The Secret to Using USPS Regional Boxes

The answer to the on-going question of how to ship with USPS Regional Boxes.

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How to Clean Vintage Clothing

Have you ever wondered how vintage clothing dealers present such perfect examples of 100 year old clothing? I’ll share a wonderful stain remover recipe with you. Stain Remover One Cup of Cascade Dishwashing Powder  and Two Cups of BIZ to Five Gallons of Hot Water. Soak a minimum of three days. If the textile is strong (like…

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Vintage Fan and the Violas

Hi! Can you come for a walk with me? I’m just walking around the block. I want to show you the Violas. First a short-cut down the path, past the old church and then into the neighborhood.     I want to show you this old bed of Violas. At first, it is just a bunch…

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Gift Wrapping Idea for Mailing a Small Present and a Snowy Road Trip with Janet

If you do a quick search on Google Images for vintage postcards, you’ll find hundreds from which to create a unique presentation package to send through the mail.  Print it on cardstock, wrap your small parcel,  and mail off the gift within a couple of minutes. I like the old style of embellishing letters and…

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Repair a Wobbly Chair with Loose Rungs

A beginner’s tutorial….. When a great chair comes your way, don’t discount it because it is wobbly or has loose rungs. Even missing rungs can easily be replaced if the part was a simple dowel. I’ll show you how to do it on this sweet child’s chair that I found at a recent auction. This…

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Create a Reusable Stencil for Decorating Vintage Painted Furniture

The Graphics Fairy web site is a free resource of over 4,000 vintage images for any creative work that you can dream up. Block Posters is the go-to spot for free image enlargements. The Graphics Fairy has a dozen tutorials on how to transfer images using different methods. I wanted to make a stencil that I could…

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Vintage Linen Bedding for 18″ (American Girl) Doll Bed

I like everything about vintage linens…the embroidery, the high-quality linen or cotton and the crochet-lace edges. A boxful often comes home with me from an auction. Inside, the handy work of American girls and women from the Victorian Era through the 1950’s continues to amaze me. Sometimes the workmanship is just passable, but I often…

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No-Sew Lampshade Make-Over

I gave all of the  lampshades above a new look using the technique described below.  It is a fast, easy and very inexpensive method to update a second-hand lampshade. You will need: A  paper lampshade scissors spray adhesive (I use 3-M.) a brown paper grocery store bag fabric clip-on clothespins of any sort an iron…

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