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For Jaimie…

12 Mar

Sister, this is so you can see the text. The k-drama is called Goddess of Marriage.

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The Chair Project

7 Feb

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It all started innocently enough. I was keeping one eye open for CURB ALERTs, so I could actually have furniture, as opposed to an empty apartment. That was when I ran into these two chairs. They were in perfect working order, and I kind of liked them…

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But they were a little beat up. They were a little bruised and a little scarred, but considering the price, I figured I couldn’t go wrong.IMG_5704_smallBut I kind of shelved my project, until one day, I started thinking about the iron-on vinyl… and the fact that I… but I am keeping that a secret! Look forward to the final Chair Project post coming in the near future!

Anyway, I decided if I was going to do the thing, I was going to do it up right. I love the combo of black and red, and it would not only complete my vinyl project but emphasize it!

So, I went rummaging about for how to paint wood furniture. My favorite article is located at The Frugal Girl.

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I had to sand it… then I primed it. Then I painted with a nice oil-based paint.IMG_5792_small

But I marred it a tad. So I buffed and painted again.IMG_5796_smallAnd voila! Even without my secondary project, I really like them. The contrast between the red and black is so striking… What do you think? 

Making Me

23 Jan

I recently had the opportunity to do a great deal of research into the field of DIY beauty…

Some of it was fun. Some of it made sense. Some of it was just bizarre.

But there I was trotting along, reading article after article relating to apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, tea tree oil, jojoba, etc, etc, etc… And then I decided that I needed to get back into the swing of things. I happen to adore DIY, and I was more than willing to try these natural remedies and treatments.

I started with coconut oil… If you have not luxuriated in the sheer decadence of a sugar scrub that used coconut oil, then I have a sneaky suspicion that your body is in for a treat. Once I started using it on the outside, I started using it in my food, and let me tell you, coconut oil is one of the things that made my body super happy with me. If you want good, natural oil that wont block your pores, look no further (and this is coming from a girl who used to have oily places on her face!)

Then I went to apple cider vinegar. I use it as a toner, and my face is so pleased with me. Before, I was committed to benzoyl peroxide, and anyone else who has used it can attest to the fact that it can dry your skin out and leave you red and rough. Not so with ACV. Just make sure to dilute the solution before putting it on your face. I’d say about two parts water to one part ACV. But that’s just me. Others say a 1:1 ratio works for them. ACV restores your skin to a normal pH!

These are some of my most recent loves, but stick around. I will be providing recipes (DIY beauty AND munchies)!

And then there was… another one.

17 Jan

Now let’s be honest. I have been remiss in posting. Chalk it up to my lack of a kitchen (which I am working my hardest to correct) or my brief period without any sort of life, but I plan to put it to rights.

To begin with, I have been working on a new concept, and I am really excited about it. The Bobby Pin Brigade is a new blog/lifestyle that I am working on. If you are looking for happiness, fun, vintage and friends, check out the Bobby Pin Brigade! The first post went up TODAY, and I already have several other posts written, waiting to use them to brighten your day.

But, I will be posting again. Food and fun is coming back to Vintage Sweetheart!

I’m Back!

2 Aug

It has been an interesting span of time, but it is true. I am back and literally better than ever. Did you wonder where I had gone? School. I just finished school. But the time has come, and I am back and better than EVER.

Join me as I find and try vintage out. Vintage fashion, vintage recipes, vintage class… This is a new Vintage Sweetheart, and all you have to do is stick around for the ride.

Make Your Bruises Disappear Quick

16 Jan

Do you ever wake up with unknown bruises that last for days? Or have you ever smacked yourself really good on something that gave you a lovely color patch, better known as a bruise?

Ah, yes. The joys and mysteries of trying to deal with bruises are vast and plentiful (and I should know as I seem to have a natural proclivity to amassing bruises). This is almost always obnoxious, but it inevitably comes at a time when you really want to look pristine.

Well, fear no more. With nothing more than a banana peel, you can get rid of these confidence cloggers and go on your merry way.

Take your banana peel, and apply it flesh side down on the bruise (you do NOT have to use the whole peel when a portion will do). Then bind it to you with a bandage, and leave it on overnight. There is a substance in the peel that will help your bruise fade quickly, leaving you just as phenomenal as ever before!

***I cant stop from making some sort of joke about banana peels making bruises more often than they remove them… :)

~The Vintage Sweetheart

My Newest Obsession: Aprons

19 Oct

I have taken to making aprons in a purely insane manner. It all started when I saw a pattern offered for the Tea and Crumpets apron by Anthropologie; however, when I looked at the pattern, it did not nearly give the whole thing. Instead, I had to turn to my sister’s apron for ideas. I created the design and implemented it, and I love the candy cane. (I want to make one that has all white trim with candy stripes on the main body, and I have enough material left to do just that :)

Me in my cute new apron in my sewing corner. Although every time I get underway, I feel I must break it down again.

Apron Number 2. For this one, I added a second ruffle… Oh, and by the way, I discovered how to recreate the Tea and Crumpets after careful study of an extremely enhanced image. Oodles of fun, eh?

Oh, yes. The third was a just a piece of fun. It all started with a men’s shirt that I had used part of for another project. The inspiration started with a book that I checked out about aprons from the library. Don’t you just love the pocket? or the bow?

I am considering creating personalized aprons for sale on Etsy. What think ye?

~The Vintage Sweetheart

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