Today was the first little taste of fall weather around here. And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am very much looking forward to cooler weather and snuggling up with lovely sweaters! Today I am teaming up with Julep Nail Polish to give you some style ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors. I am not usually a fan of autumn’s earthy tones, but the softer colors still speak to me. I chose to create a look inspired by Julep’s beautiful polish color, Clara. This is such a luscious shade of pink. It has a little peachy undertone, and is soft, feminine, and modern! I love this shade of pink for fall as it tones down the brights of summer but still gives you a hint of color with your fall neutrals. My style tends to be pretty casual. I also have a serious obsession with sweaters in the fall! So, this ensemble is definitely on my fall wish list! I like pieces that are a little fun and quirky as well, and it’s no surprise the adorable deer sweater and amazing rose sneakers are right up my alley! Love love love them! I think that Julep’s Clara pink polish would be the perfect accompaniment to this fall outfit, don’t you! To see more amazing colors for your perfect fall manicure, check out the fabulous line of Julep nail polish Here. And here is a break down of my style inspiration and where to buy everything pictured in this post:
And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:
I hope you all have enjoyed my little style posts today! I always have so much fun putting outfits together! Do you have a favorite color for fall this year? I am loving the softer tones! Hope you all are enjoying the Fall transition and the beautiful weather!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I made tamales and it was so much fun! We also had some nice cool weather yesterday. I think fall is definitely starting to show here in NC. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and layering up! One of the things I think of when I think of fall is the woods and woodland animals and birds. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage owl finds with you all inspired by one of my most favorite woodland animals. Retro owls are so much fun! Here are some of my favorites this week:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love vintage owl items! Of course I love them all! They are all so cute! I especially love the little purse, and shakers! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
I have been a fan of mid-century modern style since I was little! I love the furniture and styling! Last year I made a fun mid-century inspired lamp shade with Martha Stewart decoupage materials. You can see that post Here. I have had it sitting on an old floor lamp in our living room. This floor lamp was an old cheapie we bought when we had our first apartment over ten years ago. Needless to say, it was in need of a makeover. I had seen a spiral wooden lamp in an antique mall years ago. So, we thought we would give it a try. It took up our saturday, but it was totally worth the time! We had a great time making it together as well!
Here’s What You Need:
*One old floor lamp
*Wood-Poplar (We used 3/4″ x4″x11′)
*PVC Pipe (We used a 3′ piece)
*Drill with a bit, or a drill press
*Bottle Stopper Piece from a Bottle Lamp Kit
First you need to figure out how much wood you need and pvc pipe. Decide how long you want your wood pieces. We made our pieces to be roughly 3.5″x3.5″. Measure your lamp height(area you are covering). Ours measured about 54″ tall. Take the measurement of what you are covering and divide that by the thickness of your wood (in our case 3/4″) and then divide that by two and that’s how many pieces of each material you need(in our case 54″ tall divided by .75″ would be 72 pieces all together divide that by two and that will give you 36 pieces of wood and 36 pieces of pvc pipe.) To decide how much wood you need take your desired size which is 3.5″x3.5″ and add the kerf of the saw blade (in our case 1/8″) multiply that number (3.625) by how many pieces you’ve calculated (36×3.625=130.5″ =10’10.5″, so an 11 foot piece worked for us.) For the pipe take the kerf of your blade plus the thickness of your pvc pieces( in our case 3/4″) and multiply that by the number of pieces you calculated( 36) to get the length of pipe you need. You will also need to disassemble the top wiring of your lamp. Mark which wire is on each screw so you can keep track of it.
Once you have all your materials, you are ready to cut your pieces. Start with your wood. Make sure to add for the kerf (width of the blade) when you mark your cuts. Carefully cut all of your wood pieces on your table saw. I had 36 3.5×3.5 squares once cut.
Lightly sand each block with a light 220 and 320 grit.
Now you are ready to cut your holes. Measure the circumference of the metal pipe that is the shaft of your floor lamp. Find a drill bit slightly larger than that width. Mark the centers of each block with a ruler or center finder and pencil. Drill each block and set aside.
Lightly sand any rough areas where the holes were drilled.
Now you are ready to cut your pipe. Use a blade on your mitre saw that is a veneer/plywood/plastic blade, or a really fine tooth blade.
Making sure you mark your pipe pieces for the width of the blade cut your pipe pieces on your mitre saw. You can see in the photo, my husband clamped a block the exact width out from the blade we needed our pieces so he didn’t have to measure and mark after each cut.
Once you have all your pipe pieces cut you are ready to paint them. I painted mine a creamy white.
Also paint your base the same color as your pipe pieces.
Stain all your pieces with a soft cloth, rubbing the stain with the grain of the wood. Set aside to dry.
Now you are ready to assemble your lamp. Slide a wood piece onto your lamp pole and scoot it all the way to the bottom. Then slide on a pvc piece.
Then repeat all the way to the top alternating wood and pvc pieces.
Now you need something to hold down everything tight. We used a bottle stopper insert from a bottle lamp kit.
Squish the bottle stopper coupler into the top wood piece.
Then screw the top wood piece onto the threaded rod at the top of the lamp.
Next, slide on another pvc piece, a large washer and a nut. Screw it all on tight to the threaded rod.
Next add your harp if you have one and your bottom socket holder base.
Trim the wires and strip the ends with your wire cutters and strippers.
Take your marked wires and twist them around each screw that they coordinate with. Assemble the rest of the light socket. Add your light bulb and your harp if you have one and finish off with a fun lamp shade.
I just love how my lamp turned out! It really looks so much better in my living room than that old shabby metal! As much as I love my handmade lampshade, I would eventually like to get a vintage fiberglass stitched lampshade. But we shall see. So, i you have an old shabby floor lamp sitting around, give this diy a try. It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back next week with another project. Until then…
Hey guys! Recently I was asked to take part in Modcloth‘s Nail Klub Nail Art Challenge! I was both honored and super excited to give it a try! I have never delved into the fascinating world of nail art and until now have only admired the many amazing designs on Pinterest. The challenge was to create a nail art tutorial inspired by Modcloth’s hottest summer dresses which you can see Here. If you have ever seen my Polyvore collections, you know that I am a huge fan of Modcloth’s style! I love so many of their dresses, I had a really hard time narrowing it down to one! So, I ended up doing two dresses, one for each hand.
My first choice was the Air of Adorable Dress in Balloons. I love everything about this dress! It’s so quirky and cute, and the little faces on the balloons were just awesome!
Pick out the balloons you want to copy. I chose to do one hand all of the same balloon face and the other to be all different faces. Next, you need to paint your base coat on your nails. Let them dry completely. I used a combination of fine tip nail art pens and a tiny nail art brush which were both by Sally Hansen that I picked up at Target. For my thumb, the base coat was white. With the tiny brush we painted in the cheeks and mouth. The crosshatching at the top was made by painting short strokes in one direction. Then after they dry, paint short strokes in the opposite direction. Use a nail art pen to dot in two little eyes.
The index finger was painted black as a base coat. Then when dry, we used a white nail art pen to draw in a few rows of scallops.
The middle finger’s base coat was a soft pink. When dry, use the tiny nail brush to paint in two thin ovals for the outer eyes, then two dots for the pupils, and also a dot for a mouth with red nail polish. Paint in grey teardropish shapes at the top of the nail.
The ring finger’s base coat was a light grey. Once dry, draw in a thin line with a white nail art pen right down the middle, then several curved lines to the left and right sides of the first line. Then use the black pen to dot in two little eyes. Use the tiny nail brush to paint in a little curved line for the mouth.
For the pinky finger, paint the base coat red. Once it has dried, you draw in a small scalloped line at the bottom of the nail with the black nail art pen. Draw a small curved line for the mouth right above the scalloped line. Then make two ovals for the eyes.
Paint a clear coat over the top of the nails once they are nice and dry.
My second choice was the Forrest Things First Dress! I absolutely love the colors! I love woodland themes, and to me this one even hints at a little Twin Peaks inspiration!
I couldn’t find a nail pen that was a deep blue for the second dress I wanted to create a nail art for, so we used a small nail brush that I got in a kit made by Sally Hansen. The first step is to paint your base color on. I used an aqua for the base color. Once your nails are very dry, you are ready to add your bright blue accents. Pour a small drop of polish onto a plastic plate. Load up a little polish on your paint brush. If you are a fabulous artist with a steady hand you can probably paint the details yourself. If you are a sloppy mess like me, get someone to help you, or you can paint your designs on fake nails and then apply them later.
For the owl design, paint a roundish rectangle. Then add an upside down triangle at the top of the rectangle to form the beak. Add a few strokes at the bottom for the feet, and a couple of half circles for wings. For the eyes, make a couple of aqua dots, and then black dots in the center.
For the index finger we drew a curved line near the tip and then a few strokes perpendicular to the curved line to form the branch.
The tree on the middle finger was made by making a few stacked triangles and a stem at the bottom for the trunk.
The leaves on the ring finger were made by drawing a curved line in one direction then a curved line in the opposite way.
The coffee steam on my pinky was made just by using styled lines. It’s really open to interpretation, you can sketch any of the designs you like from the dress onto your nails.
I am pretty happy with how my nails turned out for the first try! They are definitely not perfect, but I do think they are pretty darned cute! Have you tried any nail art yourselves? My mom and I had a lot of fun together doing these! It would be a great thing to do for a girl’s night in! I hope you all have enjoyed my nail art inspired by these two amazing Modcloth dresses! To see more of summer’s hottest dresses see them on the Modcloth site Here. There are lots of adorable styles perfect for parties, or everyday, or maybe even the perfect accent for your latest manicure!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We stayed around the house mostly, so it was a nice relaxing weekend here. I recently came across a booth at the flea market that had a few vintage lunch boxes. They were so cool! Vintage lunch tins are one of those things that I’d love to collect, but don’t have the money to get into. I can still admire the many amazing one’s online! This week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage lunch boxes from Etsy’s many wonderful vintage shops with you all. I had a hard time narrowing down everything! Here are just a few of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I love them all! Do you have a favorite? Definitely go check out these cool Etsy vintage shops! I hope you have as much fun browsing as I did! I’ll be back next week with more awesome vintage finds! Until then…
Hey everyone! Can you believe it is already September! I swear this whole year is just flying by so fast! Fall is just around the corner.And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am looking forward to sweater weather! So, since fall is fastly approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fall diy projects from around the web with you all. There are always so many beautiful projects on my crafty wish list from the many talented bloggers out there! Here are my top ten picks for fall:
Aren’t they all so lovely! I love all the pumpkins! They all look like so much fun to make too! I hope you all have found a few to add to your fall crafting! Definitely be sure to check out these fabulous blogs they come from as well, you’ll love them! I’ll be back next month with some Halloween fun! Until then…
Hey guys! Today I am going to share an easy decorating diy with you all. I have a serious love for vintage tin toys! I usually don’t indulge myself since I am drowning in all my other vintage collections. However, a while back I was getting some vintage minis from HeyYoyo.com, and saw these mini tin vintage cars from Japan. I couldn’t resist. They have since sat in my closet for months. A few weeks ago I picked up some shadowbox frames from the craft store on sale, and I thought my little cars would be so cute framed.
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage tin Cars or vintage toys (I bought mine Here and Here)
*Matteboard or Thick Acid Free Paper( I used watercolor paper since I like the texture)
The first thing you need to do is cut your backing or paper to fit your frame. My frame was 8×8″ so I cut my paper to be 8×8. Lay out your cars to test fit. Once you have them like you like them, measure out to the side and the top. I decided they would fit best to be 2.25″ from the top and side.
Take a scrap of paper and lay it to your top mark which in my case is 2.25″ from the top, then lay your ruler 2.25″ from the side to form a right angle in which to line up your first car. Place a generous amount of your E6000 on your first car then press it onto the paper lining it up with the ruler and paper to fit inside that corner you made.
Now repeat with the other side of the paper forming the right corner, then glue the car down into that corner. Glue the middle car inside so that it lines up with the top guide and is centered in between the other two cars.
Repeat the steps you did with the first row of cars to make the second. This time measuring and laying your ruler and paper as a guide 2.25″ up from the bottom and sides of the paper backing. Let your glue dry overnight, then insert your paper into your shadow box frame and close up the back.
Don’t you just love it! This was so simple to put together and it took hardly any time at all. This is a really universal idea, and you could use the same idea to display other collections such as bottle caps, kewpie dolls, or cowboy badges. I think this would be fantastic in a kid’s room! I don’t have any little ones yet, so this one will be going in my hubby’s office. I hope you guys will give this easy diy a try with one of your favorite mini collections! I’ll be back next week with another fun craft! Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! We are enjoying the Labor Day long weekend! Today we will be grilling out and hanging out with family, so it is going to be a great day here! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to the week! This weeks vintage finds are inspired by all the amazing hard working men and women who protect us, serve us, keep us healthy, inspire us, and make life easier for everyone! Check em’ out:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all! There is something really cool about vintage uniforms. One of my most treasured vintage items I own is my grand father’s hurricane hunter’s flight jacket from when he was a pilot in the Air Force! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with another vintage collection. Until then…
I collect zip up pencil cases and cosmetic bags to keep certain craft supplies in. I have a ton of them! I have had some plum colored leather scraps for a while now in my scrap drawer that I have been wanting to use. So, when I was given some fun wooden colored pencils I thought I would try my hand at making a leather pencil case. This is a great project for a weeknight or even an experienced beginner who has worked with zippers before. The best part of this project is that you can use scraps, so you shouldn’t have to buy anything but a zipper.
Here’s What You Need:
*Ruler and Pencil or Marking Pen
*Sewing Machine and Thread
*Zipper Foot for your Sewing Machine
*Non Slip foot, walking foot, or Foot for sewing leather (not an absolute necessity, but recommended)
*Leather Needle for your machine
First let me say, this is the way I made my pencil case for using leather. There may be a better way to sew it, but this is how I made mine….
Gather your supplies. You can add a little patch to the front of your pencil case. I used a scrap from a tablecloth and cut out a flower. You will also want a small scrap for a zipper pull. Cut two pieces of leather to be 4″x8.5. Then cut two fabric pieces to be a little under 4.5″x8.25″. If you want to add a patch to your pencil case, stitch that on first.
Now you are ready to sew in your zipper. Open your zipper part of the way. Stitch the long edge of your leather front piece to the left side of the zipper tape. Then sew the right side of your back leather piece to the right side of the zipper tape. You will need to use your zipper foot when sewing your zipper. Also, when you are stitching and you get to the zipper pull, put the needle down, put the presser foot up, and pull the zipper closed past the presser foot. Then put the foot back down and continue sewing.
The next thing you will need to do is stitch the lining to your zipper. Fold the long edge under 1/2″ to the back side of the fabric. Press in place. Line up the folded edge of the fabric onto the wrong side of the zipper. Make sure you center the fabric inside the leather pieces as the fabric pieces will be a tad smaller. Stitch the left and right inside lining pieces to the left and right wrong sides of the zipper. Your fabric and leather will have wrong sides touching too. Stitch the folded edge of the fabric to the wrong side of the zipper on each side like you did the leather.
Now, fold everything in half, so the lining pieces match up and the leather pieces match up with your zipper folded in half length wise. Put on your regular presser foot, or specialty foot if you have one. Stitch all the way around the sides and bottom of the leather sandwiching the fabric in the seam. Back stitch at the ends. Clip excess threads. Now you should have a nice pencil case. To make the pull, take a strip of fabric that is about 1″x5, fold it in half, and thread the ends through the opening in the zipper pull. Then pull your ends through the bottom loop of the strip and pull to knot the fabric on the pull. Snip ends at an angle.
I think it is pretty darn cute! I did not have a non slip or leather foot, and I did have a bit of a hard time stitching around my case, and the seam was not straight and perfect because of this. If you are a perfectionist, you should invest in a foot that will work with leather since it is supposed to make it easier. I still love my pencil case, and it holds all my pencils in one cute compact place. You can make your own pencil case in about an hour or less, and if you are a stitcher, you will probably have everything you need already on hand. I think they would make excellent gifts too! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! Have any of you all sewn with leather before? Any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you! I’ll be back next week with more DIY fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I helped my mom shoot a wedding on Saturday, and it was so lovely! My sister is back up in Asheville at school and I miss her already, but I know she is having a great time and enjoying getting back into the swing of her classes. Most schools are back in session for the school year. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite back to school vintage finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops! Check em’ out:
Aren’t they all just awesome! I love them all! Sometimes I miss being in school! Back to school shopping is always so much fun! I hope you all enjoy checking out these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.