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Vintage Soul Giveaway

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Welcome to the Cottage.  If you've been here before, you know I love anything old, vintage, antique, and with a story.  My home is filled with objects and furniture that have been refinished, repurposed, or completely rebuilt. The bottom line?  I'm a Vintage Soul.   With that in mind, I started working on a design for a shirt.  I've made a few before - some for me and some for others, but this one had to reflect 'Vintage'.  I wanted it to have a pretty flowing font and at the same time, be simple.   After some trial and error, designing and redesigning, I settled on this: Here's how I made it... After finalizing the design, my Maker made short work of the cutting.  I used HTV (heat transfer vinyl). All of the unwanted pieces were weeded-out. Placement on the shirt was determined. Since the shirt was very wrinkled (as you can see), I put it in the heat press for a few seconds all by itself.  It makes a great iron!   To make sure the design is in the right place o

Recipe Cabinet Redo

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  This little recipe cabinet caught my eye a few weeks ago on Marketplace.  It needed an update and since it was going in my craft room, the color choice was easy. That's right, it's no longer a recipe cabinet.  It's been repurposed along with its 'redo'. If you look closely at the front, there are two small holes that I'm fairly sure used to hold a gold eagle in place.  You know the ones I'm talking about - circa 1970? Ring a bell?  My mother had wooden canisters with them...ah, memories! Welcome to The Sustainable Pinterest  Challenge , a group of bloggers who are challenged to recreate a pin from Pinterest focused on sustainability. Many thanks to  Julie from Sum of Their Stories  &  Gail from Purple Hues and Me  for hosting.   This month the theme is "Recipe" and I was inspired by this  pin .  The color of the cabinet and the white knobs were the true inspiration.  Let's get started, shall we? The first order of business was giving this

The Ultimate Yard Sale Guide

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  Yes, it's that time of year again.  Yard Sale and Estate Sale season is upon us and, if you're like me, you can't wait to start searching for treasures!  In my area many towns have a 'Community Wide' yard sale where you can spend the better part of the day shopping.  That is why I've collated this list of items that every Yard-Saler (that's a word, right?) should have at their fingertips.     Here's my list: Money.   That's right, cold, hard cash.  No checks (does anyone use those anymore?), PayPay, or Venmo. Unless you're shopping for something big, keep the bills small - singles, 5's, 10's and don't forget the quarters either.  You can still pick up smalls for a quarter or 50¢!   T he people running the sales have change, but they don't want to give it all up first thing in the morning, so don't hand them a twenty dollar bill for a one dollar item at 9am.   Plan ahead.  Go to the bank beforehand and break your big bills th

Homemade Lavender Soap

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This may be the easiest DIY I've ever completed.  Not only is it easy to do, it smells AMAZING!  You only need 4 items to make it, all readily available.   Let me welcome you to the  Creative Craft Hop  hosted by Donna from Modern on Monticello .  If you just came from Terrie @ Decorate & More With Tip , welcome to the Cottage.  At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed. Let's make some Lavender Soap! There are lots of ways to make soap and many types, as well.  I decided to use a Shea Butter Soap Base that is 'melt and pour' and some simple soap molds .  They are both available on Amazon and I provided links.  I am not an affiliate and I do not make any commission if you buy them.  I'm just sharing what worked for me! The lavender grew in my garden and was harvested last Summer. You can also find it on Amazon if you don't