Hey guys! I wanted to pop in and share a super easy DIY watch with you all today! Sometimes I love to wear a watch, but the bands aren’t always breathable and can make my wrists feel sweaty. It’s super easy to make a watch with a hanky or scarf, and super cute too. Check it out:
Here’s What You Need:
*Watch Face (this particular face I got at Michael’s)
*Vintage Hanky or Scarf
First you need to grab a hanky. Fold the hanky in half diagonally, forming a triangle.
Starting at the top where it is widest, fold the hanky over about an inch, then over again, and again until you have a folded strip of about an inch wide.
To finish off your watch band, insert the end of the hanky strip into the loop of the watch face, under the face, and then back up through the other loop. Tie the watch around your wrist and knot in a little bow.
I love the hanky watches because, well, they are hankies! I love finding new ways to use them and wear them! Since there is not cutting or sewing you can switch them out as often as you like making the design possibilities endless. What I also love is that since they are cotton they are breathable and comfortable to wear. So, grab some of grandma’s old hankies and strap one on with a watch sometime. I love wearing mine! I’ll be back soon with more diy fun. Until then…
A few weeks ago I was at the antique festival in Liberty and snagged the most adorable little egg cups painted like ladies faces. I instantly knew they needed to have flowers for hair! I have seen some really cute face egg cup planters on Pinterest like these, and have always wanted to make some of my own. These were even better since the faces were already on my egg cups and beyond adorable! I have seen them with grass or succulents in them, but I wanted something a little more colorful, so I decided on some silk flowers.
Here’s What You Need:
*Egg Cups (You can easily add faces with a Porcelain pen or other paints)
*A few bunches of small silk flowers
First you need to gather your supplies and clean your egg cups.
Cut a small piece of foam to fit inside your egg cup with your craft knife.
Stuff the floral foam into your egg cup. If you want it to be permanent you can add a little glue to the bottom of the foam.
Clip your floral stems short and stick the ends into the floral foam. Arrange your flowers how you like them. I added an assortment of stems to one planter and then for the other two I used the same stems like all purple or all tiny floral stems.
Once you have your flowers arranged how you like them you are done. Display them in your favorite space as a group or scatter them through your house in special places.
Aren’t they so darn cute! I love my little egg vase ladies! They look super adorable all together or even by themselves tucked on a bookshelf or next to a sweet piece of art. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It’s so easy and really fun! The best part is that it is an inexpensive project and you can make several in under an hour. I’ll be back soon with more fun DIY ideas. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! And Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are all enjoying the long weekend and spending time relaxing with friends and family. As it is Memorial Day, this weeks finds are inspired by the amazing men and women who serve and protect our country every day, and our love for the good ole red, white, and blue…
I love vintage Americana items, so awesome! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! To all our servicemen and ladies out there we love and appreciate you all! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Be safe and have fun! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! Are y’all ready for a fun long weekend? I am really looking forward to cooking out and spending time with the family! Before I sign off for the weekend I thought I would share some of the things I’ve been swooning over on Etsy recently…
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all! Do you all have a favorite? I love them all of course! I am a big fan of cute, as I’m sure many of you have gathered by now! Be sure to check out the fabulous shops and artists that these items came from. I think you’ll love them too! I’ll be back soon with more Etsy faves. Until then…
Hey guys! I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all! In some of my old Good Housekeeping Magazines, they had a section called “The Date Line” that would tell about what was hip with the teens of that generation. I love reading them and some of them even had little craft ideas. My November 1957 issue had a note about girls taking their leather belts and getting their friends to autograph them. I thought that sounded like so much fun! When I was a teen, I had my friends doodle on my favorite pair of chucks. My sisters did the same with bags or stuffies. I guess teens have always been smitten with doodles. It makes me wonder if my grandmother might have had something she cherished when she was young that all her friends signed.
Here is the original article:
I decided to take one of my old thrift store belts and doodle on it and have my family sign it. Instead of using a gold leaf pen, I used gold sharpie paint pens. You could easily funk this up even more by using colorful belts and colored paint pens. We wrote my favorite sayings on them, and now I can wear a little reminder of all my favorite people with me. I am seriously smitten with my belt!
I think this is a great idea for graduations since it is that time of year. It would also be fun to have at a party. You could have the wedding parties sign belts for the bride and groom at their showers. Or if your kiddos are leaving the nest, you can sign a belt with family signatures and wishes as a memento of home. I hope I might have inspired some of you all to give this vintage idea a try! I had a blast making mine! I’ll be back soon with another fun vintage craft. Until then…
I am a hanky hoarder! I have tons of them and although I need another hanky like I need a hole in my head, I cannot resist snagging them up when I come across some! I was looking for something to do to embellish some of plain every day tees. I thought I’d add a fun pocket to some of them. Most of my favorite flour sack scraps are too small for pockets, so I decided to try makng a pocket out of a vintage hanky. As it turns out, hankies make wonderful pockets and are just what I was looking for! Now I want to make one for each day of the week!
Here’s What You Need:
*Plain Tee Shirt
*Marking Pen and Ruler
*Scissors and Iron
*Sewing machine and thread
To start with cut one quarter out of your hanky. You should end up with a squarish shape.
Cut interfacing and iron onto the wrong side of the hanky.
Fold the hanky in half on the diagonal so you have a triangle.
Decide about where you want to fold your sides to make your pocket. Fold your triangle in half and measure out the same distance on each side and gently mark your fold line.
Cut the sides off of your triangle a little past your fold line. Fold your hanky on your fold line and iron the raw edges towards the wrong side. You should now have your pocket shape.
Decide where you want your pocket to go on your tee. Measure and mark the placement, then pin the pocket to the front of the tee with straight pins.
Top stitch around the pocket stitching close to the edges and leaving the top open. Make sure to backstitch well at the beginning and end of your stitching. Clip excess threads and there you have it!
My hanky pocket tees are definitely my go to every day tee! I love wearing them, and they are so easy to make I will definitely be making more. If you don’t have any hankies of your own, you can find them fairly cheap at vintage stores, antique malls, flea markets, etc. You could always substitute a hanky with a fun bandana too. So if you have some plain tees you are itching to do something with, give this one a try! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hey everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I spent most of mine sewing up some projects. I am so excited it is strawberry season here in North Carolina, and all the strawberry farms in the area are open for business. Our locally grown strawberries are the best! It is one of my favorite times of the year! So, in honor of strawberry season, I put together a little collection of vintage strawberry finds to share with you all this week. Check out this sweet bunch:
Aren’t they all just amazing! I love vintage strawberries! That Vera dress is so cool, you have to click on the listing and see the back of the dress! And how about that sweater! I am so in love with everything here this week! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I will be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
Hi everybody! Today I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all, yay! This diy, I have to say, has been my favorite to make so far! I got the how-to from a January 1956 issue of Workbasket Magazine. I am a huge fan of stuffed animals, and he was just too cute, even in drawing form! I couldn’t resist making one for myself!
Here is the Original:
To print the pattern, just save the image to your computer and print it in landscape on a regular piece of 8.5×11 paper.
For my little donkey I used grey wool felt for the body. I used orange wool felt for the leg trim or inside pieces, and lime green for the hoofs. For the ears I used a mustard wool felt. The eyes were just regular black and white felt scraps. For the hair I used an aqua wool blend yarn. I followed the pattern and instructions pretty much exact. However, instead of whipping on the hoofs and the eyes, I glued them on with fabric glue. I also just left the tail bushy instead of wrapping it.
I really enjoyed making him! He did take me a few hours to make, but it was pretty easy work. It was a little difficult to blanket stitch areas that were fully stuffed but patience and stiff fingers prevailed and I made it work. The yarn was quite difficult to pull through my felt as well, but a pair of pliers helped to gently force it through.
I absolutely adore my little donkey! He is probably my favorite thing I have made in a long while! I do hope some of you lovely ladies and gents will make your own sometime. It is well worth the effort! I’ll be back soon with another fun vintage craft. Until then…
A little while ago I snagged a couple of vintage cocktail napkins from one of my favorite shops, NeatoKeen, on Etsy. I have kind of a chicken theme in my kitchen and thought the Les Enfants napkins would be perfect to frame and hang in my kitchen. I do love chickens, and french chickens, well, I couldn’t resist! I was in need for a gift for my momma for Mother’s Day, and knowing she loves chickens and all things Francaise, I decided to make her a pillow with one of my napkins. Cocktail napkins being rather small, I decided to piece it into a frame block of other fabric. The result was super cute, and the process is easy!
Here’s What You Need:
*Fabric for Backing
*Zipper, or velcro
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is measure your napkin and pillow form and decide how to make your strips. The napkin I had was roughly nine inches and my pillow form was a 14″. So I took the napkin and took out the seam allowance, so that mad it 8″ for a half inch on each side. So 14 minus 8 was 6″. Divide that in half and add your seam allowances back in. So, 6/2 is 3″ plus seam allowance on each side would be 4″. You want to make two bands the width of your napkin. In my case 4×9, and the other two to be the length of the pillow plus allowance, in my case 4×15. Cut a backing piece to be 15×15.
Start by laying the bottom band to the bottom of the napkin with right sides together and stitch together. Do the same thing with the top band and top of the napkin.
You should end up with a long piece with a fabric band, the napkin, then a bottom fabric band. Press the seams to the side of the band so it doesn’t show through your napkin.
Now you need to stitch up the sides. Lay the right side band to the pieced napkin and band right side with right sides facing. Stitch up the seam. Do the same thing with the left side. Press seams to the bands. You should end up with a napkin framed in by your four bands and a total piece that measures 15×15.
Top stitch around the napkin on the bands close to the seam, stitching down the seam allowance as you go.
Stitch the trim if you have any to the right side of the backing fabric close to the edge. I have to appologize but my other process photos are lost at the moment. So you need to now stitch up your pillow, but you need to add your closure first. In my case I had a zipper. I stitched the right side of the zipper on one side to the right side of the front pillow piece. Then I stitched the other half of the zipper to the right side of the back pillow piece. You can follow the directions on the zipper packaging too which can be very helpful if you are not familiar with zippers. Once your zipper is stitched in you need to finish sewing up your pillow. Stitch all the way around the pillow starting and ending where your zipper starts and stops. Clip your corners and turn the pillow case right side out, then insert your pillow form.
Isn’t it cute! My mom flipped over it, and it now sits on the little chair in her red sunroom, just as I photographed it. You can find vintage cocktail napkins online at places like Etsy or Ebay, or you can sometimes find them at flea markets and antique malls. I think they make great pieced pillows. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “Happy Hour!” I hope you all will give it a go sometime yourselves. It’s such a fun project and can be made in under an hour too! I will be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then….
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and all the mommies out there had a lovely Mother’s Day! You know the saying, “April showers bring May flower?” Well it is so true to our area! All the flowers in my garden are starting to bloom, and it is beautiful! I cut some peonies just this morning for a nice small table bouquet in my favorite Pip Studio pitcher. Vintage florals being my favorite of favorites, I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage florals with you all today! I hope you love them all too!
I am so in love with all of these amazing finds! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy checking out these wonderful 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.