Vintage Modern Monograms for your Little Girl’s Rooms

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An antique rocker handed down from your grandmother. A red trike that your dad pedaled around when he was in nursery school. A faded baby photo in an tarnished frame.

Adding a bit of vintage not only adds style to your child’s room, but a meaning, family tradition and nostalgia for days gone by.

And if you don’t have that treasured object passed down from generation to generation, you can do the best thing:

Get the look of vintage: Go thrifting. Refurbish a garage sale find. Buy or create something new that looks vintage.

While I was gathering my favorite finds of vintage-inspired little girls rooms for this blog post, I quickly noticed that all these photos have something in common. Can you spot it?

M is for  Monogram!

Yes, each of the photos feature a monogram representing the precious inhabitant of each room. From a hand-made monogrammed quilt to a gold-painted paper mache letter to a felt monogram hoop art, a monogram adds a personal touch. Perfect for teaching your little one her own initial and nurturing some healthy self esteem. Seeing her initial prominently displayed in her room is a boost to the ego, I think.

 

Source: Apartment Therapy

I love this over-sized L monogram on this floral quilt paired with the teal and color crocheted blanket.

Source: The Lily Pad Cottage

The gold-painted paper mache C monogram is tucked next to a shabby chic bird cage, vintage blog and bird prints. Not taking center stage, but adding a nice layer to this dresser-top vignette.

Source: Babyology

The “h” monogram appears to be a wooden one that has been decorated, possibly with washi tape? Or hand-painted? Either way, it fits perfectly atop those cubic shelves above the bed!

Source: Catshy Crafts

And last but not least, my bed of roses “A” monogram is composed of vintage-y pinks and mustard yellow against a latte brown background. This embroidery hoop art will become that treasured keepsake that you will pass down.

What about you? Do you love monograms? Let me know how you decorate with monograms in the comments below!

Vintage Finds: Teacup Saucers

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Whenever I drop by my favorite thrift shops, I always make a beeline for the housewares section.

What am I searching for? Pretty and dainty teacup saucers.  The ones I pick up are usually orphans (i.e. no matching teacup). I love delicate florals. Soft and muted or sometimes bold and saturated, the colors have to speak to me.   I also pay close attention to the saucers’ edges — sometimes gilded, sometimes scalloped, sometimes smooth and round. What seals the deal is when I turn over the saucer and read the information on the back.”Bone China” “Made in England” “Made in France” From 50 cents to $1.99, these are affordable indulgences to add to my collection.

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The muted colors often inspire my hoop art designs or felt flowers colorways. Yes, vintage-inspired is totally my style.

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 I love to use the teacup saucers as mini trays to display my hoop art and flowers, which is perfect because the colors complement each other.

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When I’m not using them as photo props, they make a great catchall for small objects like paper clips, pins or tags.

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What do you like to collect at thrift stores? Is there one thing that you always look for?

Thrifty Find: Vintage Folk Art Sewing Caddy

Here’s the thing. I love thrifting.  I’m always down for a quick trip to a thrift store. Of course, a quick trip usually turns into a leisurely stroll down the aisles in search of hidden treasures (that is, if I’m without kids. With kids, things are more rushed and I usually end up spending most of time in the toy aisle trying to convince my youngest daughter that we don’t need another stuffed animal/toy kitchen/etc.)

The next best thing to browsing my favorite thrift store in person is browsing the vintage shops on Etsy! I am especially drawn to those shops who create a visual story with their vintage pieces. Shops like becaruns and msjeannieology impress with their clever styling and eye-pleasing photos.

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Today, I wanted to share a piece that I picked up from Etsy more than a year ago. It was a post-Christmas present to myself. I remember browsing Etsy from my iPhone while my family and I were driving back from our Christmas trip to Ashland, Oregon. The candy red bird caught my eye and I had to have it. I literally ordered it while on the road.  Not only is this wooden bird adorable, it has  function! A place to store scissors and bobbins and needles too.  Add the history of the piece and what little hands may have learned how to sew or cut or craft with this little red bird as their companion and I was sold.

 

Vintage Folk Art Sewing Caddy from fallaloft

 

Photo by fallaloft

 

To read more about my past thrifty finds, go here.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

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It’s been a while since I did a thrifty thursdays post! In fact, this may be my second one, ever. Not for lack of thrifting. I visit a local thrift store at a nearby church fairly regularly, but don’t get around to photographing my finds. (I’d love to do a post featuring my favorite finds and how I’ve used them in my home. So stay tuned!)  This thrift store is close enough to walk to, so that what’s I did on Tuesday with my daughter. I spotted a beautifully carved (but heavy)  mirror hiding behind some poster art, but didn’t take it home because I only had Zara’s stroller for transportation. That day, all we got were two bottles of bubbles for 40 cents. (Plus these adorable photos)

When I came back today the mirror was already gone – along with a desk that had also tempted me. Oh well.

But I did pick up a few things today.

Some things just call out to you and these definitely caught my eye. The first is that beautiful carved tray. Love that the handles are carved from the same piece of wood as the tray. The tray was a bit scratched up but I think it gives it character. Plus, I plan to use it for storing scrapbooking and crafting supplies (not serving food) so I don’t mind the worn look.

Next up is that gorgeous 1953 postal scale. Not only will it be functional for mailing out my Etsy orders, I love the colors, and the numbers on the face. If you look closely, on the bottom right hand corner it says: Rates effective October 1, 1953. Neat find for $4. (p.s. I just did a search for “vintage postal scale” on Etsy and my little find is definitely among the cuter scales out there! The teal color and the round platform set it apart from the rest.)

My next find was in the crafts section. This spool of raffia was marked as $3, but it was a blue tag, which happened to be 50% off today. I had seen this item before but wasn’t going to pay $3 for it. At $1.50, it is a good deal.

And finally, I found this shiny red ceramic heart box in the Valentine’s Day section. I love the patina and the raised design. It definitely stood apart from the other Valentine’s Day items of cheap tins and plastic. This one was a keeper at $3.

Not pictured: I also picked up a cute red tin tray with a heart pattern for .50. I plan to bring it to my daughter’s Valentine’s Day class party. I’m in charge of the crafts station. Thought it would be neat to place my supplies on top for the party.

So those were my thrifty finds today. Thanks for visiting!

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I’d love to get into a routine on my blog.
So, Monday was Etsy Love, Tuesday was Thankful Tuesday and today I declare Thrifty Finds Thursdays!

One of my other loves (that seems to go hand in hand with indie crafts and the handmade movement) is thrifting! I have only recently discovered the thrill of the hunt at thrift stores like Goodwill. Right now I have about 4 thrift stores in the area that are on my circuit. My local Goodwill. A thrift store run by a church (within walking distance of me).  A for-profit thrift store. And another free-standing non-profit thrift store located near Goodwill.

It’s surprising to me how many people actually go to thrift stores. I bumped into a neighbor at Goodwill. I’ve been to thrift stores with friends. There are entire blogs dedicated to thrifting (like this one I just discovered. And she happens to live in the Seattle area!).

So I am embracing thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales and the like.

Today I went to the local Goodwill and picked up a few a lot of items. Some for gift-giving. Some for holiday decorating. Some for home decor. And even some for crafting!

These are most of the finds I picked up today. (The rest are Christmas gifts so I don’t want to spoil the surprise for those recipients who might be reading my blog!)

From left to right:

  1. Daisy (Girl Scouts) workbook. Sofia just joined a troop this year so this was a lucky find. It’s a few years old and a few pages have been filled out, but it’s a good deal for 79 cents!
  2. Crystal book. Sofia’s latest hobby is collecting and reading about rocks and minerals. This is a perfect stocking stuffer for her! (also 79 cents).
  3. The tin (on top of the wooden box) is for a friend. She loves burning candles in the kitchen. (99 cents).
  4. The carved wooden box. This will be for Zara. I plan to fill it up with little treasures.
  5. The two matching picture frames were $2.99 each and came with the photos. I think they are brothers. Still scratching my head why the owner didn’t remove the photos before donating!
  6. Beaded garland. Is now on our little tree. ($1.99).
  7. The blue ornaments (20 or so) were only $1.99.
  8. The round picture frame was $3.99. I’ll think of something for that one. It came with hanging hardware. I love the round shape. I might paint it white.
  9. And my favorite item of the bunch: Elliot Lucca bag. I LOVE the slouchy shape. The color and the broken in leather. So soft. It will be my Christmas present from Jamie. ($69).
  10. A bundle of buttons. ($1.99)
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A big bundle of buttons for $1.99. Will use on my felt hoop art.

So do you thrift?