Retro Themed Melamine Dinnerware for the Modern Home

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Melamine TV Trays from Target - Photo by Rebecca D. Dillon
I was in Target yesterday when I happened across some of the coolest TV trays ever. Since Scott and I don’t really have any sort of living room tray to use for our place, I bought one of each. I purchased the TV Melamine Tray for myself and the Record Player Melamine Tray for Scott. Both are available at Target stores for $9.99 each.
Retro TV Melamine Tray - Photo by Rebecca D. Dillon
These fun retro themed trays are not only functional, but they are fun to look at and are a great conversation piece at parties! And, because they’re made out of melamine – the popular plastic of the 50s for dishware – they are microwave and dishwasher safe. Plus they stand up to quite a bit of abuse making them less likely to break if dropped.
I also picked up two sets of plates from this collection. Two plates in a Chevron pattern and two plates in red. The bottoms are ridged for easy stacking and compact storage. The plates run just under $2 each. They were also perfect since my 50s vintage plates don’t fare well in the microwave. However, there’s no need to stop there! If you’re looking for even more fun to add to this collection, be sure to check out Target online.
Cool retro melamine dishware from Target
Target online offers Chevron Appetizer plates, Triangle Record Appetizer plates, Camera Appetizer plates, and a 3 Melamine Cassette Tape Bamboo Tray. There’s also a lot of cool glassware including a set of 8 Black and White Cassette Tape Tumblers. You can view all of the fun, retro themed pieces from this collection at Target online.
Which one is your favorite?

Handmade Spring and Summer Fashion Color Trends – From Accessories to Home Decor

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The Pantone Color Institute® is THE trendsetter for fashion and home decor color trends. Touted as the global authority on color, here are the colors that Pantone says will be hot for the spring and summer of 2012.
The colors for this season include: Tangerine Tango, Solar Power, Bellflower, Cabaret, Sodalite Blue, Cabaret, Sweet Lilac, Margarita, Cockatoo, Driftwood and Starfish. To read more on these exciting colors and how to pair them, be sure to read the Pantone Color Fashion Report.
Looking for some great, handmade summer accessories that utilize these great color combinations? Here are just a few of my favorite summer accessories that are sure to take your traditional store bought wardrobe and make it pop!
Clockwise from top left: 6″ Fabby Purse handmade by Oh Sweet Bag Of Mine (UK), Seashell Bracelet handmade by Amra Designs (USA), The Big Cool Bag handmade by My Lovely Sunshine (Israel), Orange Ceramic Fashion Jewelry Ring handmade by Azulado (Portugal).
But don’t just decorate yourself with these fun new colors, bring them into your home as well! Here is a just a sample of my favorite, handmade housewares and home decor items that boast Pantone’s spring and summer color trends for 2012.
What are your favorite Pantone colors for Spring and Summer of 2012?

Customize Your Handmade Soaps, Lotions and Potions with Free Printable Labels

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What’s more fun than making your own bath and body products? Why labeling them, of course! Even if you haven’t quite mastered the skill of handcrafting your own handmade soaps, lotions and potions, you can still give store bought products your own special touch for gifting them on holidays and special occasions. Customizing your products and gifts is as simple as packaging them in a special way. Whether by wrapping them uniquely or just adding pretty labels! Following are a few free printable labels perfect for your apothecary bottles, handmade soaps and lotions.

D.I.Y. Vintage Apothecary Bottle Labels from Eat Drink Chic

These free printable, vintage apothecary labels from Eat Drink Chic are great for labeling bottles with or without product and giving them a retro look.

Bottle Labels for your Apothecary Products from

These fun printable apothecary bottle labels available for free download from were designed by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made Blog. They are available in a colored version (pictured above) and in cream only. Even better, the downloads allow you to change the font size, type and color as well as create your own custom text. This makes these labels perfect for customizing for wedding or party favors or marking a special holiday.

Printable Vintage Labels from Miss CutiePie

I’m also a fan of these round, vintage style printable labels from Miss CutiePie. They’re perfect for labeling bottles, packages and round soaps.

For more links to free printable labels, visit my Printables Board on Pinterest.

Aqua Kitchen Craft Projects

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There’s just something about blue that I love. When I had my own house before the divorce, I made over every room in the place. The kitchen was probably the toughest. My ex-husband and I laid tile over the existing countertops, we painted all of the cabinets and gave them new hardware, we eventually had to replace all of the appliances and the sink, and my ex put down a laminate tile floor.
I also painted over the absolutely horrid wood paneling with a pale, pale lavender paint that was so light it almost looked white. The theme, however, was that retro 50s robin’s egg blue and a dark brown. I even painted the ceiling the same color as the pale blue kitchen cabinets. And I purchased retro 50s atomic dinner plates to go above the cabinet space.

While I no longer have my lovely kitchen, I haven’t lost my taste for retro shades of blue. One of those shades being aqua. So when I ran across this lovely aqua and red themed kitchen (above) featured on Kitchenisms, I was in heaven. (I highly encourage you to visit Kitchenisms in order to view photos of every inch of this marvelous kitchen.) But even the most perfect, colorful kitchen needs a few personal touches. So if you’re thinking of repainting your cooking space, consider the following craft projects to add a handmade touch. They’re not just pretty to look at, but functional too!

This bunting tea towel from A Scrappy Project adds just the perfect touch. Make several and keep them in daily use. It’s pretty enough to leave out for quick hand drying and clean ups and has beautiful aqua patterned fabrics for the bunting that make it a perfect match for an aqua themed kitchen!
Every kitchen needs a clock! I particularly love this diy clock from Landee see, Landee do. Not only is it painted aqua – of course you can make it any color you like – but it’s personalized with photos of family members. Since the kitchen is not traditionally a place you would see family photographs, I think this unique concept makes it extra special. Now, every time you glance at the clock to check the time, you’re reminded of those you love! (Or that you’re late picking up the kids from school. Wink.)
What about you? What are your favorite colors for kitchens and what color is your kitchen now?

A little creative break.

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I was browsing blogs yesterday when I stumbled across this amazing little project for creating your own mid century clock magnets. I fell in love with these little beauties right off the bat!
This crafty diy tutorial was created by Jessica over at How About Orange Blog. She gives full instructions on making these little delights for your fridge and even provides a downloadable pdf file of the clock graphics she made. The tutorial for this project is located on How About Orange here.
Need to write down that recipe your Aunt Anne gave you at the Fourth of July picnic? Volume 25 has a cute little recipe card you can print onto card stock to add to your recipe file. There no need to use an index card when something this cute is just hanging around! Download the card here.
Too much time on your hands this summer? Well, really, there’s no need. Not with a book like Show Me How available for sale. Show Me How is an illustrated encyclopedia of 500 things you should know with instructions on how to do them all. You can purchase this book for $24.95 from The Curiosity Shoppe.