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Woodland Summer

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CP SHADES linen top
$175 - calypsostbarth.com

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Mini skirt
$78 - anthropologie.com

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Cotton Candy leather shoes
$49 - modcloth.com

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Vintage tote
$398 - anthropologie.com

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Monserat De Lucca brass earrings
$45 - monseratdelucca.com

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Flower ring
$18 - modcloth.com

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Oasis necklace
£5 - oasis-stores.com

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Brimmed hat
$38 - anthropologie.com

Lunch Date

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Collared shirt
$64 - topshop.com

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Short shorts
$29 - maurices.com

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Christian louboutin shoes
$417 - footcandyshoes.com

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Kate Spade shoulder handbag
$398 - katespade.com

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Tarina Tarantino heart jewelry
$26 - tarinatarantino.com

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Ring
okajewelry.com

Born in the USA

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J Crew striped shirt
$45 - jcrew.com

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Current/Elliott boyfriend shorts
$185 - net-a-porter.com

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Red trainer
$50 - jildorshoes.com

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Dooney Bourke handbag
$198 - dooney.com

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Alex and Ani yellow gold bangle
$138 - alexandani.com

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Silver chain necklace
$64 - endless.com

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Navy earrings
$11 - etsy.com

I Heart Etsy Fridays- The Fab Life of Roux

I have been meaning to feature this shop for a while now. This is an Etsy shop that my mom and I have together and have recently added art prints to. The Fabulous Life of Roux Toulouse is a children’s book that my mom and I created together a couple of years ago about a day in the life of my fantastic cat Roux Toulouse. Come along with Roux and explore his day. Find out what makes him and the life he leads truly fabulous. Everypage features a photo of Roux in his daily life, from waking up mom and dad to doing yoga, and pretending in the afternoon to dancing after dinner. Roux is a truly amazing cat. Even though all the pictures in the book feature backgrounds we manipulated in photoshop, Roux himself was never photoshoped or touched up. He is the best model we’ve ever had! This book makes a great gift for both kids and cat lovers alike. Here are some of my favorite art prints from the book:

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Happy Shopping!

DIY Patriotic Mini Bunting

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Today I have a super easy and fun DIY for you, a mini flag bunting. This cute little patriotic bunting is an easy decoration to make for your upcoming Independence Day parties or barbeques. And the best part is that this craft is not only fun and easy, but also really inexpensive!

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Here’s what you need:

*Felt (I used printed felt I bought from I Love Felt 88 on Etsy Here)

*Scissors

*Twine or Yarn

*Glue (I used hot glue)

*Paper, ruler, and pencil

*Fabric marking pen

Step 1: Draw out your template- Using your ruler and pencil, measure and draw your template. I wanted my flags to be 1″x1 1/4″. Fold your paper in half, then measure down from the fold the length of the flag(1 1/4″) and draw a line, measure across the width of the flag(1″), then draw another line down to the length of the flag(1 1/4″). Draw a line across the bottom so you end up with a rectangular shape. Now, from the bottom measure up 1/2″, and draw a line. Then mark the center of the flag on that line(1/2″), and draw a line on each side from the middle to the bottom edges to make the ^ shape of the bottom of the flag. Cut out template and unfold.

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Step 2: Mark flags- Using a tracing pencil or fabric marker, trace around the paper template and repeat until you have the number of flags you wish to use. Cut out flags with fabric scissors.

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Step 3: Glue- Cut a piece of twine or yarn the length you wish. Leave a tail for hanging or tying, then put a little glue on one half of your flag, slide under twine, and then close other end and squeeze to glue sides together. Repeat with other flags until you have the length you wish.

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This craft is so easy and economical, and you can decorate with it any time, for any occasion by just changing your felt colors. I love the versatility! And this would be a great craft to do with your kids. Make a long bunting to decorate your mantel, or make a little one and tie it to two skewers to decorate a cake or pie display. So grab your glue gun, and let’s get crafting!

Linking with-

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, It’s a Hodgepodge Life, & My Romantic Home

 

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DIY Pallet Art

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Today I have a fun art craft for you all. Use old pallets to make a “canvas” that is both shabby chic and well, cheap! I stenciled a quote on mine, but you could use any subject matter you like. Getting the pallet apart was a bit tedious, but the stenciling was fast and easy. All in all a fun summer craft to make art for your outdoor spaces!

Here’s what you need:

*Pallet

*Reciprocating saw

*Circular Saw

*Hammer

*Wood Glue

*Brad Nailer

*Appropriate size nails

*Paint

*Stencils(optional)

*Paint brush or stencil brush

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Step 1:Cut the Pallet- You don’t necessarily need a bunch of power tools to get your pallet apart. You could get them apart with a hammer and a saw, but power tools sure do make it easier. We cut through the nails all around on the sides with the reciprocating saw, then cut the back up with the circular saw so you have your boards separated. With pliers pull off the back cut up pieces of your front boards. Then, hammer out the old rust nails.

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Step 2: Put the Pallet pieces together -First, with the circular saw cut one of the back pieces you have lengthwise, then cut strips into smaller pieces for the back brace pieces. Lay out your pallet boards face down and pushed up together. Place a generous amount of glue to the brace strips and glue them down, one at the top, one at the bottom and two evenly spaced in the middle. Nail down the strips with the nailer, or hammer and nails. Let dry.

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Step 3: Measure spacing- Place your stencils where you want them and the measure out and pencil in guidelines with a pencil and tsquare or ruler.

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Step 4: Stencil- Line up stencils on the pencil line. Firmly hold down stencil, then dip brush in paint and brush paint carefully onto stencil. Stencil all your words letter by letter until finished. Let dry. And you’re done.

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Pretty easy and fun right! And the best part is that it is super economical! I used the length of the pallet and didn’t cut it down, but you could cut the boards to any size you like. If you use outdoor paint you can use the pallet to decorate your outdoor space, or you could use regular acrylics and decorate your empty wall space. This one is going to have a home on my screened porch, or maybe my trellis. There are so many possibilities, so grab a pallet, and make your own one of a kind work of art!

Happy Crafting!

Linking up with -

Coastal Cottage, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Katie’s Nesting Spot, Somewhat Simple, The 36th AvenueThe Shabby Creek Cottage, & The CSI Project

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- June 25th

This year has been just flying by so fast. I can’t believe the first day of summer was just last Wednesday. I love the brightness of summer, the fresh fruit, summer dinners on the back porch, and sundresses. So, this weeks finds are in celebration of this hot but fun season. I found some amazing finds including a fab sundress, lovely glasses, and a fantastic chair! Here are some of my favorites:

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Check out this Salterini Hoop Mid Century Patio Lounge Chair from The Modern Historic Here

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Check out this Fabulous Vintage Sherbet Colored Frosted Glass Pitcher and Glasses Set from Hydrangea Row Here

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Check out this Hot Weather Meals vintage 1949 illustration Here

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Check out this Mid-Century Turquoise Fan from The White Pepper Here

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Check out this amazing 1950′s Mad Men-esque Dress from Aiseirigh Here

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Check out these 1950′s Cat Eye Sunglasses White Candy Cane Red Stripe from Thayer Eyewear Here

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Check out this lovely yellow celluliod necklace from Retro Magnetism Here

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Check out this cute Vintage Straw Purse with Colorful Raffia Flowers from Vintage Roadshow Here

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Check out this vintage 50s clock radio from ReCultivation Here

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Check out this Mid-Century Placemats and Napkins Set from The White Pepper Here

Don’t you just love them all! I am head over heels for that fantastic sundress, but I just adore all of these great vintage finds! Hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely vintage Etsy shops as much as I did!

Happy Shopping!

 

I Heart Etsy Fridays- The Wheatfield

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This week i’m very excited to be featuring one of my absolute favorite Etsy artists, Katie Daisy of The Wheatfield. Katie’s work is whimsical, inspirational, and well, just lovely! I love her color pallets and the quotes she uses in her paintings. Her animals are fantastic! I just love the beautiful kitty! And although I swoon over her quote prints(as you can see I already have one for my sewing room), the print that I will probably be adding to my collection soon is her Magic Farmhouse print. My parents moved and renovated an old farmhouse when I was a teenager that had been built back in the twenties, and it is such an amazing house. Katie’s print really captures the charm and loveliness of these great old farmhouses, and reminds me of home! I have to say I just love all her sweet prints and cards in her shop, and it was hard to narrow them down, but these are definitely my favorites:

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Aren’t they all just fantastic! Check out Katie Daisy and her Etsy shop, The Wheatfield. Also check out KatieDaisy.com to see more of Katie’s work, and you can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest too!

Happy Shopping!

 

DIY Shabby Chalkboard Necklaces

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It’s no secret, I’ve been lovin’ chalkboard paint for a while now! I’ve been wanting to try out chalkboard paint on a locket. However, yesterday I realized that I had some extra resin cameo settings from a while back, so I decided to go ahead and try it out. I have to say i’m really pleased with the results! I think they are adorable, and the best thing is, they are fun and super easy to make!

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Here’s what you need:

*Chalkboard Paint

*Resin Cameo Settings ( I bought mine on Etsy here)

*Jewelry Bails

*E6000

*Ribbon or Chain

*Chalk or Chalk Pen

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Step 1: Paint- Make sure your settings are clean and then follow the directions on the jar or your paint. It is usually two to three coats, letting them dry for an hour in between.

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Step 2: Glue bails- Once the paint is good and dry and looking good you are ready to glue your bails. Put a dab of E6000 at the top of the setting on the back in the center. Then, carefully push the bail into the glue dot centering as you push it down. Let dry.

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Step 3: Finish- Once your glue is good and set and dry add your chain and a clasp or ribbon.

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Step 4: Personalize- With your chalk or chalk pen, personalize your necklace with your initials, a tiny message, or a doodle.

This craft is so easy. It does take a lot of drying time, but other than that, it couldn’t get simpler. You could make a big ol’ batch of them in really no time at all, and what a cute gift they’d make! So go ahead, make one for each of your favorite gals, big and small, and of course one , or ten, for yourself as well. A girl’s gotta accessorize! Hope you all enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

Linking with these fab blogs:

Katies Nesting Spot, Somewhat Simple, The 36th Avenue, The Shabby Creek Cottage, My Romantic Home, CRAFT, Sew Chatty, Skip to my Lou, The Girl Creative, & The Southern Institute