Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vintage Tablecloth Curtain - The Christmas Version

Hi there! It's getting closer and closer to Christmas day and I'm still decorating here and there! LOL!  Last year I wanted a vintage Christmas curtain for our kitchen window and I had the idea of using either a tablecloth or an apron. I came across this tablecloth HERE and when I saw it, I purchased it.  It was perfect!
This 1950's tablecloth is right up my alley when it comes to vintage stuff.  I love it!  Even though I bought it last year I never made it into a curtain.  Why you ask?  Searching Pinterest for curtain ideas, I could never find just the right look I wanted.  My main problem, I really didn't want to cut up this tablecloth!  This year, I looked again and I found this awesome lady with an excellent idea for me!  Thank you Amy!!
Now that I didn't have to cut up my lovely tablecloth I was on a mission to get it hung up and spreading the Christmas cheer in our kitchen!  It was a bit stained as you can see above, but to me that means it was used lots and loved even more!  BTW, do you have a remedy to remove really old stains from tablecloths?  Let me know below if you do.
Luckily, most of the stains were to one side, so I lucked out there too!  My tablecloth was not perfectly square either, so I had to strategically fold it to make it look good hanging up.  The corners didn't quite match up, but I just offset it as you see above to make it work.
Next, it needed a good pressing to get all the fold lines and wrinkles out.  I used my old faithful Faultless Heavy Starch.  Yes, I iron in my kitchen because our tiny little washroom doesn't allow me and the open ironing board to be in there all at once. LOL!

{Wanna see my laundry room?  Look HERE.}
(And if you like my ironing board cover, you can read about it HERE.}
Now that I have it all pressed and pretty, I folded down just enough to achieve the length I needed, then I inserted a tension rod into the fold that I had already set to length for my window.  I ended up folding it down a lot more than you see here.  You can tell in the next picture.
And then I hung it up and adjusted until I had the look I wanted!  If you look in the very upper right hand corner you can see the end of the tension rod sticking out.  I used a tension rod because that's what I had on hand, but I'm sure you could use a regular curtain rod as well.
For the sides, I just kind of turned them into the center of the window and kept adjusting until I liked it.  So pretty and festive!
I've got more of my vintage collection sitting in the window too.  My sweet little Santa mugs, my old cheese box that I added the trimmings from this year's tree to along with some shiny red bulbs I had and then a nice stack of white plates and my tiny snowmen tin cups I found HERE.
Here's another fun idea I had this year.  I borrowed a galvanized bucket from my front porch decor and added a little faux tree that I found at Goodwill for $1.29, sat it in an old plate and BAM.....pure cuteness!

I'm so glad I didn't have to cut my tablecloth up, this was a much better idea to me.

Do you love vintage goodies as much as I do?  Please leave a comment if you've decorated for Christmas in a vintage way, I'd like to see your decor too!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Clothespin Snowflake Ornament

I love linky parties and I've been joining in on Under the Table and Dreaming by Stephanie Lynn for quite some time now.  I also follow her on Instagram, such cool photos!  One day I came across one of her ideas on Pinterest.  She made a snowflake ornament out of clothespins!  I was hooked. I had to make some too!  Thank you for the idea Stephanie!
Here's my version.  I decided to do my "paper-crafter's" version on the center of it.  So fun and easy too!

To recreate my ornaments, you will need:

Eight clothespins
Tacky Glue
Hot glue gun with glue
String of some type to hang it with
Glitter (optional)
Ribbon
Decorations for the centers
First of all, remove the springs from eight clothespins.  You can use as many pins as you like, but this is what I used on mine.
Next you'll glue each of the two pieces of the pin together.  I used Aleen's Quick Dry Tacky Glue for this part.  Just a little goes a long way.
To glue all the pins together, I used my hot glue gun on the low setting.  Take four of your sets and match up the flat pieces of the pins like you see above.
Here's how it should look now.  I found that these pieces can sometimes move while the hot glue is cooling, so hold each one in place until cool.
Next. add four more pins in between the pins you just glued together like you see above.  Again, use the flat parts for a guideline for gluing.
I was learning as I went and I found on the second one I did to add the little hang string in between one of the two pieces of a pin.  Just add a little tacky glue, lay your string in the center and then press the other piece on, holding with a clothespin until dry.
Here's another one I made.  See how the bottom pin is kicked to the left?  I didn't hold it until it cooled! Lesson learned.
I just used a bunch of stuff I had in my stash to decorate the centers.  That old sheet music paper is from a really vintage hymnal book page.  I found the old book at a yard sale and the poor thing was attacked by mice on the back, but I intentionally bought it to use in my paper crafting.  It's very delicate stuff and whew, hard to work with.
This is the first one I made.  I added glitter to the pins on this one.  Very pretty I think!  Just use your tacky glue and layer a thin coat on each pin and then sprinkle with glitter.  Shake off the excess glitter and let dry completely, then decorate
This would be such a fun craft to do as a family and such a nice gift to give someone too!
I hope you try these for yourself.  They are very easy to create and really don't cost that much either.  Christmas is such a fun time of year!  What are you making for Christmas this year? I'd love to see.

Want to see my clothespin Christmas tree? Click HERE.
What about our clothespin Chandelier?  Click HERE.
Or maybe a little clothespin Laundry Room Art?  Click HERE.

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

Who doesn't like a recipe that's easy and yummy around the holidays?  We all do!  This pasta salad is one I've been making for years and I hope you'll try it and like it as much as my family does.
Not only is it easy, but its pretty too.  I enjoy showing up at a get together with a pretty dish that everyone enjoys.  It doesn't hurt that its pretty good for you too.
I normally use the tri colored spirals, but I saw this Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta and decided to try it this time.

Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

1 12 oz box of vegetable noodles of your choice
1/2 of a medium green bell pepper - chopped
4-6 green onions - thinly sliced
2 medium Roma tomatoes - diced small
2 small cans of sliced black olives - drained
1 small can of mushroom pieces - drained
1 16 oz. bottle of Kraft Lite Zesty Italian Dressing
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese - optional

Boil your pasta according to box directions.  Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking.  In a large container with lid, add all ingredients to the pasta and mix well.  For best taste, chill in the refrigerator over night.  Stir before serving.
You can add grilled chicken, cheese cubes or just about any other fresh vegetable you have on hand too, but this is the recipe I use and everyone seems to love it!
If you're having a pot luck luncheon and you need something fast and easy to take, this is your recipe.  Please try it and let me know how much you and yours liked it!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vintage Decorating - Give Thanks

My old hutch. She's chippy and cracked, but she's beautiful to me, especially this time of year! I love decorating my hutch for the Fall.  You see, she has the perfect colors for Fall decorating.
My honey gave this hutch to me when we first started dating.  A strange gift for your girlfriend?  Not to me, it was a perfect gift!  I think he was trying to win my heart over and he did a fine job of it for sure!
The rest of the goodies I use to decorate with, I've collected over the years.  For some reason around Thanksgiving time, I choose to decorate with kitchen or food related items.  It seems to go so well.
You can never have enough jello molds and this isn't even half of what I actually have! I can't resist them when I see them.  And you know what? I don't even like jello!  I think I have a problem!
I always set out my little Thanksgiving crew to watch over everything.  I've had these guys since my kiddos where little, now they are becoming vintage.
My Mama started this collection.  I saw the small platter at a swap meet and had to have it.  Why?  Because I remembered my Mama had a piece or two and its perfect coloring for my kitchen area.  The big platter there, that's Mama's, she shared with me!  She also gave me the coffee pot last year for Christmas, a find on Etsy.  I'm still looking for more pieces.
If you're a collector like me and you want to decorate vintage, all you have to do is shop your stash and you can change the decor up differently for every occasion.  Every holiday at our house has some vintage pizzaz thrown in the decor!  Best of all, its FREE to shop your home for decorations!
Another thing that's fun and easy is changing my chalkboard art.  I saw this beautiful pin on Pinterest and then tried my best to duplicate the writing.  Thank you for the inspiration Kate, your work is beautiful!

I love decorating for every holiday using my vintage collection, its so much fun and oh so frugal!  Do you decorate with your vintage collection?  If so, leave a comment because I'd love to see your collection too!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Framed Pumpkin Art

I saw this idea HERE and wanted to make one for myself, so I did! There's no link to the person who created the one I saw on Pinterest, but thank you to whoever you are for the inspiration!
I already had everything I needed to create my framed art so this was a FREE project! Woohoo! Those are the best kind!
I used my oval Nesties with my Cuttle bug, a Kim Hughes stamp set, some leather cord, some leaf ribbon, Kraft card stock, a cheap 8 X 10 frame and some orange recycled paper (its a frozen dinner box).  You can see how I originally made these pumpkins HERE.
You will need 18 small ovals and 3 large ovals all cut out of the paper you choose to have your pumpkins from.
Using Kraft card stock and the larger oval cut one for stamping your sentiment and then one scalloped oval for backing the sentiment oval.
Now to make the pumpkins:  I used Aleene's quick dry tacky glue for this project.  It dries quickly, but also gives you enough time to adjust your pieces before they dry completely.
Place a small amount of glue on the inside edge of one oval piece like you see above.
Use one more oval piece to spread it around a bit and adjust it like you see above.
Take your third oval piece and add a line of glue right down the center like you see above.
Place it right on top center of the other two and adjust to your liking.
Lastly add your stem and leaves.  I used leather cord for the stem and the leaf ribbon for the leaves.  Two leaves for the large pumpkin and only one for the smaller ones.
I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain for my sentiment.  Just center it best you can on the large oval.
Now adhere it to the large scalloped oval.
I used a 5 X 7 piece of Kraft card stock to adhere all the pumpkins and sentiment to.  Space them evenly like so.  Glue each one in place.
You can add more to this art if you'd like, but I chose to keep mine plain and simple.
I love these little oval Nestability pumpkins made from recycled card board.  So cute!
Who knew frozen dinner boxes could be cute little pumpkins?
I used a chocolate brown piece of card stock as a mat for my creation and then added it to a frame I already had in my stash.
This would be an awesome gift for the person who is hosting your Thanksgiving dinner this year.  They will think you're the most awesome crafter ever!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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