Tutorial – Vintage Inspired Gift Tags & Keepsakes

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I love giving vintage gifts and when doing so I always make sure that my packaging fits in with the whole vintage theme.

Recently I gave a friend a very pretty vintage boxed perfume bottle that I wrapped with layers of thin pink and blue tissue paper and finished with one of these awesome vintage inspired wooden heart tags that could be kept by the gift receiver as a keepsake.

This was quite simple to create and is done so using the decoupage technique. To try it yourself you will need…

Flat Wooden Heart (with two small hearts either corner)
Various Decopatch Papers
Lace Trimmings (blue and off white)
Old Victorian Portrait Image (I had one but you could easily find something similar on the web)
Decopatch Glue
3x Flat backed blue crystals
Pretty ribbon in baby blue
Baby blue mini bow
Mod Podge Shimmer Gold

Tools
Brushes for glues
Scissors

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I brought my heart in a blue colour, if you want you can paint yours for the same effect.

Firstly cut a few small squares from your Decopatch papers, then cut down your lace trimmings into different size pieces. Lastly cut around your Portrait image So that it fits nicely in the middle not taking up to much room.

Now start sticking down paper like so using Decopatch glue..

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Layer with ribbon as you go. As mentioned I’m using pale blue and ivory that I’ve trimmed pieces from.

When adding these different pieces don’t worry if they lap over your heart as once dry the edges are easily trimmed.

I’ve added my image at a slight angle for added effect.

I’ve then randomly applied 3 flat backed crystal in a green/blue colour using the Decopatch glue to secure

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Everything now on the heart has been added using Decopatch glue. This dries clear giving it a smooth glossy effect.

I left my heart for around 30 minted to dry before applying some mod podge shimmer gold. I applied this to random areas of the heart (the whole thing) therefore giving more subtle hints of golden shimmer.

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I then gave this a further 30 minutes to dry before adding my small blue bow to the bonnet worn by the little Victorian girl now featured on my heart.

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The last step is to thread some thin baby blue ribbon through the holes in my heart and then tying in a bow to secure.

Doesn’t it look pretty?

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Tutorial – Pretty Miniature Fabric & Lace Sewing Kit

This dinky little sewing kit is super cute and makes a lovely little gift idea with that added personal touch. What’s more its dead simple to create.

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All you will need is

A few scraps of blue floral material
Some scraps of light blue lace
Ivory or cream ribbon
Pale pink thin ribbon
Mod podge
Faux pearl (small)
Mini sewing kit in clear casing (available in supermarkets, newsagents and many other places)

Tools needed…
Scissors
Brush for Mod podge
A glue dot

This is so simply that it won’t take to many words to explain how I did it!

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So, first you want to cover the top of the casing in mod podge. Then cut down your material and stick it down on the case adding a layer of mod podge over the top of the material. Do this step for the front and bottom of your case! Remember, Its better to have the material a little bigger than cutting it to small. So if you have a little excess cut this only once the material is dry and turned somewhat stiff to avoid the material slipping about and ending up to short.

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Once dry take a strip of light blue lace and measure it against the top of your casing of your mini sew kit. Cut to size and with mod podge stick it along the middle of your already covered casing. Again add mod podge to the top layer of your lace.

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Once dry work on the sides of your box using the same technique to apply the blue floral material. Leave to dry for around 30 minutes.

Now use some more light blue lace to cover the front edging of your casing just where the case clicks shut. Be careful not to add mod podge to the cases clip. Once your lace is dry you can then cut away the excess material to reveal the cases opening and closing clip.

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At this stage I had emptied my sewing case and separated into two half as to allow them to fully dry without anything becoming glued shut.

I then added a strip of cream ribbon across the middle of my top casing (across the light blue lace) using the modge podge.

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Only once I was confident my casing was completely dry I placed the two pieces back together again and refilled with my mini sewing items.

The last thing I needed to do was add a pretty little finishing touch. I did this by cutting my pale pink ribbon to size and then tying it into a pretty little bow. I added my bow to the middle of the cream ribbon on the lid of the casing with a glue dot followed by a little mod podge.

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And there you have it! A perfectly formed miniature sewing kit housed in a girly floral and lace case. Perfect for any handbag and an ideal gift for Mother’s Day.

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My Lashes Of London Look Book

Ever heard off Lashes of London? Well… You have now! Sshh its a secret.

I’ve created a look book displaying all my favourite items. So… Here they are.

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1 Beautiful sequinned bomber jacket £85

2: I absolutely love the Rizzo Polka dot jumpsuit that can now be grabbed for just under £15 following a sale reduction from its original price of £49.00!

3: I adore the Candy Cain Sequinned Skater Dress! I don’t think it would particularly suit my frame but it would look fantastic on my sister making a great birthday gift idea. Plus its currently reduced in the sale from £75 to £37.50.

These snake skin leggings are super cute. They would be perfect work with some flat ankle boots or even a pair of high-tops. The snake skin leggings would also see me through the summer making a fabulously comfy, yet trendy choice for all those pending festivals. Better still these are also on sale. Was £22.00 now just £6.50… Total bargain.

One of my most girly finds was that of the beautiful Trixie Mint PU Circle mini skirt. The colour is a stunning shade of mint green stunning and I’ve fallen for it… Pretty yet sophisticated… “Yep, that’s me alright” The skirt cost £35 pounds but would look great for any occasion.

Finally I had to share this ‘Neon City Chiffon Bandeau’ in this pretty orange shade its bound to be a show stopper. This would go down a tweet during a summers cocktail party… I love it.

However, what I do love more is that of the price! An amazing £23.70 instead of £79.00! Now that’s what I call a bargain.

Having not long discovered Lashes of London I’ve not had the privilege to shop at the online store. I now firmly have my eye on a few beautiful pieces and the store is safely bookmarked on the iPhone.

To check out the fabulous Lashes of London, visit the online store to have a browse. The sale section is full off great offers and deals allowing you to get the items you want at very little cost.

This is my competition entry into the Lashes of London wishlist competition.

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Hearts! A symbolic symbol of love. We hang hearts from a chain, wear them on a jumper and send them on a Valentines card. Me… I cover my house in them! Yes, I love hearts and I have them popping up all over the home.

Recently I discovered that Next had the same ideas as me when it came to hearts in the home. They have a massive selection of heart decor featured on canvas, bedding, lamps, cushions and more besides.

As I browsed I instantly feel for a number of really pretty items and found myself lusting after endless heart themed accessories for the home.

If like me, you like a bit of vintage & shabby chic, you’ll love whats on offer at Next. I couldn’t resists taking a few screen shots of some of my favourites.

Cushions

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1) Kirstie Allsopp Heart Applique Cushion £25

2) Hearts Appliqué Cushion £14

3) Heart Love Cushion £14

4) J’adore Heart Cushion £14

I think number 3 is my upmost favourite. This would sit nicely on my bed.

Pictures and Mirrors

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1 Heart Landscape Canvas £20

2 Floral Heart Canvas £15

3 Heart Rocco Mirror £125

4 Heart Canvas £10

I adore the mirror, it does have a price tag of £125 but I imagine it looks stunning on the wall and would look great in my hallway. I also really like the heart canvas is and what a steal it is for a tenner!

Lighting…

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1 Rattan Heart Stick Table Lamp £60

2 Pink Beaded Heart Wreath £18

3 Pink Heart Line Lights £15

4 Putty Lit Heart £14

Oh so pretty! The heart fairy lights are so girly and would be perfect for my daughters bedroom! Also loving that pink heart for her room too… Really
sweet.

Furniture…

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Oh I’m just loving the Heart Photo Screen, its simply stunning

and I’m already saving my pennies for this one.

This Screen cost £99 and holds 27 photos.

Random Homewares

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1 Heart Detailed Chalkboard £12

2 Large Wooden Hanging Heart £14

3 White Heart Cake Stand £10

4 Ceramic Heart Wall Plaques £25

5 Pink Sparkle Heart Rug £35

As you can see I was now getting greedy…Its hard not to when there are so many lovely items available?

Above (number 1) is the sweet chalkboard that comes with a little heart chalk easer. I would love to hang this in the kitchen to remind me of important dates and events.

Lastly, staying on the topic of events, its Valentines Day tomorrow, meaning I couldn’t think of a better reason for checking out next and grabbing some heart decor for your home. After all you know what they say? “Home is where the heart is.”

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post! I was not paid to write this and I did not review the products. I simply thought I’d share the love.

Tutorial – Pretty Lace Winter Jar Lanterns

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These pretty lace and glitter jar lanterns are perfect for winter and look amazing. They make a great gift idea for any occasion including valentines day which is just days away.

Materials…

Choose a jar (I’m using empty Yankee candle jars)

Mod Podge

Ultra Fine Blue Glitter

Baby blue strip of lace (enough to tie a drooping bow around the neck of jar)

Blue pretty Heart Sticker (from 99p store comes within a packet of room stickers and found in their crafts section)

Tools…

A couple of paint brushes
Plastic cup or pot for mixing mod podge and glitter.

These are so easy yet the finished piece is stunning, perfectly suited to the winter season. They look pretty on a dresser or on a fire place and have this pretty vintage feel to them.

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First mix some Mod Podge with your ultra fine blue glitter. You do need to add quite a bit of glitter. The mixture will not sparkle, but instead look very matt. Don’t worry at this stage it won’t sparkle… That’s where the magic of Mod Podge comes in.

Now take a clean brush and apply the mixture to the entire inner area of your jar… EVERYWHERE!

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Apply using different strokes both in thickness and direction.

Once done leave to dry over night. The mixture takes longer to dry because of the glitter and thickness you applied it.

You will know when its starting to dry as the blue/white mixture starts to disappear. The magic of mod podge has then began to work.

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By morning or sooner (dependent on when you created your piece) the mixture should now be clear leaving behind a crystallised, icy effect . The different thicknesses and strokes are still visible only in a glittering frosty looking sense.

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Now transfer your blue heart to the centre of your jar, pressing firmly avoiding air bubbles.

Lastly tie your pretty lace around the neck of your jar creating a droopy dangling bow, to give it that vintage feel.

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And here it is…

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You can use different colour glitter too. I’m currently making a pink one that I’m decorating with ivory lace as opposed to the blue lace. I will also use a different room sticker though this is from the same pack as before.

Easy peasy … Super cute.

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This Weeks Charity Shop Finds

I love it when the charity shop is housing some little gems for me to purchase and then shout about!

Charity shops have become pretty clever places when it comes to pricing. What I mean is what you used to be able to pick up for 10p is now £10. I’m not stating its wrong that they’ve done their research I’m just stating that for us it tends to be a tad harder to find them hidden gems.

Nonetheless, they do still exist and I have evidence within my latest buy…

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Your eyes do not deceive you, this is two pairs of converse in a child’s size 9. One blue and one white pair of ‘Converse All Stars’ priced at the remarkably low price of just £1 each… Yes, thats… One serious bargain!

I’m yet to wash these, but anyone who own a pair of converse will know how amazingly well they wash up. I recently washed the toddlers and my daughters ‘High Tops’ that as a result look brand new again. I actually brought the toddlers lime green high tops from eBay for 99p. They had been worn just the once but I guess the fact the listing title contained a typo as well as it ridiculous ending time of the very small hours meant luck was on my side! Oh, and if your wondering how on earth I managed to find it then check out the fat fingers app which is simply genius.

Well, the toddler is currently wearing a comfy size 7 so I can even make a profit on eBay or keep them for the toddler. I could even spilt them keeping one for Harley and selling the other. I think he will most definitely keep one pair and given his a boy the second is a big possibility.

Did I find anything else? Well I did get a new pretty saucer which I’ve added to the collection. I’m planing on making a pretty vintage inspired jewellery holder with these and some pretty miniature vintage style sherry and shoot glasses. This was a steal at 20p especially given its bone china too. I won’t show you all as I’m planning to crack on with the jewellery stand In the coming days so I’ll just show you then.

Would love to hear of any readers charity shop finds…. Have you found any hidden gems lately?

Crafting With Decopatch – Make Vintage Inspired Frames

I really enjoy crafting with Decopatch. I’m forever on the lookout for things to cover in Decopatch paper.

I’m currently awaiting some great paper mâché Christmas decorations which I plan to Decopatch in some beautiful new Christmas papers I brought from eBay, but in the meantime I’ve been busy making things pretty in my bedroom.

Below is a pretty little frame I decopatched and decorated this afternoon.

I’d be lying if I wrote that working with Decopatch was really easy. In theory Decopatch is relatively simple, however, in reality it is much more tricky than one would expect.

You see, its rather messy to start with and its also a bit of a fiddle when layering the pieces of paper. If your wanting your design to look complete in terms of the paper design you need to patch it together like a jigsaw. I never worry to much about this part! As long as the patten doesn’t look to odd its fine by me.

For this frame, I used an A5 piece of Decopatch paper cut into small pieces. I then covered a small square frame in Decopatch glossy glue (normal glue is no good, Decopatch glue dries with a glossy finish). I then layered on the pieces of paper adding a layer of glue over each piece as I went.

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This time I was sure to allow the paper to crease as to give it a more aged effect.

Once I had covered the frame I took a corsage cream flower I had made previously and glued this to the top left hand corner. I covered the flower in the same glossy glue as to give it that same glossy finish.

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I than left it to dry for 3-4hrs.

This frame could actually do with a few more layers as you can still slightly see the lines from each piece of paper. I would normally do this once the first layer or two have fully dried. However, I kind of like the effect and have therefore decided to keep it this way.

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Monday’s Vintage Discoveries

I’m a real girly girl, a complete sucker for anything pretty but an even bigger sucker for a bargain.

Today I want to introduce you to some of my latest finds! It’s actually something I’d like to do every Monday! Whether it’s a one off vintage must have, retro handbag or a dress from New Look.

I’m forever discovering pretty things and if the price is right I’ll normally find myself purchasing them.

I have no shame in admitting that I love a good charity shop and have done so for as long as I can remember. Other places I like to grab a bargain are good old church halls, normally the ideal host for a jumble sale. On a Sunday, I can normally be found dragging the children around a bootfair and for me it’s the bigger the better.

But it’s not just bootfairs, jumbles and charity shops I’m a fan off! Hell no! I’m an experienced shopper and experienced shoppers go to eBay. I don’t just sell on eBay, I also buy an awful lot! Whether it’s stuff for the kids, myself or even the home, I almost always find it on eBay.

I do shop online for clothing and other bits, however I also love the experience of hitting the shops. The best time to hit the online stores are during the sales! Yes, I love shopping but stood in a queue outside a department store at 5am during a freezing cold December isn’t exactly fun!

I’ve discovered some great online gems and will be adding some of these to my blog roll (I need a place to unload my bookmarks). I’m also planning on introducing some of my favourite online treasure troves in a post, but that’s another day so I’ll shut up about it now!

I’ve chosen three items for today’s show and tell!

Two of these items are great little treasures I’ve uncovered at bargain basement prices.

The third is a review item, but it still ticks all the boxes! It’s pretty, girly and a bargain. With this I decided to include it here!

Recently I was sent this beautiful bracelet from Olivia Accessories Its a striking piece of costume jewellery that sparkles like a trillion stars in a moonlit sky.

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I’m a sucker for vintage or vintage inspired pieces and this Art Deco bracelet has a real retro feel to it.

It’s not a collectable item, a bracelet that dates back to the forties, it’s not made with precious metal or real diamonds. But it has been made well, boasts that vintage look, is crystal set and simply stunning.

The silver and white bangle’s design is very eye catching! It features a double feather design that is set with lots of very sparkly crystals that really make an impact (especially when they are hit by the light)! The feather bangle has a discreet sprung hinge for easy opening, yet remains secure while wearing.

The Feather Bangle cost £16. I’ve worn mine a total of three times and haven’t experienced any loose or missing stones as yet. This does tend to happen a lot on bracelets that have a large number of stones (even some of the most expensive types). So, though this is a good chunky bangle, in my opinion, it should still be treated as a delicate piece. Not an everyday bangle, but one worn on evenings out etc.

I do really like it and think the price is great. Would I be drawn to it if I saw it in a shop? Well, I’m usually a real gold or sterling silver girl! However, for an art deco vintage inspired bracelet costing just £16… Yes, I think I would be.

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You can visit Olivia Accessories online store for the feather bangle and a whole lot more besides.

Next up, once more I have a vintage inspired piece. It was discovered hanging from a display at Matalan during a recent shopping trip for my daughters school uniform.

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Again, this pretty vintage inspired locket on extra long chain, isn’t made from a precious metal such as gold or silver, its purely what one would refer to as a fashion accessory! But then what do you expect for £2? Yep, seriously… The pretty locket was just £2 in the sale (even the pre sale price was just £7)! Would you actually believe that having worn it for an entire week, it’s yet to turn my neck black… Or worse bogey green! Now that’s a bargain!

I adore this vintage inspired design which has the pretty image of a bird painted in whites and pinks directly onto the outer locket case. Once this locket is opened up you can add two good size photos one on either size of the casing.

Lastly, I have a beautiful bag/purse to show you. This stunning bag is originally purchased from ASOS but when and by who is anyones guess! I picked up this very girly bag from a local jumble sale in South London… It cost me just 10p!

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I love the deep reds and the constant sparkle it displays. It’s a real retro inspired bag that has a removable (clip on) chain handle therefore converting it into a sweet little purse or mini clutch bag.

The bag is design to resemble the shape of a heart and is covered in dazzling vibrant red sequins. I really love it! It’s so bold and pretty. If your not looking to take this out, you could even just hang it from a tall floor mirror, bedpost or wardrobe handle, it’s still worth the fabulous 10p I paid.

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Needless to say… my 9 year old daughter has her big beady blue eye on it!

Please check back next Monday for more Mondays Vintage Discoveries

Disclaimer: The feather bangle was sent to me free of charge in order to give an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
All other items are that of my own.