Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Frivolity

Falling in love with fall is about spending time outside in the cool, crisp air . . .
football {at least here in the South, lol} . . .
baking with my family. . .
craft fairs and state fairs.

Recently, I have been falling in love with prize ribbons!
Any kind ~ from small scale prize ribbon jewelry to large prize ribbons for decorating.

In the spirit of fall {and the fact I am a textile junkie}, I wanted to combine multiple
textures ~ delicate and airy, caramel and velvet.

Here is what came out of that inspiration.

I love the refined ribbons and tattered linen.
{I like to junk it up a bit, ;-)  }

First prize deserves a sparkly brooch right?
I knew when I saw this one it would be perfect for a fall prize ribbon.

I am displaying mine on my basket.  However, it would also look nice on a fall wreath for the front door
or pinned on chair backs for festive Thanksgiving dining decor.

Wishing you a happy fall season my Sugahs!
xo's ~ Heidi

Friday, September 24, 2010

Vintage Charm Launch Party

As a girl who is enchanted with vintage style, I am excited to help "Creating Vintage Charm" launch their new magazine by participating in their Vintage Charm Launch Party!  If you love vintage inspired projects and luscious photos, this issue will not disappoint!  Please visit the other party goers listed HERE.

What inspires me?
Vintage fashion!  I love the intricate details and lush fabric used to create not only garments but works of art.

Cassie of My Artful Adventures offers wonderful ezines to inspire you to create your own works of art.
She is incredibly talented and one of the most sweetest people you will ever meet!
This is a rose brooch I created using one of her tutorials.

Layers of chiffon, tulle and lace ~ what more could a girl love?!
For the center, I used a vintage button {yes girls, I thought is was a brooch too but soon realized it was a large button}.

The wonderful thing about using vintage components in your wardrobe is that you will have something unique to impart your own personal style.

Need a quick style fix?
I popped a blingy clip-on earring to one of my chains ~ voila, vintage pendant ~ fast fashion!

Does sparkly make you happy?
It makes me happy!

A pile of pretty brooches on a lovely plate makes for sweet decor.

I love thinking outside of the box on how to use the things I love in different ways.
In addition to using brooches as napkin ring clips, you can group them on a tee or jacket
for some sassy style!

With Halloween approaching, some onyx brooches would be spooky sweet!
{might have to do a post on that!}
I don't mind that the pearl one is missing some stones.  I like the look of something that has been used and  well loved.

Here is a close up of one of my favorites.

Upcycling ~ you know me right?  I love finding things I can give a new life to.
I "rescued" a chenille blanket from a thrift store and decided to make this shabby sweet tote.

I used bamboo handles from a local craft store.
However, you can also upcycle the handles on old vintage purses that may be headed for the donation box.

What to embellish with . . . ??
How about some vintage crochet trim with an old clip-on earring?
{yes, some of you will be looking at clip-on earrings in a whole new way, lol!}

I stitched a few stitches to tack down the earring so if I want to reuse it somewhere else later I can.
This will also enable me to change the center of the flower should I want to wear a different color.

Speaking of upcycling, . . . .

I am using these darling glasses as tea light holders on a silver tray.

Do you have pretty dishes you adore?

Pull them out and enjoy them in a fun way!

I love going out for latte's with my girlfriends.  Those are treasured times.
I created a little bank that I can use to toss in extra coins for those special times.

I loved experimenting with paper paint on this project!
If you love the little boy image, you can find collage sheets and other fun mixed
media goods at Collage Stuff.  They have swoon worthy dresden scraps and yummy paper bits!

I think I need a vintage jewelry bank too.
What kind of bank would you love {need} to have?

Thank you for visiting me at the Vintage Charm launch party!
Visit the other sweet bloggers who joined the party HERE.

Life is in the details ~ make them sweet ;-)

Thank you for stopping by my Sugahs!
xo's ~ Heidi

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Victorian Cuff Swap Inspiration

Here is a little sneaky peek at some of the colors I am using for sweet Molly's Victorian Cuff.
Molly loves crushed velvet (a girl after my own heart!, tulle, sapphire blues, purples and emerald greens.

Shh! we are keeping it under wraps until the reveal!

I am getting so excited Molly!!

Take care my Sugahs, xo ~ Heidi

Friday, September 10, 2010

Vintage baby

The crisp air of fall is finally making its presence known in Georgia in the early morning hours.
The changing seasons always inspire me to fluff my nest for the beauty each season brings.

Time to change the cloche contents!  I LOVE vintage baby pictures.  I especially love this picture because of the water stains {yes, authentic distressing - still love my Tim Holtz distress ink pads though!}, the crisp picture and delicate details of the child's jewelry and lace.

This fall is all about soft colors of white, brown and tan for me.
{thinking of making a white pumpkin run to Hobby Lobby!}

I have a silver locket that was given to me as a gift a very long time ago.  I have never polished it - only dusting.  I love the aged patina it has.  {I guess a few wrinkles could be an aged patina too but let's not talk about that, lol!}
I thought the locket would be a sweet nod to the necklace around the baby's neck.

Birdie?  . . . because I love me some birdies!

Sweet little prairie baby!  I wish I had some worn cowboy booties to clip this one to.  Maybe with a little rhinestone blingy.

A little Victorian lass which much have had some pretty blue or green eyes.
She has a funny look on her face which reminds me of her parents asking her to sit still just so the photo could be shot.  {some things never change}

Wishing for you a very inspired fall!

xo's, Sugah ~  Heidi

Monday, September 6, 2010

Quick and Crafty!

Hi everyone!  I have been soooo swamped with the beginning of the school year, Girl Scouts, the antique store, my Mom having surgery and life in general.
{blah, blah, blah, blah, blah - we have all been there, right?}

I have missed you guys!  I missed reading your blogs and seeing what fun things you are up to.
Back to the regularly scheduled channel . . .

Sometimes I need a quick {and I mean quick} gift item.  Such is the case for this cutie owl notepad.
As an incentive for ladies who decided to become Girl Scout leaders, I gave them a sweet gifty to inspire them on their journey.

I didn't have alot of time for extra embellishments -  just simple, cute and inexpensive!

I used:
Jr. legal pads {available at Wal-Mart and most office supply stores for about $4 for a pack of 6} 
{yes, only a few dollars per gift for cuteness!}
Coordinating cardstock and decorative paper
Grosgrain ribbon
Cricut cartridge - Disney princesses
Stampin' Up scallop punch

If you do not have a Cricut machine - no need to worry.  You can use any decorative die cut you like.

I do love my Cricut machine though!  I can resize the owl to make tags or post-it covers to match if I am giving a coordinated gift of sweet office supplies.

Sometimes after I have created a project I tend to tweak subsequent pieces. {do you do that?  I think I second guess myself too much sometimes}  I think this owl would be sweet with a little flower in the corner with some Stickles glitter! (and a little distress inking on the scallop part)

Thanks for stopping by!

xo's, Heidi