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Maker’s Monday: The Vintage Nest

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I have decided to start a new little series on my blog to celebrate something that is near and dear to my heart — small creative businesses! Each Monday, I’ll be featuring a small business and/or artist, their wares and a little bit about them. Since starting House Fenway 2 years ago, it has always been a fun experience meeting other makers and enjoying their creations. The thought and heart that goes into products made by small businesses and artists far out ways anything you could purchase from a big box retailer. So stay tuned every Monday for House Fenway’s Maker’s Monday series and make sure to check out all of the amazing talent out there!

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My necklace from The Vintage Nest featuring a fern leaf which is symbolic of sincerity.

This week’s Maker’s Monday feature is a jewelry artist from Virginia, The Vintage Nest. Whitney, The Vintage Nest owner, crafts handmade botanical and faith inspired jewelry to inspire and encourage. These one-of-a-kind pieces feature hand-pressed flowers, leaves and even mustard seeds and are the perfect accent to finish off any wardrobe. The Vintage Nest offers an array of necklace styles, earrings and pendants in this unique vintage style.

If you are looking for a unique piece of jewelry with heartfelt meaning and vintage charm or a gift with special sentiment, look no further than The Vintage Nest.

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Photo Source: The Vintage Nest

Love shopping local and supporting small business?
Check out another great maker, MNK Candle

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Want to be featured in an upcoming Maker’s Monday? I’d love to have you! Fill out the form to submit your small business for your chance to be featured.
Maker’s Monday Submission Form

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DIY: Christmas Card Holder

Christmas cards will be showing up in the mail before you know it! Even in today’s technological age, there is something so wholesome and nostalgic in receiving a tangible greeting. The stamp, the pretty envelope, the message – it’s still one of the great thrills of the season. I love receiving Christmas cards, but have always struggled with how to display them. They are all so pretty and thoughtful; how could I just toss them aside? I usually resort to taping them up around the house, but by the end of the season half the cards have fallen down. So, I decided to challenge myself this week and tackle a DIY project with a thrift store find: A Christmas Card Holder. The holder was the perfect answer to my Christmas card dilemma. I’ll show you what I did and how you can make one for around $10-$15!

Supplies:

1 oversized frame

a tube of acrylic paint

sponge brush

a piece of medium grit sandpaper

scissors

hot glue gun (3-4 glue sticks)

8-10 yards of ribbon (in a variety of styles and widths)

5-10 clothes pins

I stopped at my local thrift store to pick up a frame. I wanted the frame to be large enough to display a handful of cards, have some unique detail and cheap enough not to break the bank. I found this picture for $5 and thought it would work perfectly!

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$5 for my thrift store find.

Dismantle the frame removing the glass and picture. Wipe the frame down making sure it is clean and grease-free.

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Using a sponge brush apply two coats of acrylic paint (the color of your choice), waiting in between coats for it to dry.

After the frame is completely dry. Lightly sand with some medium grit sandpaper to create a weathered feel and reveal some of the frame detail.

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I found all of my ribbon at the dollar store and Target’s Dollar Spot.

Once the frame is painted, it was time to attach the ribbons.

Cut the ribbon into stripes the width of the frame.

Using a glue gun, attach the ribbon to the back of the frame making sure the ribbon is taut enough it will not sag. Work your way down the frame from the top to bottom, mixing up the ribbon styles as you go.

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Once the glue has cooled it is ready to hang.

Attach your beautiful holiday cards with clothes pins and enjoy! 🎄😄

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My finished card holder.
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The perfect display of all my treasured Christmas cards.