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Old Made New: DIY last minute baby gift – hand stamped leggings

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As promised yesterday, here is another post and a totally frilling gift idea from Stephanie of Teal Annie. Thanks so much for your contributions, Stephanie! We hope to see many more “Old Made New” posts in the future! You FRILL us! 

If you are needing a last minute baby gift and really want it to have a special handmade touch, this little DIY is perfect for that special little stylish one in your life. It is pretty quick and very affordable as well.

Original inspiration from the lovely Katie over at Lemon Jitters with her DIY for patterned heart tights.

Supplies Needed:

  • baby leggings (I bought these from Old Navy)
  • scissors
  • small piece of cardboard
  • craft paint
  • wine cork
  • hot glue gun

1. Cut a small triangle out of the cardboard.

2. Using hot glue, attach the cardboard triangle to the wine cork creating a stamp.

3. Lay the leggings flat and stamp the triangle in the pattern of your choice.

4. Let dry and stamp the back if desired. Then, give as gifts!

Old Made New: Advent Calendar

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Hi all! Today we have another inspirational guest post from Stephanie of Teal Annie! We have been having a sort of count down to Christmas this week with all kinds of frilling and festive posts! Yesterday, Fran posted about some natural ways to have that special Christmas tree fragrance if you don’t have a real tree in your home. And the day before that, Caitlin posted about her entirely handmade Christmas ornament collection! AND Check back tomorrow for yet another fabulous guest-post by Stephanie! 

My husband and I have been married for a little more than two years. This year we started thinking about Christmas traditions that we want to have as a family. We’ve though about what traditions we want to continue that we each had with our own families and some new things we would like to add. This year we decided to make an Advent calendar to help us think of others and to be excited and expectant for the coming of Jesus.

We used a scrap piece of wood we had in our garage. We painted the lyrics to Joy to the World on the wood and used some yarn and scrapbook paper I had in my craft stash.

We each wrote on half of the cards. I open the ones Jake wrote and he opens the ones I wrote so it is a fun surprise each day.

We wrote things like: “Buy a friend’s lunch today”, “Read the Christmas story together”, and “Bake cookies for the neighbor”.

We also light a new tea candle each day when we open a card.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the Advent season and has a Merry Christmas!

Old Made New: Refreshing the 90s Dress

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us!  Don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

Stephanie here! Happy Wednesday to you all! Today I’m going to share one of my favorite old items to make new.

I really enjoy finding frumpy ole’ dresses at thrift stores, bringing them home, and giving them a fresh look. I’m going to show you how to very basically alter a 90′s dress.

1. Find a 90′s dress at your local thrift store. During your search, look for a print that catches your eye or a color that is your favorite to wear. Look for dresses that have a straight or box shape, and with no zipper. These are easier to alter (with basic sewing skills). I always like going with a dress that is a bit larger than my normal size so that I have some extra room to play with the fabric.

2. Measure and mark the length of the fabric you want to cut off of the bottom of the dress. Add an extra inch to account for the hemmed portion.

3. Apply a line of masking tape across the dress where you marked your measurement (this helps me to cut straight across). Cut off the fabric below the tape.

4. Snip off those shoulder pads. ;)

5. Roll under the cut portion (about 1.5 inches) of the bottom dress fabric holding with straight pins. Sew the hem with your sewing machine.

6. Style with a coat, black tights, boots, and your favorite necklace for a fun winter outfit!

December 12, 2012 11:10 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Fashion, Stephanie of Teal Annie, Tutorials | No Tags

Old Made New: Tips for Displaying your Handmade Goods

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us, and we couldn’t be more impressed by her constant creativity. Also, don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

 

This past weekend my husband and I participated in our first Arts Festival. It was a festival in our town that featured local artists and their work. I sold my repurposed jewelry as well as my collection of vintage clothes and purses. This festival gave us the opportunity to meet and talk with the locals about our work.

Here are 3 tips to setting up and selling your own goods to the public:

1. Select display racks/stands/containers that will showcase your goods clearly and organized. 

You want your goods to be displayed in a way where customers can easily touch, pick up, look at, and put back your goods. The items should be shown in a way that is visibly nice to the eye and as the actual item will look when in use. For example, I have the necklaces hanging and laid out on the table as they would look when worn, instead of tangled in a bowl. I also included a mannequin bodice wearing a dress and necklace to help the customer visualize what the items will look like when worn.

I used a wire basket for small clutch purses, an old metal rack for larger purses, and a metal clothing rack for hanging the vintage clothes.

2. Clearly price all of your items, and display your shop name. 

You can include a label/tag on each item, or if all of your items are the same price, you can just make one sign that says “All items = $$.” This is probably the most important tip because we all know it is sometimes awkward when asking the price of an item. ;) You should also have your shop name/brand displayed in an area that is easy to see.

My husband hand-painted this awesome sign for us to set up on the sidewalk for passerby’s before they came in to see each of our separate display spaces.

3. Have your business cards easily accessible to customers. 

Have your cards located on your main table where customers can take one if they want. You can also include a card with the purchased item.

If you have never participated in an arts festival and want to, I encourage you to go and check out some of your local festivals and start planning your festival debut! It is a lot of fun and is a great way to meet artists/crafters/bakers and other locals.

If you are familiar with festivals, I hope this has provided some inspiration! And if you just attend festivals, then continue supporting your local artists; they love sharing their goods with you!

- Stephanie

fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.

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