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Etsy Treasury–Retro Brights For Spring

March 30, 2011 06:07 by ehouston

Isn’t this Etsy Treasury super fun?  It was curated by Lisa Ross of Divine Bijoux, a shop full of colorful jewelry.

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My vintage Colonial Glass flower tray was featured with all these other cute treasures.  Come check it out, leave a comment or click through and buy something for yourself!

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Freaky Baby Styley!

March 12, 2009 08:01 by ehouston

With one on the way, my current obsession revolves around outfitting our little one in total style.  So far, this kid is going to end up being way more hip than his parents.  My furniture style tastes tend toward the mod, or at least the retro modern (as in Danish style furnishings from the 40's-60's).  The real issue I am dealing with is that I love....I mean LOVE several "on the high end" necessities that are just outrageously expensive (at least to me).  I have tried.  I have looked and looked online.  I have attempted to find knock-offs and even sought out a builder that would create what I want but on the cheap.  Unfortunately, I cannot find the quality or look for my thrift store budget (and frugal nature).  Now, I know you are thinking....the kid doesn't care what his bed, stroller, highchair, etc looks like...why do you care so much?  Well, I figure that if I have to look at and use this stuff for years I want it to grow with the kid and I want to at least enjoy having it in my home.  I am just not the Winnie the Pooh, Precious Moments, (insert your love to hate favorite baby room theme here) kind of mom.  So, I have succumbed.  Second job, here I come!  I have done my due diligence and now I just have to save.  I figure if I don't eat for the next couple of months I can have all the pieces on my wish list within no time at all.  :-D

Month one at crappy retail job should produce the crib money:

My dream crib by Stokke.

If I had all the money in the world I would get this bassinet and just the crib above, but alas, I don't have all the money in the world.  :0(

Nest Bassinet by Ooba.

Month number two at crappy retail job should set us up with the high chair.

Convertible High Chair by Stokke.  Do you see a theme running here?

It will probably take months number three and four to afford this baby, so I am still working on an alternative.

It's so cute with it's Red Cross attitude.  Stroller by Bugaboo.

After all of this, I will probably immediately start freaking out about college.  Third job I'm looking for you now!

;0)

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Fun With Etsy Treasuries

November 20, 2008 05:35 by ehouston

I am a member of the Retro Handmade Etsy Street Team and we have been working on putting together a holiday theme Treasury on Etsy.  I have never even tried to get a Treasury or put one together, but today I just happened to notice the total number was getting low.  I just watched the number come down for a few minutes and was able to score a spot for us- I could not believe it!  Now, I would have loved to fill each and every spot with my own products and shamelessly plug my wares, but I was good and I put together something that I think represents our team pretty well.  Check it out and if you feel so inclined, buy some nice handmade retro inspired treasures for your holiday gifts this year!

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Working, working, working away!

August 29, 2008 05:05 by ehouston

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I just wish I could whistle while I work, but unfortunately I have never been able to make much more than a sharp single syllable note (if you can even call it that) come out when I try to whistle.  So, it would be the most monotone song to ever permeate this home, and I think the dog might even have to leave the room.  ;0)  It's okay, though because I have the radio and my imagination to keep me going.  I have been working on more bags lately and have added several to my shop, with more on the way. 

Right now I am working on an embellishing job for several little canvas backpacks that I bought years ago.  I had other plans for them at that time, but they never materialized.  I am glad for that, though, because I think this project is much cooler than I what I had originally set out to create.  I hope other people feel the same way and enjoy them too!  I am having wonderful fun with fusible webbing and vintage fabric scraps.  I wish I had jumped on the fusible webbing bandwagon a long time ago because I think it might be one of the most wonderful inventions of all time.  Unfortunately, I was not a card carrying member until recently because I remember the stuff my mom tried using when I was little and it never seemed to work.  I cannot tell you how many hems she tried to "cheat" on by fixing them with something called "wonder under", I believe, and as soon as you washed the garment the hem would come right back out.  I guess this product has come a long way.  Uh-oh, I am feeling the beginning of an iron-on patch craze around here.  Never mind my bad whistling, if the dog does decide to stick around she might just get a new fusible webbing accessory.  Watch out Rox., the iron is hot!

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

E


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Irresistibly Creepy!

July 28, 2008 05:52 by ehouston

While enjoying my daily perusal of the blogisphere I came across an interesting link.  It is to the website of German photographer, Loretta Lux and she does some of the most incredible portraiture I think I have ever seen.  The image below is from the home page and was at first very startling to say the least.  It has a "Children of the Damned" sort of underlying horror feel going on.  However, the more I looked through Lux's gallery I realized that these photos also have a cool, retro sort of charm that I have not seen before.  I don't have kids yet, but the idea of having interesting, kitschy-retro type pics taken rather than those hokey old-fashioned, fake Victorian vintage era recreations seems kind of cool to me.  But, I will let you all be the judge.....

http://www.lorettalux.de/


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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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