Thrifted light purple shirt ($4) | Non-thrifted sea-foam green pants (from Forever 21-$29) | Thrifted vintage Dooney and Burke mini messenger bag ($25) | Necklace made from thrifted beads and chain (aprox $6) | Thrifted sparkly belt ($4)
I don’t really know what I want the whole “theme” of this blog to be. It seems it have evolved into a little bit of crafts, a little bit of thrifting, some polaroids here and there, and mostly random bits of my life. That’s really what I’ve been wanting for this blog anyway… to give small pieces of my life and document them. Thanks to everyone who reads this blog.. just know that I have no idea what I’m doing. ;)
So this morning as I was jogging I thought, “I need something new to add to my normal stuff”. What does that even mean? I have no idea yet. I want to try to do a fashion/thrifting clothing and accessories column. Yes, yes. I know this isn’t a fashion blog. But if you have not noticed already, I don’t know what I’m doing anyway. Sooo… here was my thought process: (Picture a thought bubble above my head) “I LOVE to thrift. I love to take pictures of stuff. I love making things. My blog needs a lot of work. What can I do to fix it? I KNOW!! I should make a new column and title it Vintage Finds!” Yup. that’s exactly how it went down.
So with that thought. Here is my attempt to create/recreate something new. There are so many blogs that have this type of column and I always love looking at them. Hopefully someone somewhere out there might share in my excitement for these items as much as I have.
Here are my latest thrifting finds: SO happy about them:
Zara Shirt with extra large bow in the front ($3.99), Light rose H&M Cardigan found in a Redondo Beach Goodwill ($2), Gap Cuff pants ($6)…. The bag, shoes, and new ipad cover are, unfortunately, NOT thrifted. But I love them so much anyway.
Today I reflect on a trip to San Diego Martin and I took a couple of Saturdays ago.
Here’s a few tid-bits of our day:
Great brunch place:
So many cute pets! we had to stop so many times and take pictures.
San Diego: Where both dogs and kids are on leashes.
What a wonderful weekend.
Hello! Melinda and Eddie’s Friend Baby shower was last Saturday. We did a family one a couple of weeks ago but did not post pictures on that since we were using the same decorations. (Ahem Melinda) HA.
It was kind of a mixed theme: a little bit carnival, a little bit bright colors, and a “POP-ed” themed as well. Weird, but it turned out good, I think. I really didn’t get to take that many pictures of everyone, but here are a few:
My Mom actually made almost 300 feet of bunting for these parties! Big props to her.
We actually made almost 40 pinwheels for the party!
Look at this beautiful diaper cake that Justin and his mom made!
Thanks Missy for emceeing the games! You are the best. Seriously.
Thanks a bunch to everyone who helped set-up and clean after. You rock! especially you, Ashley. :]
Melinda and Eddie had a great time and really appreciated everyone coming to celebrate with them. Baby Ave Maria Sosa is lucky to have so many people that love her!
For Valentine’s Day, I made Martin a secret hidden book. It found and copied a tutorial online which I adjusted a little. i hope you enjoy this little DIY. I’m not great at it, but I love making things, so I appreciate.
Step 1: Find a vintage book. I found this one at 3-Way Thrift on sale for 79 cents! What up.
Step 2: I glued the slides of the book so it would stay put and be easier to cut. I used mod podge, but you could really use whatever glue you have. I just so happen to have this lying around. It’s the best.
Step 3: Next, I cut through the pages. I tried to cut enough to fit the cards inside. (Although I would have added more space if I were to do it again. With the extra paper and glue, it was way bulkier than I anticipated) It is best to use a really good box cutter or scalpel. I had to cut and take out each page one by one. It took me almost 2 hours! Thanks Ashley for helping me!
Step 4: Next, I glued the inside of the book in order to keep it together. It ended up looking very stiff… almost like a plastic box.
Step 4: I printed a message for the front cover on aged vintage cardstock paper. I tried to made it look like it was meant to be a part of the book.
Next, I made the card part:
Step 5: I used these cards that were lying around. It was part of our deal to make a present using the stuff lying around. Since our household is filled with gambling and poker enthusiasts, I figured it was fitting to use something that embodied the spirit.
Step 6: I printed the 52 reasons separately and cut them out.
Step 7: I glued them down, and let them dry.
Step 8: I put them in order, and hole-punched the tops.
Step 9: I tied it with pretty red leather string, and voila! Done!
In total, it took about 3 hours to do everything. Over a span of 3 days… not too bad. I think it turned out well. I hope he likes it.
For Valentine’s Day, Martin and I decided to make our gifts this year. Since we needed to save money, we thought it would be cute to use stuff we already had and create something new. My philosophy on thrifting anyhow.
I made him a box from a book entitled, “This is My Best Humor” I found at 3-way Thrift and put a small deck of cards with 52 reasons why I love him.
It really wasn’t all that great, but it took a while to put everything together. I’ll do a small DIY later on. It’s funny cause #9 was, “You sing to me”, #12 was, “You make me videos”, and #24 was, “You are a musician”… and he put all of those things together for MY valentine’s gift:
(I apologize if you do not have Facebook or if you are not Martin’s friend. I tried to rip it from the site, but they are just too smart for me)
I LOVE wrapping gifts. yup.
This is a gift I gave to one of Martin’s cousins, who just got married. I used a card box I found in my craft room. Most of the materials I use when I craft are found in my junk boxes that are just full of random stuff I find from the thrift store. I always try to use and reuse things and refurbish them for new purposes.
I gave this one to marie as a belated birthday gift. You can watch her sing here. She is too cool.
Both of these gifts showcased a vintage postal sticker lining bought from Michael’s in the sale section for 2 bucks (score!).
I love all things vintage, which is why I always have such a great time scouring thrift stores for the coolest items with the best deals. Don’t you just love finding good deals?
Here’s a few pictures from our San Diego day a couple of months ago. We went there to celebrate my 22nd birthday. Sorry this was so late! These were taken with Martin’s instagram camera. :]
I love John John :]
I’ve been extremely addicted to buying vintage plates, cake stands, bowls, and teacups.
They are just piling up in my room.
I think I have a thrifting problem. Help. Too many cute things. Must. Buy.
I love vintage books! I try to buy them when I find them at the thrift store, but they are so hard to come by. Tracy, Sylvie, and I saw these super cute ones at Goodwill one time, but we didn’t end up buying them.
I’ve been starting my own collection. ah. They have so much history, and they look amazing!
From posh Chicago
This is so cute to display the programs for a wedding:
or guest book:
from Style Me Pretty
From Zenadia Design
Vintage Book Wedding Invitations! These are unbelievably amazing.
Created by Jessica Claire. Read the How To here.
Now, off to go find some.