Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It was very rainy here, but we managed to get in a little trip to some antique shops in Cameron and a Saturday night cook out with my father in law. I am super excited it is October! Fall is my favorite season! Everything is still quite green around here, but we should start seeing some fall colors in the next couple of weeks. Until then, I wanted to share some of my favorite fall-ish finds from Etsy with you all this week…
Aren’t they all wonderful! I LOVE the fabrics and the dishes! Do you all have a favorite this week? I just love vintage shopping don’t you! Be sure to check out the lovely Etsy vintage shops that these items came from today. I think you will love them too! I’ll be back soon with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Hey everyone! October is here and I am so excited! Not only do my hubby and I both have birthdays, there is also Halloween and the beginnings of sweater weather in the south! I needed a new fall wreath for my door and I have been wanting to make a twig wreath for a while since seeing all those beautiful driftwood wreaths floating around Pinterest. I gathered a bunch of twigs in various sizes from my moms yard and picked up some burlap flower and leaf picks at JoAnns. Here is my how-to:
What You Need:
*MDF wood wreath form
*Floral Stems for decoration
*Burlap ribbon for hanging
The first thing you need to do is gather your twigs. Get them in varying widths. You will need to decide the basic length you wish to snip them by holding one up to your wreath and marking it then snip it. Snip or break your twigs in varying lengths using the first twig as a guide. For your thicker twigs, clamping the twig in a heavy clamp to a table or something sturdy will help you break it.
Once you have all your twigs snapped you are ready to start glueing them. Glue a twig to your wreath form with the bottom of the twig a little above the inner circle edge of your from. Glue your next twig next to the first, trying to line it up the bottom at the inner circle in line with the first twig.Glue your twigs like that all the way around your wreath. Once the wreath has been filled around, fill in gappy areas with some thinner twigs.
Now clip the wires off of your floral picks. Arrange the picks and embellishments as you like them, then glue them all down with your hot glue. To finish off add your ribbon by tying a long loop and bow around the top of your wreath.
I really like the way my wreath turned out! I think it is really cute and neutral so it could work up until the holidays. I love the burlap accents, but you can really make it your own just by the floral picks and embellishments you use. It was really pretty simple to make and took me about an hour or two from start to finish. I hope you all will give it a try some time! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more diy fun. Until then…
Hey guys! I am a little under the weather this week, so I am a bit off of my normal routine. I meant to post this back on Monday. I have tons of vintage loves, including linens, mid century, art deco, etc. One of my little obsessions is vintage westerns and western goods. So, I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage cowboy finds with you all this week. Here is my top twelve…
Don’t you just love them! I am head over heels for the brooch, and the china and tablecloth! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy browsing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with some fall goodies. Until then…
Hi guys! Happy Friday! Fourteen years ago today my husband and I had our first date. We always celebrate the dating anniversary by going out to dinner. So I am excited to kick off the weekend with some sushi and quality time with my fella! Before I head out for the weekend I thought I would share some of my favorite items I have been loving on Etsy lately.
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all of course! I’m a sucker for animals and soft toys too! Do you have a favorite here? Be sure to check out these wonderful Etsy artists shops! There are lots of treasures to be found! I’ll be back soon with more Etsy love. Until then…
Hi guys! As many of you who follow my blog know, my sister and I got new puppies this summer! We picked out two italian greyhound puppies, Annie and JoJo. Hannah has the JoJo, and I have Annie, his sister. Italian greyhounds are widely known as velcro dogs since they love to be as close to you as possible all day long. Little Jo wants to be held all day and will follow you around and cry until you pick him up. Since he’s such a clingy little fella, I made Hannah a puppy sling for him to snuggle down in. He’s cozy and close to her, and she’s happy and hands free. I thought I would share how I made her sling in case any of you guys have a pup or kitty you’d like to tote around.
Here’s What You Need:
*Flannel or Quilting Weight Fabric for Outside
*Fleece or Minky for Lining
*Sewing Machine and Thread
*Ruler and Marking Pen
The first thing you need to do is cut your pieces. Measure around where you will wear the sling around your body and add a few inches to that and then another inch for seam allowance. I made Hannah’s to be 60″ long by 8″ wide. So cut one long piece to be 61″x9″. If your fabric isn’t wide or long enough you can piece it together, just make sure you add seam allowance. For example, my 61″9″ can be made into two pieces that were 31″x9″. You will also need to cut a half circle. Determine the depth you want the pouch to be plus the width. Mark both on a piece of paper. Fold your paper in half width wise and then draw in the curve from the side to the bottom. You will need two half circles of your fabric. Cut one long strip and two half circles of your outer fabric and one long strip and two half circles from your lining snuggle fabric.
Mark the center of both your half circles and your long strip. Beginning at the center, pin one half circle to the long strip on one side, right sides together. Pin the other side in the same manner. Do the same for your flannel and your lining fabrics.
Stitch the sides to the strip with a half inch seam allowance, from the top side of one end of the semi circle, around the bottom to the other side. You should now have two open pouches. One is the flannel and one is the snuggle fabric.
Now open out the snuggle fabric pouch and lay it in the flannel pouch so that right sides are touching. Pin together.
Now you are ready to stitch. Start on one side of one end. Stitch down that side, when you get to the half circle pivot your fabric with the needle down. Then stitch across the top of the half circle, then pivot again and stitch up the side of the other strap. Pivot and stitch across the end of the strap, then back down the other side, across the other half circle, then back up the other side. Leave the end you started on open at the top.
Clip your curves and clip corners. Now reach in the open end and pull the other end through turning the pouch right side out. One end will be closed and one side will be open but your pouch will be formed. As you can see I had some helpers.
Now you need to connect your strap to finish off your pouch. Turn the raw edges in towards the inside. Then lay the closed end over the top of the one you just turned under overlapping them by about a half inch or so. Pin. Stitch across the end close to the edge. Then turn over and stitch across the other end close to the edge. Clip your threads and you are finished.
I think it turned out pretty cute! We actually found the flannel fabric at walmart. Hannah was looking for Batman fabric but when we saw the ponies and they were all snoozy we couldn’t resist. I think if I make another one for Annie I will make it a little longer. You can adjust the size according to your dog and your measurements. It is a really easy to make! You can whip up a few in an afternoon. It’s like a snuggly for your pets. Together we can make pet wearing a new fad! But seriously, give it a try sometime for your furry friend. It is great for small pets you want to take out with you when it’s a little chilly and they can be all snuggly and spoiled like they should be, right! I’ll be back soon with more fall projects. Until then…
Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend! We took the pups on a beautiful hike at Umstead park. They had a fantastic time and it was a lovely day! I picked up a new set of chicken salt and pepper shakers too at a local thrift shop. Overall it was a great weekend! Vintage salt and pepper shakers are one of those things that I can never pass up. I have quite a little collection in my house. So this week I thought I would share some of my favorite shaker sets from Etsy this week. Check out my best favorites:
Aren’t they all adorable! I am a total sucker for ceramic animal shakers! I love them and actually have them all over my house. I can’t pick a favorite this week. Any of them strike your fancy? Be sure to check out the great shops that they came from! There are lots of treasures to see! I’ll be back soon with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Hi guys! As many of you know, vintage linens are like my favorite thing on the planet! I purchased the most adorable tea towel from one of my favorite shops, NeatoKeen a while back. The moment I saw this little towel, I knew I had to have it! The kitty looks like a cross between my two angel kitties, Roux and Sophie. I have been saving it for something special. Recently I had the opportunity to review a pillow form from PillowCubes.com and immediately knew the little towel I had would be amazing throw pillows for my couch!
First you need to measure your tea towel. You will need to decide where you want to cut your towel and if you will need to patch it in with some extra fabric. My tea towel was wide enough for a fourteen inch pillow form but it was not tall enough since I wanted to make two pillows, so I needed to add fabric to the top and bottom to make it square. I needed an extra inch and a half added to the top and bottom. So I made my extra pieces 2″ tall by 15″. My towel piece was 12″ tall by 15″ wide. Then I cut a back piece to be 15×15″.
Begin by sewing the top patch to the top of the towel with right sides together. Press seam to the top. Stitch the bottom patch to the bottom of the towel, right sides together. Press seam allowance towards the bottom. Now you should have a front pillow piece that is 15×15″.
Stitch the trim around the front of your pillow around the edges.
Now you are ready to sew your zipper. Put the front and back pillow pieces together right sides facing. Baste stitch across the bottom of the pillow. Press the seam open.
Lay the zipper centered in the middle of the seam you pressed open. Pin the zipper with the top of the zipper about an inch and a half in from the side then pin it down from there making sure it is centered in that seam all the way.
Put your zipper foot on your machine. Stitch a regular straight seam down one side and then across at about 1.5″ from the side seam then back up the other side, moving the zipper pull as needed with the needle down in the fabric. Now rip open the basted seam exposing the zipper.
Now fold to make the back and front pieces even with right sides together. Pin all the way around. Start stitching 1.5″ in from the side where your zipper tape starts, then pivot and stitch up the side, then across the top, then back down the other side and then across the bottom 1.5″ in to the other side of the zipper. Clip corners and threads. Open up the zipper and pull the pillow right side out through the bottom. Insert your pillow form.
I LOVE my pillow! It looks fantastic in my living room and every time I see it I am reminded of my little Roux! Pillow Cubes is a company out of Tennessee that offers all kinds of pillow forms in traditional sizes and custom sizes. You can buy singles or in wholesale quantities. They also carry a variety of types of pillow forms in fiber fill and feather blends. I chose a fourteen inch square woven covered fiber fill pillow. I was impressed by the quality of my pillow form. And I really love that they are made here in the US! I would definitely recommend giving Pillow Cubes a try next time you are looking for some pillow inserts. My friends at Pillow Cubes have given me a coupon code to share with my readers. Use code CraftyLife10 at checkout to receive 10% of your order! I hope you have enjoyed my pillow tutorial! Next time you see that awesome vintage tea towel, snatch it up and make a pillow for your favorite space. Vintage linens make the best throw pillow! These pillows would make a great gift too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! School is back in session, and fall is on it’s way. I can’t wait for some cooler weather! I was cleaning up my craft room the other day and came across my grandmother’s high school year book from in Mobile, Alabama. It is one of my favorite possessions in the world! I love reading what her friends wrote and seeing her photos in the clubs she was in! So, this week inspired by my grandmother’s year book, I have put together a “school days” collection of vintage finds for you all. Here are my favorites:
Aren’t they all adorable! There is something so wonderful about a plaid pleated skirt! And vintage flash cards and early readers are beyond charming! I hope you all have enjoyed my little collection this week! Be sure to check out the lovely Etsy vintage shops they all came from too. I’l be back soon with more vintage cuties. Until then…
For my dogs, their favorite place to be when the weather isn’t super hot is on the screened in porch on the back of our house. Beau likes to take naps out on the daybed. Annie likes to watch the birds and squirrels in the yard. It’s a fantastic place to be in the afternoon! Thought I would share a few snapshots from the other day with you.
Hi everyone! Today I am back with another vintage craft to share with you guys! Today I am going to share how to make a souvenir tray from a Summer 1953 issue of McCalls Needlework and Craft Magazine. This craft idea was in the “Just for Fun” article and suggested glueing letters and postcards or mementos to trays for a great way to display your treasured papers.
Here is the Original:
Instead of vegetable glue and shellac I used Mod Podge Matte decoupage medium. I used vintage post cards from my stash of vintage paper ephemera, and the red tray I picked up at Walmart this summer. I wrapped the wooden handles with some aqua and white bakers twine.
I absolutely adore my tray! It is a retro fun display piece. I think it would look great on a coffee table but also would be great as a serving tray for entertaining! I used vintage post cards for my tray, but I think it would be a great way to save your summer paper mementos to remember summer vacations or maybe even family letters and photos. You can really get creative with it and make it your own. I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun. 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, a crazy cat, one very spoiled dog, and seven adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.