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Thursday, July 17

Paper Doll Garland DIY

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When I was a little girl I adored playing with paper dolls. I had a shoe box full of vintage paper dolls that I had painstaking cut out of a book my grandmother purchased for me and I loved them. I gave them names, we had parties, and I wonder if it isn’t part of the reason I am so enamored of vintage clothing. A few months ago Dover Publishing requested a side bar ad to help promote their paper doll collections and of course I was thrilled. You probably have noticed their ad and a few times I have written about them in my Dear Diary Friday posts. But I also wanted to share an idea I had on how to use the paper dolls to decorate your home. So I made this lovely paper doll garland and thought I would share it with you.

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When Dover purchased the side bar ad they also sent over a few free paper doll books including the Art Deco Fashions, which is what I used to create this garland.

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The process really couldn’t be simpler. All I did was pick my favorite dresses and carefully cut them out with my scissors. I decided to keep the dolls headless, which at first I thought might look kinda morbid, but once they are all strung up, it ended up being quite elegant and you don’t even notice they have no heads!

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At the last minute I also decided to cut out the many different gorgeous illustrations of hats and weave them in between the full outfits. This helped break up the line and gave it a little more dimension. Then I used a tiny hole punch to create two holes for the string to go through, and voila! A vintage paper doll garland!

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I am loving how it looks draped on my mantle, and I get quite a few people asking me about it when they come to visit. I like the  colorful quirkiness it adds, and I especially adore the shout-out to my passion for vintage fashion and for paper dolls. I can’t wait for Ella to get old enough to start playing with them so I can pass down my beloved hobby.

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Tuesday, June 24

Inspired Summer #12: Take An Online Class

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Every now and again I find myself in a bit of a rut. You know how it is- life is a bit boring and mundane, nothing is feeling very inspirational, and I am just not really excited about anything. When that happens I find taking a class online can really jump start my creative juices. I have been taking classes online for years now and it is amazing how far they have come. One of my favorite places to find enriching classes is Craftsy. I have written about Craftsy quite a few times before and I continue to write about them because I really feel they are at the forefront of what an online class can be: a place of learning and community.

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What I love best about Craftsy is they have such a wide variety of classes that all seem to pertain to exactly what I want to learn about! For example, I know my sewing skills have atrophied since I learned to sew in college. Yes, I took sewing classes at Boston University as part of my costume design degree!  My roommates were always jealous that my homework consisted of sewing dresses instead of writing papers! But I digress. One of my summer goals is to get back into sewing and Craftsy has exactly the right types of classes for that. For example, their Sassy Librarian Blouse Class is the perfect combination of modern and retro, plus I know the directions will be clear and easy to follow along. And if I have any questions I can ask directly on the screen and a knowledgeable student or teacher will promptly answer my question.

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Because I am a Craftsy partner they were awesome and thought my dear readers would like a 50% off discount of the Sassy Librarian Blouse Class. Of course I said yes! So until July 1 you can get the class for half off! Thanks Craftsy! For those of you who are interested in sewing, be sure to sign up for the Sassy Librarian Blouse Class now.

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Monday, May 26

A Patriotic Rag Wreath

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Here in the States it is Memorial Day, which is the unofficial start of summer! My kids still have about 3-4 more weeks of school and then comes the crazy that is summer vacation. I have been wanting to make a rag wreath for like, ever, so I thought a simple stripe of red, white, and blue would be perfect. This way I can hang it out my patriotic rag wreath on Memorial Day and leave it until just after the 4th of July.

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Sunday, May 25

9 Easy Weekend Crafts

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Here in the States tomorrow is Memorial Day which means many of us have the day off. Though the time is typically spent with a picnic or barbecue, if you don’t have anything planned why not spend it crafting? That way you can be creative and make something for you to enjoy after your mini vacation is over. Here are nine of my favorite easy weekend crafts that I have done throughout the years.

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Thursday, May 15

Vintage Earring Bracelet Tutorial

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On May 1st I started Pinterest month. I am an avid pinner, and I love everything about Pinterest, except for one thing: I seem to spend more time pinning than actually doing! So for the month of May I will be bringing you inspiration and projects from my Pinterest boards so I can #StopPinningStartDoing!

Isn’t the vintage earring bracelet seen above gorgeous? Frankly I am shocked I managed to make something I like so much! I got the idea via a pin I saw via AmoreTreasure. Jeanette takes heirloom earrings and turns them into bracelets which was obviously my inspiration. Of course she does a much better job of it than I did, so if you like this project but don’t want to spend the time making it, visit her shop here.

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