Posts Tagged ‘Vintage’

Its Tuesday and you know what that means… my top 3 Etsy store picks for the week.  Each week its different, depending on what I can find that will help you out with small details for around your home, office, outfit or even crafting project.  Have an Etsy store that is filled to the brim with designed goodies?  Send me your link so I can take a look at all my crafty readers!

The first shop for today is filled will all kinds of crafting goodies.  Now that the holidays are coming, and most people are starting handmade gifts (if you aren’t into making things yourself, buy handmade, its good karma!) and Nothing Elegant has some great little additions to make your projects even better.  From tapes to stamps to envelopes and even fabric, there is something for everyone.  Everything is from Korea and is worth a browse through all the interesting and new designs! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Also check out Hye Kyung’s blog, for fashion finds throughout Korea.

Nothing Elegant on Etsy

Next up are the works of Michelle Brusegaard from North Dakota, and boy is this lady talented!  Just a look at all she does is enough to make me tired, a painter, fiber artist, card maker, screen printer and photographer just to name a few of her many talents.  And over in her shop, design is everywhere.  With so many talents, its no wonder there are so many items for sale, just a few that I was loving… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 And be sure to stop by her blog and say hi, or join her mailing list for discounts!!

Michelle Brusegaard on Etsy

And last up for this week is the findings from Vintage Chevelle.  Aside from an awesome name, this shop has some lovely finds that would be perfect for a little change around your place.  Keeping accessories dust and clutter free are a must, but collections are always fun to have around.  Sitting on my bookcase I currently have a wedding photo, our guest book, a framed music page with a song written by my father in law to my husband when he was little, a painting and two Simpson bobble heads (can you tell which was the addition from the hubby?!).  As long as it makes sense to your personality, the collection doesn’t matter!  And Vintage Chevelle has all kinds of little trinkets to make a house a home. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Vintage Chevelle on Etsy


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Its Tuesday and you know what that means.  My top etsy picks for the week.  A little home decor, a few ceramics and some wall vinyl.  Its a good Tuesday.

I can’t express how much I love mixing traditional and modern designs, and these ceramics from Nina in Vorm are impressive.  Nina has a great eye for details in her custom screen printed ceramics and vintage “redecorated” ceramics.  What a great way to enhance all those old dishes!  Each of her pieces is very handmade, using a combination of slipcasting and hand shaping.  The result, one of a kind pieces that are just so much fun to look at.  I think each time I look, I find something new in her designs!  If you are loving her work as much as I do, you must check out her blog.  Hello color.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Ninainvorm on etsy

Next up are the findings from Sky Parlor.  If you have a love for vintage and quirky little additions for your home, then you must stop by and take a look around.  All of their items have a slightly worn feeling, in a good way.  Little accessories are a good way to create small vignettes in your home.   Its a great way to show off a collection or showcase your favorite pieces, and because it is small, you can often change it out without spending a dime!   A few of Sky Parlors items that I wouldn’t mind finding a place for in my house… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Sky parlor on etsy

And last but not least today, how about some wall graphics?  Designer Michelle Christina has some pretty fun wall vinyl and stickers that can really make an impact on any average wall, glass or even toilet.  Just check out her blog for some ideas.  I just love the fun factor of her designs, who said that wall graphics have to be formal and always grown up anyway.  And those stickers for glassware are a perfect way to add a little pizazz to your ordinary cups.  I think those pink jellies are my favorite, I could see them adding some fun to any bathroom! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Michelle Christina on etsy

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Who’s got plans this weekend? If your in L.A you might want to mark your calenders for Space 15 Twenty‘s monthly flea markets!  Every third Sunday of each month, starts this weekend!

space 15 twenty

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Its Wednesday, and who has plans for the weekend?  Me!  Unique Los Angeles is having its giant two day blowout event this weekend (May 2-3) and I am so excited.  This year, it will be held at the California Market Center penthouse and will house 275 local designers selling the heck out of their wares.  And with areas like the Green Room, the Hot Mama/Cool Baby area, Art Gallery Row and Photo Booth, there is plenty for everyone.  Tickets are only $5, what a great way to spend the weekend (and my money).  And, on Sunday, they will host their official after party, everyone attending the shopping event will receive a wristband to get in for free to the party.

To read more about Unique Los Angeles, click here.

Here are a few shots from their 2008 Holiday Event.




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The Vintage Fashion Expo is back in full force, and you better believe I am going to be there!  If you are in the West L.A area April 25-26, I would highly recommend checking it out in Santa Monica at the Civic Center.  They had one if February, which was packed with all kinds of shoppers, some just to browse while some were there for the prices; and some dressed to the nines!  Each show has features close to 90 dealers with everything from accessories to jewelry to shoes to full on ensembles.  I walked away spending a little less then $30 for a pair of crocheted gloves, two bow ties, and several pieces of small jewelry, but there are items more hefty in price as well, think vintage Chanel! 

To check out the site for more info click here.  Also, there is a show in San Francisco September 19-20.



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Found this lovely pink Sunbeam Mixmaster Handmixer today on Etsy.  Not every home needs one of those fancy upright mixers out on their counter.  If your home is more on the eclectic side, why not try fun items likes these!

To see Etsy page, click here.

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If you are like most of us out there, blog browsing is a major past time (otherwise why would you be here!). Sugar Rock Catwalk is a go to for great fashion tips, ideas and history. And with suggestions on putting together outfits (all at different price points, so its information we can actually use!) and hilarious commentary, check out their “getting ready for the dance floor” video. At A Designed Life, we encourage you to design not only your environment, but yourself! And a big thanks for our old friend Lani for being a co-write at Sugar Rock Catwalk for coming up with a great idea, keep it coming.

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