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Nov 7, 2014

by Julie Collings

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Julie Collings, and I’m the owner and creative designer behind Vintage Handmade. I live at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Springville, Utah, with my husband and children. My shop is a collection of handmade ruffles, millinery trims and collected vintage supplies.

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I started collecting vintage things as a teenager, when I was a nanny in New York. I went to flea markets on the weekends and fell in love with rhinestone jewelry, hand-embroidered linens and vintage clothing. Later, I went to college to become a teacher and taught school for several years, but I kept dreaming about making pretty things – I sketched designs and collected vintage fabrics; I tucked away lovely crepe paper folds and piles of vintage hats covered in millinery flowers. My collection of wonderful vintage supplies was growing at an alarming rate.

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Then one day I found a hand-lettered wooden sign that said ‘Live What You Love.’ I bought the sign and decided right then that is what I was going to do – my new goal was to make pretty things every day. I bought a new camera, took a class to figure out how to use it, and opened my Etsy shop. I still remember the first item I listed on Etsy: it was a pink purse I made with the softest wool and a vintage zipper. When I sold that purse and sent it out into the world, I never imagined I would soon quit my teaching job to work full time on my Etsy shop.

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My design process starts with ideas and materials I gather while shopping at antique stores and thrift shops. I use a sketchbook to draw out my ideas, then I gather my materials. I always have some vintage glitter, tinsel and millinery trims on my desk. My favorite part of the creative process is watching how the finished pieces end up – they are always a bit different than I planned. The seasons and holidays have a big influence on the colors and materials I use, and Christmastime has always been my favorite – I love glittered houses, glass garlands, and bottle brush trees.

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Today my kitchen counters are covered with newly-dyed silk velvet and crepe paper garlands set out to dry. I spend my mornings sewing ruffles on the sewing machine my dad gave me in high school; afternoons are for packing up boxes to mail all over the world. Right now I’m working on designs for several kits using my collection of vintage wool, and I have plans to sew more one-of-a-kind dolls and fabric beasties. I love having my own business, working at home, and having the opportunity to share the things I make with other creative people. My Etsy shop is a wonderful adventure that continues to inspire me.

Keep up with Julie Collings on her blog – or on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

Maker and studio photos by Kimber Gleave Jepperson.

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1 {One} Red Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Decoration Textile Mushroom
1 {One} Red Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Decoration Textile Mushroom
juliecollings
$26.95 USD
Small Red Velvet Strawberry Pincushion - Vintage Velvet Sewing Pin Cushion - Handmade Miniature Embroidered Strawberry
Small Red Velvet Strawberry Pincushion - Vintage Velvet Sewing Pin Cushion - Handmade Miniature Embroidered Strawberry
juliecollings
$32.00 USD
RESERVED for ANGELA Pastel Tinsel Trim Collection -  60 Feet Tinsel Packaging String - Pastel Wedding Trim -  Decoration
RESERVED for ANGELA Pastel Tinsel Trim Collection - 60 Feet Tinsel Packaging String - Pastel Wedding Trim - Decoration
juliecollings
$25.00 USD
Plum Pudding 2 {Two}  Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornaments - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushrooms - Fairy House Terrarium Textile Decorations
Plum Pudding 2 {Two} Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornaments - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushrooms - Fairy House Terrarium Textile Decorations
juliecollings
$51.90 USD
RESERVED For MARY Pink Ombre Velvet Strawberry Pincushion - One {1} Vintage Velvet Sewing Pin Cushion - Handmade Embroidered Pin Keep
RESERVED For MARY Pink Ombre Velvet Strawberry Pincushion - One {1} Vintage Velvet Sewing Pin Cushion - Handmade Embroidered Pin Keep
juliecollings
$36.00 USD
Black Polka Dots Crepe Paper Ruffle Trim 34 Inches Handmade and Dyed -  Crepe Paper Ruffles - Vintage Grunge Halloween Party Decorations
Black Polka Dots Crepe Paper Ruffle Trim 34 Inches Handmade and Dyed - Crepe Paper Ruffles - Vintage Grunge Halloween Party Decorations
juliecollings
$6.50 USD
Set of 2 {Two} Bright Pink Velvet Strawberry Pincushions - Vintage Velvet Sewing Pin Cushion Set - Handmade Embroidered Collectible Pin Keep
Set of 2 {Two} Bright Pink Velvet Strawberry Pincushions - Vintage Velvet Sewing Pin Cushion Set - Handmade Embroidered Collectible Pin Keep
juliecollings
$86.00 USD
Polka Dot Ruffles 4 Yards - Party Set of 4 New Crepe Paper Ruffles - Ruffles for Decorating Handmade and Dyed Party Garland - DIY Rosette
Polka Dot Ruffles 4 Yards - Party Set of 4 New Crepe Paper Ruffles - Ruffles for Decorating Handmade and Dyed Party Garland - DIY Rosette
juliecollings
$25.00 USD
Metallic Striped Bakers Twine -  26 Yards Vintage Style Hemp Packaging Trim -  Thick Striped Holiday Metallic Gold Silver Copper String
Metallic Striped Bakers Twine - 26 Yards Vintage Style Hemp Packaging Trim - Thick Striped Holiday Metallic Gold Silver Copper String
juliecollings
$6.95 USD
Sage Green Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Mushroom - Textile Fungi Decor
Sage Green Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Mushroom - Textile Fungi Decor
juliecollings
$28.95 USD
Amethyst Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament plus PINS  Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Mushroom
Amethyst Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament plus PINS Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Mushroom
juliecollings
$28.95 USD
Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Beads -Beautiful Sea5 Green Glass Flower Beads Wrapped in Silver Wire - Jewelry Making Mixed Media Supplies
Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Beads -Beautiful Sea5 Green Glass Flower Beads Wrapped in Silver Wire - Jewelry Making Mixed Media Supplies
juliecollings
$4.95 USD
Earth Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornaments - 3 {Three} Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushrooms - Fairy House Terrarium Decoration Textile Mushroom
Earth Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornaments - 3 {Three} Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushrooms - Fairy House Terrarium Decoration Textile Mushroom
juliecollings
$76.85 USD
Red Mercury Glass Garland Ornaments - 6 Red and Silver Stripe Beads - Vintage Style Feather Tree Holiday Decorations - Christmas Glass Beads
Red Mercury Glass Garland Ornaments - 6 Red and Silver Stripe Beads - Vintage Style Feather Tree Holiday Decorations - Christmas Glass Beads
juliecollings
$14.95 USD
Mercury Glass Ornaments Aqua Blue and Red Garland Beads - Large Vintage Style Christmas Beads - Silver Feather Tree Decorations
Mercury Glass Ornaments Aqua Blue and Red Garland Beads - Large Vintage Style Christmas Beads - Silver Feather Tree Decorations
juliecollings
$16.95 USD
Retro Flocked Holiday Reindeer Decorations - Christmas Deer Ornament Glass Glittered Antlers - Bottle Brush Wreath - Handmade Ornament
Retro Flocked Holiday Reindeer Decorations - Christmas Deer Ornament Glass Glittered Antlers - Bottle Brush Wreath - Handmade Ornament
juliecollings
$17.95 USD
Set of 4 Mini Bottle Brush Trees - Ice Cream Pastels - Tiny 1-1/2 Inch Christmas Bottle Brush Tree - Miniature Decorating Trees for Crafting
Set of 4 Mini Bottle Brush Trees - Ice Cream Pastels - Tiny 1-1/2 Inch Christmas Bottle Brush Tree - Miniature Decorating Trees for Crafting
juliecollings
$7.95 USD
Black Tulle Millinery Sprays -  Wired Jet Black Tulle Stems  - Wedding Corsage and Boutonniere Supply - Halloween Craft Supply
Black Tulle Millinery Sprays - Wired Jet Black Tulle Stems - Wedding Corsage and Boutonniere Supply - Halloween Craft Supply
juliecollings
$3.95 USD
winter white glittered sugar stamen bundle
winter white glittered sugar stamen bundle
juliecollings
$4.50 USD
Vintage 1940s Christmas Crepe Paper Ruffle Garland - Gold Stitched Dollhouse Holiday Paper Trim - Holly Berry Aged Garland Trim
Vintage 1940s Christmas Crepe Paper Ruffle Garland - Gold Stitched Dollhouse Holiday Paper Trim - Holly Berry Aged Garland Trim
juliecollings
$6.95 USD
Vintage Crepe Paper Ruffles - 1940s Red and Green Candy Cane Stripe Christmas Trim - Vintage Christmas Garland Trim - Tiny Dollhouse Garland
Vintage Crepe Paper Ruffles - 1940s Red and Green Candy Cane Stripe Christmas Trim - Vintage Christmas Garland Trim - Tiny Dollhouse Garland
juliecollings
$6.50 USD
Vintage 1950s Mercury Glass Garland Beads - Retro Christmas Glass Bead Mix - Holiday Crafting
Vintage 1950s Mercury Glass Garland Beads - Retro Christmas Glass Bead Mix - Holiday Crafting
juliecollings
$14.95 USD
6 Green Bottle Brush Trees - 2-1/2 inch Vintage Style Bottlebrush Christmas Trees -  Set of 6 Miniature Evergreen  Trees
6 Green Bottle Brush Trees - 2-1/2 inch Vintage Style Bottlebrush Christmas Trees - Set of 6 Miniature Evergreen Trees
juliecollings
$4.85 USD
Pastel Tinsel Trim Collection -  60 Feet Tinsel Packaging String - Pastel Wedding Trim -  Decoration
Pastel Tinsel Trim Collection - 60 Feet Tinsel Packaging String - Pastel Wedding Trim - Decoration
juliecollings
$25.00 USD
RESERVED for MICKEY Blush Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Mushroom
RESERVED for MICKEY Blush Silk Velvet Toadstool Ornament - Needle Felted Wool Woodland Mushroom - Fairy House Terrarium Mushroom
juliecollings
$28.95 USD
12 Miniature Pumpkin Decorations Primitive Halloween Supplies - Fall Millinery Stems - Wired Pumpkin Stems for Wreaths and Garlands
12 Miniature Pumpkin Decorations Primitive Halloween Supplies - Fall Millinery Stems - Wired Pumpkin Stems for Wreaths and Garlands
juliecollings
$4.50 USD
Vintage Crepe Paper Ruffles - 1940s Black and Orange Ruffle Trim - Party Favors Decorating - Halloween Striped Dennison Party Trim
Vintage Crepe Paper Ruffles - 1940s Black and Orange Ruffle Trim - Party Favors Decorating - Halloween Striped Dennison Party Trim
juliecollings
$6.50 USD
Mercury Glass Ornaments Black and Orange Beads - Fall Autumn Garland Large Vintage Style Halloween Beads - Silver Feather Tree Decorations
Mercury Glass Ornaments Black and Orange Beads - Fall Autumn Garland Large Vintage Style Halloween Beads - Silver Feather Tree Decorations
juliecollings
$12.95 USD
Chiffon Lingerie Ruffles - Nude Beige Soft Fluted Ruffles - 40 Inches Handmade Sewing Trim - Barely Sheer Baby Doll Petticoat Ruffle Trim
Chiffon Lingerie Ruffles - Nude Beige Soft Fluted Ruffles - 40 Inches Handmade Sewing Trim - Barely Sheer Baby Doll Petticoat Ruffle Trim
juliecollings
$6.95 USD
Matte Black Pumpkin Man Halloween Die Cut - Set of 8 Pumpkin Men - Made In Germany - Paper Crafting Supplies Cards ATCs Altered Books
Matte Black Pumpkin Man Halloween Die Cut - Set of 8 Pumpkin Men - Made In Germany - Paper Crafting Supplies Cards ATCs Altered Books
juliecollings
$3.25 USD
Favorite Vintage Style Red Scalloped Border Labels 16 Self Adhesive Sticker Labels
Favorite Vintage Style Red Scalloped Border Labels 16 Self Adhesive Sticker Labels
juliecollings
$3.00 USD
8 Black Cat Halloween Die Cuts - Set of 8 Black Cats with Bow Ties - Made In Germany Matte Black Cat - Paper Crafting Supplies Cards ATCs
8 Black Cat Halloween Die Cuts - Set of 8 Black Cats with Bow Ties - Made In Germany Matte Black Cat - Paper Crafting Supplies Cards ATCs
juliecollings
$2.95 USD
Holiday Silver Tinsel Trim - Christmas Gift Wrap Packaging String - 12 Feet Narrow 1/8 Inch Wide Sparkling Trim Tag
Holiday Silver Tinsel Trim - Christmas Gift Wrap Packaging String - 12 Feet Narrow 1/8 Inch Wide Sparkling Trim Tag
juliecollings
$5.00 USD
15 Christmas Greetings Self Adhesive Labels - Vintage Style Holiday Trimmings - Red Packaging Labels - Printed Christmas Tags
15 Christmas Greetings Self Adhesive Labels - Vintage Style Holiday Trimmings - Red Packaging Labels - Printed Christmas Tags
juliecollings
$3.95 USD
Pastel Gumdrop Vintage Style Bottle Brush Trees - Pastel Trees Gumdrop Selection - Easter Decoration Trees - Miniature Display - 6 Trees
Pastel Gumdrop Vintage Style Bottle Brush Trees - Pastel Trees Gumdrop Selection - Easter Decoration Trees - Miniature Display - 6 Trees
juliecollings
$12.95 USD
Black and Copper Thick Striped String -  13 Yards Vintage Style Hemp Bakers Twine -  Chunky Striped Holiday Metallic Packaging Twine
Black and Copper Thick Striped String - 13 Yards Vintage Style Hemp Bakers Twine - Chunky Striped Holiday Metallic Packaging Twine
juliecollings
$3.95 USD
Tiny Wired Spiral Silver Tinsel Garland for Decorating and Crafting
Tiny Wired Spiral Silver Tinsel Garland for Decorating and Crafting
juliecollings
$5.75 USD
Tiny Spiral Red Tinsel Garland for Decorating and Crafting - Christmas Tinsel Trim - Miniature Doll House Garland
Tiny Spiral Red Tinsel Garland for Decorating and Crafting - Christmas Tinsel Trim - Miniature Doll House Garland
juliecollings
$5.75 USD
Candyland Bottle Brush Tree Gift Box - Tiny 1-1/2 Inch Bottle Brush Christmas Trees - Miniature Decorating Tree
Candyland Bottle Brush Tree Gift Box - Tiny 1-1/2 Inch Bottle Brush Christmas Trees - Miniature Decorating Tree
juliecollings
$7.95 USD
NEW! Tiny Holly Berry Twist Ties - 36 Vintage Style Double Ended Red Berry Millinery Stamens - Festive Christmas Package Twisties
NEW! Tiny Holly Berry Twist Ties - 36 Vintage Style Double Ended Red Berry Millinery Stamens - Festive Christmas Package Twisties
juliecollings
$4.25 USD
Wedding Mints Pastel Millinery Stamens - Spring Corsage and Boutonniere Supplies - Hat Making Headband Fascinator - Double Ended Stamen Pips
Wedding Mints Pastel Millinery Stamens - Spring Corsage and Boutonniere Supplies - Hat Making Headband Fascinator - Double Ended Stamen Pips
juliecollings
$4.65 USD
Mini Tinsel Trim Rose Pink - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Pink Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Valentine Decoration
Mini Tinsel Trim Rose Pink - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Pink Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Valentine Decoration
juliecollings
$5.00 USD
Mini Tinsel Trim Mint - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Mint Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Mini Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Easter Decoration
Mini Tinsel Trim Mint - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Mint Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Mini Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Easter Decoration
juliecollings
$5.00 USD
Mini Tinsel Trim Lavender Purple - 12 Feet Spring Lavender Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Easter Decoration
Mini Tinsel Trim Lavender Purple - 12 Feet Spring Lavender Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Easter Decoration
juliecollings
$5.00 USD
5 Vintage German Embossed Gold Paper Stars - Gold Christmas Holiday Dresden Star - Vintage Ephemera
5 Vintage German Embossed Gold Paper Stars - Gold Christmas Holiday Dresden Star - Vintage Ephemera
juliecollings
$4.25 USD
Tiny Christmas Gift Wrapping Kits - Retro Tiny Dollhouse Decorations - Miniature Candy Cane Bells Bottle Brush Tree - Mini Garland Wreath
Tiny Christmas Gift Wrapping Kits - Retro Tiny Dollhouse Decorations - Miniature Candy Cane Bells Bottle Brush Tree - Mini Garland Wreath
juliecollings
$4.50 USD
Mint Crepe Paper Ruffle - Green Pastel Hand Dyed - Easter Egg Crepe Paper Ruffle Trim - Spring Green Packaging Supply - Party Hat DIY Trim
Mint Crepe Paper Ruffle - Green Pastel Hand Dyed - Easter Egg Crepe Paper Ruffle Trim - Spring Green Packaging Supply - Party Hat DIY Trim
juliecollings
$6.50 USD
Cotton Candy Sugar Stamen Bundle - Pink Stamens - Glitter Stamen Collection - Millinery Stamen Set - Double Ended Stamens - set of 30
Cotton Candy Sugar Stamen Bundle - Pink Stamens - Glitter Stamen Collection - Millinery Stamen Set - Double Ended Stamens - set of 30
juliecollings
$4.50 USD
Dyed Bottle Brush Trees - 6 Pastel Gumdrop 4 Inch Vintage Style Bottle Brush Christmas Trees - Miniature Display - 6 Dollhouse Sisal Trees
Dyed Bottle Brush Trees - 6 Pastel Gumdrop 4 Inch Vintage Style Bottle Brush Christmas Trees - Miniature Display - 6 Dollhouse Sisal Trees
juliecollings
$29.95 USD
Pink Bottle Brush Tree Collection - Set of 8 Sweetheart Pink Valentine Bottle Brush Trees - Holiday Display Putz House Display
Pink Bottle Brush Tree Collection - Set of 8 Sweetheart Pink Valentine Bottle Brush Trees - Holiday Display Putz House Display
juliecollings
$8.95 USD
Mini Tinsel Trim Aqua Blue - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Aqua Tinsel Trim - Narrow Sparkling Tinsel - Packaging Tinsel String - Easter Decoration
Mini Tinsel Trim Aqua Blue - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Aqua Tinsel Trim - Narrow Sparkling Tinsel - Packaging Tinsel String - Easter Decoration
juliecollings
$5.00 USD
Tiny Spiral Red Tinsel Garland for Decorating and Crafting - Christmas Tinsel Trim - Miniature Doll House Garland - Holiday Red Tinsel Trim
Tiny Spiral Red Tinsel Garland for Decorating and Crafting - Christmas Tinsel Trim - Miniature Doll House Garland - Holiday Red Tinsel Trim
juliecollings
$5.75 USD
Crepe Paper Ruffle Black and White - Striped Ruffles Paper Garland  - Tim Burton Style Packaging Trim -  Halloween Paper Trim Party Supply
Crepe Paper Ruffle Black and White - Striped Ruffles Paper Garland - Tim Burton Style Packaging Trim - Halloween Paper Trim Party Supply
juliecollings
$6.50 USD
Favorite Silver Tinsel Feather Tree - 6 Inch Tall Retro Christmas Tree -  Vintage Style Holiday Display - Miniature Dollhouse Tree
Favorite Silver Tinsel Feather Tree - 6 Inch Tall Retro Christmas Tree - Vintage Style Holiday Display - Miniature Dollhouse Tree
juliecollings
$12.95 USD
56 Halloween Poison and Apothecary Labels - Full Page Halloween Pharmacy Labels -  Poison Skull Elixir Love Potion Collage Page Stickers
56 Halloween Poison and Apothecary Labels - Full Page Halloween Pharmacy Labels - Poison Skull Elixir Love Potion Collage Page Stickers
juliecollings
$5.95 USD
Winterberry Red Sugar Stamens - Wedding Millinery Stamens Pips - Scarlet Red Double Ended Stamens - Christmas Corsage Making Supplies
Winterberry Red Sugar Stamens - Wedding Millinery Stamens Pips - Scarlet Red Double Ended Stamens - Christmas Corsage Making Supplies
juliecollings
$4.50 USD
Mini Tinsel Trim Pink - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Pale Pink Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Easter Decoration
Mini Tinsel Trim Pink - 12 Feet Lovely Spring Pale Pink Tinsel Trim - Narrow Packaging Tinsel String - Wedding Trim - Easter Decoration
juliecollings
$5.00 USD
15 Vintage German Embossed Gold Paper Stars - Gold Christmas Holiday Dresden Star - Vintage Ephemera - Vintage Patina Paper Supplies
15 Vintage German Embossed Gold Paper Stars - Gold Christmas Holiday Dresden Star - Vintage Ephemera - Vintage Patina Paper Supplies
juliecollings
$12.00 USD
NEW! Cream Tulle Millinery Sprays -  Wired Off White Tulle Stems  - Wedding Corsage and Boutonniere Supply
NEW! Cream Tulle Millinery Sprays - Wired Off White Tulle Stems - Wedding Corsage and Boutonniere Supply
juliecollings
$3.95 USD
Holiday Antique Silver Vintage Style Tinsel Garland - Retro Christmas Tinsel Trim - DIY Holiday Ornament Supplies
Holiday Antique Silver Vintage Style Tinsel Garland - Retro Christmas Tinsel Trim - DIY Holiday Ornament Supplies
juliecollings
$4.75 USD

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