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Guest Designer Angela Harris

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Projects designed by Angela Harris.

Projects designed by Angela Harris.

We are thrilled and honored that Angela uses images from The Vintage Workshop in her beautiful creations. These projects were previously featured in Somerset’s Holidays & Celebrations magazine and we wanted to share the inspiring designs with the readers of our blog.

Her Beauty Hanger

• Coffee filters: coffee-dyed

• Hanger: satin padded

• Lace fabric: piece

• Pearled stamen

• Strand of pearls: vintage

• Tulle

Print the Ruth Vincent image out on coffee-dyed cardstock. Tear coffee-dyed coffee filters into thick strips. With the image side of the photo facing down, gather and sew the strips. This creates a bunched frilly border. Twist one strip of coffee filter into a loose rope. Roll the rope into a rose shape and sew onto the corners of the photo. For some of these roses twist a strip of tulle along with the coffee filters. Fold your pearl stamen in half and sew onto center of bottom right rose. Next, attach your strands of pearls on the border of the photo over the threading with hot glue, making sure to put the glue on the photo and not the strand of pearls. Lastly, attach the complete embellished photo onto the front of the padded hanger over the lace with hot glue. Use to display an old prom or wedding dress.

Guidance Tray

• Adhesive: hot glue gun

• Chain of rhinestone jewelry: vintage

• Coffee filters: coffee-dyed

• Family photo: actual photo or vintage image

• Lace: vintage

• Millinery flowers

• Ribbon: velvet

• Scissors

• Seam binding ribbon

• Serving tray: vintage

• Sewing machine

• Tulle

Tear coffee-dyed coffee filters into thick strips. With the image side of the photo facing down, gather and sew the strips. This creates a bunched frilly border. Fold an 8-inch-long piece of tulle in half and sew each end to the edge of the photo, creating a looped effect around the coffee filter design. On the top of the image sew on a vintage lace strip. Adhere the strand of vintage rhinestone jewelry to the side of the photo, the inspirational word from a vintage book on the bottom right and a millinery flower and velvet ribbon on the bottom left with hot glue. Adhere vintage photo to the center of a vintage silver tray with hot glue. Display in large plate hanger as wall art or set in a tabletop easel.

Angela’s Tips

• A certain aspect of gift giving I like to use is the act of surprise. Consider contacting a relative and having them send a photo that your mother hasn’t seen in a while. When the gift is revealed, the surprise and joy of seeing that photo alone is a gift in itself.

• To dye coffee filters, dip white filters into a bowl of instant coffee. Ring out and place on a cookie sheet individually. Bake at 290 degrees for 10 minutes or until crisp and dry.

Angela Harris is 24 years old and lives in Missouri with her husband and three children. She works from home on her blog at www.yourangil.blogspot.com. You can contact Angela for project tips and custom order inquiries at yourangil@hotmail.com.

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Mother’s Day Collaged Gift Boxes

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
Mother's Day Gift Box

Mother's Day Gift Box

I love creating things for my mother. She is also a crafter at heart and is the one person in my life who I know will truly appreciate all the work I might put into the “wrapping” or gift box the gift actually comes in.

I created these series of gift boxes last Mother’s Day for my mother, sister and a few other special women in my life.  It was super easy to create using a brown craft paper box I picked up at my local craft store, lots of images printed from The Vintage Workshop, white glue (or Modge Podge collage glue) and a foam brush.

I first cut out all my favorite images using the click-n-cut pdf versions of my favorite Mother’s Day collections.  Then I just layered them on making sure to leave a few of the ones with verses on top so you could read them.  Then I glued them on with the white glue and the foam brush. The only tip I will say is be careful when using images with a lot of black ink.  The dark ink will tend to smear when wet.

I put all my vintage sewing trinkets, silver bracelets and other little gifts into the boxes and then wrapped them with a ribbon bow.  I know my best friend still uses her box for a jewelry keepsake box on her dresser.  It’s a container that is also a gift!

Until next time…

Another Mother's Day Gift Box

Another Mother's Day Gift Box

Gift Box Created for my Sister

Gift Box Created for my Sister

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Favorite Christmas Images

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Poinsettia Girl - SI0406

Poinsettia Girl - SI0406

Christmas Cheer - SI0816

Christmas Cheer - SI0816

Pine Frame Manger - SI0803

Pine Frame Manger - SI0803

Christmas Santa - SI0807

Christmas Santa - SI0807

Jolly Santa - SI0792

Jolly Santa - SI0792

The Vintage Workshop has such a vast variety of Christmas images, picking my favorites was almost too difficult.  I wanted to share a variety of my favorite images that go with the holiday season.

The first image of the Poinsettia Girl has been my all time favorite Christmas image since I first saw it. Last year, I used it to make Christmas gift tags. I shrunk it down using my word program on my computer and printed it onto card stock. I then punched a hole in the corner and wrote my To: and From: on the back. I edged it with a gold marker and used red ribbon to attach it to my gifts. It was so beautiful.

I hope these images help get you in the mood for holiday decorating and project making. Until next time…

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