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Vintage Easter Chicks on Parade

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vintage easter jar 5Hello, and Happy Easter!!

I hope you are having a special day with family and friends, and that the Easter Bunny was good to you. 🙂

The internet is filled with loads of treat jar ideas. And for good reason – they are so. darn. cute!  As such, I decided to create my own spin on treat jars, using these very vintage, made in Japan,  pom pom chicks. I just love these, and I can’t help but smile when I look at them. They are so flamboyant and their black, beady eyes always go a bit askew, which adds to the charm.

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Parading these vintage gems on the tops of jars is a great way to share them, and making these is so simple. To begin, I filled each jar with mini, vintage shiny brite ornaments in colors that were complementary to the chick colors, in lieu of candy. Foiled Hershey kisses, however,  would be a great choice, especially in the pastel colors. I then re-applied the lid and taped the wire feet of the chicks to the top of the jar lid. Then, I raided my stash of vintage, waxy Easter grass, and tucked it around the base of the chicks.

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vintage easter jar 4 vintage easter jar 6 vintage easter 7 The Easter grass tucks in nicely, and really stays in place. To keep the attention on these fancy, colorful chicks, I added a similarly colored ribbon to hold the name tags of the treat recipient, and also used similarly colored paper for the tags.  A monochromatic color scheme is subtle and is a great way to add texture to a project.

 

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Treat jars are great as just a favor, or can multi-function as place cards too. So many fun ideas with a little jar. 🙂

Enjoy your day!

Michelle

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Vintage Easter Colors

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bunny coloring book

Vintage Easter coloring books that is!

Aren’t these just the cutest??  It looks like these were used for a marketing campaign once upon a time- love that.  I was lucky enough to find a bundle of these sweet books recently, and as such, decided these would be my young nieces’ and nephew’s Easter treats this year. And sugar free! That is always a struggle.

easter coloring book

Simple enough, I let the gorgeous graphics and bold colors speak for themselves, and just rolled them and tied them up with a tulle bow. Super easy!

bunny crayons

As for the crayons, I put a small grouping of them in a narrow glassine envelope, tied it off with cotton twine,  and inserted a vintage (1960s?) plastic tulip.  Isn’t that tulip great? I really love vintage plastic flowers and greenery. Have to say, they can lean towards tacky, but in small accents, like this, they exude vintage charm. 🙂

Can’t wait to sit and color with the little ones on Sunday!

Happy Creating!
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Wishing for an Organized Craft Room – Vintage Style

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Hello!

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….

coke crates

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????

Next….

vintage briefcases

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…

wooden shelves

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!

bubblegum machine

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!

crate of stamps

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