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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Vintage Little Golden Book Holiday Purse

The hubby and I went to the Piper Barn show this weekend.  It is a holiday craft bazaar held in an antique barn. 


 While hubby sweetly packed baby girl around in the Ergo, I fell in love with this purse!  It was really difficult for me to chose between Frosty the Snow Man and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer but I kept with my gut and my first initial reaction of love to Frosty.  Love vintage Frosty!

The purse is made by a Portland, Oregon crafter called "Mugwump".  Here is what she had to say about her crafty business...Mugwump designs & creates handbags, wallets, & other fashion accessories using reclaimed/recycled materials.  They are given a renewed life - altered from their original intent.

Save the Earth & look good doin' it.

In particular, my bag is a vintage Frosty Little Golden Book, sewn, with a clasp closure and handle.  The sides and bottom of the purse are made out of some kind of vinyl material I believe.  Almost like the interior of a car.  The book has a weather proof coating on it for when its rainy or frosty outside!  Ha Ha, no pun intended!  She was also selling vintage album cover purses.  The cashier who processed my purchase had just bought the Bing Crosby White Christmas album purse!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pumpkins...vintage buttons and vintage rick rack style !!!

I was really inpired by these photo from "All You" magazine.  Can I just give a big shout out to that magazine?  I love that magazine!!!

Photo: Use a variety of buttons to make each of these Button-Eyed Pumpkins unique (they're adorable stacked together or solo!). See more easy Halloween pumpkin crafts here:

I dug out my vintage buttons I have been collecting for years.  I found some vintage rick rack at an estate sale recently.  We made our first outing to a local pumpkin patch with baby and family in tow.  We came home and made home made chili and decorated pumpkins for hours!  It was an awesome day to say the least.  

Here is what we came up vintage button collection took a big hit this Halloween.  Always on the look out for more.  We are going to save our buttons before we throw the pumpkins out so we can reuse them!

 My mom's pumpkins...
 My niece's pumpkins...
 My pumpkins...
 A few of my husband's pumpkins...which I just love!!!  He layered the eyes with huge vintage buttons of different sizes.
A collection of mine and his...
 My husband's...
 Mine is difficult to see in pictures but most of my buttons are sparkly!

I made a great score recently on this HUGE pumpkin blow mold on the pedastal.  He was $5 at a local thrift store.  I was pretty excited to find him!

Our little Frenchie pumpkin!
Happy Halloween blogger friends!!!


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sorry...Out of Candy !!!

My sweet neighbor invited me over for some crafting today!  We both had been inspired by this pin on Pinterest and decided to make our own little door Halloween signs letting trick-or-treaters know when we are done giving candy out on Halloween night. 

Out of Treats sign for Halloween from 11 Magnolia Lane

Last year, we experienced some very late night trick-or-treaters at our doors and I don't want that happening this year when we will have a 10 month old wanting to get her beauty sleep:)

We used basic wood boards, craft paint, scrap book paper, modge podge, hot glue gun, ribbon, stickers and sparkly spiders.  It is fun to see how we each came up with something different and fun!

My neighbor's 

 and mine

Happy Halloween blogger friends !!!



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Easter Frenchie

Oh man, Valentine's Day flew by and as new parents, we were dead tired and in bed by 8 pm! I did get a little tiny bit of Valentine's day decorating done in the house, but not much!  All my time is devoted to baby now!  I'm sure I will have more time later, as she grows older but for now, I am pretty tied up meeting all of her sweet demands:)
The next holiday to celebrate will be Easter!  I love this picture of our French Bulldog on last year's Easter.  He was a good sport and let me put pink ears on him!  Ha!  As you can see, he looks totally thrilled!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day this year and I am looking forward to celebrating Easter with our baby girl this year!


Friday, February 8, 2013

Memory Jars

I thought I would post what I did for my co-workers this last year 2012, for Christmas gifts. It is something that I think is easy, cute and practical! I did "Memory Jars" for the year 2013. I have been collecting vintage blue canning jars and had some great finds over the summer at estate sales. There is a neat website that will help you date your blue Ball brand canning jars. Did you know that Ball brand stopped making blue canning jars in 1937? Pretty neat! So, if you find a blue Ball brand canning jar, you will know that it is from somewhere between the late 1890's and 1937. So the point of a memory jar is to collect your funny happenings or good memories throughout the year and put safely into the canning jar. One New Year's eve, at the very end of the year, you take the "memories" out and read them! Fun! Anyways, to cuten them up, I printed out the instructions and glued them to Christmas scrap book paper and used scalloped scissors to cut the tags out. I also bought some "fat quarter" fabric at Wally World and cut to fit under the jar lids. I then filled the jars with gourmet chocolates.

I also made Salted Carmel Chocolate Bark and also Cinnamon Whipped Honey. If you click on my Recipe link under the "Labels" section of the side of this blog, you can find both great and easy recipes:)


Friday, January 18, 2013

2012 Vintage Christmas bauble wreaths

Vintage Christmas bauble wreaths I made for the 2012 holiday season.

My Mom's, all "pinks and greens"




 My sister in law's, she wanted "all blue"

One of my BFF's, Emily, "multi-color"