Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! The weather was a little rainy this weekend for us, but for some reason it had me thinking of outdoor fun. When I was little, my cousins and I would play outside all summer. I thought today I would share some of my favorite vintage summer finds for outdoor fun with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops. Here are just a few of my favorites this week:
Aren’t they all wonderful! I just love the fish paper plate holders! The outdoor entertaining book is too fun as well! Heck I just adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage stores as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
I have been on a bit of a patchwork kick lately. I love being able to take scraps that have been sitting around and find another purpose for them. I am such a vintage fabric lover, and I hate to waste any of my vintage fabrics, so I always keep my vintage scraps. I felt like doing a bit of patchwork the other day, so I thought I would make some patchy fabric coasters with some of my favorite vintage feedsack and sheet scraps. Fabric coasters are really easy and fast to whip up! They are a great weeknight sewing project!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Fabric Scraps
*Rotary Cutter and Ruler
*Self Healing Matt
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is cut your squares. Cut eight 2.5″ squares for each coaster. I used two coordinating fabrics for my coasters, so I had four of both of my fabrics for each coaster. Also cut a 4×4″ square of your fusible fleece for each coaster.
Lay out your fabric squares. Stitch the top two squares with right sides together at the side seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do the same for the bottom two squares. Press open seams.
Now stitch the top sewn pieces and the bottom sewn pieces right sides together. Make sure the bottom of the top squares matches up with the top of the bottom squares. Stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open seam. You should now have a piece that is four patchwork squares sewn together with two on top and two on the bottom.
Repeat for the back side of the coaster. Once you have two pieces for the front and back of your coaster, lay them right sides together. Stitch all the way around the coaster with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a space open for turning.
Clip your corners off close to the stitching. Take your fusible fleece square and line it up inside the stitching line of the coaster. Iron the fleece onto the fabric.
Turn the coaster right side out. Push the corners out with a stick or your scissors. Iron the coaster flat tucking in the seam allowance where the opening is in towards the inside. Top stitch all the way around the coaster. Clip excess threads. Repeat with as many coasters as you’d like to make…
I have made fabric coasters for gifts for family and friends before, but have never made patchwork ones. I have to say, I love them! I may just have to make a bunch more! These coasters are a fast and easy project, and they make fantastic gifts! I love to use vintage fabrics, but of course you can use any kind of fabric that suits your fancy! You can easily change-up the look or style. Make them all the same, or make a bunch of them in your favorite prints. Smaller prints work best. Give them a go some time, you’ll love them I bet! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
I swear this month has just flown by! It’s going to be fall before you know. I have not been pinning a whole lot over the past month since it has been a little crazy and my sister is home for the summer, so I have been trying to squeeze in as much time with her as I can before she goes back to school. I have added some pins to a few of my favorite boards and added a fun new vintage summery board dedicated to swimsuits. Check out what I’ve been pinning this month:
I just adore Pinterest! Don’t you! It’s an endless supply of beauty and inspiration! What have you all been pinning lately? You can see the sources of all these pins and see many many more by following along with my boards on PinterestHere. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…
Last week I shared this diy pallet wood star with you all. I had made the star for my porch. When I went to hang it, it looked a little plain for my taste, so I decided to paint it. I love the look of painted old wood. Typically I am not a fan of distressing wood. I like the crispness of clean painted furniture. However sometimes there is a piece that is just perfect distressed. There are a lot of ways to distress wood. A friend told me about the vaseline method, so I thought I’d give that one a try since it seemed the easiest to me. I had a great time painting my star! It’s so easy and fast to give it a little update with paint and vaseline too!
Here’s What You Need:
*White Paint (I used regular latex interior paint for this project)
*Paint in the colors you like best
The first thing you need to do is apply a thin layer of vaseline in the areas you want the natural wood to show through. I used my finger to apply the vaseline. Be careful because you can get splinters. I think a paint brush or pallet knife would work to apply it too.
Next, Paint your whole star with your white paint. You may need a few coats of white to completely cover. I think I used three coats of the white paint. Let the white paint dry.
Now, apply the vaseline again over the areas where you would like the white to show through the colored paint.
Next paint the different planks in your colored paints. I used red and aqua to go with the color scheme on my porch. Paint a couple of coats of paint and set your piece aside to dry.
Once your paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand the wood. The areas where the vaseline is, the paint will come off easily. I have also found that if you blast the piece with water from your hose the paint will flake off in the areas where the vaseline is as well. It’s a little less work, but then you have to let the piece dry out for a day or so. Enjoy your distressed pallet art!
I liked my star before, but now I am totally in love with it! It is going to look so fantastic on my porch! Pallet wood is so much fun to distress! I hope you all will give this method a try some time. It was both easy and fun! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We’ve had some really beautiful days here in the past week with a cold front moving through. This summer has been so hot here in NC, it makes me wish we had a pool in our neighborhood. I practically lived in the pool when I was little. Every summer I got to pick out a couple new swimsuits. It was one of my favorite things about summertime. So, this week I thought I’d share some drool worthy vintage swim suits with you all inspired by summer days by the water. There were so many amazing suits in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops, I had to create a special pin board dedicated just for vintage swimwear. Here are just a few of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all amazing! In a perfect world I would have them all and the body to go with them! To see even more of my favorite vintage swimwear, check out my pin board Bathing Beauties on Pinterest Here. Also be sure to check out all these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! They are filled with all kinds of wonderful style finds! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
Like a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!
Here’s What You Need:
*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.
Once you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.
Open your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.
Now you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.
Set your sandals aside to dry. Once the glue is fully cured they are ready to wear!
I absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! We took Beau on a day trip to the beach and had a blast! One of my favorite things about summer is that all my favorite stores put out all their summer melamine collections. I have loved plastics since I was little, vintage plastics being my favorite of course! So, this week I thought I would share a little collection of vintage melamine finds with you all from some of Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. There are so many awesome vintage plastic finds on Etsy, it was so hard to narrow down my favorites this week! Here are the ones I absolutely adore:
Aren’t they all just fabulous! I want them all of course! I have a set of Melmac melamine, and I love the way the tea cups feel in my hands. I also really love the speckled melamine. My hubby can’t stand plastic dishes, so I don’t get to let my collection grow too much. For now, I will just be swooning over them on Etsy. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
I am so excited to share the news that a couple of my projects are featured in July’s issue of ReLoved Magazine! If you are not familiar with Reloved, it is a British mag dedicated to all things upcycled! This magazine is fabulous! There are so many amazing projects to decorate your home and yourself in the July issue! I especially love the sewing projects! To snag a copy of your own, get the digital version from itunes or straight through the Reloved app, or find one at your local book store or craft store. Also, check out the magazine’s website Here, where you can subscribe so you never miss an issue, and check out their awesome blog! And a very big Thank You to Reloved for featuring my projects! I am completely honored to be a part of such a fantastic publication!
Upcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!
Here’s What You Need:
*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)
*Pencil and/ a marker
*Band saw or circular saw
*Brad Nailer and Nails
The first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.
Starting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.
Take a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.
Nail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.
I absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Summer is now in full swing and it has me thinking about the beach, an incidentally, old beach movies. One of my all time favorite beach movie’s is Gidget with Sandra Dee. My mom rented the original of the Gidget movies for me when I was little, and that started my love affair with classic beach movies. So, I thought this week I’d curate a collection of vintage finds inspired by the original Gidget movie. Check em’ out:
Here’s a little clip from the original Gidget movie:
And here are my vintage finds inspired by the movie:
Aren’t they just fantastic! I am head over heels in love with vintage swimsuits! All of them! Haven’t ever seen a mid-century suit I haven’t just adored! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these amazing Etsy vintage shops as much as I did. And, if you haven’t ever seen Gidget, rent it this summer and let me know what you think. It’s awesome! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. 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.