Paper Doll Blocks

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Paper Doll BlocksHello!

I hope your week is off to a great start, and that your summer is going well. Its hard to believe that in a few short weeks, the kiddos go back to school. The school supplies are already purchased and ready to go. Yikes! :)

This project has been so fun to put together. Paper dolls have ALWAYS been one of my favorite things, and I so enjoy creating new things with them. Depending on the doll, the project can be either playfully sweet or movie star sophisticated.

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Wooden canvases have really come onto the crafting scene in a big way. Truly a great canvas to work with! And wooden blocks are simply an extension of that concept. To create these paper doll blocks, I first started by painting the block, then distressing the edges with sandpaper. A wash of ivory paint also helped tone down and added more depth to the block colors.

Dreamer 2Once the paint was dry, I added vintage book paper with Mod Podge, then applied the paper doll.  A few ribbons and fabric scraps, and a couple crowns (of course) dress them up nicely!

Love & Flowers Flowers Happy 1These sweet paper doll blocks can be personalized even further with memo pins holding descriptive adjectives and embellishments.  A fun gift idea for a good friend! :)

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I hope you have a great week! And, if you’re looking for a crafting idea, try embellishing a block – so much fun!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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An Inspiration Happy Box & Class

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Hello!

I hope you had a great 4th of July!

A few posts ago, I shared a project idea of storyboard boxes – decorating a paper mache book-shaped box with the covers of vintage children’s books. You can find more about that HERE – they really are a great way to display those nostalgic illustrations. These boxes also are great gift boxes.

Playing around with that idea more, I realized these boxes could also be inspiration boxes. Personally decorated and filled with those things that give you that little spark, such as a quote, a photo, a shell from the beach, or a vintage bauble.  Whatever special item that takes you to your happy place – a Happy Box if you will.

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We all need that spark, and not just from time to time, to perk us up from a slump. It should be something that we visit regularly to keep us focused on our dreams, goals and purpose. Yes, a quote, or memento has the power to do just that! It truly is a box full of good energy.

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I know summer weekends get BUSY, but put this project on your TO DO list. Decorate a box – get wild and crazy with it. Cover it in your favorite patterns and colors. Then, take.your.time, but FILL IT! Fill it with special scraps, quotes, small bottles of glitter (yep, that’s in my box!) – whatever makes you happy. Then, put this box in a prominent place. Don’t tuck it away. Put your special box front and center by your bed, on your dresser. Then, OPEN IT – frequently! It’ll be like a breath of fresh air. Your own personalized treasure chest. :)

And, if you’re in the Northern Colorado area, come join me as I teach this class at Magpies Market.  I would love to have you join us – as a group we’ll create our beautiful individualized boxes.

You can find more information, and how to register HERE. magpiesOh, and come a little bit before class starts, because Magpies Market is not just a studio, but a beautiful gift store. So much fun!

Have a great weekend and a fun time creating your Happy Box,

Michelle

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Happy Independence Day!

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Happy 4th of July!

I hope you are having a wonderful time with your family and friends over this long weekend!

I love the 4th of July….family BBQs, watermelon and lots of cherries and strawberry shortcake. And, of course, beautiful fireworks. The simplicity in the celebration is very appealing, and it brings everyone together. Love that.

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My husband and I went to see the new movie Free State of Jones on Friday night.  Truly, the Civil War was a sad event in our nation’s history, and it was incredible to learn the depth of the conflict on so many levels. Very interesting. So many sacrifices made in our young history as a country, and so many things for us to be thankful for, and to still learn.

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To celebrate Independence Day, I put together this firecracker of a centerpiece. You know how much I love making pennants! They really are a great way to display vintage doo-dads and ephemera.

 

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Have a great weekend, and Happy 4th!!

Michelle

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Teacher Appreciation Gift Baskets

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Good morning,

I hope you had a great week!

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week. For all of you teachers out there, THANK YOU for all that you do! My dad was a teacher and finished his career as a superintendent of schools. His love though, was always the children and teaching. It definitely was his calling and he fully embraced it.

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My daughter Meghan is a Junior this year, and has two teachers that just go above and beyond for the students. To thank them for all that they do, we thought it would be fun to make gift baskets – vintage style of course, with a bit of a “Spring-time in Paris” theme.

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Each basket included mason jar glasses with paper straws, linens, a vase of fresh flowers, cookies sprinkled with pink and yellow sugar, and a lovely bottle of pink lemonade.  We were really pleased with how they turned out, and I hope they will enjoy them!

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As I was out and about gathering supplies for the baskets, I popped into one of our local antique stores. I just love these vintage jewelry boxes, and this one with gold butterflies is especially sweet. I was excited to also find this vintage hat box with the old gold stripes – it will be great for storage in the craft room!

hat boxAnd,  I have to share this adorable piggy. I cannot believe how big this bank is! It was at least 18 inches. So, so cute. It didn’t come home with me, but it sure was tempting! :)

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I hope you have a wonderful “Springy” weekend!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Local Spotlight on Vintage

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Good morning and Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve had a great week! If you can believe it, we’ve still been getting  a bit of snow around here. Luckily, its too warm for it to really collect on the ground, but that doesn’t seem to stop it from still falling! Crazy, but gotta love the moisture.

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I’m still busy creating, but thought I’d add a little something new to the blog. If you live in the Northern Colorado area, and obviously are a fan of vintage, you may already be familiar with a seasonal market we have up here called French Nest. It really is a lovely, open- air market, and attracts some very interesting and talented artists and vendors. You can learn more about French Nest HERE.

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It was on one of these French Nest excursions last summer, that my daughter and I happened upon this amazing booth called Midwest Market. It honestly looked like something out of Country Living magazine. Upon return trips, we would always go to this booth first (it’s popular, so you really have to make it the first stop). I decided it would be fun to feature Midwest Market and the proprietor, Jody Brown. Jody was kind enough to explain a little bit about Midwest Market below:

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1. Explain what Midwest Market is, and how you got started.

Midwest Market is an array of items from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. We also have vintage camping items for decor and use. I mainly focus on household items like kitchen goods, decor and furniture. We also have a few custom items we do like pillows and tepees.

I started Midwest Market only a little over a year ago and it has really embraced my love for great decorating as well as my love for collecting. My son and I decided that with our love of all things vintage that it would be great if we could start a business and sell our goods at local venues. Since then it’s become a family affair and my daughter and husband now help as well.

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2. What are your sources of inspiration?

Most of the time it starts with a color, a piece of fabric something I’ve seen on Pinterest. I love color and design so I try to figure out backdrops and things that are visually interesting. I try to work off different themes and build my collections and booths around that.

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3. Where can we find you?

We will be in Ft. Collins this summer at The French Nest Market downtown Old Town in Civic Center Park on:

June 18th, Saturday 9-3pm

July 16th, Saturday 9-3pm

September 17th, Saturday 9-3pm

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You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Midwest Market (Vintage Store) We update this with markets, and times we will be there!

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Jody’s booths are always PACKED with wonderful retro vintage items. So fun to poke around in. I know I’ve got June’s French Nest on the calendar. If you’re in Colorado, I hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend,

Michelle

 

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