Crafts DIY

Do-it Yourself Holiday Gifts

11/14/2008

If you can’t find me on any given Saturday afternoon, I’m likely perusing the aisles at my local flea market or antique store. You see, since I was a wee thing, I’ve been obsessed with all things old and lovely. And what better place to find “old and lovely” than at a store that sells items of the past?

Remember, the difference between flea markets and antique stores is this: Antique stores have done the dirty work for you and have found the best of the best vintage doo-dads. As a result, their prices are higher. Flea markets, on the other hand, are a composite pile junk-things and fabulous finds. Consequently, the prices are much lower.

With that said, I find pleasure in both types of stores. However, I personally feel that flea market browsing is a much more satisfying experience. It’s like I’m a superwoman saving all these beautiful items hidden among the rubble! If flea markets are the way you want to go, keep in mind that it takes patience and a lot of time to have a successful shopping trip.

Now, without further ado, here are a few unique ideas that are half DIY, half vintage-fab. And I promise, they are oh-so-easy to do!

The Candy Dish

I promise that any flea market/thrift store/antique mall will have myriad exquisite dishes. In fact, these items are one of my most favorite to look for, simply because they are easy to find and almost always affordable and different. The best candy dish finds are the ones that have a lid (helps keep the candy fresh!) and are one-of-a-kind. For example, I once purchased a fabulously decadent, blue-glass dish that floated on a stem. Once you find the perfect dish that fits the receivers personality, add some of their favorite candy! Individually wrapped chocolates are always a hit!

Framed Vintage

You can frame pretty much anything you want, but one of my favorites is either sheet music or old magazine ads. These items are usually very inexpensive ($1-$5 on average) and offer a great variety of styles. Just browse through the selection and set aside the items that speak to you. Now that you’ve got your item, all you need to do is frame it. Depending on the recipient and the item to be framed, I like to purchase a modern-looking frame to offset the vintage look or purchase an older frame to drive the point home!

Tip If you can’t bring yourself to tear a page out of a magazine, simply make a color-copy!

The Vase

Vases are another easy find at any thrift store, flea market or antique mall. And just like the candy dishes, there is often a great variety in style and color. I am often drawn to opulant items and so for me, the fancier the better! Since you are purchasing for someone else, try to find a vase that reflects the personality of whoever is receiving the gift.

Once you’ve purchased the vase, head to your local flower shop with the vase (clean it up first, of course!). Ask the shop owner which flowers would look best in the vase and go from there.

Tip You don’t have to buy a large bouquet. A few flowers in a beautiful vase makes a bold statement.

Cookie Jar Frenzy

Who doesn’t love cookies? And if you have cookies, why not store them in a beautiful cookie jar? On your next vintage-outing, search high and low for some interesting jars. I’ve seen plenty in my day, ranging from refined and exquisite to gaudy and fun!
Once you have your jar purchased, clean it out and make a batch of the recipients favorite cookies.

Tip To add more vintage snazz to this gift, put the recipe for the cookies on a vintage inspired (or actual vintage) recipe card and include it with the gift!

Sweet Tea Cup

This is one of my favorites. All you have to do is find a lovely tea cup and saucer set. These are usually priced quite low – anywhere from $4 to $25. After you find the cup and saucer of your dreams, purchase some nice tea bags and a few honey sticks. Put said items in your tea cup and wrap the cup/saucer in tinted (or clear) cellophane. You can usually find cellophane at craft stores (I know Target sells some, too). I like to add a ribbon bow at the top for an extra touch of pretty.

Escapeland

Miseducated Once a Website, Now a Blog

11/11/2008

Hey there! Do you feel like an alien in this new and strange world? If you are a previous visitor of Miseducated.net and you’re not sure where to start — we’ve simply changed into a webzine and community with more interactive rainbowlicious content, just for you! New things are always on the way for you to enjoy~

Miseducated (previous to now) had been a personal website since 1996. Exuding color and a childlike personality as well as view of the world around (wonderland, if you will). In the mid-late 90s tons of these same websites dominated the underground web. Inspired by Japanese personal pages, they popped up like mushrooms in dew. They actually do exist nestled away in their mushroom forest.. you can find a few within the links here! If you’d like to have your website linked here or would like to communicate about ‘old skool bizness’, here you go!

miseducated.net

In Memory of…

Other personal pages you might remember from the late 90s: Rainbowlicious 😮 , Pixi’s Cotton Candy Thrill, Itty Bitty Kitty Trailer, Love Revolution, Luna*C, Diana’s Divine Designs

Business Features Visual Splendor

Flying Cupcake Bakery Serves the Perfect Cupcake

11/10/2008

“Let’s go to The Flying Cupcake Bakery” , Wendy suggested. I thought it was a joke… could such a place really exist outside of my dreams? She assured me it was indeed real and we should book a trip immediately. I was much obliged, of course.

The bakery is thumbs sky high! My coconut cupcake kept me extremely satisfied (even with my insatiable need for sweets!) and I considered buying a box of them. If it weren’t true that I would eat them entirely too soon. :p The bakery (+ ice cream parlor) wasn’t perfect enough with the kitsch yet chic charm~ the surrounding area was also fabulously charming. Meat market and all!

ladies in waiting

le menu

i'm coconutty

in the window

nonpareil holiday

stick em' up!

you're welcome

kinkaid's

Escapeland

Ye-Ye Girls, the French Pop Phenomenon

11/10/2008

Do you love yé-yé girls? Do you live for the fab lifestyle that shines through music, cinema and print? What a whirl! Soaking up and inspiring yourself with the technicolor yé-yé rays is enough to send any retro fangirl over the edge, so enjoy and stay cute~

go-go dancing began in the early 60s when women at the {Peppermint Lounge} in new york city began to get up on tables and dance the twist. There were many of the 60s-era clubbers who preferred their skirts mini and their boots go-go, so club owners began to pay them to dance and entertain the guests.

yé-yé started on a popular tv show and became a popular kind of singer in the beautiful and fabulous France. The only musical movement to be lead by females was mostly european (french) but it was also pretty popular in Japan. yé-yé girls had a similar mod, stylish fashion to go-go girls, being inspired by the go-go girls from the US and the UK. What wonderful thing do you think would happen if we mixed the adorable, stylish girls of the 60s in the us and the uk with the absolute sweet and beautifully creativeness France and Japan? Exactly! yé-yé is quite a delight and the music is as divine as the record covers!