Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Shabby French Market Craft Show Booth & Christmas Crafts

My Shabby French Market Christmas Craft Show Booth & Glass Glitter EVERYWHERE! Plus some photos to share~

Hello everyone--it was late October since my last post here so I'm catchin' up. I was crafting for Christmas even then and still am! I was creating for a ginormous Christmas craft show called Christmas Made in the South out here on the Southeast coast in Jacksonville, Florida. My first large show ever. This show has been run & promoted by a wonderful family for about 30 years. It runs from Charlotte, NC all the way through the south down here to Florida. The show was held at a large convention center in the city here. These types of show take a great deal of planning and preparation. I thought I was prepared but I ended up burning the midnight oil the last couple of weeks as the little things and details caught up with me...I've learned a lot and am glad I mustered up the courage to try it. I got a little sidetracked with illness during the show weekend, landed in the hospital and my sweet husband worked the booth for me as much as he could. I'm better now and looking forward to getting back to creating and re-opening my Etsy shop The Joyful Home to share my Christmas creativity and all that stuff I glittered--I love German glass glitter & I confess I went a little crazy with the glitter this  year. My holiday creating mantra is "Let's put glitter on it! Martha does!" I love German glass glitter for vintage-style holiday crafting. You can find brilliantly, sparkling German glass glitter here by clicking this link at Meyer Imports; it's exceptional quality. See my previous post in October to learn about this exceptional glitter here Creating for Christmas...& German Glass Glitter.

PHOTO TIME! I have some photos to share of the craft show booth and some of the items I sewed, crafted, painted, embroidered and glittered of course... But first, a few pics of the booth. Forgive the quality on the first photos as we took them with our cell phones. If you want to view larger photos just click on 'em & they magically get bigger!

The Joyful Home Booth - Christmas Made in the South 2012 - Jacksonville, FL - That's burlap upholstery webbing as garland on the Christmas trees. Gotta love it at .67 cents per yard! 

The Joyful Home Booth - Christmas Made in the South 2012- Jacksonville, FL

The Joyful Home Booth - Pre-stocked, Pre-Show - Christmas Made in the South 2012-Jacksonville, FL

I was going for the old, vintage French Flea Market look with this booth or maybe just a vintage flea market?? The bare bones of this booth set up cost us $0.00, yep, as in zip, zilch, zero. Our "local home improvement store" gave us the wooden shipping pallets which made up the booth wall display and the display tables. My dear husband built the walls by bracing them in the back and at the bases for stability. We bought wood & saw horse kits then built saw horse bases to hold up our shipping pallet display tables. I should say my husband built everything...We then decoupaged vintage French & English typography labels, postcards, etc. onto the wooden pallet table tops using Mod Podge which required a giant vat of Mod Podge by the way but it was quick, easy and a fun, funky way to decorate the tables. You can find Mod Podge at any craft store pretty much. Check it out here --> Mod Podge. I have decoupaged stuff for years and Mod Podge has been my go-to glue, sealer, finishing touch for many a project. NOTE: the wooden pallet walls, tables and saw horses were easily assembled at the show site within about 90 minutes or so. Not too shabby!

Sewn, embroidered, crafted & glittered items from the craft show:

Victorian Christmas Buntings - Wooden with Antique Sheet Music & Images - These were in their pre-glittered stage but you know I glittered them...buntings are fun to hang across mantles with stockings, over mirrors, doorways or in your child's room for a merry touch.

Farmhouse Burlap Christmas Stockings with Shabby Organza Roses, Ruffles & Seam Binding-Lined with my hand-stamped sheet music fabric

French Market Fa La La La Stockings - Made with French General by Moda Fabric Fa La La Fabric - This fabric features the classic Christmas song in French language. I learned to sew the fabric flowers from Vanessa Christensen, author of "Make it Sew Modern", Sewing Goddess Extraordinaire. Check out her blog  V & Co. - Vanessa Christenson

Ruched French Market LARGE Fa La La Stocking - This stocking has cute vintage buttons up the back of the cuff.

French Market Wine Bags - Burlap - Great for Gifting Wine - these were hand stenciled then GLITTERED! These were a hit. I have a few left that I will list in the Etsy shop.

Vintage Postcard Lavender Sachets - Darling, heartfelt gifts, tags, ornaments

Embroidered French Bee on French Script Pillow 
Victorian Christmas Gift Tags on Sheet Music - Dusted with fine glitter of course! 
I adore angels! We can never have too many-
French Market Ornaments - Painted Wood with Sheet Music, Vintage Buttons & you guessed it--German Glass Glitter! I love these... 
Red Velvet Joyeaux Noel Gift Bags - Great for gifting ornaments & little gifts.
Antique French Postcard images on Tart Tins for decorative plaques - embellished with GLITTER! Hey, what would Christmas be without German glass glitter?
Happy Noel Antique Postcard Plaque - Trimmed out in Vintage-style Silver Tinsel  - Very Vintage! I  love this French couple happily admiring their Christmas Tree which I so enthusiastically embellished with GLITTER!! 

Embroidered Holiday Kitchen Towels - These sold out at the show (Well, I have one left...)

That's it for now. I had ruffled baby bibs, other types of ornaments and gift tags galore but I figure we've all seen enough.I'm off to find more stuff to glitter....

Heartfelt thanks for being here~
Happy Christmas! 
Kimberly xo

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fabriholic Tendencies & A Shabby Chic Style "Petite Fille" Dress Form - Hair Barette Holder

If I had a little girl this would surely be a part of her little bedroom kingdom...

Petite Fille Dress Form

Petite Fille Dress Form Barette Holder

My little girl grew up--in the blink of an eye... I think she would have loved this. She's a nurse in a children's hospital ICU now. I don't know how she does it but I hope those kids' families know they have an angel taking care of their little ones.

This project was just the thing I needed to feed my love for creating with Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic fabrics (and just to make girly girl stuff). I ADORE this woman's style. I had worked on these darling ballerina-style dress forms over the weekend. I have been waiting for the right creation to come along so I could put to use my stash of Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasures fabrics. 

I'm glad I held out for the right project for this beautiful fabric. The dress form here is made using "Garden Rose". I have my older son to thank for this much-loved fabric. He had given me a Shabby gift card for Mother's Day. I have had this fabric on my wish list for a while so finally snapped some up. If you're like me and you love fabric then you will LOVE this site. You can indulge your Fabriholic tendencies by clicking here for your fabric fix at Shabby Fabrics is by far my favorite place for fabric. They provide excellent service & speedy delivery with great fabric & shipping prices.

This is my 1st Petite Fille Dress Form - a practice run so that explains the not so perfect stitch here & there on this close-up.

It's also my first time sewing on heavy chipboard covered in batting, fabric and trims with my new Singer Heavy Duty 4423 sewing machine. This machine sews like a dream through thick layers of fabric! It has a strong motor and sews up to 1100 stitches per minute. It also sews very steadily...a true workhorse & affordable! A much-needed gift I really needed as my 15 year old machine broke down. You can check out the Singer Heavy Duty 4423 here: Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this project or the machine and supplies. I'm happy to help. I'm off now to to feed my little son who is home sick from school today. A bug has been winding it's way through our home--it's that time of year...have a great day!

Be well!
Kimberly xxoo

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Creating for Christmas ~ Red Velvet Gift Bags & German Glass Glitter

It's not even Halloween yet and I am already creating for Christmas! I have been embroidering but took a break from embroidery. I worked on some rich red Christmas gift bags made of velvet and tested out some new German glass glitter. I love how these simple little bags turned out. Sometimes, it is the simpler, less is more things that are just what you needed.

I embellished these red velvet gift bags to tuck in little gifts for Christmas. They have a vintage, French touch.

German glass glittered upcycled ornament & Joyeax Noel red velvet gift bag

I love the new German glass glitter I tried out. I have used other glass glitters in the past but have learned that true German glass glitter has an extraordinary sparkle. Less expensive glass glitters have a mix of dusty particles and un-silvered crushed glass so they won't have that brilliance. Did you know that this glass glitter is made from thin sheets of glass that are silvered then crushed. The silvering gives the glass glitter a beautiful patina as it ages over time. This is what gives those handmade crafts with a vintage theme their aged look.

If you're looking for truly sparkly glass glitter click here to see Meyer Imports Silver German Glass Glitter. They have other colors, too! 

Soon I will create heartfelt Christmas love using wood, tin, sheet music, French book pages, old English book pages and silver tinsel twine....

Thanks for being here~ 


Monday, October 8, 2012

A Heartfelt Fabric Memory Book with Lavender & Classic Embroidered Baby Bibs

Good morning! 

What did you do this weekend? Did you get much done--creating, resting, cleaning, hanging out with family? I managed to knock out a few loads of laundry and I did A LOT of embroidery. I also finished up a "fabric memory book" batted and lined with fresh lavender buds for a beloved Aunt to honor my cousin's memory. 

First, the memory's is a gift to my Aunt & Uncle...a heartfelt gift & my way of telling them that they & their son are special. I adore this Aunt & Uncle. I had so much fun with my cousins growing up. They are a great family & some of my best memories are because of them. 

This fabric book is not a fancy memory book & is the first fabric book I've ever made. It's sort of shabby style with vintage crochet lace trims, antique lace flowers and simple cotton fabric. My cousin was a grown man, a father & had a landscaping business. He had planted pansies for his Mother before he died and pansies remind her of him. So, I found some vintage pansies postcards and graphics then printed them on fabric. I also scanned in his favorite church hymn (What a Friend We Have in Jesus) from a vintage hymn book I bought on Etsy. Amazingly enough, I also found a black & white graphic image of the title hymn for the cover of the memory book. The other graphic image that is the back cover is that of an angel painting pansies! I could not believe I found these images--it's as if my cousin were guiding me from Heaven to these things for his Mom's memory book. I scanned photos of my cousin, baby photos and more as he grew into a man. I printed those on fabric as well then pieced the fabric pages together to make a book. Had this book been for a girl I may have gone crazy with laces, trims, pinks and more. I wanted my Aunt to have something soft she could hold onto. She loved the sachets I made her and had told me she sleeps with them under her pillow so I thought a soft memory book lined with lavender in some of the pages could be something sweet to cuddle up with.  

Vintage postcards printed to fabric. Left page has a pocket to slip notes, thoughts & prayers into. 

A close-up of the pocket for thoughts & prayers.

The memory book is quilted. That's tattered, vintage lace trim & old antique lace flowers I stitched on the cover & the back cover.

There are images of sparrows in flight carrying messages in a postcard so those are in the book also. I put little messages on the postcards to the parents from Heaven. 

This sparrow's message says "An Angel watching over you". I chose a honeycomb stitch to frame or border the inside pages. It's pale blue so hard to see. I used a soft vine stitch to frame some of the postcard images. 

I hope my Aunt & Uncle find some comfort in this little memory book. It's a little shabby, not perfect but the love is there. 

Classic Baby Bibs with Vintage Style 

After I completed the fabric memory book I launched right into embroidering baby boy bibs. Today, I will begin embroidering baby girl bibs! I love girly stuff so can't wait to get moving on the baby girly bibs....

All of these bibs have the cutest petite ruffle around the edges. The bibs are white cotton with velcro closures and little pastel polka dots on the ruffled trim. The boy bibs have baby blue dots & the girls have pink. They are so sweet...I try to choose what I believe are classic baby embroidery designs. Images that have a classic, vintage style. I made a few mistakes here and there, like not centering the design correctly {{sigh}}...I'm learning here. I only began embroidering about one year ago and I love it. 

Here's a couple of the baby boy bibs I did yesterday.

Aren't these adorable? I love the carousel & the toy pony. I have to remember to re-position the carousel a little further down--it's placed too high on the bib but it turned out ok. Learning as I go...

Check out the close-up of the toy pony--look at the beautiful stitch pattern that makes up the horses hair color. It reminds me of cable knit patterns in sweaters.

I'm off to start on those baby girl bibs now. Here's a peek:

Thanks for being here!  

Love & smiles, 

Sources for images, designs, supplies:
1. Embroidery designs from Singer 3900 Stock Designs CD. Copyright Pantograms Mfg. Co, Inc.
2. Pansies Image: from In My Cedar Chest
3. Graphic Image "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" from AntiqueGraphique
4. Sparrow in Flight Image from Sugar Baby Store
5. Vintage Hymn Book - Maria's Farmhouse
6. Ruffle Baby Bibs -
7. Embroidery Thread by Guterman at JoAnn Fabrics Stores or .

If a material or source are not noted here please feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer your question. 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Unfinished Wood Crates Turned Vintage Project

I'm back as promised to share what I came up with for the unfinished wooden crates. It was very easy and took just an hour to complete! That's my kinda project!!
Here's the "after" photo of one of the finished crates I did...

and, here's the before pics of how this one started out it's plain, little bare wood life...
You can see in the pic down below where I banged up the crate a little bit to give it that more aged appearance. So, when I stained the crate, those imperfections gave it a more vintage look. I didn't go crazy with the aging routine as I didn't want to spend too much time on this project. I hava a lot going on so wanted to see if I could do this within a hour--and I did!
Here's a close-up of the dents & dings on the stained crate:
The stain is Dark Walnut. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

French Stenciled Tote Bags

French Stenciled Tote Bags

This weekend I stenciled 24 cotton canvas tote bags for my upcoming holiday craft show on Black Friday weekend. Here's a peek at several of the designs that will be available:

I stenciled these totes with the following supplies:
  1. Stencils
  2. Fabric Paint or Martha Stewart Multi-Purpose Craft Paints (purchased at Michael's)
  3. Stencil brushes & Stencil Sponges (I use the brushes for the more intricate designs and I use Martha Stewart's fat stencil sponges for the larger design parts)
  4. Stencil-Ease Repositionable Stencil Adhesive Spray
  5. A barrier piece of plastic or cardboard to layer in between the front & back of your bag in case paint bleeds through fabric (I use my old Cricut cutting mats. Instead of throwing them out, I keep them for stenciling and for cutting junk on, etc...)
  6. Stencil & brush cleaner (Martha Stewart's Stencil & Brush Cleaner)
  7. Paper Towels or Rags galore
Be sure you use stencil adhesive spray to hold down the stencils. Taping down around the edges does not guarantee a smooth design outcome. Also, be sure to work on an even, hard surface with good light.

For the paints, I used both Jacquard Textile Color & Martha Stewart's Multi-Purpose Craft Paint. I ran out of the Jacquard and could not locate it at neither Michael's or JoAnn's so went with Martha. Loved the Jacquard brand--it's very smooth and cleans up easily. Martha's paint also stencils like a dream and it's easy to wash off the mylar stencils like the Jacquard. I tried Tulip-brand fabric paint which went on nicely but it was downright evil to remove from the stencil so I took Tulip back and exchanged it for Martha's paints.

For tiny details in the stencils like when I added "bling" to the crown for sparkle, I used Martha's glitter paint with a tiny paint brush and dotted the paint in. It was just the "crowning" touch that the stencil needed without being gaudy or overdone. About the sponges--Martha's fat stencil sponges are GREAT! They are well-made, give even coverage, clean up easily and will last for a long time I'm sure. There's a two-pack of these sponges--one medium and one large. Here's the supplies:

That's it! Stenciling is pretty simple. I can barely draw stick people, so stencils work for me. There are some great quality stencil designs out there these days. Much better than they used to be. Here are some good stencil sources:

Check out:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New Vintage Ventures

Welcome to Heartfelt Vintage Home. Follow along with me as I share my love for vintage home style, shabby French decor, the rustic or the prissy, all here on my new blog. I will bring together 'new vintage' and true vintage--sew French style pillows, put to use that stash of antique ephemera, upholster a chair with an old feed sack or paint furniture. All the while following me through my first big craft show...I will be sewing & crafting my heart out as I prepare for a Thanksgiving weekend, Mother of craft shows. What was I thinking? 

My mind is teeming with ideas, projects accomplished & things I want to learn or try out. We can learn along the way & inspire each other to help make our creative wishes come true. We're in this together!