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My Current Obsession

Calling Ikea my current obsession isn’t exactly fair, since I’ve already had a little crush on the super store.

BUT. When I was there a few weeks ago, I found a new section with party goods and other cute items — it was amazing! Think the Target dollar section on crack πŸ™‚

They had these adorable notebooks in so many colors! I opted for the dainty gray and white polka dots:

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The Cutest Crocheted Necklaces

You know how you have you favorite few go-to blogs? The ones that either inspire you, make you laugh or help you relax? I definitely have several!

One of my favorite bloggers is Disney from Ruffles and Stuff. She has the most inspired craft ideas and the cutest little girl who helps out with projects. I just read tonight that her daughter is selling hand-crocheted necklaces on Etsy to try and raise money to buy her friend an American Girl Doll. Have you ever heard of anything sweeter? And look how cute the necklaces are:

Source — and where to buy the necklaces!

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Giveaway!

And the winner is…

Leslie!

Leslie is looking forward to trying Retro Clean on her vintage linens.

Leslie, please contact me at amyandangie.vintage@gmail.com so I can send some happy mail your way πŸ™‚

I plan to do more giveaways in the future, so be sure to check back!

So, have you guys heard of/used Retro Clean? It’s basically a magic potion that lifts decades-old stains and discoloring out of beautiful clothes.

 

After trying so many cleaning combos (baking soda, fragrance-free detergent, vinegar) I had all but given up on a few pieces. I thought I’d give Retro Clean a go and see how it worked. And…I have not been disappointed.

Since I’ve enjoyed using Retro Clean so much, I thought one of you might like to try it as well! Retro Clean has generously given me a packet of Retro Clean and Retro Wash to give away to a reader! Here’s how to enter:

1.) Leave a comment saying what you would use Retro Clean to rejuvenate!
2.) Like the Retro Clean and Amy & Angie Facebook pages

That’s it! This time next Friday, I’ll be sharing my before & after Retro Clean photos, as well as the winner of the giveaway! (this giveaway has ended)

Good luck πŸ™‚

ps, for a second entry, be sure to check out my Instagram page next week πŸ˜‰

Vintage Hair: 1950s Curls

After experimenting with vintage hairstyles more last week, I got fed up with my super long hair. With my new medium-to-long hair, styling has been a smidge easier.

Still…I’m no pro.

I think this tutorial has been my favorite so far. Not only is her hair perfect, but the tutorial is easy peasy. I found it while wandering around this website, which is dangerous and can suck you in for hours. Be careful!!

Anyway, enjoy watching this lady make you wish you had much more time to do your hair πŸ™‚

As always, if you have pictures of your vintage hair styles, please feel free to share them!

With a Bow on Top

Christmas? Oh yeah, that’s less than two weeks away.

WHAT.

As I’ve been scrambling to finish projects left and right, Christmas has crept up. I’ve had the chance to throw up some decorations with vintage flair, but there’s so much left to do.

While I was cooped up and sick the past week, I took to looking for something that can give my gifts a vintage flair. Aside from straight up vintage wrapping paper, which I have happily found at some estate sales, this little project is easy and pretty.

These homemade bows give a really unique touch to any gift. The best part (aside from being super easy) is that they’re made from scrapbook paper. This means you can use any pattern that floats your boat!

I found the tutorial here. And guys? When I say easy, I mean E.A.S.Y.

It’s not truly vintage, but by picking colors that remind you of the past, you’ll definitely add a vintage flair.

I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be adding a new addition to the blog next week! I don’t want to give too much away, but it involves food πŸ™‚

Sharing with DIY By Design, Finding Fabulous, Not Just a Housewife, Chic on a Shoestring, The Shabby Nest, Shanty 2 Chic,

Ms. Fix It: Dirty Pyrex

Good news! I was roaming thrift stores recently (as I often am) when I came across a beautiful set of Pyrex mixing bowls:

Sadly, the green one had seen much, much better days. See how scratched and dirty it was?

I set out to fix it, though! Did you know that you can use Bar Keeper’s Friend to easily remove most (if not all!) blemishes from Pyrex and other dishes?

Before you cover the entire dish in this powder, though, make sure you test it on a small area to make sure it won’t take off the paint. Being the (lazy) gambler that I am, I didn’t take my own advice. Luckily, it worked out just fine.

First, I doused the bowl in water and then covered the entire thing with a healthy coating of Bar Keeper’s Friend. By the way, you can find this stuff at any hardware store. After waiting a minute or so, I scrubbed. And scrubbed and scrubbed. Some areas required more than one application, but it was worth the effort. In the end I had a very good looking bowl!

Nice and shiny!

If you decide to try this, make sure not to leave the powder on for too long, as it can eat away at the paint. Also…it smells really strong. Fair warning.

This is by no means a fix-all, but it definitely makes a huge difference. This bowl went from unusable to something I am excited to use and show off!