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20 in 20 March 4, 2011

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Abbey over at Aesthetic Outburst is doing a great series of projects called 20 in 20. It all started doing 20 handmade Christmas ornaments in 20 days, then evolved into 20 handmade valentines in 20 days. Now, she’s doing 20 handmade projects in 20 days. The best part of it all? She gives them all away! All you have to do is leave a comment on the project you like, and winners are randomly selected from that posts’ commenters. So fun!

For this larger installment, the project evolved to be more of a blog community project, and Ravenna Girls Vintage is excited to be sponsoring the project. We felt that it was a great way to support handmade, and simple measures of creativity. I love that its a showcase for how much you can accomplish in one little project with simple materials and easy methods. Go check it out.

So far, some of my favorites from all 3 of her series (Christmas, Valentines, and Spring Handmade)

Pendleton Glacier Blanket Pencil Box. Totally up my alley.

Security Envelope and Washi Tape Blank Notebooks

Felt flag Valentine (this was what initially inspired my Pencil flag Valentines)

Dala Horse Valentine

Heart Rocks!

North Pole Map Ornament

Reindeer Ornament

Also, her blog is awesome not just for cute handmade giveaways, but also in general. I love that she’s nicknamed her kids “Kicky” and “EZ E”.


Make Something Monday February 28, 2011

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Friends! If you are familiar with a bit of sunshine, the wonderful Rebekah who curates “ten on ten“, then you know she also has a great Monday feature called “Make Something Monday”. Rebekah features a simple and pretty project that can be completed easily over the weekend. She’s had some great projects featured over there, and its a very inspiring space. If you don’t know her blog, hop over there now because she is an inspiring gal!

Well, this week she’s invited us to share a project of our own. Its a great honor to be a part of her other creative projects, and we’re flattered to have a feature over there. We chose our vintage frame jewelry hangers, similar to these in our shop, since we always see them thrifting and want to share how we spiff them up!

Go check it out the full how-to on these frames and stay for awhile on Rebekah’s blog. She is a fellow Seattleite, mom to three ADORABLE kiddos, and has a deep faith and her posts really it home.




punny valentines! February 9, 2011

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I have been working on some valentine stuff lately, which you will probably get to see once I am done. 

Meanwhile, I cannot help but notice how many darling things are over at etsy!  I mean, seriously, from decorations to fun cards… there is so much to smile at!

You may be like, um Valentines Day is on Monday… isn’t it too late to order something?  Not necessarily.  I was noticing how many ADORABLE designs are available as digital files.  Basically, you pay and the seller emails you a PDF.  You then print it on whatever paper you are using, glitter it, cut the edges with funny scissors, etc.  Whatever your little heart desires really. 

Pretty cool huh?

And to make life better… so many have punny animals on them… you know the type, the play on animal noises to make you chuckle jokes…

I [d] by the way think those are hysterical.

Below each image is a link to the shop that sells each download if you wish to purchase….

{via greenapplepaperie}

{via chickabug}

{via bubbledog}

{via craftish}

And… if you are feeling the crafty bug…

{via alicia polica’s blog} with full instructions about how to make these birdies.  oh, so, cute!

Do you have any good Valentines you are making or have made in the past to inspire everyone?


Sunday Search: Winter Sun January 30, 2011

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Hopefully everyone is having a nice relaxing weekend and getting rejuvenated for the week ahead. We both embarked on some winter retreats this weekend, split between two coasts. Where I am, its brisk but sunny, the perfect late winter day that makes you yearn for full on spring sunshine.

We want to get back to featuring more of our etsy peers this year, by picking a search term and seeing what awesome finds are being offerred in the etsy community. This Sunday, in homage to the beautiful day outside, I searched “Winter Sun” and came up with some inspiring hits. Take a look:

Antique Bottles no. 2 Print

Hand-dyed Sock Weight Yarn

Snowflake suncatcher

Moss amethyst Earrings

Geese on Frozen Pond

Felt Sunday Hat

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon whether it be sunny, rainy, or somewhere in between!


A sneak peek January 28, 2011

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Well, we’re winding to the close of another long and hectic week. We have some fun adventures planned for this weekend and we will sure to be back with lots of stories and pictures.

Until then, we’ll leave you with a teensy sneak peek of a big project we’ve been working on with the MAJOR help of our friend Dave. When its done, its going to mean some exciting changes for the Ravenna Girls.

Can you guess what we’re up to??


Cash & Cari January 23, 2011

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We’ve been seeing ads for the new HGTV show Cash & Cari for a couple weeks now, and been very excited since its right up our alley. I’m actually surprised we haven’t seen more buzz on design blogs about it, but perhaps not as many people are interest in seeing the nitty-gritty behind vintage acquisitions.

In any case, we finally got a chance to watch a couple episodes of the show this week. The show follows Cari Cucksey of RePurpose, who manages estate sales, and resells vintage items in suburban Michigan. Since we hit up so many estate sales, management of the process has always been intriguing to me, and this show both confirms some of my suspicions and sheds new light on some of the clients. It shows me how hard the process really can be (not that I’m surprised), but I also love how her title on the show is ‘Treasure Hunter’. Ha, i’m going to make business cards that say “The Ravenna Girls: Treasure Hunters”. Because while a lot of people think we’re crazy, we know the treasure is out there!

Estate sales can run the gamut from glorified garage sale with not many items that aren’t truly vintage, to a treasure trove of vintage items hid layers deep. Sometimes you can really get a glimpse of someone’s life. The premise is inherently sad, but its also awesome to see what kept people busy over the years. Then again, sometimes you just find houses of hoarders and it can be a little insane. We’ve posted before here about trends we see at estate sales here in the Seattle area (read: Scandinavian gems), so its interesting to see what these sales are like in other parts of the country. In short, they really vary by client, and its interesting to see the strategies Cari has developed for different types of merchandise.

If you have any desire to see what our estate sale adventures are like, this show is really spot-on. Usually we’re just the quiet people in back digging at the back of kitchen cabinets, but sometimes we’re those haggling people too. Hopefully this show will teach us some tips to haggle even better 😉 We might even hit up one or two this weekend, on Sunday when items are typically 50% off. . . who knows!

[Also, here is a NYTimes article from a few weeks ago about estate sale management. Interesting.]


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How was the craft show? December 14, 2010

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Well, what a whirlwind!

It was great, but I think I speak for both of us in saying we’re glad that the first one is under our belts. The reason we posted about our involvement so close to the date is because we didn’t find out until about 2 weeks beforehand that we’d been accepted! For most of early November we’d been holding off on any serious production because we knew that would leave us with too much inventory, so it became a bit of a scramble there near the end.

But, we were able to pull off quite a bit of inventory (almost too much, I’d say, our tables were overflowing), a very nice looking “booth”, and had fun in the process.

Each vendor was given an 8’x5′ floor space and one long table. Instead of sitting behind the table, we created an “L” shaped booth to welcome people into the space. We hunted around our house and collected crates, wood bins, and vintage clipboards to use in a cohesive wood-themed display. Add in some vintage table linens, and we were pretty much well set.

In addition to some of the goods we’ve been selling on etsy for quite awhile, namely painted vintage frame jewelry hangers, upcycled yarn wreaths, soy candles, and Christmas ornaments, we came up with some new creations. I’ve been experimenting with some nautical braid rope bracelets, accented with vintage fabric. We made some vintage mug pin cushions, which are great because they don’t roll around while you’re sewing fast and shoving pins back in them. D crafted some beautiful felt bow pins, and we had a plethora of felt and pom pom headbands.

Wreaths, bracelets, and jewelry hangers were the big sellers. Unfortunately we weren’t able to move many candles as we’d hoped. With postage costs going up, these have been hard to move over on etsy (I can’t blame folks for not wanting to pay more in shipping than for the item!), so we’re trying to move them at in-person sales venues. But, you never know they might go fast next time.

I think we’ve definitely worked out the kinks for next time, and we know a little bit better what kind of quantities to bring (which should prevent the late nights we suffered this time!) but hey, you live and learn! It was fun to be able to meet the other vendors on the  night before when we got to decorate the community center with twinkle lights and garland, and we got some good neighborhood exposure. We also found out that they went from 10 vendors last year to 20 this year, so probably the word of mouth will spread even more for next year. I don’t think we’ll turn into the type of folks who do this every weekend (we do have full time jobs after all), but we did well enough to be encouraged for next time.

On a related note, stay tuned over at Oh, Hello Friend for Dani’s Craft Show 101 guide soon to be released. She has adorable booths and does craft shows all the time in the LA area, so I can’t wait  see what advice she has to offer.