Category Archives: Easter

Springtime Story Board Boxes

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Hi there -I hope your week is off to a great start!

I’m still in Spring-time crafting mode around here.  During my craft room overhaul (aka massive cleaning project), I came across this super sweet children’s book.

Little Lambs Hat

I just love illustrations in vintage children’s books, and the rich colors. This one is particularly charming, and luckily, I found two of them!

 

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These sweet pictures are the inside covers  of the book. I love that they are adhered to the book board cover. I gently broke the binding of the book, and cut the inside covers in half. I stamped a flourish with a clear Staz-On ink pad and sprinkled with fine glitter. Always, have to have a little sparkle! 🙂  And, I really like the contrast against the aged book paper.

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I found these great boxes that are actually shaped like books at the local craft store. Just perfect! I painted the inside of the box, wrapped the outside in patterned paper, and added book paper along the outside. Vintage seam binding, flowers, stitching and buttons add extra texture.

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I’m looking forward to adding these boxes to my springtime displays. Wouldn’t these also be great for a baby gift, or for Easter filled with candies?  So fun!

Have a great rest of the week and Happy Creating!

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Spring Deer on Parade

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vintage-spring-deer-1Who says deer are only for Christmas??? I love how deer images are popping up all over-they are such elegant and graceful creatures. I was so happy to find this little herd of vintage-style, aqua flocked deer figures. So sweet and so retro! But, they needed just a little embellishing.

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Vintage Forget-Me-Nots and lace ribbon did the trick. And, of course, glitter!  They look elegant enough to pull a princess’ carriage. 🙂 Or, more practically, to grace a springy display. These are just a few of the items that can be found at the af.fin.ity Boutique. 

If you are in Northern Colorado, be sure to visit the af.fin.ity Boutique on Saturday, Feb. 21st from 1 to 5pm for their Grand Opening Celebration! So many wonderful vendors-its an event not to miss! Details can be found on their Facebook page HERE.

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Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Collecting-Lu Ray Pastels

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Oh my goodness! It has been much too long since I’ve posted, but I do have a good reason. Somehow, I managed to sprain my ankle. I have no idea what triggered it, but one afternoon a bit over a week ago, it swelled to the size of a cantaloupe. Unfortunately for me, I am unable to hobble down the stairs to my craft room. Which, is making me a little stir crazy to say the least! My family is willing to fetch whatever I need from that room, but as we crafters know, you just need to be surrounded by your crafty “things.” 🙂 I’m hoping to be back to “normal” in a few days-I hope so, as I have MANY Easter ideas I would love to share!

LuRay-pastels-2In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you my collection of vintage LuRay Pastel dishes. My mom started collecting these when I was in high school. But, as most collections go, they get abandoned and you move onto another one. I think LuRay got abandoned for Fiesta Ware. But, lucky me, as I was the recipient of all of her LuRay dishes!!! And, I love to pull them out around Easter time.

LuRay-pastels-3The colors are so soft and certainly look aged. A couple pieces have chips, but to me that just adds character. Isn’t the detailing of this bowl so pretty? Just love it!

You can actually learn more about LuRay Pastels at this website: http://luraypastels.com/

A bit of the history I was able to obtain from that website follows:

“LuRay Pastels dinnerware was produced from 1938 to 1961 by the Taylor, Smith, and Taylor Company of West Virginia. This line of dinnerware was named for the beautiful Luray Caverns in Virginia.

It was initially available in four pastel colours: Persian Cream, Windsor Blue, Sharon Pink, and Surf Green. A fifth colour (Chatham Gray) was added in 1947 but was discontinued in 1952 due to a lack of popularity. This has made Chatham Gray pieces a challenge for collectors to locate.

Pieces are marked with the backstamp “TS&T LuRay Pastels”. Very few pieces are unmarked.”

LuRay-pastels-4I certainly don’t have a complete set, but they do look pretty scattered among my white stoneware at Easter time. Even one bowl makes a great candy dish! So, be on the lookout for LuRay dishes for your Spring table!

Happy Collecting!
Michelle

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Spruced Up Vintage Ducklings

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Look at my little vintage duckling friends…aren’t they cute? These began as simple and unadorned little figures. Their expressions are so sweet and adorable, but the porcelain just needed a bit more texture…

retro chick 3So, after a bit of glitter…

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And, a hint of shine….

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And, a few party hats, these ducklings are spruced up and ready for SPRING!

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As these are authentic vintage, they are totally unique, and quite unlike anything found in a fancy gift shop…don’t you agree? If you would like one of these little darlings to dress up your office desk, or add some whimsy to your home for the Spring season, they are now available in the Etsy shop. You can find them HERE.

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I don’t think I’ll ever look at vintage porcelain figures the same-its too fun dressing them up! Look around and see if there are any vintage figures you can add a new look to. 🙂

Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Peep Calm and Carry On!

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Supply list:

Everything, except the candy came from VSM!

Steps:

  1. Apply subway art sticker to the 6 inch panel of the card stock.
  2. Apply adhesive with the ATG to the 1/2 inch panel of card stock
  3. Adhere to form an easel
  4. Add chick with hat using dimensional tape
  5. Add paper garland to the ice cream cup with staples, fluff
  6. Tie Twirly Twine bow in button and adhere with liquid adhesive to flower
  7. When dry adhere to ice cream cup
  8. Fill cup with vintage tinsel as “grass”
  9. Place chick in cup and add candy eggs.
  10. Display on your holiday table or like me on the mantle!

This project is super easy and would make a great addition to your holiday table.

Have a blessed Easter!

 

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