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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…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Crafts- Painted Easter Eggs

 

 

 

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I have been having such a blast with my vintage craft series so far this year! So, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter craft and share it with you guys this week. My mom and I got together the other day and made these adorable painted easter eggs from a vintage April 1955 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine. We loved the eggs as cupcake toppers, but I think our favorite was the fish! We thought we’d give both a try…

Here’s The Original How to:

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In the original, they used real eggs that they broke and dyed then painted with watercolors. We did not have dye or watercolors around so we used acrylic craft paint. We also are not that good with delicate things, so I purchased some of those plastic white dyeable eggs from Walmart and cut them with a hot knife. We cut the eggs in a wavy pattern below the middle and then painted those pieces as tails for the fish. Then we painted whole eggs for the fish bodies, and also for a couple of toppers or place tags. Once the fish dried we simply glued the tails on with some hot glue. I did not have any golf tees, so I glued my name tag eggs to wooden disks or straws and embellished them with sparkly twine.

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05 DSC 2054 Vintage Crafts  Painted Easter EggsI think they turned out super cute. Of course the best part was crafting with my mom! That’s always fun! I’m not great at painting, but I can just imagine what some of you artists could do with these! I think they would be a fun craft for the kids to try their hands at too, sans the glueing part. I hope you all will give this DIY a try sometime! I had a blast with it and I’m sure you all would love it too! I’ll be back next week with another DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

 

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….

Happy Shopping!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Fabric and Leather Half Chain Martingale Collar

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11 DSC 1584 DIY Upcycled Vintage Fabric and Leather Half Chain Martingale CollarHey everyone! A while back I shared how to make a martingale collar with you all. A martingale collar is a lot of times used as a training collar. We use them for our italian greyhounds since they are the one collar they can’t back out of. I’ve made several martingales for Beau in the past. They are super easy and totally customized to your dog’s neck. Today I am going to show you how to make a martingale with a half chain out of a belt and some fabric. Here’s my how-to:

What You Need:

*Half Martingale Chain (I bought mine Here)

*Old Leather Belt

*Vintage Fabric

*Basting Spray

*Sewing Machine and Heavy Duty Thread

*Leather Punch

*Rivets

*Hammer

*Measuring Tape

Instructions:

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First you need to measure your dogs neck. Measure around the neck behind the ears. Add two inches to that measurement. Cut your fabric to the same measurement as the neck measurement and add an inch for turning under for the length. Make the measurement for the width a little under the width of the belt plus a little for turning under. So if my belt is 2″ wide, I would make my fabric 1 and 1/4″ wide plus 1″ for turning under, so 2 and 1/4″.

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Iron the top and bottom under towards the backside of the fabric by 1/2″ on each side. Then, turn under the sides by 1/2″.

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Spray the back side of your fabric with basting spray. Center the fabric on top of the leather and smooth down.

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Stitch the fabric down to the leather all the way around by machine close to the edge as possible. Clip excess threads.

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Cut the leather at the ends to fit the width of your chain rings. I had to trim mine down to 3/4″

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Punch a hole in the center of the end of your end about 3/8″ from the edge. Fit the end around the ring. Mark the hole where it needs to go on the center of the thick part.

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Wrap the leather end around the ring on one side. Load a rivet through the hole you punched and hammer the rivet down completely. Wrap the other end around the other side ring on the chain and load a rivet on. Hammer down the other rivet. And that’s it, you’ve got a new collar for your pooch!

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02 DSC 1660 DIY Upcycled Vintage Fabric and Leather Half Chain Martingale CollarI totally love the new leather collars I made for Beau and Sadie! I was able to make two out of the same belt with plenty left over. It was even easier than the ones I usually make with webbing. So far they have held up nicely. If you want to make them extra strong you can add extra rivets or stitching. You can keep them even simpler by just using the belt without stitching the fabric to them. I always like adding fabric to mine, especially when it’s vintage feedsack cowboys! I hope all you dog lovers out there will give this one a try sometime. I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

*Photographs by Kim Crenshaw Photography

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 16th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I took my Hannah to breakfast yesterday and got to enjoy a few hours with her until she had to leave for Ashevile. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up tomorrow. So, this week I have curated a little collection of vintage Irish finds to share with you all. I had a hard time narrowing down my list, as usual, there were so many cute green goodies! Here are my top favorites:

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Vintage Irish Tobacco Tin, Niemeyer Irish Aromatic 2 Oz Made In England, St Patrick’s Day Decor from North and South Shabby

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Vintage Rubens Originals Irish Man Bobble Head Cork from Little Red Hen Vintage

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Vintage Peter Pan Round Collar Necklace Adjustable Round Collar Necklace Lime Green Necklace St Patricks Day Jewelry Irish Gift 1950′s Irish from Echo Luxe

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1950s Silk Dress / Highland Bound Dress / 50s from Wild Fell Hall Vintage

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St. Patrick’s Day Brooch – Four Leaf Clover from J. Elle Vintage

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Corned Beef recipe page 1940s illustration Alice and Martin Provensen Irish St Patrick Day shamrock green for framing – Free U.S. shipping from Arcanium Antiques

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Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Porcelain Shamrock Clip Back Earrings from Daisy Diamond Vintage

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Vintage JOSEF ORIGINALS “IRELAND” Little International Series St. Patrick’s Day Figurine from Josef Collector

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Vintage Unused St. Patrick’s Day Gummed Seals Stickers or Labels by Eureka Set of 36 from Grandmother’s Attic

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Vintage St. Patricks Day Ephemera Pack. 40 Pieces. Green Ephemera. St. Patricks Day. Green Stationery. Green Paper. Scrapbooking. Shamrock from The Paper Basket

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Vintage Linen Irish Toast Linen Tea Towel St Patrick’s Day Bar Towel Wall Hanging from The Little Things Vintage

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Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Ireland Irish Harp Scarf from Stevie’s A2Z

Aren’t they all just great! I am so in love with the peter pan collar necklace! Do you all have a favorite this week? I love them all, really! 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 fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Simple Vintage Fabric Applique Nickname Tee

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04 DSC 1725 Simple Vintage Fabric Applique Nickname TeeMy little sister came into the world when I was thirteen years old. Over the years our relationship changed from where I went from being like a second mommy to us being super close friends. She’s still one of my favorite people in the whole world! There have been lots of nicknames throughout the years. The one that has stuck to this day is Pooka. I started calling her that when she was around three and had a total love for the cartoon film Anastasia who had a precious little dog named Pooka. Hannah just celebrated her 20th birthday last month. I always make her a gift, and this year I wanted to do something fun for her. So I decided I would make her an embellished tee with her nick name. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Tee Shirt

*Vintage Fabric Scrap

*Steam a Seam Double sided interfacing

*Computer and word or editing program

*Pencil, Scissors, Ruler

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Iron

*Fabric Stabilizer

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is open up your editing software. Write out your word in the font you like. Play around with the size of the font until it fills the screen to the size you like. You can measure it with a ruler to be exact if you like. Mine was around nine inches wide. Take your steam a seam and hod it up to the screen and trace the word onto your paper.

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Take the top sheet off of your steam a seam. Iron your fabric and place it on the sticky side of the steam a seam sheet. Cover with the top paper that has the writing on it. Cut out your word. Remove the backing and take away the top sheet. Lay it out on your tee shirt. When you have it centered and where you like it, iron the fabric down to the tee. I did not have any fabric stabilizer, but I would recommend using it on the inside of your tee to help keep your fabric from stretching while stitching.

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Now you are ready to top stitch. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch. I made my stitch length at 1 and my zigzag at 3. Stitch along the outside of the word, outlining it. When you have stitched along the outside, you can back stitch and then clip your threads. Then stitch around any other areas that need outlining like the loops. Clip your excess threads give a quick iron and then you are ready to wear.

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Hannah loves her Pooka tee and it looks super cute on her! I thought even if she was too embarrassed to wear it out she could wear it with her favorite pj bottoms. Of course I should’ve known, she does wear it out, like a boss! This tee was super simple to make! It took me less than an hour and I only had to use a large scrap of fabric. I was thinking I may have to make one for myself with Posh on it. Hannah used to call me Posh when the Spice Girls were popular. She of course was Baby spice and my best friend Katie was Sporty spice. We would dance to their music all the time. I hope you all will give this easy tee a try sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 9th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary yesterday! We had a wonderful weekend filled with lunch dates, movies, and a hiking trip to Raven Rock park which was absolutely beautiful! It was a fantastic weekend! I love every minute I get to spend with him! I am biased of course but he is simply better than the best! So, in honor of the day we were married, I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage wedding finds with you all this week.

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Vintage Engagement Ring | 1950s Wedding Ring | 14k Yellow Gold Ring | Mid Century Diamond Ring | Classic 1940s Wedding Ring | Size 5.75 from Ferguson’s Fine Jewelry

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SALE – 20% OFF 1950s wedding dress / vintage 50s wedding dress / Odette from Breanne Foauzi

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Vintage Cream Kid Leather Gloves, 1950′s ivory white soft, floral cutwork open work cutout embroidered flowers, size 6.5 unused bridal prom from Larkin Bird Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Andrew Geller White Stilettos from City of Industrie

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Vintage Bride and Groom Cake Topper – Chalkware Wedding Topper – 1959 Pfeil and Holing Topper – 1950s Wedding from Kolorize

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Vintage Squat Champagne Glass with Starburst Pattern- Set of Four from Nana’s Attic Fairy

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Superb Art Deco Dinnerware for 2, Deauville Community China, Ivory Cream w/ Platinum, Vintage Wedding China from Susabella Brownstein

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FLORAL BOUTONNIERE JAPANESE, vintage 1950s, wedding, prom, formal event from Buckaroo Bear

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Vintage Brides Party Book Bridal Shower Gift 1950′s Patterns Dennison from EFine Gifts

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Vintage 1950′s – Lefton/Norcrest – Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper/Figurine with Heart Candleholders – Japan – Sweet and Unique!! from Granny Glam Decor

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Vintage 1950s Wedding Gift Wrap Paper, For Your Wedding Wrapping Paper, Lot of 3, Blue Green Silver, Bridal Paper Uncut Unused Full Sheets from Vintage Barrel

Aren’t they fantastic! I love vintage wedding dresses! I just love weddings period! I hope you all have enjoyed my little list of vintage love this week! Be sure to check out the awesome shops that all these lovely items came from. I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Wallpaper Covered Easy Marquee Arrow

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A few weeks ago I was at Michel’s and I saw these fantastic marquee letters from Heidi Swapp. I thought they were so cute, and when I saw the one shaped like an arrow I just had to get it. These come as a kit with the chipboard letter, a template, a strand of battery-powered lights, and some clear bulb covers. They come in white so you get to decorate them however you like. There are all kinds of embellishments and tapes, papers, etc. in the line. I just bought the kit and some aqua bulb covers. This is what I used for mine:

Supplies:

*1 Heidi Swapp Arrow Marquee

*1 Package of Aqua Bulb Covers

*Vintage Wallpaper Scrap

*Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint- Gold

*Xacto Knife and Self Healing Mat

*Mod Podge or Glue of your choice

*2 Triple A Batteries

Here’s how I made mine:

First, I painted my arrow with my gold paint and let it dry thoroughly. I used the template that came with the kit and traced it on the wrong side of my wall paper. I then cut out my arrow with my knife. For the holes, I cut each hole as an “x” so the bulb cover could push through. I am not very neat with a knife so I did not even attempt to cut the circles out normally. Cutting them in an x worked fine for me. Then I glued my wallpaper to the inside of my arrow by painting a layer of mod podge on the back side of the wallpaper and smoothing the wallpaper onto the board. I made sure it was nice and smooth and let it dry. Then I pushed the aqua bulb covers into the holes in the arrow. I then pushed the lights up into the bulb covers and added the batteries.

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I really love my little arrow! It is a great addition to my craft room, and a good reminder to keep moving forward! This was such an easy and fun weeknight craft! I would definitely recommend picking one of these fun marquees up next time you are at Michael’s and giving one a try too! Have any of you guys made one of these yourself yet? I’d love to see yours too! I’ll be back a little later this week to share another fun diy with you all. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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!

DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas Art

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05 DSC 1540 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtMost of you all know I have quite the obsession with vintage linens! I picked up a bunch of cutters from the flea market a while back including a vintage Vera linen napkin/placemat with a sweet rose print. It was kind of an odd size, not square like a napkin, but smaller than a place mat. I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do with it, so I sat it aside. Then I was at the craft store a couple of weeks ago and saw these skinny artists canvasses and thought it might be fun to cover one in fabric and use it as art in my craft room. Well, as it turns out the Vera napkin was a great fit! A little embroidery and some staples and you have a fun piece of art for your wall!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric, napkin, hanky, etc

*Lightweight Fusible Interfacing

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Embroidery Hoop

*Embroidery Floss and Needle

*Scissors

*Staple Gun

*Artist Canvas

Instructions:

02 DSC 1436 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtStart with your fabric or napkin. Cut it to be roughly about 2-3″ bigger than your canvas. Cut a piece of thin fabric stabilizer or interfacing to the same size and iron on the back of your fabric.

03 DSC 1437 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtWrite out your quote on the front of your fabric with your marking pen. My pen was out of ink so I just used a pencil, but a marking pen is best. Make sure your writing is a couple inches away from the edges.

04 DSC 1438 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtNow you are ready to embroider. I used the rayon thread you can get at the craft store. Stitch your words using a simple back stitch. If you have never done a back stitch you can see how to do the stitch here. I used french knots to dot my eyes. I also tied off my stitching after each word and started each word with a new knot so as to not have any threads in between the words on the back side.

01 DSC 1439 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtOnce you have embroidered all of your quote, you are ready to make your canvas. Lay your fabric face down on the table and center your canvas face down on top of the fabric. Staple down one side of the fabric to the back frame of your canvas. Then staple down the opposite side down pulling it taut. Fold the corners in towards the back and staple down. Then staple the top and the bottom. Now wipe off any marks showing from your pen with a damp cloth. Now you’re ready to hang your canvas.

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09 DSC 1506 DIY Embroidered Vintage Linen Canvas ArtI just love how it turned out! I stitched one of my favorite Coco Channel quotes onto the napkin in a bright blue. You could of course get fancier and trace a special font on to stitch your words, which would be gorgeous. I, however, am lazy, and decided to just use my own natural scribble. This took me most of an afternoon while we were catching up on some Netflix. So, it is pretty quick and easy to make. I love the versatility in that you can easily customize it to your tastes just in the colors and fabrics you use. I have hung this little piece on the gallery area next to my desk in my craft room. It’s quite perfect there, don’t you think! I hope you all will make one of your own sometime! I will be back with another DIY next week. Until then….

Happy Crafting!