Use it or lose it! How to incorporate vintage into your home.

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Use it or lose it… haha that sounds very hardcore, doesn’t it?  I’m not actually trying to be hardcore – but if you are at-all like me, you need a stern talking to every now and then… and if you have vintage treasures tucked away that aren’t seeing the light of day, then we are definitely twins! Raise your hand if you buy it because you like it and get it home meaning to do something with it… there are so many projects (in my head) and gorgeous vintage pieces out there – and I’m saying ENOUGH (for this post)! Well, not really enough vintage because – well that’s my jam but I am saying enough of tucking stuff away, of not using it and I am challenging myself to actually start doing something with the awesome vintage that I bring home!

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Creative Vintage Darlings

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I’m so excited and proud to officially introduce you to our Facebook group – Creative Vintage Darlings!  We are a community of vintage loving friends (AKA enablers – HA) – myself and my buddy,  Heather over at HOMETOHEATER.COM started this little FB group last year and have meet so many wonderful vintage loving friends since then (PEEPS just LIKE US)! haha who knew there were so many vintage lovers out there? 😉 If you’re looking for a group that will talk you out of that awesome vintage purchase(s) – we aren’t THAT type of group – we don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives! hahahaha

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BUT, if you are looking for a place to find like minded peeps to,  ohhhhh and ahhhh all over your new-to-you score, than we ARE your people – not to mention all of the excellent info – get help in identifying your score, find out what it’s worth and promote your vintage / etsy shops – we got it all! Heather and I are so happy to have the most amazing admin on board too, sweet, knowledgeable and so vintage-gifted! (that’s totally a thing) You can meet most of the team at the end of my post – we are getting together today to share and challenge ourselves to use our own vintage scores!   All of us we have a lot of stuff happening behind the scenes but we figured… since we all adore vintage so much why not share our combined knowledge and show you how we love to use vintage in our own homes.

Other ways to follow CVD’s team

If you’d like to stalk our communities’ vintage finds, vignettes, upcycles and obsessions,  you can also follow this hashtag on Instagram – #CreativeVintageDarlings  psstt – tag your stuff with this tag, we will find you and your awesome vintage! xo

And – we have a group Pinterest board… YEP, it’s our visual hoarding place so you are going to see so much yummy goodness there!

Our CVD Pinterest board here

Incorporate Vintage Into Your Home

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My thoughts exactly! I collect things I love and being able to use your vintage pieces in your home doesn’t have to be a complicated thing…  The Creative Vintage Darling’s  team is hoping to share and inspire you with what we’ve learned along the way – being avid collectors (doesn’t that have a lovely ring to it – better than avid hoarders – :D) and vintage lovers ourselves we are so excited to share that with you! You can see the team’s vintage goodies and how they are using them in their homes at the end of this post.

As for me, well I will be sharing a very simple way I use some of my vintage horde! I just shopped my home, like I did here.  Spoiler alert – I updated something from my stash with paint, now, back to this project…  

I love tins… a bit of a weakness actually (I know, I know – insert eye-roll here – I have a lot of vintage weaknesses). There is just something dreamy about the beautiful old graphics on a worn tin! I’ve displayed some beauties over the years and now most of my beautiful tins are tucked away – my kitchen doesn’t have an abundance of display area, unfortunately – huge bummer. Regardless – I have decided to use some of my favourite vintagey stuff more – with a little rethinking I’m now using some of my favourite tins as candles! I’ve made soy candles before – here – and I really love the way they burn, this time I’ve added a yummy maple smell, now I have my fave tin on display, using it every chance I can, it totally makes the house smell delish and cozy! YAY! 

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DIY Vintage Soy Candle(s)

It’s VERY simple to use a favourite vintage tin as a candle… this is how I made a soy candle with this old coffee tin (EASY @ FAST DIY). 

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Melt the wax (as per directions) using your favourite soy candle kit and flavour (I used soy flakes from Michael’s – flavour from Amazon) pictured above. I also decided to be very lazy and use the microwave! I’m sure I’m way behind in the realization that this makes it SO much easier and faster – but mind blown – haha it doesn’t take much, seriously! 

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  1. Wipe out your tin, I gave it a clean with soap and water and got rid of the extra rust – I left some because – lazy and easy. 
  2.  Dollop a bit of hot glue in the centre at the bottom of the tin.
  3. Place the metal wick holder into the hot glue. 
  4. Pour the melted wax into the tin – slowly.  (PS I filled all the vintage things with wax – yay) 

Let everything cool down and simply snip the wick as per the directions… roughly an inch long. 

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So easy, right? It took me no time at all, in fact it took me more time to clean up – I’m so messy! And of course I did a mini photo shoot too… let me know if you’ve made candles with your vintage favourites?! 

Vintage Vignettes

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Thank you so much for stopping in today, 

Laurie xo 

Now please go check out the Creative Vintage Darling’s team and see the very inspiring ways they use their vintage goodies! xo

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Let us know what you think of our vintage hop, what types of vintage posts you’d love to see and please pop on by the FB group and jump in on all of the conversations!

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  • Reply Lora Bloomquist April 14, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Love the saying, “Use it or lose it” when it comes to our vintage treasures, Laurie! I’ve never made my own candles, but now you’ve got me thinking about a couple old coffee and tea cans I’ve got laying around…hmmm.

    • Reply Laurie April 16, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Yes totally, you have to make some candles – it’s changed the way I use my favourite tins, they glow and smell amazing!

  • Reply Pam April 14, 2018 at 10:19 am

    That is such a great idea! I don’t know why I never thought of making my own candles. Love the idea of the maple smell too!

    • Reply Laurie April 16, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks Pam, they smell delicious and now my favourite tin glows! You totally should do it!

  • Reply Paula April 14, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I always love seeing the vintage vignettes that you create in your home. Using an old tin to hold a DIY candle is such a clever idea! The maple scent must make your home smell divine. I’m loving the inspiration that I’m getting from our first blog hop. Thank you for organizing it.

    • Reply Laurie April 16, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Paula! Thanks, I love vintage so much! haha I’m sure you can tell! That candle smells amazing, I love the glow our old tin now gives off. I’m so glad you were a part of our first hop – so much inspiration! xo

  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces April 14, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I love old coffee tins! The idea to use them for candles is wonderful! Your vignettes are beautiful, Laurie!
    The CVD facebook group has been so much fun and I’m loving the blog hop, too!

  • Reply karin chudy April 14, 2018 at 11:14 am

    OMG! A maple candle? I am a lover of all things maple..I might die and try to eat the candle if I had that in my house. (I really can’t be trusted around anything maple) But holy crap, you should make these and sell them. I would buy one in a heart beat! What a great idea!
    Now I want a maple cookie….or maple candy…or a maple fry..who knew a vintage post could make me so hungry 🙂
    Love it and pinning it!

  • Reply Heather April 14, 2018 at 11:39 am

    This. Is. Amazing. Honestly!!!!! That tin is darling (see what I did there?) and well you know how I feel about candles! The way you incorporate your items into your home always blows me away. So well done!

  • Reply Dannyelle @ Life is a Party April 16, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Laurie I love your candle. What a great way to add new life to a vintage treasure and the wood wick is so cool too. Great project.

  • Reply yuni April 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    I love your candle, laurie. Vintage really does add so much character and tells us a story rich with history. Keep finding those treasures, friend!

  • Reply Patti April 17, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Love this idea! Your candle is super cute and you can never have too many.

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