Friday, February 24, 2012

French Chic coffee tray

I've been busy and doing lots of stuff.  So a little about my latest project. Inspired by pottery barn which seems to have a lot of trays and baskets on their site.
I have combined an old Pyrex casserole holder made from wicker with leather handles, with a vintage French Chocolate ad and this is the look I was seeking for a tray for the coffee table or ottoman. Just a hint of French chic.

 Natural wicker with aged leather handles
It's time to get the coffee on,
where's the cream and sugar?

Have a great week.
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Friday, June 3, 2011

French style vintage biscuit tin

I just put this  adorable vintage biscuit tin my etsy shop.
It is so sweet but I can't keep everything.
Depicting the work of French painter Francois Boucher who lived 1703 to 1770
It features a different painting on each side
It is a large biscuit tin about 12 wide by 4 deep in an octagon shape.
In pretty good shape for an old tin.
the top comes off and can be used to hold papers, sewing notion, and of course biscuits!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pretty Little Valentines Fabric Heart

This is a fun craft that you can easily do with your kids or if you are sitting around watching TV.
A beautiful Fabric Rag Heart

The best part ?  You probably have all the items you need already in your home! All you need are fabric scraps,  a wire hanger, silk flowers. This makes a great addition to your front door, or a simple gift to a hostess.

  • Start by bending a wire hanger into the shape of a heart. Twist off the hook- hanger part)


  • Cut fabric of your choice into strips ( I used about 70 strips) 5 in long by 1  or 1+1/2 in.

  • Tie around the hanger as many strips as you like, form into small bows.

Just completely go around the entire wire!

  • Add some silk flowers, ( you tie these into the fabric knots as you go along) Later you can apply a bit of hot glue if you want them to sit better.

You can tie in lolly pops or chocolate candies if you are giving this as a Valentines gift.

I wanted to be able to store it away, so I chose just flowers, and a little tulle.

Just place the rose buds in strategic places of your choosing!

  • Add a twistie tie to the top portion of your hanger
  • Hang your finished product

It does require a bit of time to tie the fabric onto the hanger, ( maybe an hour) but I find it relaxing to do while I watch TV. And the results are well worth the time invested. ; )

Hang wherever your Heart Desires!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Roses decoupaged basket

I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been running around with too many projects on my plate.

Lately I have been really enjoying decoupage. I used to do it a long time ago and sort of got away from it for a while so I am picking it up again.  I like to use fabric.. because I have an on line  fabric store.  Although you can use that nice scrapbook paper they have out now too.
These baskets are fun to do and make great little storage for washcloths or bathroom lotions.

 Great for displaying little vintage kitchen towels and linens.

You can do each side a bit different or exactly the same if you like.
I use mod modge. Just coat it on the bottom and then on the top.

A cute little hand made gift, don't ya think?

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Vintage Actress Fabric Memo Board

I recently found an old box full of paper items going as far back as the 1920's some are brochures of travel destinations and newspaper clippings, and old vintage paper doll cutout clothes.
I decided to make something of them so that the pictures of the actresses from 1925 could be safely viewed without having to worry about them crumbling up. So this is what I did.

I made copies of the old vintage photos.
I made a fabric  memory or memo board. 

Now the vintage pictures of the Actresses can safely be hung and looked at and enjoyed daily.

The one great thing about this little memo board is  this. It centers you. It awakens you to the fact that there was a calmer, quieter time long ago when the world didn't spin so so fast. To remember that when you are checking over your list of a million things to do. and maybe grumbling a bit because it's all so overwhelming . You look at these pretty actresses, and thank your lucky starts that you are here. That you have a list of things to do and that you can do them. ..and that you can slow down.

You can get one in my etsy shop VintageAndCottage
Or convo me thru etsy for a custom designed one with the fabric of your choosing
 from my fabric website

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pottery Barn Vintage Inspiration for a Storage Issue

I had some DVDs and photos that were looking a bit messy on the table and shelf by the TV.

 And I was trying to think of a way to organize these items a little bit and yet keep these items handy and in some kind of style.

 While browsing Pottery Barn, I spotted an old pepsi soda crate which was being used to house some magazines and books. I was kind of liking that idea for my videos, but they wanted a wopping 24.00 for one crate.  Pottery barn crate-->

I was trying to find one around the local thrift and antique shops but you know when your looking for something it doesn't always materialize.

I happened  to mention it to a friend of my husband's and sure enough a couple of days later he arrived with an old Coca Cola soda crate from his dad's basement for me to enjoy!

So now hurray! I had my storage unit for my videos and pics !!
And they  fit so nicely in there, I may have to search for more.

And the clutter on the table is safely stacked

And the table is happy again.

Now I just have to decide where I want to keep it.
Because I like it everywhere.

Once again Pottery barn inspires!

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Seashell Pink Design Inspiration from Coastal Living Magazine

The beauty of this room in Coastal Living magazine inspired me to change my room just a little and to add some nautical elements to it's cottage look. I just love the soft and creamy pink fabric of the bedspread and the seashells around the mirror, above the bed.

So below is what I've done from what I had around the Cottage just to satisfy the craving of change.
  • Pulled out an old linen from my collection that I love, it has touches of blue and pink

 ( my other 2 favorite colors) besides sea glass green and blue!

 The little blue ticking fabric basket is handmade by me and will be for sale in my etsy shop soon. It would be perfect for holding little vanity items.

  • To tackle the look of the mirror above the bed in the luscious pink room.

Now I have a small mirror above the bed, and a round mirror above this bureaux so I decorated them both with the shells like in the inspiration picture.

Magically enough these walls are still a very pale blue, but
The room is reflecting pink from the bedspread and the chandelier.

I love this kind of magic don't you?

  • A candy pink rag quilt.

  • And above the bed is a small vintage mirror that I just placed some shells up on top of.

I may change them to Starfish, what do ya think?

I have loads of starfish around from my son's beach wedding, because his wife and I made a lot of the decorations.

And I was inspired to just add a starfish with a tiny bit of a curve at the top to hold onto my nautical rope curtain tyeback. 

All the shells on the walls are just super glued on, so it only took seconds!

Overall I like my instant switch-a-roo
From one Divine Picture in Coastal Living

To an instantly beaming room full of peachy, beachy, eye candy !

Maybe I should make those shells go all the way around that mirror? I didn't want to over do it, what are ya thinking? Out there in cyberland?

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