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Vintage Door Plates-a New Magnet Board

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You know when you have one of those ideas that just make you so giddy you can hardly sit still? Or a project that comes together just like you envisioned it? Those moments are so wonderful when the stars are aligned and it all comes together.

I have been sitting on a box of vintage doorplates for a while now. Admiring them, but circling around what exactly to do with them. Until it hit me…use them as a magnetic board of sorts! Create lovely magnets, and attach them to the vintage door plates…what a great form of packaging a magnetic gift!

 

vintage-doorplate-6To add a bit more texture to these lovely bits of hardware, I made tags from vintage tickets. The tags I sprayed with an aqua glitter spray, then added a bit of crackling. I then pinned vintage flower seals to the tickets, and embellished a bit more with gems, flowers, keys, etc.

vintage-doorplate-7For the magnets themselves I used vintage buttons, antiqued bottlecaps, rhinestones, hardware embellishments and beads. Making magnets is a great way to let those beautiful doodads you have take center stage.

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Beautiful ribbons top off the doorplates, giving another contrast in texture…

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I had a bit of fun with this project, and until the next idea comes along, no vintage doorplate is safe! As these will really make unique birthday, Mother’s Day, teacher appreciation or otherwise Spring gifts, I have a few in the Etsy store. You can find them HERE. Wouldn’t a magnetic doorplate and a box of beautiful stationary make a lovely gift???

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Now, if only the weather outside looked as Springy as these doorplates!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

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Vintage Clothespins…Pretty & Practical

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vintage-flowered-clothespinsGood morning!

I hope you’ve been having a great week!

Today I have a fun, little something simple to share with you. I just love these vintage, hard plastic clothes pins! The colors are so vibrant, and I’m just a sucker for retro, hard plastic. They are cute on their own, but I found a way to make them a bit more Springy and feminine, and turn them into a great gift topper.

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Vintage forget-me-nots always remind me of Spring-they are so sweet and simple. To make a bouquet of them, I adhered them to a vintage plastic cake candle holder and then adhered that to the clothes pin. A bow made from lace ribbon tops it off.

 

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As for the gift bag, this is a vintage wax sandwich bag. Another one of my favorite things! Just love how they turn brown over time, and its always satisfying hearing that crinkle sound. To dress it up a bit, I stitched vintage laces across the top, also tying the colors together. And, the vintage clothes pin keeps it closed!

 

vintage-bag-3This would be a cherry little gift filled with teas, stationary or chocolates. It would certainly brighten up someone’s day!

So, a simple idea to turn something entirely practical into something pretty!

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Creating!

Michelle

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Vintage Garden Pocket

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Have you seen the new Vintage Deal? Its the Vintage Winter Garden Kit-a beautiful, soft color palette for these upcoming cold months, and a nice break from the bold colors of the holidays.

From a few supplies from the kit, I constructed a vintage garden pocket. The perfect place to store postcards, or fill with tags with special notes for a friend as a unique gift. Might be a good idea with notes for Mom for Mother’s Day-never too early to plan for that one! 🙂

To create, images were fussy-cut from the beautiful papers and adhered onto sheet music.  Platinum Stickles add a touch of sparkle to the flowers. Parchment or wax paper, was then stitched on top of the images, then that piece was stitched to another sheet of parchment to create the pocket. I tore away a bit of the parchment to reveal the bird.  A Making Memories Label Holder frames a title and vintage pearl beads from the kit embellish it.

Then fill with tags! This is such a great way to use up the scraps from the kit.  Silver tinsel garland, a vintage slide holder and sparkly font stickers add more texture to the tags as well.

And the good news is, I still have plenty from the kit to make more pockets!

Now, I have to share with you my Christmas present from my super thoughtful hubby. We found one of these (a verdigris colored one-gasp!-gorgeous!) at an antique store this summer in Kansas.  Admired it, but it did not come home with us. But, my husband continued to scout around and surprised me with this GORGEOUS scale for Christmas. And it works!

I absolutely LOVE IT, and it now is displayed in the corner of our kitchen. It just amazes me that at one time this was at a butcher shop or corner market to weigh meat and produce. Something so beautiful for something so functional. Patent says 1909.

The hand-cut oval, glass top presently displays a winter scene of vintage, spun-glass angel hair swirling among vintage hard plastic reindeer and plastic trees sprinkled in tarnished glass glitter.

Now, I just need to try to understand what all the extra numbers mean! 🙂

Happy New Year, and here’s to another year of vintage creativity!!!

Michelle

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