Thursday, January 23, 2014

Inspired to Create...a Girly Little Vignette!

As I waited in line to pay for my treasures at a recent estate sale, I looked over the items in my basket and suddenly had a very distinctive vision!  Vintage dresses for real babies and doll babies alike, a felt hat, tiny shoes, a curved handled baby spoon and a collection of old photos inspired a couple of small makeover projects and then ultimately this very girly little vignette for my booth space at Camas Antiques.  Often times when I go shopping for treasures, I don't have any idea of what I am looking for or what I might find.  I love it when I come home with a collection of things that ignite a flame within my creative soul and inspire me into action!
A rather simple but sturdy small chest of drawers had a romantic makeover with a couple of coats of Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  I started with a custom mix of Antoinette and Old White for a soft, pretty pink.  I added the scalloped design in Old White and a simple hand painted flower chain in the custom pink along the edges to give it the look of eyelet lace.

Vintage photos add such charm to a vignette.  A photo of a cheerful little girl is attached to a bare lampshade, layered with a tiny vintage slip dress alongside a skirt, shoes and pearls.

This gorgeous handmade baby doll dress was badly stained when I brought it home from the estate sale.  After an overnight soak in Oxy Clean, it is bright and beautiful again!
A dark, cast-off lamp base was full of potential but in need of a face-lift.  I brushed on two coats of Old White and followed up with a wash in French Linen.  After a coat of Clear Wax and the addition of a shabby floral shade, it has a soft, pretty new look! 
I quickly chose these older hardback books primarily based on each one's cover and it's subtle hue.  Once home with them, I flipped through the pages and was pleasantly surprised by the intriguing content as well!  Books are such treasures!

Old photographs are fun to use in vintage inspired crafts or when creating vignettes.  I pick them up whenever I find ones that speak to me.  When I was little I bought old photos at antique stores and then went home to write fictional stories about the people in them!  I have scanned my most recent photo finds to share here and invite you to print them for use in your projects, or to inspire you to write stories or create vignettes!  Enjoy!

Creative inspiration for me comes in many forms and from many different avenues.  It can't be forced and it's a shame to waste it!  So, get out there and be inspired, and when the spark ignites...create!
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!  I can't tell you how much I enjoy hearing from you!  Your kind words encourage and inspire me further!    You are a blessing and a treasure!  Have a fabulous week!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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Amy Jo said...

So beautiful! I love that cabinet.

Amy Jo

cristall said...

Usted es una artista llena de buen gusto y unas ideas maravillosas,yo comparto su misma aficción por las antigüedades.Que tenga un buen día.Bss apretaos!!!

April said...

I love that little set of drawers!! I so enjoyed looking at the old pictures too. So funny how the styles and posing are not that much different than they are now for little ones.

sissie said...

I can so relate to igniting a spark to fire up the creativity. I love how you were inspired to put together such a lovely vignette. Very pretty and it tells a story.


Amanda said...

Thank you, Amy Jo!

Amanda said...

Gracias, Cristall!

Amanda said...

Thank you, April! It's true, the poses haven't changed much! It is fun to compare!

Amanda said...

Sissie! It's so great to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words!

PamLuvsPink said...


Love the little chest of drawers..So cute!!! The doll dress is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Really enjoyed looking through the vintage pictures!!! I couldn't believe my eyes
because when I looked at picture #9, I swear that it was a picture of "Lady Edith Crawley" of Downton Abbey!!! The girl sitting left of the girl holding the paper/magazine.

What do you think? Do you think I've watched too much Downton Abbey?

Have a great weekend!!!


Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

Love the baby dress. Thanks for sharing.