Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Blessings & A Happy Christmas to You

Happy Christmas to you
I am beyond thankful this Christmas for many things. This Christmas is a true blessing for my family and for me. My children are doing well. I am here to enjoy them and watch them grow up. I am cancer-free and am able to be here for everyone I love. I cannot be more thankful. So many blessings, so much to celebrate in the New Year!

I hope you have a Happy Christmas with many blessings and wishes come true, too. 

Heartfelt thanks for being here~


Friday, November 28, 2014

Vintage Christmas - Heartfelt Gift Sachets from Antique Postcard Images

My Victorian postcard collection is the inspiration for so many things I make for Christmas. Like these gift sachets with heartfelt sentiments on the back. They're made from antique postcards or vintage images that I have collected over time or I purchase and have the rights to use. 

Very early 1900's postcard (approximately circa 1905) from my collection. This is my favorite postcard. I love the vintage pink color of the angel's cheeks and gown and the evergreen chandelier with candles. This Christmas gift sachet can be found at my shop The Joyful Home - all my sachets are customizable.
This darling gift sachet is made from another favorite postcard. This postcard exudes such beautiful light and color and the sweet angel is beautiful. I added touches of gold German glass glitter and snowy, ice glitter. This sparkly gift sachet can be found here at The Joyful Home
Another favorite- a French postcard image with the most fashionable French girls all dressed up in their hats & holiday finery to wish you a very French Happy New Year!

I also make tags and other items with antique or vintage images. The little French girl here is dressed in pink and snowy, creamy whites. She holds a Christmas tree with pinkish lights, too! I hand cut these tags & add some silver glitter sparkle. Another big favorite of mine. This darling image can be found and purchased at the Etsy shop French Kissed - Trishia at French Kissed has a wonderful collection of old images. Or, you can purchase the tags I make at The Joyful Home
I hope you have a very happy Christmas! 

~Heartfelt thanks for being here~ 

~Love & blessings to you~ 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Shabby Cottage Sachet Pillows - All the Pretty Little Details

All the pretty little details...vintage hankies, doilies & buttons

I Love Sewing with Vintage Handkerchiefs, Doilies & Buttons...

I love to sew with vintage textiles, fabrics, bits & bobs--adding them to new fabrics gives a sewing project cottage charm. All these pretty, little vintage things are what make a little pillow or a simple sachet beautiful. These wonderful old things give us so much inspiration...

Shabby Cottage Sachet Pillow by The Joyful Home 

I sewed this Shabby Cottage Sachet Pillow with a vintage hankie, buttons and doilies. The fabrics & crochet lace trim are newer. The little mini lavender sachet is button-tufted with a vintage button and tucks into the pillow. The lining and filling inside are also scented. The pillow has a zipper for accessing the little sachet. 
Vintage buttons on new crochet lace to dress up the back

This sweet pillow is fully lined, with a zippered slipcover. Lining has lace ties for easy opening & removal of the mini lavender sachet. I sewed on a little lace pull tab on the I always say "It's all in the pretty little details." 

Little bits & bobs--old & new. All the pretty little details that add cottage charm to sewing projects

I hope you found a little Shabby Cottage sewing inspiration, too. 

Heartfelt thanks for being here ~ xo


Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Vintage-Style Wedding for My Dear Daughter

Victorian-style Lace Tussy Mussies I made to hold the hydrangeas that lined the aisle for the ceremony. After the nuptials, the tussy mussies were brought inside & graced stair rails around the venue. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
One of my favorite portraits - my daughter looks so happy, comfortable & peaceful here. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

My daughter and her husband with my three sons. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
Where did the time go? And, tell me, when did my beautiful daughter grow up? My dear daughter, my Erika, my first born was married this summer. Erika has grown from this beautiful, sweet, shy, quiet child into this beautiful, smart, educated woman turned angel of mercy. She is now a Nurse Practitioner and devotes her life to caring for ill children. She has studied hard & worked hard. She has sky-dived, soothed the sick in Haiti, hiked New Zealand & Switzerland, studied abroad in Costa Rica and Spain, survived rogue waves on cliffs in Hawaii, and on and on. She is an adventurous spirit with a great, loving heart.  And, my heart is overjoyed for her and for her husband--whom I love, too. A mother couldn't ask for a better man for her daughter.

A Simple, Vintage-Style Wedding Theme

To help keep expenses down, I pitched in and made some things for the wedding. My daughter is practical and frugal and didn't want a big, fussy wedding. We had pretty much the same vision for the wedding and everything turned out fine. I am realizing that sometimes less is more. The beautiful, historic venue, The White Room in historic St. Augustine, Florida on the bayfront, speaks for itself so you really don't have to go crazy decorating here. We live in the beautiful old city of St. Augustine. A popular destination for weddings, so we're lucky to live here.

For her wedding gown, Erika chose a creamy ivory, vintage, washed taffeta gown by Vera Wang. This is not a frou-frou gown but it was so beautiful. Erika wanted to be comfortable at her wedding...she wanted to be able to dance all night in her wedding gown. Isn't it lovely?

This gown has a unique and beautiful "tulip train"-- the fabric on the train overlaps, like flower petals. There is a light, wispy layer of creamy tulle over the washed taffeta--and the gown had hidden side pockets which I thought was cute. 

A Creamy, Washed Taffeta Wedding Gown by Vera Wang

Photo by Rob Futrell Photography 

Copyright/Photo by Vera Wang for David's Bridal

Wedding Decor - Tussy Mussies, Hydrangeas & Mercury Glass
White & green hydrangeas with hints of color at the tips, Ivory lace toppers over the linen table cloths,  a touch of burlap & lace in the decor, mixed mercury glass votives flickering on the tables alongside candlesticks and swirled, ruffled mercury glass vases filled with hydrangeas. Simple yet pretty.

I made the Tussy Mussies using heavy chip board craft cones. These were very easy to make. I spray-painted them with Rustoleum Heirloom White paint--let dry. While cones dried, I cut a template of the cones then cut the lace fabric pieces to cover each cone. Once the cones were dry, I saturated/dipped the lace fabric pieces into Mod Podge glue, wrapped the cones in the lace, then hot-glued fabric flowers and vintage millinery flowers onto them. Let the lace dry. Lastly, I strung them with lace ribbon. Done! I made a special one for my daughter with a vintage hankie embroidered with a cursive "E" and some really gorgeous antique, ivory millinery flowers.

My daughter's Tussy Mussy- made with vintage embroidered hankie with and antique millinery flowers 

Victorian-style Tussy Mussies covered in Lace hung from the aisle chairs during the ceremony

Great Music and Dancing Under the Stars

The ceremony was held up on the rooftop at The White Room overlooking the Matanzas Bay here in historic St. Augustine, FL. The rooftop was strung with lights where my daughter danced all night under the stars with her groom, friends & family.

The Bride & Groom Dance - Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
The groom Deron Baker is a professional musician and his talented friends made up the band that played the best music at the wedding. 

You can listen to Deron's music and book Deron at or at Deron has been voted The Best of Knot Weddings in 2013 and 2014. You can also find Deron mixing it up with his bandmates in their aptly named band The Mix, also available for your events.

Deron and friends - Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

The groom playing a few with his bandmates and friends at the wedding Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

Our son played bass guitar with the Jazz Combo during Cocktail Hour -

We enjoyed a great Jazz Combo band during cocktail hour compliments of our teenaged son and a few of his jazz-playing friends. They were really good and guests could not believe these boys were so young but professional.
The Jazz Combo 

Framed lace covered board for table number cards - we re-purposed a large picture frame & covered it in lace for the cards. My dear brother-in-law did this for me - Thank you Wayne! Photo by Rob Futrell Photography
Vintage-style Hydrangea Table Number Cards with Guests' Names. We just added the names to the image in Publisher.  (buy images at The House Across the Bay at

These are the paper strips we wrapped around the favor boxes. They are very sentimental and had the groom's song lyrics printed on them from a song he wrote for the bride. You could do this with any type of heartfelt sentiment or song.

Cake from Publix Bakery in St. Augustine, FL - They do great cakes! Photo by Rob Futrell Photography 
The guest favors were sentimental...we wrapped aged-look paper with the groom's song lyrics he wrote for my daughter then wrapped lace around them & topped them off with petite millinery flower bouquets (painstakingly made!)
The chocolates were amazing  from Claude's Chocolates, St. Augustine, FL The best chocolates I have ever had! Try the Salted Caramel and the Mimosa truffles if you ever get to Claude's. Photo by Rob Futrell Photography

Dinner tables in the evening. Simply done but turned out very pretty. The Mercury Glass vases, votives, candlesticks really sparkled and reflected the light. Find them here at: Cultural Intrigue
To add to the sparkling light, we set 12" square mirrored tiles under each vase and sprinkled them with dried hydrangea & rose petals from Save on Crafts  (Photo by Rob Futrell PhotographyPhoto by Rob Futrell Photography

The tables were covered in ivory lace. I just cut about 2 yards of fabric which were laid over the white linen provided. The hydrangea-themedTable Number cards were beautiful & had an aged paper look. I printed the groom's song lyrics he wrote for my daughter and we added them to the backs of the table cards. Very sentimental. The guest loved it and everyone thought they were unique. You can buy the digital file here at The House Across the Bay Etsy shop.
(Photo by Rob Futrell Photography)
 The White Room in St. Augustine, FL is a fabulous venue for weddings. The building is historic with beautiful architecture, exposed brick walls, columns, arched windows, wood floors, antique furniture--perfect for a vintage-style wedding! The staff are very professional and exceedingly good at what they do. Shannon, the event coordinator there was fabulous and we don't know what we would have done without her.
My oldest son and his bride at their wedding - A storybook picture. My favorite.
 Maymont Gardens, Richmond, VA

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it gave you some inspiration for your event or your wedding.

Heartfelt thanks for being here~

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Close to My Heart - Victorian Gift Book Collection & Catherine Klein Roses Postcards

My absolute first love of all things antique & vintage are my Victorian Gift Books and Postcards. I adore these beautiful treasures from the past.

Victorian Gift Book "Rubies from Byron" depicting Catherine Klein Roses & a Klein roses postcard - 1904
I love these gift books and postcards because they are sentimental, often have poetry and gorgeous prints of old fashioned roses, birds, dreamy landscapes or the image of a suave, dapper romantic poet guy, like Lord Byron or someone :-). We girls can never have too much romance and my old gift books always deliver!

I have displayed several photos here to share these beloved books & postcards that mean so much to me. Many of the rose postcards are the source for my heartfelt gift sachets I sew. Nothing I sew is without meaning--and is always curated from an old source of something I hold close to my heart. I want to share that with others so that when one of my creations are gifted to someone, they are receiving love and beauty.

Antique Postcards & Gift Book Roses Prints by Victorian Artist Catherine Klein

Rubies from Byron Victorian Gift Book - Given to Ada Griffin - Easter 1904
If you look at the postcards and the print from the book, you will see how the Victorians did not limit their love of Klein's work to just postcards. Her work was much loved and printed in many forms.

Postmarked March 21st, 1916

More Klein Roses from the pages of Rubies From Byron & Postcards

My newest antique book (not a gift book) but I LOVE THIS ONE! It has a print by the famous Earl Christy. Isn't she beautiful? 

 Tempest and Sunshine antique book by Mrs. Mary J. Holmes (notice how they printed the female author's name as "Mrs"?)

Rubies from Byron, On Christmas Day in the Evening, Christmas at Bracebridge Hall & Holly Berries from Dickens

I included of a photo of some of my Victorian Christmas Gift Books--note the little tiny book titled "Christmas at Bracebridge's actually by Washington Irving, author of Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.

A Gift Sachet featuring a spray of Catherine Klein Roses made from one of my antique Klein postcards

I hope you enjoyed the old postcards and gift books.
Heartfelt thanks for being here~
Kimberly xxoo

Monday, February 17, 2014

Make Your Own Burlap & Lace Ribbon, Aisle Runners & More

Easy DIY Burlap & Lace Ribbon

Easy Burlap & Lace Ribbon

My daughter is getting married this Spring and she has chosen a burlap and lace-themed d├ęcor with vintage-style mercury glass vases & candesticks for her wedding--and ivory/sage hydrangeas for the flowers. Have you noticed that burlap, lace and mercury glass are all the fashion for weddings these days? I see it everywhere! It's a beautiful, charming, vintage, easy look and affordable.

INSPIRATION from our Pinterest Wedding Pin Boards, Style Me Pretty & La Tavola Linen

We were so inspired by beautiful burlap & lace wedding photos we saw on Pinterest. View TheJoyfulHome's Pin Boards here for our wedding inspiration and the look we're aiming for as shown in the photo below (and yes, I will be sewing all those lace tablecloths & chair covers...what was I thinking?!!)

Photo by Michael & Anna Costa (Featured on Style Me Pretty)

Featured On: Style Me Pretty
Photography By: Michael + Anna Costa Photographers Ltd.
Designed By: Ariel Yve Design, LLC.
Flowers By: Juniper Designs
Linens Featured: Alencon Lace-White cap and chair covers, Burlap-Natural Underlay, Monique-Antique Ivory - See more at:

Burlap & Lace Wrapped Wedding Invitations

I have already used gobs of burlap & lace ribbon to wrap around my daughter's invitations. She chose a vintage-style, somewhat rustic invite with a burlap heart and casual font. I thought they needed a little something so I sewed about 30 yards of lace trim onto as much ready-made burlap ribbon. I had looked online for ready-made lace and burlap ribbon but it was about $12 per 3 yards and as much $4 to $6 per one yard in some cases. So, I made the ribbon myself.

What You Need & Sources:
It's super easy and quick to make your own. You just need:
  • sewing machine
  • burlap ribbon
  • lace trim
I used 2" wide burlap ribbon with serged/sewn edges so it does not fray & I used various 1" to 1.75" lace trims.  I used a simple, straight stitch setting on my machine. You don't even need to pin the lace onto the burlap ribbon--just position the roll of burlap ribbon & lace behind your machine but down on the floor off of your sewing table. Then, just center the lace trim onto your ribbon and guide it along with your fingers as the machine pulls it through and sews the lace on. It's very quick & easy this way and the ribbons just flow off the spools as you are stitching along. I had 30 yards of this ribbon done in 30 minutes or less.

Note: Most of the lace pictured is lace I already had on hand.

SOURCES: - Burlap Ribbons - Lace Trims/Ribbons - Burlap Ribbons & Fabric - Lace Trims/Ribbons