My So Called Crafty Life

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- October 5th

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…

il_570xN.839801077_p0kzAutumn perfect vintage asymmetrical wooden leaf charm and black wooden bead necklace – c. 1960s 1970s does 1930s 1940s fall charm necklace from Chronically Vintage

il_570xN.838790018_d4qvVintage 1940s Hat – 40s Velvet Leaf Hat – The Kathleen from Bohemian Bisoux

il_570xN.650542685_1yd9vintage 1940s dress / 40s dress / Autumn Leaves from Dronning

il_570xN.818664573_kcx2Red Maple Leaf Earrings, plastic celluloid fall autumn earrings, 1950s jewelry from RMS Jewels

il_570xN.564941672_rk9wVintage 1950s Gellywog of Florida Decoupage Fall Leaf Box Handbag from Perfectly Posh Vintage

il_570xN.837514081_q7hy1930s/40s Kimono / Seasons Change Robe / Vintage 40s Silk Kimono from Caramel Vintage

il_570xN.521882582_8klfVintage 1950s Retro Fall Orange, Yellow, Teal, Brown Plants & Leaves Scalloped Edge Handkerchief from Button It Up Vintage

il_570xN.642834933_1g541950s Atomic Apron, Vintage Apron, Atomic Apron, 1950s Apron, Fall leaves, Retro Apron, Vintage Kitchen, Red, Pink, Brown, Fall Fashion from Molly Finds

il_570xN.840108896_igk51950s 50s -Barkcloth Panel – Fall Leaves Pattern – Brown – Orange – Grey – Yellow – Thanksgiving – Outdoor Wedding from No Grit No Glory

il_570xN.509187962_17fkRoyal China Falling Leaves Pattern Made in USA- 48 Pieces of Dinnerware– 1950’s from Elementree Old School

il_570xN.802822633_fi04SCARCE 1930s Tin Toy Tea Tray, Black Squirrel with leaves from Olde Tyme Notions

il_570xN.638897684_5jirFall Leaves Antique Quilt, c. 1970, Virginia # 2074 from Quilts Unlimited of VA

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…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Fall Twig Wreath

06-IMG_1087 07-IMG_1084 05-IMG_1090 04-IMG_1091Hey 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


*Hot Glue


*Floral Stems for decoration

*Burlap ribbon for hanging


10-DSC_493111-DSC_4932The 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.

12-DSC_4933 13-DSC_4934Once 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.

14-DSC_4935 09-DSC_4936Now 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.

08-IMG_1083 03-IMG_1092 02-IMG_1095 01-IMG_1096I 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…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 30th

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…

il_570xN.839520757_ifukCowboy Figures. Vintage 1930s Cast Metal. Painted Miniatures. Pair of 2. Lincoln Log Signed. Lasso Rope & Pistol Figurine Lead Toys from Bohemian Trading

il_570xN.804767738_8ar3Lime green and Red Justin 1940’s cowboy boots from Vardo Antiques

il_570xN.826921699_hbg9Vintage chatelaine enamel brooch with a cowboy and a horse gold tone with chain, 1930s from Aerosvar

il_570xN.810063836_kx22Vintage Whitman Publishing Cozy Corner Book Yippee! Cowboy published 1947 color illustrations from Vintage Reading Room

il_570xN.828863193_slnhDavy Crockett Style Vintage Rocking Horse With Clip Clop Bell from Simply Creative Living

il_570xN.721546519_5gdfVintage Wallace China Rodeo Westward Ho 10 inch Dinner Plate Till Goodan Cowboy Dishes from Oceanside Castle

il_570xN.800117029_2lnc40s Child’s Vest * Vintage Leather Novelty Vest * American Indian * size 5 6 7 from sparvintheieletree

il_570xN.819285772_99vcToy Texas Ranger Cap Gun, Wood Handle, Leather Holster, Star Studs, Vintage 1940s 1950s, Children’s Toy, Western Pretend Play, Role Playing from Neutral Nellies

il_570xN.719674466_ng2aVintage Shirt / Vintage 1940’s Western Shirt // 40s / Rockabilly / h bar c shirt / 1940s / viva las vegas from Vintage Box Fashions

il_570xN.764978838_n7knVintage 1940’s Gene Autry Cowboy Print Scarf from 65 Cobblestone

il_570xN.622727038_j642VinTAgE TaBLeCLoth -whimsical startex Rodeo from Gramas Attic

il_570xN.664165891_c48rPretty Little COWGIRL With SKINNY LEGS Stands Next to Her Horse Photo Circa 1930s from Niepce Gallery

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…

Happy Shopping!

Etsy Love- September 25th

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.

il_570xN.729874816_omn0Mouse Piko. Designer hand-embroidered toy, Stuffed animal, Animal Toy, mouse toy, children by Slasti Dolls

il_570xN.211526202Adventure Awaits, Vintage Globe Art by Wendy Gold

il_570xN.510898272_te1bFoxes Print by Meg Park Arts

il_570xN.698338147_p23gKitten Ceramic Necklace by Studio Sosim

il_570xN.615959544_dxahTravel Neck Pillow by Aleale

il_570xN.504551568_cdurBear iPad cover, Blue iPad Case, iPad sleeve, custom iPad case, iPad Air 2 Case, iPad Air Sleeve by Juli Wine

il_570xN.671606868_kqeiPapel Picado Banners – LAS FLORES – sets of 2 – Custom color wedding garland by Ay Mujer

il_570xN.810380264_bj0uWood Balancing Game by Des Enfantsillages

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…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Soft and Cozy Pet Sling

03-DSC_4732 02-DSC_4738Hi 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

*Straight Pins

*Ruler and Marking Pen


06-DSC_4688The 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.

07-DSC_4689Mark 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.

08-DSC_4690Stitch 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.

09-DSC_4691 10-DSC_4692Now open out the snuggle fabric pouch and lay it in the flannel pouch so that right sides are touching. Pin together.

11-DSC_4693 12-DSC_4695 13-DSC_4696 14-DSC_4697 15-DSC_4698Now 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.

16-DSC_4699 17-DSC_4700 18-DSC_4702 19-DSC_4704 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.

05-DSC_4706Now 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.

04-DSC_4728 01-DSC_4743I 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 Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 21st

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:


Vintage Golfing Bugs Salt and Pepper Shakers from Rabbit Heart Designs

il_570xN.749567884_mx3yVintage Milk Glass Salt and Pepper Shakers Lime Green Accent Range Size Shakers Retro Kitchen Shabby Cottage Decor Vintage 1930s from Cynthia’s Attic

il_570xN.745728877_nnkyVery Rare Vintage Bambi and Falina Kissing Deer Salt & Pepper Shakers Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

il_570xN.743903800_apilSalt & Pepper – Nifty ‘Westinghouse’ Shakers – 1950s Washer and Dryer – Wood – Picnicing, Camping, Glamping in Your Retro RV – Flamingos from Retro Mama 65

il_570xN.786143719_qd62Vintage Chicken Hen Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Made in Japan – Hand Painted Salt & Pepper Chickens w/ Scarves – Mid Century Kitsch Hens from Vintage Dazzle

il_570xN.464102786_poijVintage Carter Hoffman Salt Pepper Shakers 1940’s Collectible Pottery Country Decor from In Another Life Vintage

il_570xN.520854424_owwc1950s Ucago wood cow salt and pepper shakers moo when shaken great barbecue kitsch from Lunch Lady Vintage

il_570xN.837391291_504f1950’s Salt &Pepper Shaker from Vintage Meg

il_570xN.792293278_qlqqVintage Rare Lotus Lyngby Cathrineholm Salt & Pepper Shakers – Mid Century from House Of Seance

il_570xN.680968132_b2gxVintage Toothpaste Tube Girls Anthropomorphic PY Salt and Pepper Shakers 1950s Napco Pink Blue CUTE and RARE from Crazy 4 Me

il_570xN.833379259_b0mkLovely pair of Old English Salt & Pepper shakers Odds of Mid Century and 1940’s vintage shabby chic crockery from Guidoux Vintage

1-Funky_Junks_Party_Junk_link_party.29-AMVintage Lion or Cat couple salt and pepper shakers. Very hard to find. Marked Japan and both numbered 4659 from Forever Finery

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…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Vintage Tea Towel Throw Pillow

05-IMG_0963 07-IMG_0957 08-IMG_0956 06-IMG_0960Hi 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 and immediately knew the little towel I had would be amazing throw pillows for my couch!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tea Towel

*Scrap Fabric

*Backing Fabric

*Trim (optional)


Sewing Machine


*Zipper Foot


*Pillow Form (Mine is a 14×14 from Here)


23-DSC_4708First 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″.

22-DSC_4709Begin 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″.

10-DSC_4896Stitch the trim around the front of your pillow around the edges.

11-DSC_4897 12-DSC_4900Now 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.

13-DSC_4901Lay 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.

14-DSC_4902 15-DSC_4904 16-DSC_4905Put 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.

17-DSC_4906 19-DSC_4908 18-DSC_4907 20-DSC_4909 21-DSC_4910Now 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.

01-IMG_0974 04-IMG_0964 03-IMG_0966 02-IMG_0967I 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 Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 14th

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:

il_570xN.618150576_grwa1941 Tattler Year Book Logansport Indiana High School Felix the Cat from 13th Street Emporium

il_570xN.804383099_s939vintage 50s plaid skirt pleat midi / full circle pleated skirt from Soda Folk

il_570xN.791920249_p2bbVintage College Pennant ALABAMA University Red School vtg SMALL MINI Felt Pennant Flag 1940s-1960s Dorm Collectible Sports Decor Man Cave from The Old Time Junk Shop

il_570xN.829998743_n0cqCool Old School Clock from Vintage Mementos

il_570xN.523756731_3s91Vintage Black and white illustrations Childrens picture flash cards 1941 Small, Family theme Set of 6 from Sunshine and Suitcase

il_570xN.793342458_71p1Vintage Pencil Sharpener – Apsco Giant Clear Side Mechanical Hand Crank – Adjustable Wall Mount Model – 1940s Manual Pencil Mill from Vintage PDX

il_570xN.621969699_odohAll Around Us Vintage 1940s Children’s School Reader or Textbook by Scott Foresman and Co. with Scottie on Cover from Grandmother’s Attic

il_570xN.777732857_suxzVintage 1940s Richmond Spelling & Numbers Board – Educational Toy from Retro Reaction

il_570xN.497433958_6wuwVintage brass Perfect Attendance pin 1940’s excellent condition back to school goal from Love Me 2 Times Vintage

il_570xN.736942948_169dVintage 1940s Handmade Cotton School Gym Bag with Colorful College Pennant Design from Fun Old Stuff

il_570xN.481048936_koppSchool Charm Bracelet Wood and Lucite 30s Vintage from Syrtis 4

il_570xN.736653821_ql5wVintage Childs Handkerchief 1940’s School Days from Decojumeau Antiques

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…

Happy Shopping!

Afternoon Hangout

5-DSC_5071 4-DSC_5062 7-DSC_5075 8-DSC_5082 1-DSC_5045 2-DSC_5050 6-DSC_5073 3-DSC_5056For 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.



Vintage Crafts- DIY Souvenir Tray


vintage souvenir trayHi 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:

5-just for fun 6-just for fun22-DSC_4675Instead 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.

4-IMG_1009 1-DSC_4677 3-IMG_1014I 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…

Happy Crafting!

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