Old Treasures

Old Treasures

Digging out old treasures I think it’s important when you’re making crafts, to think about whether or not they are actually useful to you. I have made my fair share of things I know I would never use. I guess I did it to prove to myself I could be a crafty person? I don’t know! Then there are crafts I made that I know I would love for years to come…or as long as they would last.  Yesterday, I pulled out an old wreath that I made last year during this time. I made it using scrap booking paper, old buttons and a twiggy wreath.  My husband packed it away nicely and it looks wonderful back on our door! Wreaths are my favorite during this season, it instantly makes things feel more festive! I may try to create a new wreath for the back door or one in our home, but I am still quite content with the one I have now! ...
Link-Up Party?

Link-Up Party?

Did someone say Link-Up Party? So, having only been blogging for just over a year now I find myself at a point of stagnation. I am sitting comfortably, but not really going anywhere. I was doing some research online as to how to get more traffic coming to your blog and I found a lot of blogs were participating in these “Link-Up” parties. Of course, I went back online and googled link-up parties to see what that was all about.  After reading more into it, I decided it was a brilliant idea! It’s so much fun to see a huge blogging community come together and share all their amazing ideas with one another. Not to mention, a great way to get your blog out there as well. This week I have participated in 4 link-up parties. I’m still not too sure how it all works exactly, so if you are a blogger out there and you’re reading this please give me some kind insight! This is something I may try to do more often. That way, I can ensure people are actually seeing some of the fun projects and hard work I put into this crazy old blog of mine! Perhaps I will pick up a few brilliant ideas too!  This weeks Link-Up Parties!  Don’t worry, even if you aren’t featured you may still get a lot of blogger’s interested in what you are doing! I keep telling myself to keep it up and not worry about it! This should be a fun experience and an exciting hobby!!! ...

Halloween: The small stuff It’s amazing how these little pumpkins canadd so much festivity  I decided I would do a post on just the little details of our halloween decor. It mainly consists of mini pumpkins ( I love the white ones) and an owl my brother bought me from a thrift store in Canada. Like I said, we didn’t get too crazy this year. In less than a week, it will  be November…the month of turkey and deliciousness. And just like that I will have to take down my halloween decor! Nonetheless, it is fun to make your house festive!  My thrifty owl and mini pumpkins Stackable pumpkins My creepy one-of-a-kind picture frame Love my flameless candles...

Halloween Decor: Giant Yarn Spider Web I came across this fun tutorial online a few weeks ago. I finally decided to sit down and try it out while my husband and I were watching The Walking Dead (how appropriate for Halloween, no?). It didn’t take me too long to complete and I had a lot of fun doing it, surprisingly! I think I might do this with another frame, but a little smaller and perhaps a different color yarn. It’s super simple, cute and matches the rest of my subtle halloween decor in our home. All you will need for this project:An old frame, which you can find at any thrift store (you may or may not want to spray paint it a fun color, I liked the wood texture of mine so I kept it natural)Yarn (your choice in color)Directions:For simple directions and pictures to help guide you, check out this blog where I found the tutorial. You will be sure to get some fun results!!  There you go, a fun project that is cheap and effective! Hope you have fun with this! I think I may have to try this again next year, but get a little more creative with the colors! ...

Halloween Garland: Simple, Easy and Cheap I am not one to decorate wildly every holiday that comes around. Although I love to have an excuse to go out and spend money on all kinds of fun holiday decor, it isn’t a necessity. I’m more excited to see the cute costumes come halloween day. In our neighborhood, you will see all kinds of decorations inside and outside the homes. Some are actually cute, while others are quite scary! I like to keep my halloween decor simple, classy and clean. This year we have kept it to a minimum, but this could very well change when we have kids. This is definitely a holiday for them! This year, I decided to make a tiny garland for one of our shelves in the living room. It isn’t anything fancy or amazing. It’s just enough to add a little something extra for the holiday though! I scrounged up a few scraps to reuse and also went out to grab a few things that were super cheap! I have a nice neutral paper that I mixed with a few colorful ones to make the garland pop. I had some left over stickers from a previous craft I had done that are circular and have letters and symbols on them. I also got a cheap ribbon that was discounted because there was barely a yard left, so I got a nice deal on it! In just 10 minutes, I had all my stuff cut out, put together and hanging. We now have a simple “Boo” garland up!  If you are one of those people that means...

Mason Jar: One-of-a-kind picture frame Today I had to go back one last time to the Peddler’s Fair to see if there were any other items I just had to bring home. We walked out of there with a few things, one of them being a couple old, rusted mason jars. I love these jars for so many reasons…they can be used for a variety of things in the home. Not just for canning!  I came across this fabulous idea for using mason jars as one-of-a-kind picture frames. The directions are simple and the result is cute. My husband thinks its even a bit creepy, which is perfect for the Halloween season!  First, get a clean mason jar you think you can fit a standard size photograph in (4×6). I loved the jars I found at the peddler’s fair because the lids are nice and rusty. It gives it a more antique look.   Then, place the photograph in the jar however you would like it to face. I decided to do two pictures so that no matter what way the jar would turn, you would see a photograph.  Lastly, pour oil in the jar over the picture slowly until the jar is full. There you go, easy as that! Now you have a unique frame for the home!   Optional: You can tie a ribbon or string around the top to add a little something extra. Depends on you!  Like I said before,  this would also make great decor for the Halloween season. There’s just something so very creepy about it! ...

Typography as Wall Art It’s amazing how simple words positioned in specific ways can make such beautiful art. I am taking a class in Typography as part of my art major and find it so inspiring. It’s both fun and challenging, which is my kind of class.  Recently a couple dear friends of ours got married. I wanted to send them off with a gift that was personal to them and something they would be able to keep over the years and forever remember that special day together. I created a piece of art using Typography that would be meaningful to them. This was the result. Thankfully, they both loved it! ...

C is for Craft I was doing some “window shopping” on Etsy this morning and came across something that looked rather fabulous! A few months ago a good group of friends and I were on this kick about having a craft night once a month. As it turned out, life got busy for all of us and we had to put it on hold for a little while. I am hoping to start it back up sometime in the near future, but maybe I need some motivation. Perhaps what I need is a little trip to LA with some gals to check out this fun Etsy Lab hosted by the Craft and Folk Art Museum. It sounds like my idea of a fun time and hopefully a renewed passion for crafty things! If you are in the LA area and love to craft or be creative, check out these links. It’s a great way to have fun and leave with a little inspiration! ...

Valentines giveaway – LiliBelly Hello and Bonjour along with Paper Lilies and French Toast present: A More Creative Cupid As Valentine’s Day approaches, you are probably looking for a special gift to express to someone how much you love and appreciate them. While jewelry is a classic Valentine’s Day gift, these handmade pieces are far from cliché.Key to My Heart, $30“I am drawn to this piece because it has a romantic, vintage look,” said Samantha Bischof, owner of TheAdornedArticle. The necklace’s sterling silver key and sparkling black stone create a Valentine gift that is truly one of a kind. “Besides,” she added, “it’s made of black spinel, my favorite stone right now!”Find it at TheAdornedArticle on Etsy.comMy Sentiment Exactly, $21If you are looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that bestows the ultimate compliment, look no further. This hand‐embroidered pendant features a teapot singing “Hot” and is suspended from a waxed string. The pendant comes ready to present in its own cute, felt pouch.Find it at LiliBelly on Etsy.comFools Rush In, $35These gorgeous pyrite earrings are one‐of‐a‐kind pieces that are sure to impress your Valentine. The concave briolettes are suspended from twisted sterling silver ear‐wires. They are for the Valentine that appreciates owning unique, handmade items.Find it at TheAdornedArticle on Etsy.comKeep Me In Stitches, $21This fun, heart with thread, button and needle is surrounded by a bright red embroidery hoop. Whether your Valentine loves to sew or just loves handmade items, this necklace is sure to be a hit. “Even when it is not being worn, it makes a cute little home accessory,” said Sophie Gabias‐Moffat of LiliBelly.Find it at LiliBelly at Etsy.comPure Love, $70This gorgeous crystal quartz...

Vintage Peach  Our little store (well, technically its a booth, but who wants to get technical anyway), Vintage Peach, has been up and running for a few months now. It has been quite the adventure! We’ve been selling a lot of fun things and still have tons to choose from. This project definitely takes up a lot of time and attention. We have to constantly be on the look out for cute finds, as well as visiting the shop to make sure all is well. Although, we have been a little absent lately. Every time my husband and I toss the idea of maybe shutting it down for a while, a wave of sadness comes over me. I feel so inspired when I discover cute vintage shops, thrift stores, flea markets and yes, even yard sales. I am more certain then ever, that Vintage Peach is where I want to put my time and energy. Of course, it’s hard to do when you working another job, but things are about to change again and I’m excited to see what’s in store. If you are all about reusing old things to make use for them in your lovely home, come visit us! We carry vintage treasures from across California and  handmade lovelies for the crafty heart! If you have ever paid a visit to our little shop, let us know what you think! If you are interested in specific items, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have A LOT in storage! *note: Some items may have been sold. There have also been more items added to the shop, so be sure...
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