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Framed Felt Flowers

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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!
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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.

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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… Read the rest

Vintage Christmas Caroler Ornaments

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Well, you know Christmas is coming when the glass glitter is just flying around in the craft room. Many things are in production for the shop. Just love this time of year!

I recently found these super detailed, felt Victorian caroler package tie-ons at the antique store. The features on these carolers are so defined and I love the touch of snow on their felt scarves and coats. Very elegant and not something that I’ve seen before. Something this unique needed to be a focal point – as a Christmas tree ornament.

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The base of these ornaments is a vintage tart pan, sprinkled with antique gold glass glitter (that will tarnish beautifully over time) and trimmed with vintage gold tinsel and vintage spun glass angel hair for snow. A bit of holly adds a touch of embellishment.  Working with vintage supplies truly makes these ornaments one of a kind and will be perfect for your tree or as a gift. You can find them HERE.

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Caroling is such a wonderful holiday tradition. For the last few years our family has hosted caroling parties.  I set up a Hot Cocoa Bar (lots of great ideas for this on Pinterest!) and once everyone has their drinks, we head out to carol to the neighborhood.  To keep us on track, everyone is provided with a caroling booklet and a candle to light the way. It really is a fun time!

 

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I love the illustrations on these vintage caroling books, and the colors are so vibrant. Inspired by these vintage books, these are the caroling books I created a couple years ago for our caroling parties.

carolbook2And, just how did Christmas carols come to be? A page from one of these books offers a suggestion…

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Love this sweet illustration, and I especially love the magical sound of Christmas carols!

Happy Christmas Creating!
Michelle

 

 

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Displays of Fall

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Hello!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

We’ve had another beautiful Fall weekend. Usually by this time, we have had our first snowfall and some chilly days. Our fall this year has been GORGEOUS! No snow and 65- 70 degree days. Loving it!

And, the colors have just been spectacular. Its so tempting to jump right into Christmas preparations after Halloween, and I’ve been doing my share, but I’m trying to get myself to slow down a bit and really still enjoy Fall and our upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. If we don’t slow down and savor the simplicity of Thanksgiving, I fear that it will just simply be lost in the noise.  And, its way to important for that to happen!

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I found this sweet vintage scarecrow at an antique store a couple months ago.  Its that great plastic from the 60s that I just love. I adhered the scarecrow to an inverted red tart pan, to add stability and increase the height, and sparkled it up!

From a previous shopping trip, I picked up these vintage floral picks that perfectly match the scarecrow.  I dressed these picks up too and attached them to a vintage wooden spool, as a sweet harvest display.

Both the scarecrow display and these harvest picks are now in my Etsy shop!  They will certainly dress up your Fall home. The harvest picks will also look cute at a desk. You can find the Scarecrow HERE. And, the Fall Springs can be found HERE.

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I’ve been snapping a lot of pics this Fall and thought I would share a few with you.

These vintage wax pumpkins are in my mom’s collection. They are so pretty! Just that gorgeous, old wax that’s thoroughly saturated in rich color. I love how she displayed them for her Halloween decorating party.

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This is a snapshot of one of the booths from the French Nest market this year.  The attention to detail in this display is amazing! They even carted in dried leaves, and scattered them all over the green grass!

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My husband’s cousin got married this Fall. They chose to have a beautiful, outdoor wedding at a lovely park in Denver. The aisle facing chairs each had a mason jar bouquet of beautiful, vibrant autumn flowers. It was truly stunning!

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And finally, this is a shot taken on a stroll my daughter and I took in one of the older neighborhoods in our town. I have not altered this photo in any way. The colors were so rich and amazing!

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And the leaves scattered so pretty over the sidewalk!

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Have a wonderful week!

Happy Creating,

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!!

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