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DIY Pretty Prehistoric Ring Holders

Today I have a really easy and fun DIY for you, prehistoric ring holders. Certain toy dinos have a perfect shape or features for holding your favorite rings! I found this Brachiosaurus, and wooly mammoth at the craft store the other day. With a coupon they are really affordable, around $5 a piece. You could use other animals than dinosaurs as well, just pick what you like best.

Here’s What You Need:

*Large Plastic Animal or Dino Toys

*Krylon Plastic Spray Paint

*Craft Acrylic Paints

*Masking Tape



Step 1: Spray paint- Clean off your dinos and spray paint them according to the directions on the can. I sprayed them lightly and did several coats. Let Dry

Step 2: Tape off areas you want to be left white

Step 3: Paint- Grab a decent paint brush and paint your dinos in your favorite colors. While paint is still wet, remove tape. Once dry, touch up any spots you need to.

Step 4: Add crystals(optional)- place small dabs of clear glue( I used e6000) on your dino, and add crystals. Tweezers can be a help when working with small crystals, but I find it just fine to use my finger and press them on that way. Let dry

Step 5: Add a little necklace(optional)- I added a little necklace to each of mine. I strung beads on embroidery floss and ties around their necks. Enjoy!

These dinos make a quirky and fun statement to my vanity, and I love them! They are a little bit serious and a little bit silly, which I totally dig! Like I said earlier, you could use any type of animal or dino you like as long as the shape will work. The possibilities are many! I can’t wait to try more! And this would also be a fun craft to do with your kids, or for a party! These would make great gifts to for any gal!

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 30th

This week I found some awesome vintage finds on Etsy in one of my favorite hues, yummy yellow! I love yellow in the summer, it’s bright and fresh and reminds me of sunshine. This week I have found some fantastic yellow items including a fabulous frock, a cool clock, and as always some amazing dishes! Check em’ out:

Check out this amazing Vintage Contessa DeLuxe Yellow Typewriter from Euro Vintage Here

Check out these awesome Vintage buttons from Miss Pink Robin Here

Check out this fabulous Vintage Dress from Pickled Vintage Here

Check out this lovely 1950s Sunday Daisies Hat from Dirty City Vintage Here

Check out this amazing Vintage Yellow Poole Electrical Wall Clock from Antique Lane Here

Check out this cool Vintage Pyrex Casserole Dish from Dotti Rose Studio Here

Check out these cute Mid Century Signed Art Clip Earrings Mustard Yellow from Retro Revival Boutique Here

Check out this awesome Sunshine Yellow Vintage 1950s Sleek JG Meakin Pitcher with Lid from Carohope Here

Check out these cool Vintage 1960s tumbler set from The Vintage Domain Here

Check out this lovely Vintage Linen Tablecloth and 4 Napkins from Fraces’ Attic Here

Check out this lovely vintage Le Creuset Fry Pan from Kitchen Culinaria Here

Check out this cute 1950s raffia handbag from Custard Heart Vintage Here

Aren’t they all just so cute! I love yellow in the summertime! I hope you all enjoy shopping in these wonderful Etsy Vintage Boutiques! Have a fantastic Monday!

Happy Shopping!


I Heart Etsy Fridays- 3 Crows

This friday I have a special treat for you! Today I am featuring one of my all time, tippie top, absolute favorite artists on Etsy, Sara Pulver and her wonderful shop, 3 Crows. I found Sara’s work a couple of years ago, and ever since I have been collecting her mini prints. I absolutely love the whimsy and character her paintings have! As most of you know by now, I’m an animal lover, a pet lover. I don’t discriminate, I love all creatures big and small, especially if they are furry! And I think what draws me to Sara’s work so much is that she really captures the personalities of all the animals she creates that in a way, to my fancied mind, they are perfect representations! All of the work in her shop is fantastic! It was very hard to narrow it down, but here are just a few of my favorites:

Aren’t they just fabulous! There are all kinds of items in the Etsy shop including original art and prints, cards, aceos, plush, a bit of her guy’s lovely woodwork, and custom pet portraits. One day I am going to commission her to do a portrait of all my pets. I hope you all enjoy all the lovely art! To see more of Sara’s work, check out her shop on Etsy, 3 Crows, Here. You can also find her on Facebook, and on her blog Here.

Happy Shopping!

Free Printable Shrinky Dink Tags and Pendants

Today I have a special freebie for you guys! I love to mess around in photoshop! The other day I decided I wanted to make some new shrinky dink tags for Beau’s collar for Beau and Roux’s corner (coming in august), and I decided to make a few with little saying on them while I was in photoshop mode. I have been wanting to do a free printable for a while now for all of my fabulous readers! So here’s my little gift to all of you to say thanks for being so awesome! I hope you enjoy them all!

Other than one small smudge I think they all turned out pretty cute! These were really easy to make! You can find shrinky dink paper for inkjet printers at Michaels. Just follow the instructions in the pack, they are nice and detailed for you, with tips. It’s really quite simple. You just print, cut out, bake, flatten if needed, and seal. You do have to lighten the picture by 50% before you print because they get a lot darker when you bake them. You can lighten them in a photo editing software like photoshop elements, or I think even picasa.

Here are the printables. Please note that I have not changed the opacity. These are full bright color for those of you who wish to use them for other things than shrinky dinks. If you are using them for shrinkies, you’ll need to lighten them by 50% to make them right for baking.

Fancy Pendants

Round Pendants

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To save these files, just right click and open picture in a new tab, and then right click on the picture and “save as.” Feel free to use them as you like, please just no reselling of these sheets. Enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Shabby and Sweet Push Pins

Today I have a great and easy twofer DIY for you! I’m going to show you how to make these cute push pins for your cork board, and how to use a fabric yoyo maker to make quick and easy, and adorable, fabric yoyos for any number of cute projects. I made these push pins for my window organizer, but they would be just as lovely on your full sized message board, or even for your teen to hang posters in their room!

Here’s What You Need:

*Flat Top Push Pins

*Hot Glue or E6000

*Buttons, Cabochons, Vintage earrings, Resin Flowers


*Yoyo Maker and Template

*Scissors, Needle, & Thread

First I’m going to show you how to make fabric yoyos:

Step 1: Gather supplies and cut fabric- Using the template on the back of your fabric yoyo maker, mark and cut out your circles. Then gather your needle and thread and your yoyo maker.

Step 2: Place fabric in yoyo maker- Place your fabric with the right side out around the disc that looks like a gear, serrated edge. Center and hold as you snap the disc into the yoyo maker bottom. There are three lines on the disc you need to try to line up with the raised bumps on the yoyo bottom.

Step 3: Sew Yoyo- Flip the yoyo maker over so that the bottom of the maker is facing you and the side with the edges of your circle is facing away. Start from behind and bring your needle through the back in one curve, then push the needle down into the front to the back of the other end of the curve. Repeat with each little curve until you have stitched back to where you started.

Step 4: Make Yoyo- Snap the disc out of the bottom piece, then carefully remove the gathered fabric from the plastic disc. Pull the threads and move and place gathers with your fingers until the gathers, or pleats are all the way pulled in together. Mash the top pleats down to the middle and your yoyo should form when flattened a bit. Tie off your thread and snip ends.

And there you have it. Easy, right! Now let’s make some fabulous push pins!

Step 1: Gather your supplies- Heat up your glue gun. Get out your flat push pins, and gather all of your yoyos, buttons, cabachons, cameos, and resin flowers.

Step 2: Glue- Place a small drop of hot glue on your piece, then firmly push the flat part of the pin into the glue. Let dry, and then pin your favorite things and enjoy!

Wasn’t that easy! This is such an easy craft, and these sweet little pins look so impressive on your cork board! They would make lovely gifts to give for the holidays, and you could make dozens in just a few hours, and they are also so inexpensive to make. The yoyos you can make from scrap fabrics, and the cabs and cameos you can get from the supplies section of Etsy pretty cheap, or raid your local vintage shop for buttons and old cabochons. And perhaps the best of all, is that these little beauties are super fun to make, almost instant gratification! So grab your glue gun gals, and let’s get crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 23rd

This week I have some adorable vintage finds for you all! One of my absolute favorite color combinations is aqua and navy. So, this weeks theme is, you guessed it, aqua and navy hued vintage finds. There were so many cool items, including some fantastic fashion finds, that it was so hard to narrow it down! Here are just a few of my favorites:

Check out this amazing 1950s Cocktail Dress from Aiseirigh Vintage Here

Check out this adorable Vintage 1950s Straw Feather Tennis Hat from Tender Vintage Here

Check out this cute Vintage Long Beaded Necklace & Earring Set from Sell it Again Vintage Here

Check out this lovely 1950s Vintage Minaudiere purse from The Baroque Princess Here

Check out these fab vintage Springolator turquoise Leather Bow Heels from Vogue Vintage Here

Check out this cute Vintage Aqua Blue Necklace from Camono Island Vintage Here

Check out this amazing 1950s cocktail hat from The Vintage Hat Shop Here

Check out this amazing Turquoise Blue Milk Glass Vase by Kemple from Barking Sands Vintage Here

Check out this fantastic Vintage Tammis Keefe Linen Towel from KLB Vintage Wares Here

Check out this awesome 1950s Navy Blue Marbled Samsonite Suitcase from Mary Beth Hale Here

Check out this lovely Vintage Designer Scarf by Oscar de la Renta from 4 Birds Vintage Here

Check out this fabulous Vintage 50s Bathing Suit from Good Karma Vintage Co. Here

Check out this cute Wooden Puppet Rabbit from Holliez Hobbiez Here

Check out these cool Vintage Music Themed Tumblers from Babylon Sisters Here

Check out these great 9 Vintage Retro Chic Blue Plastic Serving Trays from Remember Me Emily Here

Check out these cute Vintage Salt Shakers from Vel B Vintage Here

Aren’t they all just fantastic! I just love that hat! And the swimsuit is awesome too! I hope you all enjoy checking out these lovely Etsy vintage shops!

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Lulu Bug Jewelry

This week’s featured artist is one of my favorite jewelry designers on Etsy, Lulu Bug Jewelry. Sue, the designer behind Lulu Bug, creates wonderful, whimsical necklaces and earrings in fine silver. I love the quirky tiny animal necklaces she does, as well as the tinted concrete ans silver necklaces! They are all just so great! But I do think my favorite one may be the chicken! Here are just a few of the beautiful things you’ll find at Lulu Bug Jewelry’s shop:

Aren’t they all just fantastic! Sue also has little pendants with cute dogs on them as well for all my fellow dog lovers! To see more of Sue’s work, visit her shop Lulu Bug Jewelry on Etsy Here, her blog Here, and her Facebook Here. Hope you all enjoy!

Happy Shopping!


My Latest Craft Show Display

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a vendor at Raleigh’s Designers Downtown Market. It’s a small show, but there are always a lot of cool artists and crafters there, and it’s a good place to spend a saturday afternoon. They have the show five times a year, and there is always something new and different to see. This month they had a local ice cream truck that was really yummy.

The show this past weekend was the first craft show I have done since starting my new line, and I had a lot of new display ideas. I wasn’t able to get them all organized in time but my booth still ended up being fairly cute. Check it out:

Don’t you love this old door!

My vintage feedsack jewelry was displayed on this old window I made an organizer from.

My hubby Daryl makes the coolest wood bowls, pepper grinders, and pens. I had to give him his own space for his awesome wares!

My birdcage and jewelry tree held my vintage brooch necklaces, and a vintage bowl stand I made holds rings.

All of my plushies, and plushie clothing, were displayed in fantastic vintage suitcases I borrowed for the day. Aren’t they so cute!

I would love to have vintage tables to display items! And maybe another window as well. I still have a lot of tweaking to do, but it’s a start. Overall, I think it turned out well. I’d love to hear some feedback and/ or suggestions!

DIY Organizer from Old Window

Today I have a fun and versatile craft for you all, we’re going to make an organizer from an old window! I made mine with some cork, chicken wire and chalkboard painted wood. It’s fairly simple to do, and the best part is that it doesn’t take long at all to make, you could craft one in an afternoon.

Here’s What You Need:

* An Old Window

*Cork Squares

*Chalkboard Spray Paint

*Chicken Wire

*1.4″ Wood ( I used plywood, but in hindsight I would recommend MDF for a much better finish)

*Sawtooth Hanger

*Power saw or table saw for cutting wood

*Wire Cutters

*Razor Knife


*Rubber Mallet

*Trim nailer, hammer and tacs, or silicone caulk

Step 1: Remove window glazing- With a sharp razor knife cut along each side of the window glazing popping pieces of it out until all the glazing has been removed. Then scrape the sides with a scraper.

Step 2: Remove the Glass- Lightly tap upwards on the glass from underneath to slowly move glass to the top and out. If you have a stubborn pane and your glass breaks, carefully pull out the glass shards, preferably with gloves. Carefully discard glass. Then, scrape down the sides of the empty window pane with the scraper until it’s relatively smooth.

Step 3: Cut Wood- Measure the inside dimensions of the window panes. Mark the measurements on your wood and cut down to size using a table saw or power saw, or you could use a hand saw if you had to.

Step 4: Prepare Cork and Blackboards- For the blackboard surface boards, clean off the wood and spray the boards with paint according to the directions on the can. Let dry. For the cork; place a generous amount of wood glue on your boards, lay cork on top and secure with a weight, then let it dry. Once your glue is dry, cut down the cork to fit the boards.

Step 5: Attach boards to your window- Place each board you have in the window pane you would like them in. You can hammer tacs into the sides of the panes, use a trim nailer to shoot small nails to secure it, or you can squeeze a bead of silicone caulk around each board to secure it as well.

Step 6: Attach Chicken Wire- Cut your wire down to a manageable size using the wire cutters. Stretch the wire and tac down with your nailer or hammer and tacs on each side, trying to keep it taut as possible. Then clip end of wire to fit window pane.

Step 7: Add hangers- You can add a sawtooth hanger to the back, just measure for the center and nail it in. And that’s it! Now you can hang and enjoy!

I made my organizer to use as a display for my jewelry at craft shows. It works great for jewelry, but it would also be fantastic as an organizer for your kitchen or mud room to make lists, reminders, clip important things to, hang up your favorite comic from the day, really anything you like. I think it would be fun to add some hangers or knobs to the bottom to hang keys or bags from! You can let your imagination run free, there are so many possibilities. So go ahead and make one, and add a little organizational piece of mind to your favorite space!

Happy Crafting!

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My New Gals

We have added four new chickens to our little backyard flock this year. They are all so cute and curious. Our Black Austrolorp, Betty is the most curious. We frequently find her looking in the french doors. The other day my mom opened them up to see what she would do, and she was able to get some really cute pictures of all four of the newbies! The big black one is Betty(black austrolorp), the reddish brown is Rosie(americauna), the blonde buff colored one is Nora( buff brahma), and the fuzzy black one is Maybelle(silkie). We think Maybelle may be a rooster, which in that case he would be Mayboch instead. They all were feeling a little curious and Nora even stepped her foot inside the door, but none of them ever made it past the doorway. And although I am glad they prefer their nest to ours, there’s really not anything else much cuter than looking over and seeing four curious, wide eyed little chickens starring in at you throught the door to the patio! Adorable!


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