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Have you missed me? Thanks for letting me take some time off, I really appreciate it. Don't get the idea that I'm sitting around in jammies every day sipping hot cocoa though. Boy, wouldn't  that be nice. This week it is all about organizing, um finding where to store all of the Christmas stuff... and oh, more organizing. How about you? Are you enjoying any time off to do some work?

I've also been a little preoccupied with this fella, the newest member of our family.

Isn't he cute! He's already potty trained and rings his bell like a good boy. Now if he'll stop finding Legos we'll be in good shape.! The way things are going I may need a vacation from my vacation!

Happy New Year to You! See you back here soon.

xoxo  - Gabreial

Merry Christmas

Photography by Life Love Paper

Hello dear friends,

I hope you are finding yourself calming down for the winter. Do you wish that sometimes you could hibernate from the rest of the world? I do, I get lost in all of the busyness of Christmas. I'm trying to stop, breath and just enjoy life around me. This includes the laughter that fills my home and the excitement this time of year brings.

The internet can be a whirlwind this time of year, with sales here, specials there, shopping, shopping and of course more shopping. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. I know I'm not the only one, I've been seeing it all over blogs this past couple of months. I don't want to loose site of what this season is about. I don't want to loosen the tie that bonds family together. I'll be taking next week off to pull my family as close together as possible and to make as many happy memories as I can with my children. 

I want to thank you for visiting me here at Vintage Indie this year. Thank you for your sweet comments and your lovely emails. Thank you for your constant support for what I do. Your passion for creating is contagious and your strength to keep your businesses alive is an inspiration. I'm truly humbled by this independent world that I've found myself in the midst of.  I believe wholeheartedly that small businesses, family and slowing down life is a must.  We can't loose site of the important things, which by far are not materialistic. Take this new year as an opportunity to seek out what is most important to you. Strive to really embrace your goals and failure won't stand a chance.

I wish you and your family the Merriest of Christmases and the best year to come that you could ever imagine.

♥ Gabreial


If you love this Polaroid photography, visit Life Love Paper for even more gorgeous images.

VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Purple Toes Jewlery

Please help me welcome our newest sponsor Purple Toes Jewelry back to Vintage Indie. We are excited have a beautiful jewelry company with us!

Purple Toes Jewelry or dryan327 on Etsy would like to welcome you to check out their handmade accessories. From necklaces to earrings, you'll find something eclectic or chic to cover everyone on your list. Visit Purple Toes for their current line of steampunk jewelry. 

Thank you dryan327 for your support this month. We appreciate you!

*This feature is a sponsor paid feature with the Vintage Indie  Advertising. All items chosen for the feature were hand picked by me. If you are interested in advertising, please visit our informational page here.

What You Make of It: Reusable Gift Bags with Guest Contributor Annie of Firefly Hill

I love things that can be used again. Here are some little bags that have a multitude of uses-one of which is a gift bag. They are simple to make and the recipient can find a new use for it after they receive their gift.

This beautiful colorful fabric is from Jennifer Paganelli's new collection called Dance With Me. I had the pleasure of buying it at her open house this past weekend in Connecticut. Jennifer is just a lovely person. If you ever can make it to one of her open houses you should go! Her home was chock full of the most delightful things made with her eye candy fabrics. I could buy one of everything!

I have a thing for painted clothes pins. Is that weird? I like to use them for different things---one of which is as a closure for a gift. And again-re usable!

These could also be favor bags for a party, wedding shower, baby shower, etc. Just tailor the fabric to suit the occasion. I did a tutorial last fall that was similar to this one. I am going to do it again because this one has a much thinner lining.

Start out with four rectangles of fabric. This size will depend on how big you want the bag. I used 9" by 11" fabric which yielded a bag about 8" by 9".

Line the fabric that will be your exterior with 3 layers of iron on interlining. This will give the bag a little heft so that it will stand up. If you make the bag any bigger that the one I made, you may want to add more layers of interlining.

With right sides together, stitch one outer fabric to one inner fabric. Do this for both sets. Your fabric will now look like this (above).

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VI Headliner Vintage Indie Holiday Market : Pink Pig Westport

This year's holiday market is well under way and this year we have a special feature for our select vendors. We would like to welcome Pink Pig Westport to our VI Headliner Sponsor Features here at Vintage Indie.

Just a side note for all of you counting down to Christmas, there are only 8 days left of shopping bliss to make it in time!  Make sure you check with the shoppes at the market before making a purchase to ensure delivery by Christmas. 

Pink Pig offers an array of fabulous items for everyone on your list including items for relaxing, enjoying your home and more.

Special Offer

Receive our new Holiday Scent this year "Vintage Christmas" with a minimum $50.00 purchase.

Visit Pink Pig at the Vintage Indie Holiday Market to see more!

*This feature is a sponsor paid feature with the Vintage Indie Holiday Market. All items chosen for the feature were hand picked by me.

Vintage Hot Spot Store Tour: Wholly Craft Columbus, OH

Vintage Indie would like to welcome you to another Vintage Hot Spot Shop Tour! Today we welcome Olivera of Wholly Craft, located in Columbus Ohio! 


Wholly Craft Store Front

Hi Olivera, thanks so much for the interview. Can you tell us about when Wholly Craft was born? 

We opened our doors in October 2005 and moved into a bigger storefront in the summer of 2007.

What kind of store is Wholly Craft?

We carry a wide variety of handmade goods from over 100 crafters and artists. Our selection includes clothing, jewelry, handbags, baby items, paper goods, kitchen ware, bath goods, zines, hair accessories and more. We also carry a few DIY craft kits and patterns and vintage craft supplies, including knitting needles, yarn, instructional books, and trims.

North wall
We carry tons of screen printed designs, all printed on sweatshop free tshirts.  Our best selling designs let customers wear their Ohio pride on their sleeves.

What is your shop address?
3169 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43202. We’re in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, ten minutes from downtown and just north of the Ohio State University.

Baby section

One stop shopping for baby showers. Onsies, leg warmers, natural teethers, belly balm for expecting moms and more.

What are your hours?

1-8pm weekdays. 12-7pm Saturdays. 12-5pm Sundays. And we’re closed on Tuesdays. In December, we’re open everyday 12-8pm.


AmyD is a favorite local designer who uses vintage and reclaimed materials in most of her work. The vintage men’s shirt turned unisex apron is a classic.

Do you hold any special events at your store?

We do! We host crafty classes and workshops on a regular basis. The class schedule is published in our monthly email newsletter and posted on our blog at www.whollycraft.blogspot.com  We also host local bands, traveling authors, and the occasional puppet show. On the second Saturday of December, we host our Midnight Madness Sale which is a fun holiday celebration benefiting a local charity. And in 2010, we’ll be hosting bi-monthly art shows in the shop as well. It’s a busy place!

South wall

Handmade scarves, printed tote bags, and recycled handbags co-exist peacefully with the creatures of Berkley Illustration

Zine section

Zine section: We carry several self-published zines and books from local writers and from Microcosm Publishing. The posters are the Celebrate People’s History series from Just Seeds.

Is shopping indie and small businesses important to you? If so, why?

Absolutely. When shopping at a small business, you still get that level of personal interaction that transforms bland, cold consumption into a warm and pleasurable human experience. Small businesses and cottage industries strengthen our communities and when they are successful, they can offer meaningful employment to a number of people. Supporting these businesses means supporting people’s modest dreams of sustainability, not buying into a system that thrives on greed and exploitation.


Fondue: Fondue creates home décor, including these light switch plates, from original vintage wallpaper. The patterns they use are incredible! 

Uncle john

Uncle John: We were thrilled to find this vintage advertisement hidden behind a canvas cover when we moved the shop into this space. It adds a lot of charm to the room, but sometimes I feel the burn of Uncle John’s stare.

Red raven studio

Red Raven Studios: Red Raven Studios from Pittsburgh specializes in gorgeous pendants made from vintage china patterns.


  Emily Kircher, Recycling Artsit uses images from vintage children’s books to create unique bottlecap brooches.

In addition to loving all that is handmade, I have to admit to being a long-time vintage junkie! So it’s very exciting to be featured on this awesome site! Endless Saturdays spent yard saling have led to a ridiculously full basement (and garage and spare bedroom…), so to lighten the load we’re opening an Etsy site this month devoted strictly to fun vintage finds. All those 1950’s knitting patterns and 1970’s ceramic owls I just couldn’t pass up can now be yours at whollycraft.etsy.com

Angie wright desigsn

Angie Wright: Angie Wright Designs offers pendants and rings fashioned from vintage typewriter keys.


Revelry: Revelry press makes these amazing vintage-inspired coasters. Heavy duty and fun to boot.

Wholly Craft
3169 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43202
(614) 447-3445
Open 1-8pm Weekdays, 12-7 Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.
Closed on Tuesdays.


I can't exclaim any louder than this, that this time in our economy it is vital that we support the independent small businesses. Thanks to Olivera for sharing your wonderful store with us and your passions behind it.

The Daily Swank: Bellalulu

Hello dearies, did you miss me? I'm sorry! I've been caught up in the Christmas hustle and bustle as well as teaching. How about a beautiful vintage shop for you today?

Visit Bellalulu for all of these fun great finds! 

How about using one of these vintage trunks this year instead of a gift box! Re-use & recycle right!

Art: The Tinker's Pencil

I love the classy look of chic actresses like Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Berg and other beauties of the past. 



Ingrid Bergman

Prudence Elizabeth Brown is the artist who has captured them in her beautiful sketches, I love her attention to detail. Prudence also specializes in custom portraits and can create beautiful sketches of your family and loved ones.

Visit The Tinker's Pencil Art Shoppe for more information.

The Daily Swank: Vintage Marquise's & La Marquise des Anges

Today's Daily Swank is très special. Two beautiful shops from the same proprietress in France.


Vintage Marquise's serves up chic vintage from France including delights like embroidered napkins, paperie, embellishments and more.

Mosaic609e19ecab5ae057ee93dcf101b427aa22a18d20La Marquise des Anges  is the second shop from this proprietress, featuring clothing embellished with personal touches.

Indie Wedding Guide & Directory: ARSMAGNA STUDIO & Indie Weddings Month News!

Vintage Indie and our Indie Wedding Guide, would like to welcome ARSMAGNA STUDIO to our directory. You can find ARSMAGNA STUDIO and others under our Event Services category.

If you think your business would make a great fit in our directory, please visit our application page here


Indie Wedding Guide Submissions: We are gearing up for our annual Indie Weddings Month™ which happens annually in March. We're taking product submissions, products for review, giveaway sponsors, front page sponsors, do-it-yourself wedding projects, personal wedding stories and more. All submissions  chosen will be given proper credit and links should you wish to participate. For questions or submissions please email me directly subject: Indie Weddings Month.

Hello dear friends,

TypePad isn't cooperating with me today, alas I may have to wait until tomorrow to bring you features. I'll keep trying though!
xoxo Gabreial

VI Headliner Vintage Indie Market: Feather Your Nest

This year's holiday market is well under way and this year we have a special feature for our select vendors. We would like to welcome Feather Your Nest  to our VI Headliner Sponsor Features here at Vintage Indie. Just a side note for all of you counting down to Christmas, there are only 16 days left of shopping bliss!

Feather Your Nest features all sorts of cheery housewares perfect for this time of year. I've had my eye on the red and white polka dotted pottery for quite some time now. 

Special Offer

Feather Your Nest will give 10% off all online orders to our Vintage Indie friends. Visit Feather Your Nest at the Vintage Indie Market to see the other delightful items they offer and their discount code.

*This feature is a sponsor paid feature with the Vintage Indie Holiday Market. All items chosen for the feature were hand picked by me.

VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Crow & Iris

It is my pleasure to welcome Crow & Iris back as a sponsor for Vintage Indie this December. Please help me in sending them a warm welcome.


Just in time for gift giving Crow & Iris is whipping up gorgeous handmade jewelry, perfect for any gal on your shopping list. 


Aiming to pamper you, you will also find calming bath and body herbals and more at Crow & Iris. 

Thank you Crow & Iris for your support this month. We appreciate you!

*This feature is a sponsor paid feature with the Vintage Indie  Advertising. All items chosen for the feature were hand picked by me. If you are interested in advertising, please visit our informational page here.

What You Make of It: 2008 Holiday Projects Recap

We love DIY projects around here. If you haven't visited our archives for our 2008 projects I've highlighted them below for you. 

Holiday Corsage

What You Make of It: Holiday Corsage

Wreath Project

What You Make of It: Tart Mold Wreath Project

Candy Canes

What You Make of It: Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

VI Headliner Sponsor Feature: Faux*Brits

It is my pleasure to welcome Faux*Brit back to Vintage Indie as our second top sponsor for December. 


Faux*Brit "That U.S. Girl Recycling Vintage in the UK" has recently been accepted as a Vintage Fashion Guild member. Her shop is always changing with a mixture of hard to find vintage clothing and accessories. Shop for unique gifts at Faux*Brit this holiday season for great housewares as well.

Thanks Faux*Brit we truly appreciate your support!

*This feature is a sponsor paid feature with the Vintage Indie  Advertising. All items chosen for the feature were hand picked by me. If you are interested in advertising, please visit our informational page here

Heirloom Quality Gifts: Cynthia Vardhan

Cynthia Vardhan's work speaks for itself. The details in her work are simply beautiful. Anything from her collection would make gorgeous heirloom gifts to be passed down from generation to generation. 


Bud Vases 


Small Dish

Visit Cynthia Vardhan to learn more about her painstaking process to bring you these beautiful dishes. You wont find these in big box stores!

Teach Me: Music O Holy Night

As some of you already know, we are homeschoolers around these parts and this year, I've decided we are going to learn a real Christmas song. One full of truth, heart, joy and love. My favorite is O Holy Night. Have you heard Josh Groban sing it? Ahh, it warms my heart to the core.

We'll be learning it a little at a time. Learning how to write the lyrics in our best cursive and then with our voices.

You can find the lyrics here.

Mama to Mama: Straight Up Coconut Oil

Many moons ago I started a bath and body products company from the ground up. My goal was to find alternative products to the chemical laden and massed produced products of today. Since then, I've sold that business to pursue my role as a mother first and foremost as well as my writing.

Just recently, I've discovered organic extra virgin coconut oil (thanks mom). The particular brand we use around here is Nutivia.This isn't your ordinary organic coconut oil. If you do a quick search on how coconut oil is processed you can see that there are many different methods.

From Nutivia's website;

  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Made from fresh coconuts, not dried copra
  • Cold-processed
  • Unrefined
  • Chemical-free
  • Unfermented *
  • Unbleached
  • Undeodorized
  • Unhydrogenated
  • Pure white like fresh coconut
  • Tastes like fresh coconut
  • Has a fresh coconut fragrance

Can you say YUM!  I love it when my boys step out of the shower and lather themselves up with coconut oil. For one, I don't have to worry if the little one gets some on his lips and happens to have a taste. After all, it is safe enough to eat and cook with! Some days I add a dollop into my morning coffee, it curves my appetite and gives my coffee a yummy sweet coconut aftertaste. The coco-nutty goodness makes me feel like I'm on a desert island without a care in the world. Seriously, wouldn't that be nice.

Since Nutivia didn't pay me a lick or probably care that I wrote this post, you are probably wondering why would I waste my time? Well, because I want a better, healthier life for you and your family. Mamas before me, who started introducing me to organic, natural and whole living changed my world. The truth is, simpler is in fact better. Natural is in FACT better.  Do we really need to slather our children with chemical-laden products just so they can smell like kiwi? Introduce them to whole natural products (make sure it really is natural, these days you can't trust the labels), that are actually good for them at the same time. I only wish I would have known what I know now when they were babies.

Now go forth and get some coconut oil! Make sure you check how it is processed before you buy it!

xoxo - Mama Gabreial