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Paper Seashell Garland

Paper Seashell Garland

Are you a beach person?  I am definitely a beach person. I love going down the shore, but sadly I have to toil away at a day job…  far from the beach.. in the hot city.  But a girl can dream, can’t she?  Maybe making […]

Repurposed thrift shop finds: Vintage Earring Display DIY

Repurposed thrift shop finds: Vintage Earring Display DIY

One of the best ways to repurpose thrift shop finds is to invent new uses for things such as this one.  Create this cute earring display holder from a vintage silver plate cassarole dish tray. Materials: Vintage silver plated cassarole dish tray (I got mine […]

Vintage New Year’s Eve Noisemaker DIY

Vintage New Year’s Eve Noisemaker DIY

When we were little, New Year’s Eve was a bittersweet night of staying up late, watching movies, drinking gingerale (it was supposed to be champagne I think) and eating popcorn.  This culminated in rummaging through a box of cellophane hats, horns and metal noisemakers in […]

Holiday Necklaces

Holiday Necklaces

It’s just not the holidays without some flashy fun theme jewelry, is it? If you are looking for something a little dressier than the usual light up string light necklace, try these elegant holiday word necklaces made from package decorations.  These were made by my […]

Style Muse: Barbie Winter Holiday

Style Muse: Barbie Winter Holiday

  I know that Barbie takes a lot of critism for being so…. well, Barbie, but you cannot deny that the outfits from her early years are winners.  This look from 1959 is still cute and makes perfect sense, with the exception of the cork […]

Homemade Vintage Tinsel Christmas Ornaments

Homemade Vintage Tinsel Christmas Ornaments

These homemade christmas ornaments really don’t need a step by step DIY – it is so easy! But here it is anyway: You will need:  Vintage or new glass tree ornaments, tinsel garland, metallic pipe cleaners, glue gun. To assemble – cut a short piece […]

Anthro Inspired Thrift Haul

Anthro Inspired Thrift Haul

Most of the fun in shopping at the thrift store is the thrill of finding “treasures”.  It can add to the thrill if you shop with a theme in mind or create a challenge for yourself.  For this thrift haul I challenged myself to find […]

Barbie gets ready for the Holidays

Barbie gets ready for the Holidays

After a long day of shopping and trying to untangle christmas tree lights, Barbie relaxes with a glass of wine. The Christmas music is playing on the stereo. That tree looks a little too big for her studio apartment. Look at all of those Christmas […]

Vintage Book Review:  Summer Camp

Vintage Book Review: Summer Camp

Summer Camp by Bernard Faucon Part of the fun of thrift shopping is discovering things that wouldn’t normally be on your radar.  This book is one of those things.  It combines the quirky kitschyness of dioramas with the creepiness of old child size mannequins.  The […]

Vacation Diorama

Vacation Diorama

  In these last weeks of summer when the sun starts to set earlier and earlier and the stores are filled with back to school supplies, many of us can suddenly feel the need to hold onto and savor each warm and sunny day, wishing […]