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Macrame is Back!

I’m really excited to see macrame making a comeback.  When I was a kid we had a macrame owl with wooden bead eyes hanging in the living room.  I probably made fun of my mom for having it at some point and now I wish she still had it.  I recently spotted some really pretty and quite modern looking macrame pieces I thought I would share (I also included links to some simple knotting techniques.).  I think I know what DIY project I’m adding to my list!

White Owl via The Vintage Loop & Blue Wall Hanging via Warp & Weft

White & Neon Pink Plant Hanger via Pipni & Yellow Plant Hanger via The Vintage Loop

Natural Wall Hanging via Warp & Weft & Fringe Wall Hanging via Slow Down Productions (I heart fringe.)

Fringed Macrame Purse via True Rebel Clothing & Red Macrame Purse via Two Moxie (too cute!)

Macrame Dreamer (I LOVE THIS) via Ouch Flower (Check out their awesome tassels too!)

This macrame “curtain” is TO DIE FOR!  Image via The Brickhouse

And here are links to learn some macrame basics:

“How To Macrame” via Free People (This is the one I am going to try!!!)

“Macrame Lanyard Tutorial” by Jenny Doh

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My Retro Moment

(Let’s totally ignore the fact that I haven’t posted since we moved into our new place.)

A few weeks ago we were strolling through our new neighborhood and I had a retro shopping moment at Seek Vintage.  Isn’t the dress totally cute?!  And I have a thing for vintage trays, so I just couldn’t resist.

I also picked up this ‘heart of stone’ at RR#1.  They have a TON of awesome stuff in there.

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Vintage Pull Down Maps

Now that we have so much wall space, I’ve been on the hunt for unique ways to fill it.  My latest love – vintage pull down maps.

image via Perry Stinson

image from Covet Garden via Desire to Inspire

image via Meaghan Scragg

image via mattmill00

image via Heidi

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Picture Window

I had found some old barn windows down in the barn [imagine that] and immediately knew I wanted to hang them from tree branches for the wedding.  In the end, I could only hang one [well, my Uncle Don and Mike did all the hanging] because the tree branches were higher than I thought and impossible to reach even with our ladder.

We removed the few panes left in the window [they looked pretty cool, but were loose and I didn’t want to risk someone slicing themselves on broken glass at the wedding], inserted a couple of eye hooks in the top of the frame, strung it with some clothesline and wrapped that around the branch.  I also hung a few vintage pieces I found in thrift shops on the tree along with an iron candle holder left by the original house owners in the basement.

I was quite pleased with the outcome and everyone [namely myself] had a lot of fun taking snapshots in the window panes.  Simple and pretty.

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Vintage Glass

The wedding is less than two weeks away and I’ve started packing for our trip to Ohio.  This is just a very small portion of the vintage glassware I’ve been collecting from thrift stores to use on the tables at the reception.

I love vintage glass.  I’m drawn to it … and I don’t care about rarity or worth, I just like it to be aesthetically pleasing.  It’s pretty and you can just set it out to look at it or actually use it.  I’ve started spray painting vintage bottles [the yellow bottle on the left was my first].

Apparently there are lots of people who love this look because I found tons of great glass on Etsy.

(from left to right)

TOP ROW:  BluebellMyra Melinda, Monichelle’s, Joe Vintage

MIDDLE ROW:  iWunder Vintage, Garden 22 Vintage, 2 Bored Bunnies, Snu2 Vintage

BOTTOM ROW:  Vintage Indiana, Corr Nucopia, fernswoodpixie, Satisfind

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Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Ideas

I love the look of old luggage – it has so much character, so many stories to tell.  But what do you do with it?  Many vintage suitcases are too heavy or too musty to use for packing clothes.

So why not turn it into a pet bed?!  This idea falls into the category of “I could totally make that …. but I won’t”.  There are several different styles of these vintage suitcase pet beds at Love-Nostalgic-Whimsy on Etsy!

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The Love-Nostalgic-Whimsy store has several other upcycled vintage suitcase items for sale, including this retro looking side table.

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A vintage suitcase filing cabinet?!  Love it!  Courtesy of Poetic Home.

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Another side table idea – this time on casters!  So easy and so cute [doubles as storage too].  Via sassycrafter on Flikr!  Oh and be sure to check out Kim’s blog – The Sassy Crafter – she’s going to be posting a DIY tutorial for this lovely piece!

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Just stacking a few vintage suitcases can make a great side table too!

[Via m.bibelot]

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[Via deardaisycottage]

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Dreaming about Knick Knacks

I swear I have been dreaming about curtains … and pillows, wallpaper, lamps, and knick knacks galore.  Yes, knick knacks – those little things all over the house that gather dust, add personality, hold sentimental value, and just look cool.

Like this handmade ceramic “Ghost Camera” sold at Yellow Owl Workshop by husband and wife team Evan Gross and Christina Schmidt in San Fransisco.

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I am putting this “White Iron Jack” from blonde birdie on my Christmas list and then I’ll put it on our coffee table.  They also have a wonderful selection of children’s items that I will be highlighting in my next baby / tots post!

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Everybody needs a little bit of vintage in the home.  I found these itmes at hinsdvik vintage – some really great thrift shop wares [they also have a blog all about their finds, decorating, design, etc.]!

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