What You Make of It: An Old Picture Frame Gets a New Life with Susan Duane

Good morning dearies, I'm sorry I've been gone these past few days. Family life is first place around here and we needed some time.  I hope you enjoy this fabulous What You Make of It project from Susan Duane.

Have a great day,

I'll be back soon!

Gabreial

Old Frame New Life

With a few simple materials you can create a useful and unique chalkboard for your home.

 
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♥ You'll need:
 
  • Old picture frame can be wood or metal
  • A piece of plywood cut to fit the frame
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Chalk 
  • A piece of ribbon or twine for hanging the chalk 
  • Hardware for hanging the chalkboard or stand 

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♥ Paint your wood with 3-4 coats of chalkboard paint, letting each coat dry. 

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♥ Lightly sand between coats. 

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♥ Insert your dried wood back into the frame.

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♥ Attach chalk and/or hooks for hanging.

 
My frame was metal so I would use this one on a stand like I have shown. I see pretty old frames at estate sales all the time. Keep your eyes open for that old picture that's not so great but the frame might be perfect! Often I add hooks with loops on the back and then thread with ribbon to hang them. You will need to wipe with a damp cloth every now and then to get the board completely clean.
 
I like to use these when we have company to write our menu on. Would make a fun house warming gift too!
 
Happy Crafting!

Susan


Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.


What You make of It: Vintage Valentine Bottles by Elizabeth Young

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Purchase heart shaped bottles or any type of glass bottle at your local craft store.  Gather supplies such as vintage valentines, vintage gummed seals, lace, pearl trim, vintage millinery flowers and valentine garland.  You will also need a decoupage medium such as Modge Podge, a glue gun and scissors.

 

Scanned Valentines

 

Scan vintage valentines and reduce the image size to fit your bottle.  Cut your smaller image out and decoupage it onto the front of the bottle with Modge Podge.  Do the same if you are using a gummed seal that is already the correct size.

 
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  Add valentine garland, pearl trim and lace to the top of the bottle.  Add trim to the base if you wish, using your hot glue gun to secure it around back.  Glue cork lid down so it will stay in place and glue a vintage flower on the top of the lid. 

Finished Valentine's Bottle
 

These were quick and easy to do!  I already had most of the supplies on hand including the heart shaped bottles! 


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Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 


What You Make of It: Vintage Pocket Valentine by Susan Duane

Hello! I'm so excited to be a part of Vintage Indie. I want to thank Gabreial for giving me the opportunity to share my love of vintage with all of you. I hope you enjoy my first DIY project. We are making a pocket filled with vintage ephemera for your favorite Valentine.

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You will need:

  • a page protector used for scrapbooking in any size you like
  • cardstock to affix your pocket to
  • vintage papers of all kinds (I used vintage ledger paper, sheet music, wallpaper, old Library pockets and tiny glassine envelopes)
  • punches
  • stamps
  • vintage buttons 
  • vintage ribbon, rikrak or seam binding for tying the pocket closed.
 

Directions:
 
Start by cutting off the edge of the page protector with the holes.

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Cut your cardstock just a little wider than your pocket.

For the length you'll want about a 2" flap at the top. To fold over the top of the pocket.

I cut an old sheet music cover and glued it to the cardstock, this step is optional. If you don't do this you'll see your cardstock through the pocket which is just fine.

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Sew the pocket to the cardstock. If you don't sew don't worry just glue down your pocket or use fun staples.

Punch various shapes from your vintage papers. This would be a great way to use old Valentine's, punch out your favorite parts.

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Decide on buttons or anything else you'd like to put inside.
Stamp some tags with your favorite stamps.

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Put all your ephemera inside the pocket and tie it closed with your ribbon or seam binding.

 
 
This makes a thoughtful gift for a crafty friend or family member.  The great thing about this project is that you can easily adapt it to use what you already have on hand. No page protector? Try using a clear cello bag or transparency. No ribbon? Use twine or baker's string. You can stamp the flap for added interest, age the edges with your inks. The possibilities are endless, be creative and add your own touch!
 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

 - Susan


Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.


Handmade: Spring with Haberdashing Shoppe

I love fresh white snow. I love the excitement it brings to my little boys and their cheers when making snow angels, but deep down I'm already dreaming of spring. I can't wait to select seeds for the garden, plan that first dig and welcome the warm sun daily. I long for it actually.

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The Gilded Bee creates these vintage inspired butterflies for embellishing gifts or crafts. I also think they would be great as little reminders of spring to come, sprinkled throughout your house.

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If it is flowers and buds that you dream of, The Gilded Bee has you covered with their gorgeous handmade flowers including roses, plum primrose, starflowers and more. 

 

all images copyright © Haberdashing Shoppe

 


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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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



What You Make of It: Thrift Store Re-do with Record Albums by Elizabeth Holcombe

Record albums fill the thrift stores! Choose four with your favorite graphics and make a handy and EASY storage box for pennies!

Record Cover Storage Box:

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Supplies:


1. four record albums
2. plastic Rex lace or yarn
3. hole puncher
4. scissors
5. ruler

Cut the fronts of the four record covers from the backs AND save one of the backs. Use your ruler and make marks one inch apart on three sides of the front covers (the sides and the bottom). Use the hole puncher to make holes about ¼ inch from the edge of the covers and make them one inch apart starting at the bottom. You will also make similar holes around the one back cover you saved, and make holes all around this piece, one inch apart.

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Measure out about 3 feet of Rex lace or yarn for each side to be stitched together. Use the cover backing with holes punched all around and sew the bottoms of each front cover to it.

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Leave the ends loose on either side. Use a different piece of Rex lace or yarn to stitch the bottoms of the covers to the bottom of your box.

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When that is done, hold up to sides until the edges meet and stitch the two sides together. Repeat until all four sides are stitched together and your box looks like a box! At the bottom of each corner take all three ends and push them into the inside of the box. Tie the ends together. At the top of the box on all four corners tuck the loose end of the lace or yarn down into the stitches on the inside.

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Inside of the completed box.

Your box is complete! Use it to store reusable grocery/shopping bags, gloves, scarves, toys, etc! You can also put in a plastic bag and use it for trash or as a paper recycling bin!

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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project. (Dime Store Chic designs are intended for personal use and not for sale)


Autumn Organizing: Organizing with Gift Bags

(Sang in my best Barry White ) Autumn is in the air, I can feel it all around. Do you feel the autumn weather on its way where you are? Maybe you're in the West Coast sunny California and you aren't seeing the leaves fall. Either way, for me anytime is as good as any for organizing. Vintage Indie's contributing editor Elizabeth Ferdorko is here with a cute idea to use up your stash of gift bags.

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Here are before and after photos of the clean out/organization project I tackled this weekend. I seriously needed to clean out my bookshelves in my studio space. 

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Once I did that I needed to find some containers that would fit on one particular shelf which would hold all of these vintage millinery flowers I have. I bought gift bags in different colors/patterns which represented the colors of the flowers inside, eg, the Halloween bag hold yellow and orange flowers. These gift bags could easily be used to store fabric scraps, paper scraps, or anything!

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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project. (Dime Store Chic designs are intended for personal use and not for sale)


The Daily Swank - Delicious Vintage Supplies

You knew I had an affection with vintage paperie and supplies, didn't you? With a Twist is full of delicious vintage supplies, that you'll adore.

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French Market Vintage Journal Kit

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Vintage Lace Trim

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Pink Posies, Pink Cottage Flower Embellishments

Don't take my word for it though, head over to see for yourself!

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What Your Make of It: DIY Vintage Revamp Magnetic Memo Tray

Teri & Serena of The Farm Chicks are always inspiring others to create with their creative projects. Recently, I had the chance to make a vintage magnetic memo tray from their book The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen. This book is not only a cookbook, but it's filled with fun projects to get your creative juices flowing.



Create your own Vintage Magnetic Tray in 4 simple steps!


Gather Your Supplies:
  • Metal Tray
  • Super Glue/Metal Glue
  • Rubber Stoppers
  • Magnets & Notepaper

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I've been holding on to this tray for awhile, waiting for just the right time to use it. I cleaned it up in some hot soapy water, and quickly dried so to not damage the paint.

Vintage Metal Tray Hanger

Next I added a metal hanger, applying a bit of superglue. I placed a heavy can on top to assure that the metals bonded for a few minutes.

Vintage Metal Tray Stopper

Third I added these little sticky bumpers made for cabinet doors and kitchen drawers, one on each corner to keep the metal from rubbing the wall. These have a sticky back and are easily removable.

Completed Metal Tray

Last, I hung my fancy new memo board on the wall, added a note and a fun magnet!

I hope you enjoyed my step by step project. Find this one and more in The Farm Chicks book here.





The Daily Swank - Olive Someday

Today's Daily Swank comes from Etsy shop Olive Someday. They're creating sweet wall adornments for your home, bringing vintage frames to life by pairing them with vintage illustrations.

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Purchase a frame kit from OliveSomeday and add to it your child's artwork. Another idea, add illustrations you've been holding on to, for a unique one of a kind art wall in your home.

DIY Design & Style: Dressing Table Chair with Jerusalem Greer


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Currently we are in the middle of re-decorating our master bedroom. We have lived in our vintage cottage for 6 years and life with 2 little boys is starting to show on more than just my face (oh the laugh lines!)  All the walls are looking a little rough as well, a little too "well loved" if you know what I mean, so the time has come to start re-painting. We decided to start with our room because frankly I have never loved the color we painted it originally. That color choice was a mistake made for the sake of fashion, and I have learned  - after having to look at it first thing in the morning for 6 years - my lesson!. So now, we are moving on to what I love, not what I think everyone else will love and boy am I already so happy!

When we decided to repaint our bedroom, I also decided to fix up a few areas of the room that had been neglected during the arrival of new babies, job changes and countless other home-projects. The first area I tackled is the little dressing area in the nook between our closets.  I have had a table (a Salvation Army find for $15) for quite a while, but until recently I could never find a chair that fit the tight space well.

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That is until I saw Brown Betty above. Brown Betty was found in the back of a charity re-sale shop one town away. She appeared to be very lonesome, missing one button (much like our beloved Corduroy,)  the right size for the nook and the perfect price - $5 - for my pocket book. Her only drawbacks were that she was brown and an office chair, but both of those facts did not deter me, because when you find a great chair for $5 you buy it, and figure the rest out later! Right? Right!

So home Brown Betty and I went, and just as I suspected she fit the nook perfectly, her wheels making it easy to maneuver in the tight space. But how to take her from "office space" to "vintage grace" was the next challenge.

I decided that given her shape (small, no arms) I would attempt to make a simple slipcover for her. Something loose and light, like a summer sundress.

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 Over the years, I have read several articles on how to do this type of no-pattern-loose slipcover project and have always been eager to try it,  so without any idea of the outcome,  I jumped in with both feet, fancying myself as cool as any designer on Project Runway, with my straight pins and yards of fabric (a vintage sheet from my stash,) as I draped and pinned, cut and sewed, pinned and trimmed, and sewed some more until I had a slipcover! To add to her charm I also painted her legs & the brass on her casters a soft pale green. This little touch finished her off just right, and now she sits happily by the window in my dressing nook.

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Now I am not a seamstress at all, I am typically only about straight line sewing  -you know, square pillows and tab top curtains. So if you come to my house and inspect my work on this slipcover you will see all kinds of puckers and some less-than-even spots. But over all I am pleased as punch with how Sweet Betty (as she has been renamed) turned out.  I may even try my hand at the cool armchair out in the garage that I have always dreamed of covering this way. Of course that project will involve heavier fabric & arms so I may have to call for back-up (Mom if you are reading this, please stay by the phone...)

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Till the next vintage project,
Jerusalem

If you are unfamiliar with the loose-slipcover technique, the best tutorial for it online is at Pink & Polka Dot blog- click here to check it out!

©Vintage Indie, Jerusalem Greer 2009

Featurebutton_03_2 Jerusalem Greer is a mom, a wife and a modern vintage gal just trying to live the artsy life. Full of love, laughter with a grateful heart, she enjoys creating beautiful spaces and goodies, which bring joy to all who encounter them.When she's not filling the role of "style and design editor" for Vintage Indie Mag, she is busy working in her studio at Storia Divita. Please visit her new website Jerusalem Greer





What You Make of It: Dime Store Chic - Divers Towel Rack

Divers Towel Rack -  A fun and whimsical place to hang your beach towels this summer!
By Elizabeth Holcombe

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Supplies:

1. 3 diver/swimming trophies with divers removed from the base (keep the screw nut that held the figure to the base)

2. piece of pine measuring 14 x 3-1/2 x 3/4

3. drill bit matching the size of the screw on the trophy figure, and wider drill bit for counter sinking

4. two colors of spray paint in your favorite colors

5. sandpaper

6. 3 washers to fit the screws on the trophy figures

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Decide how far apart you want the trophy figures to be and drill a hole to fit each screw on the figure in three places (I drilled the center hole in the center of the board and drilled the side holes 5 inches apart from the center.) Also drill two smaller holes between the three holes for nailing or screwing to the wall.

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Turn the board over and drill a wider hole/channel around each small hole.
Sand wood until front and corners are smooth.

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Spray paint the wood. Allow to dry.
Lightly sand the trophy figures and spray paint them a contrasting color from the board. Allow to dry
Attach the trophy figures with the washer first, then the screw nut. Tighten. Done!

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Hang this fun towel rack anywhere you need extra space for your beach towels!~~~Happy Summer!



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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project. (Dime Store Chic designs are intended for personal use and not for sale)


DIY Design & Style: A Camp Stool Project by Jerusalem Greer

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Over the past few years I have picked up cheap but sturdy camp stools whenever I found them - garage sales, thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets.  Originally I had intended to re-new & re-style them to sell in my little local shop, but when I closed shop in December I didn't close my the book on my idea of these little stools. I just changed the end of the story a bit. Instead of making these to sell, I decided to make these to keep!

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A big group camping trip at the end of the month was my prime motivation for digging these out of the garage and getting to work on them. I just had to have them ready for our families first camping trip together.

I started by ripping off the original seat covers. That was a great way to relieve some tension, ripping those off!

Next, I painted the frames using light pink (for me,) light green (for my Sweet Man) and light blue (for the boys) paint.  I have yet to find a light pink paint that will cover well in 1 coat, so I started with my stool and painted it first, confident that it would need a second coat - which it did - and therefore could use the extra drying time.

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While the frames where drying, I scavenged in my fabric closet for something that was both heavy duty (to withstand our ample bottoms) and vintage cute.
This red ticking I had recently picked up at a thrift store was exactly what I needed.  To give it an even more authentic vintage feel, I turned the fabric inside out so that stripes appeared  to be faded and not so new.

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After measuring and cutting my fabric out (using the old seat covers as a pattern) I folded the edges over and ironed them down. Now a thorough seamstress would have sewn proper hems along each side, but I am the make-do queen when it comes to sewing my own projects, so a good ironing was all they got considering the time crunch I was under.  I also decided last minute to add a little extra embellishment to each seat by appliqueing a tent & campfire. To do this I cut out the shapes in coordinating fabrics using a couple of die cuts I picked up at a scrapbook store closing sale.  I attached them to the seat fabric using a fusible adhesive product called Heat N Bond Ultrahold which I am (so far) very pleased with.

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Finally the time came to attach the seat fabric to the frames. This was a little bit of a challenge because in order to do it exactly the way the original manufacturer did it I would have had to take the frames completely apart. Well, remember how I like to cut corners on my own projects? Yep, you guessed it - I made do there too, securing the seat covers best I could - a little less well than the original - using a staple gun and a hammer to make sure those staples went in good and secure.

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I am happy to say that all four stools made it to camp and back just fine, holding up both the littlest and biggest of family members and friends, and looking lovely too!

©Vintage Indie, Jerusalem Greer 2009

Featurebutton_03_2 Jerusalem Greer is a mom, a wife and a modern vintage gal just trying to live the artsy life. Full of love, laughter with a grateful heart, she enjoys creating beautiful spaces and goodies, which bring joy to all who encounter them.When she's not filling the role of "style and design editor" for Vintage Indie Mag, she is busy working in her studio at Storia Divita. Please visit her new website Jerusalem Greer



What You Make of It: Quilt Scraps Posies By Elizabeth Holcombe


Vintage Quilt Scraps provide whimsical fun for your spring décor!


Supplies:

1. vintage quilt scraps
2. assortment of cute vintage buttons
3. pinking shears
4. needle and thread, and embroidery floss
5. thick floral wire


For each flower, use pinking shears to cut out three circles from small to large and to cut out a pair of leaves. Sew the three circles together with smallest on top. Then sew a button on top of the stack. Twirl the floral wire around your finger or a screwdriver handle to make a curlicue. Straighten the twisted stem a little bit. Make a small loop on one end of the wire “stem”.

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 With the embroidery floss, sew the flower to the loop. Then use the floss to the stitch the leaves to the stem by folding over one end of each leaf around the stem. Use a running stitch to attach the leaf to the stem.

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Quilted Flowers done

Place posies on your favorite vase or container!~~Fun and easy!


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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project. (Dime Store Chic designs are intended for personal use and not for sale)

What You Make of It: Dime Store Chic for Your Garden (Garden Markers)

by Elizabeth Holcombe

       Delight your garden with these easy-to-make Dime Store Chic plant markers!

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Supplies:
1. assorted large plastic farm animals and/or insects
2. dowel sticks;  ¼ inch thick is a good size.
3. your favorite color of spray paint (I like green for the garden)
4. plastic letters (found at your local craft store or office supply store) OR vinyl letter stickers (if you use stick-on letters, you don’t need the glue)
5. water-resistant quick epoxy-type glue, like GOOP

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First spray paint the dowel sticks. I find it easy to insert the sticks into holes poked in a cardboard box and spray them. It’s OK to leave about an inch of the stick unpainted. Then drill a hole in the bottom of the plastic animals or insects (make sure your drill bit matches the size of your dowel).

Insert the dowel in the drilled hole with a little glue. Dowel should fit snugly.

Spray paint one side of the plastic letters. Glue letters onto the animals.~~See? Super easy!

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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project. (Dime Store Chic designs are intended for personal use and not for sale)

PF: Free Printable Labels - Live Love Laugh & Blank Labels

Vintage Indie would like to welcome our newest contributing editor, Julie Tiedens.

Julie Tiedens craves busy-ness, and has plenty of it with her too-scrumptious-for-words two-year-old, much-harassed husband and Bohtieque Design, her label and paper goods shop at Etsy and 1000 Markets. Handy with a graphics tablet and Mac, Julie designs all of the items her store carries and constantly looks for new ideas to develop for Bohtieque.

Join Julie here at Vintage Indie a couple times a month for PF { Printable Friday } , where she'll be offering up exclusive downloads just for Vintage Indie readers! Up first are these gorgeous Live Love & Laugh Labels and a blank version, ready for your special touch.

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What You Make of It: Easter Projects from House of 3

I can't believe I didn't show you these sooner, but the awesome team over at Houseof3 has created some wonderful projects for your Easter Celebrations.


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Learn how to turn this easy printable kit into Easter Treat bags!


I wish I would have known about this sooner, but this Easter Scripture Printables Kit is right up my alley. I'd love to start this tradition.

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Look for helpful tutorials and more at the Houseof3 Create link!

All products, images and video is Copyriht ©Houseof3

What You Make of It - Trophy Birthday Cake Topper - Dime Store Chic DIY Craft with Elizabeth Holcombe

Trophies are plentiful in thrift shops and can easily be repurposed into fun birthday cake toppers!

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The supplies are as follows:

  • Trophy top (you’ll only need the figure on top)
  • Spray paint in your favorite color
  • About 20 plastic candle holders
  • Half of a 3” Styrofoam ball
  • About 15 plastic flowers
  • Small ceramic dish or saucer
  • Happy Birthday plastic sign
  • Glue (all purpose, fast drying)

One: paint your trophy top.

Two: Glue trophy top to the top of the half of the Styrofoam ball.

Three: glue Styrofoam ball into center of small dish.

Four: dip the ends of the candle holders and the plastic flowers into the glue and insert them into the Styrofoam ball until the ball is covered.

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Five: glue Happy Birthday sign to the base of the trophy.

Six: Allow to dry overnight.

Seven: put on Birthday cake! The dish bottom allows you to reuse the topper by simply wiping the icing from the bottom of the dish.

Trophy Birthday done front

Enjoy and remember to pick the trophy top that suits your Birthday boy or girl the best!


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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

This project & photos are copyright Elizabeth Holcombe, Vintage Indie. You may not reproduce or copy this project.

Exclusive Fabulous Freebie - Petit Labels - by Rhonna Farrer for House of 3

It is my pleasure to announce the launch of the fabulous new House of 3  Think gorgeous, chic, vintage and stylish products for the design minded globally. The dynamic trio of House of 3 includes the fabulous Rhonna Farrer, Heidi Swapp and Janet Hopkins. They've pulled their talents together and have opened a whole new world of gorgeous digital scrapbooking design, products for your home, tutorials and a place to gather inspiration. Not only that, but you can find , scrumptious blog headers and backgrounds.
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I'm also excited to announce a new Exclusive Fabulous Freebie created just for Vintage Indie readers by Rhonna Farrer
Rhonna_PetitLabels 

Download RhonnaFarrer_Houseof3_PetitLabels-1
  1. These labels use every bit of the paper! Simply print them off on a full sheet of Avery White Sticker Paper
  2. Cut out with a tad bit of white on the edges for a really classic look.
  3. And for a really cool effect, try printing out on the Avery Clear Sticker Paper. mmmm...a frosty, vellum look! so cool!
Labels are Copyright © Rhonna Farrer for House of 3
For personal use only. Please feel free to link to Vintage Indie to share the Exclusive Fabulous Freebie!


What You Make of It - Valentine's Day Decoration (Vintage Gelatin Mold) - Dime Store Chic with Elizabeth Holcombe

Thrift stores frequently have silver or copper-hued decorative gelatin molds for a dollar or two. Here is an easy way to use one of these molds for a design-forward piece of wall art for your kitchen.

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Supplies:

  • Metal gelatin mold with raised design.
  • Steel wool.
  • Matte spray paint in your favorite color.
  • Craft paints in your favorite colors.
  • White glue.
  • Brush.
  • Fine glitter in your favorite colors (to match craft paint colors).


1. Roughen the surface of the mold with steel wool. Spray paint the outside of the mold.

2.
After paint has dried, paint over the raised design in your choice of colors of craft paint (these colors should coordinate with your glitter colors).

3
. After craft paint has dried, paint over the raised design (craft paint) with the glue. Sprinkle the glitter on the glue-painted areas. Allow to dry.

4
. Brush away excess glitter.

5.
Now, you’re done! Hang your glittery decoration anywhere for a touch of sparkle!

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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.



What You Make of It - Dime Store Chic - Paper Patchwork Jewelry Box

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for cleaning out the clutter, and organizing your crafting supplies and other bits and bobs. Thrift stores are bulging with old worn jewelry boxes which can easily be re-purposed as decorative storage boxes for small items in your craft space.

 Dime Store Chic - Box

Jewelry Box supplies (Click Images to Enlarge)

All you need are the following:

Vintage jewelry box

Adhesive-backed scrap-booking papers

Blank paper for making patterns

Pencil ‘

Ruler

Sandpaper or sanding block

Paintbrush

Paper towel

Cream-colored acrylic craft paint


 

Step One: Trace the front, a side, and the top of the jewelry box on the blank papers (see above photo). Cut out.


Jewelry Box one side measuring

Step Two: Arrange rectangular pieces of self-adhesive scrapbooking paper over the pattern template, cutting the adhesive papers to fit the template in a patchwork pattern, overlapping the edges of the different pieces of paper.


Step Three: Remove backing of the papers and adhere the pieces to the jewelry box. Repeat this until the sides, front, back, and top are covered with patchwork of papers. Don’t worry if the papers don’t go perfectly to the edge of the box.


Jewelry Box sanding





Step Four: Use sandpaper to distress the edges of the box and papers.


Jewelry Box ready for whitewash




Step Five:  Paint the edges of the box and wipe quickly with paper towel to create and whitewash effect on the papers, especially around the edges. You may want to paint and wipe the lock of the box too.


You’re finished! Now you have a useful and decorative box for all of your tiny treasures! Happy crafting!

Jewelry Box finished open 


Featurebutton_05Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.


What You Make of It - Freebie Collage Sheet: Vintage Santa & Holiday Images

The wonderful owners of Vintage Image Madness have prepared a special collage sheet of wonderful holiday graphics just for Vintage Indie Readers! Vintage Image Madness specializes in affordable and high quality vintage images. You can find Backgrounds, Postcards,Sewing Items, Photos, Collage Sheets, Vintage Advertisements and so much more. Everything all in one easy location, and categorized for easy finding. Sign up for their monthly program and get 50,000 for only $25.00/month* (see site for details)

Click on the image to enlarge. Please save to your own hard drive before using.
Vintage Indie Special Collage Sheet - Dec08 copy
A special thanks to Vintage Image Madness for creating this fun collage sheet just for us. Please visit Vintage Image Madness the next time you are in the market for vintage graphics!


What You Make of It - Dime Store Chic - Make a Lush Holiday Corsage By Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko

I love making these ribbon corsages! They remind me of back when one of my great aunts or grandmothers would wear this holiday "bling" on their coats!~~These corsages are delightfully over-the-top and really make a statement if worn on a jean jacket or tote. They are very easy to make and can be designed to suit any holiday or occasion. Here's how to make one...or dozens; it's up to you!

First gather some supplies:

Supplies

You'll need four lengths of two different colors and/or textures of ribbon. I chose four seven inch length of 1-1/2 inch wide vintage gold and new pink grosgrain ribbons. Mix and match colors or you may chose to use one color. You'll also need four lengths of thinner ribbon (I chose gold and pink satin ribbons at 1/4 inch wide). What goes in the center of the corsage is up to you. If you can find them, aluminum light reflectors make great "trays" to hold the vintage and new bits and bobs for your corsage. Also gather flocked birds, millinery flowers,bits of tinsel, small ornaments, plastic flower beads, and anything else you can think of. It's your choice!

You'll also need needle and thread, glue (I like Scotch quick-dry adhesive because of the precision tip), scissors, a fabric scrap, iron-interfacing scrap, and a pin backing.

Here's the first step. This is easy. I promise...

Ribbon size and sewn

Sew right sides of your ribbon together with about a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out.

Then, step two (see? I told you this is easy)...

Criscross

Criss-cross the ribbons, hand sewing them together. I like to stitch them in pairs and then stitch the pairs together. Running stitches in a circle in the center of the ribbon loops make the loops stay together very well. Make sure the seams are in the center and not on the outside of the loops.

Then, on to step three...

Reflector On

Repeat the criss-crossing with the narrower ribbon, over lapping contrasting colors over the wider ribbon, and sew down near the center. Then take your aluminum reflector and sew it down--this puts it tighter against the ribbons than glue, but you make choose to glue the reflector down if you feel it will be secure. Instead of a reflector, you may make a "Yo-yo" of ribbon by making a running stitch along one side of a ribbon loop and gathering the ribbon until you have a circular ribbon Yo-yo.)

Now, step four, the really fun part!...

Finished

Glue, glue, glue you vintage bits and bobs down, layering millinery flowers, bits of tinsel, ornaments, a plastic flower, beads, and the bird. You may layer your items first in a small dish without gluing, of course, to get an idea of how to place them on your corsage. You'll not want to stop adding your items once you get started, and that's the hardest part, stopping. Just remember you can make another and another and...

The final step!...

Back

Iron on a scrap of interfacing onto your fabric scrap. Cut out with decorative pinking or scalloped scissors. Sew on pin back  and make a little tag, because you are proud of your creation, I just know you are! Glue the backing down, allow it to dry completely, and then wear your creation with pride!




Featurebutton_05Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.