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.


Revamped Pumpkin Candle Hostess Gift – Dolloar Store Crafting

This DIY project was so easy and frugal (cheap) that I’m almost embarrassed to share it.

I’m always in the hunt for hostess gifts and found some wonderful pumpkin scented jar candles at the Dollar Tree for of course only a $1.00.  Unfortunately they were plain with a simple silver colored lid.

I simply couldn’t leave them plain!  So I removed the lid spray painted cream & once dry I antiqued with a dark brown paint that I already had and clear coated for protection.  For an extra touch I tied oak leaves left over from my Fall Felt Rose & Just Wreath using some of the jute string along with an adorable Pumpkin Tag.  The Pumpkin Tag I created using a vintage pumpkin image set on top of an ornate orange frame I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy printed on card stock and cut using a tag punch. This little project really only cost me $1.00 for the candle since I already had all the other items on hand.

By the way did you know if you have Microsoft Word 2010 that you can easily remove the background from an image?  You can and it works amazingly well!

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