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That Gypsy Soul… and the future of Howd.i.y.

hi friends! i know it’s been a bit quiet here on Howd.i.y. over the past few months (my apologies!). i’ve been working hard to launch a new blog + Etsy Shop specializing in vintage US souvenirs (+ some worldwide) and other rustic, kitschy items, as well as some handmade. i encourage you to check out That Gypsy Soul!

thanks so much for all your support over the past few years… i soooo appreciate it! because my readers are so awesome and you’ve helped make this blog something special. i’m happy to offer 10% off items in the Etsy shop – just use code HOWDIY10.

ps, I want to keep Howd.i.y. alive in some shape, just figuring out the best plan of attack for that! the new blog will also have a bit of DIY here and there.

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christmas vacation reading.

i thought i’d share a couple of my most recent book acquisitions: junk genius by juliette goggin and stacy sirk + homemade gifts vintage style by sarah moore. (i also had to include in the photo this really cute little felt owl pin cushion which was handcrafted here in adelaide by fleecidesigns).

i plan to curl up on the couch this afternoon with these reads and start bookmarking some fun projects for the house, gift-giving and to share here on the blog. anyone read or completed projects from these books?!

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vintage book gift tags (for christmas!)

the past week home in the u.s. has been amazing.

nothing compares to this time of year in the midwest. the cool temperatures and endless community spirit are infectious (infectious in a very good way). it’s going to be hard to head home to the warmth, but knowing that a smiling man with a big mustache (full fledged movember) is waiting for me in oz – makes the trip back to australia a welcome one.

in typical american tradition, my mom and i put up the tree and household decor this past weekend (anything prior to thanksgiving would be a sin). now that the tree and decorations are up, the wrapping can begin.

last year i bought some great handmade tags and bows on etsy, and this year i decided to make my own. i knew that i wanted to incorporate a little recycling + a bit of nostalgia, so i went looking on ebay for supplies. i picked up a few little golden book christmas stories. 2 of the 4 books i purchased i actually had as a child (twas the night before christmas and the biggest most beautiful christmas tree). since i’d already decided on kraft wrapping paper, vintage inspired ribbon and christmas rice tape for the packaging – the books were purchased to make some nostalgic gift giving tags. using the book pages paired with a few supplies (including some super cute stamps from michael’s $1 section), i whipped up these little creations.

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my handmade vintage children’s book christmas gift tags

make your own vintage book tags this christmas (or for any upcoming holiday)…

what you’ll need: scissors, hole punch, self sticking hole reinforcements, glue stick, cardstock and books that you are happy to repurpose – optional: stamps & stamp pad

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supplies you’ll need to make vintage book gift tags this christmas


book page paper hearts


paper hearts made from pages of a used book

well, my friends, i realize that it’s been nearly 3 months since i tied the knot and i’ve yet to share any real projects or photos with you all. my apologies!

let’s kick it off with this one… paper hearts made from the pages of a used book.

our wedding combined elements of vintage + rustic – and among other random things, travel + library decor. to play up the library theme we incorporated a lot of books, accessories + diy. i experimented a bit with various paper projects, but finally settled on this little gem. it’s super easy and they look pretty cute. my mom and i made around 100 of these one evening (over wine + tv).  while you can easily string the hearts to make garland, we opted to scatter them around in some wire baskets. (see below for a photo of the hearts in use at our wedding!)

what you’ll need: an old book, scissors, a stapler

how to create your hearts:
1) rip the pages from the book
2) cut each page into 1 inch strips
3) take 4 strips of the paper, stack them on top of each other and staple them together at one end
4) take the other ends, holding 2 with one hand and 2 with the other
5) bend them backwards to form a heart shape touching the loose ends to the stapled end
6) pull the inside strips down a bit to create a smaller heart inside the bigger one
7) cut off any excess paper
8) staple the loose ends to the already stapled end
9) … and the hearts are ready for display!


the paper hearts on display at our wedding in august!

wedding bells.

well well well… it might appear that i’ve been less than crafty the past few months – though actually it’s quite the opposite. while i admit i’ve been less than a stellar blogger, i’ve been keeping busy planning an array of projects. as of today, i’m just 3 weeks out from my biggest craft project of all…  my wedding!

in a few days i’ll head back to the US in preparation for the big day. my mother’s closets are overflowing with etsy, ebay and thrift store purchases. you see, our wedding is a handmade affair.

a sustainable engagement ring from utopian creations, wedding invitations made by shopbellsandwhistles, a custom dress designed by ktjean, decor from thelonelyheart and ElizabethSt (among many others), photobooth props from WhiskerWorks and the list goes on and on… these touches mixed with vintage mason jars, wooden fruit crates, farm fresh flowers, locally sourced eats by antique kitchen and a bar full of craft beer – all will help make this day something that truly represents who we are through a million personal little touches.

so00000 – though i’ve been quiet, please know that i’m keeping busy and in a few weeks i’ll have lots of crafty goodness to share!

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