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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