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Making And Crafts : Covered Button Jewelry

January 26, 2012 09:33 by ehouston

This isn’t anything new.  In fact, there are tutorials plastered all over the internet and lots of people selling covered button jewelry on Etsy.  But, this is what I have been playing around with lately and I wanted to share.  Not only have I made some fun stuff for myself, but I think I may join the legions and post some pieces for sale in my handmade Etsy shop, Kitsch Designs.  I know, I know, boring….well, I have my reasons.  For a long time now I have been trying to figure out the best way to use up all those itty-bitty little scraps of vintage fabric that just seem to precious to throw away.  So far they have just been collecting dust in a box.  I figure with barkcloth being so scarce any more I can’t get rid of even the smallest piece, right? 

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(This last one is an old quilter’s fabric with a printed log cabin design.)

Plus, there have to be others out there that love the idea of textile jewelry, but don’t see patterns that speak to them.  I’m hoping some more Mid-Century Modern lovers will be happy to see these simple jewelry pieces in fabrics that work right into their retro way of life!

Happy Shopping folks!

Kitsch Krafts


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Etsy Treasuries–Whoo Hoo!

April 27, 2011 00:45 by ehouston

Gotta love a yellow bird and bunny filled spring time Treasury!  This one was curated by Grazim, whose shop is stuffed to the brim with the most beautiful hand-felted items.

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My Vintage Fabric Wall Art in orange, brown and yellow was featured in this one.

The most recent Etsy Treasury I found one of my items listed in was a Shop Local, Virginia grouping.

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19Cindy76 curated this Treasury featuring her favorite items from shops in and around the Richmond, VA area.  She included my listing for Vintage Fabric Tooth Fairy Pillows.

So, click, comment and purchase, ya’ll!

;o)

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Yep, I Wear An Apron

April 4, 2011 07:07 by ehouston

Not only do I stay at home with my kid, but I wear an apron while working around the house.  How’s that for Feminism?  hee!  I just posted a couple of cute aprons that I have been holding on to for years.  Don’t ask me why.  I just never got around to posting them to the shop.  So, I thought I would share them today.

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This is the one I use daily.  It has a vintage image of a chef and maid flirting with each other.

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I have washed this one a ton of times and it still looks really great.  If you are interested it’s available in my Etsy shop, here. (Well, not the exact one that I use, silly!  The one in my shop is brand new.)

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This is one of my most favorite utility pocket aprons.  I used vintage Barkcloth to create deep pockets and tool loops across the mid-section.

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It’s perfect for looking good while you make something else look good!  Check it out here.

Happy Cleaning all you Women’s Libbers!

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Scrap Crafts : Barkcloth Bookmarks

March 15, 2010 01:57 by ehouston

I don’t know about you guys, but I not only have a ton of textiles I also have a ton of scraps.  You may think, well why don’t you just toss them away?  For some reason when it comes to vintage fabrics (especially) I just cannot get rid of even the little bitty bits.  I have been known to save scraps so small they cannot hardly be considered for sewing.  However, a while back I gathered some of those little pieces together and created these…

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…little bookmarks.  There is something about vintage barkcloth.  I just love the texture and the fun patterns.

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Don’t you think the selvedge makes for a neat border?  (Maybe that’s just the textile junky in me)  As you can see I also had some fun with my sewing machine’s different stitches.

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This last version is my favorite because I am total fan of the really mod, atomic type patterns of barkcloth from the 1950’s. 

This craft project was almost a total “Green” project.  I say ‘almost’ because the backing fabric used was newer cotton canvas, however it was just the scraps left over from another project.  I used cardstock I had gathered from the recycling bin at work to create an inner piece to add some stiffness and stability.  The ribbons and rickrack were all vintage bits purchased from estate sales and thrift shops.  Basically all the pieces were to be discarded, but I was able to bring them together into something useful…and pretty cute, I might add!

So, do you have any projects created from what you swept up off your craft room floor after another project?  Do you have TONS of bits and bobs laying around and waiting for a way to be used?  Are you really just a Hoarder?   Come on, you can tell us…  Do we need to call TLC for an intervention?  ;o)

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PS- I have sold all but one of these bookmarks.  Here is the lone survivor in case you are interested.  I hope to create some new ones soon!


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One Last Bag Update For Now.

September 30, 2008 08:08 by ehouston

Just wanted to add pics of the last two bags I had been working on in an earlier post.  I received several emails asking about the finished products.  Two bags have been posted to my shop and the other will be posted by tomorrow.

 

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15739178


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Shop Update!- More Bags

September 29, 2008 03:16 by ehouston

 

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I just added a couple of bags to my shop this morning.  Probably not the best day for a new listing, but when you haven't really sold anything I guess it just does not matter!  You have to keep plugging away and adding new things all the time it seems.  One is a bag that I have floating around in my FLICKR pool, but had not posted yet and the other is one pictured in pieces in an earlier post.  I have had such trauma with my almost 20 year old sewing machine that I have not been able to finish much of anything that required machine stitching.  After crying in frustration over the horrible stitching and general destruction of my projects that my old machine was causing I threw in the towel and bought a new one.  It was about time, though!  The old machine was a moving out of the house gift to myself years ago, and it was really not meant to go as long as I had pushed it.  The visitation ended yesterday at lunch and the burial was by sunset in the backyard.  It was a lovely celebration of the life that was.....

            

So, now I get to start work with my new Viking machine.  It's the basic model, no electronics.  I heard to many bad stories about the problems with the computerized versions, so I opted for the simpleton variety.  I have a year to trade up, so who knows, I may change my mind later.  For now, I am going to settle for some basic stitches for my basic stitching needs and try to get through my piles of half-finished projects and mending.

Check out my shop for a couple of new listings and for a couple of sale items!


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Textile Obsessive, are you? Yes, you might say that...

August 8, 2008 10:23 by ehouston

I have been collecting fabric for a long time and my obsession peaked several years ago when I completely freaked out about the amount of textile items I owned.  I am sure there are plenty of people out there that are waaayy worse off than me, suffocating under the piles and piles of dusty barkcloth, slipping on the chantilly lace and wishing they had just the right shade of orange to match up with that chevron patterned polyester.  I have been there and I was in heaven, but then suddenly, I had reached a moment of being completely overwhelmed by it all.  My 9 to 5 was not letting up on my free time enough for me to create like I had been accustomed to in the past.  My website was slinking along, barely there, while most requests came by word of mouth, and I just felt my chest tightening at the thought that I may hold on to this stuff forever along with some crazy teenage dream. 

I guess I read to many magazines, blogs and websites about all those talented individuals that some how get "discovered" and suddenly their 9 to 5 becomes their dream job.  Don't get me wrong, I chose my career path and I enjoy what I do.  It's just lacking in the type of creativity that I thrive on.  So, one day after a few deep breathes I began the purge.  I went through every single piece of textile on the racks that lined the walls of my office/craft room, and I bagged it all up.  I told myself that I would only keep the pieces most precious to me.  Those that have the best patterns.  The ones that just make me smile at the thought of cutting them to make something great, or keeping them forever to pull out and enjoy from time to time.  That day I did manage to take four very large garage-style storage racks, packed two rows deep on each shelf and stacked up to the ceiling, down to one extra wide five-shelf unit.  I think I counted 15 large yard-size garbage bags full of fabric and it took me about 4 trips to Goodwill to unload it all.  With each trip I dug deep for the will to keep going in the direction of the thrift drop off, did the deed and then felt weight lift on my way back home. 

At first I was definitely sad, but the opening up of all the floor space felt very freeing and I believed I had made the right decision.  Plus, I knew that some lucky person was about to come upon the fabric stash of a lifetime while just wandering through their favorite thrift store one afternoon.  It was not until recently that I started to really miss some of those fabrics.  The feeling is almost equivalent to that of losing a pet.  I know it seems crazy, but I often find myself thinking, "Oh yeah, I can use that pink floral doubleknit to make a sweet scarf to go with these mittens!", only to remember that the pink doubleknit is now adorning someone else's fabric pile.  I think what has really made all of this hit home is the fact that I am starting to get back out there.  I find I am being drawn back to the thrift stores for inspiration and the occasional good find.  Unfortunately, over the years the thrift stores have decided to use a new pricing scale for anything they think might have vintage value.  So, that bin of vintage fabric scraps that used to be about $5.00 is now $10.00 or $20.00, which might not seem like much, but it can take a tole on a tight crafting budget.  I guess I got lucky in that I was thrifting at a time when it was not as mainstream.  It was a necessity to cloth myself and outfit my first apartment.  I miss those days. 

In the meantime I have decided to start sharing my prizes and have found a lot of other people out there that have the same kind of love for all things vintage, especially textiles.  I will admit that sharing our pictures is fun, but a little hard to stomach when you realize someone else has the most perfect example of 1950's barkcloth you have ever come across.  What I am saying is there is definitely some jealousy involved..;0)  This reminds me of a story the husband of a couple we are friends with told us about how his wife shops.  Actually, they were both talking about how it was like hunting, and fighting could break out at any moment in the mall.  Well, I am not a mall shopper and I have always thought of myself as being much more civilized than that.  But, then I think of those times when I have slipped into a bedroom at an estate sale just in time to see some other lucky thrifter tucking the best fabric find under their arm.  So far I have subdued the eye-gouging and hair-pulling, but there have been times when it was almost too much to take.  I am limiting my entry back into the world of thrifting and fabric collecting, but it's like the draw of "The Dark Side".  It's just so darn strong!

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