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Tutorial: Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brooch

DIY Hocus Pocus Spellbook Halloween Brooch

Last year my family recreated an amazing miniature haunted Halloween house that my mom and grandma made originally. I really had fun learning how to making miniatures using unexpected things from around the house and the craft store. I always look at dollhouse supplies for jewelry making supplies so this month I'm going to show you how to make 4 different amazing Halloween brooches using home made miniatures!

If you're not into crafting you can pick up one of these limited Halloween brooches, handmade by me in my etsy shop.

Today we're creating a Halloween favorite from the classic movie Hocus Pocus. We're making a minitaure spellbook with stitched "flesh" and a peering eyeball that moves! You can also turn this brooch into a pendant for a necklace. Check out the video tutorial on YouTube or scroll through for the photo tutorial

DIY Hocus Pocus Spellbook Halloween Brooch

DIY Hocus Pocus Spellbook Halloween Brooch

You will need:
brown crinkly scrapbook paper that looks like leather or you can wad up a paper grocery bag
eyeballs- I found these realistic looking googly eyes at the craft store, also check the beads or doll making supplies
blue crayon or colored pencil
cream colored sewing thread and a needle
thin basswood
scissors, wire cutters
wood glue
metal filigree piece

Begin by cutting two pieces of basswood or balsa wood to 1 3/4 by 2 inches. This craft wood is so thin you can easily cut it with scissors or a craft knife. Be careful to go slowly because the wood does split sometimes.

Apply wood glue and glue the two pieces together. clamp them down with a few office clips or set something heavy on top of them and allow to dry. The wood soaks up the glue and bows as it dries so something heavy to weigh them down flat is important.

Next cut a piece of your scrap book paper 4 1/2 by 2 1/2  inches. Using a blue crayon or colored pencil draw lines where you want the stitching to be. The blueish shade looks pretty creepy on the leathery cover.

Thread your needle and stitch along the drawn lines, using small stitches. If your stitches are a bit uneven, its okay. Its supposed  to look like stitched skin  so some uneven stitching here and there gives it a Frankenstein's monster vibe.

Glue the sewn cover to a piece of white paper and cut out. This paper gives the cover a bit of stability.

Fold the cover in half and put a good amount of glue on the spine. Glue the cover to the wooden book and wipe off any excess glue that squishes out. Glue the goggly eye in place.

Cut an oval of paper a bit bigger than the googly eye and then cut that oval in half lengthwise to make the eyelids

Fold these pieces like an accordion and then roll the sliver of paper between your palms to give it a more workable texture and crinkle them up more.

Unfold the eyelid piece slightly and apply a little clear glue.

Bend the piece in the middle to make a half moon shape and apply to the lower eyelid first. Repeat for the top eyelid, lapping the top lid on top of the corners of the bottom lid. Push the lid pieces around the eye to make folds like a lid. You can also use the tip of your pencil to push the lid around. When the glue has mostly dried, you can continue pushing the lid around the eyeball until you get the effect you like. Trim the excess eyelid off the edge.

Using the wire cutters, cut two corners from your filigree piece and glue them to the corners of your book. Glue a pin back to the back of the book.

DIY Hocus Pocus Spellbook Halloween Brooch

  Stay tuned for my other Halloween brooch tutorials!

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The Vintage Hashtag Library : 30+ copy and paste vintage hashtags for instagram

the vintage hashtag library 300+ vintage inspired hashtags for bloggers, vintage sellers, influencers and beauty gurus

For the past few weeks, I've been working on a vintage inspired hashtag library. This spreadsheet has over 300 vintage/retro hashtags that you can copy and paste right into your Instagram post and they're organized by category! I often spend a lot of time trying to think of hashtags and checking which ones actually have a decent amount of users. I thought, "Wouldn't it be great if I had a list on my phone by category and I could just copy and paste?" What a time saver that would be!

This library has hashtags for pinup girls, historical vintage girls, vintage bloggers, vintage sellers, beauty gurus and more. I also included 20 accounts that may share your post if you tag them, which can really help connect with new accounts and get some new exposure to your Instagram profile.

You can pick and choose from different categories or rank high in one. I also included some community hashtags created by other bloggers that are popular on Instagram and twitter as well. If you're into vintage hair, use my hashtag #pincurlclub and tag me @pincurlclub with your vintage hair looks.

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American Hairdresser 1940

1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

I have a huge stash of vintage fashion, beauty and craft magazines and I like to share them here before they crumble one day. Here's a look inside American Hairdresser from 1940, a magazine for professionals in the beauty industry. 

This magazine is full of beauty shop ads, industry tips and of course, beautiful hairstyle tutorials and inspiration.  I love seeing some of the products and styling gadgets that were used and many are still in use today. 

Some of these pin curl sets are absolutely incredible! I love the use of beads, ribbons and other sparkly bits and bobs used to accessorize these styles. Take a look and also check out my past posts of my vintage magazines

1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 Grip Tuth comb hair ad from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hairstyle magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 pompadour hairstyle vintage magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 pin curl setting patterns from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hair style magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hair style magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

1940 vintage hair style magazine from Va-Voom Vintage

Artful Blogging Magazine

Recently I had an article published in the summer 2018 issue of Artful Blogging Magazine called The Secrets of Batch Blogging. Lately, I've been so busy with everything in life that blogging has had to take a back burner but I started using batch blogging to get everything done and have time to do all of the things I enjoy.

You can see a flip through of the magazine on my Instagram stories

Outfit: Shirtwaist Dress Refashion

plus size vintage gingham check jumper dress thrift store refashion from Va-Voom Vintage

Over the winter, I picked up this cute black and white 80s shirtwaist dress at a thrift store. I loved the skirt and pockets and the light cotton fabric but, like many things it was way too small in the bust. I brought it home anyway, since it was only a few bucks. I figured I could do something with it. I tried it on again and it fit great in all areas except it wouldn't button up the front. I cut the sleeves off and turned them into straps and cut the bodice into an apron top, sewed the straps on and now have a cute apron-like dress. I made it to wear a blouse underneath, its open on the sides. I think it'll be really cute with a peasant blouse when its really hot this summer.

My father in law gave me this vintage camera in a box of stuff he had in his house for ages. I usually just sit it on a shelf in the living room for decoration but one day I opened it up and started playing with it. They don't make the film for it anymore but it turns out, you can buy film spools and roll your own film onto the spools and use it. I'm hoping to give it a go this summer and take it on some family picnics or road trips!

plus size vintage gingham check jumper dress thrift store refashion from Va-Voom Vintage

plus size vintage gingham check jumper dress thrift store refashion from Va-Voom Vintage

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DIY Bettie Page Inspired Accessories for The Little Book of Bettie

The Little Book of Bettie: Taking a Page from the Queen of Pinups by Tori Rodriguez

Last fall, I was contacted by Tori Rodriguez of Bettie Page Fitness to see if I'd like to write some Bettie Page inspired fashion crafts for a book she wrote. Of course, I said yes and I came up with 3 DIY Bettie Page inspired projects. The Little Book of Bettie: Taking a Page from the Queen of the Pinups is now available wherever books are sold from Running Press! My copy arrived recently and I was so excited to see my words and pictures in print.

how to make a tropical pinup hair flower

Bettie Page inspired pink pinup straw purse

The Little Book of Bettie includes Bettie Page inspired fashion, fitness, hair, beauty and a forward by none other than Dita Von Teese. You'll find my tutorials for a tropical hair flower clip, nautical pinup shoe clips and a fabulous pink straw handbag with no-sew animal print lining, inspired by Bettie's home made animal print swimsuits.  Tori also included by watercolor illustration, 10 Style Lessons from Bettie Page.

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Va-Voom Vintage Bettie Page Book

How to make pinup style shoe clips

Check out Tori's very fun and inspiring Bettie Page fitness dvd, which I've been using and enjoying for quite a while. Each workout move is inspired by one of Bettie's classic pinup poses. I love that the dvd includes workouts for all bodies and she keeps it very light, fun and encouraging.