Happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is my seventh wedding anniversary! Daryl and I are going to take a day trip down to the beach with little Beau. I am so excited! Still going strong after twelve years of being together, we are, well, fat and happy! We are so fat and happy in fact, that neither one of us can wear our wedding rings anymore. So, this year we decided to get a couple of new inexpensive bands until we can get back down to our healthier weights. I have been looking around on Etsy and I was surprised to see so many beautiful engagement and wedding rings. I thought I would share a few of my absolute favorites with you all. Check em’ out:
Aren’t they all just so fantastic! There are so many beautiful rings on etsy that would be perfect for your engagement, wedding, or even anniversary rings! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these beautiful shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Etsy inspiration. Until then…
We took the puppies to the dog park and they had a good long play session…
Sadie bravely barking at the big dogs walking by…
Sometimes a dog just wants to be carried…
Sometimes Beau likes to prop himself up on the armrest in the car…
Daryl and Sadie waiting for our lunch…
This is what I saw when I woke up the other day…
One of my favorite vintage Easter bunnies…
I was stuck in traffic yesterday for a while. This was the scene in the back seat…
This past weekend was really beautiful! We stole Sadie for a sleepover and Beau was thrilled! We took them to the dog park, and then the flea market the next day. It was great! The beginning of the week brought in cold weather and then the rain. I have been a little under the weather, so the rest of the week so far has been really quiet. I am looking forward to this weekend! Daryl and I are going to the beach for our anniversary. I hope you all have had a lovely week! I’ll be back next week with some pics of Beau on the beach
Although we have had an unusually cold winter, I am growing more and more excite that spring is on the way! I am so looking forward to warmer weather and working in the garden! So, I thought I would share some spring diy projects from around the web to help get us all ready for springtime fun. Here are a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all so lovely! I want to make them all! Be sure to check out these amazing projects and blogs! You’ll love them! You can also find more spring inspiration in my pinterest diy board Here. I’ll be back next month with a fun Easter craft round up. Until then…
Today I am going to share how to make a custom wood box with a slide lid with you. This is something I have wanted to make for a while now, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to put inside to store. A few weeks ago, I bought a set of mini greeting cards from Printstagram, and I instantly knew that they were the perfect item to make the little wooden box for. This project, although not totally advanced, does require some major power tools. So, it has the potential to be quite dangerous when working with items like a table saw. If you don’t know what you are doing, or are not very careful, you can easily lose a finger. This is why I had a LOT of help from my hubby on this project, since he is an experienced craftsman. There are probably other ways to make one of these boxes, since everyone has a prefered method of woodworking. This is how we made our box…
Here’s What You Need:
*3/8″ Birch Plywood
*1/8″ Birch Plywood
*Ruler and Pencil
*Table Saw & Push Block
*Drill Press or Drill with a 3/4″ forstner bit
*Pin Nailer &23 gage pins
*Dremmel Tool and a Carving bit
*Image Transfer or Decorative Paper to decoupage top of box
*Clear Lacquer Spray to seal the image on the lid
The first thing you need to do is measure your items that are going to go in your box. My cards are 4×4, but my envelopes are a little less than 4.5×6″, and the stack of everything compressed is around 2-2.5″. I want my box to be a little larger to fit everything nicely. So, I want the inside bottom to be 5.25×6.75 which is the padded measurement of the envelope plus the width of the wood for each side because the sides are going to sit on top of the bottom. The sides will be the length of the bottom and a height of over 2 inches, so sides are 6.75×2.5″. The front and back pieces will be a bit different since the front will be shorter for the top to slide into the grooves you will cut. The back will be the width of the bottom and the same height as the sides, so 4.5×2.5″. Cut the front a quarter-inch shorter in height, so it would be 4.5×2.25″
Measure and mark your wood. Set up your table saw to cut your lengthwise strips. Cut your length pieces first. We cut the 6.75 strip first. And then a 4.5″ strip.
Then cut your cross cuts. So out of the 6.75 piece, cut one at a 5.25 for the bottom, and then two pieces at 2.5 for the sides. Then cut the 4.5 strip for the front and back pieces at 2.5″ for the back and 2.25 for the front.
To make the groove for the wood to sit in you need to cut a dado 1/8″ in from the top of the side and back pieces. Set your table saw to 1/8″ from the blade. Now, using extreme caution since you can lose a finger, carefully push the side piece through the blade of the saw from the front until you see the blade breaching the back end, but don’t let it go all the way through. Stop it short. Do the same thing with the other side making sure the groove is being cut on the correct side of the wood. For the back you can cut your dado all the way through from one side to the other since it will be sandwiched in between the sides and therefore the sides of the wood won’t be seen.
Take your front piece and mark the halfway point on the top front. Load your drill or drill press with a 3/4″ forstner bit, and drill halfway onto the top edge making a half moon notch in the top of the wood.
Next, load a small carving bit onto your dremmel. Take your side pieces and carve out the rest of the dado in the side piece, stopping just a tiny bit short of the back ends. You should now be able to fit the side and back pieces together and see a continuous groove all around the sides and the back.
Now, run a small amount of glue down the bottom of one of the side pieces. Smooth out the glue so it is a thin layer. Glue it to the bottom piece. Now shoot a few pin nails through the bottom into the side you just glued. Glue and nail the other side. Then run some glue onto the bottom and sides of the back piece. Sandwich it in between the sides in the back. Nail it in place from the bottom and add a few nails in the sides. Then glue and nail in the front piece.
To make the top of the box, measure the inside dimensions of the top inside of the groove plus a tiny bit of wiggle room. My top needed to be 4.75×6.5″
Measure and cut your top piece from the 1/8″ plywood using your table saw.
Fit the top into the box. If it is a bit tight you can shave it down by sanding the edges.
You will need to sand the entire box lightly with some 220 grit sandpaper to smooth off any rough spots.
*You can leave your box natural or you can add an image to the top like I did. The top of my box was a little of a craft fail. I originally tried to use a lazertran transfer and burn the image into the wood with the real turpentine method. This did not work for me at all. I’m entirely positive if my turpentine is the real deal, especially since I followed the directions on the transfer paper to a t. What I ended up using was another transfer that I let dry and then glued it on with a layer of decoupage medium. I then sealed it with a clear lacquer spray. I was not very happy with this one either. You can’t see it in the photos, but the transfer bubbled a bit when I sprayed the lacquer on it. I am planning on making another top sometime and just decoupaging a thin paper image on the top since I think that will have a better turn out. *
I LOVE my stationary box! I LOVE my Printstagram mini cards too! This box is a great piece for a coffee table or a side table. You can make one to fit your photos, craft supplies, beauty projects, anything you like. If this is a little more work than you’d like to take on, sometimes you can find an old cigar box with a slide top and decorate the top. I will be back next week with a fun and easy bunting to share with you guys. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! My sister’s pup Sadie came over for a sleepover with Beau. They had a great time! We took them to the dog park and the flea market. It was a beautiful weekend here! As some of you all know by now, I love all kinds of prints, and mash-ups of prints together. However, I am and always have been a polka dot kind of girl! It is my favorite print ever, even more so than gingham, which is a close second! This week I am happy to share a little collection of vintage polka dot finds! There were so many amazing dotty finds in Etsy’s wonderful vintage world, I had such a time narrowing it down! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all amazing! I LOVE everything! The apron is definitely on my most wanted list. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage items. Until then…
This plastic bunny is one of my favorite flea market finds!
My favorite Dunny and a cute little vintage deer…
I love the way my upcycled slide lampshade projects the photos on the wall…
My favorite shelf in the kitchen…
Don’t bother the bunny when she’s napping…
This is the look I constantly see whenever I am working on the computer…
Roux has a thing for curling up on my legs. He is awfully fond of Hannah’s jeans too!
I went through downtown Pittsboro this week. It is one of my favorite places!
This is a belted goat at Farrington Village in Chapel Hill. I did not have a cookie this time, so I was not nearly as popular as last time I was there…
This week was a little lazy. I have been a bit under the weather, so I have been keeping more to the house. I did have to go pick something up at the feed store in Pittsboro this week, so I got to drive through their adorable downtown area. I also took Beau to see the belted goats at Farrington Village. The cafe there has excellent iced tea! I hope you all have had a lovely week! Have a beautiful weekend!
Hey everyone! The other day Daryl and I reinforced the chicken coup with extra chicken wire. We ended up having a few scrap pieces left over and I thought I would save them for a project. I have used chicken wire on organizers before, but I thought it would be fun to use some in an accent with a matted frame. This project is really easy and super fast to whip up!
Here’s What You Need:
*8×10 Frame ( I bought mine at Target)
*Chipboard (Like a cereal or cracker box)
*Double Stick Tape
*Regular Acid Free Tape
*Ruler and Pencil
*Box Cutter or X-Acto Knife
*Photo or art print (the photo I used was a 4×5)
The first thing you need to do is measure and cut your chipboard. Cut the outside dimensions to an 8×10 size. Cut the inside opening to a 5×7 size. Mark out the 5×7 to be centered in the middle. Cut out the shape with your knife.
Next cut your burlap to be about an inch larger than your mat. Center your chipboard mat onto your piece of burlap. Run your double stick tape along the right and left sides at the outside edge. Fold the excess burlap to the back and tape down. Next, fold over the top and bottom and tape down to the backside.
Now, cut an “x” in the mat opening with the knife. Then cut the flaps down to about a half inch from the chipboard. Apply double stick tape to the burlap and fold back and tape down to the backside of the mat opening. Now you should have a burlap covered mat.
Next, cut a piece of chicken wire with your snippers to be a little smaller than 8×10″. Flatten the wire out the best you can and tape the chicken wire down to the back side of your mat.
Lay your photo face down on the table and then lay your mat face down over the photo. Center the mat over the photo so it is centered in the mat opening. Tape the photo to the chicken wire in the middle. To finish off, add white paper to the backside, slide your matted picture in the frame and close up the back.
I love this frame! It is a great way to display one of my favorite photos of my Hannah Banana. This project was super easy! It took me all of fifteen minutes or so to make, and it was fun! I love using fun mats in my frames! IT is one of the easiest home decor diys that can really make an impact in a space! I used burlap, but it would be fun to use a cute fabric or paper to cover your mat with as well. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project! Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I cannot believe that it is just about the end of the month already! Spring will be here before we know it! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year, ya know! To carry on with my “love” theme for this last week of February, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite sweetheart color. So, this week I have compiled a lovely group of vintage finds for you in some of my favorite shades of pink! Here are some of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all just so lovely! I LOVE the dresses! Of course, I love them all though. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! I think I may have mentioned before that I am planning on creating several mini e-courses this year. Well, I am very happy to announce that my first e-course, Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course, is now up in my shop. This fun and simple course features four eclectic sweater DIYs. Each project features step by step instructions with photos to help guide you. It’s a great way to breathe new life into those old sweaters lurking in the back of your closet. You can find the Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course in my shop Here for only $4.99. I hope some of you will give this little course a try. It’s fun and easy!
Hey guys! Have you seen Reloved Magazine? It is a fairly new magazine from the UK that is all about upcycling! Reloved not only has cool articles about cool artists that are making fantastic upcycled goods, but it is also chocked full of fantastic projects you can make. It is one of my absolute favorite magazines! I have not missed an issue since the debut issue last summer. I am over the moon to announce that I have two projects featured in Reloved’s March issue! You can find my vintage suitcase table and my vintage slide lampshade in the issue! The print version of the mag you can usually find at the bookstore and craft stores. Here in the states, our issues are about a month behind, so this issue will be here sometime next month probably. You can also buy digital issues as well as subscribe through the Reloved app that you can get through itunes or the android store. Be sure to check out the Reloved website for even more inspiring ideas and articles. You can visit the website Here, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Definitely check out their latest issue next time you are at the bookstore. It is a beautifully designed and printed magazine!
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.