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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

Quick and Easy Boho Arrow Pillow DIY

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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! 

Materials:

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

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 5280.com:

 

Designer-Inspired Layered Leather Geometric Necklace

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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!  

xoxox

Jeanne

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

- See more at: http://vintagerenewal.indiemade.com/blog/designer-inspired-layered-leather-geometric-necklace#sthash.WNPYs73j.dpuf

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 Groupon.com:

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!

Happy Christmas Wreath Roundup!

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Christmas is near!  Happy Wreaths will spread Christmas cheer! 

Let's begin with Pom Pom's.  Yes, we love them, and just cannot get enough!  Check out the inspiring Pom Pom Wreaths below.  Click on images for the sources. 

http://thompsonfamily.typepad.com/thompson_familylife/2009/12/candy-colored-christmas.html

How about Yarn Wrapped Wreaths?  We love the creations from this fabulous Etsy shop.

Why not upcycle with some fab things around the house?

Or use Mother Nature as your inspiration with Wood Slices, Feathers and Leaves! 

We can't forget to mention our favorite Vintage Inspired Wreaths:

Happy Wreath making from Vintage Renewal!

xo

Jeanne

 

Want to Create an Online Artist Porfolio?

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Have you been wanting to create an online artist porfolio?  Have a gander at this advice we whipped up for Indiemade:

Get Big Style on a Little Budget.

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If you are looking for amazing Creative Resources for designing on the cheap, then look no further!  We've got you covered!  Check out this article we wrote for Indiemade.com "Where to Find Cheap Materials to Reduce Your Costs":

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