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Easy DIY Doggie Bandana

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Hi guys! Anyone who knows me will tell you, I LOVE my dogs! Even though they are super precious, I do love to dress them up and make them even cuter. Beau has tons of sweaters which he does actually need in the winter because he gets so cold! In the summer time though, it is so hot and humid in our area, I don’t put him in tees because I am worried he might be a little too warm and uncomfortable. Sometimes I tie a bandana around his neck but it gets loose and falls off easily. So, I thought I would make a special bandana for him that would fit onto his collar. Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Bandana or Fabric

*Sewing MAchine and Thread

*Marking Pen and Ruler




You can use any triangular piece of fabric you like. I used the corners of two bandanas I had on hand. Put the fabric up to your dog’s neck and determine about where you need to cut the fabric to make your triangular bandana. You will be folding the top over some so make sure you have plenty of room for folding.


Once your triangle is cut you need to cut the sides. Measure the width of the back of your dog’s neck. Add an inch for folding under. Mark the half point of your bandana at the long cut end. Measure over from the half way mark half of the measurement of your dog’s neck on either side. Draw in a line perpendicular and cut off the sides on each end.


Fold under by a quarter inch on each side. Press. Turn under a quarter inch again. Stitch the sides closed.

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Measure the width of your collar. For example if your collar is 1″ wide, you want your opening to be 1.25″ wide. Fold the top raw edge under by a quarter inch. Then fold the edge under again this time by the width of the collar plus a half inch (1/4″ for ease and 1/4″ for seam allowance. So if my collar is 1″ I would place my first folded edge so that it is 1.5″ from the top fold. Stitch across your folded edge with a quarter inch seam allowance making a casing. To finish off, slide your collar into the casing of the bandana.

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I love how my little dog bandanas turned out! The pups look super adorable in them and they stay put around their sweet little necks. I made a few for Beau and my moms pup Sadie out of a couple of dollar bandanas I got at Walmart a while ago. You can make a few out of one bandana. I haven’t made any for my little Annie yet since she is still using a harness as she’s a wild woman on the leash. I am sure she will have a bunch of her own soon enough. I hope you all will give this a try for your favorite four-legged friend. I’ll be back next week with more diy fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Etsy Love- Ten Awesome 2015 Calendars

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week and looking forward to the weekend! I have been looking for a calendar for my kitchen and my craft room for a while now. There are so many amazing calendars on Etsy, so I thought I would share ten of my favorites with you all this week. It was hard to narrow down my list, since there are so so many! Here are just a few of my faves:


2015 Calendar | 3D Landscape Desk Calendar made of Paper | DIY Printable A4 size template files | Instant digital download by Sky Goodies


2015 CALENDAR- Master of Literature – Instant Download – A4 size 8.27 × 11.7 inches by Mrs Peggotty Arts


2015 Cat Calendar- Wall Calendar- Cat Body Calendar- In Olive by Jamie Shelman


Wildflower Wreath 2015 Calendar Poster, Wall Calendar by Just Another Day


Woodberry 2015 Calendar of woodland animals by Sheri McCulley


2015 Calendar, 5 x 7 or 4 x 6 Desk calendar love photography girly pastel coral print nursery decor retro paris decor french decor~ by Caroline Mint


Instant Download Digital 2015 Calendar Shabby Chic 2015 Calendar Digital Wall Calendar Printable Desk Calendar Digital 2015 Calendar by One Stop Digital


2015 Calendar – Vintage Gift Wrap Designs – by Writeables


2015 Food Calendar Illustrated/Desk/Kitchen by Vicki Smith Art



New Year’s Sale – 20% OFF! – 2015 Calendar – Personable Pachyderms Elephant Calendar by Oh Me Oh My Oh

Aren’t they fantastic! I love them all, so now I have to narrow it down. Do you all have a favorite? I hope you all have enjoyed my round up of calendars and have maybe found one or two for your home too! Be sure to check out the wonderful shops that all these calendars came from, you’ll love them! I’ll be back soon with more Etsy favorites. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Painted Toy Animal Magnets




2-DSC_0871Happy Friday everyone! This week has just flown by so far! I am behind as usual, how does that always happen this time of year! Before we get into the weekend, I wanted to pop in with another handmade gift idea. This project is really fast to whip up, and really couldn’t get much easier than this. I am going to show you how to make these fun little animal magnets!

What You Need:

*Plastic Animals

*Paint ( I use Martha Stewart Crafts satin and pearl paints)

*Paint Brush

*Extra Strong Magnets




Gather your supplies. Clean up your plastic animals. Make sure they are clean and dry before you begin.



Paint your animals with craft paint. It will take several coats depending on the color. My darker purple took two coats. The pearly violet took about five coats. Let your paint dry thoroughly.

6-DSC_0648Once your animals are painted and thoroughly dry, you need to glue the magnets to the back side of each one using E6000. Let your glue dry and cure a full 72 hours before using.




1-DSC_0792These little magnets add a lot of fun to a message board! They are cute and whimsical. I made my little batch in under an hour plus drying time for the glue. You could really make these special for your gift recipient by using their favorite animals and their favorite colors or shades. This is a great last minute project and it is even something the kids can make themselves. Give them a try sometime, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another handmade gift idea. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Teens

Hey guys! The past few weeks have been a little of a whirlwind! I can’t belive this year is already almost over, I swear it has gone by so fast! I am knee-deep in making holiday gifts for my own crew this year. I did want to pop in and share a few of my favorite gift ideas for teens. Check em’ out:


Red Squirrel Serenade – Tote Bag / Book Bag – 16″ x 16″ by Iota Illustration


mermaid print 8 x 12 sea how cute I am by BoopsieDaisy


On Sale!!! LOLA’S SWEET DREAM Ooak Cameo Vintage Inspired Art Brooch by Odd Princess, Wearable Art by Odd Princess


Unicorn i phone Slim Case – i phone Case – i phone 5 Case – i phone 5s Case by Pai and Pear


Coastal Pillow Happy Girls are the Prettiest Pillow Audrey Hepburn Beach Decor Gift Girls Room Throw Pillow Cover Decorative Throw Retro Art by Vintage Beach


Hummingbirds Zipper Pouch Little Coin Purse ECO Friendly Padded NEW Hummers Delight by J Pat Purses


Goldie and the Bear Hugs – limited edition giclee print of an original illustration (8 x 10 in) by Helen Dardik


Crochet Ring – Tiny Landscape – House and Tree on a Hill – Mini Amigurumi Adjustable Ring – Statement Ring by Biribis


clutch – ipad case – minibag by Nuria Diaz Shop


Macbook Decal Sticker for Macbook Sticker Macbook Pro Decal Macbook Air Sticker Snoopy SN by The CJ Store


Harry Potter Dumbledore quote print – Happiness can be found – Typographic print, Inspirational Art poster, giclee print wall art by Simple Serene



2015 Calendar Printable INSTANT DOWNLOAD/ Illustrated magical travel wall/ desk calendar by BelsArt

Aren’t they so flippin’ cute! I realize that most of these finds are rather feminine, but check out these amazing shops and you could certainly find something for just about everyone on your list. There are so many talented artists on Etsy! I am in awe every week! I hope you have enjoyed my little gift guide. Hopefully it has given an idea or two for someone on your list. I’ll be back soon with another fun gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- November 4th

We are starting to see some beautiful fall colors around here lately! One of my favorite things about fall is the changing leaves and the woods. And when I think of the woods, I think of all the cute little forest animals. We’ve been seeing a lot of deer around here, and hearing the owls at night. So, this week I thought I’d share a little collection of some of my favorite woodland critter items from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. I had such a time narrowing the list down! Here are just a few of my favorites:


Bluebird on a Log Cream and Sugar Set – Norcrest – Mid-Century 1950s from Kitschy Vintage


Peter Rabbit drawer pull, drawer knob, 1950s bunny rabbit, original package from Sunny Day Vintage


Vintage 1950’s Capri Enamel Fox Pin with Rhinestones from Sultana Vintage Jewels


Jolles Original Wicker Basket Purse Needlepoint Squirrel 50s Accessories from MDM Vintage


Vintage 1950s Hopping Rabbit Tin Wind Up – Made in Japan from SMN Toys


Vintage 1950’s Deer Figurines Pair Of Vintage 1950’s Deer from Ravishing Retro


Rare 1950s Metlox Squirrel Pinecone Cookie Jar, Collectible from Mix and Match Dining


WHOO-who-WHAT-what 1950s Japanese Owl Salt Shaker from Baubles N Trade


SALE Was 18 GBP Now 9 GBP Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Cushion Pillow Cover 1950s Bambi from Little Sally Waters


Vintage Playing Cards – 1950s Bear – Full Deck from Pumpkin Truck Paper


Vintage Gift Wrapping Paper – Juvenile Mid Century Brown Bear Playground Birthday Party – Slide – 1 Unused Full Sheet Birthday Gift Wrap from The Goose and The Hound


AWESOME Pair of LONGBOY FOXES Vintage Ceramic Salt & Pepper Shakers Napco from Textiles and Old Things

Aren’t they all so darned adorable! Of course I am a bit biased since I collect vintage animal cuties, my house is full of them! I love each and every one! I hope you all have fun checking out these sweet vintage Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more cute vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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:


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


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


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


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


Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010


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


Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage


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


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


Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage


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



VERY RARE Vintage Retro 1950’s Cartoon Owls Salt and Pepper Shakers Antique Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

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!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- August 2014

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again where I share my obsession with Pinterest with you all! As far as social media goes, Pinterest is my black hole. I get lost in it all the time! This past month I have been busy with life, so I haven’t been pinning a lot. I did add a couple of new boards. I added to some old and newer favorite boards too! Here are just some of my favorites from this past month:

From my board DIY Ideas I Love:






From my board Words to Live By:





From my board Pets and Animals:






From my board For the Home:





From my board My Style:





From my board Printables:





From my board Wonderful Wallpaper:





From my board Cath Kidston Favorites:





From my new board Green Gate Lovelies:







From my new board Sweet Smoothies:





42Aren’t they awesome! I have recently found Green Gate, and I am head over heels in love with it! Wish they carried the line in the US! I always have a great time sifting through the animals section too! So much cuteness! What have you all been pinning this month? I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

My Life in Pictures- May 2014

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Beau favorite thing lately is to be outside lounging in the yard!

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We’ve set up shop at the Raleigh Flea Market a couple of times this month. I always love being out there!

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We had a lovely Mother’s Day! Daryl fixed up this mid century credenza for me, and we made pallet art for our moms. We also got to spend time with all our puppy nieces and nephews. It was wonderful!

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Daryl and Beau have been two little peas in a pod lately! There’s been a lot of puppy snuggling going on around here. It’s adorable!

I always mean to share my photos with you all weekly, but sometime life gets in the way. This past month has been lovely, but busy! My sister is home from college for the summer now, so I am looking forward to spending more time with her! We’ve just been trucking on, working away, and spending time with four legged babies. Hope you all have had a wonderful month! Here’s to a fabulous start to the summer!


My Life in Pictures- April 3rd-24th

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My hubby makes the most beautiful hand turned seam rippers…

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Chicken Balloons, need I say more 😉 ….

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Is this the sweetest face, or what!

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Beau flying his invisible plane…

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My newly painted dresser and sewing table in the sewing room…

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My favorite books…

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Beau was having a funky ear day…


Wowzers, it’s been a little while since I did my Thursday posts! We have been super busy lately! Daryl and I have been setting up shop at the flea market every week or two when the weather’s nice. We have been taking out handmade items we make, and awesome furniture from Marcie’s shop. I love being out at the flea market, and the vendors are great! Beau really loves it too, and spends his time napping or socializing with other dogs and people. We have taken several trips to the dog park, and Beau is even playing with the big dogs now and then. I have been busy painting furniture and making new goodies for the shop. Tomorrow I will be going to the Liberty Antiques festival, which I am very excited about! I hope you all have been having a great week! I’ll be back next week with some festival pics and probably a ton of Beau too!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Paula Montgomery

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am super excited to share one of my favorite jewelry artisans on Etsy, Paula Montgomery! Paula has had one heck of a creative career, which you can read more about here in her bio. After many years of running her own art rubber stamp company, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, she decided to get into making jewelry after her mother in law sent her a bag of her old costume pieces. And boy, am I glad she did! Paula’s jewelry designs are simply fantastic! Each piece is handmade from repurposed vintage components like brooches, rhinestone jewelry, and buttons and charms. Every item in her shop is a one of a kind work of art! They are whimsical and elegant, funky and unique! I’m totally in love with them all! Here are just a few of my favorites from Paula’s shop:












02-il_570xN.545159931_9yupAren’t they all just amazing! I love everything she has, but I will admit that I am head over heels for the animal charm bracelets! To see more of Paula’s wonderful work, visit her shop on Etsy, Paula Montgomery, Here. Also be sure to check out her awesome website Here, and follow along on Facebook, and Twitter. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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