Hi there! I'm Anna, the creator of Amelie Jo Vintage Inspired Kids, a handmade, vintage inspired line of childrens' clothing. My work has been featured by Martha Stewart and Altered Couture Magazine. My blog highlights the beauty of the handmade community, the rough and tumble life of the domestic goddess and the musing of the creative mind.
It is such a pleasure to share my Sunday with friends with you after visiting the Finders Keepers Vintage Market this past weekend. Finders Keepers is a traveling market that features local artisans and collectors of antiques and vintage items.
Have I told you how much I love finding new, local Michigan artisans??
Tamara’s Timeless Treasure’s, from Belleville, MI had the most amazing booth! Lots of chippy garden finds and distressed arches. I purchased that pretty, garden dress form in the second photo for a future project. Time for a road trip to Belleville!
Coffee? Yes, please! I had serious food truck envy at the market.The Petite Fleetbrought the cutest renovated campers!
So many fabulous farmhouse signs! The “hello” signs, from The Rustic Home, really piqued our interest.
I purchased a pair of beautiful, handmade corbels for our kitchen island from Tin Barn Studio , out of Ortonville, MI. She also makes those perfect, hanging initials.
If you live in Michigan and would like to visit Finders Keepers, here are the show dates and locations for the rest of 2019.
Thanks for the memories (and unusual finds), Finders Keepers. See you in September!
We have been slowly remodeling our home since the day we moved in, about 5 years ago. Our home had good bones, but needed modernizing and brightening up. I’ll admit, when we walked in for the first time and I saw dark red and brown walls, I knew we had our work cut out for us. Many layers of paint later, our home looks completely different from the neglected short sale we purchased just before our daughter started 1st grade.
One of the areas of our home that I really disliked was my private bath; we are each fortunate to have our own bathroom. It was SO dark – charcoal grey tile, dark red vanity, black sink and beige walls. Over the past year, I painted the walls white to offset the tile, replaced the brown Formica with granite and added a white vessel sink and modern faucet.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the kind and adventurous owner and creator of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint, Karen Chouinard. Wise Owl recently released a product for cabinets and beyond, called One Hour Enamel. This amazing product dries hard as a rock in ONE hour. I have never painted cabinets before and this was the perfect product for a novice.
My first step was to remove all the hardware, doors and drawers. I wiped everything down with hot, soapy water to remove any traces of hair spray or any of the other many products you can see under my sink that don’t work on my hair type, ~sigh~ I opted not to sand, although that is recommended by other regular users of this product.
My cabinet took two coats of primer. I wanted to be sure the red tone of the wood was completely covered. The hard part of this process is waiting for the primer to dry, which takes 4 hours in between coats. I am terrible at waiting! This is not a quick project and you have to be willing to give up your bathroom for a couple of days – oh, so hard to do!
I chose Wise Owl One Hour Enamel in Carbon to give the vanity a modern, sleek upgrade. One Hour Enamel is incredibly easy to use. It glides on smooth and covers imperfections. It took two coats of Carbon to give me, what looks like, a brand new vanity!
I couldn’t be happier with how that outdated cabinet turned out! What’s old is new again and for less than 100 bucks!
When I was a little girl, the magnificent Mackinac bridge was the halfway point to our family vacation spot in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This is where we would wait out the August heat of our Detroit home, playing in the woods, fishing and collecting berries.
Life has changed since then and become more complicated, but also more joyful and fulfilling. A few weekends ago, the event coordinator of Mission Point Resort, on Mackinac Island, invited our family to spend opening weekend at the resort to enjoy their recent renovation of their guest rooms and grounds.
What an incredible offer! My daughter is a young lady now and we haven’t been back to the island since she was a toothless 8 month old and I was a clueless new mom.
Mission Point resort sits on the far edge of the island, just a short bike ride from the eclectic shopping area. There are no cars allowed on Mackinac Island, so visitors bike, walk or take a carriage ride to maneuver the island. The resort has one of the best views of the straits of Mackinac.
One of the most famous photographed spots on Mackinac Island is Arch Rock. It is a natural limestone arch formed during the Nipissing post-glacial period when high Lake Huron levels and wave action created openings in the rock. Arch Rock stands 146′ over the Lake Huron shoreline and took thousands of years to be created. Truly a Michigan marvel.
After lunch and window shipping, we toured the grounds of the famous Grand Hotel, America’s Summer Place. Featured in this photo is the world’s longest porch, that wraps around the hotel and overlooks lush gardens and and the waters of the Straits. Grand Hotel was a location where the movie, Somewhere in Time, was filmed on the Island.
My daughter’s sixth birthday is almost upon us and I am busy writing out invitations and making party plans. While at the dining table with my address book and favorite pen, I realized that I rarely sit to write anything anymore. I used to be an avid paper and pen writer. I had pen pals, sent postcards, kept a diary and jotted notes that were often decorated with doodles. I took great pride in my gorgeous cursive curlycues, embellishing every scented envelope.
In contrast, this morning names and addresses barely flowed from my wrist, which disturbed me greatly. “It’s time for a change, my friend”, I mumbled to myself. I do so love the internet, spell check and how quickly my fingers fly around the keyboard, but I am afraid that the art of pen and paper is getting lost in my quest for quick and easy communication. Would you like to receive a card in your mailbox? I’m fixing to send some.
You needed a good giggle, didn’t you?
This is so sweet, I may send it to my husband. Some of the most beautiful handmade items come from Australia and this card from Blueberry Paper is no exception.
I have to throw in a vintage inspired lovely, from one of my fave shop Angelina’s.
So, I will admit that I love the whole Calligraphuck collection. I dare you to send one to your favorite naughty friend.
One Hectare boasts that this is “the perfect stationary gift for people with big ideas”. The notebook is blank inside and perfect for jotted notes that are decorated with doodles.
“I love browsing through fabric stores and dreaming of what a beautiful piece of fabric will become. Sparkly buttons, lace and vintage dresses have a special place in my heart. Who wore them in a time past, what was her life like, how did she feel when she wore it. Those are the things that inspire me to create.”
“I began sewing at a very young age. My earliest memories are of sewing with my Mother. We hand stitched doll clothes as we couldn’t afford a sewing machine at that time. As I grew older, my passion for sewing became stronger. I began making my own clothes for school. Then began making handmade gifts for family and friends. I have my Mother to thank for being my greatest teacher. She taught me everything I know. Some of my prized possessions are the handmade baby clothes my mother hand stitched for me and the 2 baby scarves she knitted for my son before she passed away.”
“My advice is educate yourself beforehand by reading how to books, blogs and even the Etsy seller handbook. Gaining as much knowledge about what you want to sell is key to being successful. You have to love what you do, so let your creativity flow. Check out the competition and don’t under price what you create and never try to match or compete with big box store pricing. What you make with your own hands from your own creative mind, the story you tell will speak volumes to the buyer.
My other advice is to treat your customers as if it were their birthday everyday. Communication and Thank You’s for your customers will keep them coming back. And, you will meet some wonderful people along the journey as well.”
Our names are Anna and Katherine. We are from Penza, Russia
In early 2008 we established our studio called Annapavlovna
All of toys are one-of-a-kind, in unique and limited quantity and they are made of natural materials, mainly, mohairs, alpacas, suede and wool felts. We create each item by hand. We also like natural colours, such as white, beige, brown and black.
Most of our ideas are nature inspired. Forest, earth, plants and flowers around us are helping us to create our toys. Very often our toys are inspired by children themselves.”
“Katherine and I have loved teddy bears since childhood. Growing up, our mother and grandmother would make clothes, dolls, and stuffed animals for the kids in our family. We inherited our love of needlework and artistic skills from them. Today, Katherine and I support each other and work as a team. Though she studied economics and I studied fashion design, we work together to design and construct our collection. Toys are created with only high quality materials. It is our priority to use strictly natural materials.”
“We had to work hard to find own style. It’s not easy.It’s not a quick process.
Be prepared to do each and every task a business needs done! You’ll need to take on the role of everyone from designer,photograph, accountant, salesperson,customer service …”