« January 2008 | Main | March 2008 »

For Fun! I've been Tagged!

So I've been tagged by the lovely Mrs. Amy from Charming Sam. This is just the thing I needed to take a break from all of the business! Be sure to check your inbox if you signed up for our newsletter for some important info today!

Rules of “tag”:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog
2. Share 7 random and/or weird things about yourself
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs
4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

MY RESPONSES:

* I love roasted Brussel sprouts. My family hates when I make them because they stink up the house,  but   I can eat them like candy.

* I eat a grapefruit almost every single morning. (Is that weird that my first two were food related?).

* I used to work for a very large international company. I have to say that was way easier than being a work at home mom.

* I can only draw stick people, funny Amy.... I can't only draw stick people... weird ha ha.

* Hmmm.. random... weird ...still thinking. Oh.. I'm somewhat of a germ freak and can't really do leftovers (oh that's food related also). Seriously don't do good eating at other peoples house unless I know your fridge is sparkling (I'm sorry). It's not the dust or dirt that bothers me so don't worry you can still invite me over, not that your dirty.. (oh what a mess now) I just don't do um.. random food from your fridge.

* I love to go fishing. Really last year for mothers day I got a new fishing pole. My husband says it doesn't really count as fishing since I won't take the fish off the hook, but still I caught it right, that's fishing!

* My first car was a LOW RIDER S-10 Truck. Not by choice though it was cheap & in the family so I bought it. I was desperate, and it bounced so bad and got stuck on speed bumps all the time and I had really bad headaches from it.

3) Tag seven(er 6) random people -
Randomness Tagging.... Let's see

- RicRackSally
- Seeking Everyday Beauty
- Bella Pink Cafe
- Domestic Chicky
- Jane's Apron
- Red Shoes



What You Make of It - BUST Magazine Spring Fling Craftacular

Interested in showing  off your craft skills? Check out the BUST Spring Fling Craftacular!



CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

Vendor applications due March 30 for BUST's Spring Fling Craftacular!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


BUST Magazine is excited to announce the first ever Spring Fling Craftacular set to take place on Sunday April 27, 2008 at The Warsaw in Brooklyn! After 3 years of enormously successful Holiday Craftaculars, BUST is ready to spring into step with our first ever Springtime craft fair and '90s themed dance! We're bringing the party back to Brooklyn with over 50 vendors, DJs, dancing, and drinks.

We are handpicking the most unique and talented crafters we can find from across the country to sell their wares from 11am until 9pm at the Warsaw in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not only will we have the best in DIY shopping in town, but our Craftacular DJs will be spinning your favorite jams from the '90s for a Spring Fling dance that is too cool for school!

If you would like to participate as a vendor, applications are now available! There are no exceptions as to who can apply, and we'll consider everything: hip handmades, accessories, housewares, vamped up vintage clothing, knitwear, silk-screened items, cosmetics, paper goods, handbags, cards, and whatever else your crafty canny brings to the table. Here's how to participate:

1. Fill out our online vendor application


Applications will only be accepted online and must be submitted by March 30, 2008.

2. Pay the required non-refundable $10 application and processing fee that is payable at the time you submit your application. Checks and money orders should be made payable to BUST Magazine (78 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011, Attention: BUST Spring Fling Craftacular 2008) and must be postmarked by March 26, 2008 for your application to be considered. We will notify all applicants of their status on Tuesday April 1, 2008. If you are accepted as a vendor, your deposit will go towards the full booth fee of $225 due by April 11, 2008. All application and processing fees are non-refundable.

For a list of frequently asked questions, go to  Click HERE

Got questions? E-mail us at craftacular@bust.com.

Saving the last dance for you,

BUST Magazine


{Vintage Indie is not an affiliate of BUST Magazine, please refer to their links and instructions for further questions and info}


Official Launch Indie Weddings Month!

I'm so excited to welcome a fresh new approach to wedding planning with the first official "Indie Wedding Month" this March 2008. Planning your wedding is one of the most creative experiences in someone's life-after all, you are "creating" your new life with your partner. It's the perfect time to think about what you want your life to look like, and how you want your style to reflect who you are. When you support independent designers, you're also supporting fair trade, sustainability, recycling, reducing, re-purposing, and reusing! Spending your wedding budget on unique handmade goodies is a great way to feel good, and do good. I hope you enjoy all of the fun things we have planned for this month, and I'd love to hear your ideas and how you are infusing your own creative spirit into your wedding and your life.

Emily, Eco-Chic Weddings

Interested in supporting Indie Weddings Month on your blog or website? Feel free to grab one of these lovely graphics. (Please be sure to save to your own hard drive) and link to indieweddingguide.com

Iwg_button_150x200_2 Iwg_button_140x140









Thanks for stopping by today, be sure to add us to your RSS feeds so you won't miss a thing next week as we explore Indie Weddings Month. Including features, DIY tutorials, guest authors, giveaways, contests and so much more! While your here, please visit our wonderful indie sponsor companies to your left and right!

Gabreial, Vintage Indie


Off The Shelf Review with Gina Smith - Vintage Style Jewelry

Off_the_shelf__vintage_style_jewler





















With the enduring popularity of DIY jewelry, beading and of course, all things vintage, it’s no surprise Bead and Button magazine just published VintageStyle Jewelry, Inspired Designs from the 1850s to the 1950s ($9.95, Kalmbach Publishing Co., ISBN 978-0-89024-739-6).

      The wider-format book-magazine features a special pull-out color pictorial history of jewelry as well as more than a dozen projects incorporating vintage pieces, antique buttons, self-made findings and new supplies.

      I most enjoyed the feature about and cover project from Diane Hyde, a former graphic artist-cum-jewelry designer who only just took up beading in 1995. Her rapid ascension to a nationally-known, award-winning beader and designer is inspiring enough for us Etsy and DIY wannabe-hers, but I also found in her recommended reading list some books I’d like to check out further.

      Following the interview are step-by-step instructions for her 1920s-style personalized pendant with easily-understood directions and photos that make it seem like “hey, I just might be able to do this!”

      As for the other projects, I had to keep reminding myself the title of the book-zine does say “inspired,” so those looking for pics of a lot of actual vintage jewelry will not find it here. The pull-out, while well organized, is short on photos, too. Even the restoration tips article is brief and not long on visuals.

      With all this in mind, I decided to check out the editor’s letter- not something I usually rush to first. The message reminded readers that the mission of the parent magazine (Bead & Button) is to “introduce contemporary, original jewelry designs,” also noting this special edition is intended to “apply a new ‘attitude’ to classic styles.” Aha! That explains it. So, depending on what you’re hoping to find, I’d recommend some bookstore aisle-reading before you commit to purchase.

      I found three of the 15 projects that I might actually do; the rest were heavy on peyote stitch and other seed-beading adventures. If you love that kind of tiny work, you may want to add this to your reference library.

      As for me, I may be an unsophisticated kid when it comes to publications, but give me pictures! And, if you’re going to call something “VintageStyle” (which they do, making it into one word), then give me vintage!

 

Next up on the jewelry shelf review: French-Inspired Jewelry by Kaari Meng. And, stay tuned for my review of the new Vintage Vavoom by the editors of Romantic Homes magazine.

- Guest Author, Gina Smith  

{All contributed content Gina Smith © Lilly*s of London*ish}


The Daily Swank - DripStick Art

I have to say when I came across today's Daily Swank I fell in love. I keep meaning to show you my master bedroom makeover but all of these things keep coming up like DripStick Art. I have three decorating personalities, art deco-ish, art nouveau-ish & shabby chic-ish it's finding a balance within those three that I have trouble with. I think DripStick taps into my art deco-ish personality with their artwork.

Dripstickart1_3  

From their French Box Label series - Lemon. I'm in love with the rich color and the vintage appeal to this print by artist Joshua Martens. A set from this series would go perfectly in my kitchen & yours!







Dripstickat2

Up next, is  a piece from their Postage Stamp Series this one, Sailing is also by the same artist Joshua Martens.







DripStick is a small art company in Booklyn New York. All designs and images are original artwork from their group of artists. Prints are available in their Etsy Shop an  giclee stretched gallery-wrapped canvases are available on their website. Head over to one of these links and check out their awesome Alphabet series as well as many others!






















VI News - New Guest Author & New Column!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited about today's VI News! Please help Vintage Indie in sending a warm welcome to our new Guest Author, Gina Smith from Lilly*s of London*ish. She'll be stopping by to share with you our new column on Vintage Indie "Off the Shelf" as well as  other various topics.  I encourage you to check out her lovely Etsy shop and her blog.

Gina
Gina Smith, aka Lilly*s of London*ish, started making jewelry about six years ago and has since tied this in with a love of vintage finds, Blythe, crochet and altered art in her etsy shop. Growing up in an antiquing family gives her a background and appreciation for all things vintage, especially dinnerware, jewelry and Americana advertising prints and products. Her award-winning background in writing and marketing keeps her busy by day and makes her one of Vintage Indie's newest writers.


Stay tuned for tomorrow as Gina's first magazine review flies "Off the Shelf"!
 


What You Make of It - Japanese Stab Binding

Bibliophile


Hey Crafters! I'd like to give a huge thank you to Bley from Bibliophile for providing this amazing tutorial. Please head over to their Etsy shop for amazing handmade journals, books prints and more. I encourage you to try new things, and use vintage or recyclable materials when you can and enjoy yourself.

From This....................................To This!

Tut_1_3 Finished_1






Gather Your Materials:

 

Gather all your materials before you start to work. Make sure you have a space where you can cut using a utility knife; an old piece of plywood makes a good cutting and work surface.

 

  • Book      board, available from art supply stores (enough to cut two covers, the      size of the book you want)
  • PVA      glue (available from art supply stores)
  • Utility      knife
  • T-square      or metal ruler
  • Glue      brush (I like to buy cheap brushes on sale, then I can throw them away      when they get nasty)
  • A      container to pour small amounts of glue into (an old sour cream container      or the like)
  • Drill,      such as a Dremel tool, OR an awl
  • Decorative      paper for the covers and optional endpapers
  • 1/16      inch ribbon to coordinate with the cover paper
  • Large      yarn darning needle
  • Any      miscellaneous papers you may want to decorate the cover with
  • Paper      for the inside pages of your book, however many you may want

Download bookbinding_tutorial_copyrighted1.pdf

All contributed content in this tutorial © Bibliophile} Please do not copy or redistribute without permission.


Do you have a crafty tutorial that you'd like to share with Vintage Indie readers? Please contact me with your ideas and share with others "What You Make of It".

 


 


The Daily Swank - Those Famous Three R's

Ahhh, those famous three R's Reuse, Reduce & Recycle. Are you doing your part? Do you know about your city's local recycling center? I'm helping readers from my area Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Why don't you do the same, post some local links and info from your hometown for your local readers on your own blog! In the meantime today's Daily Swank is a great find for housewares that includes all of the three  R's. I'd like to introduce you to the artwork of Rebekah from ship frames by rls .

Rls2131pictureframe3

Each frame from this shop is 100% recycled. The frame itself from recycled cardboard and newspaper. This specific design is also includes  Vintage 1950's clothing and undies advertisements!




Rls2131_pictureframe2

If you are looking for a little recycled chic, I think this Russian Dance Sheet Music Picture Frame is just the thing. Rebekah pulled these music sheets from a found book in her grandfathers attic.






Rls2131_frames_vintage
I like how each frame tells a different story in her vintage collection. This one sports 1950's Travel Advertisements. Head over to  Ship Frames by RLS for many other recycled designs and uses for recycled materials.









If you live in Kentucky here is a little recycling information for you.

List of Recycling Facilities by County

"Did you know the “three-chasing-arrows” symbol doesn’t necessarily mean a product is made with recycled content or can be recycled in your community? It may just be a reminder for you to recycle. Read the label carefully for specific information on recycled content." (resource Division of Waste Management Kentucky).

Electronics Recycling

Earth 911 a great resource for everyone to check out!













The Daily Swank - Plastic vs. Paper ?

Moving right along with our "vintage green living"  series which also happens to be one of my most passionate subjects. I thought I would bring up the debate about Plastic vs. Paper. It seems from what I've read that neither is the best choice. That leaves you with the question, "Well, how do you expect me to tug my groceries and shopping? Today's Daily Swank is a company willing to help. Not only are these items made from recycled parts and vintage fabrics already produced, but they are handmade to last. I know you'll be saving trees and doing a lot less clogging of the environment in no time!

Marketbag_solidago2Marketbag_solidago4









Marketbag_solidago_2Marketbag_solidago3_2










Soldiago "because the goldenrod plant is also multipurpose, providing nectar for bees and butterflies, seeds for the birds and a beautiful golden color in fall." How awesome is that right! Now onto the bags, each bag is handcrafted from vitage feed, seed and flour sacks. Telling a tale, each one shares a piece of history from it's past and brings new life for you and I. Head over to Soldiago for a wonderful line any many great styles to choose from.







Vintage + Modern Mingle - Vintage Green

Here is a look at shopping & living "vintage green" for today's Vintage + Modern Inspiration Board. Re-using vintage items in today's modern life, from housewares to clothing it's all about recycling.
Vintagemodern_vintagegreen
































Top Left Vintage Knit Green Cardigan @ stephaniebracciano Top Right Ice Crusher @ atouchofvintage
Middle left Bakelite Hoop Earrings @ PetitOiseau Middle Right Green Dress @ Madrone
Bottom Left Pincushion @ Ballee Bottom Right Green Metal Flower Frog @ sushipotparts

- Feel inspired? Share with us how today's board inspired you.

Enjoy


VI News

J0403687 Good morning everyone!

I tell you, sometimes it's great to wake up on a Monday morning after a long weekend of remodeling! I have to say I'm madly in love with my master bedroom makeover and I can't wait to share that with you. In the meantime this week we are talking "green" and "vintage green" living. I'm gearing up for the launch of the Indie Wedding Guide which will be accessible right here from Vintage Indie. If you are planning a wedding for this year or next you'll want to keep an eye out for some great giveaways, DIY ideas and so much more.  I have a busy and exciting month planed for both VI and the guide so I hope you'll add us to your feeds today so you won't miss a thing.

Did you get a chance to check out the I Dream of Spring Vintage Swap? I've had a lot of lookers, and some sign up but not a ton. Is it hard to follow? Let me know, I'm hoping to have another fabulous swap here on Vintage Indie the Vintage Teacup Swap was so much fun.

I also have some great reader submissions & a  wonderful DIY project for you!
Stay tuned, I'll be back soon!

Gabreial




Vintage Indie's - " I Dream of Spring Vintage SWAP!"

Dreamofspringswap2_150x200 I dream of spring, don't you? For when little tiny green buds start to show their face again for the warmth of summer. I dream of open windows for a breath of fresh air.  I dream of early mornings full of front porch tea and long morning gazes. I dream of the sweet smell of blooming flowers and gorgeous cherry trees. I dream of picnics in the park and trips to the farmers market. What do you dream for spring?

Share the joys of his new season and swap your dreams of spring. Each swap package must include two vintage/thrifted items
(this is Vintage Indie after all) OR one vintage/thrifted item and one handmade item and the rest is up to you.You need only to spend $10- $15 max... keep in mind shipping costs and making sure that all goodies are shipped on time
Packages should have your partner dreaming of spring, gardening and the joys of a new season.

Here is how to participate:

1. You must be a US or Canada Resident & Be willing to ship to Canada from US and vice-versa.
2. You must have a blog

3. Copy and Paste these questions with your answers on your blog & link back to the Vintage Indie I Dream of Spring page (find the direct link here). Leave a comment (on this post) of your participation and the link to your blog with your answers.
    a. What's your favorite part of spring?
    b. What are your favorite flowers?
    c. What types of hobbies/crafts do you enjoy?
    d. What types of vintage do you collect or look for?

    e. Any allergies or things that you absolutely can't stand?

4. Send me your Name, Address & Blog Link Subject: Dream of Spring (with your questions already answered) and link back to Vintage Indie to qualify by March 1st.

5. When you receive your partner's information from me by March 5th ( head over their blog to read the answers to their questions. This is a secret partner swap.

6. Gather & Prepare your swap package and mail by March 31st.

7. Once you have mailed out your swap package and received your package post up to two photos on the Dream of Spring Vintag Swap Flickr Page here and announce your partner and what you revieved. This will automatically allow you to participate in the next swap if you choose.

*Image at the top may be used to promote the swap and your participation only. You must first download the  button to your own computer before adding it to your site.

** If you fail to hold up to sending your partner a swap you will no longer be able to participate in any future Vintage Indie Swaps.


The Daily Swank - Random Vintage Shoppin' on Etsy

Lately, my purchases have been geared towards the kitchen since we've recently updated it. I've been having a thing with copper and I'm here with today's Daily Swank to show off what I bought.

Sirkus_copperkitchen

Check it out! Isn't it cool. It's from Etsy shop Sirkus who will actually be sponsoring VI next month! I can't wait to show off more of their shop to you.

Anyway, this cool contraption holds three different rolls of paper. I think it would be just as cool in a craft room once I'm ready to change the kitchen again. Either way I'm loving it!




Pinkshowercurtain_purchase







 

Ok, so I'm guilty of this gorgeous table cloth purchase too. I couldn't pass this up from Pink Shower Curtain on Etsy, it's draped on my mantle for Valentine's Day.



Elegantmusings_etsy



 

Lastly my Prim and Proper Scottie Pin from Elegant Musings (sponsor on VI this month) Isn't he so cute! You can purchase your own Scottie or treasure from Elegant Musings with 15%off your order total (Mention vi08, in notes to seller for the discount)







That's it for my purchases today, what rockin' vintage have you bought on Etsy lately? Need help finding vintage sellers on Etsy? Check out the awesome Etsy Vintage Buyer & Seller's Community!


VI Headliner - Flying Needle Gallery Sales & Specials

Flying_needle_gallery
Hey everyone! Flying Needle Gallery is back with another VI Headliner and some fabulous specials & Sales.





Multicolor_flyingneedlegallery
Is it cold where you are? It's been a crazy week here, school one day off the next, snow, then hail, then rain, then icy rain it's actually doing a mix of that right now. Doesn't this Multi Colored Velvet Scarf look cozy! Now is the perfect time to buy a scarf at Flying Needle Gallery as they are on sale until 2/29.








Fantasia_flyingneedlegallery

You can't ever have too many pillows as my mother-in-law would say.  Snatch up these gorgeous limited edition handmade decorative pillows before 2/29 as they are also on sale!

Last but not least Flying Needle Gallery is also offering FREE shipping off all orders over 25bucks! That's it, but it is in form of a rebate, so you'll need to share with them in an email or in your notes of checkout that you seen their free shipping special on Vintage Indie!


Get Ready... Get Set...

Finindiewed

That's right! March kicks off Indie Weddings Month. Are you getting married? Planning a wedding? March 1st launches the Indie Wedding guide and Indie Weddings Month.

Vintage Indie is teaming up with Eco-Chic Weddings to create a resource for brides to turn to when looking to minimize waste and create their wedding with the idea of using indie designers, a do it yourself attitude and those famous three R's: reuse, recycle and reduce.

Stay tuned for more info coming soon!

Would you like to book your business in the guide? Follow this link for further information.


VI News - Missing Person Nicholas Fansico

Hi everyone, I know this isn't a usual post for Vintage Indie, but I'm a huge supporter of Etsy.com and the wonderful sellers there. I'm reposting this information.  Christine of BellaStyle, a shop owner that I spent some time befriending when I first opened up shop (under my now sold business) is missing her husband Nicholas Francisco .

"Nicholas Francisco . https://mailpen.net/ Nicholas has been missing since Wednesday, February 13, 2008. His car was found today (2/18)

His wife Christine owns two Etsy shops that are currently closed
https://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5588252
https://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5008691

According to Christine's sister (Jannell) financial support is desperately needed. Christine has a 4 and 2 year old and is pregnant with her third child (due in October).

SEATTLE AREA - if you are in the area and can help with search efforts, please convo Gabrielsaunt, she is coordinating Etsy Search Efforts. If you'd like to help by sending things for the kids, please convo fashiongreentbags, kvossdesigns or lovemeknot.

The family has not set up a donation center as of yet but THEY ARE TRULY IN NEED OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT! If you can help in the way of a PayPal donation, Christine's paypal address: info [!at] bellastyleboutique.com

1. login to PayPal
2. Click - Send Money
3. Type - info [!at] bellastyleboutique.com (no spaces, and use the 'at' symbol) - for the recipient
4. select - Services/other
5. Click - SEND

for the latest news updates:
https://www.komotv.com/news/15682797.html
https://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_021608WAB_missing_seatac_man_KS.cbc94803.html

Church link:
https://voxpopnetwork.com/westseattle/2008/02/17/urgent-message-regarding-nicholas-francisco/
Thank you for anything you can do!!

PROMO THREAD: DONATE A SHOP ITEM TO CHRISTINE AND HER FAMILY
https://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5473832"

Anything you can do to help is appreciated or if you would like to repost this post on your own blogs, please feel free.
Gabreial


Vintage + Modern Mingle & My New Desk!

Hi lovelies! I hope you had a wonderful Presidents' Day. I know mine was super fabulous. I spent my day running around getting things lined up for a new vintage purchase for my office. I found this wonderful old school teachers desk, solid wood with a cabinet & pull out shelves and drawers. I'm just thrilled with my find and I feel great knowing I saved trees by purchasing vintage. My husband and I are getting ready to remodel our master bedroom. We've been here for three years and finally are getting around to doing something with our room. I hope to take some before and after pictures, and I'll be talking a lot of decorating during the month of March.

Today's Inspiration Board is dedicated to my new office, these would all be perfect!
Enjoy!


Vintagemorning_office

Top Left :Vintage Globe @ BlueBellBazaar Under: Antique Message Chalk Board @ artebella Right:Message Magnet Board @ vintageinspiration Below: Vintage Office Supplies @ UnfinishedBusiness Third Row Left: Vintage Blue Metal Stapler @ atouchofvintage Right: Dip Pen & Mechanical Pencil @ tigerluxe Bottom Left: Vintage Industrial Tray @ BlueBellBazaar


- Feel inspired? Share with us how today's board inspired you.

Enjoy

Elements from PC Layers by Victoria Brown & Buttons from Shabby Miss Jenn.

 


VI Headliner - Retro Campaigns

Retrocampaigns140x140_2 Good morning VI readers! You may have noticed this shiny new button to your left here on Vintage Indie. Today we are welcoming our newest sponsor Retro Campaigns. Fittingly enough on Presidents Day! If you haven't had the chance to check out this cool website, I  think you are going to have a lot of fun as well as land some really great shirts. Presidents Day may have you thinking of politics, this years election and presidents of our history. Many of which held some really great campaigns. Retro Campaigns takes you back in time and has searched high and low to bring you hard to find remembrances of the past and has incorporated them into T-shirts for today's fashion.

A business like this is very interesting to me and I asked the owner Christine a few questions about how she got started  in this kind of T-shirt business.

Vintage Indie:
Can you tell me a little bit about how RetroCampaigns.Com started? 
Retro Campaigns: Retro Campaigns launched in late December 2007; I am the founder and owner. I have lots of politics in my background; first as a volunteer during the 1992 New Hampshire Presidential Primary, while I was a college student. I think of that experience as something akin to ‘campaign boot camp’ – there’s nothing quite like it! I went on to work and volunteer on many campaigns in my home state of Nebraska, and worked for a state senator in the Nebraska Legislature before moving to Los Angeles, where I currently live. Though my most recent employment is in the entertainment industry I continue to follow politics very closely. Especially this year, which is turning out to be quite the barn burner!

 Wingsforamerica_retrocampaigns

A couple of years ago I thought it would be cool to own a t-shirt from a past campaign, like Robert Kennedy, for instance, one of my heroes. But after exhaustive searching I couldn’t find anything. Most campaigns back then used buttons, bumper stickers, posters, etc., but not many seemed to use those creative and evocative images on t-shirts. So I thought – why not make one for myself? I created a small handful of simple designs and I got a lot of positive responses from friends, who encouraged me to take it to the next level. I knew a fantastic designer through my job and he was not only excited about the idea as well, but I learned that he specialized in retro/vintage style designs. And that was pretty much the birth of Retro Campaigns!

 Kennedy68women 

Vintage Indie: What are some of your most popular shirt designs & their significance to your site.

Retro Campaigns: So some of our shirts are based on campaign buttons used at that time - for instance "Kennedy 68" was an actual button. Some of them incorporate imagery and slogans used at the time but in a new way. For instance, George McGovern's supporters used buttons and other artwork featuring doves, rainbows, the peace sign, etc., so we made some designs including those images. And some of them are original creations, like “Get Clean For Gene,” based on the unofficial campaign slogan from Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 New Hampshire Primary Campaign. That is one of my favorites, as it references the New Hampshire Primary. I really enjoyed writing the bio for that page (I write all the bios on the site). We’ll be adding another 5 or 6 designs within the next few weeks, and aim to add more every month or so. It’s really been a lot of fun to incorporate my love of political history with art and design, and the response has been more than I ever could have hoped for.

The most popular shirt so far is the “Kennedy 68.” I think it’s actually deceptively simple, with just the slightly faded basic green font on a thin white tee. It recalls that era without a lot of bells and whistles; of course, JFK is such a powerful historic figure that you don’t need much more than the name to evoke an emotional response. It makes me glad to think that there are so many people out there who are proud to wear the name of a man who stood for so many positive causes, and that I might be helping them in some small way to express their admiration for him.

Vintage Indie: I see a portion of your profits go to  SaveDarfur.org. can you tell us a little about your connection with them?

Retro Campaigns: From the beginning I wanted to donate a part of the profits to charity, and there certainly is no shortage of worthy causes. I chose SaveDarfur.Org due to their commitment to educating people about the conflict and atrocities in Sudan and pressuring for U.S. intervention. I might change the charity from time to time; I’m also an animal rights advocate and would like for Retro Campaigns to be able to help that cause as well.

 Mcgovernwomenwomens

Today makes a great day to head over to Retro Campaigns and pick up some great memories of the past.  Please let them know you seen them on Vintage Indie!

 


VI Headliner - Tacky Back In Time Interview

Our Featured sponsor for February is back again with a little more insight about their shop and what drives their business! After you are finished reading, head over to Tacky Back in Time for some great "old school" goods & craft supplies.

Tackybackintime_banner





Vintage Indie:
What led you to start your Tacky Back In Time Shop?

Tacky Back In Time: My cousin who has a Crochet oriented Etsy shop called "Laace" turned me on to Etsy. I loved it immediately!  I had just started a mosaic etsy shop known as Tackywacky, I got the name from a type of glue known as "Tacky Glue". I was also thinking , at that same time, of another shop, a supply shop. Since I'm always out looking for interesting vintage items for my shop I happened on a huge box of vintage supplies. Yarn, fabric, sock monkey kits, ribbon, etc. So it occurred to me that Etsy needed, not just a supply shop, but a vintage supply shop! I also thought that the supplies must not only be affordable, but downright "dirt cheap". That way, Etsy artisans could count on my shop to assist them in creating their finished products as well as providing to be affordable.

                        
Tackybackintime_vintagefabric
Vintage Indie: What are your favorite items to sell?
Tacky Back In Time: I cannot sell an item that I don't love myself. I get very emotional involved when I'm searching for items to offer on Tacky Back in Time; it's a time consuming project. I look high and low for supplies and very cool stuff to post in Tacky Back in Time and I enjoy it immensely. Vintage fabric seems to be my favorite item, I become very excited when I find a beautiful piece of fabric, but I seriously connect with everything that I offer or the items never make it to my shop.
                        
                         
Il_430xn19663721  
Vintage Indie: How does vintage play an important role in your business?
Tacky Back in Time: Without vintage lovers on Etsy, there would not be Tacky Back in Time! My fellow Etsians have made Tacky Back in Time special!!

Head over to Tacky Back In Time & check out their ever changing line of crafty supplies and quirky vintage today!



Lucky

Anyone seen Napoleon Dynamite? "Dang Kip".... "Lucky"... ok, maybe not ? Anyway, since my sister and I seen it we're always saying "Lucky".

Luckyme
I feel "Lucy" today! The fabulous & super retro, Frisk The Frigidaire, gave Vintage Indie a "You've Made my Day Award". Sweet, thanks!



Now it's my turn to return the award to 5 other blogs!

1. Elegant Musings - Happy Things to Brighten Life
2. At Home with the Farmer's Wife
3. Simply June
4. My Little Life
5. Angry Chicken


This wasn't easy, but here are some of my fav's!


Here are the obligatory “rules” that go with these sorts of posts…
The ‘you make my day award’ works like this:


1) Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make me think and/or make my day
2) Acknowledge the post of the award giver
3) Tell the award winners that they have won by commenting on their blogs with the news!

Thanks to Vintage Image Madness for the rockin' "Lucky" graphic!


Vintage Collections - Vintage Postcards

Welcome to another Vintage Indie reader submission, Vintage Collection Feature . Today we are visiting with Christine from Tangerine Chic. She has a gorgeous and quite large collection of vintage and old post cards. I hope you will enjoy peeking into her collection and finding out more about it.

Vintage_collections_postcards_3




Vintage Indie : What made you start collecting postcards?

Christina: I started collecting postcards after inheriting some from my dearest grandmother when she passed away 5 years ago. While going through her house deciding what to keep and what to sell/giveaway, I came across a small index file cabinet in her basement that was full of vintage and 1970's/60's postcards. I actually looked at quite a few and was sorting them out when I decided to just keep all of the vintage cards and the ones that she had of San Malo, France where my family immigrated from.

Vintage Indie: What kinds do you normally search for?
Christina: Honestly, I have not found many cards that I felt were worth buying. They must be from the 1910's to the 1920's if they want to hold a spot in my collection. I have Christmas, New Years, Valentines, St. Patricks Day, Easter, Birthday, and Thanksgiving. I think I have some few random ones in there that are just greetings. I also have a hard time knowing if I already own a particular card as I have at least 1,000 of them.  I really need to take the time to get them into some sort of archival file system so I truly know what I have and how many there are.

I truly hoard these postcards for myself. I could never sell them because of the emotional attachment they have to my grandmother. Plus, I just love the images, colors, little notes on the back . They even have a certain "vintagey" smell that reminds me of playing in my grandmothers basement when I was little. My girls and I will sit around and sort them into favorites by holiday and they will ask me to read what is written on the back of them. I also have used copies of the originals in some of my collages and cards that I sell. I have thought about making laser prints of some of them and selling them so others can have a piece of the love. I hope to pass them on to my daughters someday and hope they will cherish  them as much as I do.

Thanks Christina for sharing your lovely collection with us! If you'd like to see some of Christina's work you can visit her vintage shop on Etsy, Tangerine Chic.

What do you collect? Send us your submissions! Subject:Reader Collections


What You Make of It - Reader Submissions

Did you visit our What you Make of It feature, with Vintage Image Madness? If not, head over and grab the fabulous freebie of Vintage Valentine's Day images.

Check out how Bethany from Bitter Betty Industries used them! I love how Mrs. Home Maker is getting ready to glitter them up! 
Valentine_making
































"The Mrs. Home Maker Action Figure
.
She working hard to be America's New Sweetheart.
She buys used. She makes it herself. She has handmade "New Vintage" dresses. She gardens, line dries her laundry, has cute reusable grocery bags, cans organic produce, buys local and handmade, raises chickens, and has brilliant, politically aware, sensitive artistic children. Plus she always looks adorable... and she wears aprons in public whenever possible.
Saving the world one re-useable shopping bag and organic rutabaga at a time."

Don't forget to head over to Bitter Betty Industries for Bethany's line of handmade goodness!

Send us your artwork or  "What You Make of It"  submissions.

Vintage + Modern Mingle - Did you ring?

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Did you remember to call your loved ones? Well, if not hopefully today's inspiration board with get you motivated to make some calls!

Vintage_modern_mingle_did_you_cal_2


























Top Left: Rotary Dial Red Stud Post Earrings @ AlwaysAmy

Top Right: ACEO original Art Card @ Tcatalano

Second Row Left: Vintage Lucite Princess Phone Keychain or Charm @ theginghamgirl

3rd Row Left: Gossip Vintage Telephone Charm Necklace @ eclecticeccentricity

 Third Row Right: Telephone Earrings @ ScatterJoy

Bottom Left: Telephone @ LynseyHunter

4th Row Right: Vintage Phone KenisonsCloset

Bottom Right: Phone Ring @ blindspotjewellery

- Feel inspired? Share with us how today's board inspired you.

Enjoy

 


What You Make of It - How To Make a Vintage Greeting Card

Hey there crafters! I'd like to introduce you to Niki the owner of The Vintage Artist. She is a mixed media artist who uses vintage elements in her artwork.  She also creates how to videos for various crafts, projects and techniques. Today, she has graciously shared her How to video on How to Make a Vintage Greeting Card.

Please visit her website and let her know how much you appreciate her how to video and to view more of her gorgeous artwork.


The Daily Swank -Octavine Illustration

This may come of a shock to you all, but my house is brightly colored with deep hues of greens, blues, chocolate browns. Three years ago when we first moved into our home it was very eclectic and brightly colored, like neons. I'm pretty sure I wanted to feel like I was outside while I was in and there is a TON of green. Anyway, my style right now is more art nouveau and deco.  That's why I was drawn to today's Daily Swank Octavine Illustration.

La_belle_vie_octavineillustration


Each illustration is an original from the shops owner and  artist Cara. This first one is La Belle Vie--The Beautiful Life. I'm in love with this print.













Apron_oct

Next up from Octavine Illustration is another lovely piece of artwork, but this time featured on an apron. La Belle Vie--The Beautiful Life--Kitchen Apron.

I usually don't include blogs in features, but you really should check out Cara's blog and see some of the amazing custom work she does.

Enjoy!