Friday, August 17, 2012

DIY: Reworking a Vintage Bag Part II

I love painting bags.  And I love when I see an old vintage bag that is plain because I instantly think of it as a blank slate--my mind just starts coming up with the millions of possibilities that could be, and should be, on the bag.  Now, I know some of you are reading this with your mouths dropped to the ground wondering how I could take a paintbrush to an already seriously gorgeous vintage bag...  However, the couple of vintage bags that I have painted were bought specifically with this intention, and I plan to do it again and again. :)

So, if you enjoyed Part I where I painted the Louis Vuitton Hello Kitty bag, are you ready for Part II?

Things you will need for this DIY: a vintage bag with a lot of room to paint (I chose a vintage Coach bag).  You will also need Acrylic paint (make sure that it's opaque so that the colors paint on thick and so that you won't have to paint multiple layers).  You will also need a couple of brushes- one larger and one small should do the trick.  And lastly, you will need masking tape unless you plan to not use stripes.

So let's begin!

1. Gather your materials.

* Make sure the paint is opaque and not transparent.  This will save you a lot of time!

2. If you are going to do stripes, PLEASE READ this: make sure the leather on your bag is not too soft and that the tape won't damage it.  I did not check this beforehand and when I took off the top layer of tape, some of the leather had rubbed off with it.  I then had to add another white strip at the top (see Step 5) by freehand to cover up my mistake.  If the leather on your bag is really soft, you may want to do something other than stripes OR freehand them.

3. Begin to paint the areas.

4. Finish painting the stripes.  (Notice that I didn't tape off all the sides- you might want to do this if you are worried you are a messy painter...to be honest I'm too impatient and was only worried about the top lines..)

5. Add any extra stripes/details that are needed.  (This white stripe is the extra one that was added because of the leather rubbing off on the tape.  This one was done by freehand because I didn't want to put any more tape on the bag!!)

6. Begin to add the final details.  Using your small paintbrush, paint little dots across the bottom row of the bag.

7. Work into the next row continuing to paint the small dots.

8. Finish all of the rows.

It's complete!!

9. Enjoy your "new" vintage bag! :)

Thank you so much for reading!!!
I can not tell you how excited I am for next week!!
I have more than one exciting thing coming up on my blog next week so please make sure to check back!!!  And if you follow me in Instagram (@a_fashion_files) then you might already know one of the exciting things!!
Have a great weekend!!
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142 comments:

  1. Allison, I love this DIY! You are so creative. I am so excited and happy for you for next week. Can't wait! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  2. Great DIY, love it!

    xoxo,
    www.misssainha.com

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  3. Wow! That looks great! can´t wait for the Next Week.

    I know why I´m one of your Follower ;)

    xo

    http://aimeesowa.blogspot.de/

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  4. You're a genius!!! I love your creations!

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  5. How fun! You alway have the bet DIY's. LOVE this!

    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com
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  6. WOW, amazing work! you very creative)

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  7. I love DIY's I always try to re-work my clothes instead of buying new stuff and I LOVE this! so amazing!
    sewthecity.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  8. Complimenti davvero x la creatività!!!

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  9. Great DIY! I'm excited now.

    www.mintyessence.com

    xx

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  10. this is so cute! u are very good on DIY!! KISSES!

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  11. Lovely bag! I love all of these DIY-posts, you're awesome !!

    xx
    http://guabk.blogspot.fi/

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  12. Great DIY! I'm gonna look around and see what bags I can do that too!

    Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

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  13. I must say that your sense of color co-ordination is great ! have a nice weekend !

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  14. You did such a good job! I am so jealous because I love reworking items too but I'm not nearly as good as you (:

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  15. great idea! and it seems so easy to make! :)

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  16. great efect! have a nice weekend :)

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  17. This is so so so creative! Love it.

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    xo

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  18. LOVE it!!!! So creative!!!

    ****CHANEL vintage handbag giveaway on www.fashion-a-holic.com*****

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  19. Beautiful! You can sell your works of art on Etsy! I really want to try this out now! Note to self... find an old bag to paint. =)

    Maggie

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    1. Thanks, Maggie! I might just be working on that! :)

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  20. How cute and unique is this bag! Lovely idea. I ´ve never done this, I should try to paint a bag too:D
    happy weekend,
    xx chris

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  21. I love this creative take on a vintage piece -you've worked your magic again !

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  22. Love the way the bag turn out!So inspire!Love it!
    Kisses.

    http://blogdavicm.blogspot.com.br/

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  23. Cute! love the color combination. =)
    xo,
    nancy

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  24. Great idea and great result! The bag looks perfect! Lovely! :)

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  25. Once again amazing!!!! And thank you so much for your comment on doodle's birthday.....it made doodle and myself very happy :)!
    Brooke @ what2wear

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  26. Woah I love ur ideas..There are so cool! `u should be a designer :)

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  27. It's amazing! be friends?
    http://lengilochka.blogspot.com/

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  28. Lovely bag, you are so talented!

    Your blog is so fantastic, I can't wait for another post!XOXO:)

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  29. Flipping hech i LOVE this!!

    Ruth xxxx

    http://theclothesimin.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. This is such a creative DIY! It brings a whole new life to the bag!
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  31. this was awesome!! Thanks for sharing! Come by soon hun xx

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  32. Lovely blog! I adore it!
    follow each other on GFC / Bloglovin? let me know in the comments... will be more than happy to follow you back!
    XoX
    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.blogspot.com

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  33. great tutorial, the finished result is fabulous :)

    www.fashionrhapsody.com

    Rose x

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  34. Thank you so much dear Allison! You are allways so sweet :)
    Love your diy! It's amazing! The bag looks gorgeous and so perfect! You have a lot of aptness!
    Lots of kisses*

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  35. Good job! I've always wanted to do stuff like this but never got the courage!

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  36. wow! This came out amazing! Great job.
    Would you like to follow each other?
    Following you already! Hope you will follow back<3
    xoxo
    Kelsey

    http://kelseylovescosmetics.blogspot.com/

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  37. Fantastic work!!
    Can't wait to see what you are up to next week.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    cheers

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  38. great DIY!!! you got talent for this

    thanks for your sweet comment but its not me on the photos

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  39. Woah, that is so cool! Cute cute cute~

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  40. Very nice!
    agoratopronta.blogspot.com.br
    Beijos Vanessa

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  41. what an interesting DIY! thanks so much for sharing, my dear!

    xx rae

    www.loveforschoolgirl.net

    500+ readers giveaway!

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  42. such a fantastic idea!! I think I might have to try that!!

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  43. Hey girl! Thanks for visiting & commenting on my blog! I really appreciate it a lot!! LOVE this DIY!! So gorgeous! Great job!


    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia

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  44. I loved your DIY, and i loved your blog :)
    Today on the blog: http://thenativesalad.blogspot.pt/2012/08/lana-del-rei-for-h.html

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  45. In love with DIY posts, keep it up!
    thanks for your lovely comment hon!

    kiss, Alena
    http://fashionflirtblog.blogspot.de/

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  46. This is so creative and simple at the same time! This is definitely going into the to-do pile.

    anni-dot-elle.blogspot.com

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  47. What happend the next week? :-)

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    1. You'll have to wait and find out! :)

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  48. GREAT:)
    YOU CAN SEE SOME OF MY DIY PROJECTS ON www.secret-garden-anita.blogspot.com // You can tell me your opinion!
    Have a nice day,
    kisses from warm % sunny Croatia,
    A.

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  49. I always love your DIYs and only wish I had that much talent, creativity and patience :) I love the way the bag turned out- it looks so much more fun and stylish than the original, in my opinion! :)

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  50. Wow!! You are seriously good in your DIY! =D Good job!

    http://diva-in-me.blogspot.com

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  51. Wahoo, you always have amazing DIY ideas, love this one!

    See you Allison xx

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  52. Funny and lovely! Great idea!

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  53. I really really enjoy visiting your blog! You are so great in what you do :)
    You inspire me!

    Love,
    http://becreativebefashion.blogspot.nl/

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  54. Dear Alison , thank you so much for dropping by my blog ! I am your new follower on GFC and Bloglovin ! Would love if you follow back ! Thank you !

    XX Luba
    Well Living Blog
    http://very-well-living.blogspot.com

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  55. Great DIY you have such a great ideas :D
    Kisses

    http://www.facebook.com/MissyCheeksLooks?ref=hl

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  56. Amazing job, I loved the way it turned out!
    Im your newest follower!

    When you can check my blog :)
    HippieChicPao

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  57. WOW! I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!! SO PRETTY AND BETTER AFTER!

    KISSES FROM:
    A SMALL BLOG WITH A BIG HEART :)
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY where fashion and food collide!
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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  58. wow you have a great diy!!
    love it
    kisses

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  59. Allison, you are so creative! So jealous of all these great stuff you're creating:)

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  60. Fun DIY! You inspire me to want to DIY more too :)

    -Jenn
    chīsana blogger

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  61. Such a great DIY! Love this idea. I have a few old bags I should try something like this with! Thanks for the post :)

    go for the glam 

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  62. Woow, i like how it looks your "new-vintage" bag. I'm not so good in diy projects but i'm gonna try to make something like this. Great idea!!!

    Kisses

    http://modayotrospecados.blogspot.com

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  63. This is very creative, but I qouldn't do it.. I don't really like the result, but thank you for sharing, this is inspiration :)

    My BLOG: Keep calm and carry on

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  64. It's beautiful, I've always said you are one the most creative and talented bloggers!
    My opinion is that you should have left like it was before painting the dots on the edges of the line. But it looks good anyway!

    xoxo Dia.

    www.peach-punch.com

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  65. How creative are you! I love how you jazzed up this bag to something completely new and stylish. xo

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  66. you r so creative! i love the bag!

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  67. You are such a talented woman! Beautiful!

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  68. I love how this turned out. Such a great way to spruce up a plain bag...love it!

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  69. wow, this is such an amazing diy project! i always love reading about diy projects (even though i'm not very good at them, haha!). ;)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    Win 3 kinds of truffles from The Madelaine Chocolate Company! :)

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  70. wow!!! love this diy!!! it looks amazing! would you like following each other??
    xx
    eve

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  71. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

    I love how you painted this bag it turned out amazing!

    xoxo
    Stacey

    http://fiveminutestyle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  72. Gorgeous!
    http://balearaitzart.blogspot.co.nz/

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  73. Really like the diy! Great post!

    Kisses

    Lemiza
    http://lemizy.blogspot.nl/

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  74. Wow great idea!! that's awesome!! you give me a good inspiration to pimp my old bags! I love to personalize my accessories and to create new ones...if you want you can find them on my blog!! your blog is so inspiring! nice nice nice! I follow you on fb and bloglovin :)
    ps. I share this post on my fb page ;)

    xx from Italy

    www.nuagerose.com

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  75. Fantastic DIY!! It's a great idea ;)
    xoxo

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  76. You did such a great job! The bag looks amazing!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  77. Oh my God…This is so so cool. Your blog totally rocks!!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  78. So great! Really like your blog its so good to read.

    Hope you will follow me too,

    www.hollyscrivener.blogspot.co.uk

    xxx

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  79. amazing DIY!!!!!
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  80. Wow! I've never seen anyone grab some paint and just go creative on a vintage bag. This is wonderful and the product looks amazing!

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  81. Una buena idea, has transformado un bolso aburrido,en otro con mucho estilo.

    Raquel

    http://raqueljimenezbisuteria.blogspot.com.es/

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  82. Love the outcome -- looks amazing!

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  83. I love what you did to the bag - how fun and creative!

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  84. awesome! another great DIY!

    xo
    naty
    aloveaffairwithfashion.blogspot.com

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  85. Such a cool concept!! I love it, and the final result is great. Im waiting for more of your ides. Btw thank you for a lovely comment on my blog would you like to follow eachother?

    www.kameliaandpearls.blogspot.com

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  86. I LOVE what you did with the bag! It looks amazing! Love your blog, following now!

    xoxo,

    Allie

    www.sparklesandstilettos.blogspot.com

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  87. Seriously???
    You soooo need your own show.
    This is a great idea!!
    Do you have a YouTube channel?
    If not, you should think about adding one...I think you're super talented :)
    XOXO

    http://www.princessmartha.com

    http://www.facebook.com/princessmarthablog

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  88. Thanks to your nice blog.
    And behavior of your great ideas.
    The completion of the original a nice back, I was impressed.
    From Japan.
    Ryoma Sakamoto.




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  89. Wow that is pretty cool and creative!

    http://www.themirroronthewall.com/

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  90. SUPER LOVE YOUR BLOG <33
    i'm following you now :D
    mind to follow back? :)

    xx,
    http://www.feliciayohana.com/

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  91. Wow, this is an AWESOME post! I love this DIY! Your bag looks amazing =)
    I'm your newest follower via google! I'd love for you to come check out my blog and maybe follow as well?

    xoxo
    http://sensiblestylista.blogspot.com/

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  92. quedo genial!!! me encanta...

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  93. can't wait for next week! you are so crafty~~~ love the diy! xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  94. Wow!! Love what you did with it, so creative.

    xo,

    adoreandleer.blogspot.com

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  95. Awesome, such a cute bag after the work.
    xoxo
    Christy

    http://www.am2pmchic.com/

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  96. wow I'm impressed! looks amazing!

    www.beckspick.com

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  97. Hey girl! Thanks for commenting!! Following you!! :D

    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    http://luciafloresdesigndiary.blogspot.com

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  98. Love your DIY !! Beautiful result :)

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  99. Amazing DIY!! Great =D
    Would you like to follow each other??
    -Amara-

    http://knowyoucanfly.blogspot.com/

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  100. Oh god alison that's just amazing Im here stuck in the office and Im thinking of what i have at home that i could try this with. U just are so inspiring and its wonderful when its finished to see what u have created. I so love ur diys they arejust fabulous happy Monday my talented friend kisses from Dublin xx leonie.




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  101. Wow this DIY is amazing. Like the idea. Looks so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  102. Great! Like it very much if you're creative. it's cute with the small dots, i really like it!!!
    Thanks for the return visit, sure we can follow us :-)
    xoxo Kira *schuhReich*

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  103. wow I didn't think that the result would be this pretty!
    good job:)

    xx claude

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  104. Great idea! Love the result ;)
    Thanks for your visit, we could follow each other if you want ;)

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  105. Omg, it looks really good! You are so creative! xx http://pinkvanilia.blogspot.com

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  106. fabolous bag!
    thank for comment, nice blog!

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  107. love it!! would never have thought of doing that, such a good idea! chloe xo

    www.bloominfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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