I feel so blessed this year! I am super excited to announce with you all that I have projects features in the April and the May issues of Reloved Magazine! I am over the moon and feel so honored to be in one of my absolute favorite mags multiple times this year! If you are not familiar with Reloved, definitely go check it out! It is a magazine out of the UK that is dedicated to green living and vintage love through lovely DIY projects, fantastic interviews, and sweet home tours. The projects in each issue are always so cool! Reloved is such a beautiful mag! It is so well designed even down to the paper they use in printing. You can find out more about Reloved Magazine, including how to subscribe on their website Here. If you’d like to purchase a copy of Reloved, you can find them in the states at Barnes and Nobles, as well as some craft stores nationwide. Go grab a copy! You’ll love it too!
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One of my favorite things to upcycle is old silverware! I have made all kinds of projects with them for holiday gifts in the past. I also have a couple of DIY projects using silverware on the blog like my stamped silverware garden markers, and my spoon curtain tie backs. Upcycling silverware has become really popular. So popular in fact, that when I see the flat ware buckets at the thrift stores these days, there are usually only knives left. I thought there must be something fun to do with all the knives no one seems to want. I wore an engraved ID bracelet in highschool, and I thought it would be fun to make a vintage version of it with a upcycled knife handle.
Here’s What You Need:
*Old Silverware Knife with a cool handle
*Metal Stamping Set
*Dremmel fitted with a cutting wheel
*Grinding Wheel to Smooth the cut edges and a polishing wheel to polish for the dremmel
*Drill and a 1/8″ drill bit
*Pre-made Chunky Wire Bracelet (I bought mine at Michaels)
(If your knife metal is very hard, you may need to heat up the metal before you stamp the knife. You can use a blowtorch to heat it up but be EXTREMELY careful and hold the knife piece in a pair of pliers cause they will be very hot.)
The first thing you need to do is cut your knife. Measure the width of the top of your wrist. You want the piece to be a little shorter than your wrist width. Mark the width you want to cut on your knife measuring from the end of the knife handle upwards.
Fit your dremmel with a cutting wheel and carefully cut the knife where you marked it all the way through. Be very careful, the metal will get hot and can spark. Grind the cut edge of the knife piece smooth with a grinding disk.
Now drill a hole in each end of the knife piece about 1/8 of an inch in from the edge and in the center. We used a drill press, cause my hubby loves to use his toys, but a regular drill will work just fine. As always when working with tools, be careful! Polish the piece with the polish disk on the dremmel.
Now you are ready to stamp your initial if you like. Test the stamp on the other part of the knife you have left over from the piece you cut off. Hold the letter stamp face down onto the surface of the knife. Hit it with a hammer with some good force. If it leaves a nice stamp, go ahead and stamp your bracelet piece. If it does not leave a nice stamp, you will need to heat up the metal. To see how to properly heat up your silverware and stamp it refer to my stamped spoon tutorial here.
Now you are ready to assemble your bracelet. Lay out your pre made bracelet. Lay your knife piece above the bracelet and center it in the middle. Cut a piece of chain the length of the end of the bracelet to the hole in that side of the knife piece. Cut another piece the same length.
Load one piece of chain onto a jump ring. Secure the jump ring to the end of the pre made bracelet. Now, fasten the end of the knife piece onto a jump ring and onto the end of the first piece of chain. Do the same with the other side. I attached my chain ends to the top rings on the connector bars of the pre made bracelets.
I LOVE wearing my new bracelet! It’s chunky and fun! There are so many pretty patterns of silverware out there, some of them are really ornate and beautiful. I love how versatile this project can be too. You can change-up the look of the bracelet just by the chain you use and the pattern on the knife. This would be a fabulous hand-made gift for your mama, Mother’s Day is coming up soon ya know! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hi guys! I am super excited to share with you all that my little thimble necklaces have been included in April’s issue of Australia’s Homespun Magazine! I am honored to be in this lovely mag! Homespun is an awesome magazine dedicated to fantastic stitchery projects. There are lots of great projects and patterns for quilting, embroidery, patchwork, knitting, crochet, and applique. You can explore more about Homespun Magazine, including web projects, on their site Here.
Easter is this weekend and I wanted to make a fun centerpiece for the table for our Easter dinner. I have been inspired by the adorable egg vases I have seen floating around on Pinterest like this one, this one, this one, and this one. I thought I would try my hand at making my own egg vases. This was a super easy and fast DIY, and I think it is going to be perfect for our Easter table!
Here’s What You Need:
*Fake Dyeable Easter Eggs (I bought mine at Walmart)
*Dye (I used Procion Dyes that I had from fabric dying)
*Mini Spray Bottles
*Belt Sander or Dremel fitted with a sanding disk
The first thing you need to do is sand holes into your eggs. Set up your dremmel or your sander. Run the tip of the egg over the sander or sanding disk and grind down the tip of the egg until you have a hole in the top the size you like.
Next, you are ready to dye your eggs. You can use a dye kit, or you can spray on dyes like I did. Open up your mini spray bottle and add a tiny bit of dye into it. You only need a pinch. Fill the bottle with warm water and screw the lid back on. Shake it up.
Put on your gloves. Grab an egg and spay the egg all over with the dye you mixed up. Make sure you spray your eggs over a sink or tub, and rinse the dye out of the sink as you go. Once your egg is saturated with dye, set it aside to dry using the little paper rings that come with the egg kit. Repeat with your other eggs.
While your eggs dry, you can paint the egg carton if you like. Once the eggs are dry, load them into the egg carton and add your flowers, filling each egg with a little water.
Isn’t it cute! I just adore spring! Don’t you! I love how versatile this project is as well. You can totallychange up the look just by the dye and flowers you use. There are a lot of sweet egg vases and planters on pinterest to inspire you. Definitely give this DIY a try! You’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent most of mine painting furniture. I cannot believe that April is almost over! Easter is this coming Sunday. It came up on me really fast! I have not had the chance to get much Easter crafting in. I will be sharing one of the projects with you all tomorrow. So, for my vintage compilation today, I have decided to share some of my favorite vintage Easter themed finds from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love love love the ceramic bunny! Heck, I love them all! I hope you all enjoy perusing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the March Let’s Shop Local shopping market. For all my local readers out there, Let’s Shop Local is an organization dedicated to showcasing and supporting local artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina. You can read more about the organization Here. What I love most about their site, is that there is an online artisan directory so you can find amazing artists all in one spot! We had a great time at the March market! I really enjoyed meeting everyone! Here is a little sample of some of the lovely items from the shopping spree:
Aren’t they so cool! You can check out some of these awesome artists and more at the next Let’s Shop Local event during the Got to be NC festival at the state fairgrounds this month. I will be posting more about that event soon. Until then you can shop with some of the artists below online! You can read more about upcoming events and vendors on the Let’s Shop Local website Here.
Here are the awesome artists that were at the March Market. Go check them out!
Veronica Lall Handcrafted handbags and accessories
Tish McDermott * Handmade jewelry and more
Marsha Travers Handmade soap and bath and body products
Liza Lotz Handcrafted jewelry
Elizabeth L. Strugatz * Wearable art jewelry
Robyn Johnston Handcrafted whimsical mosaic art
Katie Moller Handmade paper flower arrangements, wreaths and more
Stefanie Lee Original canvases, furniture, crosses and more
Kathy Curran * Handcrafted jewelry, earrings and accessories
Jane Robertson * Handcrafted jewelry and decoupage baskets
Meg Smither * Textile artist, handpainted scarves
Steph Hollingsworth * Handmade clutches, bags and jewelry
Villager’s Trading Post * Handmade soaps, perfumes and more
Bronwyn Gruet Original plaster sculptures mounted on reclaimed wood
Jill Evans Jill’s Jewels Original Jewelry
Jack O’Farrell Hand-painted coat of arms
CinTinque Handcrafted Jewelry Hand-hammered jewelry from vintage coins and watch pieces
Robert Quarles Handcrafted wooden serving and cooking spoons
Alexandra Greijn * Handcrafted bum bags (fancy fanny packs)
Teresa Prichard * Handpainted pillows, sewn pillows and handcrafted baby bibs
Laura Bailey Handcrafted eye-glass holders displaying her art
Lisa Mathias Handcrafted jewelry
Janet Jackson Handcrafted jewelry, tutus and children’s dresses
Oscar Grisson Handmade coasters, shirts and home/yard wooden signs
Michelle Mitchell Custom vinyl designs
Annette Libby Handthrown Pottery
Michelle Bertoncino Handmade items for new parents, babies & children
Tania Tafilowski Handcrafted Children’s Clothing
Good Grace’s Dog Treats * Handcrafted Dog Treats & Food
Pam Tucker * Tobacco Road Candles
Kristin Austin Handcrafted jewelry
Aliya Trinity * Natural body products made from plants
Tammy Parrish Hand crochet clothing, toys & more
Easter is going to be here before we know it! For all of you ladies that want an accessory a little more subdued than a fancy Easter bonnet, give this easy floral headband a try! This faux floral headband is really fast to whip up, and it is easy as pie!
Here’s What You Need:
*Skinny Metal Headbands
*Wire Floral Picks (I bought mine at Michael’s)
This diy is so simple! The first thing you need to do is separate the floral pieces in your floral pick. You can usually just pull branches off of the main stem. Once you have your floral pieces separated you are ready to add them to your headband. Take one of your wire floral pieces. You can trim the tail off to about an inch or so below where the floral piece starts. Take the end of the wire on the floral piece and wrap it around your headband. Wrap the floral piece around the headband a couple of times until it is wrapped all the way around and lies on the top side of the headband. Take a second piece of floral pick and wrap it around your headband just above where your first pick is wrapped. Continue on wrapping your floral wires around until you have as much as you like on your headband. I used one full floral pick on my headband, and I shifted the bunch to more of the side of the headband. If you wrap your wires well around your headband, you should not need to glue it in place, but you can add a few drops of glue to the ends if you like.
I love this little floral headband! It really adds a little spring sweetness to an outfit. You can wear it with your Easter dress, or jeans and your favorite soft tee. I love the simplicity of it, and how customizable it is! You can change the look simply by using different floral picks. I hope you guys will give this one a try! You’ll want one in every color! I will be back next week with another fun spring DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market this weekend, and the weather was beautiful! We had a great time! When I think of spring time, I think of April and May. And when I think of April, I think “spring showers.” So, today I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage items inspired by spring stormy weather. Here they are:
Aren’t they all just adorable! I love the children’s rain coat, and of course all the umbrellas! I hope you all enjoy sifting through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I do! I’ll be back again next week with more vintage spring fun! Until then…