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DIY Upcycled Knife Bracelet

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One of my favorite things to upcycle is old silverware! I have made all kinds of projects with them for holiday gifts in the past. I also have a couple of DIY projects using silverware on the blog like my stamped silverware garden markers, and my spoon curtain tie backs. Upcycling silverware has become really popular. So popular in fact, that when I see the flat ware buckets at the thrift stores these days, there are usually only knives left. I thought there must be something fun to do with all the knives no one seems to want. I wore an engraved ID bracelet in highschool, and I thought it would be fun to make a vintage version of it with a upcycled knife handle.

Here’s What You Need:

*Old Silverware Knife with a cool handle

*Metal Stamping Set

*Hammer

*Dremmel fitted with a cutting wheel

*Grinding Wheel to Smooth the cut edges and a polishing wheel to polish for the dremmel

*Drill and a 1/8″ drill bit

*Jewelry Pliers

*Jump Rings

*Chain

*Pre-made Chunky Wire Bracelet (I bought mine at Michaels)

(If your knife metal is very hard, you may need to heat up the metal before you stamp the knife. You can use a blowtorch to heat it up but be EXTREMELY careful and hold the knife piece in a pair of pliers cause they will be very hot.)

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cut your knife. Measure the width of the top of your wrist. You want the piece to be a little shorter than your wrist width. Mark the width you want to cut on your knife measuring from the end of the knife handle upwards.

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Fit your dremmel with a cutting wheel and carefully cut the knife where you marked it all the way through. Be very careful, the metal will get hot and can spark. Grind the cut edge of the knife piece smooth with a grinding disk.

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Now drill a hole in each end of the knife piece about 1/8 of an inch in from the edge and in the center. We used a drill press, cause my hubby loves to use his toys, but a regular drill will work just fine. As always when working with tools, be careful! Polish the piece with the polish disk on the dremmel.

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Now you are ready to stamp your initial if you like. Test the stamp on the other part of the knife you have left over from the piece you cut off. Hold the letter stamp face down onto the surface of the knife. Hit it with a hammer with some good force. If it leaves a nice stamp, go ahead and stamp your bracelet piece. If it does not leave a nice stamp, you will need to heat up the metal. To see how to properly heat up your silverware and stamp it refer to my stamped spoon tutorial here.

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Now you are ready to assemble your bracelet. Lay out your pre made bracelet. Lay your knife piece above the bracelet and center it in the middle. Cut a piece of chain the length of the end of the bracelet to the hole in that side of the knife piece. Cut another piece the same length.

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Load one piece of chain onto a jump ring. Secure the jump ring to the end of the pre made bracelet. Now, fasten the end of the knife piece onto a jump ring and onto the end of the first piece of chain. Do the same with the other side. I attached my chain ends to the top rings on the connector bars of the pre made bracelets.

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I LOVE wearing my new bracelet! It’s chunky and fun! There are so many pretty patterns of silverware out there, some of them are really ornate and beautiful. I love how versatile this project can be too. You can change-up the look of the bracelet just by the chain you use and the pattern on the knife. This would be a fabulous hand-made gift for your mama, Mother’s Day is coming up soon ya know! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Let’s Shop Local’s March Market

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the March Let’s Shop Local shopping market. For all my local readers out there, Let’s Shop Local is an organization dedicated to showcasing and supporting local artists in the Triangle area of North Carolina. You can read more about the organization Here. What I love most about their site, is that there is an online artisan directory so you can find amazing artists all in one spot! We had a great time at the March market! I really enjoyed meeting everyone! Here is a little sample of some of the lovely items from the shopping spree:

Aren’t they so cool! You can check out some of these awesome artists and more at the next Let’s Shop Local event during the Got to be NC festival at the state fairgrounds this month. I will be posting more about that event soon. Until then you can shop with some of the artists below online! You can read more about upcoming events and vendors on the Let’s Shop Local website Here.

Here are the awesome artists that were at the March Market. Go check them out!

Veronica Lall Handcrafted handbags and accessories
www.veronicahalifax.com

Tish McDermott * Handmade jewelry and more

http://www.justatish.com

Marsha Travers Handmade soap and bath and body products
www.blissbain.com

Liza Lotz Handcrafted jewelry

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Curva/260717474498

Elizabeth L. Strugatz * Wearable art jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WirednTwistednStoned

Robyn Johnston Handcrafted whimsical mosaic art

http://www.whimsicalrobyn.com

Katie Moller Handmade paper flower arrangements, wreaths and more

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperFlowerbed

Stefanie Lee Original canvases, furniture, crosses and more

https://www.facebook.com/simplystefsstuff?hc_location=timeline

Kathy Curran * Handcrafted jewelry, earrings and accessories

Jane Robertson * Handcrafted jewelry and decoupage baskets

Meg Smither * Textile artist, handpainted scarves
www.megsmither.com

Steph Hollingsworth * Handmade clutches, bags and jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RusticaHandmade

Villager’s Trading Post * Handmade soaps, perfumes and more

http://www.villagerstradingpost.com/

Bronwyn Gruet Original plaster sculptures mounted on reclaimed wood
www.limeandiron.com

Jill Evans Jill’s Jewels Original Jewelry

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillsjewels07

Jack O’Farrell Hand-painted coat of arms
www.shieldandcrest.com

CinTinque Handcrafted Jewelry Hand-hammered jewelry from vintage coins and watch pieces
www.cintinque.etsy.com

Robert Quarles Handcrafted wooden serving and cooking spoons

Alexandra Greijn * Handcrafted bum bags (fancy fanny packs)
www.stankweasel.com
Teresa Prichard * Handpainted pillows, sewn pillows and handcrafted baby bibs
www.etsy.com/shop/peddlerpack

Laura Bailey Handcrafted eye-glass holders displaying her art
www.eyeglasslasso.com
www.simplyjake.com

Lisa Mathias Handcrafted jewelry
www.etsy.com/shop/snazzytrinkets

Janet Jackson Handcrafted jewelry, tutus and children’s dresses

Oscar Grisson Handmade coasters, shirts and home/yard wooden signs
www.crafteegirls.com

Michelle Mitchell Custom vinyl designs

https://www.facebook.com/MMCreations2014

Annette Libby Handthrown Pottery
www.impressionsinpottery.com

Michelle Bertoncino Handmade items for new parents, babies & children
www.fivebees.etsy.com
www.facebook.com/fivebeesfanpage
www.five-bees.com

Tania Tafilowski Handcrafted Children’s Clothing
www.birdiebs.com
www.facebook.com/birdiebs
www.birdiebs.etsy.com
Good Grace’s Dog Treats * Handcrafted Dog Treats & Food

Pam Tucker * Tobacco Road Candles

Kristin Austin Handcrafted jewelry
www.birdandbeau.com
Aliya Trinity * Natural body products made from plants
www.etsy.com/shop/allywillow

Tammy Parrish Hand crochet clothing, toys & more
www.cre8tivecrocheting.com

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- April 7th

Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market this weekend, and the weather was beautiful! We had a great time! When I think of spring time, I think of April and May. And when I think of April, I think “spring showers.” So, today I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage items inspired by spring stormy weather. Here they are:

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Reverse Carved Lucite Umbrella Pin Brooch Red and White from Ryan’s Nanapie

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Vintage Toddler Girl Blue Corduroy Umbrella Jumper from Bug and Bear Vintage

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Vintage 1950′s Children Under Umbrellas in the Rain with Verse Illustration, Print for Framing from Kelley Street Vintage

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60s Mod RAIN COAT / Black & White Polka Dot Vinyl Raincoat from Lucky Dry Goods

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April Showers – 1960′s Aqua Blue Ladybird Raincoat – Age 3 to 4 from Philip & Elsie

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Vintage Silk Handkerchief in Colorful Umbrella Print 16 1/2″ x 16″ April Showers from Anna Lee’s Attic

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Umbrella Trinket, jewelry and/ or Candy Dish in aqua color from Modbury Farms

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Vintage 1950s Umbrella / Atomic Novelty Print / Swirled Lucite Handle from 4 Birds Vintage

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Snap bonnet in small yellow plastic case from 1950′s for the vintage ladies handbag from Laura’s Vintage Home

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vintage 1950s dress / 50s dress / Raining Umbrellas from Dronning

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Vintage Gold Plated Umbrella Ring from Elle Fulton

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Vintage Lefton Girl With Umbrella Figurine from Schmity’s Vintage Booty

Aren’t they all just adorable! I love the children’s rain coat, and of course all the umbrellas! I hope you all enjoy sifting through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I do! I’ll be back again next week with more vintage spring fun! Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- March 31st

Happy Monday everyone, well actually now Tuesday here! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We took Beau to the park this weekend to play with his puppy cousin Kaponi. They had quite a fun time! This week I am going to share a little collection of vintage finds inspired by one of my favorite classic TV shows ever, I Love Lucy! When I was a little girl, I used to beg my mom to let me stay up late to watch Lucy on Nick at Night. I never get tired of watching this fantastic show, and no matter how many times I’ve seen repeat episodes,they always make me laugh! Lucy will always be the best!

Here’s a little you tube video of funny moments from the show:

And without further adieu, here are my favorites for this week:

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SALE Vintage 1950′s New Look Navy Blue I Love Lucy Dress with Polka Dot Trim and Rhinestone Buttons from True Value Vintage

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Vintage Pearls White Faux Pearl Two Strand Necklace With Pearl Clasp from Zoom Vintage

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Vintage 1950s Red Kitsch Collection….. Gift Set from Cheeky Vintage Closet

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Dell Comics I Love Lucy No. 14 Vol. 1 January-March 1957 Vintage Comic Book from Sir K’s Collectibles

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22 1/2″ – Vintage 1950s KNOX Rockabilly Straw Mens Hat from Marvita 13

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Vintage Bongo Drums Wooden Bongos from Hip Huggie

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1950′s Men’s Navy Blue Gabardine ricky ricardo Hollywood Jacket. Rocknroll Jacket-Rockabilly from Vintage Living of CA

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1940’s “I Love Lucy” Model 302 Telephone 2 Unit Toy Play Set with Original Box from Tomorrow’s Antiques 2

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1950′s Vintage Wallpaper -Yellow and Gray flowers on Gray from Hannah’s Treasures 

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Vintage 1958 Paint by Number Ballerina Craft Master 1/2 from Maybourne Modern

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Vintage Alphabet Cards:11 Cards – Best Friends from Junk Salvation

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RARE vintage 1955 “I Love Lucy” Coloring Book Hollywood Memorabilia from Bone Structure

Aren’t they all just fabulous! I LOVE them all! The apron is just too cute, dontcha think! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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:

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Happy Shopping!

My Life in Pictures March 20th-27th

This past week we have been pretty busy. Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market last weekend. We took out a lot of my handmade items as well as some beautiful furniture from Marcy’s shop Sunflowers in Apex. We had a great time, as did Beau! He made a lot of friends while he was there. Sadie even came by with my mom and had a little visit. Sunday we attended the Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree. I will be posting more on that even very soon. We took the spoiled little monkey to the dog park a couple of times this week. He even got to play with the big dogs one day. I’ve made the rounds to all my favorite thrift stores and scored some lovely vintage sheets. All in all it has been a great week! I will be spending the rest of the week and weekend getting my house cleaned up and my sewing room reorganized. It is a disaster at the moment! I hope you all have had a beautiful week! Wishing you all a relaxing and lovely weekend!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 24th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I cannot believe that it is just about the end of the month already! Spring will be here before we know it! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year, ya know! To carry on with my “love” theme for this last week of February, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite sweetheart color. So, this week I have compiled a lovely group of vintage finds for you in some of my favorite shades of pink! Here are some of my absolute favorites:

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1950s Dress – Designer 50s Day to Evening Party Dress – Pink Polka Dots from Vintage Philosophy 

 

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Vintage Pink Rhinestone Brooch Earrings Set (Flower Brooch, Drop Earrings, Pink Glass Navette Opals, 1950s 1960s Mad Men Costume Jewelry) from Red Garnet Vintage

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Pink Moonglow Lucite Twisted Hair Stick from Ruby in the Dust Vintage

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1950s vintage hat / fascinator / Entwining Flora from Poppycock Vintage

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Sweet 1960s Pink Bead Clutch Purse from Sweet Trash Vintage

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Vintage French Galalith Chunky Bangle Petal Pink Roses and Leaves from The Gatsby Gals

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Vintage Embroidered Day Dress by L’Aiglon from Wanderlust Mobile Shop

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Vintage 1950s Pumps / 1950s Kitten Heel Shoes / Floral Pumps from Bloombird

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Vintage Federal Pink Basketweave Juice Glass Set of Seven – Mid Century from Jen’s Closet

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Pink Mid Century Zenith Clock Radio from Flea Finds NYC

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Pink Chenille Bedspread or throw blanket from Charlie’s Nest

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Vintage 1950s pink spaghetti poodle from Atomic Dimestore

Aren’t they all just so lovely! I LOVE the dresses! Of course, I love them all though. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Madie’s Charms

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely Valentine’s Day! My hubby actually had the day off of work today which was fantastic since he is usually out of town most of the time! Today I wanted to share a special artist with you that I have personally shopped from. Madie’s Charms is a wonderful Etsy shop filled with hand stamped jewelry and accessories. I gave my husband one of Madie’s guitar pick key chains with our wedding date and initials for Valentine’s Day this year. He absolutely loved it! Each piece in the shop is hand stamped and I love that the key chains are made from durable aluminum, and the jewelry is sterling silver. There is a real sweetness to all of her designs, the crystal charms that are on a lot of the jewelry pieces are so lovely. And, I especially love the key chains! Here are a few of my favorites from Madie’s Charms:

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Aren’t they all so sweet! Personalized gifts are the best! To see more of Madie’s lovely work, visit her shop, Madie’s Charms on Etsy Here. You can also find her on Facebook Here. I will be back next week with another cool handmade artist. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Happy Shopping!

DIY Heart in a Jar Valentine Pin

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Hi guys! I hope you are all having a fabulous week! We are getting hit pretty hard with a winter storm here. So we are hunkering down and praying the power doesn’t go out. I thought I would share a last minute valentine with you all today. I picked up these little wooden hearts at JoAnns a few weeks ago to make Valentine pins with for my family. I loved the valentines I had in my round up last week with the mason jars and thought I would draw one for my little pins to fasten to. I think it turned out pretty cute…

Here’s What You Need:

*Small Wooden Hearts

*Craft Paint

*Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils

*E6000

*Pin Blanks

*Scissors

*Paint Brush or Foam Pouncer

*Micron Pen (optional)

*Printable

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Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is paint the base layer of your hearts. Paint a few layers on the front and sides. Let dry completely.

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Peel the stencil off of the backing and lay it on the heart where you like it. Smooth it down so it’s nice and stuck to the heart and paint can’t seep in.

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Now grab a little paint on your paint brush and dab it all over the stencil area. Peel off the stencil and let the stenciled heart dry. Repeat with your other hearts.

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Once your hearts are dry, lay them face down and glue the pin backs to the backside of your hearts. Let the glue dry completely.

Print out the printable and cut out the jars. Push the pin into the paper and back through. Close up the pin and you are ready to gift your valentines.

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Aren’t they fun! I love any excuse to use my Martha Stewart stencils. I just adore them! These little pins are fun to make and really easy. You can totally customize them too with your colors and stencils that you use. If you are looking for even more design options, I saw these little heart pins at See Kate Sew this week. She leaves some of the wood exposed which is a really cool look too. I hope you guys enjoy the free printable! Have fun making your valentines! I’ll be back again next week with more fun DIY’s. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree Event

Hi guys! This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend the first Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.  Let’s Shop Local is a triangle North Carolina organization devoted to showcasing local artists. Their shows are a great way to show some local love! Saturday’s event was a lovely show filled with all kinds of local artists. I really enjoyed meeting everyone! I was able to snap a few pics to share with you guys of all the amazing items there for sale. Here are some of my favorites:

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Aren’t they cool! If you’d like to see more from these cool artists here are links to their online sites:

Porch Fly        Amanda Cousins Studio         Crocheting Ladybug       Alywillow Organics

 

Jewelry by Kelley        High Country Bride        4 Fosters Candle Company      Janet Place Designs

 

Marvelous Katastrophe       Good Grace’s Dog Treats       Stank Weasel          Just A Tish

 

JEM Collection       Lauri Arntsen      Jenny Lou & Co.       Very Sweet Baby Boutique

 

MAV Design Concepts      Split Infinity Jewelry     Lucy 2′s      Limon

 

Meg Smither      Off The Beaded Path       Sarah Coffey Designs      S- Ranked Design Armada

 

Thirty- One      Scentsy       Art With Knobs On       Needle and Thread Quilts

 

Raiment Designs        Re-By-Lees      Gail’s Hodge Podge       Felecia’s Stained Glass

 

Wired, Twisted, and Stoned      Girly Gooz Boutique       Paparazzi by Katina     Missy’s Wishes Farmhouse Primitives

 

If you were a vendor at the show and you don’t see your name on your photo or in my list, I somehow missed your business card. Please feel free to contact me with your shop link and I will be sure to add it.

The next Let’s Shop Local Show will be held on March 23rd. You can check out the organization’s website Here for more information. Be sure to check out their site as well as all the artist links above!