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:
And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:
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 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:
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 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:
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…
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:
For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor, contact Shop Local Raleigh at email@example.com!
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!
Beau favorite thing lately is to be outside lounging in the yard!
We’ve set up shop at the Raleigh Flea Market a couple of times this month. I always love being out there!
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!
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!
One 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!
The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric strips. Cut six strips to be 1.5″ wide by at least 8″ long.
Gather your strips all together. Tie a piece of thread or floss around the top of the strips. Separate your strips by twos so you have three groups of two strips, and then braid your strips. Tie the end of the braid off tightly with your floss.
Cut the ends of the braided strips close to where they were tied off on each side.
Place a dollop of e6000 into the end caps and twist the end of the braided strips into each cap so you have a cap on each end of your braid. Let the glue set and dry. Using your jewelry pliers, open up one end of your chain and attach it to one of your end caps. Run the chain around your neck and decide where you need to cut it for the other end. Cut the chain. Then open up the other end and attach it to the other end cap. Open up the middle of the chain and attach your clasp. Now it’s ready to wear.
I 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…
Hey everyone! I am excited to share that another Let’s Shop Local event starts tomorrow! This Friday through Sunday, May 16th-18th, Let’s Shop Local is having a handmade market fair as part of the wicked fun Got To Be NC festival the the Raleigh State Fairgrounds. There will be all kinds of amazing artisans in attendance selling their lovely wares from jewelry and candles to clothing and home decor, and much much more. There is something for everyone at this show! Let’s Shop Local is a fantastic organization dedicated to supporting local handmade artists. You can read more about them on their website Here.
Here is a little list of artists who will be at the show this weekend. Click on their names to be taken to their websites.
Daryl and I will also be setting up shop at the Flea Market in the outside antiques section this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. So after you shop the market, stop on by our booth! It’s going to be a beautiful weekend! Perfect weather for shopping!
When it comes to handmade gifts for the ladies in my family, jewelry is usually on the list. This year for Mother’s Day I thought I would mix it up a little and make my mom a jewelry box that she can store her favorite pieces in. A thrifted wooden box works great as a starting base. Add a little paint and vintage wallpaper on the outside for style and sectioned compartments inside for functionality, and you’ll have a jewelry box that can rival an expensive boutique find. I had a great time making this DIY, and it was pretty quick to whip up as well.
Here’s What You Need:
*Wooden Box, like a cigar box with a hinged lid
*Vintage Wallpaper Scraps
*Martha Stewart Matte Decoupage Medium and a paint brush
*3″ Balsa wood strip from the craft store
*A few sheets of felt
The first thing you need to do is paint your box. Paint the outside and the inside.
Once your box is good and dry, you can decoupage it. Lay out pieces of your wallpaper scraps on the lid. When you have a design you like glue them down by painting a layer of decoupage medium onto the back of your wallpaper piece and a little on the surface of the box, then smooth the wallpaper down onto the surface of the box. Cut pieces to fit for the sides of the box and decoupage them on.
Once the wallpaper pieces has been attached and you have completely decoupages the box outside, you can paint a layer of the decoupage medium over the whole box to seal it up.
Now you can work on the inside. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut your balsa wood. Measure the depth of your box and cut a couple of pieces to that dimension. Then measure the height of the box. Cut your pieces down to the dimension of the height so they will fit nicely. For example, my pieces were 7″ long(the depth of the box inside to inside) by 1.5″ wide (the height of the inside of the box from the bottom to the top edge of the box not including the lid.) Also cut a small piece to make a little section that will go perpendicular to one of the divider pieces you already cut. I made mine 4″x1.5″.
Now you need to glue your dividers into the box. Run a bead of glue onto the sides and bottom of the long pieces. Fit them where you want them. I made one to be 2.25″ away from the side edge. The second needs to be the same distance away from the side of the box as the length of the short divider you cut, in my case 4″. Glue your small divider piece perpendicularly to the one you just glued down. Let the glue dry.
Paint the dividers and the bottom of the box again. Set aside to let dry. Measure the distance from the side of the box to the first divider strip. Mine was 2.25″. Now cut strips of felt lengthwise to be the same width as the distance you measured(2.25″.) Glue the strips of felt together to form one very long strip.
Accordion pleat the felt with pleats of a little over an inch. You should end up with a nice tight piece to fit inside the first divider space. Run glue on the sides and the bottom to glue the felt in place. My lid had some foam I could not scrape out, so I cut a piece of felt to cover the inside of the lid. You can add felt pieces to the bottom of the box in the divided spaces if you like. And now you are ready to gift your handmade jewelry box!
I LOVE how this little jewelry box turned out! I think my mom will love it too! You can easily make your own in just an afternoon. It is really easy to customize as well! You can change up the look to suit your mom’s style just by the colors you use, and the papers you decoupage. I hope some of you will make one of these fun jewelry boxes for your favorite gals sometime. It’s really fun! I’ll be back next week with another sweet project. Until then…
Spring is here, and for many of us it is synonymous with craft show season. There are bunches of craft shows in the Raleigh Durham area where I live. One of the best local shows is most definitely The Handmade Market in Raleigh. This fantastic market is a one day semiannual show that features over fifty local and regional indie artists and crafters. This weekend, Saturday May 3rd, will be the seventeenth market since the show’s commencement in 2006. Every year so far, I have been tied up with other things, so this will be the first Handmade Market I will have attended, and I could not be more excited! This show is brimming with so many talented artists in all kinds of crafty mediums ranging from jewelry and clothing, to home accessories and fine art, and even great stuff for the kiddos. Here is a little peek at some of the amazing handmade goods you can find at the market this weekend:
You can see a full list of all the artists participating in the market and their website links on the Handmade Market’s artist page Here.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a little chat with a few of the Handmaidens, the behind the scenes crafty supergirls that created and produce this twice yearly event. The Handmaidens are a group of seven creative women including Ndidi Kowalczyk (Hothouse Poesy,) Lois Peterson (It’s By Design,) Kiona van Rhee-Wilson (Lucky Accessories,) Jenni Moore Myers (Milk & Honey,) Kristen Randall (Mood Swing Studios,) Leeann Hynes (Fleur-De-Lee-Lee,) and Tracey Johnson (Patina South.) As it turns out all of these lovely gals met through Raleigh’s most fun bead store Ornamentea (website here.) They became fast friends and decided to attend the 2004 Boylen Height’s Artwalk in Raleigh as a collective under the name “Bead the People.” They had such a great time, they continued to do shows, but under the new name of “The Handmaidens.” Pretty soon the ladies’ came to realize there was a bit of a void in quality shows around in the southeast to showcase our region’s independent design scene. And so, on May 6th of 2006, the first Handmade Market was formed. It featured 35 local artists and was held at Vintage 21. Since then, The Handmaidens have produced seventeen successful shows, grown through a few spaces, and are currently showing out of Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. The success of this market is such a gift to our area’s indie movement. The Handmaiden’s love all kinds of art, and you can be sure that you will find some of the best local artists to shop from.
I asked the ladies a little about their process and what they look for when deciding which artists to use in their shows. As with most craft show, the work is juried. Every one of the Handmaidens vote on each entry. It is very thorough. Some of the things they look for when they are deciding on an artist as a candidate for the show are the uniqueness of designs, the quality of the photos submitted, and if it is a good fit for the show. Sometimes even the price points of the items are a deciding factor as they need to be comparable to other items in the same category for the show. The Handmaidens strive for a good balance of craft genres as well so they don’t end up with too many jewelry artists, or too many stationary designers. I think they do such a good job creating a show with so many types of items available. There truly is something for everyone!
I also asked the Handmaidens if they have any advice for artists and crafters they’d like to share. The synonymous opinion is to keep at it. Keep moving forward. Try new things, and go to as many shows as you can until you can find where you fit best. Try to carve out a niche for yourself by creating a unique product. Keep working on your photos. You will grow with your craft. If you are a local crafter of the Raleigh area and would like more information on how to apply for the next market in November, you can find the info on the Handmade Market’s web page Here.
One of the best things about The Handmade Market is their dedication to give back to the community through the spring charity drive. This year The Handmade Market will be partnering with Triangle Pets Alive to raise money and awareness of their efforts to save healthy pets at area shelters through a foster-based rescue network. Baskets overflowing with participating artist and local business donations will be part of the highly anticipated voluntary raffle. All raffle money will be donated to Triangle Pets Alive
The Handmade Market is made possible not only by the hard work of the Handmaidens, but also through volunteers and sponsors. If you are a local business interested in sponsoring The Handmade Market, visit their sponsor page Here.
If you are in our area and would like to attend the show this saturday, here is the detailed info from the press release:
The Handmade Market is a one-day, indoor designer craft fair and market featuring handcrafted goods from more than 50 artists, designers, and crafters. The FREE event will run from 11 am until 5 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. An extra, early bird, hour of shopping happens from 10:00 to 11:00am. Anyone interested in getting the first peak at all the latest designs can enter the market as a VIP, before FREE admission begins at 11:00 am, for $5 a person. The Handmade Market will be held at Cobblestone Hall, in downtown Raleigh. The entrance is located at 215 Wolfe Street in City Market, just south of Moore Square, in the former Greenshields building.
So all my locals out there, go check it out this weekend! You’re pretty much guaranteed to walk out with something you’ll love! In the mean time, be sure to check out the Handmade Market’s website for more info on upcoming shows Here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Pinterest.
And one last thing before I go…. Here is a little stop motion video of artist Jenn Hales creating the logo for the May market. Check out her site, Here, she’s fabulous!
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.