Monthly Archives: February 2017

Vintage Supply / Tool Kit

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kitten box filled open

Hello, and happy weekend!

Although I have my craft room organized (and I use that term loosely), I still keep a “supply kit” next to my work area. This box holds all sorts of vintage extras and staples that I go to again and again. It keeps things handy and it corrals all the loose, little things that truly just do not have a defined storage spot. I couldn’t imagine not having this box nearby as I create. This supply box not only keeps things handy, but it also is a form of inspiration onto itself.  When I open it up and see all of the fun vintage tidbits nestled together, it just gets the creative juices going!

kitten box filled closed

As I have found this to be such a necessity, I thought I would put together a supply box of some of my favorite vintage go-to items….maybe you  might find a use for a kit like this in your crafting space. 🙂

First, a vintage supply box or tool kit, should be a thing of beauty. I’ve recently started collecting vintage Hommer sewing and jewelry boxes. I just love the marbled, vintage plastic, and the etched lids. So pretty! And, really a great size to hold all the doo-dads.

This first box is a pretty, neutral tan marble, with two sweet kittens playing with yarn etched on the clear plastic top. When opened, there are 2 “levels” – perfect for organization! The top level is filled with vintage “hardware” so to speak; bling, metal brackets, an ornate key, glass glitter, “diamond” tipped pins, vintage tickets, vintage safety pins and paper clips, a spool of lace, vintage pearl beads, a vintage plastic buckle, a vintage ballerina, bell and mini ornaments. Those great little extras to add texture and a touch of vintage to a project.

kitten trinkets and ephemera

The bottom is filled with ephemera. Vintage Dennison/Eureka seals, buttons cards, milk caps, vintage play money, a vintage View Master reel in sleeve, a Bingo card, vintage note cards, vintage labels and a couple of vintage silver millinery foiled leaves. And, 2 small tart pans for crafting or sorting. These bits of ephemera are just perfect in making and trimming,  tags or cards!

ballerina box filled closed

This second box is a bolder, red marbled plastic with a pretty ballerina etched on top. I think this was originally used for storing handkerchiefs. Now, it makes for another perfect vintage trinkets storage box. 🙂

ballerina box filled open

Just like the kitten box, this one too is filled with vintage trinkets and ephemera, and it all tucks away nicely inside. 🙂

ballerina box trinkets and ephemera

Both of these vintage boxes are now in the Etsy store!  You can find them HERE. Whether used for projects or as a source of visual inspiration, vintage supply kits are a great thing to have on hand!

Happy Creating!
Michelle

 

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Framed Felt Flowers

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framed felt flowers

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???

felt flowers sequined centers

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.

felt flowers tag close up

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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Romantic Vintage Inspiration Folder Kit – now available

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Vintage Inspiration Folder 1

Hello!
I hope you are having a happy weekend!

A little while ago, I posted about an inspiration journaling folder I created. Its just chock- full of vintage tidbits and ephemera. I’m always writing down my favorite quotes or little reflective notes on scraps of paper, so its nice to now have a beautiful place to hold these thought-provoking messages and ideas. I just love it!

shabby chic inspiration folder

This project was also a lot of fun to create. Its so nice working with materials that are complimentary, and just work well together.  That kind of project really takes the creative pressure off and can be just for the sheer joy of creating. I enjoyed this project so much, I decided to create a kit of it! 🙂

Inspiration Folder with Tags - close up

I’ve stuffed this kit full of ephemera, beautiful ribbons, embellishments and gorgeous papers. Lots of great textures! Although this project is mostly free-form, I’m also including full-color tips & techniques sheets showing details of the folder, and samples of the tags that I’ve STUFFED this project with. 🙂

Victorian Girl Tags - groupFramed Flower Tag

Definitely a fun project to do as a group, or on your own! This kit is now in the Etsy store – you can find it HERE.

Vintage Inspiration Folder Kit - collage photo

I hope you enjoy it, and HAPPY CREATING!

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