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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:

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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clutch – ipad case – minibag by Nuria Diaz Shop

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

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

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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!

Holiday Gift Guides 2014- Gifts for Pets and Pet Lovers

Hey everyone! I’ve gotten a little behind on my gift guides this year with so much going on around here lately. So we will be playing catch up this week. The first guide I am going to share with you is a collection of gifts for pet lovers and our favorite furry friends. This is always one of my favorite guides to put together! We have quite a few pets in our family, and we are all definitely all animal lovers! It was hard to narrow down my list. Here are just a few of my favorites:

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Personalize Your Pooch – Dog Art Block – 4″ x 5″- Personalized Gift Idea for Mom- Personalized Gifts for Pets- Dogs Gifts for Christmas by John W Golden

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Pink Squirrel Dog Collar, Adjustable, Ribbon Collar, Woodland Pet Collar by Day Dog Designs

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Silly porcelain dog earrings,kawaii,ceramic jewellery,porcelain earring,real gold plated on brass earring,small cute gift,for dog lovers by Silly Rice

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My Favoritest Thing – Cute Art Print of a Pug with his Dog Toy; a Drawing for Dog Lovers by Inkpug

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My cat is the coolest person I know mug,cup,coffee,funny,present,gift,cat lover by Knits Chic

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Ceramic Tuxedo Cat Sculpture & Vase by Maid of Clay

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Whimsical Cat and Dog Art Print – FoLLow YouR BliSS – Fun Aqua Teal Blue Green Artwork by 3 Crows

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Gift for couple – Wooden Keychain – Personalized Anniversary Gift – Bridal Shower Gift – Cats print – Handmade Keyring by Good Mood Woods

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Custom Dog Breed Necklace – Bronze or Antique Silver Cameo Pendant – Customized Dog Breed Necklace – Gift for Pet Lover, Dog Owner by Jersey Maids

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Custom pet portrait tote bag.Custom pet portrait. For one or two pets. Personalized Tote bag. Gift for pet owners. Gift for animal lovers by Carol’s Atelier

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Medium Dog Tag – Dog ID Tag – Pet Tag – Bull Terrier- Bully by Doggone Tags

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Felt succulent planter / Kitty cat vase / Natural colors / Kawaii gift / cat lover gift /set of three – Choose your color by The Yarn Kitchen

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Custom Dog Wine Stopper by Wolf’s Folk Art

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Hedgehog Needle Minder / Keeper, Walnut, Laser Cut Wood by Tangerine 8

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Feline Retribution Cat Toys – organic catnip filled, handmade — SciFi fans, feminists, progressives, vengeance is yours by 100 Ladies

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Labrador dog embossing, laser engraved wooden rolling pin by Boon Homeware

I just love every one of them! Can’t pick a favorite this time, they are all fantastic! Do you have a favorite? I hope this little guide has given you a few gift ideas for someone you love. Be sure to check out all the fantastic shops that all of these wonderful items came from, you’ll love them! They are amazing! I’ll be back soon with another gift guide. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch Necklace

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07 IMG 1298 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceHey everyone! One of my favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage brooches! I love the whimsy of them! I thought it would be fun to add in one of my newest vintage reindeer brooches to a statement necklace to wear for the holidays. It’s super simple to make a necklace with a brooch as a focal point, and all you need are a few supplies! The best part about this diy is that you can create a fabulous piece of jewelry in under an hour (plus drying time.) Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Brooch

*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice

*Eye Pins

*Jump Rings

*Lobster Clasp

*Bails or little Metal Tags (I bought mine at AC Moore)

*Jewelry Pliers

*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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So the first step to making your necklace is to make your chain of beads. Take an eye pin, load a bead onto it. Snip the excess wire at about 1/2″ or so from the top of the bead. Take your round nose jewelry pliers and curl the wire around to make a loop in the top. So you should end up with a bead that has an eye at the bottom and at the top. Now, take another eye pin. Open up the bottom with your pliers. Hook the open loop onto the top loop in your first bead then close the loop. Load on another bead, snip the wire, make a loop and then load another eye pin. Continue making your chain of beads.

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Make your chain as long as you want. I made mine so the the stripe bead and the brooch would hit right about my collar bone on each side. Make one side to be from the back of the neck where the clasp will go down and around to the other side of your collar bone where the brooch will go. Then make the other side from the back of the neck to the top of where the brooch will go. Connect the two chain pieces with a lobster clasp. Attach the clasp with jump rings.

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Next, you need to prep your brooch for your necklace. Pull the pin part of the brooch off of the back with your pliers. My little deer brooch had antlers that I was able to hook a jump ring to. If your brooch doesn’t have a place at the top to hook a jump ring you will need a tag at the top as well as the bottom. Put a little E6000 onto the back of your tag(s) and glue them into place on the back side of your brooch. Let the glue dry thoroughly.

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Once your glue is dry, attach your brooch to the ends of the beaded chain you made earlier with jump rings. Now you are ready to wear!

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06 IMG 1300 DIY Vintage Christmas Brooch NecklaceI just love my new Christmas necklace! How fabulous is this brooch, really! I am just head over heels for my little deer! I used vintage lucite beads from a broken vintage necklace I had, but you can use any kind of beads you like. Have fun with it and make it your own! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this one! I hope you will give it a try! It is super easy and fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fall Style Inspired by Julep Nail Polish

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Today was the first little taste of fall weather around here. And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am very much looking forward to cooler weather and snuggling up with lovely sweaters! Today I am teaming up with Julep Nail Polish to give you some style ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors. I am not usually a fan of autumn’s earthy tones, but the softer colors still speak to me. I chose to create a look inspired by Julep’s beautiful polish color, Clara. This is such a luscious shade of pink. It has a little peachy undertone, and is soft, feminine, and modern! I love this shade of pink for fall as it tones down the brights of summer but still gives you a hint of color with your fall neutrals. My style tends to be pretty casual. I also have a serious obsession with sweaters in the fall! So, this ensemble is definitely on my fall wish list! I like pieces that are a little fun and quirky as well, and it’s no surprise the adorable deer sweater and amazing rose sneakers are right up my alley! Love love love them! I think that Julep’s Clara pink polish would be the perfect accompaniment to this fall outfit, don’t you! To see more amazing colors for your perfect fall manicure, check out the fabulous line of Julep Nail Polish. And here is a break down of my style inspiration and where to buy everything pictured in this post:

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Deer, Far, Wherever You Are Sweater at Modcloth

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BROKEN-IN BOYFRIEND JEAN IN HARBOR WASH at J. Crew

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The Cambridge Satchel Company Leather 13″ Top Handle Satchel Bag, Cream at John Lewis

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Superga ’Rose’ Sneaker at Nordstrom

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Hand knitted eternity scarf-pastel rose by Sarigg at Etsy

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PEARL, CHAIN & ROSETTE CHARM BRACELET at Charlotte Russe

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I Am Happy Ring at The Iconic

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kate spade new york faux pearl flower stud earrings at Cusp

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And of Course Julep’s Clara Nail Polish at Julep

I also created a little look for the perfect evening out inspired by Clara as well. The dress from Anthropologie pairs beautifully with the Kate Spade jewelry! I am a total sucker for anything Kate!

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And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:

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I hope you all have enjoyed my little style posts today! I always have so much fun putting outfits together!  Do you have a favorite color for fall this year? I am loving the softer tones! Hope you all are enjoying the Fall transition and the beautiful weather!

Happy Fall!

 

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:

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

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

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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

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

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Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010

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

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Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage

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

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

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Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage

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

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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!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 18th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We took Beau to the flea market in Raleigh, and had a wonderful time! Even though the weather is still hot here, I am starting to see fall items creeping in around the shops. Before you know it, pumpkin spice everything will be everywhere. Summer is on its last stretch for this year, but before I turn around and it’s gone, I wanted to share some of my favorite vintage summer florals with you all! Vintage florals make my world go round’! Maybe a bit dramatic, but you get the point. I really love them! Here are just a few of my favorite vintage summery florals from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops this week:

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Vintage 1950s Dress : 50s Peak Bloom Floral Day Dress from Raleigh Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Needlepoint Wooden Pill Box Handbag from Vintage Arm Candy

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50% OFF Vintage 1950s Rose Bud Floral Motif Tank Top / 50s Pink Summer Shirt / small from Nosilla Vintage

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Vintage Kitchen Cannister Set White Red Yellow Blue Green Flowers from RetroGroovie

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RARE Vintage German Teacup and Saucer Trio Set- Ornate Yellow and Blue Floral- Romantic- Summer from Circe Collectables 

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Vintage Tablecloth,Retro Tablcloth, 1950′s Tablecloth,Mid Century,Roses,Floral,Red Pink Blue,Glamping,Glamper,Cabin from Vintage Coco By The Lake

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1950s Floral Drinking Glasses Vintage glasses in basket Libbey Glassware barware red Yellow Mid century cottage summer entertaining from Lemon Rose Studio

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Vintage Handkerchief Hankie Floral Roses Daisies Coral Blue Green Set of Two from Cinful Oldies

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Vintage Cake Pie Carrier / Yellow Floral from Urban Renewal Designs

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SALE vintage 50s floral linen shift dress / 1950s floral linen dress / sleeveless printed shift dress / summer shift dress from Archetype Vintage

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Vintage Twin sheet set in bold pastels from Very Lovely Life

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Vintage Coro Daisy Rhinestone Necklace, Pink Floral Necklace, Daisy Flower Choker, Gold Tone Metal from Dewy Morning Vintage

Aren’t they all just amazing! I am head over heels for the vintage tablecloth and little purse, and the glasses! I really can’t pick a favorite this week as I adore them all! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next monday with some more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout 2014!!!

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This post goes out to all my local followers out there in the triangle. I am so excited to share that Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout is happening this weekend! Shop Local Raleigh is a local organization dedicated to supporting and promoting local businesses. This organization is so fantastic, they do an amazing job to help promote local love in our community. You can read more about Shop Local Raleigh Here. You can also follow along with them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram. I love following the instagram account and seeing all the great places they visit!

So, what is Boutique Blowout you ask? Well, it’s a sale. It’s not just any sale though mind you! Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout pools together some of the most fabulous boutiques in the area for a mega sale where you can get some great deals on amazing items from local shops from clothing to stationary to jewelry and more! Here is a list of some of the boutiques and businesses that will be at the show:

And more to Come!

Shop Local Raleigh’s Boutique Blowout is happening this Friday, August 8th! Yay!

VIP members will get first dibs to check out the boutiques’ selection! VIP members will also receive goody bags from our sponsors filled with special deals.

VIP Tickets are :$10 (gets you in the doors 30 minutes early and a cocktail)
General Admission Tickets are $5

VIP doors open at 4:30 pm
General Admission doors open at 5 pm

When: August 8, 2014
Time: 5-9 pm
VIP Time- 4:30-9pm

You can get your tickets Here

For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor, contact Shop Local Raleigh at info@shoplocalraleigh.org!

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I hope to see you all there! It’s the best sale of the season! Last year I scored a fantastic vintage inspired North Carolina pillow and a pair of fantastic red leather boots! Can’t wait to see all the goodies this year!

 

Shop Sale!

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There’s only a few days left to get free US shipping on everything in the shop! Use code FREESHIPJUNE @ checkout! Sale ends Monday night! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

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!

 

DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric Necklace

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braided fabric necklace DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric NecklaceOne of my favorite things in the whole world is vintage linens! I collect all kinds of them from tablecloths and tea towels, to hankies, to bed sheets. After I made my vintage bed sheet patchwork curtain last year I had several sweet scrap pieces left over. I have always loved the braided fabric bracelets that I have seen on Pinterest in the past, and thought it would be fun to try a braided fabric necklace. I wanted to make something chunky and fun. This easy necklace only takes a few supplies and you can make one in under an hour, so it’s a great week night project!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Scrap Fabrics

*Large Leather End Caps (I bought mine Here)

*E6000

*Thread or Embroidery Floss

*Chain and Clasp

*Jewelry Pliers

*Ruler

*Rotary Cutter and Mat

Instructions:

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vintage braided fabric necklace DIY Chunky Braided Vintage Fabric NecklaceI love my new necklace! It is a great statement necklace to wear with a plain tee! I love how versatile it is. You can really change up the look of your necklace by the fabric and the chain you use, and also the length of your braid. It’s a fun and easy DIY! I hope you all will give this one a try and add a little pop to your summer wardrobe! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!