Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Another fun DIY!

Do you love adorable little vintage teacups?
Do you love pretty smelling candles?

Then this DIY is perfect for you!



I noticed I had a lot of really pretty lone teacups, some with saucers, some without. Chances are I'd never find mates for most of them, but didn't want to get rid of them because they're just so darn pretty!

Soon after, I found the cutest DIY tutorial on marthastewart.com and thought I'd give it a try.


Materials:

Wax (You may also melt down excess candles)
Wicks with sustainers
Vintage teacups
Hot glue gun
Fragrance oils (optional)


First step is to wash and dry all of your little teacups thoroughly. You don't want any little floaties in your candles :)


Next, put all of your wax in a microwavable container. I used soy wax, but any type works! I put mine in for about a minute at a time, stirred, then put it in for another minute. I repeated this until it was all melted. When it's melted, it should look something like this.


This is where you should add any dyes or fragrances to your wax. I chose not to dye my wax, but if you decide to, make sure you use a candle dye. Regular food coloring will not work because it's water based and will not blend properly with the wax. As for fragrance, there are many types of fragrance oils and essential oils you can add. I just used my Body Shop home fragrance oil in Mandarin and Tangelo. It smells amazing!


Next, you must glue your wicks/sustainers to the bottom of the teacup so it doesn't float around once you add your wax. Apply a tiny dot of glue to the bottom, and press firmly to the bottom of the teacup. Make sure to center it! As far as I know, this should not damage the teacup.


Finally, pour your wax into the cups. I noticed my wicks kind of strayed off to one side, so I just put some pens on the top to keep them perfectly centered. I've seen tutorials where women have used skewers taped together with the wick held in between, but I'm lazy and this worked just fine, haha!


I left these to fully harden overnight. Trim the wicks down to size, and light it up. They're absolutely beautiful.




Hope you enjoyed this fun little vintage DIY. If you decide to make these, be sure to show me yours in the comments below!

Goodnight xox

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Exciting new treasures

Hello friends!

So I decided to go out today for some serious thrifting. I ended up finding a ton of great stuff! I think my fiance dies a little inside every time he sees all my purchases unpacked and together in one photo. All the things you see below are now for sale in my shop.


As for myself, I scored some amazing things for my 'pink' collection today. First is the beautiful Pyrex 'Pink Scroll' promo casserole WITH holder. Words cannot explain how happy I was to find this. All it's missing is it's lid, which I'm sure I will find eventually in my travels.

Beautiful, am I right?!

Second, is my BNIB Pyrex Snowflake divided casserole. Mint condition! This is my first piece of Pyrex that comes with it's box, so naturally I am ecstatic. Be jealous.



Last but not least, is my pair of little Hazel Atlas occasional dishes in their original boxes. These aren't rare, or particularly valuable, but they are cute and I love them. I think I just have a thing for vintage glassware in their boxes. Check them out!


Is that little apple cute or what? 

That's all for today. I hope you guys enjoyed my new treasures as much as I do! If you see anything you like in the first picture, head on over to my shop and send me a message! Good night xox

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Adorable DIY flower pens!

Hello friends! Today I have a cute little DIY tutorial for you. I've seen this one floating around for a while, in fact my mom had a big bunch of these pens that I always thought were pretty cute. I figured I'd try it out, while putting my own personal touch on them.

Materials:

Stick pens
Hot glue gun
Fake flowers
Floral tape (I got mine at Michael's, if you have trouble finding this)



First, you pop the ends off your pens to make room for the stems of your flowers.


You then trim your flowers, as pictured below. Try to leave a little bit, so you can push it down deep into the pen, so they are secure.


Next, you fill the ends of your pens with a generous amount of hot glue, then immediately shove your flowers as deep as you can into the pen, and let dry. They should look like this!


Now this step is completely optional, but I decided to add a few fake leaves onto mine as well. I thought it looked pretty!


Now this part is a bit tedious, but you now have to TIGHTLY wrap the pens in your floral tape. I chose white, but you can get a wide variety of colors, depending on where you go. I went to Michaels, and saw that they had white, green, brown and black. But I know you can get others as well. It should look like this when you're done!


Last but not least, put them in a beautiful holder, and admire your brand new pens!


Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy DIY. You can choose any color of flower, and any color of tape. The combinations are endless! If you end up making these, please post pictures in the comments. I'd love to see what you came up with! Take care xox

Monday, 18 February 2013

Finally feeling better!

Hello everyone! I hope you guys had a great Valentines Day. I know I did! My fiance surprised me in bed with a huge bouquet of flowers. So sweet of him :) I hope you all had equally as great days!


And all in pink! He sure pays attention :)

As some of you know, I've been a bit sick these last couple weeks. Conveniently around the time I created my blog. So I'm just getting around to the first 'real' entry now! It's been driving me crazy being cooped up in the house, but I finally got out yesterday to Bellingham and found some adorable things!


I pretty much hit the Fenton Hobnail jackpot yesterday! The little cranberry opalescent vase is my favorite! Totally fits with my current pink obsession. The rest is beautiful as well. I adore milk glass as well, as you will come to learn! All in all, a great find!


I also found a little friend for my larger Anchor Hocking lace edge compote dish, also known as Old Colony. I was so excited to find it's miniature, and they look totally adorable together!


My last picture for today is this beautiful Jeannette 'Cubist' depression glass bowl from the late 20's, early 30's that my mother gave me the other day. It's my first piece of depression glass and I love it to bits. It may or may not have started a huge obsession for me. I think I need the whole collection now :)

That's all for today! Have a great vintage-filled week everyone! xox

Thursday, 7 February 2013

And this is how it all began..

First and foremost, welcome to my new blog! 
I guess I should start by telling you about myself. My name is Leanne, I'm 23 years old. I live with my fiance and my cat on the top of a mountain in a little town called Chilliwack. I've been around antiques and all things vintage ever since I can remember. I was raised by my grandma who pretty much owns only antiques. I used to be embarrassed by it, but as the years passed, I came to love and respect it. Now, as you can see, I've got a vintage addiction of my own! Anything beautiful, vintage and pink is sure to win my heart. I also love cooking, anything cute and DIY and makeup. Pretty typical girly stuff! You'll see a little bit of all of that on here in the coming weeks!

Again, welcome to my blog, and I look forward to connecting with some great new people with the same interests as me! 


- Leanne


PS: Feel free to 'Like' my facebook page at the top right of my blog. I've recently started a cute little shop, full of adorable vintage treasures! Go take a peak!