Tuesday, January 19, 2010

~ Stocking the shelves ~

Well I finally got my Etsy store started, and what a fun place it is in Etsy land! I was inspired by so many people who have such beautiful little shops , to finally start my own. Mind you , it's pretty small right now, but I plan on stocking the shelves with more Vintage pretties and handcrafted items this month. I had so much fun making things for people in the past and I think I've come up with a few ideas I hope you'll enjoy. I have access to so many vintage fabrics and antique finds, that I figured the best items for me to stock are the ones that combine them both :) I hope you enjoy! With the holidays behind us and Spring on it's way ( ok it's taking it's sweet time, lol ) I can focus on finding some craft time with much more ease.

The frame above is featured in the shop and has Vintage fabric and embellishments taken from vintage goods. It's white washed over a pretty silver colored frame. And it's perfectly happy sitting on a shelf reminding us each day to live life to the fullest. ( update: The items in this post are all sold , but more coming soon!)

The Frame below is covered in vintage 1950 inspired pink gingham. Then inside is a recipe from the 1950's Pillsbury Cookbook, complete with ingredients and the cooking method is featured on the back of the frame. I've also embellished it with vintage inspired decals and hand painted cherries. I plan on making these some of my featured items in the Etsy shop :) I picture a collection of them for someones kitchen shelves or they can be displayed alone too!

I have access to a lot of fabric and I've been collecting vintage cookbooks for a long time, so if you're looking for me these pre-Spring days, lol, I'm sitting in my studio pouring over cookbooks and getting inspired for new designs in-between doing Design consultations too! My head is over flowing with ideas ! :)

I've listed this 1920's Home Keeping manual too ( By Good Housekeeping ), it's a rare find, and once you sit down to read it, you'll feel a connection with the women of a long ago era, and what amazed me, is we really are not that much different today. Most of the ideas in the book still hold true today! But reading the authors thoughts and tips and daily schedules in the 1920's was a pure treat!

Here's a little peek inside :)

I have always adored Vintage Pyrex, so that will be something I'll keep on the lookout for too, I'd love to stock the shelves with the Vintage pinks, reds, and blues and creamy yellows. For now I have a few Pyrex items, and I'm hoping to find many more for anyone who has the same obsession as me :) The refrigerator containers below are in perfect like new condition and such a pretty color too! It's been so much fun starting the shop, properly named : Cynthia's Cottage Shop ( very original, lol, don't cha think? )and I hope it'll be a place you'll stop into often and find things you've been looking for! I've also put an Etsy widget on my side bar so you can find it easily too and see updates when they come in...

I want to Thank everyone who has stopped by here ( new friends and old! ) who have given me encouragement and such wonderful comments and thoughts! You all mean so much to me and I'm grateful for such a fantastic group of ladies and friends!

Wishing you a great week ahead and many blessings!

Love you all!

~ Cynthia ~ XO


Carol said...

Good luck with your Etsy items! I look forward to checking it out!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh Cynthia...I am so excited for you!!! Good luck with your new adventure!!!

I am off to visit your shop!!!


The Tablescaper said...

Good luck with your new venture.

- The Tablescaper

Bird said...

Gorgeous stuff again Cynthia!! Congratulations on the shop!!! I'm decorating at the mo, so I'll pop by later.

Your style is rubbing off on me...Go check out my new kitchen accessories:


Not quite cottage-chic, but just a "touch" of red gingham... :)

EnchantedBella said...

Welcom to ETSY your shop and blog are wonderful. Wish you the best of luck.


Elyse said...

go, cynthia!!!

your shop will be a success, for sure! love all of your sweet items and am off to visit your shop!


stefanie said...

good luck...everything is gorgeous!!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I cannot help but think your Etsy shop will be a great success. Your eye for design, color and beauty will be the needed ingredients for success in this area. I look forward to seeing all that you have to offer. You are one very talented lady.

morninglorycottage said...

These are just lovely. You've done such a terrific job. I was at Road to California quilt show this weekend where Susan Branch had a booth. Your style just reminded so much of her darling booth.

Julie Harward said...


Unknown said...

Hi Cynthia! I love the little silver frame. I think I'll head over to your etsy shop to see your cute items. I wish you good luck with it!


The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Congratulations on your Etsy! It's looking good and I'm looking forward to seeing all your cute cottagey things in it.


Anonymous said...

Cynthia, congratulations on your new etsy shop, i know it will be fantastic with all your beautiful cottage treats...Kathy


How exciting Cynthia and I'm sending good luck wishes your
way (;

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How exciting...for all of us! I'm so glad you opened a shop. We all love your taste and style! Best wishes for success! ♥

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Congratulations Cynthia! I LOVE your shop...so much I bought a couple things! I love the Pyrex!


Tracy said...

Oh Cynthia, I remember my grandmother had those refigerator containers...I bet she still has them. Everything is so lovely. Good luck with your Etsy store. Can't wait to see all the pretty things you have there :)

aimee said...

congratulations on your new shop! i have a shop listed, but it is empty :( i hope to find time in the next few months to creat! i am sooooo happy for you. it is a beautiful shop.

Cheryl B. said...

Cynthia, I don't remember whether or not I've mentioned this to you before, if I have, please fast forward over this part (;-p) - our daughter-in-love's name is also Cynthia, she goes by Cyndi - and notice that she spells it the same way :-} It took me a bit to get use to this spelling, but she was worth it!! :->

I think what drew my attention to the little clear glass candy dish on the second shelf down, in the cupbord in the picture at the top of this posting, was the fact that I have two very similar ones. Similar in shape and size, but mine are pinkish/purpleish and blue in color. They came as wedding gifts 30 years ago this spring (where did that number come from?!!) and I still love them! Every spring they get put out.

The second thing I thought about that little dish, was that since it's in your kitchen, and since Valentines is coming, it ought to be filled with red and white M&M's :->

I have and use some of the small squareish covered pyrex 'bowls'. They make wonderful butter holders!!

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Congratulations on opening your Etsy store. You have already got some great items. It's somethin I have wanted to do ever since I figured out how th start a blog. Now to just find the time to do it. I also have vintage finds and have in mind a line of sewing projects. Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

Mahek said...


Felicia said...

Congrats on your new shop! It's looking great. Here is a link to some of my best Etsy advice in case you want to check it out: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6132780

GwendolynKay said...

Good luck with your Etsy store. I love the idea of a recipe in a frame.

Kathleen Grace said...

Congratulations on your new shop! I love my etsy and I think you will love yours. It's an easy way to sell and a really fun and no pressure hobby:>) I love those blue refridgerator dishes!

Michelle said...

Congratulations, Cynthia! Okay, I'm really scared to go to your Etsy shop...because I promised myself I wouldn't buy anything for the home until I got rid of stuff...but I'm afraid I may have to make an exception! I'm so happy for you and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Etsy. I buy my jewelry and homemade soaps and toiletries from Etsy. I try not to buy store bought soaps anymore...especially when you've got Etsy. Okay, holding my breath and heading over!!


Michelle :)

suzanne said...

what beautiful picture frames! Best of luck with Etsy!

Susan Freeman said...

I will be so happy to visit your new shop!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new shop! I look forward to watching it grow. I am new to your blog and find it so lovely. I am a new follower and look forward to so much more. ~Kelly

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