Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Are your unused vintage greeting cards, really unused?

I have been selling vintage greeting cards for over six years now and collecting for ten. I have come across several unused cards and tons of used. It is somewhat rare to find a cute card that is unused. If you are lucky enough to get a hold of an old scrapbook from the 1950's or earlier, you probably will get one or maybe two cards tucked inside that have passed the sender's hand without getting signed, but for the most part, they are usually signed. I have even come across several that I thought were unused, but with close examination, was able to find the signature hidden away behind the fold of the card. For some reason, it was popular to hide your signature from the birthday boy or girl. People forget to look the card over for this hidden spot. So if you are buying unused, vintage greeting cards, remember to look in this hidden spot. This only works for cards that have folded layers of paper. See the picture below for a better idea of where to look. And don't forget to check the back of the card, sometimes it's hidden there too.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Repurposed Project #3 Pom Pom Party Favor Containers

To begin this project you will need:

1. Empty cardboard rolls from paper towels, aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
2. Can of spray paint - your choice of color.
3. Matching ribbon and pom poms.
4. Scissors
5. Exacto or box knife
6. Hole punch
7. String for hanging party favors
8. Glue gun

1. Start by cutting each roll into three smaller rolls with your Exacto knife. Measure the length of your roll and divide it into three sections for a more accurate size.

2. Take your cut rolls to a well ventilated area and spray paint them, making sure to cover the outside surface real well.  This may take a few painting sessions to get a good coat. Don't worry about the inside, it can remain unpainted. Let them dry for the appropriate time, according to the instructions on can.

3. Once the tubes are dry, plug in your hot glue gun and let it warm up for a few minutes. While you are waiting, make a drawing of  how you want to decorate the tubes. Use ribbon and pom pom colors of your choice. Here I have used white ribbon and pink pom poms against a pink tube.

4. Once the glue gun is hot enough to use, you will need seal the bottom ends of each tube so that the container will hold treats. Pinch together one end of each tube and hot glue it together, making sure to get it flat, but don't flatten the entire tube, just the end.

5. Once you have flattened the ends and glued them down, now it is time to decorate the tubes. Use the ribbon and pom poms anyway you like. Use hot glue to hold the ribbon and pom poms in place.  You will only need to use a dot of hot glue in a few places, to secure the ribbon down. No need hot glue the entire piece of ribbon to the cardboard tube. I put a dot of glue at the top, middle and end of the ribbon.

6. After you have decorated the tubes, not it's time to punch two holes in the top of each tube. This is where you will string them, so that they can hang. Puch a hole on each side of the top of the tubes.

7. Tie a string or ribbon to the container, through the holes you just punch.

8. You are Finished!!

The candy containers are now ready to use.  Enjoy!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Steampunk Mannequin Head

I have a fascination with the human head. Don't ask me why, because I wouldn't be able to tell you. But ask anyone who knows me well and they will tell you that I love hats, masks and Styrofoam heads. Right now, I have about 8 Styrofoam heads around my house that I have aquired second hand from estate sales, tag sales, flea markets and thrift stores. These heads will get a new life over the next couple of years and transform from a blank white canvas to works of art. It's been two years since the project was conceived and I just now finished my first head. The other 7 heads are about half way done and hopefully will be completed over the next 24 months. Here is a peek at the first head. I consider it to be kinda steampunkish, while friends and family find it more space age.

Monday, June 28, 2010

As a young child I would watch the old musicals on TV almost everyday. My favorites were the movies that had Carmen Miranda singing and dancing in her bright dresses and wild hats. The past few days I have been searching for her movies and came across this cute video. It's about 6 minutes long, but so much fun.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Free Digital Image

Just a little something for my friends. I would like to pass on this digital image to be used in crafts, scrapbooking, collages, altered art, or whatever your heart desires. Just click on the image to get the enlarged version, right click over the image and choose copy. Paste the image in your favorite graphics program and save it. Print it as many times as you would like - it is yours. A gift from me to you. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stars, Stripes and Polka Dots

This week I'm taking the patriotic plunge on Etsy to find anything and everything for the fourth of July holiday.  Well, not all my finds are patriotic, but they scream red white or blue.  Today, let's focus on something to wear for the picnic during the day and fireworks at night. From cool summer dresses to all out Uncle Sam stars and stripes and maybe a polka dot or two.
Triumph Swimsuit 
1960s Mod Sunglasses 

Red White and Blue Ring Earrings 

Vintage Tote and Tumbler Set 

Tony Lama Cowboy Boots

Two Round Beaded Necklaces 

60's Shortie Romper Set

Patchwork Calico Tote 

Rhinestone Flag Set 

Lovely White Ladies Wrist Gloves 

Anchors Aweigh Enamel Brooch

70s Star Spangled Hotpants 

70s On the Farm Maxi Dress 

Vintage Nautical Necklace

Nautical Plaid Silky Scarf 

Juicy Girls Ooze Hollywood Glam Dress 
by Liveoncejuicy

Monday, June 7, 2010

Play and Pretend

Though I am years away from my childhood, I sometimes have the inkling to play with dolls and stuffed animals. These cute critters that I found on Etsy, have sparked my imagination and brought me one step closer to my youth.

Click on the pictures for more information.

Elephant Bob by pavlucha,
Ginger the Weiner Dog by blackbirdfashion,
The Ballerina Owl by fongstudio,
Nice Beast Hand Puppet by Sackofdevils,
Scandinavian Matryoshka Doll by Ravenhill,
Wool Mama and Baby by Merrimonster,
Girlie Bear by lassothemoon,
Luna Lambkins by freedomrainbow,
Arthur Avocado by sleepyking,
Two Faced Friend Doll by beeperbebe,
International Wooly Egg Girls by asherjasper

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Repurposed Project #2 Thermal Fax Wrapping Paper

While looking for items to bring home and list in my store, I frequently come across rolls of thermal fax paper. Just like this past weekend, when I was searching thrift store shelves, five rolls of thermal fax paper were screaming out at me, so I put them in the basket and brought them home. I sometimes wrap gifts in the paper or crumble it up and use it as packing material. But this last weekend I stumbled upon something unique, something I didn't even realize it had, its thermal property. I guess I kind of knew that thermal fax paper used heat to create the imprints, but didn't know that I could create a pattern on it at home without the use of a fax machine. This is something I stumbled upon while using it in an ironing project, the heat from my iron caused the paper to turn black. This started an hour long experiment with the iron and eventually lead to these designs.

To begin this project you will need:

1. A piece of thermal fax paper
2. Scissors
3. An iron
4. An ironing board or sturdy and safe ironing surface
Working with the full roll can get tricky and you might get tangled up in paper, so I suggest using a piece that is a few inches smaller than the length of your ironing board. It will be much easier to work with.

1. Set up your ironing board and turn on the iron to wool or a synthetic setting. Make sure to turn off the steam, or this will ruin the design on the paper.

2. Cut a piece of fax paper that is approximately 5" smaller than the length of your ironing board and place the paper (glossy side up) on the board so that all the edges are not hanging off. You can lightly tape each end to keep it in place, but make sure to never run over the tape with your iron.

3. Start at one end of the paper and work your way to the other. Remember to leave the iron on the paper only about 1 second , or you will get a big black blob and not the iron design. Place your first iron mark on the paper by placing your iron flat on the paper surface (point facing away from you) and lifting quickly. Don't move the iron around or the image will get blurred. You can use the whole iron if you wish, like the picture shows.

4. Then next to the first iron mark, make another, that is about 1/2" apart. Now work your way down the paper to the other end making iron marks that are about 1/2" apart. Remember not to leave the iron on the paper too long or you loose the iron design.

5. When you have reached the end of the paper, go to the other side of the board and use the pointed tip of your iron to make marks in between the tips of the other marks. Get as close as you can, but leave some white space for a great relief design. Repeat this to the end of the paper.

You are Finished!!

Now you can experiment as much as you want with the thermal paper and create your own designs.

Reminders: The design will not last forever and will become lighter and eventually fade over a period of time. If you are using the paper for gift wrap, it is best to use it within a few weeks and keep it stored in a cool area. Heat from the sun or warm rooms might turn the paper completely black or gray. Also, tape and glue remove the design.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Recycling, Upcycling and Repurposing

I am always amazed at the treasures that artist make from everyday objects and things that others would only see one purpose for. Here are a few examples of great upcycled, recycled and repurposed gifts.

1. 12 Custom Wedding Totes
by ShopJessBecause

2. Recycled Vintage Journal
by StoriesDivinations

3. Reclaimed Wine Bottle Tumbler
by CarrollCreekGlass

4. Pabst Blue Ribbon Belt Buckle
by Bucklelore

5. Susie Swings the Keys To Summer Recycled Assemblage
by TemporaryInsanity

6. Cut Off Blade Clock
by lucky7steel

7. Circuit Board Dog Tag Necklace
by hobomoon

8. 7 Repurposed Origami Favor Boxes
by PrincessPeony

9. Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Table
by lovenostalgicwhimsy


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- to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of.
- to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration.
- to help to pass through a cycle again.

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