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DIY Vintage Art Collage

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Checkout the newest tutorial I did for Shutterstock! I created a custom wall collage in my house by simply using printed illustrations. I even did a gel medium transfer to get some of the images onto canvas. Click here for the full instructions!

DIY Vintage Art Collage

 

Updated Mantel… Errrr…. Buffet

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

Even though it still feels like winter outside, it doesn’t mean it has to feel like it inside! My mantel, or buffet rather, has been feeling lonely ever since taking down our Christmas decor. With a few new elements, some knickknacks from around the house, and a springy decorative oregano plant, the buffet has a new life!

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

I quickly updated my snowy scene apothecary jars with stacks of polaroid photos. Simple and free transformation. You can use old photographs, or really any collection of items. Matchbooks, shells, vintage toys, etc.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

Here’s a closer look at two new pieces I absolutely adore. I love a little quirkiness, and these photographs add just that.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

I also added a couple succulents, my animal photo holders, and gold striped candles.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

Snowy Scenes Apothecary Jars

 

I recently started decorating our buffet, which acts as my mantel since we don’t have a fireplace, and I am excited to add my snowy scene apothecary jars to it! They have a pretty vintage feel, and are super easy and inexpensive to make. I picked up the trees and street lamps from the dollar store, and the fake snow was a couple bucks at the craft store. The apothecary jars are from Home Goods, and were a great deal.

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Holiday Doily Garland

 

I originally made this garland last season, but I like it so much I’m making it again this year!  So I thought I would share it with all of you. I found packages of white, silver, and gold doilies at a thrift shop for a dollar. You can also find them at your local craft store. Just thread the doilies onto some string or twine, and hang! Easy as pie. One little tip to threading the doilies: wrap the end of yarn/string with tape. Now you have a rigid end to weave through the small holes in the paper doilies. This is a versatile garland that can go up now, and stay up ’til Easter!

Things I Loved This Week

 

I love Nate Berkus! I love Target! Put the two together, and I just may end up one broke mama! I so cannot wait to to hit my local Target store for the debut of Nate Berkus’s Collection on Oct. 21st! (sorry for the excessive use of exclamation points, I’m a little excited)

So, I know Stella & Dot has been around for awhile, but now that I have a fashionista cousin who is a stylist, I have finally gotten around to checking out their jewelry. I can’t believe it took me so long! I am super loving the Renegade Cluster Bracelet. I have been wanting to try the spike trend, and this is the perfect to sport it while still being delicate and sophisticated.

I’m also really excited about some recent finds, which will be available in my etsy shop later this afternoon!

 

New In The Store!

 

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Today I am planning out some fun projects for Syd and I to work on this week. While I get going on that, I wanted to share some great new finds that I’ve just added to my Etsy shop! Be sure to stop by and check them out!

I am super in love with this lacquered brass bowl with pretty claw feet… this one will be extra hard to part with!

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A Quick Bedroom Makeover On A Budget

 

After two full days of painting, rearranging, and accessorizing, the bedroom is done! The new paint color really transformed the room, making it feel fresh and bright. I also shifted the bed over, and moved the existing chest from the foot of the bed to the side. Now it has dual purpose as both storage and a night table. This also cleared up floor space at the foot of the bed. Then, I moved the large floor mirror to the other side of the room to help define a dressing area near the closet and bombay dresser. With this layout, the room is more spacious and inviting.

In order to marry the old and the new, I mixed in vintage items with beach accents, like this antique bowl filled with shells and starfish. The white ceramic bird adds a touch of whimsy.

Along with a few other accents, the yellow throw pillow brings a cheery feel to the room.

I couldn’t pass up this rope ball door stop. So cute!

In the end this diy room renovation took two days and just $300. As you can see, you don’t have to break the bank to update your bedroom!

Here is the Before & After:

Added to the Etsy Store

 

Over the weekend we decided to disregard the dark, luminous sky that hung above us, and trek out to the suburbs for a nice hike. Long story short, it stormed, we didn’t hike, and instead did some thrifting. I found some great pieces, and have added them to my Etsy Store. You can check them out here.

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Making Use of an Old Typewriter

 

This weekend Sydney felt inspired, and created several great masterpieces. After all her hard work, finger painting till her hands could paint no more, we couldn’t store her artwork away in a drawer. And a basic frame just wouldn’t do. So we put a couple old typewriters to use, displaying her artwork in a non-traditional manner. Continue reading

My Etsy Store is Now OPEN!

 

Good Morning! I hope everyone had an absolutely fabulous weekend! We certainly did. It was quite productive, and I am bursting at the seams with excitement. The Gold Jellybean Etsy store is officially open for business! I put a handful of items up last night, and already made a sale. I will be adding more items throughout today. Be sure to check it out by clicking the link in the menu bar above! I am selling various vintage items, mostly home decor but some clothes and jewelry, and handmade dolls. One doll is in the shop so far, and another is coming soon.

Here is a little reminder of some of the items in there, which I previously posted in a sneak peek:

A Sneak Peek Into My Etsy Shop

I have been thinking about starting my own Etsy shop for quite some time now. And I’m happy to say it’s finally in the works. I’ll be selling both vintage items and handmade dolls. All dolls are constructed from both new and recycled elements, and feature dresses made from vintage fabrics. I’ll post an update as soon as the shop is up and running! Continue reading

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