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A vintage valentine designed to resemble a box of candy. Card puchased from Jacktastic.etsy.com

Ribbon and rose vintage candy box

Large candy box from See's with lacey edging

Candy box from Violet64 etsy shop

Vintage Candy Box from Violet64 on etsy

Vintage Valentine Candy Box from Violet64 on etsy

It wouldn’t matter if there were chocolate covered ants inside, as long as they come in a fancy vintage candy box! The more elaborate – the better.  Heck, forget the chocolates and just give me the empty box. I’m still building my own collection and don’t have any to sell, so I found another shop on etsy that has several and have pictured just a few here.  Check it out http://www.etsy.com/shop/violet64

This embossed Valentine postcard was sent to me by my Mother. It came from her Grandmother’s estate. The postmark is dated 1909!  If you don’t already know about The Gifted Line, founded by John Grossman, then just do a Google search – you’ll be glad you did. Grossman  has kept Victorian ephemera alive by publishing incredible photos of original works in  his books, cards and calendars. 

Check out these etsy shop for some amazing Victorian valentines:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jacktastic

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Alteredbits

Circa early 1900s

It’s January. For me and  millions of others, that means getting organized and decluttering. When you’re a craftaholic like me, it means sorting boxes of  buttons, vintage costume jewelry, vintage fabric, estate sale finds and thrift store scores. It’s a labor of love and beats driving around the Sonoma County here in rainy Northern California looking for more stuff to stash. Some items will be listed in my etsy shop. Other items, especially vintage ephemera, will be posted on my vintage framed magnetic message boards as inspiration for new ideas.

If you’re looking for some well-made and well-priced modular storage ideas, check out JCPenney.com for the Linden Street ® Create Your Own Storage Unit pieces. The cubbies, drawers and baskets are easy to mix and match and add a bit of cottage charm to the most basic craft room or home office. Walmart’s selection of plastic storage bins are a must for the hoarder (oops, I mean crafter) in you! Get organized and get inspired! Need more inspiration? Check out Cloth Paper Scissors Studios  for great organizing tips and real studios used by real people.  One of my etsy customers was featured and sent me the link to her studio. Take a peek http://sandy-sandyscreations.blogspot.com/2009/12/holy-cow.html

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