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Well Wishes and My Contest

I was lucky enough to get to pick the inspiration site and play guest hostess for the Splitcoast Stamper's Inspiration Challenge this week! The site I picked is an Etsy Store called VintageAtmosphere. You should check it out and come play. Be sure and read the last paragraph on this post to learn about my contest!

This week my youngest daughter moves back to college and to her first apartment. We have been discussing her first grocery list, her lease, keeping up with keys, etc. so THESE keys inspired me.

I used a lease and grocery store image off Google and the new MFP Keys set (I embossed and layered one of the locks and keys together) which is coming out this month (this is a sneak peak).

Somehow I ended up with an extra of this new MFP key set and the MFP Office said to give it away on my blog. So, I am doing a little give-away. When you comment be sure and give some advice for Allie - things she should consider with her new apartment, a fun way to decorate on the cheap, an easy and cheap recipe, or just give us a funny little story of something that happened when you had your first apartment. I will let Allie pick her favorite and will send this set off to you and it is wonderful with all kinds of sentiment and images. Can't wait to hear your stories and advice.



  1. This is adorable! Love the embossed key and lock. and this is a perfect reminder to pay the rent on the first. How fun that Allie is going to have her first apartment.

  2. I love that big MFP key and that pretty butterfly. How fun getting ready for that first apartment. It is funny that I just walked past Fox News and they were showing how to decorate a dorm room on a budget. Maybe you could check their site and find those ideas. One thing they were showing----large pom poms strung across a bed cute. And, another thing you could do is a large canvas of colorwash and acrylics, maybe even do it in blocks and put them all together for her wall. You could do it on heavy cardstock. I've seen little blocks of canvas used with stamps and some sort of coloring on them. Jo Ann Stores has the blocks of canvas. Check out Pinterest for wonderful ideas, too. So exciting to be doing this.

  3. This is fabulous Nancy, a perfect reminder for Allie and fabulous to display in her new apartment. My son has been looking at University accommodation and one thing that he really liked was a room where they had decorated a feature wall with old newspapers - he thought it was brilliant!

  4. First apt. is so exciting :) BEST think I ever bought for myself when I moved out was a closet sized freezer. (6.2 cubit feet or something like that). Allowed me to buy meat on sale, cook some soups or other meals and then freeze some for those nights when you are in a rush and need a quick meal or are just too lazy to cook something. Paired with that was a microwave to be able to defrost the frozen meals quickly LOL! As for decorating on a budget, hit garage sales in ritzy areas as the quality of their stuff is good and quite often high end. Thrift store are also a good way to go - have to go bag regularly to watch for new stuff but you would be amazed at what you can get there for a song. Some are better than others so ask around to see which ones are the good ones who have a high turnover so you know things come in regularly.

  5. I think this is fabulous Nancy, and congrats to your Daughter on her new apartment, they only piece of advice I can give, is remember to shop for enough food for the week before you go out enjoying yourself, and end up with no money left lol or your gonna go hungry
    Kevin xx

  6. I like your vintage keys (I like everything vintage! Since I was married young...I never had a chance to have an apartment by myself, Our first place was filled with hand me downs, and decorated with hand me downs. So no decorating help there for a first

    My advice would be not to let happen to her what happened when my single Mother (with just me living with her)...decided to move into another apartment, and forgot to measure things ahead of time before Moving day. My Mom's sofa didn't fit, the fridge didn't fit in the super tiny kitchen...So remember the measuring tape!

  7. I'm sure your daughter will be just fine in her own apartment and she's going to be very responsible! Great way to be inspired for a card as said as it is to shoo away our young ones from the nest!

  8. wonderful project. Congrats to Allie on her first apartment. - Jim

  9. What a great project for Allie's first apartment! I'm sure she'll find this handy for notes and reminders and those keys look great! My advice would be to check Pinterest for frugal decorating ideas! I could get lost over there if I'm looking for ideas!

  10. I can see that this card was a labor of love, Nancy. Love all the stuff you added to the card that is specific to your daughter. How exciting to be moving into her first apartment. I guess my only advise would be to make the bedroom the nicest place in the apartment. Since she will have a busy school schedule and a busy social schedule, sleep will be important and a pretty bedroom will make that so much nicer. Congrats to Allie, and good luck Mom, I know how we worry...........


  11. Absolutely love your creation with all the interesting items on house keeping. Its got a lovely vintage flair too. A tip: Always have emergency numbers visible in a general spot where you will find it easily when required xxx
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  12. A very pretty card. Love this idea for someone with a new apartment. Congrats, on doing the challenge. Sorry I didn't get to play this week. If had known you were hosting it, I would have made time.

  13. A big step in your daughter's life! Your keys are sure to remind her of how much she is loved - your project is beautiful, and so thoughtful! hugs, de

  14. oh wow so stunning nancy.fabulous opulent design and colours and i love the ornate key and pretty butterfly ;D

    xx coops xx


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