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Handmade cards with vintage lace When I am thrifting or picking treasures, I am always on the look out for vintage lace. It’s a beautiful touch for any project you might be working on. This little project, I am very excited to share with you! Have you ever looked at the prices of cards these days? I find them to be overpriced and a bit impersonal. I can’t tell you how many times I have spent close to $5 for cards and have them lost, forgotten or thrown out soon after giving them away. So, it had me thinking. What if I could create a card with a little more flare and funk under $5, where it might be held on to for a little while at least? Hence, my little DIY project!  First: Make a little trip to your nearest craft store! Can’t complain about that, right?! Grab yourself some card stock paper with a good texture and color. If you are good at cutting out straight lines, use scissors. If not, you may have to invest in a paper trimmer. You will also need to invest in a single hole punch, which you will be using on your card. Last but not least, you will need a selection of lace (doesn’t have to be vintage, old or antique) or some ribbon. Second: Browse the internet for some fun pictures you can use to print on your card stock! There are tons of images to choose from that are totally free. If you like a certain theme, simply search for that image. It’s up to you! Once you saved your... read more

Recycling

Recycling Never Looked So Good Woke up this Saturday morning at 6:30 am. Yes, a little early for a day I should be sleeping in. However, today is technically a work day for us these days. You got to be up and ready to go if you want to find the good stuff. We left the house in search of treasures; coffee in one hand and cash in the other. You never know what kind of hunting day it’s going to be. It might be totally successful, mediocre, or a complete flop. Nonetheless, you go anyway because it’s what we do and it’s worth losing a few extra hours of sleep.  Yard sales are a gold mine to me. You dig through people’s unwanted stuff and find the most incredible things sometimes. You almost want to convince them why they should hold on to these lovely treasures, but they are old or too tired to do much with them anyway. I feel really blessed to be that next generation that keeps old collectibles, antiques and vintage finds alive. Otherwise, all these amazing items would end up rotting in someone’s backyard or in a junk yard somewhere. I love what we do. It brings me so much joy and satisfaction. Now if only I could do this 7 days a week as a real job! I love this quote taken from a really cool book I’m reading right now. It’s right up my alley…. “Not everything old is junk or a treasure. Most of it is just plain old stuff, still lying around and completely useful. So instead of wasting... read more

Hello October Yes, it’s time to pick out a new calendar! I can’t believe it’s October already…summer is surely over and September just passed through for a short visit! There is a lot going on this month. First, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about it a million times, but the Peddler’s Faire is just a week away! Are we ready? We will just have to see! Secondly, our October Craft Night will take place sometime this month. Dates are still in the air, since there are so many girls who want to come out. It’s sad when we can’t all work out our schedules. Thirdly, it’s Halloween! We usually have a costume party and show off our amazing creations! Last year, my husband made the most amazing robot costume! I will have to post pictures sometime! Anyways, that’s it for now! I’m sure as the month progresses, things will stack up and lists will lengthen! For now, enjoy some of the calendars I came across for this month. Feel free to check more out at Smashing Magazine. ... read more

Vintage Peach So here it is, our mini endeavor: Vintage Peach. I guess it all happened quickly and by complete surprise. It’s one of those ideas you throw out there and wait for the reaction. I guess my husband and I felt good about the afterthought. If you’ve ever watched American Picker’s and felt this feeling of sheer excitement come over you, then you have a clue about what I’m saying. There is something so invigorating when you walk into a thrift store, a yard sale or even an antique store. You are surrounded by millions of items that were once someone’s favorite treasure, now forgotten. You want so badly to find those forgotten items and make them someone’s cherished piece of art or furniture. I have items like that in every room of my home. So that’s it really, what our mini endeavor is all about. Taking the old, unwanted and fixing them up to make brand new treasures. Pictures of items will follow shortly! Enjoy! ... read more

Steal of a deal Last weekend, while in Santa Barbara, we stumbled across this wacky store. I wouldn’t even call it that, it was an open market of the most RANDOM stuff. I’m talking random. From seat belts, sequins, wooden frames, prints, vases, cards, wrapping paper, furniture, masks, comic books, knobs, fabric and SO much more. Don’t ask me where they got all that stuff, but there was piles of it. The prices were super cheap and I knew I had to jump on this opportunity….but what to get?!?! I came across some beautiful stones of all sorts of colors and sizes. I grabbed just a selected few to take home with me. I could totally see them making vintage inspired earrings! I think I might have found another hobby and addiction! ... read more

Crocheted Paper Clips  It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to blog. I’ve been a little busy with treasure hunting and getting ready for our fun adventure in October. I didn’t think it would be so much work, but it is! Although I love every second of this process, it does take up a lot of time. Of course, any extra time I do have I’m busy crafting away! So, my poor little blog will suffer, but just a little. Please don’t go anywhere….I promise there are a lot of fun things coming shortly!  Today, I’ve been dying to share!! This past weekend, I made a little trip to Santa Barbara with my dear mother and friend of mine. We walked all of State Street and browsed almost every shop. One of which, I have yet to share with you…..but that’s for a later time! The store we spent some extra time in was Anthropologie, of course! I love to see the new inventory and long to find some inspiration! I came across something rather genius. If you are anything like me, then you love all things stationary! Especially the cute, frilly and eye catching papery things and other supplies. This however, was a pack of ten crocheted paper clips with cute colored wool and sparkly added flare. This was a fantastic opportunity! After spotting this, how couldn’t we: my mom and I sat down and recreated what we saw and the result was wonderful! We created handmade, crocheted paper clips with recycled buttons. I don’t know if anyone is as excited as me, but I am... read more

Let’s talk inspiration Today I thought I would put my projects aside and talk about the people that have given me that inspiration to create! I am always looking at blogs throughout the day…sometimes hours will go by and I have been sitting in one spot glued to my monitor. I can’t complain, but I’m sure my husband would like to see me once in a while. I feel like I have so much energy to put into little creations here and there. I wish I could say it came from within myself, but that wouldn’t be true. Apart from a God who blesses me more than I deserve, I am surrounded by a world FULL of creative people. Doesn’t it make you sick, the things people can do and come up with? I feel this excitement come over me….why can’t I do that?! And I can. I just have to work at it, that’s all. So, to all you individuals that have helped me discover my inner passions to create lovely things: I dedicate todays blog to you. Here are a few pictures I have taken from a few of my favorite blogs. 1.Grey Gardens: Must see movie and the interior decor is what I want my house to model after….one day! 2. Apartment Therapy: For all your home makeover questions and ideas! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this site. They have some of the cutest homes I have ever seen and tons of project ideas. I loved this one: Flea Market Faboosh.  3. Love Fox Vintage: A relatively close business, which I have the utmost respect for. 2... read more

It’s a crafty kind of day My dear friend Ashley came over to play today! I got out my sewing machine, she got out her needle, hoop and floss. Together, we decided to work on a few projects and try something new: handmade tea towels. The result was adorable! Sure, it isn’t perfectly stitched or brilliantly hemmed. But isn’t that the definition  of being a crafter and creating things that are full of character? This was just a test run today, but we are going to get right back into the groove sometime this week. Mark my words, because practice makes perfect…..if that’s what you’re looking for. I can honestly say, I never really am looking for perfection. Just something that leaves me feeling inspired and happy. And happy is exactly how I’ve been feeling the last couple months! ... read more

The art of Decoupage  The other day, I went to a craft store looking for some supplies. Of course, there are a million other things that catch my eye while I’m browsing aisles of inspiration. By the time I left, I had my hands full of all sorts of fun stuff! Particularly, an assortment of fun scrap-booking paper and random wooden letters. I wanted to do something quick, simple and cute. Here is a super easy way of explaining the project, which you can simply look up here. It also gives you a little history behind the art. I did my project with wooden letters, which come in all sorts of sizes. It’s perfect for your home or a little gift for a friend! I did the letter “D” for our home and a little “N” for some friends of ours. With some practice, this project can be done in no time!  Decoupage (or découpage) is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and so on. Commonly an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. Each layer is sealed with varnishes (often multiple coats) until the “stuck on” appearance disappears and the result looks like painting or inlay work. The traditional technique used 30-40 layers of varnish which were then sanded to a polished finish. This was known in 18th century England as The Art of Japanning after its presumed origins. Step 1: Pick out your paper Step 2: Trace both sides of your letter Step 3: Place glue on wood and apply paper.  Make sure there are no air pockets.  Add one more layer of... read more
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