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Vintage Demystified

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I’ve been thinking a lot about vintage and what obstacles there might be for someone “new to the game” that could keep them from including vintage in their home.  I’m hoping through these journal posts and the pics posted on Posy’s Instagram account, I can show you the accessibility of vintage decor.  Common questions I get from Posy customers include “does it smell” and “is it soft?”  Posy’s mission is to sell vintage goods that are truly useful and/or add some personalized history to your home…minus the mildew, stale scents & sticky goo. My goal is for you to take your Posy treasure home from a market or have it delivered to your door, ready to go!

The whole point of buying vintage from a dealer, in my opinion, is that they’ve done the tough work…the finding, inspecting, cleaning, repairing, etc. and all you have to do is decide where to put it in your space!  I like a good patina, and I want my vintage to look like vintage, but I also don’t want to have to get a tetanus shot.  And I don’t want you to walk away from an amazing find because it’s so dirty you don’t even want to touch it.  What’s the point of that?!

Tools of my trade include the wonderful Goo Gone, steel wool, leather wipes, Method’s almond wood polish, a toothbrush, tons and tons of rags, a mouse sander, vinegar, baking soda, microfiber cloths and the Clorox bleach pen. I love seeing a good transformation and could gaze at before-and-after’s all day! Luckily, the pieces I’ve been finding lately, have only required a little elbow grease.  If there’s a vintage piece you already own and don’t know how to care for it or clean it up, let me know and hopefully I can help or point you in the right direction!  I recently discovered, thanks to Instagram, that you can use ketchup to remove tarnish from brass. Amazing!

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Vintage Linens

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Vintage linens are one of my favorite items to collect and something, in my opinion, that’s a sure fire way to bring instant vintage charm to your home. The quality and detail of the needlework always strikes me and the quirky patterns and images are just plain fun.  I love embroidered pillow cases best and have worn many a pair down, because I believe in actually using them and not keeping them hidden away for special occasions.  I’ve found that a more gentle wash keeps them lasting longer.  Clorox’s bleach pen has been a saving grace, particularly with stains on tablecloths, as you can be precise with your treatment and it doesn’t affect the surrounding areas and colors.  I like to show the beautiful wood on my kitchen table, so runners are a sweet way to add a little texture without covering up the whole thing.  And you can think outside the box with vintage linens…I turned a large embroidered piece into a wall hanging with the help of a couple of wooden dowels and bakers twine.  Vintage linens also make a wonderfully thoughtful and personal gift for a new bride, Mother’s Day present, hostess or friend.  Personally, I’ve been collecting for many, many years and have gotten quite the stash built up. In an effort to focus on the pieces I really use and clear out some space in our small home, I’m finally cracking open the vault and sharing my collection with Posy customers! New pieces are being added to the shop weekly.

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Felt Ball Garland Tutorial

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A felt ball garland is such a fun and bright way to add a splash of color and festivity to your holiday decor…or to any space year round! In case you’re interested in making one on your own, here’s a quick tutorial to show you how: ‘

First, get a strong needle with a bigger eye for lacing yarn or even baker’s twine, your felt balls (my garland uses 50 balls) and a length of yarn (I use just over 10 feet of yarn to get a 9 foot garland) and poke through the center of your felt ball.

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Move the ball to toward the end of your yarn, leaving a tail to hang the garland from (I prefer about 6″ of tail at each end).

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Now, we want to knot the yarn so that the ball doesn’t move and once the garland is complete, so they won’t all become a tangled mess. Put your needle through a smidge of the ball right in front of where your previous yarn exited (the opposite side of the end tail).

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This will create a loop, which I like to hold with my thumb.

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You’ll then put the needle through the loop completing the knot.

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Give yourself some space, I usually do about 1 3/4″-2″ before adding the next ball.  Continue adding balls until you’ve reached your desired length.  Be sure to leave another tail, the same length as the first, for hanging.

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My favorite part of the process is picking colors! Whether you go the random rainbow route, or stick with a sublime pattern, it’s a fun and creative craft that I hope you’ll enjoy!

 

pillows

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i blame it on my gemini nature, but i like to change things up from time to time (or a lot…depending on who you ask in our house!).  pillows are just the thing for bringing some new life to a cozy spot!

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Below: Love Garima Dhawan’s colorful pillow covers! The top left was given to me for a Christmas gift and it is one of my favorites ever! (She also happens to be an incredibly nice person.)

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