Monthly Archives: December 2010

Vintage Valentine Wall Hanging

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Looking for something special to make for a loved one for Valentine’s Day? How about a unique wall hanging made up of all sorts of vintage materials? The ingredients used to make this wall hanging come from the new Vintage Valentine’s Kit. To begin, simply cut the 12×12 sheet of red cardstock in half, so that you have two 6×12 sheets. Then put them together end to end and tape or glue to secure, so that it measures 6×24. Notch the bottom to create the angels, so that it looks like a banner.

I then fashioned a “boxy” bow from the vintage velvet and created the hanger for the wall hanging. The loop is actually stapled to the top of the banner, and the decorative bow is glued over the loop covering the staple. Then, start layering the vintage pieces! I added the glitter heart using Red Glass Glitter. I love the texture and sparkle of glass glitter. Truly much different than basic craft glitter from the craft store. Plus, over time, it tarnishes lovely. Also, I added some vintage Cellophane Ribbon-this ribbon is a great way to create volume and additional interest, without adding color that could be distracting.

Red glass glitter was also used to create a sparkly background for this heart cut from one of the vintage Valentines included in the kit. So, another word about the Retro Snowflakes… these vintage embellishments can be used anywhere, and for any season! The retro design and the fact that these are clear make them just a neat accent piece. Very subtle, but distinct. You could actually cut them up and create multiple retro pieces…

What really makes this wall hanging special, is the many pockets. I went with a countdown concept, or rather, a “10 Reasons Why I Love You” concept. From the patterned cardstock, I cut out ten 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares. Using other cardstock and vintage papers, I trimmed out ten hearts for the pockets. I numbered each square, and added other embellishments here and there, such as the roses that are included in the kit, and Maraschino Baker’s Twine. These mini heart pockets can be filled with candies or other little trinkets, or, as in this example,  cut down narrow strips of cardstock and write down all of the reasons you love your special person.

Happy New Year!

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Christmas Bulb glitter

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So, I have to share with you a wonderful idea of my mother’s that I happened upon over the holidays, which I think is sadly going to be apt for a few of us who will start putting away all of the Christmas decorations pretty soon-Shiny Brite glitter!

Unfortunately, a few of those precious bulbs will fall off the tree and break, or have broken in their storage boxes. Instead of crying (OK, a little crying will have to happen), recycle them and make glitter! To embellish this angel wall hanging a little bit more, my mom took her broken ornaments, put them in a plastic storage bag, and smashed them until she got the texture she wanted.

She then applied the new Shiny Brite “glitter” to the angel using liquid adhesive. Once the glue is dry, the newly made “glitter” stays in place great, and adds a wonderful vintage sparkle to this newer wall hanging.

Here is a close up of all that great sparkle!

What a great way to still enjoy those precious ornaments!

Thanks for the tip Mom!
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A bit of ornamental history…

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I think ornaments, in their way, are tiny little time capsules. Just like fashion, you can certainly look at an ornament and determine what “era” in history it comes from.  I want to share with you a few that are decorating my tree this year…

Love how this little angel peeks out from behind the branches… Definitely stylized like the 60s!

Ditto with this one. There is something about the combination of the felt and the sequins I just love. Loving the swirly hair too!

Of course, can’t forget Shiny Brites from the 40s and 50s. These round bulbs originally were imported from Germany, but during the tensions of WWII, American factories began to manufacture them. Once the war ended, these factories tried working with the factories of Germany to transfer operations back over, but the American population by that time demanded the sparkly boxes of Shiny Brites, and the American factories continued to make them.

More unique shapes, such as the bells, starbursts, and drops can be more difficult to find.  I love how the glitter of this one is tarnished and flaking off.

These bright colors of turquoise and pink were very popular in the 50s.

Let’s not forget bubble lights! Original bubble lights made an appearance in the 40s, but became so popular that they were available for several decades. Occasionally, you’ll see reproductions pop up. These are truly an American icon…

Very simple, but I love this mini Santa. In the 60s, and I think even the 50s, many ornaments were imported from Japan. This little guy is only about an inch and a half tall, so I’m sure the original intent of this ornament was to decorate a Christmas package. However, this one, and his friends, decorate the tree.

This sweet angel sits on a shelf next to our nativity scene in our living room. I’m sure she was someone’s tree topper in the 50s/60s, but that spot is reserved, on our tree,  for the pink construction paper and glitter angel our daughter made in 2nd grade.

We, at Vintage Street Market, hope you have a WONDERFUL Merry Christmas!!! And, we would love to see some of your favorite vintage ornaments-come visit us on Facebook and share them with us!

Merry Christmas,

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Ok, I know I’m totally biased here, but can I just say, how AMAZING these Retro Snowflakes are???? They are just the perfect size to work with-this is using the larger snowflake (4 inches) on just a 6×6 layout. Yes, it is a large piece, but works wonderfully as it is clear-just a subtle, elegant accent. Adds a great texture-you can just feel the chill of this picture.

This mountain image is actually a smaller mountain range to the Northeast of the Rockies in Northern Colorado.  All of the snow settled on the mountain was just so majestic and surreal I had to stop and take a picture.  This layout was quite simple to put together, as is usually the case when you have a couple “anchor” pieces. In this case, the Bingo card adds a simple background texture, and the snowflake really emphasizes the photo that I trimmed. Of course, glitter is just a must sometimes! Loving the new bakers twine as well-this is the Cappucino twine.

Don’t you just love the clarity of that snowflake??? A vintage button in the center tops it off.

Hope you are enjoying your week with all of the hustle and bustle!


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Holiday Mercury Glass Display

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Wow, it is getting so close and I feel like I can’t find enough time to get everything done.  So, today I would like to share a Holiday display I have in my house instead of a project.  I love the look of Mercury Glass.  It looks vintage, classy and it sparkles.  What more could you ask for in a decoration.  It is also a decoration that can left out all year and changed up according to the holiday season.  This display also includes Shiny Brite glass ornaments, vintage santa images and scrabble pieces.  It all came together nicely.  Take a look.

Mercury glass was first patented in England in 1849 and doesn’t even have mercury in it.  Most of my mercury glass is not original.  A lot of the new mercury glass is only single walled.  Original mercury glass was blown with a double wall and a hole at the bottom so the silver nitrate or silver solution could be poured in.  The hole was then sealed after the solution was dry.  Although elemental mercury was used to make mirrors in the early years of production, it was never used in tableware and after about 1860 was almost completely replaced by the use of silver nitrate.  This is just one of our “Did you know” facts.  Below are some more close-up shot of my display.

I just love the expressions and details on these Santas sitting in the old typewriter.  When Christmas is over I will just remove the Christmas decorations and replace them with Valentine’s Day decorations.  It is a very easy and fun display to change up according to the holidays.

Well, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  Get the rest of your shopping done, cook those meals, have a wonderful time with your families and always remember the reason for the season.  Thanks for all your support with the start of our new venture and look out for 2011.

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