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Etsy Treasury–Getting Ready For Fall

July 14, 2011 00:39 by ehouston

With the heat we have been experiencing here in the Richmond, VA area lately I am definitely looking forward to some fall weather.  Whew!  Lisa Ross of the Etsy shop Divine Bijoux was kind enough to include my Vintage Hankie Art Wall Hanging in her latest Treasury creation.

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Not only can she curate a lovely Treasury, she also makes some pretty nice jewelry.  So, check out her shop in addition to checking out the Treasury.

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Etsy Treasury–Pretty Polly: Lines and Texture

June 10, 2011 05:16 by ehouston

Another cool vintage mod Etsy Treasury featuring one of my vintage fabric art pieces.  This one was curated by Rebecca Montgomery Rich of Afternoon Owl Designs.

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Check out the Treasury and Rebecca’s shop.  It’s full of neat-o knit shawls and collars.

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Okay, Mom- Don’t Read This!

January 26, 2011 08:23 by ehouston

But since you are one of about three people that actually read this blog I am sure you will see this post.  I am still on the hunt for a special birthday and Valentine’s Day gift for the Mommasita and I have been rounding up cute ideas for a while now.  This one showed up over at BabyCenter.com , but I found it through YoungHouseLove.com.  Of course, the sweet couple at YHL came up with the idea and presented it as one of the DIY projects they create for the Momformation blog at BabyCenter.com.  It’s a framed silhouette of the grandchildren that they made using their home computer and printer. 

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(Photo straight from BabyCenter.com)

I wish my mom had some more grandkids (hint, hint Honey!) so that we could really do one of these up right.  However, I was thinking it might be neat to use old photos of the Little Guy and create silhouettes from different ages.  In fact, I think I would like one of those for us!

Okay, so this project has been added to the list of possibilities.  (I know, Mom, you are probably getting tired of all the grandchild related stuff we keep making and sending, right?) 

I also thought I would share what we did last year to commemorate our Little Guy hitting 6 months, and both Valentine’s Day and my Mom’s b’day (which comes shortly thereafter).

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This is the version we kept, but we sent a similar one to my mom.  The idea was that the hands and feet also created heart shapes.  By the way, this was no easy task working with a curious 6 month old who has Incredible Hulk-like strength! 

Basically, I found moments when he was calm and serene…like right after a nap, or a snack, put him in his highchair, then I painted non-toxic red paint across his palm and pressed it into heavy watercolor paper as fast as possible.  We used up nearly the entire pad of paper to get two, useable sets of foot and handprints, but I think the results were worth it.  Just like the Petersik’s post at Momformation on BabyCenter.com, I used an inexpensive frame (this one from Target) that already had a matt and Ta-Da, art and a keepsake!

I love seeing this print every time I pass it in the hall, and once in a while the Little Guy puts his hands and feet up to compare…or maybe just reminisce about this project we did, what seems like, so long ago.

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How this all started....

May 8, 2008 04:27 by ehouston

So, I have been creating since I was a little kid.  Sometimes with the aid of a parent or teacher and other times on my own with stolen, make that acquired tools from said parents or teachers.  The idea of making something not only from my heart, but through the use of my mind always fascinated me and held my attention for hours.  I would often deconstruct something just to figure it all out.  I could not always reconstruct the item, or if I did it might not look exactly the same and there could be some extra parts left over, but I would at least get the gist of it all.  Throughout the years, I have created, collected, refurbished and reinvented everything from junk parts, to clothing, furniture and other odd castoffs.  To make something new and useful out of something that is, well, technically trash in someone else’s eyes is a very rewarding task.  The business of doing so, even more rewarding and I have attempted it, as a way to support my hobbies, many times over the last 10-15 years or so.  Part of my desire to recreate from the old and unused was due in part to being raised by thrifty recyclers and re-inventors.  It also came from a love of being surrounded by items with a past and a story.  Once on my own, I also discovered that making that cool, newly acquired (bought this time, not stolen) piece of furniture or other home décor item meant trying to fit it into a palate built for a more modern era.  The average suburban track home leaves much to be desired when trying to outfit the interior with vintage pieces and retro found objects.  Then there was the issue with needing new items to cozy up a home with an older aesthetic; a concern a good friend brought to me when attempting to merge a nursery into her vintage bungalow.  None of the items that were readily available were a fit and everything screamed, THIS IS THE KID’S ROOM, rather than blending in nicely with the rest of her Arts & Crafts furnishings.  All these experiences came together a one point and made me realize there is opportunity here to create not only what people want, but what they need.  That is how KitschDesigns.com was born.  Over the years this little made by one woman, cottage industry has taken on many different projects to infuse retro chic into apparel, accessories and home décor.  Most recently, it has become a moniker for any and all of my creative passions and this site is just another outlet for me to express my love of the old, the new, the once loved and the recently reborn.  I hope you enjoy! -E


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