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Dearest Vintage Indie Readers,

I'm sorry to say that my little family has been hit with a dose of flu like symptoms, a little bit of strep and horrible colds, which has cut my time with you a little shorter than I had planned. We'll be taking some much needed rest to prepare for the upcoming holiday. If I don't get a chance to write to you again before then, I want to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. Thank you again for such a wonderful time this year. I have so many wonderful things in store for 2008 and I can't wait to share them with you!

Gabreial

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Tis the Season Relic Boutique Holiday Aprons

Ahhhh.... so the countdown begins. Only 6 precious days to the Christmas holiday. Are your stockings hung with care, is your tree gleaming bright? Tis the season for holiday baking and recreating precious family recipes that have been handed down. I've started a new tradition, collecting vintage aprons and some especially for each holiday. This year I started with a great Etsy find and dedicated this one my Thanksgiving apron. What about you? Do you a special holiday apron? If not, today's Tis the Season feature will point you in the right direction. Relic Boutique give you plenty of options!

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I love this Red Gold & Wheat one, it says chic and festive. It's handmade with vintage linens, antique buttons and more.

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These two are a little more traditional. Poinsettias are making a chic comeback this year as I've seen the holiday trends change. The Vintage Poinsettias one on the left also created by hand at Relic boutique also features grosgrain ties. The Bells apron on the right is so festive and would make a great hostess gift as all of these would.

Head over to RELICboutique they have a fabulous line of "vintage indie" styled items, a huge selection of vintage calendar aprons and so much more!

 


VI Headliner - Little Empress

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Vintage Indie welcomes Little Empress Couture back again with their sponsorship. Elegance for little ladies is an understatement for Little Empress Couture. Simply chic and gorgeous clothing is hand crafted from the finest materials to dress your little one to the "T".

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Created from vintage fabric this Vintage Winter Scene Kimono Jacket is so cute, don't you think? Paired with the sky blue pants this outfit is picture perfect.

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There are so many precious clothes at Little Empress to choose from, but this has to be one of my favoirtes. This skirt is made from a hand crocheted doily. Fully lined with gold silk it's also paired with with the most perfect peasant style matching top.

Head over to Little Empress today and give a special gift to the little girls in your life. Please be sure to tell them you found them on Vintage Indie.   


Weekend Fun - Which Holiday Character are You?

Hey there VI readers! I thought you may be up for a little holiday fun. I seen this little quiz on Jerusalem's blog and thought I would share. Which holiday character are you? I found this to be so funny, because Christmas Vacation is one of my all time holiday favorites. You've got to love the cat who chews the Christmas lights!


VI Headliner - Gajettes

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Vintage Indie welcomes our newest sponsor Gajettes. An eclectic mix of vintage and handmade goodness. Gajettes is a perfect example of "vintage green" and I'm so happy to share them with you in today's VI Headliner.

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A handmade scarflette from 100% recycled  woolens – cashmere, merino, angora, and virgin fibers. Their gorgeous designs are fresh and perfect for any age. I love the vintage fabric lining that gives each one it's own personality.

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Creative, crafty and once again stylish this midnight blue VINYL SCHMINYL tote is completely recycled from vintage and reclaimed fabrics. Perfectly Eco friendly.

Gajettes is a family owned business dedicated to eco friendly designs and has made the commitment to use only recycled materials. Head over to their website and Etsy shop for their newest designs, including clothing, jewelry, accessories and more. 


Vintage Collections - Vintage Box Purses

The Readers Collections have been a lot of fun. Today's collection feature is a look into the world of Vintage Box Purses. These come from Diane H. from Houston Texas.

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Talk about a collection, Diane's variety of box purses is truly amazing, there are so many great photos to share, so I included a mix of her personal collection as well as her personal collection she's parting with. I hope you will enjoy them and a little of their history as much as I did.

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Do you know anything about the history of when box bags first started being produced?

The Box bag, in one form or another has been around for over a hundred years. Looking a my purse history reference material, these bags evolved from 'Ladies Vanity Item's... First you had compacts, then compacts with storage for lipstick..add rouge...add combs...add mad money...add cigarettes and matches...add timepieces and so on. As the functionality asserted itself, the materials from which the
vanity item was made changed...tapestry fabric...leather...Bakelite..metal..plastic..WOOD. In tandem, shape changed as well.

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I have a few leather purses from the forties, which are oval

boxes, or six-sided boxes, and a nice velvet one from the 50's which is 12" tall and shaped like a stove pipe. I classify all of these as box purses.

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The majority of my collection in the photo's, are from the 1960's -early 70's. Some were commercially produced, others were home-crafted from kits being sold at that time. Enid Collins of Texas, started the craze for the Wooden Box Bag in the early 60's, and they were pricey.
So of course, the knock-offs followed, along with the do-it-your-self themes. (Japan produced many of the Collins look-a-likes.

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What made you decide to start collecting these?
It was a natural progression, from the perspective of a minutely
obsessive personality, to get more of what made me happy. After the joy of using my first box purse, (an Enid Collins 'It grows on Trees',
which is a wooden box purse decorated with faux coins), I fell in love.That bag was so uniquely, feminine, that I had to have more. My friends all loved it...strangers would stop me and ask is that a purse?..Where did you find that?'. Of course this was in the early 80s, and women who had owned those bags when they were initially issued
(1950-70's), just smiled. They of course understood.

Diane also happens to be the owner GoodEye, a great vintage shop on Etsy. We'll also be back with Diane a little later to show off her store Houston Vintage & Costume
2609 Blodgett St.
Houston Texas 77004.

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Thanks Diane for sharing your wonderful collection with us!


The Daily Swank - Winter Warmer Flannel

After a couple of week of temps in the 30's and 40's yesterday was a very nice surprise. Temps in the high 60's in some parts and in other parts of Greater Cincinnati  they reached a lovely 72 degrees. Can you believe that in December? It was so nice to open all of the windows and air out the house this late in the year. Back to reality today and 40 degree weather and dropping throughout the week. It was chilly waiting for the school bus this morning and I wanted to crawl right back into my flannel sheets. No time for that, so I thought I would share some great vintage style flannel finds for today's Daily Swank!

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Just in time for the holidays for a little one is this Vivid Christmas Scarf. Cozy green flannel is paired with a zig zag stitched fabric from Etsy shop Saralynnmo. Head over there for more flannel scarves, sleep ware and more.

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Or how about some cozy flannel pillowcases. Adorned with Ric rac and buttons to give it a perfect vintage style. These happen to com from Ric Rac Sally's shop. It a lovely Etsy shop full of vintage and shabby style goodness.

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You can't forget the flannel for the little ones. Isn't this adorable. It's a vintage style flannel gown and bonnet from Under a Cabbage Leaf. Strait from the 1930's, this shop is full of fun and old school children's designs. I think you will just love them.


Last Minute Gifts - Specials & Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If you've been to our Holiday Gift Guide, hopefully you've shopped handmade and indie this year, if not there is still time to shop and make holiday delivery!

Check back from now until Sunday December 16th for Steals, Deals & More in this post from the Gift Guide participants & Vintage Indie Sponsors.

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Vintage Indie Featured Sponsor Trace Ellements

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Get a FREE $12 Gift Giveaway* with a Trace Ellements Jewelry purchase (see details on website). Fast turn-around and ship time right up to Christmas and New Years! Go to Trace Ellements on Etsy or for even more at Trace Ellements Website!

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From the Gift Guide Category French Market.

Elegant Musings

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FREE SHIPPING special through Friday, December 14--so take advantage of this savings before the time flies by! Shop will be closed December 15th-26th. Check out the wintry polar bears they are so cute!

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Vintage Indie Sponsor Charming Sam Studio

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30% discount + free shipping
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Great gifts include our Vintage Charm Bracelet
Rare vintage prints to adorn your home.

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From the Gift Guide Category Indie Luxury

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Vintagebodyspallc_etsy   Free priority shipping with the code vintageindie (good on orders placed through 12/16) Orders need to be placed by 12/17 to make the 12/20 USPS priority mail shipping deadlines.

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From the Gift Guide Category Stocking Treats & Vintage Indie Sponsor

Daisy Lane Designs

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40% off with the coupon viholiday through Monday 12/17

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Vintage Indie Sponsor Retro Boutiques

Retroboutiques140x60 50% off premade web designs...great Christmas gift for someone who wants to take their business online, as well as custom sites for $150.00 now through 12/31....excluding flash or special effects.

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From the Gift Guide Category The Wee Ones

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Ship time does end for arrival in time for christmas in the states as December 20th.

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Tis the Season - Cotton Creations

Today's Tis the Season feature is full of handmade delight. Cotton is transformed by hand into whimsical ornaments and creations. Spun cotton an old German technique once used long ago is brought back to life by Crystal the owner of Vintage by Crystal.

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The first creation I'd like to share is this Vintage Style Spun Cotton Winter Girl Christmas Box. Perfect for gift giving or adding a little whimsical delight to your own home. She is about 7" tall, including the little box she stands on. Hand spun and wearing a sparkling dress, while she carries an adorable bunch of vintage berries and present. A perfect item to hide that tiny little gift for someone special this year, they'll never guess where it's at!

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The next treat for you is this adorable Cotton Batting Stocking. I love the tinsel and the adorable face in this design. There are so many unique creations to look at at purchase. Head over to Vintage by Crystal for these and other holiday treasures.


The Daily Swank - Seasons Greetings

Oh my, when I stumbled upon this shop I was gleaming ear to ear. If you are looking for fantastic and unique holiday cards, tags and more you've got to check out Stacy Winters. Her photography captures vintage objects and transforms them into adorable greetings.

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How adorable are these Oh Deer Cards. Photographs of Vintage Deer, that have been printed on Kodak Professional Endura metallic paper and mounted onto cover weight card stock. Blank inside awaiting your personal seasons greeting.

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Next up, More adorable photography of vintage objects. These vintage angel images are turned into ornaments as they are mounted on a heavier material that has been covered in vintage children's books.

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Lastly, Mr. Snowman hasn't been left out as he's elegantly photographed and turned into the perfect little tags for your gifts.

Head over to Stacy Winters shop, I can't wait to see what she has in store for the new year!


The Daily Swank - Vintage Inspired

What a special treat I have for you today. Today's Daily Swank is right up my alley and hopefully yours too. Bari J. is here with their fabulous handbags and accessories and guess what they are all Vintage Inspired Designs for your Modern Life.

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Bari J's specialty is their gorgeous line of bags. Vintage inspired shapes, styles and fabrics are married to create stunning accessories for everyone. Choose from their totes, hobo bags,messenger bags and more. Some are even embellished with vintage or vintage style brooches, buttons & buckles.

I asked  the designer herself what inspired her to create a business solely on the purpose of being "vintage inspired" ?

"I’ve forever loved anything old. I had been making jewelry from vintage buttons and found objects for years and selling to local boutiques, but not very seriously. I started ‘Bari J.’ with handbags. I saw a lot of bags being made from vintage materials which are truly fabulous. But I wanted to have bags that combined the look and feel of vintage fabrics with a slightly modern attitude. Plus, durability is a real concern for me. So, while I don’t use vintage fabric, I look for shapes and new fabrics with an old world feel. All of my fabrics are then professionally backed to give them durability. Each bag has bunches of pockets with specific places for our modern conveniences such as cell phones. In the end, I think I’ve come out with pieces that meet that goal. One person wrote that the bags “translate the line between retro chic and fashion forward.” That’s really what I am going for."

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Even though Bari J's focus is mainly on handbags, I just couldn't pass up showing you these. These are her French Velvet Ribbon Brooches. Aren't they gorgeous! Adorned with timeless jewelry components makes each one, one of a kind. Look how lovely they  look on a Bari J. handbag.

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Head over to Bari J. for a much larger look into their huge hadbag line and gorgeous accessories. Please tell them you saw them on Vintage Indie.


Tis the Seaon - Top The Tree

Good Monday morning to you! Today's Tis the Season feature tops the tree with fabulous vintage, vintage style and handmade tree toppers. What do you top your tree with? Mine currently houses a plush snowman star, wrapped in a winter scarf.

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Check out this fun Vintage Tree Topper. This is from an assorted collection of vintage holiday decor from Etsy Shop Bit of Honey. It is a Kreations Brand Tree Topper and still works.  Find this set and handmade creations perfect for your stocking at Bit of Honey.

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This one isn't vintage but a delightful handmade creation from Middleburg Folk Art Studio. This is hand sculpted paper mache piece that will top your tree perfectly. This Glory Angel topper is also hand painted and adorned with a lovely Glory Banner.Find them on Etsy and at their website.

Let us know how you top your tree!


VI Headliner - Shy Siren

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Vintage Indie welcomes our sponsor Shy Siren, back again this month. I may have mentioned this before, but Shy Siren's shop is anything but ordinary. Their Etsy shop focuses mainly on earrings. Not your average earrings though, chic and spectacular. Each one is hand crafted and given special attention to the way the components breath together and how the flow of light makes them shine.  With new and unique items listed all of the time, you will be thrilled with the selection they offer.

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Imagine opening a box with these gorgeous Antiqued Copper Filigree Earrings with Aqua Swarovski Crystals. Now, imagine how your recipient would feel if they were to get this gorgeous duo.

Earrings make the perfect gift and just happen to fit snuggly in a stocking too. They are so versatile and can be worn with many different outfits and color combinations.

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Talk about a very chic winter wonderland these Frosted Vintage Bead Snow Ball Earrings are perfect for this winter season. Shy Siren suggests they would make a perfect addition to a wintery wedding and I couldn't agree more.

Head over to Shy Siren today. Below is their Christmas deadline for ordering!

* CHRISTMAS DEADLINE for USA: Please order by Dec. 15th - thank you! Sorry, I can not guarantee INT'L orders 


Tis the Season - Trimming the Tree

Tis the season once again on Vintage Indie! Is your tree up, is it decorated?  Mine is and it's quite beautiful. My tastes have changed over the years and I lean towards pink and chic, but getting a fake white tree would floor my husband, I think I mentioned talking him into getting one for our bedroom next year. Anyway, if your tree is missing something or your tastes have changed hopefully you'll find something to "spruce" (no pun intended) it up a little.

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This is pure vintage indie delight. A vintage sewing pattern turned birdhouse ornament. It's simply darling! You can find this at Little Bitsys.

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Look at this dreamy little set. A vintage sewing drawer, with two darling pink bottle brush ornaments, a pink ice cream vase and gorgeous ribbon. A perfect gift for a friend or for yourself. Find this set and more unique ones like it at Blissfull Elements

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Lastly today, and Eco-friendly ornament, Dipped Leaves. Maple leaves dipped in silver and some in copper & vintage finish preserving their gorgeous natural shape.  This is from the OSS Animal Medicine Jewelry shop on Etsy. This shop is full of items using natural elements. Funds from this shop are used for a documentary for vanishing honey bees, in production by the shops owner. Visit their website and follow the link to the trailer for a deeper look into their cause.   


Holiday Highlights - Vintage Indie Gift Guide

The shopping days are few and far between and the shipping deadlines for Christmas delivery  are fast approaching. Enjoy today's highlight of the Vintage Indie Holiday Gift Guide and be sure to make your purchases soon to ensure a safe arrival time.

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Vintage Indie Presents a Holiday Gift Guide. Brought to you by indie shop owners, designers, creators & more. Together in one place for the ultimate Vintage Indie holiday shopping experience all showcasing vintage finds, handmade specialties and indie luxurious products.

Visit the Category Vintage House and Home for a delightful group of shops offering fabulous vintage and vintage style housewares.

Indie Luxury is your stop for everything pampering. Weather you are looking for bath body & spa products or indie designed jewels you'll be impressed with the wide selection and wonderful offers for customers.

Tis the Season on Vintage Indie with our very own Vintage Christmas category. Darling papery, fabulous hostess gifts, and timeless decor with a shabby twist!

Vintage Fashion and Accessories is  a big part of the vintage world. Shop our gift guide for a ton of wonderful shops who specialize in vintage clothing and accessories.

The Wee Ones haven't been left out in our gift guide. Find wonderful handmade treasures for children's decor, darling children's clothing and so much more!

Hung by the chimney with care. Our Stocking Treats will send squeals of delight. Find original one of a kind stockings and gorgeous treasures to fill them!

Stroll down the street of our own French Market. Delightful and whimsical indie shops provide you with an array of french market flair.

Vintage Reconstructed is Eco-living mixed with vintage. Recycled vintage components are combined to create one of a kind clothing, accessories, housewares, trinkets and more. Shop green!

Looking for holiday cards, tags, and papery? You will find a ton of gorgeous handcrafted indie items in our Vintage Paperie category.


Tis the Season - A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That

Tis the Season once again on Vintage Indie and today just happens to feature a little bit of this and a little bit of that. After stumbling upon The Old Painted Cottage it was hard to choose which items to feature, hence the title.

First up, perfect for the holidays are these adorable Antique Holiday Music Boxes. Each one plays a delightful sound with the turn of a handle. Can you imagine the look on a child's face with this tiny little treasure. I'm just in love with them.

Not sure if this next one would be for you or a little one, but it would look darling on a wooden bookshelf in a child's room. This is a Shabby Old Music Xylophone. I love the chippy look and the colors. 

Lastly, this is the "little bit" of that part that I just couldn't pass up. The Old Painted Cottage offers a very nice selection of shabby jammies that you will adore. These are the Frankie & Johhny Pink Roses on Blue Cotton Pajamas. Perfect for sipping coffee while you open gifts on Christmas morning.   

I hope you enjoyed The Old Painted Cottage. Head over there for many delightful Vintage, Antique and new treasures.


The Daily Swank - Little Black Dress

It's that time of year where some of us have some sort of holiday party to attend. Whether your attending a business soiree or attending the many local holiday events in your home town there is always a need for that little black dress this time of year.

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The 1st one is a VINTAGE 1980s GUNNE SAX VELVET - SEQUIN DRESS A cocktail dress that's totally unique and a ton of fun. You can find this at LoveDove Vintage, just one of the fantastic vintage clothing shops on Etsy.com.

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The next two come from the totally swanky shop SkivvyLuLu Vintage. I had a hard time choosing which ones to show you from the 26 they currently have listed in their shop. This is the Vintage 1950s Designer Pat Sandler for Highlight Little Black Cocktail Dress with Beaded Detail . I love the very feminine chic style this one carries, don't you?

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VA VOOM......... is what I'm thinking!  What's wrong with going vintage in something like this? Stand out from the crowd and feel good in something totally different and a lot of fun. This is the 1980s Vintage Black Velvet Rhinestone Cocktail Dress .  Head over to SkivvyLuLu's Vintage for a huge collection of top not and rare vintage finds.

I've found so many great swanky dresses I want to show you, so I"ll be back later this week with more!   

 


Vintage Indie Just for fun - Treasury on Etsy

Every once in awhile I'm able to snatch a treasury on Etsy and this time it was all picks from Vintage Indie features and sponsors. Have fun looking around and visiting. This treasury expires soon, but you'll be able to visit the shops by visiting the links below.

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Top Row left to right: EmmaLynne , The Vintage Zoo, Sweet Rice Second Row Down left to right: Simplymeart,ShySiren, Letitiah. Third Row Down left to right: Silverymoonart, Bananasaurusrex, elegantmusings, Last Row left to right: littlethings1, RevivalHouse, Mothtoaflame.


VI Headliner - Retro Boutiques

Retroboutiques140x60  Vintage Indie would like to extend another warm welcome to our newest indie sponsor Retro Boutiques. Retro Boutiques is a web design company focusing on Pre-made website templates, customized blogs, logos & custom design.

Happyholidaylogo Are you looking for a seasonal banner for your blog?  Choose from an array of blog or website headers that can be customized to your business or heading. This is the Pink n Cream Christmas header.

If you have been thinking of starting your own small business or indie business, get your name out there and establish your business on the web. Even in you have an Etsy shop, you can create a website or blog and link to it. This will give you the opportunity to have your business name as your domain and create another way for your customers to find you and your products. Retro Boutique is an affordable way to get started. Head over to their web page What do I need to Get Started to find out more about how they work and what steps you'll need to take before hand.  Retro Boutiques is offering 30% off any web design whether pre-made or custom. ( Contact shop owner for details).


Tis the Seaon - Shabby Cheer!

Vintage inspires with so many styles, shapes, colors and feels that there is a form of vintage that will in some way appeal to everyone. OK.. at least that's what I hope. If you haven't stumbled into the vintage world or formed the love for vintage as much as I do,  I hope you will once you read a little of Vintage Indie.  Tis the Season for fulfilling Shabby cheer. You will love the shabby pink holiday goodies I have for you today. 

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I truly wish I could have a Christmas tree in every room. I've told my husband, one day I will have my wish so I can use something like this Sweet and Shabby Christmas Garland on one of them. Just image a tree full of delightful little pink glittery treasures. Until my wish comes true, you can start by purchasing this gorgeous unique garland from Whimsy Love. This one is made from vintage buttons, rolled paper beads and so much more.Whimsylove2_etsy_2

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Next up, how about a little shabbiness for your mantle. Vintage Lace Pink Shabby Christmas Stocking. Vintage lace and buttons make this piece one of a kind. You can snatch this up at Cottage Rose.

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Lastly for today's Shabby Cheer is this adorable Tussie Mussie from PaPeR EcLeCtiQuEs. This is just one of many Tussie Mussie's in this cute shop! It includes vintage tinsel, vintage papers and more!

 


Tis the Season - Holiday Decor - Wreaths

This week, will have your house filled to the brim with gorgeous vintage and handmade holiday decor. Today's Tis the Season feature highlights some fabulous wreaths to adorn your doors & walls with. There are so many styles, color combinations and unique features there is bound to be something for everyones taste. 

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Talk about unique. I love this Holiday Flower Paper Wreath from Haru. Wouldn't this be a gorgeous addition to your office. Created from vintage music sheets, scrapbook paper and more. The sheets are hand died in coffee and other ingredients to give the papers warm hues.

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You know how much fun vintage ornaments can be. This Christmas Wreath is loaded with them and other fantastic adornments. Including a Santa Claus figures, little elves, nutcrackers, stars and so much more. This wreath is Truly a piece of artwork. You can find this wreath and other delights at The Velvet Rabbit.   

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This last wreath is darling and whimsical. You have just got to love the vintage silver tinsel. This is the Pretty Vintage Christmas Wreath from Etsy shop The Art Creations. It's also adorned with vintage glass ornaments and more.

 


VI Headliner - Key to the Dusty Pages

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Vintage Indie would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest sponsor Key to the Dusty Pages. What a perfect time of year to curl up next to the fire with a book and catch up on some relaxation time. Unwind with books from the past or head to your craft room with books that need your crafting touch. Some perfect for altering, scrapbooking and decoupage.

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Looking for old school crafts? Key to the Dusty Pages offers many vintage crafting books like this Tis the Season to be Knotting. A perfectly retro book for old school macrame.

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How about these darling images from The Kate Greenaway Treasury. Perfect for altering and your creative vintage projects.

Head over to Key to the Dusty Pages for many books to treasure, and inspire. 


VI News Notes & Annoucements

Vintageindienewsdec3 Hey Vintage Indie readers! Can you believe it's December? I sure can't. What happened to October and November? Anyway, welcome  to another wonderful month on Vintage Indie.

This month is going to be a TON of fun! I love the holidays and vintage holiday decorating is so much fun! Speaking of holidays have you started your shopping? If not it's time to get moving with only 23 days until Christmas Day. Head over to the Vintage Indie Holiday Gift Guide to get started. 

Don't forget to visit our lovely sponsors to your right. Trace Ellements is our Featured Sponsor again this month and they've got some gorgeous jewelry, be sure to check out their vintage line. Also new this month Key to the Dusty Pages, Retro Boutiques & Gajettes.

I'm sure you've been wondering who the lucky winner is for the Vintage Indie Swanky Swag Giveaway. Well, I've heard back, so now I can share her with you! The lucky winner is Lynn from Stoney Creek, Ontario. Thanks for signing up for our newsletter Lynn! If you would like your chance to win our gorgeous indie contributed Swanky Swag, please sign up for our newsletter! Don't forget to check out our contributors links to your left!

Lastly for my news, notes & announcements. If you have a vintage collection that you would love to share with Vintage Indie readers, please feel free to contact me. It's so great to be able to share something you love so much with people who really understand what vintage is all about.

That's it for now, come back soon for The Daily Swank, VI Headliners & more!

Thank you to Shabby Miss Jenn for the beautiful graphics, now being used to beautify Vintage Indie. Check out their new holiday massive kit Shabby Snowkisses.