Tagged: vintage wallpaper

Odds and Ends

I have been really busy lately getting ready for the Big Flea this weekend in Fredericksburg, however, I have had a little time to “play” art.

I bought myself a box of Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens with some of my Christmas money so I had to try them out. For my non-artsy followers these are kind of like magic markers for adults. Pitt pens use India ink and are blend-able on non-porous surfaces. Oh, and they cost about 10 times more than kids magic markers! Anyway, I’ll show you a couple of things I did with my new toys.

Art Journal Page

Art Journal Page


I used the markers to shade around the candles and the words to make them blend better into the page. I also used a brown marker to age the edges of the page.

Two Hang Tags

u Two Hang Tags

I also colored these tags with the markers. You can really see how they blend on the cat’s face and on the sunflower’s petals.

Another blog I posted recently showed a cigar box that was given a face lift with vintage wallpaper from a renovation I’m helping with. Here is another box I’ve up-cycled with vintage wallpaper from the same house.

Up-cycled box

Up-cycled box


Top of Box

Top of Box


Inside Box

Inside Box


I think it came out as cute as the first one I made.

Lastly I made a journal for a friend of mine who just turned 50. She is of French ancestry and loves French things. She just recently returned from a trip to France. 

Journal for a Friend

Journal for a Friend


If you look closely at the top you will see two glass charms I attached to the binding. I just learned how to wire wrap beads and make a rosary loop on the top of beads. Yeah for learning new things and a big shout-out to Carrie Wright for teaching me those techniques!

Well, that is all for this post. I hope you enjoy looking at my new projects and are enjoying creating things yourselves. Stay tuned for my next post in a day or two and I’ll show you a cute St. Patrick’s Day banner I made!







It Pays to Renovate



This house is a diamond in the rough. It sits right next door to our church and went up for sale last year. The congregation decided to buy the house and use it for a multi-purpose mentoring, teaching, coffee sipping, and Pastor’s new office type of building. In the fall a group of us started scraping the paint on the outside. Then it got cold. Real cold. So enough of the outside work, we moved to the inside.

After a couple of days working on the house, most of the downstairs wall board came down (don’t worry, that was planned). This past weekend a huge skiff was brought on sight and I was there to help get the broken wallboard out of the house and into the skiff.  I noticed as I was hauling chunks of wallboard out  that there was beautiful vintage wallpaper still attached to the pieces. I rummaged around the piles and found several pieces of loose wallpaper among the rubble. PAYDAY! Look what I came home with.



To some of you, I know it looks like garbage. But my vintage-loving kindred spirits understand my delight. I know some of you are asking, “What can you do with it?”. So, I will show you.



I took an old cigar box and painted and distressed all the edges.


Then I cut out pieces of one of the wallpapers to fit the sides of the box.



I inked up the edges of the papers to add a really distressed feel.



I adhered the paper to the box really well.



I added some embellishments and viola, a beautiful trinket box.



Here’s an up close look at the top.



See the key dangling from the ribbon?

I love the way this box turned out. Not bad for a cheap cigar box and some free vintage wallpaper. So the next time someone asks you to help them renovate, say, “Yes”, as fast as you can. You never know what those old houses have to offer!



What Would You Do?

As some of you may know, we have been having work done on various parts of our house.The poor lady is almost 180 years old after all. Earlier this fall, the work was all inside. Then there was a slight stoppage of action because the contractor, engineer and various other parties had to decide what to do with the underneath of the house. Kind of like a foundation problem, but not really. Anyway, it is a really big project and is costing us a lot of $$$$. So naturally my stress level is through the roof. I HATE having loans. (As the Bible says, ” The borrower is a slave to the lender.”) This is what the project looks like from the outside.


It doesn’t look that bad, however, they have been using a jack hammer under the house which is so incredibly noisy and today one of those big cement mixer trucks was in the grass pumping cement down into the crawl space. Yikes! Oh but wait, that’s not even the best part. This is…..


You can’t imagine my sheer horror when this showed up. At least now they have moved it to the back yard. Originally it was in the front yard. I was thinking I’d just put an old couch and broken washing machine on the front porch and I’d be all set!!! Oh yeah, and they had to take the heat pump out of the crawl space so we have no heat downstairs. Oh and we haven’t had hot water for the last 24 hours either. Nice, huh? So what does any self-respecting woman do in a situation like this? Craft of course!

This is a black 8 track cassette case from the ’70’s. I got it from the Salvation Army thrift shop for $1.00. I liked the outside, but the inside had some work to be done.


I had to pry out the plastic cassette racks with a screwdriver, but they were in so tight some of the inner cardboard got ripped in the process. So I decided to line the inside with vintage wallpaper. Side note: When I was growing up in Endicott, New York, my best friend and next door neighbor was Lisa Pasquale. Well two summers ago I went to Endicott to visit her parents. (Lisa now lives in Minneapolis) I commented on the wonderful vintage wallpaper they had in their upstairs hallway, and “Aunty Jenny” gave me a whole roll! How awesome is that? Do you recognize this Lisa????
8track3So now my little case has a pretty inside. But as you can guess, I couldn’t just leave the outside untouched. So I added these lovely ladies.

8track2Now I have a lovely little case for storing treasures in and I reduced some of my stress. Well I “Gotta Go” now! (See what I did there?)