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.


Chic Repurposed Jewel Cross DIY

What woman doesn’t like a little glitter and bling?!?  I know I do, and love to find ways to reuse & repurpose bits and pieces of vintage jewelry that are a little tattered and maybe missing a stone or two.

This cross tutorial is so easy, using relatively common items turned out to be an elegant addition to my office.

·         Wooden Cross

·         Brass Filigree

·         White Paint

·         Clear or White Glitter

·         Broken Vintage Rhinestone Earring

·         Scrapbooking jewel embellishments

·         Rosary Chain

·         Glue

First thing is to pain the cross and brass filigree white.  Once the cross is dry adorn with glitter, then attach the brass filigree.  Let those dry.  Now you can adorn with the vintage jewelry piece of your choice, I used a vintage AB Rhinestone Earring.  Now you can adorn your little cross with little scrapbook jewel embellishments, I used clear and pearl.  To hang the cross I used a bit of vintage pearl rosary chain that I used to carry in my shop.

As always, Happy Crafting!




Pink Antiqued Brass Flower Stamping Earrings Tutorial

I adore raw brass findings and stampings, and already carry several styles in my shop, Alyssabeths Vintage.  These pieces are so easy to use as is or to age or patina using several different methods from fumes, to chemicals and even paints.

These sweet little flower stampings are found in my shop, I often used them as cabochons in jewelry creations but decided to punch a hole into them to create connector pieces (I found my metal punch at Michaels in the jewelry section)

Then I cleaned with brass pieces and buffed just a bit with a low grit file to give the pieces extra texture to hold the paint.  Once good and dry apply paint, I used regular acrylic craft paint in pink, again let dry completely.

After these have dried I removed bits of the pink paint with a low grit file until I felt that I had enough of the golden raw brass showing, then sealed with a clear matte finish (make sure your pain or sealer is lead free).

Waiting some more…. and then I simply added gold earring hoops and vintage Czech glass rhinestone teardrops!  So easy and very little time!

Happy Crafting!
This is where we are linking this week!

A Garden of Vintage Cabochons

If you’ve ever taken a peek in my little shop, Alyssabeths Vintage, you’ll notice that I have a thing for vintage cabochons!  There is just something about these little works of art, and of course my favorites feature flowers, lots and lots of flowers!  Most of our vintage cabochons were crafted in West Germany and Japan between the 1940s and 1960s.

We have lots… and lots of new vintage jewelry supplies in the shop and will start sending out a monthly Newsletter in December where you’ll be the first to see out new vintage treasures, recieve Newsletter recipent only coupon codes, handcrafted jewelry instructions and features on some of the designers that purchase from the shop.  Sign-up and become part of the fun !  http://mad.ly/signups/63822/join

Vintage Pastel Floral 20mm Cabochons Pink Purple Yellow Green
Vintage, round retro plastic cabochons with an overall flowerl pattern in pink, lavender, yellow & green, on white background. These vintage 1970’s cabs have a half drilled, flat back. I have other color combinations in the shop. You will receive 4 cabochons.
Vintage Style Floral Rose Cameo in Black & White Cabochon 18×13
Chic, vintage style floral rose bouquet black and ivory white resin cameos, cabochons 18×13 ovals with flat backs. You will receive 4 cameos.
Chic Pink Carved Rose Floral Bouquet Cabochons 25×18 Resin Cameo

Shabby Chic Pink, carved style matte finish deep rose pink flower bouquet resin cabochons, measure approximately 25×18. These highly detailed cameos feature flat backs. 4 Cabochons per set
Vintage 10x8mm Blue Pink Flower Decal Cabochons Accented with Gold
Vintage oval cabochons featuring highly detailed, oriental styled blue & dark pink flowers accented with gold, decals. Made in Japan sometime during the 1950s, with flat backs. You will receive 6 cabs (setting not included)

Shabby Chic Embellishments

I’m a Shabby Chic girl at heart, I adore anything vintage with a little bit of wear, patina, white wash and floral, and I used this style as my inspiration for most of my romantic and assemblage jewelry creations. 

I have so many sweet, chic vintage jewelry findings and crafting supplies to share with you in my new supply shop.  Looking at my stock, I see that I am defiantly addicted to cabochons of all sizes and types, but there is lots of aqua, pink and white! Most of my cabochons are vintage from West Germany or Japan from the 1940s to the 1960s. 

Vintage Hand Painted Flower Embossed Glass Cabochons Oval 13x8mm . Shabby Chic vintage white pressed glass oval cabochons with hand painted pink flowers on textured background. These are very old, and each have various stages on worn paint, which create a lovely time worn look. Each little cabochon measures 13x8mm, 4mm thick with flat backs. 

Retro Rose Pink & Gold Drizzle Oval Glass Cabochons . Shabby Chic, retro 1960’s pink glass decorated with matte gold drizzle. Vintage, West German oval glass cabochons, measuring 18mm x 13mm with flat backs.

Vintage Chic Aqua Blue Leaf Medallion Lucite Cabocohons 16x13mm . Shabby Chic 1950s vintage marbled aqua blue & white leaf medallion cabochons, with faceted navette center, each cab varies slightly. Cabochons measure 16mm x 13mm, 4mm thick with flat backs.

Art Deco Floral White & Gold Embossed Oval Cabochons . Shabby Chic vintage pressed glass art deco stylized flower oval cabochons are fashioned from opaque chalk white glass and hand antiqued in gold, with flat backs. These are unique and old, each piece varies in wear of the gold.

I didn’t disappear!

Hello everyone, I’ve been away for several months and have missed working on my blog and crafts.  I decided to take some time off to reevaluate my life and family relationships, and found that I was seriously neglecting my loving and understanding husband.  I found that the blog, crafting and Etsy jewelry shop was taking way too much time away from my husband and step-kids!  So I made the decision to close the jewelry shop, it’s still open a the moment – everything has been reduced so pop on over and help me permanently close the store!  Oh and here is a coupon code for an extra 5% off GOTAGO!

But….. I did realize that I actually liked the hunt for vintage jewelry supplies more than I did creating the jewelry, must be a shopping thing, lol.  I didn’t want to give up my dream of being self employed and found that the supply end would be my way, and at the same time takes a lot less time away from my family.  So I opened a second shop selling Vintage Chic jewelry supplies Alyssabeths Vintage – stocked with vintage handset Czech Glass & Swarovski faceted glass jewels, cabochons, cameos, beads, filigree and so… much more.

I’m busy stocking the store for the up coming Holiday Season with lovely sparkly things!

Keep checking in, new vintage jewelry supplies are added daily!

Thanks for stopping by,


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.

Chic Moss Flower Pot with Nest Tutorial

Hey girls, well I’m sort of back to crafting. I’m so busy shopping and hunting down items for my upcoming vintage jewelry shop that it’s pretty much taken over all my free time, plus the weather is not cooperating with several furniture re-vamps that I have planned.

I’ve seen several moss covered clay pots at several high dollar home decor stores lately, and being frugal (cheap) I was not going to pay the price.  So what did I find at the Dollar Tree, yep a roll of 1″ moss on web backing, how awesome is that!

Clay Pot – I had on my potting bench
Nest with eggs – purchased at Hobby Lobby for 1/2 price
Paint – to age the pot
Tea Stained Paper Tag – easy to make
Bird Stamp
Wire or String – I already had the rusty wire
I sponged dark brown, moss green and white paint to the lip of the clay pot to age it.  Just work with the paint until you get the look you are going for.  Let this dry before starting to adhere the moss.
Now unroll your moss, because of the shape of the pot I ended up cutting it up a bit to fit on the tilt of the little pot and used a glue gun to glue it down.  You might need to fill in some gaps with bits of loose moss.
Now that this is all done you can glue in your nest with plastic speckled eggs.

And for the finishing touch I added a tea stained, bird stamped tag tied on with a rusty wire.  I think the total cost of this little craft project for me was only about $4.00 since I had so many of the items already.  I think Pottery Barn would be proud, lol.

Framed Paper Rose Valentine

Instead of a regular ol’ Valentine card, I decided to do something a little different for my best girlfriend – who by the way is super girly, and create a framed rose Valentine with vintage chic pink rose gift bag.

While I was out shopping the other day I popped into Michaels and found they have started putting out some really girly stuff for spring in their dollar section.  I picked out a shabby chic little chippy white frame, a packet of pink paper roses and a pack of tiny floral note cards.

First step in this easy little craft is to cut a piece of one of the note card to fit into your frame, now glue your little paper roses into a heart shape onto the paper you’ve cut out.  (Each little rose has a sticky backing, but they aren’t sticky enough to stay so I glued mine with Elmer’s.) Now insert into your frame.

I decided to create a little muslin bag for my little framed rose Valentine.  As usual I found the perfect vintage pink rose Valentine image over at Graphics Fairy and added the word Valentine and printed out on a iron on transfer paper.  Because there is wording on the image you will need to print this out as a mirror image, so if your photo or graphics program is unable to flip the image you can do this in a couple of easy steps at Picnik.

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