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DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween Village

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07 DSC 0169 3 DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween VillageHey guys! Halloween is coming early to the blog! Every day this week I will be sharing a new Halloween DIY with you all! To start off the crafting I thought I’d share my favorite project first. I am a huge fan of vintage putz houses, so much that I made these houses at Christmas last year from templates I found on RetroRenovation.com. So, when I was thinking about Halloween crafting this year, I just knew I had to make a little mid mod spooky neighborhood. This project is really easy, it’s just time-consuming. I makes a fantastic project for a craft night with the girls! Or a weekend diy!

Here’s What You Need:

*Templates (Links are Below)

*Xacto Knife

*Chipboard (like cereal boxes)

*White Pain for Primer

*Paint (I like the Martha Stewart Craft Paint)

*Mod Podge or clear drying craft glue for glitter

*Glitter

*Vellum

*Hot Glue

*Black Foam Core

*Fake Spider Web Pack

*Bottle Brush Trees

*Halloween Miniatures or Cupcake Picks

*Paper Straws  Striped

*Battery Operated Tea Lights

Here is the link for the page where you can download the 1st house

Here is the link for the page where you can download the 2nd ranch house

Instructions:

For more detailed instructions, see the full tutorial for the Christmas houses RetroRenovation.com Here. Here is the basics and what I did differently. First trace and cut out your chipboard template pieces. I extended the roofline by a couple of inches on two of my houses to add some mid mod supports for styling.

Next, prime your chipboard pieces. Then paint your houses how you want them. Paint your roofs to match your glitter or accent the glitter. I painted my roofs black.

Now you need to glitter your roof pieces. Paint the decoupage medium or clear drying craft glue onto the roof pieces, then sprinkle with glitter and tap off the excess. Set aside to dry.

Next, Cut out your bases from your black foam core. My base pieces were cut around 9×11″. Take your spider web material and stretch a little of it over and around your foam core base a couple of times. Secure with a little glue if needed.

Now, glue your house pieces together. Glue the house down to the base, and glue on the roof. Now you should have a nice little house and base.

If you have extended the roof pieces, you need to add in the roofline supports. Measure and cut pieces of your striped paper straws to fit the space between the base and the edge of the roofline at an angle. Glue the straws in place.

To finish off, glue trees and your plastic minis to the base where you like. I used jack o lantern cupcake picks and bottle brush trees to glue around the door and house, and I glued a couple of large spun cotton spiders to the roof of a couple of my houses. Once everything is glued and dried, you can add a battery operated tea light to each house through the opening in the back. Light them up and enjoy!

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03 DSC 0174 3 DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween VillageI LOVE my spooky mid mod Halloween village! It was inspired in part by Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. I love black and white in Halloween decorating! These little houses are going to go in the big shelf above my bed. I think they’d look amazing on a fireplace mantel too! So, if you are looking for a really fun and rewarding diy to tackle this month, give this one a try, it’s so much fun! I can’t wait to see your projects! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Halloween project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- October 20th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather here was gorgeous! We had a play date with Beau’s iggy friend Daisy Moon Saturday at the dog park. So he was super happy! I finished up the last of my Halloween projects, and even started on a few holiday diy’s. I can’t believe it is already the middle of October! This week on the blog I am going to be sharing a new Halloween DIY with you all to get all psyched up for the holiday! So, to kick things off, I thought I’d share some vintage ghostly finds with you all inspired by friendly ghosts and lovely lady spirits. Here are my absolute favorites:

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1950s vintage wedding dress- 50s strapless princess bridal gown- small from Circa 1955 Vintage

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Vintage Dorothy Bauer BOO! Halloween Swarvoski Rhinestone Brooch Pin from Paper and Old Lace

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SALE • 1950s white lace capelet with pearls and rhinestones • vintage 50s shawl • wedding cape • bridal shawl from Mintage Clothing Co.

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French vintage 1950s white leather heels pumps stilettos peep toes shoes from Purrfect Kat Vintage

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Vintage 50s Cat Eye Glasses 1950′s Eyeglasses Tan Pearl Double Wing Petite Women’s Size 42/20 Selecta Frame France from DIA Eyewear

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Gorgeous Beaded 1940s Vintage White Gloves / Pearls Rhinestone / 1930s Deco / 1950s Rockabilly Pinup Burlesque / Wedding Bride Formal from The Mermaid Tattoo

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1950s White Pill Box Hat Pearl Fringe from Petrune

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1960s Chlldren’s Friendly Ghost Story Book from Edgemere

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Vintage Plastic Blow Mold Halloween White Ghost Holding a Skull Window Light Lamp Vintage Halloween 1960s 1970s Era Blowmold from The Old Time Junk Shop

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Summer SALE Alfred Hitchcock’s Ghostly Gallery Spooky Stories for Young People 1962 BOOK from Up4Grabs

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Vintage Halloween Candle Gurley Ghost Candle 1950′s from Hopsack

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Adorable Vintage Casper the Friendly Ghost Decorative Candle – Halloween Decor – 1986 – Harvey Publications from The Kitschy Corner

Aren’t they all fantastic! I am so in love with the wedding dress! There is a ghost story here in NC of a young woman in a fancy white dress hitch hiking on this old highway at night trying to get back home. There are lots of ghosts around these parts. We sometimes joke that my mom’s house is haunted by Old Doc Bryant, the dentist who originally owned the home and passed away in the sunroom. At least he’s a friendly ghost. I hope you all have enjoyed my ghostly finds this week! Be sure to check out these beautiful items and much more from these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! I’ll be back next week with more vintage Holloween. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- October 13th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Our weekend was pretty low key. We ran around and did a bunch of errands but Beau got to go with us, so he was a very happy puppy! I just finished making all my Halloween crafts that I will be sharing with you all next week. So, this week, I thought I’d share some bewitching midnight black vintage finds with you all. I had such a hard time narrowing down my list this week! Here are just some of my favorites:

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1950′s Black and White Striped Cat Eye Frames from East Fourth Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Black Cocktail Dress / Satin Pleated Skirt / Small from Thrifty Vintage Kitten

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1950s Black Pump Heels by Connie from Now & Then Vintage NYC

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1950s black satin evening bag with jet bead silver chain from Lunch Lady Vintage

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SALE – Vintage Ansco Readyflash Camera – 1950s Black Box, Red Button Mid Century Photography Camera from MaeJean Vintage

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1950s Set of 2 Black Ceramic Horse Head Bookends / Sculptures / Statues from Abslewtly Vintage

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Herman Miller Eames LCW lounge chair wood ebony black mid century modern vintage 1950s molded plywood furniture from Mad 4 Mod Vintage

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Beautiful and elegant 1950′s Bakelite telephone from Retromatik

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Vintage Teapot Salt and Pepper Shakers – Black and White 1950′s from Ridley’s Recycling

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Atomic Era Black and Gold Rocket Lamp with Double Tier Fiberglass Shade from Lil’ Pleasures

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Vintage Mid-Century White and Black Enamelware Set / Plate, Bowl and Mug from Laurelwood Home

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Vintage 1950s Black Siamese Cat Figurine Vase, Mid-Century, Kitsch from Goodnight Prudence

Aren’t they all amazing! I am head over heels in love with the shades! I love them all really! Definitely be sure to check out these lovely Etsy vintage shops to see these beautiful items and much more. I’ll be back next week with more spooky vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- October 6th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We went to the Cameron Antiques show on Saturday. It was a blast, and Beau had so much fun meeting so many people! It was a beautiful weekend! I love that we are getting into the nice fall weather around here. I have been thinking about fall this past week a bunch. I thought I’d share a little collection of some of my favorite vintage finds this week inspired by my favorite fall colors, pumpkin orange. There are so many wonderful pumpkin hued items in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops, it was hard to narrow down my list this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Vintage 50s Dress/ 1950s Cotton Dress/ Orange Floral Bombshell Drop Waist Cotton Sundress from When Decades Collide

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Vintage Orange Enamel Flower Brooch / Orange Enamel Jewelry from Classique Style

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Vintage 1950s or 1960s Joyce Leather Orange Pumps with Bow from My Sister’s Closet 

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Vintage Asian All Wood Handbag Pocketbook – Asian Vintage 1950s – Amazing! from Uptown Found

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Orange red polka dot coffee cups, French home decor, vintage french coffee cups, retro kitchenware, cottage chic style from Hippo’s Dream

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Oversized Mid Century Modern Orange Lamp from The Modern Historic

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6 Vintage Glass Tumblers – Blendo Frosted Orange – 1950′s – Mid Century Modern Drinking Glasses from Bee Jay Kay

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SALE Vintage Kids Orange Alarm Clock Crocodile Chasing Duck from Circe Collectables

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Orange Restroom Perfume Dispenser Vending Machine: Unusual Steel Coin Op Bar Bathroom Toiletries Device – Jean Nate, My Sin, White Shoulders 

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Mid Century Orange Hobnail & Ruffled Cone Art Glass Vase from Joe Blake

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Vintage 1950′s small cotton pillowcase from Etta’s Apron

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Two Vintage Retro 1950′s Orange Barrel Swivel Chairs – Excellent Condition from Treasure Hut

Aren’t they fantastic! I am so in love with that dress, the chairs, the polka dot cups… I love them all, what can I say! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these amazing Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies! Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Upcycled Pet Bed from a Side Table for the 2014 DogFenceDiy.com DIY Hackathon

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Hey everybody! Today I have something very special to share with you!  I am participating in the 2014 Dog Fence DIY Hackaton from DogFenceDIY.com. My mom has had this old side table that we have been wanting to turn into a dog bed for Sadie for over a year now, so I thought this would be a perfect project! It is so easy to find side tables at the thrift store for cheap, and you can make a bed out of as plain or fancy as you like. This project is really fun and easy! It is a great weekend project!

This bed was so simple to make. The first thing you need to do is paint your side table. Prime it first, then paint it how you like it. While your table is drying paint your wooden finials. Once the paint is nice and dry, apply a sealer if you like.

Now you are ready to add the finials. Turn your table upside down. Mark the center of the bottom of each foot. Measure your screws on your finials and find a drill bit a hair smaller. Drill a hole into each table leg where marked at the bottom. Screw your finials into the hole in the bottom of each leg.

*If your finials do not have screws, then you could glue them onto the bottom of your legs with some wood glue or construction adhesive

To make the banner, take your pre-made chalkboard pennants and string them onto your ribbon. I added two rub on transfers to each side of my banner. Then write the name of your pet in chalk. Now tie on your banner onto your table legs at the top just below the finials.

I used a pillow with a vintage pillowcase for the bedding in the table bed. You could always make a custom pillow to fit . I prefer to use regular bed pillows in my pet beds. They are cheap to replace and you can easily was the pillowcases when they get dirty. Smoosh your pillow into the bottom of the table and you are done.

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8 DSC 0076 DIY Upcycled Pet Bed from a Side Table for the 2014 DogFenceDiy.com DIY HackathonDon’t you just love it! Sadie is liking it already! The thing that I love the most about it is that it looks like a really expensive custom pet bed, but the whole thing cost less than thirty dollars. It looks fantastic in my mom’s sunroom, and I know it is going to be a favorite snuggle spot for all the dogs! So, next time you see that shabby side table at your local thrift, snag it and upcycle it into something spectacular for your favorite pooch or kitty! I’ll be back soon with another lovely project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 29th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I started the weekend off early with a fun trip to Liberty for the antique festival with my Mother in law on Friday, and then we went to a friend’s gorgeous wedding Saturday evening, and then Sunday we took Beau to the flea market. It was a spectacular weekend! So, today I am going to share something really special with you! First of all, let me let you in on a little secret. I am a huge Perry Mason fan! It one of my all time favorite classic shows, which happens to come on METV weeknights at 11:30, and I never miss it. I can’t really put my finger on what it is about the show that makes me love it so much. My mom says it must be something in my blood since my great granny never missed an episode either. I think what I love more than anything is that he is the perpetual hero and never loses a case, like ever. It is absolutely absurd and fantastic all at the same time. Raymond Burr, I love love love you! This week I thought I’d curate a little collection of vintage finds inspired by the show. Check em’ out:

Here’s a couple little clips for you:

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1949 Erle Stanley Gardner “The Case of the Negligent Nymph” Perry Mason Story Hard Cover Dust Jacket from Moxy Fox Books

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Lady justice figurine, vintage brass, balance scales of justice, lady of justice. Themis Maat Dike. Law office decor, Gift for lawyer, judge from Cabinetocurios

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Vintage Law Books, Decorator Display Books, Library Decor Books, Staging Decor, Props from Picker’s Warehouse

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Vintage Wood Gavel – Judge Lawyer Auctioneer Gavel from Monochrome Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Mens Suit — Vintage Big and Tall — Mid-Weight Gray Wool Herringbone Pinstripe — Jacket and Pants Size 45/46 Long Tall from Jaunty Rooster

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SALE Vintage Fedora / 1950s Wool Fedora with Feather from 86 Vintage

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Vintage Regal Lawyer’s Leather Briefcase Satchel Attache Steampunk from Poor Little Robin

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ON SALE Vintage Over Coat Vietnam Era Army Wool Mens Overcoat 34 R from Wagner’s Treasures

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Vintage handbag / purse, smart 1950s formal black leather handbag, Grace Kelly bag, hinge frame, stand alone bag, rockabilly from Vintage Green Clothing

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50s Wiggle Dress / Little Black Dress / 50s Metal Zipper Dress / 50s Secretary Dress Vintage Dress / Clothing Dress / Women Dress from Minxouri Vintage

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1950s The Seductive Secretary Pumps size: 6 – 6.5 from Delicious Mod Vintage

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1942 Perry Mason Solves The Case of the Drowning Duck, Erle Stanley Gardner, Suspense, Murder, Romance from The ID Connection

Aren’t they fabulous! I would love to have Della Street’s wardrobe! I hope you all have enjoyed my picks! Be sure to check out all these fantastic items and more in their wonderful Etsy vintage shops! And if you are looking to watch an episode of Perry Mason, tune into METV weeknights at 11:30pm est. I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- September 2014

I am so happy that we are really getting into some beautiful fall weather around here! The past month has been a little crazy. I’m busy getting ready for Halloween crafting and planning out my holidays lists. It’s going to be that time of year before we blink, ya know! I haven’t been pinning a whole lot this month, and I have not added any new boards. I have been adding to some of my everyday favorites and a few of my more recent boards. Here are some of my absolute favorites for this month:

From my board Words To Live By:

 

 

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board Iggy Love:

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From my board Weenie Love:

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From my board Tattoos:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board Wedding:

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From my board Feelin’ Stitchy:

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Aren’t they all just fantastic! Pinterest is so amazing! I always have so much fun searching through all the beautiful boards out there! You can see the source of all these pins and more on my pinterest boards Here. What have you all been pinning this month? Anyone getting into Halloween decorating yet? I’m knee deep into my creepy cute crafting already. I look forward to pinning some Halloween inspiration for next month’s list. I’ll be back in October with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tin Lamp

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04 DSC 0085 4 DIY Upcycled Vintage Tin LampOver the past couple of years I have gotten really into making upcycled lamps! I have several in my home, and a whole list of more lamps and shades I’d like to craft. One of the lamps I have been wanting to make for a while now was a vintage tin lamp. I have been searching for a tin that was vintage but still in decent shape without too much rust. I found this wonderful soft green cookie tin recently and knew it would be perfect for the lamp I wanted to make for my sewing room. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tin

*Lamp Kit

*Extra Couplers(I used 3)

*Drill and drill bits

*Screwdriver

*Small piece of PVC tubing

*Glue (e6000 or super glue)

Instructions:

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Gather your supplies and take everything out of the package. Measure your threaded rod from your kit and grab a drill bit the same size as the rod.

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You can start by making the hole in the lid of your tin. Mark the center of your tin. Take your drill bit that is the same size as your rod and drill a hole where you marked in the lid with your drill.

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Now you need to add your couplers to the threaded rod. They just screw on. Screw each one on snugly and tightly next to the previous.

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Now you are ready to add your fixture to your lid. Slide the gold plate onto the bottom of the rod so it meets your couplers. Then slide on the lid, then a washer, then the nut. Tighten the nut down snugly to make the fixture nice and firm and straight.

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Now you need to make the hole in the back of your tin for the wire cord. Mark where you want the cord to come out. Drill a hole slightly larger than the cord.

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Next, slide a small piece of pvc tubing onto the cord. Then push it into the hole in the back of the tin half way and glue it in with some e6000 or super glue.

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Now, slide the cording in the inside of the tin and up through the threaded rod and through the lid up through the socket.

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Follow the instructions for wiring on the lamp kit package. Basically you take the twisted ends of the wires and wrap the corresponding wire around the screws on the socket then tighten the screws down.

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To finish off you coil the wires into the bottom of the socket and push the top into the bottom socket piece. Now you are ready to add a lampshade and light it up.

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03 DSC 0088 5 DIY Upcycled Vintage Tin LampI absolutely adore my lamp! It was so easy and fun to make. Daryl and I did it together in about twenty minutes. It is a great size for the small suitcase table in my sewing room and gives me a nice amount of extra light when I’m working. So, next time you guys come across a wonderful old tin, snatch it up. They make wonderful lamps, and a great conversation piece for your favorite space! I hope some of you will give it a try sometime! Lamp making is so fun! I’ll be back Thursday with a diy for the lamp shade. 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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 15th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I made tamales and it was so much fun! We also had some nice cool weather yesterday. I think fall is definitely starting to show here in NC. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and layering up! One of the things I think of when I think of fall is the woods and woodland animals and birds. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage owl finds with you all inspired by one of my most favorite woodland animals. Retro owls are so much fun! Here are some of my favorites this week:

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Vintage Lofisa Large Art Pottery Owl Vase – Mid Century from House of Seance

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Cute owl wooden salt and pepper shakers, cruet, serving condiment bird 1950s 50s pots from Trudy’s Store Vintage

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Enid Collins Style OWL Purse Mid Century Modern Mad Men Era Ladies Mod 1950s-60s Wood Box Purse / Handbag Handpainted with Owl from Jack Jett Vintage

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Vintage owl salt and pepper shakers ceramic, black red brown from Lititz Carriage House

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Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010

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Vintage Owl Perfume Sachet Locket Pin Brooch by Avon, Original Box from Love Lockets

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Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage

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1950s Vintage Owl Planter made by Norcrest in Japan Mother with Babies – Ceramic – Japan – Animal Bird Planter from Covenants

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Vintage Owl Playing Cards , Collage Pack , Scrapbooking from 2 Vintage Gypsies

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Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage

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Vintage 1950s porcelain owl teapot kitsch 50s from The Lucky Fox

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VERY RARE Vintage Retro 1950′s Cartoon Owls Salt and Pepper Shakers Antique Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love vintage owl items! Of course I love them all! They are all so cute! I especially love the little purse, and shakers! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!