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Showing posts with label vintage. Show all posts

October 2, 2014

Minted Christmas Cards

Believe it or not, I'm already thinking about Christmas cards. That's right, it's barely October and they are already on my mind! My boys traditionally have their photo taken with Santa the day after Thanksgiving. That means that, starting now, I have less than 2 months to find the perfect outfits for them to wear!

And as soon as that photo is taken, the hunt is on for the perfect Christmas card to put the photo on. Minted.com is my go to website for photo Christmas cards. They have a huge variety to choose from, and they absolutely don't get any cuter than what you find there.

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August 11, 2014

Embracing Bold

The living room makeover saga continues! We're finally getting the chair rail up and baseboards "raised." We're getting closer to being done! So I feel like we're at a point where I can hunt for new furniture to add to the room. 

I perused Sauder.com for some fun additions and hit the jackpot! I typically shy away from bold bright colors, but I've been trying to embrace them more recently. In fact, with our new living room colors being gray, yellow, and navy I've been searching high and low for anything yellow to bring into the room. And, I have say, I am in L.O.V.E. with the cart and table I discovered from Sauder!

Finding what you're looking for on the Sauder website couldn't be easier. They have multiple ways to search. I began by searching by space and narrowed it down to the living room. Easy, right?

From there you can peruse by coffee tables, bookcases, etc. if you know exactly what you are looking for. I simply perused everything in the living room section until I found something that struck. How gorgeous is this side table? The color is perfect for my living room. I wanted to see more!

Do you see where the arrow is pointing? This tells you what collection the furniture you're looking at is in. And it's clickable! I simply clicked on Soft Modern Collection and was instantly taken to more furniture similar to the side table.

Not only do you get to see all of the pieces in the collection, but there are photos of the various pieces in a sample living room setting so you can see how they could be styled. Since styling home decor isn't necessarily my "thing" I loved being able to see these examples! I also loved seeing more of that beautiful yellow saffron in the collection.

I settled on the side table and a multi-cart and simply added them to my basket and continued on with the checkout process. I promptly received an email with my order confirmation. The very next day I received information that my order had shipped, and I had a tracking number so I knew when to expect my new furniture.

I couldn't believe how protected the boxes were when they arrived a few days later! All of the corners had extra padding and the entire thing was wrapped in plastic in case they were left to the elements.

I couldn't wait to start putting the pieces together! My 5 year old and I tackled both of these and were done
in 20 minutes, I kid you not! It took longer to get the pieces out of the box and all of their protective padding than to actually put it all together. Each piece of furniture came with all of the accessories and tools needed to put them together as well as clear directions on what should be in each box how to to piece it together. I was a little apprehensive about the table, but it came with the top completely intact; we only had to add the legs!

I have pieced together plenty of furniture in the past and this side table and multi-cart are by far the easiest things I have ever worked with! They were quick to put together and the satisfaction level when complete was very high. I could already see how well the yellow looked paired with my navy and white rug. I couldn't wait to set them up in my living room!


The yellow saffron is certainly a bold choice for me. But I love how it looks! It's a great accent piece and definitely helps bring that pop of color I was wanting into the room. The drawer provides extra storage which is always nice to have.

I am loving how the multi-cart looks in my living room! It makes a perfect coffee table for our sectional. And the yellow saffron metal is so industrial and modern and yet still has a touch of a vintage look about it. I also love that the castors make it easy to move about the room as needed.

I have a few more ideas of how I can use each piece of furniture, and I can't wait to share them with you later on! Now that the side table is here, I'm thinking may serve a new purpose altogether. But you'll have to wait and see what!

Be sure to peruse Sauder's extensive range of affordable home decor styles. You won't be disappointed!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.






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December 16, 2013

296 FREE Printable Holiday Gift Tags

If you've run out of gift tags or are looking for some that are unique and fun, I have just the round up for you! 
I have gathered together 23 of my favorite holiday gift tags sets that are ALL FREE to print!

As of today, 12/16/13, all of these PDF file are FREE and work perfectly fine providing you with a 
total of 296 holiday gift tags!! 

There are several different styles so you are bound to find something to suit you.

Get those download fingers ready!
Click on the link under each image to go to the website providing the free gift tags.

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August 26, 2013

Bella Rustica 2013

Its that time of year again! You know, that time of year I go to an amazing barn sale and share all of the eye candy with you in the form of pictures. That's right! This weekend was the 3rd annual Bella Rustica event, and incidentally my third year to go. (Be sure to check out photos from 2011 and 2012.)

I have to say that I think this year was the best one yet. Not just because it was hosted in my hometown at the beautiful Legacy Farms (yay for not having to drive far!), but the venue was spacious and I think there was more vendors there than ever. And the vendors had crazy fantastic vintage wares!

Are you ready to dive in?
Be warned, this is seriously photo heavy!!
And for even more photos be sure to check out Instagram!

You'll also have to scroll all the way down to see the awesome finds I brought home.
I found some great (large) items this year!
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June 5, 2013

5 Minute Romantic Centerpiece

So I really wanted to title this post
"5 Minute Shabby Chic Romantic Flower Centerpiece"
...but that sounded a little clunky.
Even if it is accurate!

So instead I'm keeping it simple with "5 Minute Romantic Centerpiece" because
1) You can make this in 5 minutes (really!)
and 2) with the candles and fresh flowers it definitely gives the air a romantic feeling!

So pull up a chair (even though you're probably already sitting down) and let me show you how to whip this up.


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March 20, 2013

Hanging Vintage Easter Egg

I am excited to present you with my second P K Glitz Easter project!

I have been loving playing with the Vintage Hues. They really have an old world feel!
I decided to use them again to make this hanging vintage Easter.

For this project you will need an assortment of P K Glitz glitter (the Pastel color wheel is perfect for Easter!), 
one of the Easter-themed Vintage Hues, and some accessories to help with the glittering process (brush and spoon). You will also need, but not shown above, is 3D Crystal Lacquer.

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December 10, 2012

Santa Claus Vintage Broadway Poster (2 Versions!)

I have SUCH fun printables for you today!!
I have to tell you, I got the idea in my head for this in October and made it straight away.
So, yes, I've been sitting on this printable for nearly 2 months now, and it has been eating.me.up!
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December 3, 2012

Printable Christmas Tags (2 Sets)

Each Monday this month I'll be offering you a new Christmas printable!

I took a little poll on Facebook asking which to start with, and the overwhelming response was Christmas tags. 
So I have two fun sets for you to download!

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October 17, 2012

Faux Mercury Glass Skull

I have been wanting to try the faux mercury glass look for ages.
It makes glass feel like it has a story to tell, don't you think?

And it also is a technique that is perfect for Halloween!

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September 29, 2012

Social Saturday - Bella Rustica 2012

As promised, a Bella Rustica recap! 
Mostly in picture form because, really, they speak for themselves.

I will say that the 2 hour drive to Milky Way Farm in Pulaski, TN was completely worth it!
The setting was spectacular and there were easily twice as many vendors as last year.

And I have a fun blogger group picture for you if you make it to the end...
...which I think you will. LOTS of eye candy and pinable images here, folks!

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September 22, 2012

Social Saturday - Bella Rustic Revisted!

Its happening again! 

You may or may not remember me sharing my Bella Rustica experience last September
(maybe this will jog your memory!)
but I know I haven't forgotten about it.
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February 29, 2012

Corkboard Makeover

I swear this Craft Your Stash thing is really working for me. 
I purchased no new supplies to makeover this corkboard, 
and I had the board itself in my stash already! 

And I absolutely love how it turned out!

I'm pretty sure I grabbed this corkboard at The Dollar Tree, but its seriously been sitting forgotten in a cabinet for so long that I can't remember for certain. Regardless, I know I didn't originally pay more than a dollar or two for it. 

Its not huge, about 12"x8.5".

But what a clean slate to work with!! 
The possibilities of what could be done with one of these is endless!


Here's what I chose to do: 
I knew I wanted to hang mine in my craft space so I grabbed some fabric from my stash that is similar in color to what I have going on in my area. I Mod Podged the fabric on to the frame one side at a time (so 4 strips of fabric total). For my short sides, I folded the fabric down into a pretty corner.

The first two photos above show the front and back of the corkboard.
The bottom photo gives you an idea of how I folded the fabric.

FYI: Using Mod Podge to adhere fabric to something can make it appear discolored.
I added more Mod Podge on top of the fabric to deal with the discoloration problem. 
I also decided to add some lace to the frame. I Mod Podged that down, too.

I knew what fabric I wanted to use to cover the cork, but I needed something to cover the edges and create a border. I sifted through my ribbon stash repeatedly but could not find anything I liked. I debated buying something new at the store but was determined to make do with what I had on hand.

Then I remembered a fun technique that's been popping up in the scrapbook community:
rolled paper!

If there is one thing I have a ton of it is scrapbook paper. ;) 
I was immediately able to find something in my stash I could use.

Rolling the paper was a new technique for me and this is how I did it:
I hung some Scotch tape along one end of a piece of 12x12" scrapbook paper then attached a small dow rod (or you could use a bamboo skewer) to the tape and paper. I rolled the paper as tightly as I could around the dow rod then used a couple of rubber bands to hold it together.

I let it sit for 24 hours to help the paper keep its shape once the rubber bands were removed.

The next evening I removed the rubber bands and dow rod. The paper was keeping the rolled shape pretty well. I unrolled it to trim it down to the width I needed for the corkboard.

I made the long pieces first, trimming them down then cutting off 3" long pieces (so my long pieces were 10"x3"). I rerolled these pieces on the dow rod (minus the tape) and used small amounts of Scotch tape to hold them together. I removed the rods after adding the tape.

I repeated the process with the short sides of the corkboard, laying the long pieces out where they would be attached to get an accurate measure of length.

After all of my pieces of rolled paper were made, I layed my fabric on the cork and put down a thin line of  Beacon 3-in-1 along all of the sides. I pressed all of my rolled paper pieces into the sides. This made both my fabric and my paper adhere to the corkboard all in one step!

So now my corkboard looks like this. 

While I'm loving the polka dot fabric on the cork, its coming across as a little loud. 
I need to lighten it up!

So I crisscross a few pieces of lace across it, adhering it to the fabric at just the ends.

I love how it looks now! Not too busy, and not over bright.

Once last touch because I can't leave well enough alone...

Using the leftover scrapbook paper from my rolled border, I made 1-inch circles with a circle punch then cut them in half to make some fun bunting. Thread it with some string and attach it to the board with some thumbtacks... Instant pretty!

Isn't she gorgeous!! 

A little bit modern, a little bit vintage. 
A lot of love!

To hang this bad girl, I used some Command 3M picture hanging strips (the ones with gripper teeth).

I had just the empty spot on the wall over my craft desk to hang her! 

Of course, hanging above my desk, the first thing I put on it was my brand new business cards designed by my gal Bev! Aren't they too fun?? She's awesome to work with!


I'm really going to love using this corkboard to hang little bits of inspiration. 
Not to mention I just love looking at it!


What do you think you would do to one of these corkboards??





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February 15, 2012

Le Pouf Pincushion

Le Pouf. 

Those two words were running through my head the entire time I was making this pincushion. I wasn't sure why exactly, until I googled it. Then it all became crystal clear. Apparently the back of my brain is smarter than the front. ;) 

The pouf was a popular hairstyle back in the 1770's where women wore their hair up ~1 1/2 times the length of their face and elaborately decorated it with ribbon and such. 

That's what my pincushion reminded me of! 

I've been admiring those baby food jar pincushions for ages, and finally decided to make my own. Not that I can't easily get my hand on baby food jars thanks to my 10 month old son, but I've had these super cute little jars stashed away in my upcycle bin for quite awhile and thought one would be perfect for this project.

I think they originally came with buttons inside. 
They are petite little things about 1/2 the size of a #2 baby food jar.

Here is a super brief tutorial because I know there are a ton of really good ones out there on the web.

I drew a circle about 2 inches wider in diameter than the jar lid on my fabric. 

To dress up the fabric I stamped it with some vintage-y looking stamps. 

I stitched around the circle I had drawn, pulled it somewhat taught and tied it off, then stuffed the fabric with batting.

Finally, I used Beacon's 3-in-1 to glue down layers of the fabric under my little pouf then glued the entire thing to the lid of the jar.

Next came the fun part of dressing up the pincushion! 

I glued down a couple of different scraps of lace across the top of the pouf. Then threaded some ribbon through more lace and glued it around the base of the pouf. Using even more lace, I glued it around the top of the glass jar itself. I also added a scrapbook rub on around the middle of the jar then sanded it to make it look distressed.

I am super pleased with how it turned out! 

I love the vintage feel it has. 

I put some of my more vintage-y buttons to store inside. 

For a girl that doesn't even sew (yet!), I seem to have an obsession with pincushions!


The pouf and I had a little photo shoot, and I had a hard time narrowing down the pics. 

I hope you don't think I'm over sharing! :)


I link to these fun parties!


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