Monday, February 27, 2012


There have been many an opportunity lately to wear some of my newly thrifted shoes, and I couldn't be happier!  I've been documenting some of their debuts over on Instagram (which by the way, I have fallen head over heels in love with.  What did I do before Instagram!?)  I've been challenging myself lately to wear what's in my closet instead of going out and buying new outfits, a bad habit I'm trying to break....
It's been fun spending Friday nights ripping apart my wardrobe and trying out different combinations of clothes.  Dress, boots blazer, skirt, t-shirt flats etc. etc.  I've already gained a few keeper outfits out of the exercise, and feel good about getting dressed these days.  I can't wait to take more of these happy feet shots, because 1. I love getting dolled up, and 2. I LOVE SHOES!   Coincidentally I'm also going through some sort of polka dot phase, but I'll save that rant for another day.

   I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It) by My Bloody Valentine on Grooveshark

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dressing to Song

A serenade

Green Aisles by Real Estate on Grooveshark

I'm loving soft flowy styles these days. Perhaps a cry out for spring. Is anyone else feeling like a change in season yet?  To accompany my imaginary outfit today, the song I've been listening to everyday since December...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


I've been working on a new look for the Etsy shop, and if you've popped in recently you will notice there isn't very much left....  But, I'm inching that much closer to a HUGE shop update with so many fun and interesting items. 
After I spent an hour yesterday, cursing and pouting because I couldn't get the lighting right, I started to snap a few photos and four hours and 200 plus pictures later I had finished what I had been putting off for a month now (It feels good I'll admit). This means shop updates every week for a while, and as a sort of vintage fashion hors d'oeuvre here is a sample of what is coming soon!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Make a Collage

I'm back with another Keepsake post after last week's Valnetine's day extravaganza...

Today's post is an easy collage that you could do with virtually any sort of paper you bring back from your trip.  No complicated materials required, and it didn't take too long to do.   A couple Seinfeld episodes later I was done...

One of my favourite things about Paris is the Metro.  As dank as it may be, there is a certain romance I feel in the tunnels below the Parisian streets. We rode the Metro everyday during our stay, and I made sure to keep all our tickets with a plan to make something when I got home. This was a fun way to  remember this detail about our trip.

I liked the simple graphic detail on the tickets and the pop of blue and orange, and thought they were perfect for making a collage.  So I grabbed by scissors and glue and got to piecing the tickets together. What resulted was a fun poster that I'll likely add to a scrap book or photo album as yet another keepsake rememberance.

And if your a world traveller, a whole series of these would so fun to have...  This could be done with photos, maps, newspapers, fabric. Really anything goes, then let your imagination do the rest!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

1-2-3 Swtich

I can recall being quite excited to hibernate for the winter when fall came around, but the winter blahs have definitely started to kick in and all I want to do is rearrange the furniture in every room of my house.  A change of scenery is always refreshing, so what better way to beat these moody winter feelings than to restore some coziness and style into your home...

So far all my decorating plans remain in my head, but I thought I'd share with you some of the pieces that have been on my mind on my wish list.

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p.s. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's day, and thanks to all who entered the Valentine pillow giveaway.  The winner is....

Aaron Bowman. That's you!

**AAron if you are reading this email me at

Friday, February 10, 2012

Photo Recap

It's been a wonderful week and there's nothing like a photo challenge to make the days that much better.  Here is a recap of my photos from the February photo a day challenge.  Happy weekend everyone!

p.s.  I'll be set up with another pop up shop at Isabella's! Drop in for a warm bevvy and some shopping...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

DIY : Cliché Bouquet

When it comes to Valentine's day, I really appreciate a little lovey dovey infused humour.  Bluntly, sometimes making fun of love is awesome.  So this year, while in a particularly sarcastic mood, I came up with this year's Valentine's day card... and while not as entertaining as a chimp wearing a diaper holding a heart shaped box of chocolates, I thought this idea was the next best thing.

The Card isn't so much a card as it is a cross between a flower, a lollipop, and a puppet. FUN right?!  I called it a cliche bouquet for a bunch of reasons, but mainly because I chose to use the cheesiest, most over used quotes about love to pop out of my hearts... You don't have to go the cliche route, these hearts can be filled with cute rhymes, sweet inside jokes, really anything goes. 

If you would like to try it yourself here is what you'll need:

Fabric or fancy paper
Straws. Depending on how many you make, you will need at least two straws to complete one card
Hot glue or white glue
Rickrack, bias tape, and ribbon
Paper hearts with your preferred phrases printed on them

Follow these instructions and you'll be playing peekaboo in no time!

1. Get two straws. doesn't matter how big or how long. They just have to be the same
2. If they are bendy straws cut off the elbow. You just want the straight bit
3. Split one straw up the middle. Do this by cutting the straw lengthwise
4/5. Glue the two ends of your split straw together end to end to make an extra long straw
6/7. Take your paper heart with your message and glue it to the end of your extra long straw
8. Next take your two fabric hearts that you cut out from either paper or fabric
9/10. Outline the edges of both fabric hearts with rickrack using your glue
11/12. Take your second straw that has not been split down the middle, and glue your straw to one side of your heart just a the bottom tip of the heart.
13. Then glue the second heart to the other side of the straw so both hearts can be glued together wrong sides facing in. You only want to glue the hearts together half way up the sides so the top stays open.
14. Next, take your extra long straw and thread it through the shorter straw you just glued your hearts to
15. Finish off the outside straw with ribbon to make it extra special. I just glued the ribbon wrapping it around the straw.
16. Finally make a little bow to add to the base of your heart.

Once it's all assembled, you will be able to move the inside straw up and down so your message pops up out of your pretty little rickrack heart!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Adventures In Natural Dyeing: Pomegranate

You may recall back in the fall, I experimented with some natural dyeing techniques and made this fall scarf.  Today I'm bringing you part two in my natural dyeing adventures, and showing you what happened when I experimented with a pomegranate....

This time I did a little tie dye, which I'm excited to try again, and I was pleasantly surprised at the soft billowy pink scarf that resulted in this dyeing project.

If you would like to try this for yourself, here is what you'll need:

* One pomegranate (the fresher the better)
* Gauze, cheese cloth, or any white cotton
* Elastics
* An old pot

First things first, go out and buy yourself the ripest, juiciest pomegranate.  Mine was a bit old and I can't help but wonder had I used a newer pomegranate if my dye would have been brighter.  Once you have your fruit in hand, split it half, and add it to your pot of water.  Fill the pot up about 3/4 full of water and boil on maximum heat until half the water is gone.  Then lower the heat to minimum.  In total you should let your pomegranate boil for about two hours.

Once you have completed your dye, cut your fabric to the size you want for your scarf and tie it off if you want a tie dyed effect.  Then immerse it in your pot of dye.  At this point you are no longer boiling the liquid.  I let mine sit over night.  But the longer you leave it the darker it will be.  I would say at least 10 hours.  Once I decided mine was done sitting, I rang it out and took off the elastics and threw it in the dryer for half an hour.  And just like that I had a blushy pink scarf.  A perfectly festive scarf just in time for Valentine's day!

A Cuddly Giveaway

Keeping with the love day theme this week, I am giving away this soft, snuggly handmade pillow!  The pillow is made from a pink wool blanket, with lace trim and hand a embroidered blue heart.  All you have to do to enter is:

1.  Add a link in the comments to your favourite Valentine's day craft. Share your craftiness here!

2. Bonus entry 1.  Follow me on Google Friend Connect and leave a comment

3. Bonus entry 2. Follow me on twitter and leave a comment

4. Bonus entry 3. like TVR on facebook and leave a comment

The winner will be chosen on Tuesday February 14.  Good luck!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Coming Soon...

This week, I'm getting all red and heart-y over here, in preparation for a day that you may love or hate, Valentine's Day! I mostly like Valentine's day because it's just another excuse for me to get crafting.  This year is no exception since I've got a fun Valentine's day DIY ready to share with you later on this week. 

For today I have a little shop preview for you.  I'm planning a revamp of The Vintage Ramble Etsy shop but thought in the meantime I would give you a little sneak peek at a few items coming soon.  And if you absolutely can't wait for the items to go up in the shop, come on down this Saturday to Isabella's, 2 King St. E in Oshawa, where I'll be hanging out at another TVR pop up shop from 12pm-4pm.  Tons of new stuff!

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Friday, February 3, 2012


Yes, I am a morning person... Day three of febphotoaday. My favourite thing so far about this challenge is getting excited to take a picture first thing when I get up in the morning. 

I'm participating in Fat Mum Slim's photo a day challenge for February follow me on twitter to see all my photos this month

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Photo Bunting

This week's Keepsake post was so much fun, and I'm excited to share it with you all.  I came up with this one while we were wandering around Paris.  One downside to travelling is, you can't bring your sewing machine with you...  I would have loved to complete this project as soon as I had the idea.  So you can bet I was thrilled to be able to finally get down to it with this DIY.

We are not ones to display many personal and family photos around our house.  I always get tripped up when trying to arrange small frames on household surfaces.  Don't get me wrong, I love looking at family photos, I just have not figured out a way to integrate them.  Until now! 

Instead of framing some of the nicer photos from our trip, I decided I would make a bunting banner that I could create in the style and colour scheme that I thought would best suit our decor.  And that is what I'm going to show you how to do today.  This project would also work well for weddings, showers, nurseries, really the possibilities are endless... 

If you would like to make one yourself, here are the basic materials you will need:

*Ribbon, ric-rac, rope, or bias tape
*Iron on transfer paper
*Photos that are already on your computer or can be scanned on the computer
*Sewing Machine

The first step is to chose your photos and print them out on iron on transfer paper.  You can get this at local crafty supply and office supply stores.   Remember that if you have any text in your photo, to chose your printer settings so that the image prints out as a mirror image.

Try and fit as many pictures on a page as possible.  I re sized my pictures before printing them to make sure they would all fit on the same size piece of material.  I used both horizontal and vertical pictures. 

Next, cut out your pictures and your fabric to get ready for ironing....

The fun part!  Iron on your pictures to your fabric.  Make sure to leave room on the top to sew onto your ribbon.  You don't want your image to get covered or cut off when you go to sew.

Finally, arrange all your photo fabric and add any other items to the ribbon.  I chose to do my bunting in a sort of shabby chic motif with doilies and a burlap ribbon to hang everything from.  I also kept the edges of my fabric raw for an extra rustic feel.  Once everything is pinned in place, sew it together and voila! You're done.

There are still two more posts in the Keepsake series, so hope you come back next week to see the next one. And have fun making your very own photo bunting!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My View

I'm feeling a little under the weather today, so resting my head for five minutes.  Admiring the trees outside my bedroom window....

I'm participating in Fat Mum Slim's photo a day challenge for February follow me on twitter to see all my photos this month