Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I shot a wedding this weekend with my mother in Chapel Hill and it was just beautiful! Easter Sunday is this coming weekend. So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage Easter finds with you from Etsy’s wonderful vintage world. There were so many adorable things, I had a hard time narrowing them down. You can see more in my etsy favorites. Here are my absolute faves this week:
Aren’t they so cute! I love this time of year with all the bunnies and little chicks! Do you all have a favorite this week? I love them all, especially the tin basket! I hope you all enjoy browsing these wonderful vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! I am gearing up to go photograph a wedding for a very sweet couple with my mom tomorrow, so it is a little busy here today. Before I sign off for the week though I wanted to share a few of my Etsy faves this week with you all to go with my Easter week. Here are some fabulous finds for bunny day:
Aren’t they fantastic! I swear, the cute stuff on Etsy just blows my mind! I hope you all enjoy checking out these fabulous Etsy artists and their wonderful shops! I will be back next week with more favorite finds. Until then…
I have been having such a blast with my vintage craft series so far this year! So, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter craft and share it with you guys this week. My mom and I got together the other day and made these adorable painted easter eggs from a vintage April 1955 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine. We loved the eggs as cupcake toppers, but I think our favorite was the fish! We thought we’d give both a try…
Here’s The Original How to:
In the original, they used real eggs that they broke and dyed then painted with watercolors. We did not have dye or watercolors around so we used acrylic craft paint. We also are not that good with delicate things, so I purchased some of those plastic white dyeable eggs from Walmart and cut them with a hot knife. We cut the eggs in a wavy pattern below the middle and then painted those pieces as tails for the fish. Then we painted whole eggs for the fish bodies, and also for a couple of toppers or place tags. Once the fish dried we simply glued the tails on with some hot glue. I did not have any golf tees, so I glued my name tag eggs to wooden disks or straws and embellished them with sparkly twine.
I think they turned out super cute. Of course the best part was crafting with my mom! That’s always fun! I’m not great at painting, but I can just imagine what some of you artists could do with these! I think they would be a fun craft for the kids to try their hands at too, sans the glueing part. I hope you all will give this DIY a try sometime! I had a blast with it and I’m sure you all would love it too! I’ll be back next week with another DIY. Until then…
One thing I have never made, but always wanted to try my hand at is an egg cozy. So, I thought I would give it a try for easter. I decided to make a bunny and a chick for my eggs out of felt. Turns out it was really fun, and they were so fast to whip up, I could’ve made a whole dozen in just a few hours!
Here’s What You Need:
*Felt (White, Pink, Yellow, and Orange)
*Pattern (see below)
*Embroidery Floss in black and needle
*Sewing Machine and thread
First you need to cut out all your piece. Draw in your face for your bunny and the eyes for your chick with a marking pen. Stitch the faces with embroidery floss. I always just use a simple back stitch. Glue your nose on the chick with your fabric glue.
Glue the pink lining onto each ear for your bunny. Then place a drop of glue in the bottom center and fold the sides in to the middle and glue down. Let dry.
Place your ears onto the front bunny piece with the ears face down and pointing towards the middle of the body. Cover with the back piece. Pin in place so the ears don’t shift when stitching, or you can stay stitch them before hand. Place the wings of the chick face down on the chick body at the sides and cover with the back. Pin.
Stitch all the way around the cozy leaving the body open at the bottom. Clip seam allowances and turn right side out. Slip onto an egg and enjoy the cuteness…
Aren’t they fun! I want to make a whole zoo now! I think these would be fun to top some special eggs in a basket, or simply to keep your breakfast eggs nice and toasty. How cute would they be on a tray for breakfast in bed! I hope some of you will give this a try sometime. They are a lot of fun to make! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hey everyone! As I mentioned yesterday, this week on the blog I am going to be sharing Easter things all this week! Today I am going to share some easy DIY Easter Baskets with you all. These two baskets I picked up at the thrift store for a dollar. I liked the shape of them and decided they’d be cute painted and embellished. A little paint, some fabric scraps, a handmade medallion, and shredded scrapbook paper later, I ended up with some seriously cute boutique baskets!
Here’s What You Need:
*Thrift Store Baskets
*Paint (I used regular latex, but spray paint would be great too)
*Fabric Scraps cut into 1″ strips
*Embellishments such as medallions, bows, doilies, etc…
First paint your basket. I used materials that I had laying around the house. So, I painted my baskets with regular latex paint. I love being able to choose my favorite colors, but it did take a few coats and took a lot longer than spray painting them would have. You can decide how you want to paint your basket.
Once your basket is painted and then dried you can ad embellishments with hot glue. I made this medallion with ribbon, a doily, and a vintage milk cap a while ago and thought it would be cute on my basket.
To make the fabric handle basket, cut one inch strips of fabric. I used scraps from an old fat quarter of a vintage bed sheet. Glue the end of the first strip down tot he inside of the basket before the handle starts. Wrap and glue your fabric around the handle. When you run out of a strip, glue another down where the last one ended. Stop at the top. If you have a short piece trim it and then glue on another strip, or if your piece is still long, leave it. Do the other side the same way. Tie the excess fabric strips at the top into a bow and trim neatly.
To make the grass filler, I shredded scrapbook paper in my paper shredder and then crumpled it up a bit. It’s so easy!
Aren’t they cute! My favorite is the mint basket, which I shall be using to hold napkins after Easter. These baskets were super simple to make and pretty fast to whip up, faster if you spray paint them. I love how customizable they are too! I had everything but the baskets and scrapbook paper on hand, so this craft only cost me a couple of dollars to make. If you had to purchase the paint and embellishments it could cost around ten dollars for both. So if you all are looking for a fun DIY to do for Easter, give this basket a go! I’ll be back tomorrow with another DIY. Until then…
Hey everybody! Are you all so excited that spring is finally here? It’s still a little cool weather wise here, but I am starting to see some of my plants getting little buds. Soon everything will be green and pretty! Easter is also coming up very soon. So, this week I am sharing a bunch of Eastery springy things with you all to get an early start on the celebrations. Today I am going to show you how to make an upcycled stuffed easter bunny out of a vintage hanky and an old tee shirt. It’s pretty easy to whip up and full of personality!
Here’s What You Need:
*Striped Tee Shirt or Knit Fabric
*Interfacing, Medium Weight (a 1/4 yard should do)
*Coordinating Fabric Scraps
*Embroidery Floss and Needle
*Plastic Animal Nose (I got mine at JoAnns)
*Sewing Machine , thread and pins
Pattern for the Ears:
First, iron your hanky and then cut and iron interfacing to the wrong side of the hanky. Fold it in half.
Cut a rounded or egg shape at the top of the hanky, and trim the sides so they are straight and even.
Cut one ear, interfacing for the ear, and ear lining piece for each ear from your fabric scraps. Also, cut two to two and a half inch strips for the legs and arms from your tee shirt. I made mine very long. I cut them all from the sleeves of a long sleeved tee shirt. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of your ear lining pieces.
Pin your ear and ear lining pieces together. Stitch all the way around leaving the bottom open. Clip the seam allowance at the top and turn right side out. Iron flat.
Take a long knit strip and fold it in half lengthwise and so the right sides are facing each other. Stitch close to the edge all the way down. When you get about an inch away from the bottom curve the seam across the bottom for the ends. Do the same thing for all the other arms and leg.
Using a chopstick or turner turn your leg and arm pieces right side out.
Carefully iron all your leg and arm pieces. This is also a good time to trim them up to make sure the arms are the same length as well as the legs. You can also decide how long you want to make the arms and legs if you have not already and trim to your liking. You also need to embroider the bunny’s face. Draw in the eyes and mouth with a marking pen and then embroider over the lines with a simple back stitch. To add the nose clip a tiny hoe and insert the nose in at the top of the mouth then fasten the back to the front of the nose from the wrong side.
Pin the arms and legs to the body where you like. I pinned my arms about half way down the sides and the legs about 3/4 of an inch from the corners at the bottom. Pin so that the limbs are pointed in toward the middle of the body.
Stay stitch limbs in place. Stay stitch the ears too. Fold the ends of the bottom on each ear in toward the middle. Pin in place to the head where the lining fabric is facing the right side of the hanky. Ears should point toward the center. Pin in place and stitch.
Once the limbs and ears are stitched in place, carefully fold everything in towards the middle of the bunny body.
Lay the other body piece right side down on top and pin all the way around. Stitch all the way around the body leaving couple of inches open in the bottom for turning.
Now, clip corners and allowance where needed, and turn your bunny right side out. Stuff the bunny with fiber fill.
To finish off your bunny, stitch the opening closed by hand with a whip stitch or ladder stitch.
I just adore my little bunny! This was one of my favorite hankies, and now I like it even better. She is so sweet! I think such a sweet bunny would be a perfect addition to an Easter basket for your little ones! You can customize it too with how you stitch the face or the length and thickness of the legs and arms. I hope some of you guys will give it a try sometime! I think my bunny took me a little over an hour, and she was super fun to make! I’ll be back very soon with another fun Easter DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl’s grandmother and one of his cousins celebrated their birthdays this past Sunday with a big party. It was so nice seeing everyone! We had lots of laughs, and lots of cake! I also got the first chance to wear my new spring straw hat to brunch. Spring is here, and Easter is on the way. So, I thought I’d start the spring out with a treasury full of vintage bunnies! There were so many cute bunnies in Etsy’s awesome vintage shops this week, I will be adding a few more to an Easter vintage post next week. Here are my absolute favorite bunnies this week:
Aren’t they all so dang adorable! I actually have a copy of the bunny book at home and it is one of my favorites. The illustrations are so cute! I can’t really pick a favorite as usual, but I think it would probably come down to a tie between the planters or the stuffed bunny. I am a sucker for Steiff! How about you guys? Anything you dig this week? I hope you all have a blast checking out these fantastic shops! I will be back next week with some vintage easter finds. Until then….
Hey everyone! Last month I started a new series with you guys where I make and review old recipes from my collection of vintage magazines. Last month is was a butter citrus glazed cake that was yummy. This month I wanted to try something from one of my old Gourmet magazines. My mom and I got together and decided to try a recipe for Basil Roquefort Biscuits from a June 1960 issue of Gourmet.
Here is the original recipe:
We did not have any regular flour, so we substituted self rising flour, and omitted the baking powder and soda. The biscuits did not rise very well, they were more dense. I think they would have been fluffier perhaps if I had used regular flour and the added baking soda and powder. The dough seemed a bit sticky, so we had to use a bunch of flour and instead of rolling out the dough I just patted it to size with my hands. It didn’t call for chilling the dough, but I think that may have made it easier to roll out with a pin like the recipe calls for.
Even though the biscuits were not as fluffy as we had imagined and we though for sure they would be hockey pucks, they were delicious! These were probably some of the best biscuits I have ever had, and I live in the south y’all! The texture was more dense and you really got a rich flavor from the Roquefort but it didn’t have an overpowering blue flavor like I was expecting. We melted a little butter and brushed the tops of the biscuits with it. We tried a few different combinations of toppings with them and ate them plain too. We warmed up a little black forest ham to stack on them, and it was a really yummy pairing. My favorite combo was to spread a little fig jam on them and then top with a little of the ham. My dad and hubby were totally loving them too! I think this recipe was certainly a keeper! I know we will definitely be making them again sometime as a treat. I hope you all will give this recipe a try sometime! Let me know what you think about it! I’ll be back soon with another recipe review, maybe something for Easter, we’ll see…
Of course what would a recipe review be without these chowhounds…
Needless to say, they very much enjoyed the little bites of biscuits they got too!
Hey everyone! A while back I shared how to make a martingale collar with you all. A martingale collar is a lot of times used as a training collar. We use them for our italian greyhounds since they are the one collar they can’t back out of. I’ve made several martingales for Beau in the past. They are super easy and totally customized to your dog’s neck. Today I am going to show you how to make a martingale with a half chain out of a belt and some fabric. Here’s my how-to:
First you need to measure your dogs neck. Measure around the neck behind the ears. Add two inches to that measurement. Cut your fabric to the same measurement as the neck measurement and add an inch for turning under for the length. Make the measurement for the width a little under the width of the belt plus a little for turning under. So if my belt is 2″ wide, I would make my fabric 1 and 1/4″ wide plus 1″ for turning under, so 2 and 1/4″.
Iron the top and bottom under towards the backside of the fabric by 1/2″ on each side. Then, turn under the sides by 1/2″.
Spray the back side of your fabric with basting spray. Center the fabric on top of the leather and smooth down.
Stitch the fabric down to the leather all the way around by machine close to the edge as possible. Clip excess threads.
Cut the leather at the ends to fit the width of your chain rings. I had to trim mine down to 3/4″
Punch a hole in the center of the end of your end about 3/8″ from the edge. Fit the end around the ring. Mark the hole where it needs to go on the center of the thick part.
Wrap the leather end around the ring on one side. Load a rivet through the hole you punched and hammer the rivet down completely. Wrap the other end around the other side ring on the chain and load a rivet on. Hammer down the other rivet. And that’s it, you’ve got a new collar for your pooch!
I totally love the new leather collars I made for Beau and Sadie! I was able to make two out of the same belt with plenty left over. It was even easier than the ones I usually make with webbing. So far they have held up nicely. If you want to make them extra strong you can add extra rivets or stitching. You can keep them even simpler by just using the belt without stitching the fabric to them. I always like adding fabric to mine, especially when it’s vintage feedsack cowboys! I hope all you dog lovers out there will give this one a try sometime. I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then….
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I took my Hannah to breakfast yesterday and got to enjoy a few hours with her until she had to leave for Ashevile. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up tomorrow. So, this week I have curated a little collection of vintage Irish finds to share with you all. I had a hard time narrowing down my list, as usual, there were so many cute green goodies! Here are my top favorites:
Aren’t they all just great! I am so in love with the peter pan collar necklace! Do you all have a favorite this week? I love them all, really! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week 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, 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.