Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Tenderness is more powerful than hardness. Water is more powerful than the rock. Love is more powerful than violence."

-Hermann Hesse

Feeling Crafty? DIY Decorating/ Handmade Ideas- Fun, easy, and super-cute!

I have been pondering the idea of decorating for our homes, selves, kids, and gift-giving.  I love to make handmade items to give as gifts, as well as come up with new ideas. Here is a list of viable options for those times you desire something "new"! I do this a lot around my house.... I want a new pillow, a new picture hanging on my wall, a festive holiday decoration, some way to "upcycle" my old things... the list goes on and on! Here are some of my favorites:

• Upholstered headboard... Wood, fabric, batting, and only a few other "tools" are all you need to make this happen. For a great guide to how to do this, try this site, from beJane.
• Stencil "art" to paint on wall (I am doing this soon... Pics to follow!) For awesome stencil's, you can visit your local craft store, make them yourself using cardboard and an utility knife, or buy them online from (my favorite) Cutting Edge Stencils. Then, simply get paint, move your stencil to where you want it, and fill in with paint, being careful not to let it seep under the stencil! Quick, cheap, easy- gorgeous!
•  A new picture/photo for your wall... Edit using a free online program, like Picnik. *Fun idea- Zoom in on one particular spot, sephia (or whatever idea you desire) it, then have it sent in and mailed to your home through a photo site like Shutterfly or Snapfish (or, WalMart or Target, and go pick up in as little as an hour!). Then, replace your new photo (in whatever size you had wanted, also!) in an "old" frame, and wah-lah! Quick, personal, handcrafted art! If you don't have an old frame, you can pick up an inexpensive one at any mass fave- a "plain" wooden one from the craft section of Wal-Mart (who doesn't have a Wal-Mart?).... Spray paint it, cut a piece of nice paper (or grab a piece of "scrapbook" paper while you are in the craft section), cut it to size, and use it for matting!  Then fit your picture in, and bam!
• Drink wine? (In case you wonder...yes, yes I do :)) Keep you corks! Once you have a nice supply, display them in a tall, clear vase!  The bottles, though, are my favorite. When you finish a bottle, fill your sink with hot water, and submerge the bottle. Let the bottle sit in the sink until the water cools, then pull it out and the paper label of the wine bottle should peel off! (It may take a little work with some household cleaner and possibly a utility knife.) I love bottles with paper labels for this exact reason, as the clear, plastic-y labels are much harder- if not impossible- to get off. Once your label is all off... display your bottles! I have mine around my kitchen, but also love the look of placing them together (either by all sorts of shapes and colors mixed, or by choosing one color, and grouping), and in front of a window so the light shines through. Beautiful! (And, hey, if you drink a lot of wine, you can accumulate pretty quickly! I always seem to run out of wine bottles of my own for everything I want to use them for!)
• Crochet? Know someone who does? (*AHEM!!!*) Whip up- or, have them whip up- some crocheted flowers for you! Yarn is available in about whatever color your heart desires.... Then you simply glue or sew onto whatever you want that needs jazzed up or a new life! My favorite things to add flowers to are: throw pillows (cream pillows with cream or gold-ish yarn- amazing! Or, have a girls bedroom? These crochet flowers look amazing in shabby-chic baby rooms of light pink, to a pre-teen girls room of hot pink and lime green!); wine bottles (yes, add even MORE life to those bottles!)- tie or glue a flower to the top of the bottle... Instant glam; a sweater (mini flowers in a "spray" of them... looks custom- made. One large flower- use as a brooch!); A garland- use in a romantic bedroom, across a mirror, or from one corner of a bookcase to another. These all add instant "love" to yourself and your home!

Any more ideas you have? Let me know! I'll be posting pictures soon, and, please check Old Soul Charm, my etsy store, for lots of handmade and vintage finds for yourself and your home- and as great gifts!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DA-DA-Da-Dahhhhh!!!! (Yes, in the announcing-singing voice!) Welcome!

Welcome to my blog, Old Soul Charm for a Modern Life. My name is Heidi Lynn, and I am the owner of this blog, as well as my online store, Old Soul Charm. I love all things vintage-y.... be it old antiques with a rich history of nostalgia, pretty new findings that have the look of a classic time-worn piece, handmade goods (like my favorite, crocheting), or new-old combination of items that are upcycled. I've always dreamed...literally DREAMED...of starting my own business, and I feel very fortunate that I am able to do so!

I am an Iowa girl (go Hawkeye's!), currently residing in SW Missouri. I have my BA in Human Resource Management and Business, as well as my MBA. My passions are thrifting (which I do for hours, whenever I can), cooking (I'm a natural!), crocheting (started when I was a child), reading (anything.... romance to business books to self-help to biographies), reality TV (I know, I know), learning about businesses (hence the MBA!), eating out (know a good place?- I want to visit!- tell me where!), digital scrap-booking (helloooo Shutterfly!), exploring/traveling (from small-towns to San Francisco.... I love it), and playing with my puppy, Bentley. 

I am starting my blog with the hopes of helping people... you! I truly love people being happy, and feeling invited into something. "What here?", you may ask? Well... a chance to have a look into the past, to try something new, to beautify your home, to enhance yourself, and, maybe, even just to smile! I love to talk to family, friends, and even strangers- about their experiences. About a year and a half ago, I moved from the Des Moines, IA metro, to Southwest Missouri... where I knew no one, with the exception of my boyfriend, Aaron. At that time, I would want to talk to my friends and family on a daily- sometimes hourly!- basis. I think it is important to have a place to go to develop, learn, and vent!

I will be blogging about YOUR lifestyle. The daily occurrences that happen to us all, as well as helpful tips on those things! If there is ever anything that you want more of from this blog- feel free to let me know, and I will do my best to accommodate that! I would love for you to be part of this blog! It is for YOU! I greatly encourage comments on posts... whether you agree or disagree on any topic! If you have anything else, feel free to contact me via email.

So... bookmark this blog, email to a friend/colleague, or add my RSS feed, and let’s get ready to GO at having Old Soul Charm in a Modern Life. And of course, I'd love getting your feedback on my posts, Old Soul Charm at Etsy, and this blog in general — and what you want to see discussed (and showcased) in the future.