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a happy 4th of July

ink & nickel

I am excited to share the kickoff of my new venture, ink & nickel! If some of you have been observant, you might have already noticed the new photo album on the right column.


My friend Brianna and I are stay at home moms and we both have girls with special needs. We are doing this as a source of income, to expand our creativity, and to have FUN! We did our first arts and crafts fair this past Thursday in St. Cloud, MN at the Lemonade Fair and we really had a great time. We will expand to online sales soon through Etsy and also do occasional sales as well.

What we are doing is collecting vintage/junk market type stuff to remake and repurpose. The craft sale we did last week was mainly smaller items, but we are working on some furniture pieces as well for our bigger occasional sales.

Want to see a few of things we have been working on?


I am really excited about the recycled book albums! They are one of a kind albums made from old and vintage books we have collected. There are page bases made by sewing several of the book pages together and a collection of vintage and new trims to embellish your pages. You can use the albums for your pictures, journaling, art, and other memorbilia. I have a sample book made up and will post that in it's own album very soon - you can see part of it on the right side of the picture. It's being held up by another one of our creations - a easel made from some vintage wire fencing - too much fun!

The clip strips in the picture are inspired by my friend Michelle - she had posted these as an idea to tie to shelving in her stamp room to hang card samples and embellishments from. We collected old wood from stakes and other things and made up our own.


One of my favorite things we sold - and we sold a lot of these - are the game piece magnets. We found old bingo and scrabble tiles and made them into magnets. Lot of people spelled out their names and/or phrases and picked out their lucky numbers to take home. I love the vintage ironing board we found that makes a perfect display! We also sorted tiles out into a big muffin tin Brianna had, it made it a little easier to search for specific letters...


A few months ago we came across some vintage birdcages and so we had to try out this idea...


We converted them into whimsical shelves. These are perfect to display a collection or even to use as an organizer on your desk. The vintage birds we found at an estate sale and are a perfect touch on the birdcage shelf.

So check back for an announcement soon on our online shop opening and also what craft fairs we will be at in the future!