Happy Christmas Eve Everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the holiday! Are you excited Christmas is practically here? I am! One of my absolute favorite things about the holidays is decorating my home. So I thought I would share a little peek into my Christmas decorating this year. Take a look:
Please excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken with my phone. I just wanted to give you guys a quick peek into my little slice of Christmas heaven. I love my little holiday home! I hope you all have enjoyed my holiday home tour. Have a wonderful and safe Christmas Eve!
Hi guys! It’s been a little crazy around here. I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! I still have not even made a dent in my wrapping! Before the Christmas holiday I wanted to share one last Christmas-y thing, free printable tags! I have included printable sheets below for regular paper printable tags, and then ones for shrinky inkjet paper for an even more special tag.
Here is the printable for the paper tags:
And here are the printables for the shrinky tags, they have already been lightened for you, so they are 100% ready to print on your shrinky paper…
Aren’t they fun! To make the shrinky tags, print them out on your inkjet shrinky paper, cut them out and then bake. There are really simple instructions on the back of the package for the paper. You can write the name of the recipient and the gift giver on the back with a sharpie. I hope you all enjoy these printable tags! May they add a little extra cheer to your Christmas packages!
Happy Monday guys! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe Christmas is in just a couple of days! This month has just flown by. Over the last couple of months I have been sharing holiday themed vintage finds with you every Monday. Today will be my last Vintage Christmas favorites compilation, and I wanted it to be especially special. So, today’s wonderful vintage finds are all themed around my favorite of Christmas figures, Santa Claus!
Santa Claus Driving a Car Candle Holder Holt Howard Vintage Christmas from Happy Fortune Vintage Here
Paper Christmas Coasters from Rosy Bugs Loves Here
Vintage Santa Claus & Sleigh from Le Vieux Salon Here
Vintage 50s 60s Miniature Santa Claus Christmas Tree Ornament from SaVINTheAGE Here
Vintage 1940′s Santa Claus Hankie from Muddy River Antiques Here
12 Vintage Wooden Santa Place Card Holders / Nodder / Christmas Tablescape from Roberta Grove Here
Vintage Christmas Apron Terrycloth 1960s Santas from Coconut Road Here
Vintage Christmas Seals 1951 Vintage Paper Ephemera from Dishy Vintage Here
Three Sweet Vintage Santa Claus Miniature Porcelain Cups Hand painted from Nancie’s Vintage Nest Here
Vintage silver Santa Clause Brooch with red, blue and clear rhinestones from Faye Bella Here
1940′s-50′s Christmas Figurines from Bits of the Past Here
Don’t you just love them all! I just adore vintage Christmas items, don’t you! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I always do! I’ll be back next week with finds to ring in the new year. Until then….
Happy Friday everybody! This week has been a little crazy between the holidays and a sick hubby, but I did want to pop in and share these fabulous printables from Etsy’s awesome artists! I love the digital printables you can find on Etsy! There is something for every occasion. I love to get printable tags for my holiday packages since I am not a big fan of the ones you find at the chain stores. Every one of these printable items comes as an instant download, so you can print them out immediately after you purchase them if you like. Here are some of my absolute favorites:
JOY, NOEL Rosette Banner Decoration Printable Paper Christmas Crafts by Fantastic Toys Here
christmas village – favor boxes, luminaries, party centerpiece decoration printable PDF kit by Claudine Hellmuth Here
Christmas Printable, Holiday Art Print, Typography, Tis The Season To Be Jolly by Mooseberry Printables Here
Printable Fiat-Style Vintage Holiday Car – Cake Pop Box/ Favor Box/ Holiday Decoration by Paper Built Shop Here
Printable Christmas DIY Gift Tags Labels Scandinavian Holiday by Sam Osborne Store Here
Printable Christmas Gift Tags – Chalkboard Style by Anthology Arts Here
Christmas Gift Tags- Printable Set of 8 by Life Made Lovely Here
Retro Christmas Gift Tags Digital Collage Sheet by Curious Crow Digital Here
Printable Christmas Tags, Digital Collage Sheet, Retro Vintage DIY Gift Tags by The Vintage Remix Here
Vintage Retro 1950s 24 Round Christmas Gift Tags Digital File Printable by Fenderskirts Vintage Here
Christmas Printables for Playful Toys and Festive Decor by Tuesday Mourning Here
Gingham Christmas PRINTABLE Party (INSTANT DOWNLOAD) by Love The Day Here
Don’t you just love them all! I do! I am definitely going to be snagging some of these for my Christmas wrapping. I hope you all enjoyed my little round up. Be sure to go take a peek at all of these amazing Etsy shops. They are full of printables! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Hi guys! A few months ago I came across some shabby Christmas tablecloths at a show and just had to have them! I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my holiday crafting this year. I didn’t really get the chance to use them in my decor this year, so I thought I would use them in my wrapping. Drawstring bags are really easy to make and they make sweet little gift bags!
Here’s What You Need:
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
Drawstring bags are really easy to make, and you can make them to your own dimensions easily. To make them like mine, you want your length to be longer than your width. My largest bag is 15×18″ and my smaller bag was 8×13″. Measure down three inches from the top on both sides and snip into the fabric by about 1/4″ where marked. Place your front and back pieces right sides together. Begin stitching at the first notch you make near the top. Stitch down the first side, across the bottom, and then back up the other side stopping at the other notch in the side using a half inch seam. Press open the seam allowance. Now you want to top stitch the seam allowance closed on each of the four sides. Fold the top of the front side of the bag and the back of the bag down by 1/4 inch, then fold the top down again so that the top is folded under to just above where the side seams start. Top stitch close tot he edge on the front and back sides forming the casings. Press your bag. Now fasten a safety pin to one end of your ribbon and feed it through the casings in the top of the bag. Pull the ribbon through and keep a long loop on the opposite side, so you have equal lengths of ribbon on each side. Cut the loop. To close the bag, scrunch the bag up and tie each side with the ribbon in a bow.
I love these bags! They are so easy to whip up and the prints of vintage tablecloths are divine! You can easily make these to fit your own gifts. The greatest part is that the gift inside will come with it’s own bag to keep it safe when storing. I hope some of you all will give this one a try! It’s a lot of fun! I’ll be back in a little bit with some printable Christmas tags! Until then…
Hi guys! I meant to share this with you all yesterday, but I was still testing things out. I love craft paper and use it every year in my holiday wrapping. I bought a huge roll a few years ago from a framing supply company, and have barely made a dent in the roll. I like using craft paper as my inexpensive base to be able to spend more on embellishments. This year I thought it may be fun to try and print a pattern on the craft paper. I am a big fan of faux bois, and have a wood grain rocker tool for painting. Originally I thought I may be able to use a stamp pad and saturate the rocker with it before dragging it across the paper, but alas, that was a fail. So, I ended up trying paint and glaze. Here’s the how-to:
What You Need:
*Martha Stewart Paint Glaze
*Wood Grain Rocker
First, you need to mix your paint and glaze. Mix equal parts paint and glaze onto your paper plate. Next, mix the paint and glaze thoroughly. Lay out your paper in a long sheet on a protected hard flat surface. Paint the glaze onto your paper quickly. Hold down the top of the paper with one hand and hold the rocker in your other hand. Then, drag the rocker from the top to the bottom of the paper firmly, in long rocking motions. Then drag the rocker down the paper again right next to the first run. repeat and continue all the way across the paper to the end. Let the paper dry thoroughly before using it to wrap your gifts.
I think the wrapping turned out to be pretty cute! It is more subtle than I had originally wanted it to be, but I still like it. If you have a wood grain rocker, definitely give this one a try! Play around and have fun! Create your own custom gift wrap for your holiday gifts this year. You’ll have a blast!
Hi everyone! Welcome to day eleven of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! Today I am going to show you how to make a fun patched camera strap. I love vintage feed sack fabric and have dozens of little scraps. I had so much fun picking out my little scraps to embellish my strap with. This project is really fun to put together, and it is fast to whip up as well! Here’s the How-To:
*Vintage Feed Sack Scraps
*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat
*2″ Webbing or an Old Belt
*Camera Strap Hardware Kit (Here)
*Sewing Machine and Thread
*Leather Needle for your machine
Start off by gathering your scraps of fabric. You need to cut them into two inch squares with your rotary cutter. You will need about 15-18 of them depending on how long you want your strap. Once you have cut your squares, you are ready to patch them together. Take two squares and lay them face to face, then stitch up one side with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Take another square and lay it right sides together with the second square from the piece you just stitched. Repeat with your other squares, stitching the side to the previous square until you have one long piece and all the pieces are stitched together in a line. Press open all the seams. Now, fold the edges under towards the backside of the fabric by a 1/4″ and press down. Next, cut your webbing or belt to be the same length of the patched strip of scraps. Lay the hemmed strip of scraps face up onto the webbing and pin down. Top stitch the fabric strip to the webbing, stitching about an eighth of an inch from the edge all the way around. Next, cut four leather scraps to be 2.5×3″. Cut a notch on each side of the bottom. Now, with wrong sides together, stitch down the side of the leather ends, rotate your needle and stitch down the next side. Cut two pieces of skinny webbing to be about 10-12 inches. Sandwich the end of the webbing into the bottom of the leather end, and stitch across the bottom, then stitch back up the other side. Repeat with the second leather end pieces. Now, insert the webbing into the top of the leather ends on each side, sandwiching the webbing in between the leather pieces. Stitch across the top. You can choose to keep your ends the size they are, or you can trim the sides down to the width of the webbing. Next, load your hardware onto each side of your webbing. Now you are ready to add it to your camera.
I love this strap! It’s so cute! This would be a fantastic gift for your photography enthusiast! It’s easy and inexpensive to make too. I think I may have to make another one for my camera so I can enjoy one too! I love how easy it is to customize this strap too, just by the colors and fabrics you choose. You guys should definitely give this one a try for an easy to please holiday gift or yourself. I’ll be back tomorrow with my last diy gift project. Until then…
Happy Monday everybody! I love vintage Christmas items! Since Christmas is my favorite time of year, I always decorate early. I collect Christmas items throughout the year, and usually can’t wait to display them in my home. My favorite Christmas items are all mid century! They are kitschy, cute, and always fun. I thought this week I’d share some awesome vintage mid century holiday finds with you from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are some of my absolute favorites:
Vintage Holt Howard Christmas Ornaments, 1958, Set of 8 Porcelain Christmas Decorations from Carnaby Vintage Jewels Here
1950s Christmas Apron / Music Theme Apron / Holiday Apron from Minxouri Vintage Here
Vintage CHRISTMAS ANGEL Wall Hanging from Neato Keen Here
Vintage Domed Christmas Tree Stand Santa/ Reindeer Litho Atomic Mid Century Modern from Random Retro Here
8 Vintage Christmas Santa Honeycomb Party Picks Mid Century from Peppermint Bark Here
Holt Howard Christmas My Fair Lady Head Vase Candleholder With Handmade Vintage Mercury Glass and Poinsettia Arrangement from Mercy May Here
Vintage Illustrated Santa & Reindeer Gift Wrap Roll from If Found Please Return Here
Vintage CHRISTMAS Towel Eames Reindeer Shop & Play Santa Signed from Uncle Bunk’s Trunk Here
Vintage Silverline Aluminum Tinsel Pom Pom Christmas Tree 4 Feet Tall 33 Branches from Peppermint Bark Here
X-Large Brass Deer Sculptures – Hollywood Regency / Mid-Century Modernist from Object of Beauty Here
Vintage Putz cardboard houses, mid century glitter mica houses from Tarragon Vintage Here
Aren’t they all just so darned cute! I love them all! I can’t even pick a favorite this week, especially with the linens! You all know how much I love vintage linens! I hope you guys enjoy browsing through these shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage Christmas finds. Until then…
Hi guys! Welcome to day eight of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! Today I am going to share a great gift idea for anyone, but it is especially useful for friends who just moved into a new home, or kids away at college. These fun fabric embellished towels are really easy to make, and they are so easy to customize. You can make a batch for the whole family in just one afternoon.
Here’s What You Nee:
*Fabric (3/8 to 1/2 yard of fabric for bath towels, and 1/4 yard of fabric for tea towels)
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
First you need to measure your towel width. If your towel is 36″ wide, you will need to add two inches to the width for your fabric band. Cut a piece that is 2″ plus your width by however tall plus an inch as you want is. So, if my towel is 36″ wide, then I would make my fabric 38″ wide and if I want it to be 7″ tall then you would need it to be 8″. So you would cut a piece to be 8×38 per towel. Once you have your fabric bands cut, warm up your iron. Next, lay the fabric face down on the ironing board and iron the edges under 1/2″ on the top and bottom. Then, fold the sides under 1/2″ and press. Lay your band on top of your towel. Measure and mark where you want it to go so it is even. Take one of your sides and fold it again over the side of the towel,pin. Pin all the way around the band. Make sure everything is straight and even. Now top stitch all the way around the band 1/8 of an inch away from the edge. Clip threads. And that’s it. If you want to add trim, just pin it down to your towel in an even line and stitch down.
Aren’t they fun! I made the set of bath towels and the kitchen towels in a little over an hour, and I am a slow seamstress. I love how easy you can customize these just by the colors of the towels and the prints of the fabrics! You can even add trims to them, which is fun on the kitchen towels. It’s awesome how just a little bit of fabric goes a long way. I am definitely going to make some of these for myself sometime with some Lecien floral fabric. Their prints are so lovely! I hope you guys will give this one a try sometime! It’s really easy and fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday handmade gift idea. Until then….
Hi guys! Welcome to day seven of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts. Today I am going to show you how to make these super simple pet snoods. We have Italian greyhounds, which is a breed that gets cold so easily. Beau and Sadie have quite a collection of sweaters which we usually break out once it hits below seventy outside. When the days get really chilly Sadie’s little ears turn into icicles. She just shakes and shakes. I have seen beautiful hand knit snoods for little dogs on Pinterest, but I do not know how to knit, so I thought I’d do the next best thing and upcycle a sweater.
All you need is a sweater, scissors, and a sewing machine(Or a needle and thread.) You need to measure your dogs neck, and test fit the sleeve to make sure it fits around their face. Cut the sleeve of your sweater to be the length of your dog’s neck plus a couple of inches. Turn the sleeve piece inside out. Turn up the bottom of the sleeve where you cut it, turn it up about half an inch and sew it down to form the hem of the snood. Stitch the hem all the way around the bottom, back stitch at the ends, and then clip excess threads. And that’s it.
Sadie seems to love her new snood! It keeps her neck and her little ears nice and toasty. I made one for Beau too, he doesn’t like his around his face and will shake it down so it sits around his neck like a dickie in his sweater. So, if you have a little pooch that get’s über cold in the winter, make them a little snood for Christmas. Or if you have a super laid back kitty who would like a fashionable neck warmer, you make one for them too. This project is super fast! It takes about five minutes to make, and you can find sweaters at your thrift store for under five dollars. It’s a fast fun project, and I hope my fellow little dog mommies and daddies will give this one a try! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun handmade gift tutorial. 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.