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How to Antique Fabric Using Coffee Dye

By |April 23rd, 2012|

Sometimes I have ideas that call for vintage or antique materials.  However (as much as I wish otherwise) I don’t have the money to actually go out and purchase them all (is there anything else in life where old = expensive?)

I bought 5 yards of crisp, new, bright white lace for a child size tablecloth recently, but I really wanted to achieve the antiquey, vintage feel without the antiquey, vintage price.  Using some common household supplies, I was able to get the aged look I was going for.

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Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano

By |February 16th, 2012|

On the rare occasions that the hubs and I get a day to ourselves, I’m extremely happy to spend it playing tourist in our own towns.  Just give me some sunshine, a camera, and the company of the man I love and I’m a happy girl.  To me there is nothing more romantic than slowly carousing the streets and shops under his arm, giggling at his jokes and stopping every now and then to snap a picture or admire a cute boutique.  I don’t even insist on buying anything (although I can’t guarantee that I won’t want to create a knockoff version of what I see).

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Beachified Blue Bottles

By |June 25th, 2011|

I was on a roll after vintaging up some brand new glass, and I knew there was more I could do with my trusty IBC bottles.  These beautiful babies definitely do not belong in the trash, especially in my cheap frugal household!  So here is yet another technique I did with them:

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Give Modern Bottles a Vintage Twist

By |June 25th, 2011|

Recently I made some shell-covered vintage bottles for my mom.  We’d been admiring the expensive versions in the beachy boutiques for quite some time, and I could tell how much she wanted them.  However, I knew I could create my own versions that were just as beautiful on the cheap.

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