Monthly Archives: August 2016

Glittered Vintage Ornaments

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I am hopping around all over between the upcoming holidays, but truly, once Halloween comes, Christmas is not far behind!

So, while the holiday calendar is still a fairly clean slate, I wanted to share a fun party idea – host an ornament party.  These ornaments are easy to put together and can even be completed in assembly- line fashion.  Which is ideal for a party! The supplies are simple as well, which can be handy if you want each guest to bring an “ingredient.”  Or, have them each bring a dozen ball ornaments, and you, as host, can supply the rest!

Here’s a pic of the supplies:

Glittered Ornaments - supplies


For the official How – To, here is an instruction sheet.


Glittered Vintage Ornaments - instructions

Have a sample ready- made and create “stations” around a table.  Maybe also print out a couple of the instruction sheets for your guests’ reference. The printable pdf is the link below:

Glittered Vintage Ornaments- Instructions

Don’t forget to serve cookies! You could even have a double party, and do a cookie swap. 🙂

And, if you decide to do this,  I’d love to hear how your party goes!

So, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the movie, The King and I.  I absolutely LOVE this movie, and my friends indulged me and went to see it with me over the weekend. The local theater showed it on the Big Screen. 🙂

I remember watching this one with my dad. My favorite scene is the ballroom scene. Love Deborah Kerr’s gorgeous dress and watching them swirl around.  If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it. My friends were new to this one too, and loved it!


king and I movie poster

I hope you are having a great week, full of vintage and creative possibilities!


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Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Happy almost, almost, almost Halloween! Still a couple months to go, but its fun to start breaking out all of the Halloween crafting supplies and brainstorming ideas.

I picked up this vintage frame from our monthly French Nest market last month. If you’re in the Northern Colorado area, definitely a “must do!” Lots of vendors with vintagey goodness. 🙂

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These delicate frames are so handy to frame a vintage postcard, or a little cluster of ephemera (such a great way to use scraps!).

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For this project, I used a vintage scrap of metallic wrapping paper. A little trim of it looks cute pleated, then topped with  a string of sequins, and adds interesting texture. A couple spooky die-cuts, a vintage receipt and a creepy plastic spider on a web of tulle, finish it off.

Although its August, pull out the Halloween supplies and get ready for spookier times ahead!

Happy Creating,



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Romantic Vintage Inspiration Folder

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shabby chic inspiration folder


I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I’m just in awe of how quickly the summer break has gone by. Its a reminder of how we truly need to live in the moment and have a vision of how we want to spend our days. And, then, simplify our lives to make that possible.

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Along the way, I’ve found some inspiring quotes that help keep me on focus and centered in this goal.  I thought it would be a neat go-to, to actually keep these quotes in an inspirational journal of sorts. shabby chic inspiration folder cover 2For this project, I altered the Tim Holtz kraft folder with layers of acrylic paint and oodles of ephemera. 🙂

When the folder is first opened…  shabby chic inspiration folder open shabby chic inspiration folder inside 2

A little wooden spoon with a great reminder….spoon close up And all of the fun doodads inside! This is where all of my favorite quotes will be written.shabby chic inspiration folder inside shabby chic inspiration folder lace & star

Gorgeous scraps of paper for inspiring quotes – a perfect match. Can’t wait to fill it up and visit it often. lace & star

Have a wonderful week and Happy Creating!

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Fabric Ribbons & Vintage Trimmings

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I hope you are enjoying your week!

School starts for the kiddos in a couple weeks.  It’ll be a flurry of activity in getting ready for that, but in the meantime, I’ll take the extra time in the craft room. 🙂

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I love antique wooden spools, and use them in my craft room to store special ribbons and vintage garlands of tinsel.  But, its been nagging at me for a while now to actually use them in a project.  In keeping with ribbon storage, I created fabric ribbon made from a strip of linen and colorful fabric scraps, and made it a bit chubby with pretty embellishments.

ribbons 3a ribbons 5 ribbons 4 ribbons 6 ribbons 7 ribbons 8 ribbons 9 ribbons 10I edged the top and bottom of the linen with a scalloped trim. Adds a finishing touch, but I also like how it contrasts with the fraying of the fabric scraps.

A little tag, and a dangle of crystals adds some bling and a scrap of tulle ribbon keeps it all together. Really a fun way to highlight some favorite fabrics and special embellishments.

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Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Happy Creating,
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