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Vintage Recipe Reviews- Chocolate Delight Drop Cookies

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Hey everybody! I am back with another vintage recipe to share with you all! Last week I went to the Liberty Antiques Festival with my gals and we had a blast! While I was there I picked a shabby old Better Homes and Gardens cook book with a copyright from 1953. I have been pouring through the recipes in this book for days, and let me tell you it was well loved! I thought it would be fun to take a departure from a magazine recipe this month and share one from my “new” cook book. This recipe is called Chocolate Crispies and it is from a section all about cookies. I felt like making cookies, and there were certainly a ton to choose from. I settled on the Crispies since they were so different from anything I have ever made before, and they sounded pretty darn good too!

Here’s The Original Recipe:

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I followed the recipe exactly but I made only a half batch. I used Ghirardelli chocolate which I think is always super yummy! One thing that surprised me was just how rich these drop cookies were. I cannot even eat a whole cookie by myself without feeling a bit sick. They were so easy to put together. I think I made my batch in less than twenty minutes. I probably could have melted the chocolate in the microwave and had made them even faster. They cool pretty quickly in the fridge too. I was expecting it to take a while but when I checked on them after half an hour they were set up nicely.

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These cookies are delicious! I think they would be great subbed with dried cranberries and almonds too, or maybe using a different cereal. You could probably make a healthy version using the super dark chocolate and a high fiber sugar free cereal. I crumbled one up and had a little sprinkle on my chia pudding this morning for breakfast and it was fantastic! I would definitely recommend giving these easy little cookies a try sometime!

Modern Masters Paint Giveaway!!!

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Hey guys! I am so excited to announce that Modern Masters Paint is partnering up with me to host a giveaway of their fabulous paint! I had the chance to review some of their gorgeous metallic paint a couple of weeks ago and painted a side table with a wallpapered top which you can see here. This is such a great line and it’s really easy to use! What I love the most is the amazing color palette they have in their lines! So, on to the giveaway…

If you would like to enter here is what you need to do:

1- Browse the company website, Modern Masters, and select one of the following products you’d like to use for a project:

  • Metallic Paint Collection or Matte Metallics (options provided)
    One Quart and One 6 oz. container – your choice of color OR
    Four 6 oz. containers – your choice of color
  • Metal Effects (kit contains all, unless otherwise specified)
    One Pint Primer
    One Pint Reactive Paint – your choice of color
    One 4 oz. Solution or Rust Activator
    One Spritzer Cap
    One Pint of Permacoat Xtreme [Rust Only]
  • Front Door Paint
    One Quart – any color
  • Dead Flat Varnish – One Quart

2- Return to my blog and leave a comment below on which products you like and how/where you would use it.

You all can also acquire one bonus entry each for:

If you choose to follow any of the Modern Masters social pages for extra entries make sure you let me know in your entry comment you leave me.

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This giveaway will be open for one week only. The winner will be drawn at random and announced on the morning of Friday May 8th. Good luck to you all! If you love to paint furniture and decor pieces, I know you would love using the Modern Masters Paint! I had a blast making my side table and I am still using some of my samples for frames and such. Have a wonderful day!

XOXO-Ashlee

Upcycled Vintage Apron Back Tee

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01 DSC 3413 658x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeSome of you may already know this, but I am a vintage apron collector. I love vintage aprons, and have bunches of them in my cabinet in the kitchen. The full aprons I use when I cook. Some of my half aprons that have deep pockets get used at shows or the flea market, but a lot of them just sit there and look pretty. Occasionally I might slip one on with a pair of jeans and a plain tee. I have been wanting to find another way to style them into something wearable. I thought I might try to add one to a back of a tee for a fun look. I was so happy with the tee that I made, I ended up adding one to a tank too! This is a really easy way to funk up a plain shirt, and a great way to show off some of your favorite old aprons outside of the kitchen!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tee Shirt or Tank

*Vintage Half Apron

*Scissors

*Ruler and Marking Pen

*Straight Pins

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

Instructions:

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For the tee and the tank you will start out the same way. Lay out where you think the top of the apron should start. I wanted to start it near the top where the band of the apron would go across my back on the tee and meet up with the yoke on the tank. Measure and mark your placement and then pin your apron band on top of your mark line. Top stitch the band to the tee and then turn at the ends and stitch down the sides of the band. For the tank stop your top stitching at the end of the yoke in the back.

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For the tank you will need to fold over the excess band to the wrong side of the tee where the yoke meets the curve in the back. Pin it in place and then top stitch over it.

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To finish off the tee I cut a line from the end of the apron band to the end of the bottom of the side seam on both sides. Then I cut the fabric off of the underside of the band, so I cut away the whole chunk of tee where the apron was going to hang. Then I pinned the apron sides to the side seams and stitched all the way down. Then I trimmed and hemmed the front hem of the tee.

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The tank I finished a little differently. I pinned the apron sides on top of the back of the tee at an angle from where the band ended to the bottom of the side seam on each side. Then I top stitched the apron down as close to the edge as I could manage. Once I had stitched the apron sides to the tee, I went back and cut out the back of the tee where the apron hung at the side seams and the top leaving a little seam allowance. To finish off the tank, I stitched top stitched the pocket that was on the apron onto the front of the tank.

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07 DSC 3390 680x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeI absolutely LOVE both of my new tops! They are super comfortable to wear, especially on those days you feel a little bleh! I love how easy they are to whip up and how you can customize them to coordinate with the apron. The tank I bought at target on sale and it ended up being perfect with my aqua apron. The stripe tee was a Walmart cheapie I had lying around for a while. The only thing I was not happy with on the walmart shirt was that the knit was ribbed like a thin interlock so the hem got all wonky when I was trimming and stitching it up. A regular hanes jersey tee would have been better. So, if you are an apron hoarder like me, or just have a few tucked away in the closet, give this simple diy a go. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 27th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had some rainy weather here, but we did get to go to the Liberty Antiques Festival on Friday and it was a beautiful day! We have been on a bit of a bluegrass kick lately when we’re in the car. It is one of my favorite music genres ever! So, this week I thought I’d put together a little collection of vintage goods inspired by my love of bluegrass. There are so many adorable banjo finds alone on Etsy, not to mention all the other musical finds. It was definitely hard to narrow down my list this week! Here are my absolute favorites:

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50s Sweet Delights dress /vintage 1950s red & white sundress/ vintage gingham dress from Sea of Vintage

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Vintage Banjo Brooch, Pin, Gold and Mother of Pearl Jewelry from Jewels Simple Vintage

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1940′s NATIONAL summer weight red plaid loop collar long sleeved shirt / RnR / Rockabilly / TV, Stage, Film, screen from Fifi’s Finds

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1920s S.S. Stewart Banjo Mandolin, The Student, American Flag Banjolin from Scout and Forge

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Mid Century Figurine Hummel Like Girl Playing Violin or Fiddle Setting With Her Duck Napcoware Japan from Olde Berry

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Vintage Square Dance Fabric Dancing Guitar Banjo Fiddle Accordion from Vintage Squalor

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Vintage musical washboard The Brass King large board pie pan cymbal attached bluegrass folk music from Crooked Joe’s Antiques

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Fiddler Hand Embroidered and Framed in Barn Wood is Wearing Overalls from My Very Own Museum 

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Vintage Hazel Atlas/Federal “Kentucky” State Souvenir Glass, 1950′s Collectible/Barware/Gift Idea/Bluegrass State from Nanosdollectibles

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Happy Banjos Big Ben Banjo Band Vintage Vinyl Record Lp from Sal’s Vintage Vinyl

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Banjo player vintage yellow velvet animal stuffed children’s figure from Spanky Luvs Vintage

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Vintage banjo tab book from Guitar and Banjo Shack

Aren’t they all fantastic! I am so head over heels in love with the gingham dress! I think I might have to make something similar in my size for summer! I love them all really! Do you have a favorite this week? You can see these wonderful items as well as many many more amazing finds in these lovely Etsy vintage shops this week! I’ll be back next Monday with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review- Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage Wallpaper

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03 DSC 3225 1024x988 Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review  Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage WallpaperRecently I had the opportunity to review some of Modern Masters Metallic Paint.  I was so excited to try this paint out as there are so many gorgeous colors available! Narrowing down exactly which colors to choose was so difficult, as I wanted them all! I got some small samples of a few colors that would compliment my favorite vintage wallpaper. I used an old colonial style side table my mom had in storage that she was going to be getting rid of soon. It had some cool lines and the table top was framed in a way that I could add the wallpaper to the top to go with my metallic paint embellishing. Check out my how-to:

Here’s What You Need:

*Modern Masters Metallic Paint (I used SnowflakePink PearlOlympic GoldShimmering Sky from the Metallic Paint Collection)

*Side Table

*Primer (I used Killz)

*Paint Brush

*Detail Paint Brushes (Small craft paint brushes are fine)

*Wallpaper

*Spray Adhesive and Glass Custom Cut to Fit or Wallpaper Paste

How-to:

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The first thing I did was paint a couple of coats of primer on my table and drawer. The wood on this table had a really dark stain, so I ended up with three coats of primer to cover it to my satisfaction. In reality I probably could have done two and been fine. I started by painting all my pink areas first. I painted each of the legs and the sides as well as the front of the drawer. I used three coats of the pink. Again I probably could have done two and been fine. I let the pink dry for a few hours. Then I started in with the blue accents with a craft brush that was about an inch wide. I mixed the blue with the white at a 90/10 ratio to make the lighter hue of blue. Then, I painted the band around the top of the table, the line in the middle of the drawer and all the corners that framed in the middle pieces as well as the front facing pieces. I think I used two coats on the blue areas of the table. I also painted the hardware in the blue. This took several coats since it was thin and very light. Once all the blue areas had dried, I got out my smaller skinny brush to free hand the details in the gold paint. I made the quilted pattern on the panels by painting diagonal stripes in one direction and letting the stripes dry, then painting stripes in the other direction. I did two coats on each of the stripes. I free-handed the tassels with feathery strokes on the tops of each leg. I also added a little line of gold dots on the blue band of the drawer. Once the paint was thoroughly dry, I added the hardware back on to the drawer and put the drawer back in. I measured the inside of my table top and cut a piece of wallpaper to fit the space. Then I used spray adhesive to stick the wallpaper to the table top. I am getting a piece of glass custom cut to fit the table top inside and protect my wallpaper.

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02 DSC 3227 682x1024 Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review  Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage WallpaperI LOVE how my table turned out! I could not be happier with the Modern Masters Paint line either! It was super easy to use, and the colors are gorgeous! The metallic has a lovely sheen to it and it has a nice semi gloss smooth feel to the dried paint surface without being shiny too, which I like. It shimmers and sparkles without looking too fake. I also love how smooth a finish it has. A lot of the craft metallics I have used in the past have looked a bit splotchy. Over all I was thrilled with the outcome of my project and would highly recommend trying out Modern Masters paint for your next furniture or wall project!To find your local Modern Masters retailer, you can use their Retail Locator or their Online Shop . Be sure to check out their blog too, Modern Masters Café Blog, for inspiration and diy’s, and of course on social media FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+ and YouTube too! Also if you are interested, check out the Top 5 Tips for Working with Metallic Paints – A Modern Masters Café Blog Post for some great tips! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 20th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Did you all know that Wednesday of this week is Earth Day? Although we never really do anything special to celebrate Earth Day in our family, we do try to be “green” all the year. Conservation of our beautiful Earth is something both my hubby and I feel is important. Even something small like recycling or changing to more efficient light bulbs can make an impact. In honor of Earth Day, this week I am going to share some vintage earthly love inspired finds with you all. Check em’ out:

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Mini metal Globe Vintage Gumball Machine Toy from Nostalgic Artifacts

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Vintage NH Conservation Officer with Deer Calendar 1956 Salesman Sample Nature Outdoors Poster from Vintage Baron

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Rare Vintage Smokey The Bear Cookie Jar by Norcrest, Japan from Mid Century Kitschen

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the true book of conservation, vintage 1969 children’s book from Vintage Book Bazaar

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World Globe Charm Bracelet – Enamel Planet Earth Jewelry – Chain Link Charm Bracelet – Vintage Globe from Happy Fortune Vintage

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Vintage 1960′s Smokey The Bear tin foldover tab button from Reb’s Collectibles

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10 Unused 1959 Soil Conservation Vintage Postage Stamps Number 1133 from My Vintage Post Office

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Vintage Little Golden Book OUR WORLD 1955 A edition from Cabin on 6th

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Mid Century 1950′s DG III 16″ Visual Relief Globe by Denoyer-Geppert from Joe Blake

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Doomsday Sayer versus Optimistic World View Salt and Pepper Shakers – Kitschy Anthropomorphic Kitchen Home Decor from Day Jah View

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Earth Day Vintage Tea Towel from CarohHope

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Vintage Woodsy The Owl Vari-Vue Button from Dapper Design Company

Aren’t they so fabulous! I just love vintage globes! The shaker set cracks me up! And I can never get enough of Smokey the Bear! He’s just too cute! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! Be sure to check out these wonderful Etsy vintage shops for these items and so much more! I hope you all have a wonderful and green Earth Day! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Etsy Favorite Fridays- April 17th

Happy Friday everyone! Wow, it’s been a crazy day! I almost thought I was going to have to share this with you all this weekend sometime, but I still have an hour left before the weekend officially starts, so I’m all in! Wahoo! So, here are five of my absolute favorite items from some of my favorite shops on Etsy for this week:

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Hand Knit Cat Home Decoration Сream Home Decor Animal Rustic Decor Library Decor Gray Striped Cute Animal Woodland Rustic Stuffed Cat by Olga Mareeva

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Funny Ceramic Figures, Completely Customizable, with Shapes of Bear, Fox, Cat or Bunny and Decorated with pigments. Ready To Ship by Barruntando

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Cat illustration, whimsical animal, childrens art, cat portrait, cat print, animal art, yellow, kids painting by Inameliart

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Tea Towel Blue Vintage Mason Jar Tea Towel Flour Sack Towel Kitchen Cotton Towel Home Decor Gift by Apple White

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Flower Coasters Set of 4 – White by Decoylab

Aren’t they all adorable! I am so head over heels for the knitted kitty, it reminds me a bit of a fat little Roux! I also love the kitty painting, and love that she is holding a little bird, and she looks so much like our bengal Jack. Too adorable! The ceramic kitty is also amazing and reminds me so much of our kitty Sophie. It is uncanny! Apparently I am on a kitty craze this week! Be sure to check out the fabulous shops these items came from and the amazing artists who made them! I’ll be back next week with more favorite finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Vintage Crafts- Retro Style Upcycled Men’s Shirt

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Hey guys! I have really been enjoying making and sharing vintage crafts with you all every month from my collection of vintage home magazines! This week I am going to share with you how to update an oversized men’s button up with some retro flair. I really wanted to share this one with you all including the source, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find the exact magazine that I got the idea from. The original was a in a mag and it was a gift idea for a teen girl. They took a man’s shirt and rolled the sleeves. Then they cut and hemmed it to be shorter and embroidered a cross stitch design on it. If anyone knows the specific idea and mag it came from, please feel free to share!

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For now though, I am going to tell you how I made my retro top. I started with a large men’s button up shirt I picked up at Goodwill. I tried it on and measured where I wanted it to hit length wise. Then I added a little to to the length for hemming and cut it at that length. I measured up from the bottom of each side seam and then drew a straight line across. Then I turned it under by a quarter inch and then under by about an inch again and stitched the hem closed on my machine. Then I stitched a little crochet trim to the under side of the hem. I cut the sleeves off at a little above my elbow line. Then I rolled the sleeve up twice and top stitched around the edge. Then I rolled it up again a couple of times. I hand stitched a little crochet trim on the pocket of the shirt, and then I drew my initial with a marking pen and using a back stitch, hand embroidered the initial in a navy thread to coordinate with my shirt.

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I love how my top turned out! I made it in about an hour with all the hand stitching, so it was pretty quick to whip up. The shirt only cost me a couple of dollars and the trim was a couple of dollars, so this shirt only cost me around five dollars to make. You can’t beat that, really! I love the retro flair it has! It is super comfortable too! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is a great project for a beginner too I think! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather Handles

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Hey everyone! A while back I scored a super sweet vintage quilt in super shabby condition at the thrift store for a few dollars. I knew the quilt was kind of beyond repair to remake it into a quilt, but the fabrics were so lovely I thought I would use it as a cutter for some sewing projects. I thought I would make a simple tote to share with you all. This particular tote has added tabs on the side for an adjustable strap, but you could make it just as easily with just the top handles for a simpler tote. It is easy to customize it to your own style.

Here’s What You Need:

*Shabby Quilt

*Lining Fabric (I used an old thrifted bed sheet)

*Leather Scraps

*Leather for handles or premade handles or a belt

*Pom Pom Trim (about 1/2 yard)

*Ruler

*Marking Pen

*Extra Cotton Fabric and interfacing for the long strap or webbing

*Bag hardware- (I bought mine Here)

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Leather Needle

*Zipper Foot

*Fabric Glue (optional)

Instructions:

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The first thing you want to do is cut out all of your pieces. Cut two pieces of your quilt to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. Then cut two lining pieces to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. If you want to add a pocket you can cut one out for that too. I cut a piece to span the bottom so it was about 15″ wide by 8″ tall. Also cut your leather strips to 2.5 wide by about 14″ for each strap. Cut two pieces of leather for your tabs to be 1.25″ by about 3″. If you are making a fabric strap cut the fabric to be 3″ wide by about 52″ long. Cut interfacing for the strap too. If you are using webbing, cut your webbing to about 52″ long.

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Start your tote by sewing your trim to the bottom of your font quilt piece using your zipper foot. Then place the back quilt piece to the front with right sides together and pin around the sides and the bottom. Stitch around the sides and the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Stitch your pocket to your lining piece if you have one. I folded my pocket piece under and stitched the top hem. Then I stitched the pocket to the lining at the bottom and side seams and then added a seam up the middle for a divided pocket. Put your back and front lining pieces together right sides touching and pin. Then stitch all around the sides and the bottom. You can go back to using your regular foot for the lining pieces as you will not be stitching around any trim. Clip the corners of both the lining and outer bag.

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Turn the lining and the outer bag right side out and press.

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Now you need to stitch the tabs to the sides of your tote. Decide where you want to place your tabs. I places mine so the top of the tab hit at 5.5″ from the top of the bag on the side seam. Mark with a marking pen the spot on both side seams of the bag. Insert the top of the tab into the metal ring. Fold it over so it overlaps the metal by about an inch. Then use a little dab of fabric glue to glue it in place on the side seam. Repeat with the other tab. Then top stitch the tabs onto the side seams, stitching in a square and making sure to stitch as close to the ring as you can get. A zipper foot will help with this too.

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If you are making your own handles, fold the leather strips in half with the wrong sides together. Stitch down the open side as close to the edge as you can. Then stitch up the other side close to the edge. You can use premade handles or even a belt if you do not want to sew your own. Mark where you want your handles to go on the top of your bag. I made mine to be about 4″ in from each side seam. Place your handles with the ends flat against the top of the bag and the handle down towards the middle. Stay stitch the front and back handles to the front and back of the bag.

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Turn the lining inside out and insert the outer bag into the lining. Match up the side seams and then pin all the way around the top.

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Stitch all the way around the top of the bag leaving a few inches open for turning right side out. Use a half inch seam allowance. Pull the bag through the hole you left and pull the lining through then stuff the lining back into the bag.

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Iron down the top seam of the bag. Place a pin or two to hold the opening closed smoothly.

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Top stitch the hole closed close to the top. You can then top stitch around the bag if you like. I top stitched 1/2″ away from the top of mine.

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Now you are ready to make the strap. Apply your interfacing and fold the piece in half with right sides together. Iron flat. Stitch down the side of the strap with a quarter inch seam allowance. Then turn your fabric right side out with either a turning tool or a chopstick, etc.

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Iron the strap again. Fold the raw ends to the inside and iron flat.

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Insert your strap through one of your rings so that the end comes up the back side. Fold the end over and stitch across the strap a few times.

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Take the other end of the strap and insert it through the adjuster, then loop it through the other ring and back up to the wrong side of the adjuster. Loop it back through the bar and then stitch it down to the strap close to the bar.  You can do the same steps with a strap for webbing, just omit the stitching of the strap step.

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02 DSC 3252 740x1024 DIY Upcycled Vintage Quilt Crossbody Tote Bag with Leather HandlesI am super happy with my little tote! I love all the fabrics in this quilt, they have a homey feel! It was really simple to put together. I want to say it took me around an hour to make, so it’s pretty quick to whip up. I always love to use reclaimed fabrics, but you could certainly use any fabric you like. If you decide on using thin fabric, you may want to use an interfacing to keep it from being too floppy. I hope you guys will give this bag a try sometime! I think it is a great tote for spring and summer! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 13th

Happy Monday everyone! Spring is definitely here. Everything is budding and we are starting to see the pollen swoop in. Everything has a yellow top coat to it at the moment. Even the sky has a bit of a yellow haze. Although I think the pollen is icky, I refuse to let it get me down. So, this week my finds are all going to be inspired by the color yellow. Not the dirty yellow that has been plaguing our area from all the pine trees, but the beautiful sunshine yellow of spring.  Here are my top swoon worthy picks for this week:

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vintage 1950s dress / 50s Neiman-Marcus Dress / 1950s yellow dress from Simplicity is Bliss

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Vintage Cluster Earrings, Yellow Milk Glass Earrings, White Yellow Glass Bead Earrings, Clip-on Earrings, 1950s 1960s Costume Jewelry from Red Garnet Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Yellow White Gingham Swing Pleated Skirt XS/S Extra Small Small from Mod and Fancy

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Vibrant mustard yellow graduated beaded 1970s 1980s necklace – great 1940s 1950s inspired classic style. Very on trend for 2015! Autumn VLV from Chronically Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Yellow Soup Tureen C609 by Californian Pottery USA from Oakey Creek Vintage

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1950s Yellow Printed Handkerchief Bridal Accessory from Yellow Bee Vintage

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Mid century plate 1950s Empire harlequinade yellow lunch plate- checkered design – retro vintage English ceramic from Lucky Magpie Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Wilendure Yellow Rose Tablecloth from WAAKO

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1950′s Yellow Boomerang Formica Counter Top Bar With Four Vinyl Covered Stools — Convo for pick-up from Rustic Realm

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1950′s Yellow Heifetz Rotoflex Pendant Chandelier from Very Vintage LA

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1950s Artmart Yellow Lady Head Vase from Sweet Memory Antiques

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1950′s Yellow Alarm Clock – Old Vintage – Made by ANKER – West Germany – Manual Winding – Art Deco Design – Glow in the Dark – Light Maize from Jersey Sparrow

Aren’t they all fabulous! Yellow is not a color I can wear very well, but I do love to pick up accessories and home goods in this fantastic hue! Do you all have a favorite this week? Be sure to check out these wonderful Etsy vintage shops. I think you’ll love them as much as I do! I’ll be back next week with more vintage love. Until then…

Happy Shopping!