Tuesday, November 27, 2012

An All White Christmas: Decor For Your Home


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Last month, we were asked to create an amazing vintage Christmas inspiration shoot for Folk Magazine. After some serious late night texting, we decided on an all-white theme with pops of blue, natural greenery, and wood. Alicia Brown lent us her phenomenal photography skills, and we left with one of our favorite shoots yet.

Across the street from Vintiquities, where we shot, were thick cedar trees that we borrowed limbs from. Their gorgeous muted blue berries were a perfect addition to the table.

Vintage Christmas Postcards as placeholders at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Christmas postcards served as place cards; while velvet bows decorated the plates and held the napkins. Most all of the postcards we collected are addressed and written before 1910. They reveal dear messages for family and friends that have long since gone.

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Strips of velvet tied into bows at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Snowberries are one of our favorite seasonal decorations to use, and they looked stunning tucked into the napkin bows. 

White Horses for Christmas at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Thrifted carousel horses spray painted white & glittered at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Thrifted carousel horses spray painted white & glittered at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Thrifted carousel horses spray painted white & glittered at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Thrifted carousel horses covered in white paint and clear glass glitter make a stunning centerpiece.

Vintage apothecary jars with Christmas greenery at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

We used an old dresser as a buffet -- smaller than a normal buffet and so much character...

Vintage French Ironstone Platter at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

I bought this platter from French Larkspur. She fills her online shoppe with treasures from France. They are affordable and gorgeous..head over for a one of a kind find!

Vintage Silver Utensils at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage birdcage with candles & greenery at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

White & Blue Christmas at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

White & Blue Christmas at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

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Make your old bottle collection festive by placing colorful Christmas ornaments on top of them! Simple and so cute!

Vintage clocks in a Christmas tree at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Our tree was decorated with clocks, rope, snowberries, ruffled crepe paper, and vintage candles. We'll be providing a tutorial on the garland and ruffled crepe paper we created! So easy and so pretty.

Presents were wrapped with strips of velvet, vintage watch faces, and ruffled crepe paper. Of course we had to tuck some more snowberries in as well. You can't go wrong with snowberries! Unless you eat them...

String vintage watch faces on velvet strips for packaging embellishments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com


You can find the whole shoot and story in FOLK Magazine's Christmas issue! We'll be shooting a Valentine's Day inspiration this weekend, due out in February...now is a great time to subscribe if you haven't already!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Decor: Vintage Wooden Ornaments

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Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com
I spent Christmas 2011 in Texas with my mom, aunt, and meemaw.  I got to hear the story of how meemaw met my grandpa, got to know my great-great-great-grandparents through pictures and stories, and frequented several thrift/antique stores.  It was a trip full of memories that I hope to keep with me forever. 

Meemaw works part-time at a thrift store in town, and we got after-hours access.  Is it sad that I was just as excited about that as going backstage at a concert? Anyway. I found this cute handpainted wooden snowman sticking out of a basket. I hadn't seen an ornament quite like that. It was hard to decide if it was really tacky, or if it could work as an adorable kitschy new collection. It was definitely vintage. I started digging through the basket and found another handful of these ornaments! 

Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com


I really love collecting these now! They're inexpensive, readily available at thrift stores, and you can't beat how they look.  Check out this guy! He's my favorite. Keeping watch over the Christmas tree.

Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com
Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

I ended up with a few duplicate ornaments this year, so I'll be attaching some of my favorites to Christmas packages. A perfect touch!

Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

I also ended up with a little surprise ornament -- a pinecone elf! I feel a new collection coming on...

Vintage Wooden Ornaments at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

I'm giving away a 'starter kit' of vintage wooden ornaments for one lucky commenter! You'll receive five of my favorites, along with a few other vintage Christmas surprises! I'll choose a random winner next Friday, November 30th! 

To enter: 

Comment and tell me what your favorite Christmas collections are!
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Vintage Whites Christmas Market 2012

If you haven't gathered from our sidebar, we run a vintage market in Montana (And Salt Lake City this spring!) 

This past weekend, we had our annual Christmas market! It was AMAZING!

We had more shoppers than ever, more vendors than ever, and the talent was just over the top. Even Ryan Gosling showed up! Ok, so maybe it was two-dimensional cardboard Ryan Gosling, but still. Judging by the reaction, there wasn't too much of a difference! 

Alicia Brown showed up to take a few pictures (they're mixed in with some of my own pictures), and we'd love for you to see what we were up to this weekend!

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

We are never satisfied with mediocre, so we decided to make a DIY photobooth so that guests could use their own camera to take pictures while they stood in line. This was one of my favorite parts! We came up with fun sayings like "I only have 2 dollars left" and "My husband doesn't know I'm here," along with signs to go along with our celebrity guest.

My favorite? "Hey girl...you're right. Chalkboard paint would look perfect on that."

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Hey girl, I'll dust while you're at Vintage Whites.

Anyway, we used brightly colored ribbon and ornaments on a PVC frame to create a super fun and festive backdrop, and scattered neon pom-poms all over a tree with big colored lights.  It was SO bright and fun!!

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

To top it all off, we had a FABULOUS designer create that banner you see up top.  Thorn + Sparrow continues to blow our minds on every project she does for us. 

She hand lettered it. Yep. She's that good! My handwriting would have looked like a ransom note. 

If that wasn't enough, we had the bright idea to create a "forest" of ombre trees.  We spent a day watching old 70s romance movies and wrapping each branch of a tree in fabric.  It was actually really fun, and if you haven't seen Somewhere in Time or The Promise, make a date with Netflix.  Young Stephen Collins is worth it. 

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Painstakingly fun.

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

One of our favorite finishing touches were the wrapped chandeliers. We thrifted and painted most of them. They ran the length of our venue and looked absolutely magical. 

Can you imagine about 30 of these hanging above tables at a wedding reception? I sure can. 

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Greeting customers was the most amazing hand lettered chalkboard by Coquille Vintage. (The other half of Junk Nation Review) The trim is made out of architectural salvage, and the concept/art is all hers. Such talent!! We were so thrilled to get this in the mail!!

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com


Vanessa and I literally fought in the parking lot afterward about who got to keep it. We threw punches and elbows....ok not really, but it was worth a good fight ;)


Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com


Lets talk about how cute these pillows are. 100% linen, handmade...and SO gorgeous!! I'd like one in every print and color. 


Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com


Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com


We also have live music at our events. Shayla is just incredible. This time they came with ugly Christmas sweaters on, and of course we fell in love a little bit more. She even dedicated my least favorite Christmas song to me, and I ended up liking it! How's that for a good musician?


Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com

Here's a song she just released...we think you should listen to it because it's pretty great.

            

We were also excited to sell Christmas issues of FOLK Magazine at our market...we're contributors now, and SO excited to be!! It really felt like Christmas when we opened up to our feature. Have you subscribed? It's really affordable and SO worth it. TONS of amazing stories and pictures! You can follow the link above to subscribe.

Vintage Whites Christmas Market at www.vintagewhitesblog.com


What an incredible day. We had SO much fun!! We're looking forward to bringing our awesome vibe to Salt Lake City in March, and we can't wait to show you what we have planned for that one!!

You can view the rest of the pictures from our Christmas market online HERE.
If you Instagram, please follow @vintagewhites and tag any pictures you took with #VWM -- you can see our feed HERE.
For another fun market recap from Cue the Confetti, click HERE

Were you there? What did you buy??? We want to know!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween: DIY Raven Costume


DIY Raven costume
DIY Raven costume

I love Halloween.  It's one of my favorite holidays, and not because of the creepy, scary, gory stuff. I just love dressing up! What other time of year do you get to plan a costume? 

This year, I wanted to go as a raven.  I wanted to make my costume, and I knew that I wanted a LOT of feathers.

This costume was ridiculously easy to make. I wore shorts and tights, a long-sleeve black shirt with lace sleeves, a corset, covered in black boas from Claires, over the top, and some wings that I spray painted black.

To top it off, I added the leftover feathers from my boa to the collar of my shirt. 

DIY Raven costume

The wings were...HUGE. I had to walk sideways through most doorways, but it was worth it. I used regular glossy black spray paint (2 full cans) to cover the wings. The paint covered great, and didn't leave the feathers sticky! Score!

DIY Raven costume

I found my tights at KMart.  Originally, I had polka dot tights, but the stripes just seemed to work so much better! Add some black heels and you've got yourself a costume!!

I was really stoked about hair and makeup though. Cortney at the Underground Salon did my hair/makeup (she's fabulous!)

I wanted something crazy, bird-like, and dark. Other than that it was up to her. She gave me a mohawk, or a 'crowhawk' as I called it all night....

DIY Raven costume


I found some fake eyelashes at Hot Topic that had black feathers on them (perfect!) and Cortney put them on for me. They felt like bricks all night. A worthy inconvenience though...I think they make the makeup pop!

I gave myself tiny lips that reminded me of masquerade masks. It was so fun!

DIY Raven costume

DIY Raven costume

I modeled my beak after the 15th century masquerade masks as well. I cut a pattern out of posterboard, and then used paper mache to cover it. I didn't worry about smoothing out the bumps because I felt it looked more authentic. To finish, I added a coat of black paint, glitter, and some nylon string to connect it.

This was definitely my favorite costume, and it was the easiest I've ever done! 'DIY' is the way to go for Halloween, in my opinion! 

So, what did you go as? 



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