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30 August, 2009

Thrifty Treasures/Metamorphosis Monday...or...Vintage Tags and a Wine Storage Basket

monIt’s Monday again, so we get to display our thrifting finds and show how we spiffed them up into decorating treasures…at least, that’s what I hope I did! lol! I am doing a double post and hooking up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures and also with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday!


IMG_7861 I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t put down my new Pottery Barn catalog when I saw their displays of baskets! Unfortunately, they are waaaay out of my price range, so when my friend Linda at Nina’s Nest and I went Goodwill hunting, I was on the lookout for some nice, big baskets. I didn’t have to look long! I spotted this one almost immediately…and only $3.93! My little wheels were already turning, because I had also noticed that some of the PB baskets were sporting vintage tags!


IMG_7854So I decided to make my own frenchy version. Inspired by some wonderful frenchy coasters that I had won from Lisa at Livin’ Louisiana, I took out my trusty stamps and waterproof ink from Hobby Lobby and a few shipping tags from Staples.


IMG_7856 First, I removed the string because I didn’t want to get ink on it, and then I applied a frenchy script. This stamp is called Le London and I love it because it’s actually French and not a bunch of gobbledygook!


IMG_7857 Next, I added a fleur-de-lis on top of the script.


IMG_7858 Then I used a cooled tea bag from some freshly brewed tea and dabbed it liberally on the stamped tag. (If you do not have waterproof ink, stain the tag with tea first, let it dry and then stamp it.) This helps to give it an aged appearance. You can stain it as dark as you like. I had previously soaked the string in the tea and reattached it.


IMG_7866 And here is the finished product attached to my GW basket. Oh là là!! C’est magnifique, n’est-ce pas?


IMG_7847 Now, I just add a few bottles of wine for that really frenchy touch…


IMG_7844 ...et voilà! I have now added a place to store wine and added a little frenchy pizzazz to my baker’s rack. I think it approaches the look of the PB baskets at a tiny fraction of the cost. What do you think?


page In fact, the frenchifying has continued to several other items in the house! Did I tell you that the package had 100 tags in it? Hmmmmm…


IMG_7881 Merci for stopping by! Please join Rhoda and Susan to see more thrifty treasures and amazing transformations from our very clever fellow bloggers! See you next time! A la prochaine!

The management wishes to thank Isabella for being such a sport and agreeing to wear our vintage tag, if only for 10 seconds, after which it was ferociously attacked. We would also like to thank our friend Carol for her suggestions for this post!

68 comments:

  1. Debbie, the last photo has me giggling as I write my comment. You are so clever! Love your sense of humor, sweet friend. Your Frenchified tags are adorable. Love the idea! I'm going to look for a stamp like yours. Do you remember where you found it? And the archival ink pad. I need one of those too. Thanks for sharing this ingenuity! Very creative!
    Sarah

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  2. Oh Debbie, I love, love , love it. I think the basket is gorgeous and the tags are just wonderful. You are so clever. I think filling it with your wine is just the perfect accessory for the bottom shelf of your bakers rack. I think this is really super. I may need to put a tag on something. Your clever assistant today is so patient with you. So cute. Hugs, Marty

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  3. ROFL! I loved this post!! LOVE the tags!!

    And the last photo of your cat!! LOVE IT!

    Lou Cinda

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  4. If that picture isn't the cutest darn thing! Very creative!

    Hope you're enjoying your day,
    Bonnie

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  5. Your fabulous tag & GW basket make a grand combination!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  6. La queue du chat, Debbie, c'est vraiment adorable! Où trouves-tu tes idées? J'adore cette poste! Et moi, je veux copié les petites fiches. Un grand merci à Isabelle! Linda

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  7. Oh Debbie,you clever little french maiden. it looks so good. I love kitty's new look also, too cute. The tags are a great idea. Ooh lah lah, Hugs Kathysue

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  8. I do love those! So vintage and charming. I also love that pretty cat there! (Gorgeous feline)
    Brenda

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  9. Magnifique? That's my phonetic frenh-oakie-cali spelling of magnificent! I better just stick to English. It looks wonderful. LOVE the tags!
    Dawn

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  10. Oh Debbie, this is just "great"!! What a wonderful way to use these tags. I've used them in the shop on old suitcases and other vintage items, but had not thought of stamping them first. SO.. you know what I'll be doing this next week when I open.. Love that kitty has a tag as well...hugs ~lynne~

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  11. I love this. I can't believe Isabella let you do this, even for 10 seconds! Love the vintage look of the tags, they really came out well. And the basket is perfect on your baker's rack. But my favorite part is your "jolie chat" - did I say that right?? Hugs, Kat (or chatte haha)

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  12. Adorable! I'm with you I so want several of the items in the new PB catalog. But the prices... Please! You are so smart with your stamp.

    Did you see the French Wire candle sticks and baskets? I love them but something tells me I will find something very similar at Hobby Lobby.

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  13. Fantastic! I LOVE the look of the wine bottles in the basket! The tags are neat! And, that poor cat....hahaha!

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  14. those tags are so clever, and beautiful, but the cat with the tag has to be the cutest thing ever.

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  15. I absolutely love the tags. I've booked marked the page so I can come back and try to do make my own tags. Such a great idea.

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  16. Hi Debbie! How very thrifty and creative of you. I really like the basket idea for bottles of wine. Too funny with the label on the kitty, too! :0)

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  17. I love love love the tag! I actually went out and bought that script stamp after seeing the coasters (haven't used it yet though). The labeled kitty is too funny!

    Manuela

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  18. Beautiful tags! This is something I've been wanting to try.

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  19. I love that catalog too!

    Great thrifty treasure. I especially like that last photo;-).

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  20. I love those tags! I have that fleur-de-lis stamp, but now want to get the french script stamp. Great idea!

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  21. Absolutely love all things french. I love what you did with the stamps. Where did you get the stamps? You have given me inspiration. Marla

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  22. How clever you are! Great metamorphosis. Sally

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  23. Love the tags!

    The kitty is darling! :)

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  24. smart girl you are!!! I love the basket and I love the tags, too!!! Great job!

    Suzanne

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  25. Eek! I love the Frenchyfied tags, esp. on the cat! ;) I love the layering with the stamps...very pretty. Laughed about the "gobbledygook." :) Thanks for the visit!

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  26. I absolutely love your tags! Thanks so much for showing us how you made them! Love the tag on the kitty's tail! Enjoyed my visit!

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  27. How quiet did you have to be to sneak up on that cat for the last picture? It's was sooooo cute. I love the tags, great job and so creative.

    I looked for baskets this weekend as well, but alas...no luck.

    Please stop by and say hello.

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  28. You are just too creative! I love the little tags. They add so much charm and personality to everything...even the already sweet and charming Isabella.

    Actually, I can totally relate to you wanting to add tags to everything. I'm doing the same thing with that darn bead board wallpaper that Rhoda used on her cabinets. Nothing is safe or off limits from bead board wallpaper! My husband said, "It's a good thing I like bead board." LOL.

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  29. Very very clever! I'm copying that idea!! I don't have cat though!

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  30. I love, love, love those tags! Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing it. I may have to do something like it. Isn't it great to get ideas from catalogs and do it much cheaper? That's what my post is about. I'm having a giveaway too. Come check it out!
    Blessings,
    Traci

    Oh yeah, I am STILL laughing about your cat! :)

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  31. I love the fleur de lis on top of the writing and the aging also. I love it when you can copy a high end look! ps--I would not have known if it had been gobblety gook :)--I speak latin :)

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  32. Thanks for the tutorial on making the Frenchy tags. I had to laugh at the one on the cats tail.

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  33. Fabulous basket! And the tagged cat-- priceless. Now we should have a contest for coming up with other things to do with your charming tags.

    Earrings? (You could just loop the string right around your ears!)

    Cass

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  34. Tee hee hee? Thank you Isabella!

    Great basket & lovely tags! The tags look so fun to make - so much better than just ordering something with a tag on it, huh? ☺ Diane

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  35. Hi Debbie....what a great idea...I also drooled over the new P.B. catalog and all their baskets...I love the tag idea and I'm a rubber stamper from way back...I haven't done anything in awhile but I'm getting out the stamps and going to get some waterproof ink....but the best was the last picture...I alughed out loud with the tag on the cats tale...My husband thinks I'm going crazy....Thanks for the great idea!! Sue

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  36. Love the tags!! Love! Love! Love!

    Enjoyed your sense of humor. Fun!

    Sherrie

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  37. I recall taking French in high school and was always baffled at how a table needed to be labled female or male... I dunno, it was obviously wayyy over my head.

    The one line i recall is "what time is it?"...spose that might help me if i ever get the opportunity to visit France. But then maybe i could just kidnap you and take you with me ;)

    Stop by my spot if you have a minute... I would love to see you.


    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

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  38. Hi Debbie,
    I just love your frenchifying and what a great idea with the tags! That last pic is the cutest ever, just love your frenchified kitty! HAGW, Cindy

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  39. I really like the pairing of the two stamps. I have such a weakness for anything "Frenchified". Great idea

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  40. Cute and clever idea to decorate your tags! and nothing like labeling the cat... tee hee
    Sue

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  41. I am crazy about those tags.
    I hope you will come by for a visit.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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  42. 10 seconds. Wow he must have been sleeping.
    This is such a cool idea. Tres bien.

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  43. What a patient kitty for allowing the tag to last a whole 10 seconds! LOL! Popping over from Rhoda's to share the fun! I love the stamp idea and I'm heading out to Staples this morning anyway so I'm picking up some tags while I'm there! Thanks for the tip!
    Jan

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  44. So glad I could stop by and visit you on Met Monday. Enjoyed seeing what you shared.
    Blessings,
    d

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  45. Great basket...but oh those tags. That you tagged the cat is just hilarious.

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  46. Wonderful! I enjoyed it.

    I missed this post as I went out of town:).
    Regina

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  47. Hi Debbie,
    I loved this post! The basket is perfect ... the tags are beautiful and creative ... and the photo of kitty avec tag ... such FUN!

    Hope your week goes well!

    Bill

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  48. Debbie, Those are wonderful!!! I adore tags and I am so glad you showed us how to do them!!!
    Now, that cat picture cracked me up...you blog gals are something!!!LOL ;) Nancy

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  49. Those look FANTASTIC! I love the french script.

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  50. Love the tags and your model is too cute!

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  51. Debbie... I did almost the same thing on some note cards inspired also by Lisa's coasters that I won. I love your tags... and especially hanging on the basket... think I might just steal that idea! Probably won't try to hang a tag on the poodle tail though... I don't think Precious and Roxy would be up for that one...

    I always enjoy your posts... wonderful ideas, beautiful photography... and a fun read!

    hugs. Dixie

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  52. So cute, Debbie, and I love that last shot of Isabella. LOL!

    Hope all is well with you and the kitties. Checking in from break...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  53. Hi Debbie, the picture of your cat with a tag in his tail is hilarious! Pretty neat way to do that. Love the basket too, prefect size for wine bottles...Christine

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  54. Debbie, that basket and those tags look fabulous! How clever of you! P.B. doesn't have anything on you! I was already laughing about you saying you had 100 tags to put to use, and then I scrolled down and see Isabella, and I am laughing out loud! This was such a great post, from beginning to end - Isabella's end that is! laurie

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  55. Hi debbi,
    Loved the tutorial on how to make the tags, very inspiring & what a sport your kitty cat was getting tagged like that.
    Also, you know it made my heart sing to see the Quimper in the background.
    a bientot
    Maggie @ Normandy Life & QCI.

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  56. Debbie, you are too French and Fun girlfriend. I LOVE THIS idea! And the finished product is very impressive! Totally a great post today! You fabulous French Lady! :) ~CC Catherine

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  57. Oh Debbie I love it,,,but will tell you the best part was seeing part of your staff tagged too funny my friend...This really made me laugh this morning...thanks...May you have a great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  58. J'adore! I'm already thinking of the upcoming holiday season and I will be running with this idea---- thank you thank you. Remember imitation is the finest form of flattery- let me flatter you!

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  59. that basket is exactly what I was looking for today!!! too bad you aren't close enough for me to rob! lol
    the last photo is a classic!

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  60. i love this idea and will be copying! the kitty pix is to funny! thanks!

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  61. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Deb

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  62. Debbie,

    I was SO thinking the same thing when I received the PB catalog! Nice, but pricey. Love what you did. It looks like a million bucks.

    What is that saying...Imitation is the highest form of flattery...we best not flatter PB by letting them know we are on to them!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  63. I had to cover my mouth to stiffle the giggles so as not to wake DH! Its 6 am & I just followed the link in your cloche post to find out how to make these tags. ♥ That kitty picture broke me up. LOL

    I will definitely be benchmarking (copying)these ideas so let me thank you in advance & thanks, too, for the laughter so early in the morning. Great way to start off a Saturday!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie