Happy Friday everyone! Do you all have any big plans for the weekend? I am busy getting a little gift ready for a friend’s baby shower on Sunday. She is having a little girl and I have been busy making a few things for the little gal. Before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I would share some of my Etsy favorites with you that I have been crushing on this week!
Aren’t they all so cute! I adore them all of course! I am head over heels for the Audrey doll! Funny Face is my favorite move, like ever! Do you all have a favorite this week? You can see these wonderful items as well as many many more from these fabulous artists in their shops. Go check them out, you’ll love em’ too! I’ll be back with more awesome Etsy finds soon. Until then…
I am a big fan of quirky! Things that are a little unusual and a little funny, a little cute, always make me giddy! I’ve seen some really cute stamped silver spoons on Etsy, stamped with the words “lets spoon” on them. I thought framing a spoon for Valentine’s Day decor would be a kind of fun and quirky gift for my hubby. Instead of stamping I used craft wire to write my message. Here’s my how-to:
What You Need:
*Vintage Spoon (or spoon of your choice)
*Thick Craft Wire
*Paper and Pen
*Matboard or Thick Paper like cardstock or watercolor paper
The first step is to form your wire word. Write out the word you want to form on a piece of paper to size.
Next, bend your wire carefully following the curves of the letters. I held one end down to the paper while I used my other hand to form the wire.
When you get to the letter “t” you may need to use your jewelry pliers to squeeze the wire together.
To make the cross on the “t” bend the wire at a right angle and form a small loop on the left side. Squeeze the loop flat, then make another loop on the right size and flatten. Bend the wire at another right angle and continue on to form the rest of your word.
Snip of the excess wire when you are done forming your word. Set aside.
To make the apostrophe form a loop and then clip the wire at the end of the large loop.
Cut a piece of mat board or paper to fit your frame. Mine was 8×10. Smear a little E6000 onto the back of your wire word and glue down to your paper. Then Glue down your old spoon underneath. Let dry completely. To finish off, insert your art piece into the shadowbox frame and close up the back.
Isn’t it fun! I LOVE it! This was a seriously easy DIY and it was pretty darned fast to whip up. You can even use old cast away spoons from your kitchen. I really hope some of you guys will try this one yourselves, I think you’ll have a blast! It makes a great last minute Valentine gift, or even for an anniversary. Cute, fast, and inexpensive too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
I’m not big into scrapbooking, but I do love all the papers and embellishments! My mom and I are always picking up scrapbooking supplies, but we seem to hoard it more than use it. I have been wanting to make a scrappy tree with a paper mache cone for a while now, and I thought a tree for Valentine’s Day would be perfect to use up some of my favorite papers and embellishments. This tree was really easy to make and it was a lot of fun! I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make all kinds of scrappy trees. Here is how I made mine:
Here’s What You Need:
*Paper Mache Cone
*Mod Podge or Rubber Cement
*Heart Paper Punch
*Ribbon, trim, etc…
The first thing I did was make my tree topper. Punch out six paper hearts. Fold each heart in half. Spread rubber cement on the back of your hearts. Glue one heart to another at the sides matching the folds. Then add another heart to the other side. Continue until you have gotten to your sixth heart and glue the open side of the sixth to the open side of the first. Set aside.
After I made my topper, I added the paper to my tree base. Spread rubber cement or mod podge on the cone. Line up the edge of your paper to the seam on your paper mache cone. Smooth the paper onto the cone a little at a time, applying your adhesive as you go to places that may have dried or you missed. Keep smoothing the paper onto your cone until you reach where you started. Wrap and fold the excess paper at the bottom into the underside of the cone. Glue your styrofoam cone inside the paper cone. This is what you are going to glue your base into. Hollow out a little space in the middle for the top of the finial.
Now you can embellish your tree. I glued hearts upside down around the bottom and then topped with ribbon and ball trim. Then I added ribbon and trim to the top. To finish your tree, glue on the heart topper and then glue the finial into the styrofoam base.
I really enjoyed making my Valentine’s tree! It looks so adorable on the shelf in my living room with my other Valentine’s decor! What is great about this tree is that it is so customizable to any celebration, holiday, or style you choose. You can easily make it your own just by the colors, patterns and embellishments you use. This is such a fun project to make and would be fantastic for a craft night with your kids or your favorite crafty pals. I do hope you will give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another fun Valentine’s inspired DIY. Until then…
Hello everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We had beautiful weather here and took the dogs on a walk at Umstead Park, which is a beautiful hiking trail in our area. Valentine’s Day is this weekend! I love Valentine’s Day. Not really just the holiday but the season. It’s a bright spot in the middle of winter. What’s not to like about a day dedicated to love? This week on the blog I will be sharing lot’s of posts for “love” day. To kick things off I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage finds inspired by Valentine’s Day. Here are just a few of my favorites:
I tell you what, I love them all! I know I say that a lot, but I would be such a hoarder if I had lots of money and a tiny waist! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
I’m sure most of you already know how much of an animal lover I am! My dog Beau goes everywhere with me. So of course I would have to make something pet related in my handmade gifts this year! I have long been a fan of Spoonflower, and absolutely love getting things printed from them! For those of you unfamiliar with this company, Spoonflower is a company where you can get your designs printed on all kinds of fabric as well as wallpaper and gift wrap. I’ve used them several times in the past for projects and I just can’t say enough good things about them! So, this year, I thought I’d get some of my favorite pet photos printed and make pillows for the family.
Here’s What You Need:
*Photo Editing Software
*Fabric for Backing
*Stuffing like fiber fill
*Hand sewing needle and thread
*Spoonflower Fabric- I used the Canvas
If you have never used Spoonflower to print fabric before, you can find a ton of info on their help page Here. This is how I made my files…. I used photoshop elements, and I made a new blank file. You can make it to the size fabric you want to order. You will need to decide the fabric choice you want to print on and the width of the fabric if you plan on getting yardage. For a fat quarter the measurement is 27″x18.” You will need to cut out your pet’s image. I used the polygonal lasso tool and selected around Sadie in her photo. Once you go all the way around the image selection will be highlighted.
Now, click the move tool and drag and drop the pet image from its photo to the blank canvas. If you are printing more than one pillow, be sure to space the photos at leat an inch apart so you will have room for a seam allowance.
Fit your photos on your blank canvas the way you like best, making sure there is plenty of room for your seam allowances. Now, save your file as a jpeg at at least 150dpi and upload it to your Spoonflower account. Decide your fabric type and order your fabric. I bought a fat quarter of the eco canvas fabric. I meant to pop this tutorial up earlier this year, but life got in the way, and I ended up behind on everything this year. You can still order this fabric and have it in time for Christmas, but you will have to order the faster shipping.
Once you receive your fabric, you will need to cut out your photos. Cut out each photo at about 1/2″ or so away from the edges of the photo.
Pin your cut out face down onto your backing fabric which should be face up so that the right sides are facing. Cut out the fabric cutting along the edges of the pet photo fabric.
Now you should be ready to stitch the pillow. Stitch around the edges of the fabric with a half inch seam allowance all the way around leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning and stuffing.
Clip the curved parts of the seam allowance and trim where you feel you need to. Turn the fabric right side out through the opening in the bottom.
Next, take your polyfil and stuff your pillow. A chopstick or dowel may help you pack stuffing into tight spots. Stuff it nice and full.
To finish off, close up the bottom by hand stitching the opening closed with a ladder stitch or a whip stitch. Now your pillow is ready for gifting!
Aren’t they so darn cute! I think my family is going to go a little crazy for them! Our pets are super special you know! Aren’t they all though! These little pillows are super easy to whip up and they make a really fun one of a kind gift! I hope you all will try this one sometime too. I think you’ll love it! You can stitch them up yourself, or get the fabric and make a kit for your favorite diy enthusiast! I’ll be back next week with more handmade gifts. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a whirlwind with getting ready for the Flea Market and holiday crafting for the blog. Before I sign off for the weekend though, I wanted to pop in and share my first holiday gift guide of the 2014 holiday season! I’ve put together some of my favorite items from Etsy’s wonderful handmade shops that would make lovely gifts for the host or hostess. It is the season for parties, and there’s nothing quite as charming as a little something handmade to show your appreciation and love! Here are my top twelve gift ideas for your holiday party hosts…
Aren’t they all fabulous! I love them all of course! The Catherine Holm tea towels and the bird bowls are definitely on my wish list this year. Do you have a favorite? Be sure to check out all these amazing artists and their shops to see even more goodies! I’ll be back next week with another gift guide. Until then…
Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month again where I share my obsession with Pinterest with you all! As far as social media goes, Pinterest is my black hole. I get lost in it all the time! This past month I have been busy with life, so I haven’t been pinning a lot. I did add a couple of new boards. I added to some old and newer favorite boards too! Here are just some of my favorites from this past month:
Aren’t they awesome! I have recently found Green Gate, and I am head over heels in love with it! Wish they carried the line in the US! I always have a great time sifting through the animals section too! So much cuteness! What have you all been pinning this month? I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We got lot’s of good puppy time in this weekend, it was lovely! I picked up a new set of Pyrex the other day, and it just got me thinking of how much I adore pyrex designs! I love the prints, the colors, the feel of it all! So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage Pyrex items from the wonderful world of Etsy vintage with you all. There are so many awesome pyrex dishes, I had a hard time narrowing down my faves this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all just amazing! I wish I could afford all of them, they would all be mine! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more summer vintage finds. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a wonderful Valentine’s Day spent with the ones you love most! I wanted to continue the love theme around here even though Valentine’s day has passed. I mean, what’s not to love about love, right! This week, I have gathered a little collection of heart themed vintage items to share with you all today. I love hearts! Here are some of my top favorites from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops this week:
Don’t you just love them all! I do! I especially love the apron! I have quite a little apron collection in my cupboard these days. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. 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! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, a crazy cat, one very spoiled dog, and seven adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.