Black Friday Silhouette Portrait Giveaway!

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Happy Friday, everyone! And what a great Friday this is! Did you catch yesterday's post on Holiday Gifts for Giving Back? If not, be sure to check it out - you really can make a difference in someone's life this holiday season :)

Now onto today's great news - we're participating in our first ever giveaway!

Along with Cat from The Rustic Willow, Eric and I and 11 other bloggers have come together to give away one Silhouette Portrait from our friends at Silhouette America! Seriously guys? We are SO excited for this opportunity!

Let me introduce you to the other lovely bloggers participating!

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Be sure to head on over to the other blogs to say hello!

What is a Silhouette? Glad you asked! It's a fantastic cutting machine that lets you create so many of the beautiful signs and projects you may have seen on Pinterest or other social media sites. It cuts lots of materials, including card stock, fabric, heat transfer material, transparencies, paper, vellum, adhesive vinyl, and even magnet paper. If you like to scrapbook, make stencils and signs, create custom t-shirts, or do just about any other type of crafting, you'll want to get in on this giveaway!

Portrait angleAnd now you have the chance to win one of your very own! 

Actually, you have 39 chances!

And guess what? You'll have a chance to win yours right before Silhouette's huge Black Friday sale. Head to Silhouette America on Black Friday (especially if you already have a Silhouette) to check out their amazing deals.

Here's how to enter: 

Enter below via Rafflecopter by following all of the participating blogs on three social media platforms each. For each social media you follow for each blog, you earn one entry into the drawing. You'll get up to 39 entries in the giveaway - those are pretty great odds, don't you think? :) 

The winner will be announced on Black Friday, November 28, at 8AM Eastern Standard Time. 

Best of luck, friends!

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Holiday Gifts for Giving Back

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One year around Christmas time when I was in college, I decided that there wasn't a single thing I wanted or needed. Crazy, huh? But it was true! I had more than enough mac and cheese in my dorm room, and my closet was full of sweatshirts and jeans to wear to class.

Instead of asking for gifts, I told my family and friends to make a charitable donation with the money they would have spent on me. I guess I wasn't terribly clear about where or how to donate though, because they all ended up getting me presents anyway.

If you're like me and can't seem to get started on your holiday wish list, want to add a new Christmas tradition to your family's celebrations, or just want to do a little something extra for someone in need, here's a list of ideas for gifts for giving back this year!

Holiday Gifts For Giving Back | Anastasia Vintage
All of these charitable organizations allow you to purchase practical gifts for individuals or families in need, both here in the U.S. and overseas. Some ofter gifts like goats, pigs, and other livestock to provide a source of nutrition and income. Others also offer really creative ideas like sign language dictionaries, educational toys and books for preschoolers, and training for aspiring entrepreneurs. It's a great way to support worthwhile causes, and takes about as much time as you might spend reading this post :) Check out the links below to see what I mean!

I should also mention that we are not receiving any form of compensation or sponsorship for this post. It is solely meant to share information about something we care about.

What are some of your favorite ways to give back during the holidays? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Speaking of giving, DON'T FORGET to visit us tomorrow for some BIG news! You won't be disappointed!!

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Antique Piano Book Printable

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Happy Friday, all!

I'm not sure there's anyone in the world who doesn't like music. In our home, it plays a huge role. We both began playing instruments as kids and have been involved in music at our church for years.

Free Antique Piano Book Printable | Anastasia Vintage

Today's printable is brought to you from an absolutely gorgeous antique piano book, published in 1886. The graphics on the cover and inside of the book are so lovely, it really was a tough choice to pick one for the printable. This image is from the cover page.

antique music book free printable

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What's your favorite kind of music? Do you play any instruments? Tell us all about it! And don't forget to share with us the projects you create with this printable for a chance to be featured on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram pages!

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Repurposed Vintage Kitchen Tools Into Farmhouse Decor

Here's something you should know about me: I love food. I love cooking it, eating it, and watching shows about it. So it comes as no surprise to me that when looking for new design inspiration, I tend to gravitate towards kitchen and food-related items. They are some of my favorite items to repurpose, especially when they are too rusted or otherwise degraded to use for their original purpose.

Here are two ideas for repurposing vintage kitchen tools into decor with loads of farmhouse appeal!

Repurposed Vintage Kitchen Tools To Farmhouse Decor | Anastasia Vintage

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There is something so neat about vintage colanders, don't you think? I was pretty stoked when I found these. As much as I wanted to make lamps with them, I don't have the skills...yet (see #86). So I searched for an embarrassingly long time until I found the perfect component to create something else with them.

vintage colanders candlestick

All the colanders really needed was a bit of cleaning. I thought the blue on the candlestick was a bit dark, so I gave it some whitewashing/dry brushing with some leftover DIY chalk paint to shabby them up a bit. My technique basically consisted of applying the paint, then wiping with a wet paper towel until I liked the look :)

Then, I flipped the candlestick upside down (it fit better that way), and put all of the pieces together to make a tiered stand. Easy, right? I just love it all dressed up for the holidays!

repurposed vintage colander topiary stand

The next project took a bit more work, but was just as much fun. Remember our vintage postcard printable from a few weeks ago? Well, that wasn't the only thing I bought at that church flea market. Not by a long shot :) I also found an awesome antique flour sifter, and immediately thought of another repurposing project - a wall sconce!

But first, to build the stand. I picked up a fence picket from the hardware store and had them cut it down to size. Since I knew I wanted to do quite a bit of distressing, I added some strategically placed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue.

ASCP Louis Blue

Here's a tip: Two-color distressing is a really easy way to add interest to a painted piece! Just choose a color for your base coat - do a full coat, or paint spots of color where you know you'd like to distress (like I did). Then add one or two coats of your top color. When you're ready to distress your piece, try sanding down to the base color in some spots, and down to the wood in others! Taking photos after the base coat can help you remember where to distress.

For the main paint color, I used ASCP Emperor's Silk with a touch of Graphite to take the brightness down a bit.

This project was my first time trying wet distressing. I have to admit, I got kind of impatient with it fairly quickly, and reverted to my trusty 180 grit sandpaper :) The pieces then got two coats of wax (click here for great tips on using wax).

distressing chalk paint

After attaching the pieces of wood together, I added screw eyes, twine, and of course, the sifter. A little glass insert fit perfectly and turned the sifter in to a perfect holder for candles or flowers!

repurposed rustic flour sifter wall sconce

repurposed rustic flour sifter wall sconce

I am just loving the rustic feel of these pieces!

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Vintage Ornate Blossom Printable

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Happy Friday everyone! It seems like everywhere I look these days, holiday decor and DIY ideas are popping up all over the place. I don't know about you, but I like to give Thanksgiving its due before diving right into Christmas, you know?

free vintage ornate blossom printable

I almost decided on a holiday/winter image this week, but instead, today's printable is a lovely ornamental foliage design from a turn of the century magazine. It's perfect for fall and winter decor, furniture transfers - the only limit is your imagination!

free ornate vintage blossom printable

Image courtesy of The Old Design Shop

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Have a fantastic weekend!!

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