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Fall Style Inspired by Julep Nail Polish

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Today was the first little taste of fall weather around here. And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am very much looking forward to cooler weather and snuggling up with lovely sweaters! Today I am teaming up with Julep Nail Polish to give you some style ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors. I am not usually a fan of autumn’s earthy tones, but the softer colors still speak to me. I chose to create a look inspired by Julep’s beautiful polish color, Clara. This is such a luscious shade of pink. It has a little peachy undertone, and is soft, feminine, and modern! I love this shade of pink for fall as it tones down the brights of summer but still gives you a hint of color with your fall neutrals. My style tends to be pretty casual. I also have a serious obsession with sweaters in the fall! So, this ensemble is definitely on my fall wish list! I like pieces that are a little fun and quirky as well, and it’s no surprise the adorable deer sweater and amazing rose sneakers are right up my alley! Love love love them! I think that Julep’s Clara pink polish would be the perfect accompaniment to this fall outfit, don’t you! To see more amazing colors for your perfect fall manicure, check out the fabulous line of Julep Nail Polish. And here is a break down of my style inspiration and where to buy everything pictured in this post:

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Deer, Far, Wherever You Are Sweater at Modcloth

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BROKEN-IN BOYFRIEND JEAN IN HARBOR WASH at J. Crew

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The Cambridge Satchel Company Leather 13″ Top Handle Satchel Bag, Cream at John Lewis

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Superga ’Rose’ Sneaker at Nordstrom

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Hand knitted eternity scarf-pastel rose by Sarigg at Etsy

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PEARL, CHAIN & ROSETTE CHARM BRACELET at Charlotte Russe

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I Am Happy Ring at The Iconic

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kate spade new york faux pearl flower stud earrings at Cusp

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And of Course Julep’s Clara Nail Polish at Julep

I also created a little look for the perfect evening out inspired by Clara as well. The dress from Anthropologie pairs beautifully with the Kate Spade jewelry! I am a total sucker for anything Kate!

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And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:

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I hope you all have enjoyed my little style posts today! I always have so much fun putting outfits together!  Do you have a favorite color for fall this year? I am loving the softer tones! Hope you all are enjoying the Fall transition and the beautiful weather!

Happy Fall!

 

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!

Nail Art DIY Inspired by Modcloth!

Hey guys! Recently I was asked to take part in Modcloth‘s Nail Klub Nail Art Challenge! I was both honored and super excited to give it a try! I have never delved into the fascinating world of nail art and until now have only admired the many amazing designs on Pinterest. The challenge was to create a nail art tutorial inspired by Modcloth’s hottest summer dresses which you can see Here. If you have ever seen my Polyvore collections, you know that I am a huge fan of Modcloth’s style! I love so many of their dresses, I had a really hard time narrowing it down to one! So, I ended up doing two dresses, one for each hand.

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My first choice was the Air of Adorable Dress in Balloons. I love everything about this dress! It’s so quirky and cute, and the little faces on the balloons were just awesome!

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Pick out the balloons you want to copy. I chose to do one hand all of the same balloon face and the other to be all different faces. Next, you need to paint your base coat on your nails. Let them dry completely. I used a combination of fine tip nail art pens and a tiny nail art brush which were both by Sally Hansen that I picked up at Target. For my thumb, the base coat was white. With the tiny brush we painted in the cheeks and mouth. The crosshatching at the top was made by painting short strokes in one direction. Then after they dry, paint short strokes in the opposite direction. Use a nail art pen to dot in two little eyes.

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The index finger was painted black as a base coat. Then when dry, we used a white nail art pen to draw in a few rows of scallops.

The middle finger’s base coat was a soft pink. When dry, use the tiny nail brush to paint in two thin ovals for the outer eyes, then two dots for the pupils, and also a dot for a mouth with red nail polish. Paint in grey teardropish shapes at the top of the nail.

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The ring finger’s base coat was a light grey. Once dry, draw in a thin line with a white nail art pen right down the middle, then several curved lines to the left and right sides of the first line. Then use the black pen to dot in two little eyes. Use the tiny nail brush to paint in a little curved line for the mouth.

For the pinky finger, paint the base coat red. Once it has dried, you draw in a small scalloped line at the bottom of the nail with the black nail art pen. Draw a small curved line for the mouth right above the scalloped line. Then make two ovals for the eyes.

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Paint a clear coat over the top of the nails once they are nice and dry.

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My second choice was the Forrest Things First Dress! I absolutely love the colors! I love woodland themes, and to me this one even hints at a little Twin Peaks inspiration!

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I couldn’t find a nail pen that was a deep blue for the second dress I wanted to create a nail art for, so we used a small nail brush that I got in a kit made by Sally Hansen. The first step is to paint your base color on. I used an aqua for the base color. Once your nails are very dry, you are ready to add your bright blue accents. Pour a small drop of polish onto a plastic plate. Load up a little polish on your paint brush. If you are a fabulous artist with a steady hand you can probably paint the details yourself. If you are a sloppy mess like me, get someone to help you, or you can paint your designs on fake nails and then apply them later.

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For the owl design, paint a roundish rectangle. Then add an upside down triangle at the top of the rectangle to form the beak. Add a few strokes at the bottom for the feet, and a couple of half circles for wings. For the eyes, make a couple of aqua dots, and then black dots in the center.

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For the index finger we drew a curved line near the tip and then a few strokes perpendicular to the curved line to form the branch.

The tree on the middle finger was made by making a few stacked triangles and a stem at the bottom for the trunk.

The leaves on the ring finger were made by drawing a curved line in one direction then a curved line in the opposite way.

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The coffee steam on my pinky was made just by using styled lines. It’s really open to interpretation, you can sketch any of the designs you like from the dress onto your nails.

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I am pretty happy with how my nails turned out for the first try! They are definitely not perfect, but I do think they are pretty darned cute! Have you tried any nail art yourselves? My mom and I had a lot of fun together doing these! It would be a great thing to do for a girl’s night in! I hope you all have enjoyed my nail art inspired by these two amazing Modcloth dresses! To see more of summer’s hottest dresses see them on the Modcloth site Here. There are lots of adorable styles perfect for parties, or everyday, or maybe even the perfect accent for your latest manicure!

 

I Heart Etsy Fridays- 2014 Calendars

Happy Friday everyone! As I mentioned the other day, one of my favorite things about the new year is getting new calendars for our home! I always get at least three. There’s one for the kitchen, one for the office, and one for my craft room. I get excited at the beginning of every month when I get to turn the pages. I usually buy handmade calendars from artists I love, and Etsy is a fantastic place to find them! I thought I would share some of my very favorite calendars from Etsy’s amazing artists with you all today. Here are my top ten:

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2014 12-Month Weekly Planner with Back Pocket – Quit Slackin’ White by Ninj & Ninj

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Wall calendar 2014 by Nuria Diaz Shop

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2014 DIY Printable Paper Desk Calendar | Colorful Typewriter Miniature | Printable A4 size template files | Instant digital download by Sky Goodies

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2014 Wall Calendar -Whimsical Animal Outsider Folk Art – by 3 Crows

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2014 Lumberjack and Friends Tea Towel Calendar by Emu Attacks

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2014 Calendar – Dashing Facades by Hello Small World

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2014 Composers Desktop Calendar by Oips Store

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2014 Garden Party Animals Wall Calendar – 11×17 Poster by Paper Sparrow

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Fancy motley wall calendar 2014 – ‘Hello friend’, graphics by Banjado 

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2014 Wall Calendar // 1920s style flapper doodle art deco calendar by Flapperdoodle

Aren’t they all fantastic! I am still trying to decide which ones I am going to get for my home this year. Do you have a favorite? I hope you all have enjoyed my little calendar round up. Definitely be sure to check out these awesome Etsy shops, I promise you’ll love them! I’ll be back next week with more artsy fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Faux Bois Craft Paper Wrapping

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Hi guys! I meant to share this with you all yesterday, but I was still testing things out. I love craft paper and use it every year in my holiday wrapping. I bought a huge roll a few years ago from a framing supply company, and have barely made a dent in the roll. I like using craft paper as my inexpensive base to be able to spend more on embellishments. This year I thought it may be fun to try and print a pattern on the craft paper. I am a big fan of faux bois, and have a wood grain rocker tool for painting. Originally I thought I may be able to use a stamp pad and saturate the rocker with it before dragging it across the paper, but alas, that was a fail. So, I ended up trying paint and glaze. Here’s the how-to:

What You Need:

*Craft Paper

*Gold Paint

*Martha Stewart Paint Glaze

*Wood Grain Rocker

*Paper Plate

*Large Brush

Instructions:

First, you need to mix your paint and glaze. Mix equal parts paint and glaze onto your paper plate. Next, mix the paint and glaze thoroughly. Lay out your paper in a long sheet on a protected hard flat surface. Paint the glaze onto your paper quickly. Hold down the top of the paper with one hand and hold the rocker in your other hand. Then, drag the rocker from the top to the bottom of the paper firmly, in long rocking motions. Then drag the rocker down the paper again right next to the first run. repeat and continue all the way across the paper to the end. Let the paper dry thoroughly before using it to wrap your gifts.

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I think the wrapping turned out to be pretty cute! It is more subtle than I had originally wanted it to be, but I still like it. If you have a wood grain rocker, definitely give this one a try! Play around and have fun! Create your own custom gift wrap for your holiday gifts this year. You’ll have a blast!

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- December 16th

Happy Monday everybody! I love vintage Christmas items! Since Christmas is my favorite time of year, I always decorate early. I collect Christmas items throughout the year, and usually can’t wait to display them in my home. My favorite Christmas items are all mid century! They are kitschy, cute, and always fun. I thought this week I’d share some awesome vintage mid century holiday finds with you from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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 Vintage Holt Howard Christmas Ornaments, 1958, Set of 8 Porcelain Christmas Decorations from Carnaby Vintage Jewels Here

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  1950s Christmas Apron / Music Theme Apron / Holiday Apron  from Minxouri Vintage Here

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 Vintage CHRISTMAS ANGEL Wall Hanging from Neato Keen Here

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 Vintage Santa Matches from Peace Traveler Here

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 Vintage Domed Christmas Tree Stand Santa/ Reindeer Litho Atomic Mid Century Modern from Random Retro Here

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 8 Vintage Christmas Santa Honeycomb Party Picks Mid Century from Peppermint Bark Here

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 Holt Howard Christmas My Fair Lady Head Vase Candleholder With Handmade Vintage Mercury Glass and Poinsettia Arrangement from Mercy May Here

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 Vintage Illustrated Santa & Reindeer Gift Wrap Roll from If Found Please Return Here

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 Vintage CHRISTMAS Towel Eames Reindeer Shop & Play Santa Signed from Uncle Bunk’s Trunk Here

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 Vintage Silverline Aluminum Tinsel Pom Pom Christmas Tree 4 Feet Tall 33 Branches from Peppermint Bark Here

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 X-Large Brass Deer Sculptures – Hollywood Regency / Mid-Century Modernist from Object of Beauty Here

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 Vintage Putz cardboard houses, mid century glitter mica houses from Tarragon Vintage Here

Aren’t they all just so darned cute! I love them all! I can’t even pick a favorite this week, especially with the linens! You all know how much I love vintage linens! I hope you guys enjoy browsing through these shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage Christmas finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tchotsky Ring Dishes

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Hello everyone! Welcome to day nine of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! Some of you know by now, I have a self proclaimed obsession with vintage ceramics, or as my dad calls them, tchotskies. They are coming out of the woodwork in my house, I have so many. Whenever I see a cute little vintage figure at the flea market, or the thrift store, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be coming home with me. Today I am going to show you how to make these really easy and fun little ring dishes with vintage ceramics.

Here’s What You Need:

*Teacup Saucer

*Vintage Ceramic Figurine or a cute figurine of your choice

*E-6000

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. When shopping for a little figure, you want to look for one that has good features to hold your rings. Test it out. Cats with tails, animals with ears that are separated, or even little souvenirs like the Eiffel tower would be perfect! You can find teacup saucers easily at the thrift store, most of the time for about fifty cents a piece. Two of my saucers are vintage, and the floral one I found at Home Goods which is an overstock discount store in our area. Once you have everything picked it, it is really easy to make into a little ring dish! Apply a little E6000 to the bottom of your figurine. Then, glue it down to the center of your saucer. That’s it! This is like the easiest craft ever!

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I love these little ring holders! I really don’t know which one is my favorite. This diy is so fast and easy. You could make a batch for all the girls on your list in probably under half an hour. They can also be customized to fit the personality and style of who you are gifting it to. If your Aunt loves cats, make her one with a kitty. Your teenage daughter loves woodland critters? Make her one with a deer or a bunny? You can even make them out of toy figures too. I made one for myself using an Olivia the pig mini figurine I had because she is one of my favorite things ever! I stuck her onto a vintage atomic style saucer, and now she sits on my vanity. There are so many different options and combinations. You’ll have a blast just shopping for your supplies! I can’t wait to see what you guys make! I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2013- Gifts for Gals

Hey there! I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! I meant to share this with you guys last night, but the time got away from me. Etsy is so full of wonderful artists! You can find something for everyone all in one place, it’s awesome! Today I am going to share with you a little collection of gifts for the ladies in your life. Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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Check out this lovely Olive Green Bow Hat by Sisters and Stories Here

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Check out this fabulous Dark blue wool coat jacket by Fashion Woman Store Here

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Check out this awesome Chunky infinity scarf, purple scarf, purple infinity scarf by Shanionie Here

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Check out this adorable Ceramic Pig Planter Vintage Design in Lemon Yellow by Fruit Fly Pie Here

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Check out this fantastic Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging. “ride free” Dick and Jane Themed Fabric, Sally and Raggedy Ann by Merriweather Council Here

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Check out these fabulous Woodland Creatures Collection. Hand Block Printed. Your choice of animals and colors. Made to order by Laura Frisk Here

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Check out this sweet Personalized iPhone Case – Mason Jar Flower Chalkboard iPhone Case in Pink and Yellow by Mooseberry Cases Here

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Check out this awesome Oxford Library — Book Lovers’ Scented Soy Candle by FrostBeard Studio Here

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Check out this cool Wood Jewelry Box – Vintage Souvenir from Spain from Meanglean Here

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Check out this fabulous Metallic SilverDruzy Personalized Initial Necklace by Wrenn Jewelry Wedding Here

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Check out this beautiful opal ring. gold opal ring. ONE delicate stackable birthstone ring by Meadowbelle Market Here

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Check out these fantastic Custom Made, Personalized Ring Dish, Ring Bowl, Wheelthrown Pottery, Made to Order for You by Miss Pottery Here

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Check out these awesome Cameo Silhouette Wood Coasters – Set of 4 by Pepper Sprouts Here

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Check out this wonderful Original Embroidery Artwork – ‘let’s go’ in pink and green – mounted 14×11 by Three Red Apples Here

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Check out these lovely English fine bone china teacup, with ‘Books & Flowers’ illustration by Sophie Richardson Shop Here

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And Check out this amazing The Un-Tourist Scarf: Palm Springs // Silk Scarf, Vintage Inspired, 36″ Square by Emily McDowell Illustration Here

Aren’t they all just fabulous! I would love to have any of these wonderful goodies under the tree this year! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these amazing Etsy shop as much as I always do! I’ll be back next week with another fun holiday gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Items New To The Shop This Week 10/9

Hi guys! I wanted to pop up a quick little note to let everyone know that I have added a vintage section to my store here on My So Called Crafty Life. I am very excited to now be offering a few vintage goodies in my shop. I will be adding a few more things next week, but for now, check out my favorites:

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You can find all these sweet items in my store. Click on the tab at the top of my page labeled Store, or click Here

Have a wonderful day & Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Nicola and the Newfoundlander

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am really excited to share one of my favorite Etsy shops ever, Nicola and the Newfoundlander. Nicola and Bren, the fantastic artists behind the shop, create hand printed comfy clothing and reclaimed wood jewelry and home decor goodies! They draw inspiration from nature and the animal kingdom, and the result is a design portfolio full of whimsy and sweetness! I love the quirkiness that many of the animals have like the Chihuahua in the teacup, and the sly little fox. I love everything this shop has to offer! Here are just a few of my favorites from Nic and the Newfie:

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Aren’t they all just fantastic! It was the greyhound design that originally drew me to the shop, but I have to say I am head over heels with the fox now too! I love the styling of the clothing too. Such a lovely shop! To see more of Nicola and Bren’s work visit their shop, Nicola and the Newfoundlander, on Etsy Here. And you can read more about this dynamic duo in their profile page Here. It is adorable, you definitely must check it all out! I’ll be back next week with another lovely etsy shop. Until then…

Happy Shopping!