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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… Read the rest

Wishing for an Organized Craft Room – Vintage Style

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I hope your week is off to a great start!

The blog has been quiet again for a bit of time.  And, I must confess, it was due to the state of my craft room. It honestly got overwhelming with clutter and disorganization which occurred over time. I have to say that combination is murder to creative energy. And, due to basic life busyness, there it sat….and sat.  Until the kids left to visit their grandparents over Spring Break.

And, I am happy to say, while they were gone, I ruthlessly cleaned/gutted the craft room. Having a deadline seriously made all the difference.  And, what a liberating feeling it is to have a clean, orderly room. Even better than it ever was, because I made an organizational plan…vintage style of course!

I still have a few of those plastic drawer sets that I got from Target years ago, but over time, I hope to replace those as well with some cute vintage dresser drawer sets. Its a work in progress, but at least its functional. 🙂

I’m excited to share with you though the vintage organizers that I did implement. And, I would LOVE if you could share any of the great organization ideas that you have in your craft spaces. Unless I’m the only one who struggles with this? 🙂

So, first….

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I discovered that vintage Coca-Cola crates make AMAZING holders of vintage ric-rac and seam binding. They fit perfectly in the little cubbies! I was absolutely giddy with excitement on this one, as ric-rac multiplies like crazy and it had also taken over the craft room. So nice to have my favorites all in one place. And, the other not-so-vintage ones are out of the craft room to another home. Because really, how much seam binding/ric-rac does a person need????


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Sigh, what is not to love about vintage briefcases? And, they looked so nice adorning the top of my bookcase. But, now, they are absolutely functional! One stores Valentine ephemera and the other Christmas ephemera. Now, I just need about 5 more of these for the other ephemera that has now taken home in one of the afore-mentioned plastic Target drawers.

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Moving on…

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Vintage drawers. I think these must be from a card catalog. Again, I will be adding to these too, but this little bunch stores a few of my crafting staples, which apparently is hardware from Making Memories. All about the classics around here. 🙂

Bingo drawer

This bigger vintage drawer holds another crafting staple – vintage Bingo cards. Unlike the ric-rac, a person can never have too many vintage Bingo cards!

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Vintage syrup bottles, and salt shakers make great storage containers for the little things. And vintage Cracker Jack toys are happy in the bubblegum machine. I have a few more shakers full of glitter. Seriously a fun storage idea!

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A vintage wooden crate stores my go-to stamps. Nice to have them all in one convenient place. Going through the large amount of stamp sets … Read the rest

Multi-Dimensional Vintage Valentine’s Day Banner

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Happy Friday!!!!

I cannot believe that we are already 3 weeks into the New Year! And I especially cannot believe that I am still finding residual Christmas decor around the house.  I’m hoping I’m not the only one. 🙂

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This banner is made up of so many vintage goodies! Vintage flashcards and Bingo cards create the main canvas for all of the texture. I sprayed these Bingo cards with Glimmer Mist to alter the color. Love how they turned out. To add even more dimension, I adhered vintage honeycomb bells to the front and glittered the BINGO letters. Its hard to see in the photos, but these honeycomb bells have that great aged-paper brown tint to them.

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And, the fringe you see? That’s also a sprayed Bingo card, cut into narrow strips and fanned out.  A vintage Christmas reflector frames the vintage Valentine seal in the center. And the blue color makes the blue numbers on the Bingo card just pop!

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So, here’s a fun thing. In Northern Colorado, we have a town called Loveland, and every Valentine’s Day, you can mail your Valentine’s to their post office and get a special, very cute, seal stamped on your letter. Definitely check it out! You can find more info. on that here:

I hope you have a great weekend, and Happy Creating!
Michelle… Read the rest

Packing Away the Vintage Christmas Decor…

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Happy New Year!!!

I hope you enjoyed celebrating with family and friends. I’m excited to start a fresh new year-what an opportunity to work on some new goals and discover new possibilities. I’m sure we all have our “list”-we’ll have to keep each other on task!

I just love decorating for Christmas. With each box I open, its like visiting old friends-vintage ones that is! So its always so hard packing it all away for next year.  And, this Christmas, my presents included a few more vintage items to add to my decor, courtesy of my mom.

There’s nothing like getting vintage Christmas FOR Christmas.  Except if its vintage Halloween, which has happened on occasion as well! 🙂


I just love the illustrations on these boxes of icicles! Santa peeking through the window is just adorable. Due to some playful kitties in my house, I didn’t add icicles to my tree this year, but I did add ropes of vintage silver garland. Can never have too much sparkle on a Christmas tree!vintage-Christmas-Firestone

This year I picked up one of these suitcase record players. I think its fantastic that records are coming back, and this was perfect for playing the vintage Firestone Christmas albums from my Dad’s collection. We had to give the kids a quick tutorial on how to place the needle on the record. So funny, and good for them to see how it used to be. The more “techy” we get, the more I worry future generations won’t value how things were.  Maybe collecting vintage is more of a crusade to preserve the past…


A small bowl of Shiny Brites and a large Gurley Santa candle round out the new decor.  This Santa is about 10 inches tall and made a charming centerpiece to our Christmas dinner table-unlit of course.



I’ll enjoy unpacking them again next Christmas!

Have a great week!

Michelle… Read the rest

Christmas Treat Tree

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Merry Christmas!!!

I hope you had a wonderful day with your family and friends! 🙂

We were treated to a white Christmas. Just lovely, and luckily we could just camp out and enjoy it…no traveling, thank goodness.

Do you remember these vintage style mesh Christmas stockings? I’ve posted about them before-I just love them so. I remember getting these as a child…filled with candies and toys with a cute Santa paper topper to keep them closed. I assembled these as gifts for our nieces and nephews…filled with candies and gift cards.


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I found some great examples of the authentic vintage ones on Pinterest.  Aren’t they great?  The illustrations are just so charming.

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To top off the top of this treat tree, I created these larger sized tags, then backed them against honeycomb paper discs to add substance. They make a great tree topper but would also look cute on the top of a package. Vintage foil reflectors nicely frame the vintage Christmas images. The tag itself is a vintage flashcard with decorative paper stitched on top.

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Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

Happy Creating,

Michelle… Read the rest