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Welcome to Day 27!

i had a completely different post ready for today...
then i went to Barnes & Noble yesterday, and spied something SO FABULOUS
that it is just too good NOT to share!

i don't know why they do it, 
but Barnes & Noble offers reprints of the original 
1800's - 1900's Sears, Roebuck & Company catalogs!
yes, the same ones that used to be dropped with a THUMP onto your porch each summer,
just in time to pick out 'back to school' clothes and dream over toys for Christmas. 

i spied that volume on the sales shelf and grabbed my phone to take a shot to share
[while an older gentleman on the same aisle looked at me suspiciously...]

inside the book are hundreds of pages with thousands of vintage images 
and words in antique typography
that would be PERFECT for paper crafts! 
do you create collages? mixed media art? 
are you like me and wrap everything that's boring in paper of the vintage variety?
this is just a fabulous solution that saves you the time and trouble
of rooting through boxes in barns, antique stores and thrift shops 
to find old magazines for your projects.

those paper crafts shown in yesterday's PARTY post
you could totally make that stuff with these catalog pages - instead of sheet music.
for any holiday or season!


a Sweet Treat Party!

Welcome to Day 26!
the photos in this post are from a retail display that i created
one Valentine's Day in a vintage boutique... 

i was inspired by my own 8th birthday party
[one of my favorites, and i remember it in great detail!]
from the pink streamers overhead to the kitchen setting,
and the strawberry 'ice cream' to the pink 'cake',
[some of my original 'FooFooFauxFood'TM designs]
so i had a lot of fun putting this together!

first, here's a look at the whole 'party':
second, some of the details:

 * a pink child's skirt is the lampshade cover, with a sweet ribbon bow to hold it in place.
     *  'ice cream' in bowls is made from chenille bedspreads and topped with fuzzy white yarn
 * 'ice cream cones' are Christmas ornaments in vintage paper cones with crepe paper ruffles

* party hat is a dollar store purchase, dolled up with vintage papers & ribbons
 * 'bon bons' are tiny Christmas ornaments in cupcake liners
 * stacked glass plate, casserole lid, and footed bowls create a pedestal to hold the bon bons

 * round notepads with pink design look like cookies on a cookie sheet in the open vintage oven
 * the 'cake' is a round tin, covered in chenille from a bedspread and a lace doily
 * sweet favor flags (and banner on back wall) are made from sheet music and stickers

 * this photo [up in my February banner image and used a few times in other posts]
was taken in this display setup, too...
the chair hung on the wall, to the right and above the white vintage stove.

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Happy Weekend!
now go create somethin' !


Think Outside the Box!

back in November, i was rummaging through my Mom's holiday decor stash,
 and i found a bunch of old ornaments inside
a Miller's Outpost box, shown in the photo above

ok, i'm REALLY going to date myself here by saying that 'back in the day', 
Millers was THE place to shop for cool clothes.
it was like H&M or Abercrombie are today. it was COOL.

but looking at this old, faded, tired-looking 25-year-old box, you'd never know that.
i decided that even though [or maybe especially because] it was OLD, 
this survivor of a Millers Outpost box had some redeeming qualities
[not the least of which is the faded vintage paper color]
and needed to be re-purposed into something else.
well, i couldn't figure out a single thing to make out of it at Christmas...
but shortly afterward, i had a brainstorm:

those red stripes would be perfect on hearts & tags in February!

continue reading for not one but TWO 'Fast, Cheap & Easy' tutorials:
how to turn a shirt box into gift tags and hearts!
[and shirt boxes are FREE with a purchase from department stores,
so even if you don't need one, get one as craft supplies! ]

continue reading for the tutorial...


The Lollipop Guild

every year, the sweet-faced girl shown below
chooses an equally sweet theme for her 'Farm Chicks' antique show.
in 2011, she chose a candy theme - and i loved the graphic so much
that it was my inspiration for the little gift i made her
[just to say thank you for having me as a vendor]
i found some red and white cording at the fabric store, and used it to make two little lollipop pins.
i cut some words out of vintage sheet music and added them to the pins
['serena' was actually 'serenade' on the sheet music]
then i nestled them in a tiny box and embellished it with vintage trims.

this craft is so very simple, and makes a perfect accent on a gift tag, place card, 
or greeting card. here's how it looks on a manilla gift tag:

 and here's the easy 1-2-3-4 to make your own:
i used cotton baker's twine for the tags. a drop or two of glue is all it takes!
make 'em small for tags and larger for pins, like the ones i made for serena.
just cut out a circle as the backing for a pin, instead of using the whole tag.


It's a Wrap

make easy seasonal changes to your clear glass vases with paper

whether you use an assortment of vibrantly colored wrapping paper as shown here,
or the subtle tones of vintage sheet music and book pages,
it only takes a minute - and makes a big impact.

 the two papers used here are the remains of a roll of Christmas wrapping paper
[red on one side, and white with red polka dots on the reverse]
and a piece of 1970's era heart-print gift wrap that was unearthed in an old box

 there are two methods:
* cut a piece of paper to fit INSIDE the glass vase if you are using silk flowers or twigs
* cut a piece of paper to fit OUTSIDE the glass vase if you are using a candle or real flowers in water
a few small pieces of double-stick tape will hold the paper in place

[the small hearts shown on two of these vases 
were cut from the opposite side of the paper and taped in place]

 you can also use ready-made paper items:
these small vintage-look cupcake/candy cups fit perfectly 
the outside of small glass flowerpots,
creating a sweet setting for a tealight candle

one more idea:
after you've inserted the paper INSIDE the vase for use with faux flowers,
place a white heart-shaped doily between the glass and the paper
[or perhaps a special love note or photograph!]

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