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Vintage Button Heart

button heartI have quite a few vintage buttons all tucked away in several tins and bags. I love going through them and my kiddos love it too, especially the babe. She picks one up and turns it around and then puts it down again. She’ll do this several times until she gets so excited that small chubby handfuls start to fly. As much fun as it is to go through the tins, it’s a shame that they can’t been seen and enjoyed everyday, which led me to try to come up with ways to display them. We separated the white buttons out and strung them on some wire. After we had the right amount I shaped it into heart and attached a crochet chain to hang it from. We are very slowly making progress on decorating the girl’s room and now this little heart hangs from her dresser mirror. I think we will definitely be making some other button decorations in all sorts of fun colours. Edited to add: Due to some inquiries as to how I made my vintage button heart, I have now made a tutorial here. Enjoy! I’d love to see any that you make.

crochet, gifts, home • Saturday, November 28th, 2009 • 14 Comments »

Vintage Christmas Ribbons

vintage ribbonsHere are some vintage Christmas ribbons I picked up at the thrift store. I love them, and can’t wait to tie up some Christmas packages with them. Whenever I can I like to try to find what I need at the thrift store instead of purchasing something new. Most of the time I can find what I’m looking for and it gives me great joy to be able to use something that someone else was unable to find a use for anymore. This is the perfect example, instead of buying new ribbons which have no character at all, these are beautiful and will hopefully give the recipient pleasure beyond just opening the gift.

gifts, green, thrift store finds • Friday, November 27th, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Grandma Twinkle Stars

starI just love these crochet stars, they are so pretty, and pretty quick and easy as well. They are also extremely versatile, in winter they look like snowflakes and they are stars any other time. They can be strung up as a garland, used as ornaments, or placed on gifts as a beautiful tag. This is the Grandma Twinkle from The Royal Sisters. Let me just say, there is a whole lot of talent over there, and these are just gorgeous. I was able to make 8 stars out of a 2.5 ounce ball of cotton yarn, and that is just the beginning. I’ve got lots of plans for these little beauties. So far they are all natural, but I see some brightly coloured stars in my future. Hope you enjoy making some, I sure am.

crochet, gifts, green • Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 • 20 Comments »

Monogrammed Stone Coasters

monogrammed tile coastersI love giving handmade gifts whenever I can, though sometimes if I don’t have much time, this can cause a bit of an issue. We recently decided to take a quick trip to see some family before Christmas. This means I need quite a few gifts quickly, and I wanted it to be something I was excited about. I was really excited when my new friend from the book signing shared a tutorial for her monogrammed stone coasters. I love these, they are classy, personalized, homemade, and inexpensive. Who wouldn’t love getting their own set of personalized stone coasters? Here is the tutorial for the coasters, I do hope you’ll make some if you need a quick, easy, and gorgeous gift for someone else, or yourself. They are superb, and would also be great for a wedding gift, housewarming gift, or just about any other occasion you can think of. Thanks for such a great tutorial Domestic Notebook.

gifts, home • Monday, November 23rd, 2009 • 12 Comments »