Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sweet Vintage Valentines

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Hello, my friends!

As we leave the holidays behind, the pink and frilly season of Valentines comes to mind…and yesterday, I had fun making a couple of Valentine-themed projects.

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A little card with a sweet stamped image from Crafty Secrets’  “Couple of Cuties” set…stitched together and shimmering with an overall spritzing of “Iridescent Gold” Glimmer Mist…

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…the image paper-pieced, the skirt slightly popped up, and all lightly colored with pastel chalks…I wanted to keep it soft…

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…a shabby homemade rosette made with some very old blush netting (thanks, Mom!)…just the perfect shade to match my paper…love those lucky coincidences!  A simple pearl in the center…just right.

I’m so thrilled to let you know that I’ve been asked to join with some amazingly talented ladies in the Design Team for the new  Vintage Street Market

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I’m excited to share their products with you as we go along…truly authentic vintage items in themed kits, such as their Vintage Valentine Kit

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…and so many exciting things being developed in their own product line that we’ll be able to share with you very soon!

Here’s a Valentine layout I made last night using the Vintage Valentine Kit with a sweet little story to tell you…(you all know it’s hard for me to make something without a story to go with it!)

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Polly May and Orley Seymour met while they were classmates in the first little schoolhouse in old Mesa, Arizona. 

O.Seymour & Polly May Hunsaker Stapley's wedding day

In 1895, after courting for some time, Orley finally got up the courage to ask Polly’s father for her hand in marriage.

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It took two long, agonizingly slow weeks for Polly’s father to give O.S. his consent.

Twenty-year-old Polly May joyfully made her gown by hand…beautiful cream in the Victorian style, with high-top shoes to match…

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They were married in her family home in the morning, and after the wedding, they walked hand in hand from house to house throughout their town…

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…inviting their many friends to their wedding reception and the dance which would be held later in the day.

I love that I have a picture of them on their wedding day…posed so beautifully.  So wonderful to think of them…still in those same wedding clothes…walking around so happily together later that same day…

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Vintage velvet ribbon is a bit difficult to tie in a bow, so I stitched it together in loops to make a pretty little accent here…of course I had to glitz it up a little more with some platinum Stickles…

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What is it about plastic vintage buttons that is so charming?  I just can’t resist them!  The pretty pink flower button was included in the kit…the other two were found in my vintage button jar.

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We all have such simple but lovely stories in our family’s history…what stories will you find to tell?

Wishing you all a lovely weekend…I’ll see you soon with something new.

Julie