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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!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- September 2013

Hi guys! It is the third Wednesday of the month and you know what that means! It’s time for some Pinterest love! This month I have added a couple of new boards that I think you all are going to love, and I have added to my other collections too! I have to say, I am not really into Facebook or Twitter, but I am head over heels for Pinterest! It is amazing being able to find so much inspiration and share it all with so many people all in one place! Check out some of my favorite pins from this past month:

From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board Tattoos:

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From my new board Words to Live By:

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From my new board Bluebirds of Happiness:

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From my new board Vintage Ceramic Obsession:

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From my new board HAIR:

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And from my board Halloween:

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Aren’t they all just lovely! I am so excited Fall is almost here! I am sure next month I will be sharing more Autumn seasonal pins and inspiration, as well as Halloween. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! What are your favorite pins this month? I’ll be back next month with more fun and inspiring pins. In the meantime, you can follow me on Pinterest Here to see all of my boards and pins.

Happy Pinning!

Mid Century Inspired Lampshade with Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Medium

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Hi everyone! As some of you have already heard, I recently have been lucky enough to blog for a Martha Stewart Crafts campaign from The Blueprint Social for Plaid. I received a box of goodies from Martha Stewart’s new decoupage line. You can find the line at Michael’s stores, and the line includes lots of papers, trims, and some really cool new decoupage mediums, like one that makes fabric like oilcloth. So cool! I received the matte and gloss mediums and a bunch of papers and some paint. I have had a couple of projects I have been wanting to do with decoupage for a while now, so this was a perfect time to give them a try. My living room in my home is eclectic mix of colors, textures, and prints. It has a slight mid-century modern feel to it. Let’s face it though, I will never be able to pull off a true mid mod vibe with all my hoarding! I love collecting too much! I do have some mid-century pieces in the room including a 1960′s vintage record stereo cabinet that is still in working order. I wanted to create a lampshade that had wood trim on it to tie the wood tone of my record player in with the rest of the room. Martha Stewart’s Decoupage medium worked beautifully for my little lampshade project!

Here’s What You Need:

*Lampshade

*Martha Stewart Decoupage  Multi Surface Medium in Matte

*Large Paint Brush (Martha’s are fantastic!)

*Martha Stewart Paper Cut Outs (Wood Flowers)

*Iron On Wood Trim

*Wood Stain (optional)

Instructions:

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Step1: Layout- The first thing you need to do is punch out your paper cut outs and layout your design.

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Step 2: Decoupage- Brush a layer of your decoupage medium onto the backside of your paper cut out and also on the lampshade where you will be applying the paper.

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Step 3: Apply- Gently lay your paper onto the lampshade where you brushed on the medium. Smooth out the paper until it is totally smooth and bubble free.

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Step 4: Seal- Brush a layer of decoupage medium onto the top of the image. Repeat steps 2-4 with other paper cutouts in your layout.

Step 5: Add Trim- Stain your trim if you want to. My hubby had some of this trim in birch wood, so I stained it a darker color. Heat your iron on high and carefully iron on the trim around the top and bottom. Work in small sections heating the glue on the trim while keeping it straight against the shade and then pressing the trim down firmly. Start in the back with one end and work your way around and overlap slightly.

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I have to say I LOVE my new lampshade! Now I need to get a teak floor lamp base to make it perfect! I love that the decoupaged flowers look like real wood too! It looks fantastic with my record cabinet! I am head over heels for Martha’s decoupage line! The finishes are not sticky, there was no bleeding of colors, and the finish is durable. I read that the finish is dishwasher safe when cured too, so you can use it on glass. So cool! I hope you all will give this diy a try, you’ll love it!

Find More Amazing Projects from Plaid Here:

*Inspired by Plaid Facebook

*Plaid Crafts on Twitter

*Plaid Crafts on Pinterest

*Plaid Crafts Blog

*This post is part of a paid campaign from Plaid and The Blueprint Social. I received product and compensation for my post today. All opinions are 100% genuinely my own.

You can also check out the other two projects from this week that I enjoyed using Martha’s Decoupage Medium on Here and Here

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Check out some of the other Martha Stewart Decoupage Projects from some of my Blogging Buddies!


 

 

 

Upcycled Storeybook Vintage Spool Photo Holders

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Hi guys! I hope you all had a beautiful holiday weekend! I always enjoy having an extra day off with my hubby! This week’s craft projects are dedicated to Martha Stewart’s new decoupage line. A few weeks ago I received a package of Martha’s decoupage goodies to play with. Every once in a while I get the opportunity to be part of a craft campaign from The Blueprint Social. I was very excited to be a part of this campaign! I am a big fan of Plaid’s Martha Stewart Craft line! All of the products I have used have been fantastic and now I use her brand of products whenever I can. I had such a great time with the mediums that I ended up doing a few projects. I have had these vintage spools lying around for a while waiting to be upcycled. I thought they would make great photo holders, but I wanted to do something a little extra with them too. So, I added a little flair with the help of some of my vintage children’s book pages.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Industrial Spools

*Martha Stewart Paint

*Martha Stewart Decoupage All Surface Medium in Matte

*Vintage Children’s Book Illustrations

*Air Dry Clay

*Small Gage(16,18) Jewelry and Craft Wire

*E6000

*Jewelry Pliers

*Paint Brushes, scissors, ruler, etc…

Instructions:

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The first thing you will want to do is paint your spools how you like them and then let them dry. Push a little air dry clay into the top hole of the spool and poke a hole in the clay with one end of your wire. Play around with the layout of your images. Use different sizes and wrap them around the spool to test the design and if it will be readable when the paper is decoupaged on. Once you have your layout like you like it, you are ready to decoupage. Paint a layer of decoupage medium onto the back side of your paper and on the spool where you will adhere the image. Carefully lay the image onto the spool and smooth it around keeping it straight. Paint a layer of medium onto the top of the image to seal it. Repeat with other images and spools. Next, when the clay has dried you can paint the clay to match a color in your spool. Now you are ready to make the wire holder. Cut a length of wire about 12-15″ long. About a third of the way down bend the wire over to make a right angle. Now, take the tip of the shorter wire end and grasp it in your rounded jewelry pliers. Twist the wire around the pliers to form a loop. Then continue looping the wire around loosely to make a spiral ending it at the bend you created earlier. Your wire should look like a spiral lollipop. Dip the end of the wire into a little E6000, and insert into the spool top where the hole in the clay is. You can play around with the heights of wire if you like by trimming the bottom of the wire before inserting it into the spool. Now add your pictures or cards and display them in your favorite spot.

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I LOVE my little photo holders! Vintage children’s book illustrations are just the best! And I am a little crazy for anything with chickens on it. This project is such a blast to make and I love how customizable it is! You can decoupage anything you like onto your spools. Martha’s new line also includes decoupageable trims like lace. How cute would that be! So next time you come across a lot of industrial spools, don’t pass them by! They make fun photo holders and they are a great addition to add to your decor! I’ll be back on Thursday with my official Martha Stewart Decoupage project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!