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A little birdie told me… it’s nearly Christmas!

large-two-birdies It is half way through November but this year I am determined to get organised and get my Christmas shopping out of the way before the last weekend! This year I have decided I would like to support smaller individual boutiques and businesses and try and buy mostly unique, perhaps even handmade, Christmas presents.

One such store that I am a big fan of is Two Little Birdies, purveyors of lovely stuff old and new for the modern vintage home. An inspiring online emporium filled with home décor and lifestyle accessories. It is the kind of shop that I would have, had I my own shop… full of gorgeous inspired, crafty, cute, funky, quirky bits and bobs.

I’ve picked out my Christmas favourites, one to ten in the hope that Santa is reading ;)

One – Paper Baubles – £3.95 – The artist in me is obsessed with all things paper made, including these beautiful cream paper baubles. A must have for a simple nordic inspired Christmas.

Two – Kiko Brass Frames – £11.95 – I love the fact that you can display all kind of treasures in these frames. Inspired!

Three – Deer wrapping paper – £2.50 – I will never, ever get tired of you deer! I love everything deer inspired, including this wonderful paper. Love the simple, muted colouring.

Four – Very special notebook – £6.50 – Because we all need a very special notebook. Yes even I need another notebook to add to my collection ;)

Five – Scandi gift tags – £3.50 – There is no getting away from it, Scandi is the way forward this Christmas, luckily I love it!

Six – Alphabet Rubber stamps – £20.00 – So handy for all crafters out there. I would love to use this to make my Xmas labels this year… may need to invest in one of these now then!

Seven – French vintage washi tape – £12.00 – Such lovely colours and designs. Amazing how such a little thing like washi tape can make me smile so much!

Eight – Gorgeous box set of Xmas cards – £12.50 – Designed by Katie Leamon, I love the line illustrations and cute sentiments behind these original Xmas cards.

Nine – Red stripe ribbon – £6.00 – Gorgeous, classic red striped ribbon. Just lovely.

Ten – Stag print – £10.00 – Ha, I just love this quirky deer character! Would add a lovely bit of vintage charm and a lot of humour to my room :)

Luckily for you the generous team at Two Little Birdies have offered me a giveaway to share with you all!

All you need to do is leave me a comment and let me know which present (from my top 10) you’d like to receive in your stocking and why and your Christmas wish could come true! We will be picking a winner and one runner up (chosen at random from the rafflecopter) to receive their favourite item. Good luck!

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The very best ideas of what to do with vintage buttons

Image source: Ruby Tuesday

I’ve opted for quality over quantity here. As you well know, you can find millions of craft ideas to do with vintage buttons. I have a jar, similar to the one above, full of vintage buttons and I still have not done anything with them. The reason for this I don’t actually like a lot of button crafts. To me they often look tacky and a little twee and yet the strangest thing is, vintage buttons are absolutely beautiful!

So I’ve carefully selected some wonderful ideas of what to do with your vintage buttons to craft them into something stylish, homemade and not one bit twee. Who knows I may open the jar after all!

Place name holders by Martha Stewart

Button place name holders

Take inspiration from Martha Stewart and create your very own place name holders by sewing two vintage buttons together to create a holder for your name card. This creates a lovely, quirky, vintage look and feel for your table setting. I love the fact that all the buttons are different but that they have opted for the same colour. The fact that they have selected a muted shade for the card and written the names in beautiful calligraphy makes for a classic, elegant look, perfect for a wedding or summer party. I could even imagine these as part of a lovely table setting at Christmas.

Vintage button star – featured on Fiona & Twig

A vintage button star

How lovely is this little star? I love the fact that they have used different tones of white buttons, it is such a simple thing yet so charming. Unfortunately there is no craft tutorial on the above website but I will look into putting one together to share with you all as I’d quite like a lovely little star of my own, maybe even for the top of the tree!

Vintage button bobby pins by Craft and Creativity

Vintage button bobby pins

Create gorgeous, original hair accessories for you and your little girl! Craft and Creativity show us how it is done in the tutorial above, sooo easy and so pretty! I love the choice of colours for the little girls hair. You could always use some gorgeous vintage leather buttons to give it a grown up, Autumal twist.

Vintage button magnets by Shugabee Lane

Vintage button magnets

How about creating your own magnets? Super cute and oh so easy to make. Pick up some small magnets from your local craft store and attach the vintage button on with a glue gun or super glue. Hey presto, orginal vintage magnets! If you aren’t feeling so crafty you could always pick up some lovely examples from Shugabee Lane on Etsy.