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Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 29th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I started the weekend off early with a fun trip to Liberty for the antique festival with my Mother in law on Friday, and then we went to a friend’s gorgeous wedding Saturday evening, and then Sunday we took Beau to the flea market. It was a spectacular weekend! So, today I am going to share something really special with you! First of all, let me let you in on a little secret. I am a huge Perry Mason fan! It one of my all time favorite classic shows, which happens to come on METV weeknights at 11:30, and I never miss it. I can’t really put my finger on what it is about the show that makes me love it so much. My mom says it must be something in my blood since my great granny never missed an episode either. I think what I love more than anything is that he is the perpetual hero and never loses a case, like ever. It is absolutely absurd and fantastic all at the same time. Raymond Burr, I love love love you! This week I thought I’d curate a little collection of vintage finds inspired by the show. Check em’ out:

Here’s a couple little clips for you:

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1949 Erle Stanley Gardner “The Case of the Negligent Nymph” Perry Mason Story Hard Cover Dust Jacket from Moxy Fox Books

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Lady justice figurine, vintage brass, balance scales of justice, lady of justice. Themis Maat Dike. Law office decor, Gift for lawyer, judge from Cabinetocurios

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Vintage Law Books, Decorator Display Books, Library Decor Books, Staging Decor, Props from Picker’s Warehouse

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Vintage Wood Gavel – Judge Lawyer Auctioneer Gavel from Monochrome Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Mens Suit — Vintage Big and Tall — Mid-Weight Gray Wool Herringbone Pinstripe — Jacket and Pants Size 45/46 Long Tall from Jaunty Rooster

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SALE Vintage Fedora / 1950s Wool Fedora with Feather from 86 Vintage

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Vintage Regal Lawyer’s Leather Briefcase Satchel Attache Steampunk from Poor Little Robin

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ON SALE Vintage Over Coat Vietnam Era Army Wool Mens Overcoat 34 R from Wagner’s Treasures

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Vintage handbag / purse, smart 1950s formal black leather handbag, Grace Kelly bag, hinge frame, stand alone bag, rockabilly from Vintage Green Clothing

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50s Wiggle Dress / Little Black Dress / 50s Metal Zipper Dress / 50s Secretary Dress Vintage Dress / Clothing Dress / Women Dress from Minxouri Vintage

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1950s The Seductive Secretary Pumps size: 6 – 6.5 from Delicious Mod Vintage

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1942 Perry Mason Solves The Case of the Drowning Duck, Erle Stanley Gardner, Suspense, Murder, Romance from The ID Connection

Aren’t they fabulous! I would love to have Della Street’s wardrobe! I hope you all have enjoyed my picks! Be sure to check out all these fantastic items and more in their wonderful Etsy vintage shops! And if you are looking to watch an episode of Perry Mason, tune into METV weeknights at 11:30pm est. I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower Lampshade

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2 DSC 0096 4 Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower LampshadeHey guys! Earlier this week I posted a DIY for an upcycled lamp made from a vintage cookie tin. Today I wanted to share the how to for the lampshade that I made for it. This lampshade was super easy and fun. It took less than twenty minutes to whip up too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Small Lampshade

*3-4 Yards of Large Chiffon Flower Trim (I bought mine Here)

*Scissors

*Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue

Instructions:

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This really couldn’t get much easier. First, gather your supplies. Grab your trim. Cut your flower trim apart, so you end up with tons of single chiffon flowers. Now you are ready to glue. Apply a nice amount of hot glue to the wrong side of your chiffon flower. Then glue the flower down to the lampshade. I started at the top and worked my way down. Glue each flower next to the previous and continue around your lampshade in rings until you reach the bottom. Fill in any thin areas with a flower. Once your lampshade is filled with flowers you are ready to add it to your lamp and enjoy!

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Isn’t it so darned cute! I LOVE it! I really can’t believe how easy it was too. I want to make a bunch more now! This little flower lampshade is a great way to update your favorite lamp. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- September 2014

I am so happy that we are really getting into some beautiful fall weather around here! The past month has been a little crazy. I’m busy getting ready for Halloween crafting and planning out my holidays lists. It’s going to be that time of year before we blink, ya know! I haven’t been pinning a whole lot this month, and I have not added any new boards. I have been adding to some of my everyday favorites and a few of my more recent boards. Here are some of my absolute favorites for this month:

From my board Words To Live By:

 

 

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board Tattoos:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board Wedding:

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Aren’t they all just fantastic! Pinterest is so amazing! I always have so much fun searching through all the beautiful boards out there! You can see the source of all these pins and more on my pinterest boards Here. What have you all been pinning this month? Anyone getting into Halloween decorating yet? I’m knee deep into my creepy cute crafting already. I look forward to pinning some Halloween inspiration for next month’s list. I’ll be back in October with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Tin Lamp

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04 DSC 0085 4 DIY Upcycled Vintage Tin LampOver the past couple of years I have gotten really into making upcycled lamps! I have several in my home, and a whole list of more lamps and shades I’d like to craft. One of the lamps I have been wanting to make for a while now was a vintage tin lamp. I have been searching for a tin that was vintage but still in decent shape without too much rust. I found this wonderful soft green cookie tin recently and knew it would be perfect for the lamp I wanted to make for my sewing room. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tin

*Lamp Kit

*Extra Couplers(I used 3)

*Drill and drill bits

*Screwdriver

*Small piece of PVC tubing

*Glue (e6000 or super glue)

Instructions:

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Gather your supplies and take everything out of the package. Measure your threaded rod from your kit and grab a drill bit the same size as the rod.

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You can start by making the hole in the lid of your tin. Mark the center of your tin. Take your drill bit that is the same size as your rod and drill a hole where you marked in the lid with your drill.

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Now you need to add your couplers to the threaded rod. They just screw on. Screw each one on snugly and tightly next to the previous.

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Now you are ready to add your fixture to your lid. Slide the gold plate onto the bottom of the rod so it meets your couplers. Then slide on the lid, then a washer, then the nut. Tighten the nut down snugly to make the fixture nice and firm and straight.

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Now you need to make the hole in the back of your tin for the wire cord. Mark where you want the cord to come out. Drill a hole slightly larger than the cord.

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Next, slide a small piece of pvc tubing onto the cord. Then push it into the hole in the back of the tin half way and glue it in with some e6000 or super glue.

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Now, slide the cording in the inside of the tin and up through the threaded rod and through the lid up through the socket.

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Follow the instructions for wiring on the lamp kit package. Basically you take the twisted ends of the wires and wrap the corresponding wire around the screws on the socket then tighten the screws down.

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To finish off you coil the wires into the bottom of the socket and push the top into the bottom socket piece. Now you are ready to add a lampshade and light it up.

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03 DSC 0088 5 DIY Upcycled Vintage Tin LampI absolutely adore my lamp! It was so easy and fun to make. Daryl and I did it together in about twenty minutes. It is a great size for the small suitcase table in my sewing room and gives me a nice amount of extra light when I’m working. So, next time you guys come across a wonderful old tin, snatch it up. They make wonderful lamps, and a great conversation piece for your favorite space! I hope some of you will give it a try sometime! Lamp making is so fun! I’ll be back Thursday with a diy for the lamp shade. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 22nd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It was beautiful here, so we took the dogs out to the flea market and the dog park. They had a fantastic weekend! Daryl and I had a sushi date too. All around it was a fabulous weekend! I saw a fantastic tin cake carrier at the flea market that reminded me of just how much I love vintage tin items! So, this week I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage tins and tin toys. There are so many fantastic tins in Etsy’s many lovely vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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Vintage 1940s 1950s Metal Tin Litho Paint Box With Adorable Children’s Graphics – Finest Water Colours Made In England from Vintage Critter

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50s Tin litho Toy Tea cups, Maids & leaves in pink green white on 5 metal from Olde Tyme Notions

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Tin Toy Phone, Metal Toy Phone, 1950s, Gong Bell MFG CO, Phone, Blue, Childs Telephone, Vintage Phone, Vintage Toys, USA, Rotary Phone, toy from Molly Finds

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Floral Recipe Box, Vintage 1960s Brightly Colored Folk Art Tin Storage from Bliss and Vinegar

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1950s Marx Tin House Vintage Tin Litho Colonial Dollhouse Doll House from Callooh Callay

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Vintage Oxo Cube Tin, Tin Box, Decorative Tin, Vintage Tin, Storage Tin, Retro Tin, Red Tin, Advertising Tin, English Tin, 1950s Tin from Two Time Vintage

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1940′s Vintage Tin Picnic or Storage Basket, Box w Wood Handles, Flowers and Plaid in Red, Cream, Green from Kelley Street Vintage

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Vintage 1960s Metal Tin Canister / Round Kitchen, Craft, or Toy Storage Container / Mid Century Farm Scene, Red Barn, Wagon, Weathervane from Midwest Artifact

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Fanny Farmer Four Seasons Candy Tin 1950s from Izzie Bea Boutique

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1950′s Ming Cha Epi Curio Tea Tin – Vintage Stephen Leeman Products Container – Chinese Donkey from The Odd Old Tried N’ True

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1950′s Very Noisy Ohio Art Tin “MINI MOW” from Fifi’s Finds

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Vintage Cake Carrier Covered Tin Storage Container from Silver Lining Home

Aren’t they all amazing! I am head over heels for the picnic tin and the watercolors! Do you have a favorite this week? 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 goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key Chain

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06 DSC 0071 2 Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key ChainI have been seeing leather tassel key chains and bag charms all over the place around here lately. We have quite a few birthdays coming up around here, and key chains are a great simple gift. So, I thought I’d make a few tassel key chains using my huge supply of vintage fabric scraps. As it turns out, this little tassel key chain was easy and fun to make! All you need are fabric scraps and a few jewelry supplies to make your own!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Scissors

*String or Embroidery Floss

*Large Leather Jewelry End Cap

*E6000

*Key Chain Hardware

*Charms (optional) and jump rings

*Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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First, you need to cut your scraps into strips. Cut each strip to be roughly under a quarter-inch wide. Cut a bunch of strips.

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Gather them up and tie them in the middle lengthwise with your string. Fold the strips in half so the tied area is at the top.

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Test fit the strips into the end cap before you glue it to make sure you don’t need to add or remove any fabric strips. If you do need to add some just tie them on to the area you ties before. Place a bit of e6000 in the end cap. Twist the tied end of the strips into the end cap.

Once your glue is dry, add the key chain hardware with your jewelry pliers and add any charms if you like. Once it is decorated, you are ready to add your keys and go.

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11 DSC 0082 Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key ChainThis key chain is easy to make and fun! I enjoyed making the one for my mom so much I made another tassel to add to my purse. I used vintage fabric scraps from bed sheets for the pastel one, and a mix of vintage and new fabrics for the brighter one. You can use any type of fabric you like. Experiment with colors and patterns. Have fun with it! They make great handmade gifts! I’ll be back next week with more DIY fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fall Style Inspired by Julep Nail Polish

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Today was the first little taste of fall weather around here. And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am very much looking forward to cooler weather and snuggling up with lovely sweaters! Today I am teaming up with Julep Nail Polish to give you some style ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors. I am not usually a fan of autumn’s earthy tones, but the softer colors still speak to me. I chose to create a look inspired by Julep’s beautiful polish color, Clara. This is such a luscious shade of pink. It has a little peachy undertone, and is soft, feminine, and modern! I love this shade of pink for fall as it tones down the brights of summer but still gives you a hint of color with your fall neutrals. My style tends to be pretty casual. I also have a serious obsession with sweaters in the fall! So, this ensemble is definitely on my fall wish list! I like pieces that are a little fun and quirky as well, and it’s no surprise the adorable deer sweater and amazing rose sneakers are right up my alley! Love love love them! I think that Julep’s Clara pink polish would be the perfect accompaniment to this fall outfit, don’t you! To see more amazing colors for your perfect fall manicure, check out the fabulous line of Julep Nail Polish. And here is a break down of my style inspiration and where to buy everything pictured in this post:

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Deer, Far, Wherever You Are Sweater at Modcloth

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BROKEN-IN BOYFRIEND JEAN IN HARBOR WASH at J. Crew

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The Cambridge Satchel Company Leather 13″ Top Handle Satchel Bag, Cream at John Lewis

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Superga ’Rose’ Sneaker at Nordstrom

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Hand knitted eternity scarf-pastel rose by Sarigg at Etsy

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PEARL, CHAIN & ROSETTE CHARM BRACELET at Charlotte Russe

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I Am Happy Ring at The Iconic

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And of Course Julep’s Clara Nail Polish at Julep

I also created a little look for the perfect evening out inspired by Clara as well. The dress from Anthropologie pairs beautifully with the Kate Spade jewelry! I am a total sucker for anything Kate!

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And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:

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I hope you all have enjoyed my little style posts today! I always have so much fun putting outfits together!  Do you have a favorite color for fall this year? I am loving the softer tones! Hope you all are enjoying the Fall transition and the beautiful weather!

Happy Fall!

 

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 15th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I made tamales and it was so much fun! We also had some nice cool weather yesterday. I think fall is definitely starting to show here in NC. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and layering up! One of the things I think of when I think of fall is the woods and woodland animals and birds. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage owl finds with you all inspired by one of my most favorite woodland animals. Retro owls are so much fun! Here are some of my favorites this week:

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Vintage Lofisa Large Art Pottery Owl Vase – Mid Century from House of Seance

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Cute owl wooden salt and pepper shakers, cruet, serving condiment bird 1950s 50s pots from Trudy’s Store Vintage

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Enid Collins Style OWL Purse Mid Century Modern Mad Men Era Ladies Mod 1950s-60s Wood Box Purse / Handbag Handpainted with Owl from Jack Jett Vintage

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Vintage owl salt and pepper shakers ceramic, black red brown from Lititz Carriage House

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Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010

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Vintage Owl Perfume Sachet Locket Pin Brooch by Avon, Original Box from Love Lockets

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Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage

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1950s Vintage Owl Planter made by Norcrest in Japan Mother with Babies – Ceramic – Japan – Animal Bird Planter from Covenants

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Vintage Owl Playing Cards , Collage Pack , Scrapbooking from 2 Vintage Gypsies

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Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage

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Vintage 1950s porcelain owl teapot kitsch 50s from The Lucky Fox

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Aren’t they all fantastic! I love vintage owl items! Of course I love them all! They are all so cute! I especially love the little purse, and shakers! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor Lamp

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10 DSC 0079 5 DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor LampI have been a fan of mid-century modern style since I was little! I love the furniture and styling! Last year I made a fun mid-century inspired lamp shade with Martha Stewart decoupage materials. You can see that post Here. I have had it sitting on an old floor lamp in our living room. This floor lamp was an old cheapie we bought when we had our first apartment over ten years ago. Needless to say, it was in need of a makeover. I had seen a spiral wooden lamp in an antique mall years ago. So, we thought we would give it a try. It took up our saturday, but it was totally worth the time! We had a great time making it together as well!

Here’s What You Need:

*One old floor lamp

*Wood-Poplar (We used 3/4″ x4″x11′)

*PVC Pipe (We used a 3′ piece)

*Paint

*Stain

*Paint Brushes

*Sandpaper

*Drill with a bit, or a drill press

*Wire Cutter

*Bottle Stopper Piece from a Bottle Lamp Kit

*Nuts

*Tablesaw

*Mitre Saw

Instructions:

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First you need to figure out how much wood you need and pvc pipe. Decide how long you want your wood pieces. We made our pieces to be roughly 3.5″x3.5″. Measure your lamp height(area you are covering). Ours measured about 54″ tall. Take the measurement of what you are covering and divide that by the thickness of your wood (in our case 3/4″) and then divide that by two and that’s how many pieces of each material you need(in our case 54″ tall divided by .75″ would be 72 pieces all together divide that by two and that will give you 36 pieces of wood and 36 pieces of pvc pipe.) To decide how much wood you need take your desired size which is 3.5″x3.5″ and add the kerf of the saw blade (in our case 1/8″) multiply that number (3.625) by how many pieces you’ve calculated (36×3.625=130.5″ =10’10.5″, so an 11 foot piece worked for us.) For the pipe take the kerf of your blade plus the thickness of your pvc pieces( in our case 3/4″) and multiply that by the number of pieces you calculated( 36) to get the length of pipe you need. You will also need to disassemble the top wiring of your lamp. Mark which wire is on each screw so you can keep track of it.

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Once you have all your materials, you are ready to cut your pieces. Start with your wood. Make sure to add for the kerf (width of the blade) when you mark your cuts. Carefully cut all of your wood pieces on your table saw. I had 36 3.5×3.5 squares once cut.

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Lightly sand each block with a light 220 and 320 grit.

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Now you are ready to cut your holes. Measure the circumference of the metal pipe that is the shaft of your floor lamp. Find a drill bit slightly larger than that width. Mark the centers of each block with a ruler or center finder and pencil. Drill each block and set aside.

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Lightly sand any rough areas where the holes were drilled.

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Now you are ready to cut your pipe. Use a blade on your mitre saw that is a veneer/plywood/plastic blade, or a really fine tooth blade.

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Making sure you mark your pipe pieces for the width of the blade cut your pipe pieces on your mitre saw. You can see in the photo, my husband clamped a block the exact width out from the blade we needed our pieces so he didn’t have to measure and mark after each cut.

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Once you have all your pipe pieces cut you are ready to paint them. I painted mine a creamy white.

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Also paint your base the same color as your pipe pieces.

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Stain all your pieces with a soft cloth, rubbing the stain with the grain of the wood. Set aside to dry.

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Now you are ready to assemble your lamp. Slide a wood piece onto your lamp pole and scoot it all the way to the bottom. Then slide on a pvc piece.

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Then repeat all the way to the top alternating wood and pvc pieces.

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Now you need something to hold down everything tight. We used a bottle stopper insert from a bottle lamp kit.

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Squish the bottle stopper coupler into the top wood piece.

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Then screw the top wood piece onto the threaded rod at the top of the lamp.

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Next, slide on another pvc piece, a large washer and a nut. Screw it all on tight to the threaded rod.

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Next add your harp if you have one and your bottom socket holder base.

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Trim the wires and strip the ends with your wire cutters and strippers.

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Take your marked wires and twist them around each screw that they coordinate with. Assemble the rest of the light socket. Add your light bulb and your harp if you have one and finish off with a fun lamp shade.

 

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06 DSC 0081 DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wood Floor LampI just love how my lamp turned out! It really looks so much better in my living room than that old shabby metal! As much as I love my handmade lampshade, I would eventually like to get a vintage fiberglass stitched lampshade. But we shall see. So, i you have an old shabby floor lamp sitting around, give this diy a try. It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back next week with another project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Nail Art DIY Inspired by Modcloth!

Hey guys! Recently I was asked to take part in Modcloth‘s Nail Klub Nail Art Challenge! I was both honored and super excited to give it a try! I have never delved into the fascinating world of nail art and until now have only admired the many amazing designs on Pinterest. The challenge was to create a nail art tutorial inspired by Modcloth’s hottest summer dresses which you can see Here. If you have ever seen my Polyvore collections, you know that I am a huge fan of Modcloth’s style! I love so many of their dresses, I had a really hard time narrowing it down to one! So, I ended up doing two dresses, one for each hand.

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My first choice was the Air of Adorable Dress in Balloons. I love everything about this dress! It’s so quirky and cute, and the little faces on the balloons were just awesome!

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Pick out the balloons you want to copy. I chose to do one hand all of the same balloon face and the other to be all different faces. Next, you need to paint your base coat on your nails. Let them dry completely. I used a combination of fine tip nail art pens and a tiny nail art brush which were both by Sally Hansen that I picked up at Target. For my thumb, the base coat was white. With the tiny brush we painted in the cheeks and mouth. The crosshatching at the top was made by painting short strokes in one direction. Then after they dry, paint short strokes in the opposite direction. Use a nail art pen to dot in two little eyes.

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The index finger was painted black as a base coat. Then when dry, we used a white nail art pen to draw in a few rows of scallops.

The middle finger’s base coat was a soft pink. When dry, use the tiny nail brush to paint in two thin ovals for the outer eyes, then two dots for the pupils, and also a dot for a mouth with red nail polish. Paint in grey teardropish shapes at the top of the nail.

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The ring finger’s base coat was a light grey. Once dry, draw in a thin line with a white nail art pen right down the middle, then several curved lines to the left and right sides of the first line. Then use the black pen to dot in two little eyes. Use the tiny nail brush to paint in a little curved line for the mouth.

For the pinky finger, paint the base coat red. Once it has dried, you draw in a small scalloped line at the bottom of the nail with the black nail art pen. Draw a small curved line for the mouth right above the scalloped line. Then make two ovals for the eyes.

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Paint a clear coat over the top of the nails once they are nice and dry.

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My second choice was the Forrest Things First Dress! I absolutely love the colors! I love woodland themes, and to me this one even hints at a little Twin Peaks inspiration!

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I couldn’t find a nail pen that was a deep blue for the second dress I wanted to create a nail art for, so we used a small nail brush that I got in a kit made by Sally Hansen. The first step is to paint your base color on. I used an aqua for the base color. Once your nails are very dry, you are ready to add your bright blue accents. Pour a small drop of polish onto a plastic plate. Load up a little polish on your paint brush. If you are a fabulous artist with a steady hand you can probably paint the details yourself. If you are a sloppy mess like me, get someone to help you, or you can paint your designs on fake nails and then apply them later.

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For the owl design, paint a roundish rectangle. Then add an upside down triangle at the top of the rectangle to form the beak. Add a few strokes at the bottom for the feet, and a couple of half circles for wings. For the eyes, make a couple of aqua dots, and then black dots in the center.

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For the index finger we drew a curved line near the tip and then a few strokes perpendicular to the curved line to form the branch.

The tree on the middle finger was made by making a few stacked triangles and a stem at the bottom for the trunk.

The leaves on the ring finger were made by drawing a curved line in one direction then a curved line in the opposite way.

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The coffee steam on my pinky was made just by using styled lines. It’s really open to interpretation, you can sketch any of the designs you like from the dress onto your nails.

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I am pretty happy with how my nails turned out for the first try! They are definitely not perfect, but I do think they are pretty darned cute! Have you tried any nail art yourselves? My mom and I had a lot of fun together doing these! It would be a great thing to do for a girl’s night in! I hope you all have enjoyed my nail art inspired by these two amazing Modcloth dresses! To see more of summer’s hottest dresses see them on the Modcloth site Here. There are lots of adorable styles perfect for parties, or everyday, or maybe even the perfect accent for your latest manicure!