Archive for the ‘Vintage Goodness’ Category

This morning we were out doing our early morning running around and since we were done early Victoria and I decided to treat ourselves to a stop at one of our favorite thrift stores near our house.  Its not a huge shop, but I always find great little pieces for the home for really good prices without the high mark ups.  I love thrift store shopping with Victoria, she is getting really good at picking out pieces to show me that she knows I will like.  I guess from all our thrifting she is picking up on the styles of stuff I like 😉

I got some great little mugs for tea for Victoria.

I love that these mugs are small and not too heavy.  They are perfect for a little one who loves to drink tea each morning with her breakfast. 🙂  The colors and the patterns on these really caught my eye while we were going through all the dishes and glasses.  They are in great condition too, it looks like they were hardly ever used at all, which is a shame because they are too cute not to use!  No worries, they will get plenty of use in our house. 🙂

My awesome new vintage apron, what a steal this one was, only three bucks! I love the pattern on this and the sweet look of the lace around the edges.  Just needs a wash and it will be ready to use.  Victoria added in the “pearls” to the photo, she said they would look good with the new apron. 😉

I got this awesome wooden hanger with some unique writing on it.  I will have to look up what language that is in.  This will become another jewelry display for a gift for my daughter for Valentines Day.  🙂  She has been saying she would really like one after I made a couple of them for gifts and such.  I was looking for a unique hanger for hers and I found it today.  I told her it was for a project but didn’t say what.  I can’t wait to see her face when she gets hers on the holiday.  🙂

If you find a hanger with that bottom piece that goes across, just unscrew it or cut it off and then you can use it for making your very own jewelry display.  For a tutorial for making a vintage inspired jewelry display out of a vintage hanger see my post here:

I have been on the hunt for vintage items for my kitchen, mixed bowls, baking dishes, and a pie plate to name a few.  Not only was I looking for a cute and functional piece, but I wanted a good price on it as well.  I found this awesome medium sized glass Pyrex mixing bowl today and fell in love.  I love the tinted glass and the adorable pattern on it, call me crazy but it makes me smile.   Its a happy bowl lol  🙂  This vintage bowl was a steal for 8 bucks.  I have seen similar sized ones going for $16 – $20 at other stores.

So this last piece today totally made my day.  I love, love, love it.  I love the edging, I love the carving in the middle, its beautiful.  This platter is solid silver and has a nice firm weight to it.  I saw it in a bin on a bottom shelf, the edges peaking out caught my eye.  I had Victoria pull it out for me since it was so low and we both looked at each other and smiled.  She knew after seeing it that I would love it.  Like I said, she is totally catching onto my tastes in vintage stuff, even though I am kinda all over the board lol 😉

I just need to polish this baby up and it will shine like it used to.  I don’t mind the subtle wear and tear, it gives it some great character.  I am torn though, with what to do with it.  Should I hang it on the wall for display, make it into a cake stand for birthday’s and holidays…..hmmmm.  Not sure what to do with it yet.  So many ideas going through my head.  I am just happy that I found it and that it came home with us.  Ready for the very best part about it?

Drum roll……..

This platter was marked for $4.00 and today they were having a sale with everything in the kitchen section being 50% off.  So I got this solid silver platter for $2.00 bucks.  Totally made my thrift shopping day right there!  🙂

I am hoping to go into the country area this weekend or next and visit some other thrift stores that I have not been too.  I love going to other towns to thrift, they have unique pieces in some areas that you won’t find in others so its fun.  My husband told me I am like a kid in a candy store when I am thrifting, I have to admit, he is spot on with that one. lol 🙂




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True to my love affair with all things vintage and eco my husband and I made a jewelry display that takes both of my loves and puts them together into one awesome piece.  I was even able to add in a little crochet….if I was feeling better today I think I would have done a happy dance. 🙂

For this project you will need:

A wooden hanger

A drill with a small drill bit {a little smaller than the hooks that screw in}

A package of 7/8″ cup hooks {you won’t use them all}

A nail for hanging

 Pretty jewelry 😉

Any other embellishments you might like

With a pencil mark the spots on the hanger where you want your hooks to go.  We did ours about an inch apart and then left an inch and a half on each end.

Drill into your hanger about halfway through at the spots that you marked.

Screw in your cup hooks.

And you are finished! Its so totally easy 🙂

Photo done by Victoria, she thought it was so cool that the hooks made little hearts when put together. 🙂

I crocheted a flower and then sewed a vintage button in the middle.  I didn’t sew it super tight, I did it so that I could slip a nail underneath it.

Then I took the nail I was going to use to hang it and put it threw the middle of my flower by going under the button.  This hides your nail head fabulously. 🙂

I’m in love, its so simple and so me.  Vintage goodness, eco goodness via re~purposing, with some crochet and fun.  Love, Love, Love it! ❤

Its hanging in my bathroom {too keep the kitties away} and it just makes me smile.  I put some of my favorite piece on here to start with, I might make a second one because I have a lot of favorites.  The cameo that my husband found the charm and necklace for at different times and gave to me to make a special necklace, the awesome piece one of my BFF’s made me, vintage goodies from one of my favorite people {she is like a mom to me!} and then a few necklaces that I made.

I bought a bundle of hangers and have a few left over.  I was going to list them on my etsy store but thought I would put them for sale on my blog first.  If you’re interested in one of these jewelry displays, send me an email at createbellacreate{at}gmail{dot}com for details.   🙂

Other goodies from thrifting:

This cool piece needs to be cleaned up and treated with some oil to bring it back into a great condition.  Once we are done with that, it will go in our hall bath as a hanging storage cabinet.

Unique vintage storage for 20 bucks?  I’m thrilled! 🙂

Victoria even picked out a piece for her dolls.

This piece was really heavy! Real wood and not sure what the metal was, but it was heavy! Victoria fell in love with this at sight.  Since we got home today she has been using it for her Monster dolls and her American Girl dolls as well.  I love that Victoria loves to thrift shop for vintage goodies as much as me.  Although the place we went to today was very large and by the end she was tired.  But when I asked her if she wanted to go back she was quite keen to go. 🙂

The monster dolls, Victoria loves these things!    She must have a thing for this type of stuff because she also loves Abby on NCIS.  She thinks she is awesome. 🙂

Tomorrow I am going to do a post for homeschooling: The Periodic Table Activity

We had such a good time with this one, I think if I had projects like this in school growing up I might have enjoyed learning about the elements more. 🙂

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I love thrift store shopping…looking at all the vintage and retro pieces just makes me smile.  Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong time period because I love that stuff so much. 😉

Christmas weekend we saw lots of family and my wonderful Aunt showed me the cake stands she was making with vintage dishes.  They were adorable and so unique looking and I loved them as soon as I saw them.  This weekend when I went thrift store shopping I had that piece that she had made in the back of my mind.  While looking at all the goodies {and hoping to find unique pieces to make my own dish stands} I found this beauty:

I love the detail work and how unique this piece is.  I have seen things like this on the web and on pinterest while looking for vintage pieces and was so excited when I found a beauty of my own! 🙂

My luck continued because I found the perfect dishes to use to make my dish stands and unique pieces to use for the stand parts as well.  I was so excited to go home and make my dish stands ….the whole time we finished running around I was thinking about my dish stands and how they were going to look.  😉

What you need for this project:

Dishes {plates or bowls or even cups would work}

Sturdy pieces to use for your stands

E6000 Glue or similar Glue

Optional: Q ~ Tips for spreading the glue

Books to place onto your stand to hold the pieces together while they are drying.

Grab your plates and stands and lay them out on the table so you can decide how you want them to look.  I have three of  the same dishes this time around so I didn’t have to think much about it.  But if you have different dishes this is the time to place them on the stands and find that perfect fit.

The dishes I got have a nice flat area in the middle and they also have a  lip to keep things in.   For my stands I found two old school candle holders and another stand that was meant for candles.  My husband just took off the middle point piece that was meant to go into a candle to hold it steady on the holder.  If you see cool pieces always look to see if you can change something about the piece to make a new use for it. 🙂

Put your dish upside down.  Apply your glue to the edge of the piece{the part that will touch your dish when the dish is resting on it} you are using for your stand with a q~tip.

Place the stand onto the dish and use gentle pressure to push the stand to the dish.  Place a book or two {not to heavy because you don’t want to break your dish} onto the bottom of the stand to hold the two pieces together while the glue dries.

I didn’t take photos of this part because I didn’t want to risk getting that nasty glue on my camera. 😉

After you do all of your dishes and they are mostly dry.  Transfer them carefully to the garage, still upside down to dry.  The glue kinda smells so I like to let the pieces dry outside. 🙂

I can’t wait to give two of these as gifts.  I just love how they came out! 🙂

You can use them for so many things….

to hold your jewelry

to hold your sewing stuff while sewing

to hold your sponges by your sink

to hold a candle

so many possibilities!

I plan to use mine for my jewelry in the bathroom.  That way I can place my jewelry in there before cleaning up. You could also put it by your kitchen sink and place your jewelry in there before washing dishes to keep your jewelry nice and clean. 🙂

Hoping everyone has a wonderful new years weekend!

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