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Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Him

Hey everyone! I love holiday shopping! However I am always stumped on what to gift for the fellas in our family. They are always so hard to shop for! So, I have comprised a little collection of wonderful handmade gifts from the wonderful world of Etsy for the guys in your life. There should hopefully be something for even the  pickiest gent! Here are my favorites:

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UFO-logy Flying Saucer Types Mens T-shirt by Vortex Trading Company

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FREE SHIPPING – Men’s Personalized Bracelet, Men’s Leather Bracelet, Genuine Leather and Aluminium Plate Men Bracelet by Fosfor Store

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National Parks Checklist Map Print – 18×24 Gold limited edition screenprint by Ello There

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Slim Leather Wallet by Fullgive

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Custom Engraved Beer Growler with Flip Top by My Custom Growler

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Hexagon Coasters, Felt Coasters, Drink Coasters, Fabric Coasters, Felted Wool Coasters, 5mm Thick Felt Coasters, Bar Coasters, Coaster Set by Felt Planet

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BBQ rub gift set with recipes – 8 seasonings for grilling and barbecue by Dell Cove Spice Company

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Mens Messenger Bag, Mens satchel bag / Messenger bag for men / Mens bag / Felted bag / Mens Felt Satchel / Felt Bag / Mens Felt bag / Manbag by Rambag

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Htc One M8 Case – Star Trek Starfleet Command HTC One M7 Case – Htc One X Case – Htc One Phone Cover Case – 3D Exclusive HTC One Case by Gazooomp

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HANDMADE Men’s Leather Toiletry Case Dopp Kit Shaving Bag OOAK Groomsmen Present Groomsman Gift Wedding Groom Lifetime Leather Co Cognac Bag by Lifetime Leather Company

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Nordic Scarf, Deer Scarf, Deer Print Infinity Scarf, Double Patterned Scarf Oversized Scarf, Christmas Gift, Men Scarf Women Scarf Shawl by Style Scarf

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 Maple root wood guitar pick with leather friction pads by Wooda Cooda

Aren’t they all awesome! I know the guys on my list would love most any of these fantastic gifts! I’d love a few of them myself! I hope you all enjoy shopping these wonderful Etsy shops! They have something for everyone on your list I’m sure! I’ll be back soon with another holiday gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper Ornaments

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01 DSC 0507 DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper OrnamentsHey everyone! Today I am going to share one more ornament tutorial with you all! I am going to show you how to make a super easy and quick treat for your tree using some of those little mini frames you can get in the dollar section at Michaels. You only need a few items and you can make several in under an hour, making it a perfect weeknight craft or craft party candidate! I had a blast making these the other day! I love them so much, I may have to make some more. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Mini Frames (michaels)

*Vintage wrapping paper scraps (small prints work best)

*Old books, magazines, etc for words

*Scissors

*Pen or pencil

*Rubber cement

*Tweezers

*Cupcake picks, vintage minis, floral picks like holly, etc…

*Ribbon

*Hot Glue and glue gun

Instructions:

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First gather up all your supplies and decide what papers and words you want to use.

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Take the paper insert out of the frame and use it as a template for your wrapping paper. Trace the shape and then cut out your wrap.

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Then, cut out words you want to use from your ephemera.

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Glue your wrapping paper to the white side of the frame insert with rubber cement. Put a little rubber cement on the back of your words and place them where you want them on the wrapping piece with your tweezers. Smooth down and rub off any excess glue.

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Decide what minis or embellishments you want to add to the outside of your frame.

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Glue the embellishment to the front with hot glue.

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Cut a length of ribbon to about 4-5″ long. Glue the bottoms of the ribbon together to form a loop. Then glue the bottom of your loop onto the top back side of your frame. Hang on your tree and enjoy!

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02 DSC 0503 DIY Mini Framed Vintage Christmas Paper OrnamentsAren’t they so dang cute! You guys know me, if I can make something with vintage stuff I ALWAYS have to! My wrapping paper and paper ephemera was all vintage as well as my little plastic deer. You can make these easily with your own paper scraps or with some fun new wrapping paper (Target has some super cute wrap this year!) Have fun with it and make it your own! I hope you guys will give this one a try for your next mid-week make, or party! They are so easy and fast to whip up, and they make really cute and inexpensive last-minute hostess gifts for those holiday parties! I’ll be back tomorrow with another Christmas diy. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Kids

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time for another gift guide for the holidays, and this one is all for the kiddos. There are so many fabulous items for children and babies on Etsy! Some of them make me wish I was a kid again! This guide is longer than my usual guids since I could have done a whole post just on plushies. I narrowed them down a bit and added in some great toys and accessories. Here are just a few of my favorite holiday gift ideas for the little ones:

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Fox Plush Toy with Scarf, Fox Softie, Fox Stuffed Animal, Handmade Fox Art Doll, Toy Animal, Kids Christmas Gift, Poosac, Nursery, Kids Toy from Poosac

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Modern Kids Play Kitchen from Mint Home

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Limited Edition Metallic Gold Moccs, Moccasins, Baby Moccs, Baby/Toddler Shoes, Genuine Leather, Metallic, Metallic Gold, Gold from Tiny Baby Soles

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Mr. Beaver, a woodchuck softie plush doll toy, made to order, OOAK from Dunlap Love

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CUSTOM Signature Cotton Candy Dolly,Handmade Dolls,Homemade Dolls,Cloth Doll,Fabric Dolls,Handmade Fabric Doll,Soft Cloth Dolls,Rag Dolls from Cotton Candy Dollies

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Christmas deer plush toy , handmade stuffed toy, baby safe soft toy, holidays from Skripskrap

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Kniting Teddy Bear Hat – Hat Character – Boy hat – Teddy Bear Beanie – Best Teddy Bear – Animals hats – Teddy Hat – Winter hat – Warm hat from Meet Best Knit

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Forest Friends Roll Up and Play Mat, woodland roll up with wooden figures, waldorf inspired, wool felt toy, handmade kids toy from Gnome Werks

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Stuffed Animal Teddy Bear Plush Toy Charcoal Grey Neon Pink Lime Green Linen Doll Handknit Ecofriendly from Me and Tex

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Outer Space Wood Bank from Mmim

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Baby Mobile — Bears in Party Hats — Customize to Match You Modern Nursery from Pink Cheeks Studio

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Plush Owl Softie Stuffed Owl Doll for Children and Baby Plush Toy from Friends of Socktopus

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Marimekko Unikko Kids’ Teepee (Small) from Teepeedees

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Free Armbands!!! Personalized Boy SUPERHERO Cape for Christmas comes with FAST DELIVERY – 26 inches – Custom Letter from Pip and Bean

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Cute Bug Plush – Handmade cloth doll kids toy monster bug plushie from Palooka Handmade

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The Farm Paper Toy Kit – DIY Paper Craft Kit – Puppet Theater – Paper Toy – Birthday Party Favor – PRINTABLE PDF from Pukaca

Aren’t they all just so adorable! If I had children I’d be buying them all! As it is, I’ve got a few of the softies on my Christmas wish list. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops! I’ll be back next week with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 4th

We are starting to see some beautiful fall colors around here lately! One of my favorite things about fall is the changing leaves and the woods. And when I think of the woods, I think of all the cute little forest animals. We’ve been seeing a lot of deer around here, and hearing the owls at night. So, this week I thought I’d share a little collection of some of my favorite woodland critter items from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. I had such a time narrowing the list down! Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Bluebird on a Log Cream and Sugar Set – Norcrest – Mid-Century 1950s from Kitschy Vintage

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Peter Rabbit drawer pull, drawer knob, 1950s bunny rabbit, original package from Sunny Day Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Capri Enamel Fox Pin with Rhinestones from Sultana Vintage Jewels

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Jolles Original Wicker Basket Purse Needlepoint Squirrel 50s Accessories from MDM Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Hopping Rabbit Tin Wind Up – Made in Japan from SMN Toys

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Vintage 1950′s Deer Figurines Pair Of Vintage 1950′s Deer from Ravishing Retro

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Rare 1950s Metlox Squirrel Pinecone Cookie Jar, Collectible from Mix and Match Dining

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WHOO-who-WHAT-what 1950s Japanese Owl Salt Shaker from Baubles N Trade

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SALE Was 18 GBP Now 9 GBP Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Cushion Pillow Cover 1950s Bambi from Little Sally Waters

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Vintage Playing Cards – 1950s Bear – Full Deck from Pumpkin Truck Paper

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Vintage Gift Wrapping Paper – Juvenile Mid Century Brown Bear Playground Birthday Party – Slide – 1 Unused Full Sheet Birthday Gift Wrap from The Goose and The Hound

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AWESOME Pair of LONGBOY FOXES Vintage Ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers Napco from Textiles and Old Things

Aren’t they all so darned adorable! Of course I am a bit biased since I collect vintage animal cuties, my house is full of them! I love each and every one! I hope you all have fun checking out these sweet vintage Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more cute vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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!