This listing process

Good heavens I haven’t written a post since September. Between homeschooling, soccer, preschool, business and my husband’s activities which included running for our county Recorder office. He won by the way. Our lives have been crazy busy, but if you have been keeping tabs on the shop you should have noticed all of the new listings I’ve been busy working on.

Several weeks ago I took somewhere between 500 pictures that required editing and listing, it evened out to be about 100 new pieces for the shop. I try to take 5 photographs of each item to show all the angles and important trappings.

I’m going to talk about the process I go through for a piece after I have acquired it.

Cleaning: I clean almost every garment even if it is just a freshening up.

Steaming: I steam the wrinkles out of everything, I never use an iron on my clothing. Mostly due to the fact irons and I don’t get along, plus when I use my steamer I get the added bonus of a facial.

Photograph: As I stated before I try to get take at least 5 photographs of each piece to show every angle, imperfection,  what makes it unique, label etc. I then take my camera home and edit all of those lovely pictures I took, usually just cropping them a bit and resize them a tad.

Measure: I measure every piece and hand write my listing out in a notebook that comes to the studio and home with me. I have filled 2 notebooks already and I’m on my 3rd one for this year. I used to use bits of paper but I would lose them, so now I stick to notebooks. Plus if I ever happen to accidentally delete a listing, I can look through my notebooks and rewrite the listing out.

Research: Once I get my notebook home I go through and do research on each piece, if there is a brand label even better I try to find something comparable not only to help with SEO Tags but for price as well as history. I use the Vintage Fashion Guild daily as they have a lovely Label Resource and are just a great resource for all things vintage clothing related.

List:  Once all of that work is done, I get to go through Etsy to list this is where my handy dandy notebook comes out. Once I have something listed I draw a diagonal line through that listing and write the amount I have it listed for so I know it is done.

This isn’t a very sophisticated procedure but it works for me until I can find a more efficient way to list which will probably come in once I get a computer up in the studio for me to work from.

Until Next Time,
~Kristen

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A Sewing Wish

Sometimes I wish I could sew as well as my Mom and Nana Janet, especially when I am listing vintage sewing patterns and I find one that I really would love to be made into something for me instead of listing it in my Etsy shop.
Today was one of those days as I listed several new vintage patterns, as I looked at the pattern imaging how the dress would look on myself I realized I need to learn to sew well. I can do basic stitches, patches and buttons but my skills of sewing from a pattern is sorely lacking.

Perhaps I should start attending the sewing lessons my daughter takes in the winter time as she will be starting on patterns soon from what I have been told by her sewing instructor.  I remember my Mom driving to Steubenville Ohio to learn to sew when I was a small child and with that knowledge she would sew my siblings and I new clothes. My favorite thing she ever made me was a pair on white and yellow striped pants. However the second time I wore them my brother punched me in the nose and I bled all over them before I could get a paper towel. Sadly the blood stain never came out, but I remember those pants fondly.

~Kris

Another Suitcase Upcycle

Several weeks ago my parents held a fishing tournament fundraiser to raise money for the Alliance Crisis Pregnancy Center in Alliance Ohio. I was asked to donate something for the Chinese Auction being held during the fundraiser. After racking my brain I decided to decoupage another suitcase, this one being much smaller. Perfect for an overnight suitcase or to hold their favorite toys.

I had found this suitcase at the Springfield Flea Market and Antique Show Extravaganza back in May, the outside was a little beat up but the interior was perfect. So I knew this would be the perfect candidate for decoupage.

I decided to do a Disney themed on the suitcase since Disney appeals to children and adults a like, I looked through the books from my Grandmothers Estate but I didn’t find what I was looking for. So off to Goodwill I went and I found the perfect book for $1.00, it had so many nice pictures of different beloved Disney characters I only needed the one book. I actually cut out more than I needed so I am saving those characters for another project down the road.

Once I had all of the pieces cut out, I had to decided how and where to put them on the suitcase, after many layouts I decided upon doing a “boy” side and a “girl” side of the suitcase. I felt it was more visually appealing and kept the theme better.

Over all I am happy with the results and the best part is one of my nieces won it from the Chinese Auction and has been carrying it around ever since.

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Until Next Time,

~Kristen

Suitcase Storage Solution Upcycle

While helping clean out my Grandmother’s farm we found this suit case, it is beat up and was wrote on with a marker which made is unsellable. Around the same time we have had an overflow of Lego Duplos in our house, they can be found just about every room of our house because we have so many. So we needed a better storage solution just like we did for my oldest’s dress up stuff.

Which gave me the idea to mod podge this suit case for my boys Duplo’s.

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During my trip to help at the Grandmothers estate there were plenty of books, especially children’s picture books some were not in the best condition or there were doubles so I grab a nice collection to use on the suitcase.
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If you don’t know what mod podge is it is the best glue every for crafts. You put glue down where you want to apply your paper, once it is down you glue over it as well. It is pretty simple and you can’t use to much glue, which is great for me since I tend to over do it.
mod  podge I know it looks like it is something from the 70’s but you can find at most major retail stores.

 

 

 

 

after cutting out pictures from each of the books, I especially like the Winnie the Pooh book, the illustrations were beautiful and were several different sizes throughout the book. So I used that book completely up with this project

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As you can see the glue is still very wet on this side as I was about 3/4 the way done adding pictures to it.
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Finished product of side #1. I decided to pain to sides green to give it a more cohesive look and to hide the imperfection as well, plus both of my boys like the color green so that helped significantly.

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With side #2 I decided to do large pieces instead of bunches of little ones, because lets be honest cutting detailed stuff out sucks a lot. Plus I wanted to be able to use these great Winnie the Pooh illustrations.

Honestly I am in love with how this turned out, it turned a beat up and kind of ugly suitcase into something fun and decorative storage solution.

Until next time,

~Kristen

 

 

 

 

Shoe Display

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I love it when I find things in unexpected places that most people would throw out, for instance this wooden shoe display was found in the North House while we were cleaning it out. Tucked away in one of the closets was this primitive looking shoe display/holder in all its glory of crackled paint and rough edges.

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As I was getting ready for a vintage fair in Walnut Creek Ohio at the time, this was exactly what I needed for all of the shoes I planned on taking with me.
IMG_20160530_173626394However it needed a few things done to it before the fair; my husband trimmed the top off for me and I sanded it smooth.

 

 

 

Once it was sanded, I washed off all the excess dirt and waited for it to dry. At first I couldn’t decide what color to paint this piece as I did not like the original paint job, plus I am not a primitive decor kind of gal. So I decided to give it the old glossy black paint job. Let me say that I’m happy with how it turned out.
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Sometimes all you need is a can of spray paint to turn something ugly to pretty over night.

Until Next Time,

~Kristen

Rental Renovation – Campbell House Part 1

My husband and I acquired this rental house about 3 years ago, it was instant love for us. As it is in need of some updating, I am attempting to do some of it while our renters are living there. So I decided to start with the front entrance/hallway, it was covered in a yellow flower wallpaper that made the area dark and dingy even though the wallpaper was rather pretty. Especially since there is very little light in that corner and since the ceiling and walls are plaster putting new lights is almost impossible unless you don’t mind making a mess.

This was one of those projects that isn’t hard to complete it is just messy and takes time. Again finding a babysitter is the hardest part of this project for me, but having 4 children tends to do that.

Ok. So this front entrance had 2 layers of wallpaper on it, I once again used just a spray bottle and plastic putty knife to remove it.

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As you can see it was rather pretty wallpaper. Even the ceiling has a thick wallpaper on it, that needed to be removed. Because of the carpet I put just a cheap plastic drop cloth that I could throw away at the end of the day since it would be covered in wet pieces of wallpaper. I also brought a step ladder and borrowed the renters step ladder, I be bringing my own step ladder once we start to paint and of course our cloth drop cloth.

 

 

 

 

 

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There is just so much going on in this front entrance that we want to make it a cohesive and bright color. We are going to paint the section of dark paneling by the stairs and leave the red color. Although a we are putting a small piece of trim between the paneling and the red wall going up the steps.

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One thing we will be replacing is the pendant light, while it is beautiful it doesn’t put out a lot of light. We are going to find vintage style chandelier for this space instead, that way it gives our tenants the light they need and open up the space with just light.

It took 2 days a total of 6 hours to remove all of the wallpaper on the walls, the paper on the ceiling came down in giant strips in less than 5 minutes.

 

Until Next Time,
~Kristen

 

Rental Renovation Project – The North House Part 3

The living room, I’m so excited to show you the living room. Man oh man has it changed since we first bought the place back in September.

If you remember it was this super dark wallpaper with heavy white curtains over the single window in this room. I peeled the wallpaper off in this room pretty quickly, all I used was a spray bottle of water and a plastic putty knife. I was surprised to see that it came off pretty easily and without to many problems.

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It was so stinking dark in this room, the ceiling light/fan didn’t work so that didn’t help matters any.

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One Sunday I only had my youngest with me in other words I was babywearing, so I only scraped wallpaper as far as I could reach since it wasn’t safe to climb a ladder while wearing her. This work was literally an hours worth of work, I do love results like that.
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A few days later I was able to make my escape, I mean find a babysitter and finish pulling the wallpaper off the walls. The wallpaper only went to the tops of the built-ins so that was great news.

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What a mess

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The corner where the built-ins were located

 

During our repaint of the living room I decided that the ceiling would need painting too since it was an almond color and didn’t fit the updated color scheme. It was amazing how much brighter it became once the ceiling was painted a bright white.IMG_20160625_181323809

Lets just say the updated colors turned out fantastic. Honestly my husband and I have thought about using this same gray in our living room when we repaint at some point.

Now the fireplace mantle looked a little drab after seeing everything painted white as it was an off white almost cream color.

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The corner wasn’t painted yet due to needing the corner fixed with a bit of dry wall mud.

The next picture is just after the first coat of white paint.

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The difference was perfect and changed the whole look without damaging it at all. If it hadn’t already been painted we wouldn’t have done so.

Until Next Time,
~Kristen