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November 7, 2011

Our Annual Retro Christmas Card Contest With What’s Buzzin’!

By RetroRuth

We have an amazing Christmas contest for you all this year! This is our third year working with our fantabulous sponsor Diane from What’s Buzzin’ to bring you another amazing retro Christmas card giveaway! Yes! Another! And this year, Diane and I put our heads together and came up something even bigger than last year.

What could that possibly be?


Well, how about THREE chances to win this year!

Since these are so popular, and her cards are SO awesome, Diane decided to give away three prizes this year. THREE! A grand prize of a whopping 52 brand-spanking-new retro Christmas Cards from What’s Buzzin’. (That’s one of every design in her shop!) and two – count ‘em TWO – runner-up prizes of 28 retro Christmas card packs! 

And how are you going to get your sweaty little retro-loving hands on Diane’s great cards?

Why, by being the craftiest, thriftiest reader out there!


The name of the game this year Readers, is Odd And Ends! Here at No Pattern Required, we want to see what you can do with the bits and pieces you have thrifted or laying around your house right now.


Double points if it is a holiday gift or decoration! I don’t know about you guys, but I am REALLY stretching pennies this holiday season, and every little bit will help!


Your submission can be something as simple as re-using baby food jars or making paper Christmas ornaments.  You can do something huge like refinishing furniture or reworking an outfit. Use your talents, and your resources, to show us what you’ve got! For example, you could use those old baby food jars to make a storage solution for your vintage button collection. You can repurpose modern furniture to look vintage, or restore vintage furniture to it’s original condition.

Or you could be like me and FINALLY use up some of your HUGE fabric stash to make holiday gifts!


Here is my current project, inspired by Diane’s thrifty idea. A pinwheel pillow top made from vintage sheets! The Eames rocker embroidery is done on vintage linen I thrifted, and I am going to applique it into the middle of the pillow because…well…not all my points met in the center.

Hey, I said the projects need to be thrifty! Not perfect!

Da Rules & Regulations:

1.There are no restrictions on materials or methods, the only rules are that some of your submission has to be reused or thrifted, something in the project has to be retro or vintage, even if it is only that the finished product has a retro look to it, and each submission has to have a picture of your finished (or mostly finished) project with it.

2. Pictures and submissions can be emailed to me at ruth@nopatternrequired.com OR you can put in a link in the comments to a picture or a post that contains your submission. Yes, linking to a blog post you have already done  or a picture on Flickr counts as a submission! We just ask that the picture or the post not be more than one year old.

3. Submission deadline is Nov. 20, 2011 at midnight EST.

4. Three finalists will be chosen by us, and announced on Nov. 21st.  Then YOU will choose the winner of the grand prize! The winner will be announced on Nov. 28.  The other two finalists will receive the 28 card variety packs. Which is still a sweet deal!

That’s all! Good luck to everyone, and we hope to see lots of fun entries! Thanks again to our amazing sponsor, Diane at What’s Buzzin’. If you haven’t gone over to her site to check out her retro cards, do it now!


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29 Responses to Our Annual Retro Christmas Card Contest With What’s Buzzin’!

  1. Rachael Reply

    November 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    where did you find the eames needlepoint pattern?

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Hey Rachael!

      I just traced a photograph I took of our chair with a transfer pencil! Easy, peasy. 🙂

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    November 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    What an awesome contest, I SO wish I could enter this! 🙁 Bummer.
    Good luck to everyone!!!

  3. Jeanne Reply

    November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I LOVE THESE HOLIDAY CARDS! I am such a sucker for vintage cards!! I hope I win!

    I made lined, pinch-pleated valances with vintage barkcloth fabric I got off of ebay for my dining room. I only had a minimal amount of fabric to work with, so my measurements had to be exact to fit four window widths to cover the two windows. I didn’t have quite enough fabric to be able to “pattern match” the seams, but the graphic design of the fabric doesn’t really show that the pattern is off a bit. It was also a mathematical dilemma to figure out how many pleats per valance and how much space to put between the pleats.

    Here’s a link to a flickr photo:


    Also, the white cafe curtains were made from some 84″ tab-top curtains I used in the last house I lived in. I just cut them down and added the rod-pocket top to fit these windows. I wish I had more of the barkcloth to make cafe’s for the bottom of the window, but oh well. The colors I used in my dining room and kitchen were pulled from the barkcloth. I did one well opposite the windows (not seen in photo) in the coral color. I’m really happy with the way they turned out! (don’t look too closely at the paint job on the windows…I still need to finish painting and scraping the glass)

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

      They turned out absolutely adorable, Jeanne!!! Thanks for the awesome entry. 🙂

    • Andrea Reply

      November 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      I LOVE how your window treatment turned out, Jeanne! You did a great job with the bit of barkcloth that you had to work with. Fantastic!

    • Sara in AZ Reply

      November 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      Your valances are really gorgeous Jeanne, great job!

      • Jeanne Reply

        November 14, 2011 at 11:05 am

        Thank you Ruth, Andrea and Sara!

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  5. Betty Crafter Reply

    November 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I just threw together a little holiday decoration (I know, surprise surprise!) and it’s made 100% from vintage supplies. I’m entering today! 🙂

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  8. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    November 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Can the “vintage” part be that it was made from a suggestion in a vintage craft book? 🙂

    • Andrea Reply

      November 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      I am pretty sure that would definitely qualify, Eartha! Can’t wait to see your entry!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      Of course!!! Go to town, Lady!!! 🙂

  9. SusieQT Reply

    November 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    What a great contest! Count me in:

    I turned an old 1950s TV into an aquarium, complete with rabbit ears and TV light:


    In the post I had an early version of the project- I have changed it since then by adding a vintage test pattern behind the aquarium glass. “Please Stand By” has never been so true! 🙂

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Wonderful, SusieQT! I love it!

    • Andrea Reply

      November 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Wow, SusieQT, that is seriously awesome! What a creative use for an old TV!

  10. monogirl Reply

    November 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I made a quilt out of a vintage soft book panel and vintage fabrics I bought second hand. Here is a link to the blog post with plenty of pictures: http://vintagespinster.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-secret-baby-quilt-top-secret-no.html

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Thanks for the great entry! It is SO cute!

    • Andrea Reply

      November 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      That is soooooo cute, monogirl! And what a smart use for a book panel – definitely getting way more mileage out of it as a quilt!

  11. Carol Reply

    November 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Last year I printed out a couple covers from vintage sheet music and made this modular origami tree.


    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Thanks for the entry, Carol! I love it!

  12. Jitterbug65 Reply

    November 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I rifled through my vintage magazines to find a Vintage Tutorial and found the perfect thing!
    A wooden hanging *Bird’s Snack Bar* from a 1958 edition of Woman’s Day.

    Step by step coverage and full colour piccies of my entry here:


    Good luck everyone 🙂

    • RetroRuth Reply

      November 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

      Jeanie! I am currently working on something from a 1958 Better Homes & Gardens mag! Great minds think alike. 🙂

      Love the entry, and the name. “Bird’s Snack Bar”! So cute!

    • Andrea Reply

      November 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      That is so cute! I love the touch of the snowman. However, I think that Tide woman may be haunting my nightmares, LOL!

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