Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! The weather here was gorgeous! We had a play date with Beau’s iggy friend Daisy Moon Saturday at the dog park. So he was super happy! I finished up the last of my Halloween projects, and even started on a few holiday diy’s. I can’t believe it is already the middle of October! This week on the blog I am going to be sharing a new Halloween DIY with you all to get all psyched up for the holiday! So, to kick things off, I thought I’d share some vintage ghostly finds with you all inspired by friendly ghosts and lovely lady spirits. Here are my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I am so in love with the wedding dress! There is a ghost story here in NC of a young woman in a fancy white dress hitch hiking on this old highway at night trying to get back home. There are lots of ghosts around these parts. We sometimes joke that my mom’s house is haunted by Old Doc Bryant, the dentist who originally owned the home and passed away in the sunroom. At least he’s a friendly ghost. I hope you all have enjoyed my ghostly finds this week! Be sure to check out these beautiful items and much more from these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! I’ll be back next week with more vintage Holloween. Until then…
Hi guys! Recently I came across some clover yarn bowl/basket forms at the craft store. It instantly caught my eye, as I’ve never seen one before, and I always love finding new DIY tools and kits. I have never done any weaving and although I love yarn and have piles of it at home, I still have not learned how to knit or crochet. So, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into and how it would turn out, but I decided to give it a try anyways.
Here’s What You Need:
*Clover Yarn Bowl/Basket Form ( I used the Large)
*Clothespins or Large Clips
*Felt or Fabric and Fabric Glue for the bottom
I bought the large bowl forms, and decided to use some red and white nubby yarn I had at home left over from a Christmas wreath. The instructions are super easy to follow. I wanted to stripe my bowl, so the only thing I did differently was cut and tie on the other when the previous color was around an inch thick when I was weaving it around. You basically weave your yarn around the form according to the directions, then wrap a bunch of yarn around the top clipping and un-clipping it as you wrap. Then you whip stitch the top with yarn to hold the top all together. If you want to line your basket, there is a template for you to cut out your fabric or felt and you glue it to the bottom of the bowl form.
I think it turned out pretty cute! I made this bowl one night while we watched TV, and it was so easy and fun! I think it is a great fall and winter decor piece. Right now it is holding apples in my kitchen. At Christmas I will probably fill it with ornaments or little pine cones. So, next time you are at the craft store, pick one of these bowl forms up and give it a try too!
A few weeks ago I was in Anthropologie with my mama, and came across these fun place-mats. I thought it was so cute, but we’re not that fancy when it comes to our place settings. In fact most of the time, we eat on tv trays in the living room. I carried the place mat around the store with me none the less trying to figure out if there was somewhere else in my house it would fit. I am always making bags with napkins and tablecloths, so I thought, man this would be a cute clutch purse. So I bought the one place mat and got to work. This clutch is super easy and you can use any place mat you fancy!
Here’s What You Need:
*Zipper long enough to cover the height of your place mat. I think mine was a 14″
*Double fold bias tape
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Embroidery Floss and Strong Hand Sewing Needle
First gather all your supplies together. Measure and cut your placemat in half width wise so the sides of the placemat are your bottom of your clutch.
Sandwich the cut top side of the front clutch piece in between your double fold bias tape. You may want to pin the tape on. Top stitch close to the bottom of the bias tape all the way across. Do the same thing with the back clutch piece.
Cut a scrap of leather to make your pocket. I made mine to be 5×6″. Center the pocket on the front bag piece. Stitch around the sides and bottom of the pocket leaving the top open.
Now you are ready to stitch on the zipper. Put on your zipper foot. Lay one side of your zipper centered right on top of the top of your front of your clutch piece. Pin in place. Your teeth should be laying right above the top of the clutch piece. Stitch the zipper tape down. You will need to stitch up to the zipper pull, then making sure your needle is down into the fabric, lift up your foot and unzip the zipper past the foot. Then put the foot back down and continue sewing. Once you have the one side of your zipper stitched, repeat with the back side of the clutch piece. Make sure you line up the two sides so they are sitting exactly mirrored. Pin the zipper and stitch it down like you did the front side. Snip off any extra zipper tape.
Now you are ready to stitch around your clutch. If you have a place mat that is chunky like mine you will have to hand stitch the bag. If you have a thinner place mat, stitch around the sides and bottom close to the edge. If yours is too thick to sew on a machine, thread a needle with embroidery floss and hand stitch all the way around using a back stitch method, or whatever stitch you prefer. Once your bag is stitched all the way around, you are done. Fill er’ up and go!
I just LOVE my new clutch! This is a fantastic weekday bag for me since when I’m running errands or just out for a few moments, I can toss in my wallet, phone, and keys, and go! It is a good size too! Not too small to where I’d lose it easily, but not too big to carry either. It fits perfectly under my arm! I love my anthro place mat purse! This was such an easy DIY, I may have to make more of them, next time I see a place mat at a store I just love. I hope you all will give this project a try sometime! It’s a lot of fun, even the hand stitching! I’ll be back next week with some fun Halloween DIY’s! Until then….
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Our weekend was pretty low key. We ran around and did a bunch of errands but Beau got to go with us, so he was a very happy puppy! I just finished making all my Halloween crafts that I will be sharing with you all next week. So, this week, I thought I’d share some bewitching midnight black vintage finds with you all. I had such a hard time narrowing down my list this week! Here are just some of my favorites:
Aren’t they all amazing! I am head over heels in love with the shades! I love them all really! Definitely be sure to check out these lovely Etsy vintage shops to see these beautiful items and much more. I’ll be back next week with more spooky vintage finds. Until then…
There are many reasons why October is one of my most favorite months of the year! Halloween is definitely at the top! At least Halloween decorating, that is. So, I thought I’d share a little round up of my favorite DIY Halloween projects from around the web. Check em’ out:
I just love them all! These fantastic DIY’s are all on my crafty wish list of things I want to make this season! Do you have a favorite? Definitely be sure to check out the links for the how to and browse around these wonderful blogs! I’ll be back next month with a fun holiday round up. Until then…
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful wedding with my mom. The bride and groom were completely adorable and the wedding was so sweet! I knew the theme of the wedding was designed as a soft vintage style. I thought it would be fun to make a little prop hoop for the couple to hold. I love hoop art, and have been wanting to try a patchy hoop for a while. At the time I did not have a machine that could drop the feed dogs, so I did not use a free motion embroidery technique, which is probably the preferred method. Here is how I made my hoop:
Here’s What You Need:
*Linen Fabric (large enough to fit over your hoop plus a couple of inches)
*Vintage Fabric Scraps
*Steam a Seam Double Sided Fusible Interfacing
*Ribbon or trim
The first thing you need to do is decide how large you want your letters and what font you want to use. Adjust the font on your screen until the letters are the size you want. Use a ruler to measure the letter on the screen to help.
Take a sheet of your steam a seam and hold it up to your screen. Trace the letters lightly with a pencil.
Once you have the letters traced, you need to cut the letters apart so that they can be applied to the fabric to cut out further.
Remove the backing sheet of your letter and press the sticky side down onto the right side of your fabric. Keep the top sheet on as a guide to cut out each letter.
Now cut out each of your fabric letters. Discard the top sheet. The underside will be tacky.
Lay out your letters on your fabric. You can lay the hoop over the fabric to help eye where everything will fit.
Once you have your layout right, press the letters down. Iron each letter down to the fabric per the instructions on the steam a seam package.
Now you need to topstitch the letters on your sewing machine. Stitch around each letter. You will have to lift up the presser foot, keeping the needle down in the fabric, and turn the fabric as you reach corners and tight curves. Clip excess threads. If you do not want to machine stitch, you can hand stitch around each letter with embroidery floss.
Once your letters are sewn you are ready to make your hoop. Run a bead of fabric glue around the outside of the inner hoop.
Lay your fabric over the hoop centering your text, then lay the outer hoop over the top of the fabric. Press and pull and tighten the fabric around the inner hoop, tightening the outer hoop as you go. Once the fabric is nice and smooth over the hoop, tighten the screw as much as you can on the outer hoop. Cut the excess fabric off the back of the hoop cutting close to the frame as possible.
To finish off your hoop, tie a little ribbon or trim around the top screw of the embroidery hoop. Now you are ready to hang.
I love how my little hoop turned out! It made a sweet prop for the wedding, and now it is hanging in my home for me and the hubby to admire. I had such fun making this sweet hoop, that I know I will be making more. Next time I think I may try my hand at free motion embroidery since my new machine has the capability. Have you guys ever made any patchy hoop art for your home? Any tips you’d like to share? Embroidery hoops make the cutest art when grouped together! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We went to the Cameron Antiques show on Saturday. It was a blast, and Beau had so much fun meeting so many people! It was a beautiful weekend! I love that we are getting into the nice fall weather around here. I have been thinking about fall this past week a bunch. I thought I’d share a little collection of some of my favorite vintage finds this week inspired by my favorite fall colors, pumpkin orange. There are so many wonderful pumpkin hued items in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops, it was hard to narrow down my list this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they fantastic! I am so in love with that dress, the chairs, the polka dot cups… I love them all, what can I say! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these amazing Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies! Until then…
Hey guys! I recently was very honored to be asked to participate in Protea Wine’s Art Blossoms Campaign. This fantastic wine company send me two of their beautiful wine bottles to upcycle into something fun. The campaign asked six bloggers and pinners to create something special with their wine bottles. Then six lucky Protea Wine Pinterest followers will be chosen to receive one of these special gifts. It’s a fabulous way to spread art and beauty around the country and hopefully inspire others. I was super excited to be involved in this campaign not only because I love the idea behind it, or because I do love to upcycle, but also because their bottles are so fantastic! Years ago I made hummingbird feeders from wine and liquor bottles for our moms for Mother’s Day. It is a super easy DIY and makes a wonderful gift. The trick comes in finding the most beautiful bottles. So, I knew that the Protea bottle would be perfect!
*Copper Wire 4ft (I bought mine at Home Depot, it is #4 or 5)
*Water Spicket Knob
*Button or Cabochon
*Hummingbird Feeder Tip for a glass bottle (I found mine at my local bird supply store)
*Heavy Duty Pliers
*Workbench Clamp or Vise
*An extra set of hands comes in handy too
The first thing you need to do is wash your bottle thoroughly and remove the paper label. If you still have gummy stuff on your bottle a little acetone will get it off. Once your bottle is nice and clean you are ready to wrap it. You need to make a loop to start. Straignten out your wire, then take the end of the wire and bend it back a little at around 2″ down, then bring the tip around and squeeze the sides together till the loop closes.
Now, bend your lop at a right angle. Sit it on top of the bottle and center the loop in the middle of the bottle. Make a mark on the wire where it meets the edge of the bottle. Bend the wire at a right angle where you marked.
Next, put the loop of your wire into your vise. Now, this is where it is handy to have a helper hold the bottle for you. Hold the bottle on top of the wire loop centered, then pull and wrap the wire around the bottle. Wrap it a few times around the large part of the bottle, then tightly wrap it a few times around the neck.
Vary carefully squeeze the end of the wire down onto the neck of the bottle.
Now you are ready to add your “flower.” Place a generous amount of E6000 onto the back of your spicket knob. Glue down to the front of your bottle just above the lip. You may want to put something under each side to keep it from shifting until the glue dries. Glue the button or cabachon to the center of the knob.
Now insert your feeder tip into your bottle and you are ready to fill and hang.
I love how this feeder turned out! The bottle is just beautiful and it is going to look fabulous hanging in someone’s yard! You can enter to win one of these fabulous projects by following Protea Wines on Pinterest Here. You can also see what other fabulous projects are being done by other bloggers in the campaign by checking out the Protea Wines Art Blossoms Board Here. Lots of really cool stuff! I hope you all have enjoyed my little tutorial! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…
Hey everybody! Today I have something very special to share with you! I am participating in the 2014 Dog Fence DIY Hackaton from DogFenceDIY.com. My mom has had this old side table that we have been wanting to turn into a dog bed for Sadie for over a year now, so I thought this would be a perfect project! It is so easy to find side tables at the thrift store for cheap, and you can make a bed out of as plain or fancy as you like. This project is really fun and easy! It is a great weekend project!
This bed was so simple to make. The first thing you need to do is paint your side table. Prime it first, then paint it how you like it. While your table is drying paint your wooden finials. Once the paint is nice and dry, apply a sealer if you like.
Now you are ready to add the finials. Turn your table upside down. Mark the center of the bottom of each foot. Measure your screws on your finials and find a drill bit a hair smaller. Drill a hole into each table leg where marked at the bottom. Screw your finials into the hole in the bottom of each leg.
*If your finials do not have screws, then you could glue them onto the bottom of your legs with some wood glue or construction adhesive
To make the banner, take your pre-made chalkboard pennants and string them onto your ribbon. I added two rub on transfers to each side of my banner. Then write the name of your pet in chalk. Now tie on your banner onto your table legs at the top just below the finials.
I used a pillow with a vintage pillowcase for the bedding in the table bed. You could always make a custom pillow to fit . I prefer to use regular bed pillows in my pet beds. They are cheap to replace and you can easily was the pillowcases when they get dirty. Smoosh your pillow into the bottom of the table and you are done.
Don’t you just love it! Sadie is liking it already! The thing that I love the most about it is that it looks like a really expensive custom pet bed, but the whole thing cost less than thirty dollars. It looks fantastic in my mom’s sunroom, and I know it is going to be a favorite snuggle spot for all the dogs! So, next time you see that shabby side table at your local thrift, snag it and upcycle it into something spectacular for your favorite pooch or kitty! I’ll be back soon with another lovely project. Until then…
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:
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…
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.