Featured Etsy Shop – MY VINTAGE ALCOVE

The Holiday decorating and shopping season is upon us!!!   The Fall Décor is up and if weather soon permits the pumpkins will adorn the porch.  Our Fall and Christmas décor is filled with our own DIY projects or from other artists, mostly from my favorite Etsy Sellers.

This weeks featured favorite shop or shops is My Vintage Alcove and Haute Interiors :

My very first Etsy shop was my hand-crafted shop, “Haute Interiors LLC”. I began incorporating a few vintage hardware pieces into it & they sold very quickly. I was then bitten by the “vintage bug”. I did not like the cluttered look of my shop, so I opened my vintage shop in 2010, “My Vintage Alcove”, and it has changed my life!

 I grew up in the 70s with the Avocado Greens and Harvest Golds of that era. For some reason, as a child I was drawn to kitchenware of that period. I remember my mother throwing away perfectly good pieces, and I would go behind her, pull them out and save them. I would pre-shop her garage sales and kept items I would later take to my apartment. I remember her commenting to me how common these items were to her. They might have been common to that time, but I loved them.
As an adult, I look back at these pieces and reflect on the quality, how they were made & how well they have survived the passage of time. When I am out shopping, I purchase these quality houseware & home décor items that I am drawn to. I love reading the notes from my customers of how they saw an item in my shop that triggered a happy memory from the past, or all of their family members had an item and they wanted one of their very own, or why an item was gifted to another. These are part of the reason why selling vintage is so fulfilling for me.

 My goal is to grow my shop to the point where it will help support my family. Last autumn, I learned what persistence, dedication & consistency achieved for my shop. Therefore, at the beginning of 2013, I set goals for myself to grow my business. Etsy is definitely a learning experience, but it has also been a fun journey along the way. I get excited every time I hear the cha-ching of a sale on my phone, or see what new destination at item will be shipped to. It still amazes me that I am engaging in commerce internationally.

 Etsy is a wonderful world-wide marketplace, and I am an avid supporter of the hand-made and vintage movement. Etsy is a blessing for me and it has allowed me to achieve things that I never would have thought possible for me.

 ~ Michele Nicholson.


Etsy Seller Spotlight – Twisted Thread and Hook

I fell in love with Etsy years ago, first I loved the concept that everything was either handcrafted, vintage or used to create.  I also loved the fact that this new site was populated mostly by women, that this venue was giving them a voice and capability to sell their art and creations without the cost of a brick & mortar store front.  I have over the years been amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of the artist on Etsy, and amazed of the major success of some of the Etsy sellers.  I have had the great honor to meet some wonderful women and men, so we are starting a new weekly Etsy Seller Spotlight!

So to start off our new weekly Esty Seller Spotlight is the talented and lovely Magdalena of Twisted Thread & Hook.  Her stunning shop features amazing hand crafted rope rugs and doormats.

Magdalena’s Story:

I grew up in Poland where my mom introduced me to crocheting. Throughout the years, I tacked different form of craft and art, but I always found my way back to crocheting. One day I was looking for something unique to make and came across a doily cotton rope rug. I fell in love with it and from that moment, I’ve been designing and making my own rope rugs. I took that idea even further and started making cotton rope bath mats as well as jute rope doormats and rugs. Both cotton rope and jute rope give great texture, unique look which is what I love about them. However, with my kids in mind, I kept thinking what I could use to make the rugs nursery and children room friendly. That’s how fleece rugs idea came to live. I truly love the softness of these rugs (and so do my kids who tend to lay on them more than walk).

 When I was growing up, my family summer vacation was always on a sailboat. My love for sailing was deeply rooted in me. After making few of the rope rugs, it came to me all of the sudden that I could create some great nautical rug designs.

 I’m so excited to be able to share my passion for crafting, sailing and handmade with others.

Here are a few ways you can stay in touch and see my new designs.

Victorian Steampunk for Halloween

One of my favorite novels is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I’m not sure that most people realize that it is a Romantic Novel.  I know, I know, Dracula is a dark, horrible character.  But the love that he has for his beloved wife spans the ages and defies time!

So in the spirit of Count Dracula I created this Victorian Steampunk gift guide in  honor of Dracula’s last love the innocent Mina.

Shabby Chic Easter Decor

I know, I know I might be a bit early for Easter and I’m totally bypassing St. Patrick’s Day. But… I just adore the Easter season and the Spring fresh decor.

I love pastel colors, but at my house pastel colors really don’t fit in most of the rooms.  So, I kind of decorate with a more tattered shabby chic theme and need new decor items.  You know that means, yep…. it’s time to shop !  yay!

As always I want something unique and handcrafted, and with my craze schedule I don’t have the time or patience for craft shows, so my go to place is always Etsy.

For my back den I’m looking for primitive, teas stained items and fell in love with these Primitive Folk Art Bunnies from Old World Primitives.

or…. what about these totally cute little Chubby Baby Chicks from Harvestmoon Prims?
I’m thinking for over the fireplace and to place over a really great 1800’s mirror I’m thinking a book page or burlap wreath.
Love….. this Coffee Filter Paper Wreath I found over at The Salvaged Whimsy.

I could make one, but wow that is a lot.. of coffee filters!  And it’s looks like she has the craft down pat, so it would be so much better than what I could make.

Ok, I’m totally loving the little banner adorning this Burlap Wreath from atcompanyb.  I bet she would would make one that says Easter instead of Cheers.

So, all I have to do know is actually make up my mind, which is not easy at all.

Happy Valentines Day!

Hey girlie’s – Hope everyone is having a Happy and Romantic Valentines Day today!

Today is a very special day for me, it was 7 years ago that my sweet hubby and his two kiddos asked me to marry them and become a part of their family.  Looking back it’s amazing how little the kids were.  Alyssa was so cute, she was going through that pre-teen chubby stage and was holding on to her purse like it contained the crown jewels (she was given the task of carrying the ring), and little Connor wouldn’t stop grinning.  I was totally clueless until George got down on his knees with his two children on either side and asked me to marry him! 

I spent years in a terrible marriage or two, what a wonderful thing it is to find your best friend and soul mate to spend the rest of your life with, I am indeed a very lucky woman.

And to sort of change the subject, here is a very cheerful Valentines Day Treasury Gift Guide I created for my Forget Me Nots team members.

Blog Features !

Normally by now I have posted a new frugal craft project, but to be honest time got away from me this week and I didn’t finish my project.  I’m getting ready to open a new Etsy shop in the next couple of months selling vintage jewelry, findings & beads and more of my great flea market and estate sale treasures!  I’m really excited about this new little shop and pretty much got all wrapped-up in it this week.

But…. on another good note I’m feeling a lot of blog love this week having my blog and Etsy shop featured on tow separate blogs this week.  I’m truly honored and thrilled!

Kelsey over at Poofy Cheeks is doing a crafting space series and featured my new Shabby Chic crafty space this week!  I hop you pop over and give my little feature some love and if you have a crafting space that you’d like to share please contact her.

And then over at Home Spun with Love Kristen featured my blog and several of my favorite craft projects, and my litte Etsy Jewelry shop!
I hope you stop by to visit both of their crafty fun blogs.
Oh… and don’t forget to make a comment to enter the Bead Knead Gift Certificate Giveaway, last day to enter is this coming Wednesday.

Valentines Day Jewelry SALE

Hello everyone!  I’m having a Valentines Day Jewelry SALE in my Etsy shop, use promo code VALENTINE10 for 10% off your purchase.  I also only charge a flat $2.25 shipping on jewelry to one address, no matter how many pieces you purchase.

An elegant, long southwest inspired necklace features a large lipstick red rose pendant adorned with a vintage glass turquoise glass teardrop strung on a long 24” textured antique brass chain with a front closure heart toggle clasp closure.
Chic assemblage bracelet created in retro colors of pink, black & mint green. Charm bracelet features a black enamel charm accented with pink rhinestone drop, bracelet chain created with pink rose cabochon connector, vintage mint green beads, milk glass pink beads, faceted & heart beads, tiny pink faceted Czech glass beads, vintage white enamel and rhinestone connector and a black enamel bow connector.
Romantic, vintage inspired winter white earrings featuring detailed vintage oval Lucite ivory carved flower beads adorned with old rhinestone spacer beads, vintage cream pearls and antique white pearl glass tulip beads
Romantic, vintage style renaissance floral embossed antique brass heart locket adorned with petite black rose flower cabochon, set on matching adjustable floral filigree embossed antique brass band.

Valentines Day is only a month away and I’ve been crafting and creating jewelry for the occasion like crazy! I have three different Valentines Day craft tutorials that I will start posting soon, which include a fun heart wreath, heart gift boxes and then something to change-up just giving a card!

I have a thing for hearts and almost always have heart items listed in my Etsy shop. But … I have been creating some special pieces just for Valentines Day using vintage jewelry pieces that I’ve purchased at recent Estate sales and antique shops.

When you have a chance pop on over to my LOVE and Hearts Shop to check out the other LOVE inspired jewelry creations.  Did you know that I only charge a flat $2.25 to US addresses?