Tagged: shabby chic

After The Party Up-Cycle Tags

The  Christmas holiday season is over and all the goodies are gone, including the 3 batches of Chex mix I made. So it’s time to say goodbye to the empty cereal boxes.

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Some went the way of the recycling bin and others… well, they went the way of my craft room.

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I cut a box into tag shaped pieces.

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Then I covered one side with printed paper and the other side with plain white card stock.

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I layered on pieces of different papers and sandwiched trims, pieces of paper doilies and snippets of tulle between the layers.

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Here are the finished tags.

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I didn’t buy anything for this project. I only used supplies from my stash. I think they turned out pretty well considering they started as waste.

I hope this inspires you to look in your recycling bin, pull something out, and use items in your stash to create something pretty and new!

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Inspired Tags

I have been watching some videos by Marta from Maremi SmallArt on YouTube. She is one talented lady! She does amazing mixed media as well as paper projects like cards. One video in particular got my creative juices flowing. In this video, Marta made Shabby Chic vintage style cards. The link to the video is:

Instead of making cards, however, I was inspired to make some tags using her techniques.

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First I cut some tag shapes out of cardboard. I just free-handed these.

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Then I added a layer of texture using decoupage paper, drywall tape and old book pages stuck on with Gesso.

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For my first tag I used my Prima Princess paper collection and embellishments.

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For the second tag I used some specialty papers and some papers from the Market Street collection by My Mind’s Eye.

For the third tag I used paper from Tim Holtz and My Mind’s Eye, however, I forgot to take a picture of the papers used. Sorry!

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Here are the three tags I made.

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I love how they turned out. There is so much layering on each one so the dimension is quite thick.

If you find yourself in a rut or just need a little inspiration. Go to Marta’s YouTube channel, Maremi SmallArt. I know you will find some videos to jump-start your art mojo!

Thank you Marta for all of your videos, including the “Break a blank page” series!

Another YouTube Challenge – Flipbooks

It’s been since September that I last entered a YouTube crafting challenge. With the holidays and my vintage and craft shows I was just too busy to enter any others. Well now that the dust has settled, I’m ready to enter some more challenges. This one comes from craftyirina on YouTube and it requires participants to make a three page flip book. I had never even heard of a flipbook until Irina explained them. The complete video about her challenge, the prizes and how to make flip books can be found here:

I decided to dig into my hoard vault and use the Prima Marketing “Princess” papers and embellishments I had won from another challenge.

Whole kit of Prima Marketing's "Princess" papers and embellishments

Whole kit of Prima Marketing’s “Princess” papers and embellishments

I love these papers so much but this is where my dilemma began.

Three double sided pieces of 6" x 6" papers

Three double-sided pieces of 6″ x 6″ papers

Flip books work well if the three pages are joined using washi tape because it is flexible enough for the pages to fold up. Unfortunately, none of my washi tapes came close the matching the papers. So I had to make my own with masking tape and a script stamp.

Pieces of masking tape on wax paper ready for stamping.

Pieces of masking tape on wax paper ready for stamping.

Stamped masking tape ready for using

Stamped masking tape ready for using

I’m not going to bore you with step by step photographs of the making of this flipbook, but here are pictures of the finished project.

Front cover of flipbook. I actually tied stained seam binding around the book to keep it closed but forgot to take a picture

Front cover of flipbook. I actually tied stained seam binding around the book to keep it closed but forgot to take a picture

The first page on the inside has a pocket with tags inside

The first page on the inside has a pocket with tags inside

This is the second page you see when opening the book

This is the second page you see when opening the book

The second page has the information tag Irina required which flips open to the left

This page has the information tag Irina required which flips open to the left

This is the last page that has a little bag filled with tags and various types of paper clips

This is the last page that has a little bag filled with tags and various types of paper clips

At some point Irina will probably do a video showing my flip book. I will write a quick post and include the URL to the video when she does. In the meantime, go to craftyirina’s YouTube challenge video and see if this is something you are interested in entering.

I have never made a flipbook before, but this was such a fun project I will definitely be making more. This week I will mail my book to Irina. Wish me luck!

 

The Lonely Queen

If you have followed my last couple of posts you will know that I am making lots of journals for the shows I am doing later this year. I had made a stack of hand-bound journals using coffee stained papers. It just so happened that I had a stack of the papers left over that were not the right size for the bound journals. See the stack with the holes in it?

Stack of coffee stained papers.

Stack of coffee stained papers.

What to do? What to do? Well it so happened that the holes all lined up perfectly so really all I needed was to find a cover that fit and some book rings. I found an old book called, “Asylum For The Queen”. I never read it but I loved the title. Here is the finished journal.

Journal from old book.

Journal from old book.

I had to add pretty ribbons and charms, including a crown as the title dictated.

Bees remind me of Marie Antoinette.

Bees remind me of Marie Antoinette.

On some of the pages I stamped images that remind me of old royalty.

More stamping.

More stamping.

This journal has blank pages, except for the few stamps, to allow for lots of journaling or space for smashing other ephemera. 

I’m so happy  I was able to use every last piece of the papers I had stained from that project!

The Makeover

I have been very busy this year rearranging the shop and giving it a new look. I am doing this partly because I am carrying some different merchandise than before and partly to keep like merchandise together. I think the shop was somewhat “confused” before with retro and Shabby and industrial all mixed together. Now I have grouped similar items for more cohesiveness. I’m really starting to like the way it is coming together and enjoy going to the shop again instead of dreading it! Martin has come in twice to help me with bigger changes that I couldn’t do by myself. What a sweetheart. Anyway, here are some pictures I took today from the shop in Fredericksburg.

Shabby Chic china, figurines and other pretties.

Shabby Chic china, figurines and other pretties.

Valentine's Goodies

Valentine’s Goodies

Showcase full of treasures.

Showcase full of treasures.

Lots of pretty linens.

Lots of pretty linens.

Pretty retro items.

Pretty retro items.

Sewing notions and baby items.

Sewing notions and baby items.

 

Really fun and neat vintage items.

Really fun and neat vintage items.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. If you are ever in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area be sure to stop by. Thank you for looking and I’ll leave you with one last picture.

P.S. I did vacuum before I left!

More retro goodness.

More retro goodness.

When One Door Closes…

We’ve all heard the saying, “When one door closes, another opens.” This has been so true for my shop Mossy Cottage.

As business expanded at my William Street location I was able to get a second smaller space upstairs. I called this space Mossy Cottage Too and it had more retro and industrial merchandise. For the last couple years, however, sales upstairs have not been so great, mostly because only about 1/4 of the  people who come into the mall actually go upstairs.

To boost sales I started an Etsy shop several years ago but really didn’t put much effort into it. Earlier this year I decided to work harder at my Etsy shop and run it like the real business it is. Well, once I started to put some time and effort into it, my Etsy shop  finally took off. I love that I can list items and run the shop in my pajamas from home.

That being said, I decided to give up my Mossy Cottage Too space upstairs at the mall, and concentrate on my larger downstairs space and my Etsy shop.

Here are some blurry quick pictures of my new business plan. Please notice that if I had one more item to squeeze into my booth downstairs I literally would have needed a shoe horn!

 

 

Out with the old.

Out with the old.

The end of an era. Or at least a couple years!

The end of an era. Or at least a couple of years!

Pretty hand made dress from the 1950's.

Pretty hand-made dress from the 1950’s.

Showcase full of yumminess!

Showcase full of yumminess!

Pretty linens.

Pretty linens.

Fun retro merchandise.

Fun retro merchandise.

Baby and sewing items.

Baby and sewing items.

Shabby Chic china and glass jars.

Shabby Chic china and glass jars.

More glassware and purses.

More glassware and purses.

Hanging linens and wicker items.

Hanging linens and wicker items.

Lace, lace and more lace!

Lace, lace and more lace!

So there is a quick tour of Mossy Cottage as it is now. I love having the retro mixed with the shabby chic mixed with the industrial. It all can coexist nicely.

I feel a sense of peace having just one booth again. Having an active Etsy shop helps with the sales, but doesn’t require another rent nor schlepping anything upstairs (which gives my knees a sense of peace)! If you would like to visit my Etsy shop here is the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MossyCottage

Everything is Alterable!

As many of you know, I love to up-cycle, recycle and alter things. I have altered bottles, jars, boxes, books and all the usual things. I just finished altering something I never gave much thought to before.

You see, a lovely client of mine from New York asked me to make four May Baskets for her and some of her friends.  I looked on Pinterest (any excuse Helen!) to get some ideas since I had never made a May Basket before. A lot of them were made from cones and some were more like paper boxes. I told my client, after she had mentioned cones, that I would prefer to make something a little sturdier that would last a long time. She said she trusted whatever I wanted to do, so off to Dollar Tree I went. After considering every container the store had, and some things that weren’t even containers but could be modified, I came across these….

 

 

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I know what you are thinking, “Yeah, those four elegant ladies from New York are going to love those!”  (insert eyeball roll here) But not to worry. There will be no circus themed May Baskets this year. After more than a week of decoupaging, inking, lacing (as in adding lace), flowering, making charms and, of course, glittering, this is the end result…..

 

 

 

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Is that a transformation or what? I must say, I really love the way they turned out and I can’t wait to see what my clients think. And being that I used a plastic they can actually fill them candies, baked goodies or flowers if they want. Here are some close-ups so you can see the details.

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So the next time you want to challenge yourself to try something new, look out for unusual items to alter. I guarantee you will get unusually good results!