My Vintage Valentine’s Day Mantle

I like to refresh my mantle every few months to keep it interesting. I just can’t stand to look at the same things all the time. I rotate my art as well as the tchotchkes. I started taking down my Kewpie mantle from Christmas in early January, and this Valentine’s Day decor evolved from it.

An eclectic theme of vintage toys, minerals, and plants emerged while I was arranging it. These are all things that I collect so this came together pretty naturally on its own.

Here’s how I pulled it together:

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New Mexico Road Trip Mini Scrapbook

This is a cute little scrapbook that I made after my mom and I took a 4-day road trip in New Mexico in 2017. I’m planning another trip out to visit her in March so I’m reminiscing about my first New Mexico experience.

All of the images that I used in my scrapbook are photos printed from my phone, instant photos from my Instax mini, or clippings from papers I picked up along my way. When I’m travelling I tend to accumulate a bunch of paper ephemera: brochures, flyers, postcards, maps, informational handouts, admission tickets, wrist bands, even stickers. At the end of every day on a trip I transfer any paper that I’ve picked up throughout the day into my suitcase. When I get home, I go through them and keep anything that’s interesting or important. This project was a great way to display the things that I wanted to remember and not have to hang on to a bunch of extra stuff!

Here’s how I put it together:

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DIY Unicorn Ring Dish

These super cute DIY unicorn ring dishes couldn’t be any easier to make, and the supplies are ridiculously cheap. Create a herd of unicorn ring dishes using a Valentine kit and tiny dishes, both found in Bullseye’s Playground (formerly the Dollar Spot) at Target.

These darling little heart shaped ceramic trinket dishes are only $1 each. The unicorn Valentine kit is $3, and you get 24 figures for $3. I had all of the other supplies in my craft stash, so each dish only cost me $1.13 to make!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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DIY Angel Wings for Dolls

In this pretty easy DIY I will combine my loves of crafting and toy collecting to show you how to make angel wings for a doll. Here I’ve used a 12″ tall Kewpie doll, but you can use this to make wings for any kind of doll. I incorporated my winged Kewpie doll into my Christmas decorations, and for Valentine’s Day, he’ll play Cupid on my mantle.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I am so pleased to announce that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thank you so much to Sophie Marshall for nominating me. Sophie is one of my favorite bloggers because she posts seriously cute, seriously simple DIY projects. I’ve been inspired by her a few times since I’ve started reading her blog! I’m honored that she would think of me.

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DIY Hello Katya Doll with Gingermelon Doll Pattern

Last spring I started sewing again after years away from the machine. Once I completed a few small projects and made a few stuffed animals, my friend asked me if I could make him some Hello Katya dolls.

Here’s how I did it:

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My Year in Review: Highlights of 2018 in 12 Photos

I took a brief blogging hiatus this last week to unwind from the Christmas festivities, and to take time to reflect on 2018. I went through my Instagram (follow me!) and chose a photo from every month of this past year that highlights something cool that I did, made, or ate.

January

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Merry Kewpsmas!

This year I decided to do something a little different with my mantle for Christmas. I collect vintage toys, and I like to incorporate them into my holiday decorations. This year I was inspired when I came across someone’s old Kewpie collection at a local consignment store. I was just going to clean them up and sell them in my Etsy store, but I decided to dress them up for Christmas!

I usually dress up some of my toys for Christmas, but just with little Santa hats. This year, I went all out and gave every single one a costume or a prop. Here’s how I did it:

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Easy DIY Witchy Mulling Spice Ornaments

Mulling spices are easy to whip up and make a fun holiday gift. They are traditionally used to spice cider or wine, but you can flavor any liquid with them. Try black tea, rum, maple syrup, or vinegar! You can even just simmer them on the stove in water for a festive scent.

This recipe will make 12 ornaments.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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