Mitzi’s Collectibles {Review and Giveaway}

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Mitzi's Collectibles

 disclosure: i received a product in exchange for highlighting this business. all opinions are my own.

Mitzi’s Collectibles is an eclectic collection of antiques, vintage finds, and upcycled unique vintage items that are sure to be different.

Mitzi creates rosette corsages, spoon necklaces, and vintage wallpaper cuffs (seriously, so creative!)

I think the cuff especially is so unique and definitely has a 60s feel to it – It would look pretty amazing with the right outfit, it’s comfortable, and an interesting way to make a statement.

The corsages are pretty big to wear as a corsage (but I’m sure lots of people like them for that), but they’d also make nice decorations to clip to anything…in my mind, I’m seeing them clipped to an old chippy bench or sign – I guess whatever your imagination can think of!

And finally, a spoon into a necklace?  With flowers/baubles on the spoon?  This is definitely not your average necklace!

Mitzi would love to give you the prizes I just described (what’s in the picture above)!

To enter:

Leave a comment, with a link, to your favorite item in Mitzi’s shop (or if it’s one of the above items, you can mention that too)

Bonus entries:

  • Like Mitzi’s Collectibles on Facebook
  • Follow Mitzi’s Collectibles on Twitter
  • Pin an item from Mitzi’s shop and leave the link to your pin
  • Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and leave the link to your post

(not required or an entry, but I’d love if you’d follow me on any/all social media so you can keep up to date)

Giveaway willend August 21st at midnight EST.  US only (or Canada if you don’t mind helping with shipping, as I’ll be sending out this one myself).

P.S. Mitzi also has a blog where she shares craft tutorials and other tidbits about her finds and some history and cool facts thrown in as well- here is a post she wrote on creating these vintage-looking clipboards  – http://www.mitzismiscellany.com/2013/07/embellished-clipboards-craft-tutorial.html

 

Easy Purse Refashion:Transform Your Purse in Minutes

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I recently purchased this bag from Amazon with some Swagbucks I had accumulated.

What I didn’t notice from the pictures, however, was that the hardware on the bag was brass.  I liked it and was okay with it, even though I thought it was going to be silver.  But then I decided to change it to silver, and I like it even more now.  No, I didn’t have to out and buy new hardware (not even sure they sell stuff like that), I just had to pick out my favorite silver nail polish (Zoya Trixie) and easy, peasy, 15 minutes later it was transformed!  Check out this easy purse refashion:

Step 1:  Gather your supplies.

This would include your bag, the nail polish you want, and a well ventilated area to do your nail polishing, er, bag polishing.

Step 2:  Tape around the studs and hardware.

This is completely optional (I didn’t do this) but if you’re worried that you won’t paint neat enough, you could tape around the studs/rivets or other hardware on your item.

Step 3:  Go ahead and paint!

Only one coat was necessary for mine.  It took about 15 minutes to paint the 28 studs and 4 hardware pieces on my bag.  Let it dry and come back to a transformed bag!  This would be a great thing to do with say a bag you love from Goodwill or Salvation Army but it’s in a metal you don’t like, and this can be done on things other than just handbags.  Use your imagination.

easy purse refashion

And there you have a super easy purse refashion that anyone can do and it can really transform the whole look by such a simple change.

I’d love to hear if you do this on a bag you own or maybe some other accessory!

Jewelry Organization

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I am not a very organized person.   One area that I’m trying to improve.  Perhaps it’s a stubborn streak in me, but I don’t want to be told how to organize…I want to figure it out in my own way and in a way that makes sense [to me].  If you are a naturally organized, linear-thinking person, you may feel there is only one way to do things, but I say think outside the box a bit.  What works for your sense of organization may not work longterm for someone else.  I.E. say you like to have things all put away, lots of open space, and everything pretty much hidden from sight.  You’ll probably be bugged if someone told you the way to organize would be to have everything in easy reach and plainly visible out in the open.  In other words, you have to find what works for you for organizing…including jewelry organization.

Before this weekend, I had my scarves all piled up hanging over the knobs of my standing mirror – I thought it looked sort of romantic and fun.  I attached a 3-hook bar to the side of my [$5 yard sale find that I painted] dresser.  I had all my necklaces, bracelets, watch all hanging on the 3 hooks.  Then all my earrings were in a tiny compartement jewelry organization thing (you know, one of those small plastic things with a few dividers in them)- except I had to dig to find what I wanted and they just ended up all on top of my dreser instead.  My necklaces would get semi-tangled and it was just a bit frustrating.

I was wanting to be all crafty and make a DIY pegboard jewelry organiztion system, but the one I tried didn’t really look very pretty to me.  So I just went the Amazon route (since I had a little bit of Swagbucks credit left) and got this:

I really like how it looks now.  Plus, now I can put my scarves on the 3 hooks instead.  It actually seems to make my long narrow room seem a bit more spacious, and it just looks pretty! I’m so glad I got this to use for my jewelry organizer!  It sure beats what I used to use!  There are lots of ideas on Pinterest too, but since I had some credit and wanted to just have it be done, I went this route.

jewerly organization

jewelry organization

Then I added in my flower pins/hair clips along the top

jewelry organization

jewelry organization

jewelry organization

jewelry organization

 

  • What do you think?
  • Do you have a favorite jewerly organization method?

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Refashioning – Super easy!

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I wanted to share how to transform your shoes.  Not only is this fun and easy, but it can also save you money.  After you get your supplies, instead of buying new shoes, just change shoes that you might currently own but are not wearing because of the color!  (assuming they fit great and you like the style)…a little thing like color can easily be changed!  I did not think up this idea, but heard about it from Michelle.  So I got my supplies:

I got my paints from turtlefeathers.com and dharmtrading.com

So the first step is to rub your shoes (assuming they are leather) with acetone – just use a napkin and rub away.  It takes a bit of the finish off so the paint sticks better, so don’t be alarmed if you see a little bit of black on your napkin.

Now you’re ready to paint!  Be creative and paint whatever color/s YOU like!  I was going to do it all grey, but thought it might be nice to highlight some of the details on the shoe by using 2 colors.  So there’s no special way to paint – just use a fan brush if you can find one – because it makes it so easy and you’re not left with any paint brush lines or anything.  Oh, I also should have mentioned that I used a smaller brush (not a fan brush) for doing the white.   I was prepared to have to do quite a few coats, but the grey is only ONE coat!  And you don’t have to glob it on or anything either..just a normal light coat.  The white I did have to do 2-3 coats to get it where I liked it.

It also dries extremly fast!  We’re talking basically minutes.  I wouln’t paint them and then wear them 30 minutes later or anything, but I am very impressed that there’s no tackiness or anything like that.  Also, it still retains the look of the leather, so it doesn’t make my nice shoes (that I got on ebay…haha) look cheap or plastic.  I also painted the laces, which made them a bit stiff, but I just wanted to try it out.  The laces aren’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me.

After the first (and only) coat of grey and not sure if this was after 1 or 2 coats of the pearl.

I didn’t have the other shoe done when I took these pictures, but here’s the before and afters:

I’ve got all kinds of ideas of what I can paint… a pair of Nike sneakers I have that are all gray/white and could use a pop of color (lilac? blue?)  You can also get really bright neon colors and really metallic colors too, so whatever you can dream up, you can probably do!  Now instead of having to focus on what color the shoes are, I can focus purely on style and comfort, since it’s a breeze to change up the color to my own liking.

Did this spark any ideas?  Would love if you’d share!

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~Weekend Wrapup ~ Sunday Style ~ Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

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Got a lot to share this morning.  I’ve been having a problem storing my shoes in my small closet.  I had most of my shoes in a under-the-bed box, but realized I either never would wear them or I’d get them out, but not put them away, so I was just left with a big pile of shoes at the back of my bedroom.  So this weekend, I was on the search for a DIY solution.  I had seen lots of creative ideas on Pinterest, but after a trip to the basement revealed some shelves, I knew I could make that work.  The shelves had an open grid pattern, which made it impossible to store heels, so I simply cut some pretty paper and contact papered it (so they could easily be wiped clean if needed) and viola – instant solution!

Linking up to Tatertots & Jello, MySimpleHomeLife, and


(check out some of these projects – enough to keep you busy for a long time, but can’t wait to check some of them out!)

Something else I did this weekend?  Started into a new bar of soap.  Exciting, I know.  But this is homemade soap – not by me (I’d probably get third-degree burns trying to make soap), but by Mountain Girl Soap.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that my hands feel moisturized after washing them, that they are natural, that they work into a lather, that they smell awesome, or that they just look so pretty, but I’m in love.  Yes, with soap.  So what?  Hey, if it can get you clean while doing all that stuff above, what’s not to fall in love with? (eek, just finished a sentence with a preposition…sorry, Mrs. McGee!)

Naomi sent my some of her bestsellers (and I can see why!) to review: Coconut Lemongrass, Eucalyptus & Spearmint, Rosemary Mint, Aloe Vera & Clover, and then samples of Acai Mangosteen, Pomegranate, and Blackberry Sage (not pictured – used it up already).  My without-a-doubt favorite was the coconut lemongrass, but I enjoyed the scent of them all, next favorites would be the blackberry sage and the eucalyptus & spearmint.

Check out her Website, her Etsy, and her Facebook page.

Then yesterday, this is what I wore to church.

(I think I should take these outside next time!)

(off-white layering tee: DownEastBasics~navy sweater: Goodwill~gray pencil skirt: Goodwill~necklace: DYT~shoes:DiscountWomensDressShoes-not pictured, but the second gray shoes from the left on the top shelf in the shoe picture above)  I’m also thinking of getting my hair cut – I straightened it for the first time in many months yesterday, and I just think it needs some shaping and maybe some more highlights.  What do you think?

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And finally, I also used this purse yesterday.  I got it from JustFab (I ordered it I believe on Thurday, and it got to me on Saturday!)  It’s the Hoover Dam bag, and I just love the color blue!!!  It’s a good size, is soft, and has some pockets (inside zip, and cell phone + other pocket).  And best of all, it was free!!  I believe the deal is still going on, so you might want to check it out.  Your first purchase, you get 50% off an item  (they also sell shoes, but none were standing out to me, so I went with a bag) and you always get free shipping.  So it was $39.99 and went down to $19.95. But then at checkout, they give you a free subscription to Entertainment Weekly (value of $25), and you can click on the little print underneath and it says if you don’t want the magazine, you can send them a copy of your order and they will send you a rebate).  It is a monthly subscription, so either skip the month by the 5th of the month (unless you want that month’s selection), or just click to cancel your subscription.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

So how was your weekend?  Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Project Twenty Thirty-Five giveaway.