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:
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 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:
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!
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
*Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils
*Paint Brush or Foam Pouncer
*Micron Pen (optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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:
Aren’t they cool! If you’d like to see more from these cool artists here are links to their online sites:
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!
Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon! I am a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, and always have been since I was little! I love that it is a day about love! And it’s the one time of year I can get away with decorating my house extra cute. I wanted to share a little collection of some of my favorite gift ideas for all your special valentines this year. There are so many amazing artists on Etsy, there is something for everyone! Here are my favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love the quirky Valentine’s Day cards! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s Day fun! Until then…
Most days, I look like a slob. Since I mostly work from home, I tend to live in my sweatpants. My personal style tends to be casual. I don’t own many frilly items. If you look in my closet right now, you’d find flannel shirts, jeans, several pairs of boots and flats, and a ton of sweaters. I like to be comfortable, what can I say. I have struggled with my weight all of my life, and my weight fluctuates a lot partly due to a thyroid disorder. Sometimes I pay more attention to my appearance, and sometimes I just want to hide behind the biggest sweater I can find. One thing I have noticed is that the more my weight increased, the more mundane and neutral my wardrobe has become. I am trying to step back into my more colorful quirky style that had always defined the skinnier me and bring a little joy back into my style. I don’t know if I’ll ever be 100% comfortable in my own skin, but if I can love what I wear again it will be a big improvement. Here is a little collection of ensembles that I would love to have in my closet:
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the new year! It is getting really cold here this week, and there is talk that it could possibly snow. I love it when it snows! This week, I compiled a little collection of vintage finds that are themed around snowy winter whites. Here are my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all, especially the cardigan and milkglass! I hope you all have enjoyed this wintry collection! Be sure to check out all of these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! You will love them! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
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….
Hi everyone! Welcome to day ten of my 12 Days of Handmade Gifts! I love snow globes! The kitschy-er the better! When I was little whenever we went somewhere really cool I bought one of those tacky snow globes as a souvenir to take home. I still have the one I bought when I went to Paris with my family years ago. It is so tacky it’s cute. I saw these fun glass globe pendant blanks on Etsy a while back and just had to get them. I had originally planned on making them into wearable mini scenes with vintage plastic miniatures that I have. I thought it would be awesome to have little minis of cities that I’d love to travel to. Since I couldn’t find any, I thought I’d make some mini cities instead.
The first thing you need to do is make your shrinky city. Find a photo of a landmark you like and reduce the photo down to be around 1.75″” wide by no more than 3″ tall. Print out the photo onto your shrinky paper according to the directions on the pattern. Make sure you lighten the photo by 50% before printing or it will be too dark. Preheat your oven per the package directions. Tear up a paper bag and place a piece of it on a cookie sheet. Cut out around your landmark. Place it on your paper on the baking sheet. Then, bake for 3-5 minutes. While the shrinky is baking, fold up a piece of wax paper and lay it opened on an open book. Remove your shrinky from the oven and place it on the wax paper, then close the book sandwiching the shrinky between the wax paper and book pages. Press down on the book to help flatten the shrinky. Once your shrinky is cooled, you are ready to assemble your necklace. Spread some glue onto the inside of the setting bottom. Press your shrinky into the glue in the middle of the setting. Let the glue set up. The shrinky may move a little in the glue, just readjust it as needed. Take the glass globe and insert the eye pin-up through the hole in the top and the bead cap. Snip the wire down to about a half-inch from the top of the globe and loop the wire around making the loop for hanging your pendant. Now, turn the globe upside down and add a few pinches of glitter to the inside. Run a bead of glue around the lip of the globe and insert the setting onto the globe. Turn the globe right side up and set aside to dry. Once the necklace is fully dried and cured, string it onto a chain.
Don’t you just love them! I don’t know which one I like more. These are really so fun to make! You can customize the jar, just by the shrinky you choose to print and use. I thought about making one for my mom with our family home. I am going to be adding a few kits to my shop for these fun necklaces next week. So if any of you are interested in grabbing one, stay tuned. They are coming soon. I had such a blast making these two. I hope you guys will make some, you’ll have a great time too! I’ll be back next week with the final two handmade gift tutorials and some fun holiday wrapping ideas and printables. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you guys had a fantastic weekend! Does everyone who celebrates have their tree up yet? Trimming the tree has to be one of my absolute favorite things to do during the holidays. Vintage ornaments are my favorite! I have a little collection that I display in a vintage milk glass punch bowl, and a few plastic ones that go on my tree. They are so fun! This week I was inspired to create a little collection of vintage ornament themed finds from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Here are some of my absolute favorites:
Check out this fabulous Wire Wrapped Shiny Brite Ornament with Gnome from Vintage Shopping Spree Here
Check out these beautiful Pink Christmas Ornaments Set – Shiny Brite Box – Shiny Brite Ornament from Be Quirksy Here
Check out these sweet 50 Miniature Mercury Glass Ball Ornaments from Smile Mercantile Here
Check out this fantastic 1950s Christmas Ornament from Le Bonheur Du Jour Here
Check out this amazing Vintage Christmas Ornaments Tea Towel from Neato Keen Here
Check out these awesome Set of 6 Vintage Christmas Ornaments from Cheerful Owl Here
Check out these adorable Set of 2 antique snowman ornaments with adorable top hats, chenille earmuffs and scarves, 1950′s from Plain and Fancy Vintage Here
Check out these wonderful Vintage 1940s Shiny Glass Christmas Ornaments in Different Shapes from Peace Traveler Here
Check out this adorable Vintage Elf, Elf Knee Hugger, Christmas Decoration, Pixie Elf from Letter Kay Here
Check out this sweet Vintage UNSIGNED Angels Ornament Glittered Xmas Card Mid Century 1960′s w/Envelope from Glittering Pine Here
Check out this lovely Christmas Ornament Brooch, Dangle Brooch Pin, 1950s Holiday Jewelry from A Vintage Jewelry Chest Here
And Check out this awesome Vintage Christmas 1950′s Christmas Ornament Hangers from Thirsty Owl Vintage Here
Don’t you just love them all! I would love to have any of these adorn my tree! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I always do! I’ll be back next with another fun Christmas collection. 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.