Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Recycling Vintage Photos

One of the{{many things}}I love to collect is Vintage Photos. I've picked them up at Estate Sales, Antique Shops & Flea Markets for years. Even though I had no idea what I was going to do with them I still couldn't pass them up. My favorite are hand painted/tinted photos.

I've seen tutorials about printing on fabric but wasn't sure if it was simple enough to do with what I had on hand{or if my printer would work- because it's not fancy at all}.

It turned out pretty good except not all the colors came through, I'm guessing because I was low on ink.

I thought it would be perfect for a pillow cover....

How crazy is it that a photo taken in 1937 at a 4 H Picnic is preserved on a Pillow that now sits on my bed.Very cool!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Rescued Recipes

I was flipping through the March 2012 Ladies Home Journal and saw this article. It's always exciting finding people with a love and appreciation of other peoples pasts. Susan LaRosa rescues vintage cookbooks, then bakes the found desserts. She also has a Blog where she shares these wonderful recipes.

It inspired me to look through my Great Grandmothers cookbook{which was originally her Mothers~ my Great Great Grandmother} from 1894.

I was hoping to find a handwritten recipe to make. I found one for Pieplant Custard Pie- sounds yummy....until I googled pieplant{because I had no idea what it was} and found out it was Rhubarb- yuck! 
So I settled for a Bread Pudding recipe that had an X next to it. Maybe a favorite?
I made a couple of small changes: I added raisins & left out the layer of Jelly.

Y-U-M! Everyone loved it♥

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Domino Inspiration...

I'm so glad I held onto my Domino Magazines especially since they're no longer around. I remember flipping through this 2005 issue and falling in love with an office they were featuring....
Ever since then I've wanted a Hutch like this. I'm not sure if it was the color or how awesome the piece was, but I've been keeping my eye out for something like it ever since.
I've learned that usually when you're looking for something specific, that's when it's the hardest to find OR you find it when you can't afford it. So, sometimes you just have to work with what you have.
What I did have was white paint{left over from a project}and a swatch of the color I wanted. I took my can of paint to Home Depot and asked if they could match it~ they did, and the best part= it was free :)

I also had this Hutch that I've had for about 11 years~  even though it's more country than modern.... it would have to do for now. 

Even though it's not what I originally wanted, I think it turned out pretty cute~ it gives the room a nice pop of color! Since I used what I already had: paint, hutch & knobs, the only thing it cost was my time :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

101 things to do with vintage sheets...

Well, I haven't come up with 101 things to do, but here are at least 10 ideas.
A few summers ago I made this duvet, and since I've been on a sewing kick lately I thought I'd make some envelope pillow covers to match.

♥Summer Bedding♥

There's that time a day when the sun hits our patio that makes a long hot summer day even hotter, so I thought this might be a good idea: a patio sunblocker/shade maker/super-bright-light around 4p.m. detractor! Made by sewing vintage sheets together~ pretty & functional♥

As usual, you can always find the best inspiration on flickr!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
You can seriously get lost for hours browsing around this site~ no joke, I just did and now my butt's asleep so I gotta get up and move :/