painting ~ Fly Fishing ~ 1950s from Lovely Home Vintage

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1950s souvenier multi-function fishing pocket knife w novelty case ruler from Corner Brook Newfoundland Canada – Jowika Republic of Ireland from 123 Name 123 Vintage

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Vintage Galvanized Minnow Bucket Red Old Pal Nautical Fishing Bucket 1950s Minnow Bucket from Wyrembelski’s Vintage

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Vintage telescoping fishing rod with cork handle and metal reel, circa 1950s from Selective Salvage

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Vintage Langley Fish Measuring Tape and Weigh Scale Combo – FREE SHIPPING from Lumberjack Worthy

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Vintage 1950s Lamp, a horn lamp in the form of a fish made from carved cow horn fishing man cave sporting fisherman cabin folk art, mancave from Kitty’s Vintage Vault

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Large Vintage 1950s Steel Tackle Box. All Metal With Organizing Tray from Gateway Heirlooms

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How to catch fish when they are not biting” 1951 original publication. Great pictures and articles. Vintage at its best. Mid century gold from Vintage Mining Co.

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Vintage Wooden Post Card 1950s Fishing Use as Plaque from I Prefer Vintage

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Dardevle Spoon Fishing Lures – Vintage Fishing Lures, Vintage Fishing from This Charming Man Cave

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Vintage Fishing Lures, Instant Collection, Assemblage Supplies from Just Make Lemonade

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Vintage fishing postcard set – unused c. 1940s 1950s color illustrated four-piece matching postcard set from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada from Chronically Vintage

Aren’t they awesome! I love the fish lamp! How cool is that! I think my dads would love any of these cool fishing finds! Do you have a favorite? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Crafts- Nature Prints

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Hi guys! I am here to share another vintage craft project with you all. These nature prints are from a vintage McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine from Spring/Summer of 1958. These vintage McCall’s mags are my favorites to go through just to look at the beautiful patterns you could buy. This craft uses scraps of wood to create shapes of animals and fish. With a scrap and a little imagination, you could really create a special work of art!

Here’s The Original:

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I used watercolor paper as my canvas. I had a bunch of Plaid’s Fabric Creations Fabric Ink left from last weeks project, so I used my fabric inks for printing. I would assume that craft paint would work as well, you may have to thin it a little. My husband does a lot of wood-turning, so I used a few scraps he had that were from a tree log he had recently trimmed into a slab. I loved the angular shapes of the scraps. I stamped my paper and then when it was thoroughly dry I used a white sharpie paint to add white for the eyes, and then used a black micron pen to draw in the accents to make my fish and my road runner come to life.

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I really had a blast making these prints! It is a craft you could easily do with your kiddies or for a simple summer craft night! I have my prints framed in my living room to bring a little summer flair to my decor. I hope you all will give this one a try for your next summer project! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 8th

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My mom and I drove down to Georgia yesterday to pick up a puppy for my sister, and I ended up coming home with a little sister for Beau. I’m such a sucker for puppies, but she is just beyond adorable! My husband and my dad are already far gone over the two little ones already. The rest of our four legged family is currently not even close to being happy about our new additions. Hopefully they will come around soon! Since this coming Sunday is Father’s Day, I thought I would share some great vintage finds for dads with you all today. Here are my absolute favorites:

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Vintage 1950′s 60′s Straw Fedora / Novelty Golf / Sz 7 3/4″ / Made in Italy from Four B Vintage

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Vintage Old Spice Bottles with After Shave Lotion, Blue Sailing Ship, Gray Stopper No. 4, 1950s – 1970s, Mens Bath Beauty Man Cave Decor from Callooh Callay

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1950s Striped Bow Tie Clip on from Love Charles Vintage

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Vintage ice bucket with liquor label print from The Gold Gator

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Vintage Mansfield Holiday II 8mm Movie Camera With Triple Turret Lens from Nostalgic Warehouse

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vintage fly fishing print from the 1950′s from Route 44 West

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50s Antique Radio Crosley Radio AM/FM Model E-30 MN, Art Deco, Vintage 1953 from Times 3 Vintage

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Vintage McCoy Boxing Kangaroo Dresser Valet/Caddy from Pathway to the Past

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Crying Towel Vintage Bowlers Retro Kitsch from My Victorian Cottage

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Vintage Fathers Day Mug, Morikin, Japan, Hand Painted from Junquie

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Mid Century Handyman’s Book 1957 Vintage 1950s DIY Repair Home Improvement from Velvet Willows

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Vintage 1950s Round BBQ Barbecue Chef Tray with Great Graphics from Retro Warehouse

Aren’t they all fantastic! I can see something in here that each of our papas would just love! What about you all? I actually have the kangaroo caddy. My mom got it for Daryl a few years ago and it sits perched atop the radio cabinet next to his closet. I hope you all enjoy perusing these lovely Etsy vintage shops this week as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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- June 2nd

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I went to a friend’s baby shower and then the hubby and I went out on the lake swimming. Overall it was a lovely weekend! My friend is having a baby girl, so I had made her a couple of onesie dresses with old pillowcases. Pillowcases make the sweetest dresses for little gals! Vintage pillowcases are some of my absolute favorite things in the whole world! So, I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage pillowcases from Etsy with you all this week…

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Set (2) Vintage Standard Pillowcases Embroidered with Crocheted edging- His / Her Cats from Zazou Style

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Dainty Floral Lady Fair Vintage Pillowcases Circa 1950′s from Earbobs and Extries

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Vintage Embroidered Pillowcase, Hers, birds, floral, standard size from Blue Sky Lane

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Vintage Floral Print Standard Pillowcase 1950 1960 Pink and White Fabric Sewing toddler Dress Nightgown from A Family Affair Craft Boutique

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Vintage Single Standard Stitched Pillowcase Alarm Clock Flowers Vintage Bedding Linen Shabby Chic Bedding from Picadilly Market

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Turquoise Trim Pillowcases, dan River Pillowcases, White Vintage Pillowcases, Turquoise Crochet Trim from Snowy Creek Designs

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Vintage Hand Embroidered Tooth Fairy Pillowcase from Retro Special

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Set of Two Embroidered 100% Cotton Pillowcases from My Grandmother’s House

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Vintage Blue and White Striped Pillowcase Set with Crochet Trim from Johnie Mae’s

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Vintage Set of Percale Pillowcases – Standard Size from Addicted to Thrift

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Vintage Pillowcases, Cowboy, Country Western, Rustic, Blue Print, Pair Pillowcases, 70s bed linens, Retro Pillowcases from Cat Bazaar

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Vintage Kitschy Cotton Kitten Pillowcase Linen from Hannah and Her Sisters

Aren’t they all gorgeous! I, of course, love them all! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops this week as much as I have! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Egg Cup Vases

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A few weeks ago I was at the antique festival in Liberty and snagged the most adorable little egg cups painted like ladies faces. I instantly knew they needed to have flowers for hair! I have seen some really cute face egg cup planters on Pinterest like these, and have always wanted to make some of my own. These were even better since the faces were already on my egg cups and beyond adorable! I have seen them with grass or succulents in them, but I wanted something a little more colorful, so I decided on some silk flowers.

Here’s What You Need:

*Egg Cups (You can easily add faces with a Porcelain pen or other paints)

*Floral Foam

*A few bunches of small silk flowers

*Wire Snippers

Instructions:

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First you need to gather your supplies and clean your egg cups.

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Cut a small piece of foam to fit inside your egg cup with your craft knife.

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Stuff the floral foam into your egg cup. If you want it to be permanent you can add a little glue to the bottom of the foam.

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Clip your floral stems short and stick the ends into the floral foam. Arrange your flowers how you like them. I added an assortment of stems to one planter and then for the other two I used the same stems like all purple or all tiny floral stems.

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Once you have your flowers arranged how you like them you are done. Display them in your favorite space as a group or scatter them through your house in special places.

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Aren’t they so darn cute! I love my little egg vase ladies! They look super adorable all together or even by themselves tucked on a bookshelf or next to a sweet piece of art. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It’s so easy and really fun! The best part is that it is an inexpensive project and you can make several in under an hour. I’ll be back soon with more fun DIY ideas. 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!

Easy DIY Vintage Hanky Pocket Tee

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I am a hanky hoarder! I have tons of them and although I need another hanky like I need a hole in my head, I cannot resist snagging them up when I come across some! I was looking for something to do to embellish some of plain every day tees. I thought I’d add a fun pocket to some of them. Most of my favorite flour sack scraps are too small for pockets, so I decided to try makng a pocket out of a vintage hanky. As it turns out, hankies make wonderful pockets and are just what I was looking for! Now I want to make one for each day of the week!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plain Tee Shirt

*Hanky

*Interfacing

*Marking Pen and Ruler

*Scissors and Iron

*Sewing machine and thread

*Straight Pins

Instructions:

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To start with cut one quarter out of your hanky. You should end up with a squarish shape.

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Cut interfacing and iron onto the wrong side of the hanky.

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Fold the hanky in half on the diagonal so you have a triangle.

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Decide about where you want to fold your sides to make your pocket. Fold your triangle in half and measure out the same distance on each side and gently mark your fold line.

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Cut the sides off of your triangle a little past your fold line. Fold your hanky on your fold line and iron the raw edges towards the wrong side. You should now have your pocket shape.

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Decide where you want your pocket to go on your tee. Measure and mark the placement, then pin the pocket to the front of the tee with straight pins.

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Top stitch around the pocket stitching close to the edges and leaving the top open. Make sure to backstitch well at the beginning and end of your stitching. Clip excess threads and there you have it!

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My hanky pocket tees are definitely my go to every day tee! I love wearing them, and they are so easy to make I will definitely be making more. If you don’t have any hankies of your own, you can find them fairly cheap at vintage stores, antique malls, flea markets, etc. You could always substitute a hanky with a fun bandana too. So if you have some plain tees you are itching to do something with, give this one a try! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!