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Vintage Renewal Got Featured In Flea Market Decor "Vintage Christmas" Edition

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Okay, now that we all got past Thanksgiving (one of our fav holidays here at Vintage Renewal) we can finally post about our feature in Flea Market Decor's "Vintage Christmas" Edition.  If you are looking for some Christmas Inspiration for your loft, pick up a copy on newsstands now. You can find us on pages 12 and 13.  Happy Holiday inspiration friends!  

Locally Sourced Design by Vintage Renewal

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Hello friends!  I wanted to share a recently designed Vintage Renewal project, using locally sourced materials to style a downtown Denver loft.

We decided to design with hearty masculine furniture, walls chock-full of locally sourced vintage art, vintage tabletop accessories, DIY projects galore, and then topped off with some IKEA accessories.  

The Finished Product

The finished product is a sustainable design, locally sourced using vintage materials as the primary resource.  I hope you like it as much as we do!

xoxoxoxo, Jeanne

Fast Feathery Gift Boxes!

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We are excited about our final project for Cricut Design Star's competition. Fast Feathery Gift Boxes coming right at ya!  With the holiday's rapidly approaching, we have the perfect quickie way to add bohemian flare to those outgoing holiday gifts.  


  • 9 x 12 gift boxes (we got ours from Dollar Tree, 4 for $1.00)
  • Poster board
  • Bag of assorted feathers (we got ours from JoAnn Fabrics)
  • Cricut Explore Machine
  • Cricut Explore Mat
  • Glue Gun/Glue Stick
  • Vintage Fabric Scrap
  • Safety Pins


  1. Simply log on to your Cricut Design Space using this link.  Follow instructions for printing out your poster board feathers.  
  2. Secure a couple of real feathers down to your gift box with your hot glue gun.  Secure your poster board feather over the top of those.
  3. Cut your vintage fabric to wrap around the box one time and secure it with safety pins. 

Enjoy your bohemian holiday gift boxes!

Quick and Easy Boho Arrow Pillow DIY


Quick and Easy Boho Arrow Pillow DIY

This is Vintage Renewal's third challenge in the Cricut competition to become the next "Design Space Star" sponsored by Cricut.

Today's D.I.Y. is super-easy, using a Cricut Explore Machine!  This is for contest, three, out of four, for The Cricut Design Space Star competition.  I hope you enjoy the quick and easy Boho styling! 


Step One:

Click here to get the design from the Cricut Design Space.  Follow instructions for printing Iron-On on a 12 x 12 Cricut Mat.  

  • Place Cricut Iron-on sheet, liner side down, onto Cricut Cutting Mat.
  • Adjust your machine settings according to the Iron-On Guide. You will need to re-insert the mat as many times as the machine prompts you in order to cut entirely through the Iron-On.
  • Size and select the image you want to cut.  Be sure to flip all images prior to cutting so they appear backwards (mirror image). 
  • Load mat into the machine and cut images.  

Step Two:

  • Remove negative Cricut Iron-On film, leaving only the desired image on the liner.
  • Set your iron to the Cotton/Linen setting and make sure the steam is off.
  • Use the iron to pre-heat the pillow cover for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Place the image, liner side up, onto the pre-heated material. Apply medium pressure with the iron for 25 to 30 seconds.  
  • Flip the pillow case over and apply medium pressure with the iron to the back of the material for an additional 25 - 30 seconds.  
  • Let cool.  Remove lining.

Step Three:

  • Style your new pillows and enjoy! 

Be sure to check out all the other Fabulous Gold Decor Ideas by our Cricut Design Team!

Over the Big Moon

Vintage Renewal

Crazy Little Projects

The Polka Dot Chair

Dolen Diaries

Day of the Dead Photobooth "Props" DIY


Day of the Dead Photo booth "Props" DIY

Recently, I realized that I am a CRAZY WOMAN for photo booths! Every time I wind up at a party with a photo booth, two things happen:

  • The entire evening is spent cracking up!
  • I wind up being the biggest photo-bombing fool at the party.

With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be fun to use my new Cricut Explore machine to create some "Day of the Dead" Photo booth props for both my own pleasure, and hopefully yours, if you are as much of a fool as I am! 


Mask #1:

  • Simply use your Cricut Explore to cut the pattern above using the Cricut Explore Design Space; for the white mask click here, yellow mask click here and blue mask click here.  
  • Print an extra copy of the mask base for each prop that you make. This will be used to cover up your chopstick "prop handle" in the final step.  
  • Begin by using the glue stick to secure all of your layers together.
  • Apply your Mod Podge for an allover top layer coat (this is optional) to seal in your design.  
  • Use your glue gun to secure pom pom's to the center of each flower on the mask.
  • Use your glue gun to secure your chopstick "prop handle" to the back of the mask.  
  • Take the extra copy of the mask base and secure it over the backside of the mask for a clean polished look (hiding the chopstick and sandwiching it between the front of the mask and now the back).  

TIP:  Pinch the sides of the mask and use your glue gun to secure. Continue to secure the remainder of the mask with your glue gun to cover the chopstick "prop handle" and to make up for the bump the chopstick has created on the back side of your mask.   That's the final step and you are all done.   That's all there is to it!  

Mask #2:

The print template for the second mask can be found in the Cricut Design Space; here for pink eyes, here for blue eye and here for black eyes.  Simply follow same instructions as above securing the pom pom's as shown in the photograph.

Mask #3:

The print template for the third mask can be found in the Cricut Design Space; here for blue eyes, here for pink eyes and here for red.  Follow same instructions as above.

And that's all there is to it!  I hope you enjoyed my second of four total projects in this years, Cricut Design Space Star competition.   Enjoy your next "Day of the Dead" photo booth party inspired by Vintage Renewal!  

halloween celebrations   halloween 1

Over the Big Moon | Vintage Renewal | This Heart of Mine

halloween 2

The Polka Dot Chair | Dolen Diaries | Crazy Little Projects


Vintage Renewal has been featured in 5280 Home Magazine!

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Vintage Renewal has been featured in Denver's hottest magazine, 5280!  Please come check out our story is titled "Retro Remix" by Caroline Eberly.  You can have a look at the full article right here at


Designer-Inspired Layered Leather Geometric Necklace


Here at Vintage Renewal, we love the idea of having a zero waste policy.  Therefore everything is treasured and is saved for a rainy day project.  

Today, we are going to show you how we turned leather scraps into a beautiful Designer-Inspired Layered Leather Geometric Necklace (using our brand new Cricut Explore Machine).  Did we mention that we love this Cricut Explore Machine?  So much, that we decided to enter Vintage Renewal into the Cricut Design Star competition to kick off the Fall with a challenge!


Our first team challenge (as a member of Team 15) is a "Designer-Inspired" Fashion Project.  The first thing we did over here at Vintage Renewal was jump on the Pinterest inspiration train to see what we could find.  This little beauty below, was just waiting to inspire us!  

Note:  Unfortunately, there is no information leading us to the original designer of our inspiration necklace below.  Please do let us know if you have any ideas on who the creator  of this beautiful piece is.  We love to always give credit, where credit is due.   


The first step in our original design is to gather your materials.  For our project, we used:

  • Leather scraps to create both large and small triangle cuts
  • One 14" chain for the top layer of the necklace
  • One 18" chain for the bottom layer of the necklace
  • A pair of euro punch pliers 1.25mm round to poke holes in the leather scraps
  • A small pair of pliers to help open and close the jump rings (but you can use your fingers if you don't have them)
  • A package of round jump rings 9mm (buy two just in case)
  • A pair of scissors to cut your leather to fit the mat or to cut your leather if you don't have a Cricut Explore Machine
  • One Cricut Explore Machine with a regular blade installed
  • One strong grip adhesive cutting mat

We were initially inspired to add more color to our project using both denim and leather combinations, but the denim didn't work out for this particular purpose.   We happily moved forward with our leather combinations and the results were striking!    

We began by building our bottom layer in Cricut Design Space.  You can click here to access this layer now.  

Note:  I love how this layer looks all by itself, if you want to do a half project.  

Then we proceeded to build our top layer, which you can also access here in Cricut Design Space.  

You can access the complete double necklace design right here.  I recommend this link if you are going to make the entire project in one sitting.  

The large triangles in the bottom layer are W 1.92" x H 1.59" (as shown above in Cricut Design Space).

The small triangles in the top layer are approximately W 1.24" x H 1.02".   In our design we used 5 different leathers colors to create our finished piece.   Cricut Design Space will break each color off onto their own individual mats. This feature is awesome and makes cutting and designing a snap!  I used the strong grip mat for this project (which holds the leather down into place when the machine is cutting the triangles for you).  

Note:  Be sure to remove the plastic adhesive cover from your mat when cutting your materials.  I learned this the hard way and discarded a couple of mats in my learning curve. 

These are my 5 mats for this project.  If you do not have a Cricut, you can hand cut the same number and size of pieces on your own.  

Mat 1: contains 4 large triangles and 6 small triangles.

Mat 2: contains 6 large triangles and 8 small triangles.

Mat 3: contains 6 large triangles and 5 small triangles.

Mat 4: contains 4 large triangles and 6 small triangles.

Mat 5: contains 3 large triangles and 6 small triangles.  You can easily change the material choices and colors around in the Cricut Design Space based on your needs.  In this project, we selected the heavy leather option for our material settings.

I had my Cricut machine make the cut over the triangles 5 x and used a significant cut pressure in consideration of the material thickness.  You can change these settings by selecting the Materials Settings button shown in the picture above (it's just below, and to the right of where it says "Go")

After cutting, be sure to sort your materials into piles.  

Please note, that the holes that you see punched in the materials below were not close enough to the point of the triangle and had to be re-cut for the project to work successfully.

Use your Cricut Design Space screen as a guide.  Then, layout your pattern to make sure you feel comfortable with the direction of the design.

Start at the top and connect the first row to the necklace chain, then design top-down and then connect the rings across, row by row.   Punch your small holes close to the corners of your triangles in order to join multiple rings together (but not so close that they will tear). You will be using the same holes for multiple jumps rings, so just be patient and work the rings through the small holes as needed.  

When you are finished, you will have two separate necklaces, like this:

Just layer then both and wear!  

Be sure to make the top necklace as tight as you can (like a choker) in order to get the desired look.   

Thanks for reading!  



Let me finish by introducing you to my awesome Design Star Team and 6 other Fabulous Design Inspiration Projects!

Pam and Lisa from Over the big Moon - Knock off Graphic Tees

Shelly from the Dolen Diaries – Hello Goodbye Statement Overnight Bag

Amber from Crazy Little Projects - Pencil Case Tutorial

Melissa from The Polka Dot Chair - Custom Printed Fabric Infinity Scarf

Amy from This Heart of Mine - Appliqué Children Totes

Jeanne from Vintage Renewal - Layered Leather Geometric Necklace

Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters - Kate Spade Inspired Cheetah Shoes

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Vintage Renewal Shares Design Tips With Groupon!

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Vintage Renewal shares summer furniture redesign tips with Groupon.  Come see the full post here at

Organization Love: The Laundry Room

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Spring is in the air!  It's the perfect time of year to premier our creative organizing series called "Organization Love".  Today we are going to do some dirty work, right down in the laundry room.  The goal is to get it inspired and organized in this very frequented room in everybody's house. I rounded up some inspirational ideas on how you can get started!

I was very inspired by this charming little laundry room by Dottie Angel.  I just adore her fresh painted upcycled wash sink.  Those handmade upcycled nylon table cloth curtains are the perfect  quick fix to hide that unseemly clutter that easily builds up in that laundry area. 

Can't find all your socks?  Well, this cutie from the Etsy shop Inspired Trading Co. has got you covered!  This is just about the cutest lost and found, I have every seen. 

It's true, everything cleans up well when using cute kitchy containers.  I adore this cloakroom styling by Torie Jayne below!  

Don't forget to check those pockets for loose change before you toss in your next load of laundry!  Here is a great DIY. tutorial from Burton Avenue Blog on how to make this charming change catcher with scrap wood, vinyl lettering, a metal pipe clamp and a small mason jar.   

Personally, I am a girl with a lot of fabric scraps.  Naturally, I couldn't help falling in love with these patch worked baskets by Contanca Cabral.  They are perfect for storing that dirty laundry!

I am always amazed when I open up a clean organized closet!  It's usually not mine, but here is some inspiration on how to get there by Dabble in Chic

My final note is inspired by this last picture of the extremely organized closet.  I recently received something worth shouting over the rooftops aboutIt was an awesome compact powerhouse of a vacuum called the Shark "Rocket".  I am in love with it!  This handy dandy little bugger has zipped around my bohemian pad and has gotten the dirty job done.  This dirty job does involve a constant flow of spilled pellets from my only heat source (the pellet stove) and endless dust from our dry Colorado climate (along with the wood pellets I use for the stove).  I am very pleased with this little vacuum.  I didn't think it would suck up those fallen wood pellets, but it sure did!  It also easily hangs on the wall for compact storage in a small space like mine.  You can pick one up on QVC with all the fancy attachments, like I have.  I am a big fan!  This QVC version is only $164.80, instead of the normal retail price of $240 elsewhere with all those extra goodies. 

I hope you are inspired to do some creative organizing in the laundry room! 



How's your New Year coming?

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Aren't fresh starts awesome?  The truth is, everyday of the year has the potential to be a fresh start.  It's just a lot more fun when the whole world is on the same page with you on getting it kicked off! 

I wanted to share my absolute favorite tools for starting out the New Year right.  If you want an amazing biz and life that you'll love, check out Leonie Dawson's workbooks belowThey are my absolute "go too" in order to start out the New Year with a crisp game plan including all the things that make me happy.  I hope you love them too!


Happy New Year from Vintage Renewal!  Cheers, to all the new dreams and goals you will make come true in the year ahead!

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