I swear this month has just flown by! It’s going to be fall before you know. I have not been pinning a whole lot over the past month since it has been a little crazy and my sister is home for the summer, so I have been trying to squeeze in as much time with her as I can before she goes back to school. I have added some pins to a few of my favorite boards and added a fun new vintage summery board dedicated to swimsuits. Check out what I’ve been pinning this month:
I just adore Pinterest! Don’t you! It’s an endless supply of beauty and inspiration! What have you all been pinning lately? You can see the sources of all these pins and see many many more by following along with my boards on PinterestHere. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…
Last week I shared this diy pallet wood star with you all. I had made the star for my porch. When I went to hang it, it looked a little plain for my taste, so I decided to paint it. I love the look of painted old wood. Typically I am not a fan of distressing wood. I like the crispness of clean painted furniture. However sometimes there is a piece that is just perfect distressed. There are a lot of ways to distress wood. A friend told me about the vaseline method, so I thought I’d give that one a try since it seemed the easiest to me. I had a great time painting my star! It’s so easy and fast to give it a little update with paint and vaseline too!
Here’s What You Need:
*White Paint (I used regular latex interior paint for this project)
*Paint in the colors you like best
The first thing you need to do is apply a thin layer of vaseline in the areas you want the natural wood to show through. I used my finger to apply the vaseline. Be careful because you can get splinters. I think a paint brush or pallet knife would work to apply it too.
Next, Paint your whole star with your white paint. You may need a few coats of white to completely cover. I think I used three coats of the white paint. Let the white paint dry.
Now, apply the vaseline again over the areas where you would like the white to show through the colored paint.
Next paint the different planks in your colored paints. I used red and aqua to go with the color scheme on my porch. Paint a couple of coats of paint and set your piece aside to dry.
Once your paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand the wood. The areas where the vaseline is, the paint will come off easily. I have also found that if you blast the piece with water from your hose the paint will flake off in the areas where the vaseline is as well. It’s a little less work, but then you have to let the piece dry out for a day or so. Enjoy your distressed pallet art!
I liked my star before, but now I am totally in love with it! It is going to look so fantastic on my porch! Pallet wood is so much fun to distress! I hope you all will give this method a try some time. It was both easy and fun! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…
Like a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!
Here’s What You Need:
*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.
Once you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.
Open your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.
Now you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.
Set your sandals aside to dry. Once the glue is fully cured they are ready to wear!
I absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
I am so excited to share the news that a couple of my projects are featured in July’s issue of ReLoved Magazine! If you are not familiar with Reloved, it is a British mag dedicated to all things upcycled! This magazine is fabulous! There are so many amazing projects to decorate your home and yourself in the July issue! I especially love the sewing projects! To snag a copy of your own, get the digital version from itunes or straight through the Reloved app, or find one at your local book store or craft store. Also, check out the magazine’s website Here, where you can subscribe so you never miss an issue, and check out their awesome blog! And a very big Thank You to Reloved for featuring my projects! I am completely honored to be a part of such a fantastic publication!
Upcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!
Here’s What You Need:
*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)
*Pencil and/ a marker
*Band saw or circular saw
*Brad Nailer and Nails
The first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.
Starting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.
Take a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.
Nail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.
I absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hey everyone! Are you all getting ready for the Independence Day holiday tomorrow? One of my favorite memories of the fourth of July is from when we were living in Los Angeles. The apartment building we lived in let people up on the roof and we got to see a 360 degree view of every fireworks show the city was having. It was magical! I’m afraid nothing has ever been able to compare since. This year we are planning on shooting off some small fireworks at my mom’s house. I’m sure we will be grilling something yummy, and there will be lots of sparklers! Hannah and I love sparklers! Before the holiday commences, I thought I’d share this easy DIY for my Fabric Star Hair Combs that I will be wearing for the holiday. They are so easy and really fast to whip up!
Here’s What You Need:
*Fabric Scraps in Reds and Blues
*Sewing Machine and Thread
*Plastic Hair Combs or Hair Pins of your choice
*Paper, pen and scissors
The first thing you need to do is cut out your stars. Draw a star onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Use it as a template. Double up your fabric scraps with wrong sides together. Trace your star onto the fabric with a marking pen and cut them out. You should have two stars for every comb or hair pin.Spray one of your stars with basting spray on it’s wrong side. Then smooth the star to it’s match with wrong sides together. Stitch around the edges of your stars and clip excess threads. Run a bead of glue onto the top of the hair comb. Press the comb onto the star shape back. Smooth and glue it down well. Set aside and let them dry.
These hair combs are a lot of fun to wear! Wear a couple, or go all out and put a bunch in your hair. You can really change the style up just by the fabrics you use. You can even make them in other shapes. You can choose to sew your shapes or you can just glue them together for an even easier diy. I’ll be back next week with a fun summer project! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and a safe Independence Day!
Can you believe that we are half way into 2014 already! This year has flown by so far! Summer is officially here, and it is hot in NC. I have been working on a couple of projects for my screened porch. I love a good summer project almost as much as I love holiday DIY’s. So, I thought I would share a little round up of some of the fantastic DIY’s I’d like to try this summer. You can find all kinds of fun projects on my DIY board on Pinterest! Here are some of my absolute favorites this month:
Aren’t they just awesome! I so wish I had a tree that I could hang a swing in! I would love to make one! Definitely be sure to check out the many projects you can find on all of these fabulous blogs! They are awesome! I’ll be back next month with another round up of favorites. Until then…
Summer is in full swing, and we are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day here in the states. When I was little I loved anything with stars and stripes! As far as flags go, we have one of the coolest flag designs in the world! I have been wanting to make a flag pillow for a while now. The other day I was digging in my scrap drawer and realized that I had the perfect scraps to make my pillow. I was quite excited! I had another DIY planned for today, but I just had to hold off so that I could share this fun patriotic pillow with you all. It’s really quite easy, and you can whip one up just in time to enjoy it for the fourth of July!
Here’s What You Need:
*Linen Fabric – about 1/4 to 1/3 of a yard
*Large Scrap Fabric for the back of the pillow
*Red, Blue and Yellow Scraps
*Basting Spray and Foil
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is cut out your pieces. Cut your pillow front linen piece to be 10″x17″. Cut two pieces for the back of the pillow to be 10″x 9″. Cut a blue patterned fabric scrap to be 5″x6″. Cut three red fabric strips to be 1″x17″ and two red strips to be 1″x10.5″. Draw stars with a marking pen on the yellow fabric scraps. Cut out your stars.
Next, you need to spray your applique pieces with basting spray. Lay out some tin foil. Lay your applique pieces face down onto the foil and spray the back side with the basting spray.
Now, smooth your blue piece up in the upper left corner of the pillow front piece. Press and smooth your stars onto the blue piece. Then lay out your stripes starting at the bottom of the front piece and spacing them out at about a little over an inch apart. Iron your appliqued front.
Now you need to sew the appliques down. Stitch along the edges of your stripes and blue rectangle with a small zig zag stitch. Stitch around your stars with a straight stitch.
Take the back pieces and turn under one of the 10″ edges under 1/4″ and then another 1/4″. Stitch down.
Now you are ready to sew your pillow cover. Lay the front pillow piece face up on the table. Lay the back pieces face down onto the front piece. The raw edges should meet with the raw edges of the front piece and the finished edges should be in the middle overlapping a little. Pin all the way around. Sew all the way around the pillow cover with a half-inch seam allowance.
Clip the corners and then turn your pillow cover right side out. Insert your pillow form.
I LOVE how my little flag pillow turned out! I had such a blast making it, I may have to make a union jack one too, since that is another one of my favorite flags. You can change-up the style of this pillow just by the fabrics you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime. It is fast and fun! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Making upcycled bags and totes is one of my absolute favorite things to do! I usually make bags with upcycled shabby tablecloths. Over the past year I have played around with patchwork projects from vintage scrap fabrics. I thought it would be fun to make a fun patchwork tote for summer! I have bunches of vintage fabric scraps from vintage feed sacks, old linens and sheets, and even old smocks and aprons. This project does take quite a bit of time due to making the patchwork, but it is totally worth it for the end result! And it is fun, fun, fun!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage scrap fabrics
*Self Healing Mat and Rotary Cutter
*1/2 yard of lining fabric
*Grommets and Grommet Setter
*Leather or Pleather for strap
Here’s The Pattern:(sorry it’s not so pretty)
The first thing you need to do is make your patchwork fabric pieces for the front and back outside of your tote. Start by cutting 2″ fabric squares with your rotary cutter, ruler, and self healing mat. You will need approximately 85 squares.
Now you need to sew your squares into horizontal oriented strips. Lay the right sides together and stitch down the side of two squares. Then stitch a third square to the second and so on. You will need two strip of eight squares, six strips of seven squares, and four strips of six squares.
Once you have stitched your strips, iron open the seam allowances.
Now you need to stitch your strips together. The bottom strip will be a seven square strip. Stager the eight square strip to the bottom strip and stitch lengthwise. Then stagger a seven square strip to the other side of the eight square strip and stitch. Then stitch another seven square strip and then the two six square strips, staggering each of them a little from the previous strip. This will be one side of your main fabric. Repeat for the back side. Once you have your two patchwork pieces sewn, you need to iron open the seam allowances.
Next, you need to cut out your pattern pieces. Cut two pieces of lining fabric, and cut two pieces from your patchwork fabric panels you made.
Lay the patchwork pieces right sides together and stitch around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Do the same with the lining fabric.
Clip your curves on the lining and the main pieces.
Now, turn your patchwork main piece right side out and slip it into the lining fabric so that the right sides of the main and lining fabric are touching. Stitch along the top opening leaving a few inches open for turning.
Turn the main and lining fabric right side out through the opening. Push the lining back into the main bag pieces. Iron the opening of the bag.
Stitch along the top of the bag with a 1/8 inch top stitch all the way around, stitching closed the opening.
Next you need to add your grommets. Lay the grommet onto the side seam of your bag about a half inch from the top. Mark the hole in the grommet onto the bag. Cut the hole out for the grommet. Place your grommet front and back onto the hole. Then hammer and set the grommet with the setting tools. Repeat with the other side.
Now you need to make your strap. Cut a piece of leather to be the length you want by about 1.5″. Slide your swivel clasp onto the end. Overlap the end by at least a half an inch. Mark where you want your rivets. I used two small rivets. You could use any different size you like. Punch holes in the leather with your awl where you marked. Insert and assemble your rivets and hammer them closed. To finish off your bag clip your strap to your bag where your grommets are.
I have to say, this bag took me several hours to make from start to finish, but I am so in love with it! I think the thing I love so much about patchwork is that you can incorporate all kinds of your favorite scrap fabrics! I am a total fabric nerd, and just adore the beautiful and fun prints in vintage fabrics! They are the best! This bag just makes me happy! Of course you can use any kinds of fabric scraps you have on hand. Or upcycle some of your old shirts instead of sending them to Goodwill. I hope you all have been inspired to make your own summer tote! You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another summer DIY. Until then…
Vintage bark cloth is one of my favorite types of vintage fabric, and as many of you know, vintage fabric is my favorite thing ever! I was so happy to have found this wonderful curtain piece at the antiques festival in Liberty last year! I have been hoarding it until I found something that was worth me cutting into it. I found a stool last year at Target that I have been using quite a lot in the house. Daryl sits on it and plays his guitar, I use it for my laptop when I am on the floor working sometimes, and the Roux has made it his favorite sitting spot. I love the functionality of the stool, but wasn’t loving the style of it. It was a little boring for my taste, so I decided it needed covering with a fabulous fabric, and lucky for me I had the perfect thing!
Here’s What You Need:
*Upholstered Stool or Ottoman
*Vintage Bark Cloth Remnant
*Nailer or Stapler
*1/4-3/8 size Staples
The first thing you need to do is measure your upholstered stool. Measure, mark, and cut a piece of bark cloth that is the length and width of your stool plus four to six inches to be able to wrap it around to the bottom. My stool was about 14″ square, so I cut my fabric to be at 18×18. It is always better to have a little excess fabric than not enough.
The next thing you need to do is disassemble the upholstered top of your stool from the legs. You can usually remove the top with a screwdriver. Set aside your screws and your legs or base.
Lay your fabric face down on a clean surface. Then lay your stool cushion top face down onto the center of the fabric. Take one edge of your fabric and staple it to the back side of your stool into the wood. Staple down the fabric a few inches away on either side of the first staple. Then pull the fabric on the opposite side taut and staple a few in the center and over towards the corners. Do the same thing with the other two sides, stapling in the center and over towards the sides, leaving the corners un-stapled.
If you have a rounded stool, you can just pull and staple your fabric around the corners, gathering it nice and tight. If you have a square corner like I did, you can wrap it like a present. Smooth the fabric on the side facing you straight down. This will form a triangular shape out to the side. Take that triangular area and wrap it around to the flat side overlapping it. Then, pull the fabric to the back of the stool and staple down. Do this on all four corners. Now you should have totally covered the stool top.
To finish off your stool, cut any excess fabric hanging loose off of the back side of the stool. Then screw the stool top back onto the base or legs.
I loved my stool before, but now I am head over heels for it! I adore the print of the vintage bark cloth! It looks fantastic anywhere we put it in the house. This project is so incredibly easy! It took me maybe a total of twenty minutes from start to finish to cover this stool. I love my bark cloth of course, but you can use any kind of upholstery weight fabric for this project. So, if you have an old or boring upholstered stool, give it a new life with some great fabric! It’s easy as pie! I’ll be back next week with another fun diy project. 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.