Vintage Supply / Tool Kit

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Hello, and happy weekend!

Although I have my craft room organized (and I use that term loosely), I still keep a “supply kit” next to my work area. This box holds all sorts of vintage extras and staples that I go to again and again. It keeps things handy and it corrals all the loose, little things that truly just do not have a defined storage spot. I couldn’t imagine not having this box nearby as I create. This supply box not only keeps things handy, but it also is a form of inspiration onto itself.  When I open it up and see all of the fun vintage tidbits nestled together, it just gets the creative juices going!

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As I have found this to be such a necessity, I thought I would put together a supply box of some of my favorite vintage go-to items….maybe you  might find a use for a kit like this in your crafting space. 🙂

First, a vintage supply box or tool kit, should be a thing of beauty. I’ve recently started collecting vintage Hommer sewing and jewelry boxes. I just love the marbled, vintage plastic, and the etched lids. So pretty! And, really a great size to hold all the doo-dads.

This first box is a pretty, neutral tan marble, with two sweet kittens playing with yarn etched on the clear plastic top. When opened, there are 2 “levels” – perfect for organization! The top level is filled with vintage “hardware” so to speak; bling, metal brackets, an ornate key, glass glitter, “diamond” tipped pins, vintage tickets, vintage safety pins and paper clips, a spool of lace, vintage pearl beads, a vintage plastic buckle, a vintage ballerina, bell and mini ornaments. Those great little extras to add texture and a touch of vintage to a project.

kitten trinkets and ephemera

The bottom is filled with ephemera. Vintage Dennison/Eureka seals, buttons cards, milk caps, vintage play money, a vintage View Master reel in sleeve, a Bingo card, vintage note cards, vintage labels and a couple of vintage silver millinery foiled leaves. And, 2 small tart pans for crafting or sorting. These bits of ephemera are just perfect in making and trimming,  tags or cards!

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This second box is a bolder, red marbled plastic with a pretty ballerina etched on top. I think this was originally used for storing handkerchiefs. Now, it makes for another perfect vintage trinkets storage box. 🙂

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Just like the kitten box, this one too is filled with vintage trinkets and ephemera, and it all tucks away nicely inside. 🙂

ballerina box trinkets and ephemera

Both of these vintage boxes are now in the Etsy store!  You can find them HERE. Whether used for projects or as a source of visual inspiration, vintage supply kits are a great thing to have on hand!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

 

 

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Framed Felt Flowers

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framed felt flowers

Hello!

This week, Northern Colorado has been blessed with spring-like temps. We’re talking mid 50’s and 60’s, with a possibility for 70 (gasp!) on Friday.  Its been lovely, and absolutely gets me in the mood for green grass and flowers.  🙂

I love the combination of felt and sequins. Especially on vintage Christmas stockings – nothing like it. Its such a charming combination of simplicity and glitz. And, felt is SO EASY to work with…..what’s not to love about that???

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So, in this spring-like frame of mind, I decided to craft a little bouquet for Valentine’s Day.  A simple swirl of felt creates a sweet little flower. And, some platinum sequins and seed beads really dress it up!

I used vintage pipe cleaners (that once upon a time, really cleaned pipes – ha!) for the stems and a vintage paper/foil leaf as an extra embellishment.  Vintage sheet music makes a great, neutral background matte, framed in an old, simple wooden frame.

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This little bouquet is now on my desk and is a great reminder for Spring days to come!

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Romantic Vintage Inspiration Folder Kit – now available

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Vintage Inspiration Folder 1

Hello!
I hope you are having a happy weekend!

A little while ago, I posted about an inspiration journaling folder I created. Its just chock- full of vintage tidbits and ephemera. I’m always writing down my favorite quotes or little reflective notes on scraps of paper, so its nice to now have a beautiful place to hold these thought-provoking messages and ideas. I just love it!

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This project was also a lot of fun to create. Its so nice working with materials that are complimentary, and just work well together.  That kind of project really takes the creative pressure off and can be just for the sheer joy of creating. I enjoyed this project so much, I decided to create a kit of it! 🙂

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I’ve stuffed this kit full of ephemera, beautiful ribbons, embellishments and gorgeous papers. Lots of great textures! Although this project is mostly free-form, I’m also including full-color tips & techniques sheets showing details of the folder, and samples of the tags that I’ve STUFFED this project with. 🙂

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Definitely a fun project to do as a group, or on your own! This kit is now in the Etsy store – you can find it HERE.

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I hope you enjoy it, and HAPPY CREATING!

Michelle

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Packaged, Painted Ribbon Spools

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Hello!

Phew! Finally, the Christmas decor is entirely packed away till next year. I’m always sad to see it go, but, I do enjoy this time of year, and look forward to the upcoming Spring days. 🙂

I’ve been pondering Valentine’s Day. It’s always fun to make sweet Valentine cards, and as I missed the boat in getting the Christmas cards out this year, I may focus harder on mailing Valentines. 🙂

I appreciate though, how Valentine’s Day is,  more and more,  becoming a friendship appreciation day. That is so important, as there are never enough days to tell your friends how much you care for them.  With that in mind, a box of beautiful vintage embellishments is a great way to show your love for a close, vintagey, like-minded, creative friend!

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This project uses simple, everyday ingredients. For example, this cute cardboard box once upon a time held paper die cuts for scrapbooking. It’s seen better days, but a little attention made this into a great storage box for vintage wooden spools of ribbon. With the see-through top, I thought to add a pop of color and paint the vintage spools. Super easy to do!

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Simply select an acrylic paint color, moisten a foam brush in water, and apply a thin coat of paint to the spool. I was careful to not paint the labels – I love those vintage labels!  The water thins out the paint, making for a more translucent application. You want to see wood grain – not thick, goopy paint lines.

colorful spools

Once painted, set the spools aside so that they can dry thoroughly. You don’t want any paint to get onto the ribbons. Also, when working with lots of colors in one project, its always a good idea to include neutrals, such as a couple of unpainted spools – it creates contrast and makes the colors pop even more. 🙂

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As for the box, I kept it simple, and simply lined the bottom with a beautiful paper to complement the colorful spools. I also added a new sheet of cellophane to the window. I added excelsior to the bottom to cushion the spools, and make the ribbons look a bit more professionally packaged.

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Each of these spools holds about one yard of ribbon – just enough to plump up the spools. 🙂

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The spools nest nicely in the box, and, a small bouquet of vintage flowers adds the final touch.  The bouquet is only lightly secured to the box top with a couple of glue dots, so that the recipient can also use them in a future project.

flower bouquetThis Valentine’s Day, look around your craft room, and see if you have a box that can be re-purposed into a vintage ribbon box, with painted, vintage wooden spools.  I’m sure you have a friend who will just love it!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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Happy New Year!

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Hello, and Happy New Year!

The blog has been a bit quiet lately….certainly not planned that way, but the holiday season got a bit busier then expected. I hope you had a WONDERFUL Christmas and that the new year is off to a GREAT start!

I’ve been pondering the changes of the new year and what my intentions in the new year will be. As our kiddos get older, I find myself wanting to simplify.  I think de-cluttering and organizing will continue to persist, but I also will strive to live creatively everyday.  Either in trying a new recipe, crafting, exploring a new shop……just trying new things is a very enriching experience.

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This mini bundt cake is an example of simple, everyday creativity.  We had one last holiday party to attend this weekend, and we always do a small gift exchange of homemade items. I originally intended to bake cranberry biscotti to go with these teas, but ran out of time. I turned instead to a cranberry orange muffin recipe, but decided to dress it up a bit by forgoing the muffin pan and using a mini bundt pan instead. A drizzle of a simple sugar glaze, fresh cranberries and pearlized sprinkles added the finishing holiday touch. 🙂

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I LOVE packaging – its a great way to make even the simplest gift seem extra special.  I hope they all are enjoying their mini cake and tea. 🙂

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I’m excited to begin living creatively everyday, and appreciate the beauty of simplicity. Thank you for another year of following this blog and sharing your inspiration, I appreciate it so much! 🙂

Happy Creating,

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

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