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…
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…
Hi guys! Are you all getting into the Christmas holiday yet? I decorated my home a couple of weeks ago. I can’t ever wait till after Thanksgiving. Christmas is my favorite holiday! I finished up the last of my Christmas decorating tutorials last week, and I thought I would post a little round up of all of the holiday decorating tutorials I have had on the blog for easy access for everyone. Here they are:
Hi guys! Welcome to day three of my 12 Days of Handmade Holiday Gifts. Today I am going to show you how to make these fun wooden doll necklaces. These little wearable dolls would be a great gift for the little gals in your life. They can be used a little toy dolls, or you can string them on a chain and wear them. These necklaces are really easy to make, and they are so inexpensive. They whip up pretty quickly too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Wooden Peg Doll
*Wooden Doll Head
*Medium Gage Wire
*Dremmel with Cutting Wheel
*Small Drill Bits
*Round nose pliers
The first thing you need to do is prepare your pieces. On the peg doll, cutoff the head with your dremmel cutter. Drill a hole with a 1/16 drill bit in the top of the head for your screw eye. Next, measure the thickness of your wire. With a drill bit the same size as the wire, drill into the bottom of the peg doll for your legs. Now you are ready to paint your pieces. Paint your head and paint the peg doll to have a top of your design choice on. You will make a skirt with your trim. Let the paint dry thoroughly. Next, glue your head to the peg doll base. Then run a bead of glue around the base of the peg doll body and glue down your trim scraps to make your skirt. Now, cut a couple of strips of wire about 2.5-3″ long. With your round nose pliers, bend and loop one end of each wire to create the loop for the foot. Then, put a little glue on the straight end of the wire and insert it into the hole in the bottom of the peg doll body. Do the same thing with the other leg. Screw the screw eye into the top of your doll head. To finish of your necklace, string the doll on a chain and you are done.
Aren’t they adorable! We don’t have little gals around anymore in our family, but I am sure I will be sporting them from time to time when I want to wear something extra funky. The greatest thing about these dolls is that they are totally customizable! You can change up the look and style by the way you paint them, or even the trims you use. I am not the best with painting, so if I can make these look cute, then anyone can. They are so simple, and they are really quite fun to create! I hope that some of you will give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun gift idea. Until then…
Hi guys! Are you excited? Halloween is this week! I am looking forward to the holiday! We don’t have trick or treaters in our neighborhood, so Daryl and I don’t do candy. But we do carve pumpkins and do a mini marathon of Tim Burton films. He is one of my favorite directors! Today I am going to show you how to make these fun mini apothecary bottle necklaces. These are really easy and so fun to wear!
The first thing you need to do is resize your printable. In photo editing software such as Photoshop elements scale down your printable so that the size of the images is under an inch. I use the selection and move tools to move the specific images to a new page and then scale and move the image down. If you have your rulers up you can use them as a guide and make your images different sizes for different bottles. Print out your images according to the directions on the lazertran package. Let your transfers dry for a while and then cut them out. Clean your glass. Get a bowl of tap water. Drop your transfer into the water. It will curl. Once it uncurls, or about thirty seconds later, remove it from the water. Carefully lift the transfer off of the backing paper and smooth down onto your glass bottle. Repeat this process with any other bottles. Let them dry completely. Now, when they are dry, paint on a top coat or decoupage medium to seal the image. Then twist a screw eye into the center of the cork cap. String the bottle on a chain. Add glitter, liquid, whatever you like to your jars and you are ready to wear!
*Another Process: If you do not want to use the transfer paper you can use Martha Stewart Decoupage medium. Print your images out on paper. Then you can decoupage them onto your bottles and seal with more of the medium.
I LOVE these little necklaces! They are so fun to wear! The Graphics Fairy’s printable is so fantastic! It totally gives the bottles a spooky vintage look! These necklaces are really easy to make! They would be a fun craft to make with your children, or make them at your Halloween party! I hope some of you all will give them a try! You’ll love em’! I’ll be back Thursday with more Halloween fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! We spent the weekend running errands, however we did manage to get Beaureguard over to the dog park on Sunday. He had a great time! I am getting more and more excited by the day, since October is one of my favorite months! Next week is my husbands birthday, and then the week after is my birthday and Halloween! So we are really going to be getting into the Halloween spirit over here on the blog starting next week. But for now, I thought I would share some of my favorite orange and black vintage themed finds this week! Check em’ out:
Check out this fantastic Vintage French Alarm clock retro reveil JAZ 1950s with original box from France blue & orange FULLY FUNCTIONAL from Oui In France Here
Check out these sweet Vintage Orange Plastic Buttons – Reversible -Two Sided – House Dress – 1950s- Unique and Hard to Find from Chocolate Bayou Shop Here
Check out this incredible Vintage 1950s Dress Orange & Black Abstract Cotton Print Mid Century Wiggle Dress Halloween from Miss Farfalla Here
Check out this fabulous 1960′s Orange Mod Bucket Hat, Orange Mod Hat by Gage Original, Merri Soie from Warm Nature Here
Check out this awesome 50s Black Wool Letterman Jacket from Texas, S-M from Years Since Yesterday Here
Check out this amazing 1950s Telephone, Rare Black Vintage Rotary Phone from The Things That Were Here
Check out this fantastic vintage scottie dogs playing cards toothbrush holder from Red TuTu Retro Here
Check out this adorable Vintage 4 5 6 Pick Up Sticks Game – 1950s – Made in Philadelphia from Splendid Junk Vintage Here
Check out this fun Mr. Owl sheet music children’s topsy turvy tunes black and orange 1950s from Mud in the USA Here
Check out this fantastic 1950s Orange PITIFUL DOG Flock Bank from Therp Sajik Enterprises Here
Check out this lovely Vintage Lucite Necklace Orange Black Smoky Topaz Halloween 1950s from Blue Lace Vintage Here
And Check out this fabulous 1950s pleated full cotton skirt / bunny rabbit circle skirt from Archetype Vintage Here
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I am so in love with the dress! Makes me wish I was teeny weenie! I am also head over heels for the doggie toothbrush holder! What can I say, I just love them all!I hope you all enjoy browsing through these amazing Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I will be back next week with more vintage Halloween themed finds. Until then…
Hi everyone! Today I am going to share a super easy diy with you, cabinet knob necklaces! These little necklaces are so fun to make, and it is a great way to use those fabulous knobs that you cannot afford to redecorate your entire kitchen with. I have a small obsession with Anthropologie’s furniture knobs, and I will frequently pick up just one or two because I love them so much. Sometimes I use them in my furniture revamps, but most of them are sitting in a box in my craft room. I thought it would be fun to make a few necklaces with some of them. Check them out!
Here’s What You Need:
*Metal Cutting Blade and Dremmel
*Metal Jewelry End Caps
*Clasps and Jump Rings
The first thing you need to do is cut the threaded bolt on your knob down. Cut the bolt on the back of the knob down to about 1/8″ or so with the dremmel fitted with a wheel that will cut metal. *Wear protective eyewear. Now, fill the metal end cap with a little bit of E-6000. Insert the end of the knob that is left into the end cap. Center the cap on top of the back of the knob, and let dry. Once the cap is dry and cured, you can string the knob onto some chain. I made mine long, so my chain was about a yard long on my longest and instead of using a clasp I attached the chain ends with a jump ring since it would slide right over my head and did not need a clasp.
I really love wearing my knob necklaces! They are my newest go to accessory for everyday, and they go with just about everything I wear! I hope some of you will give this one a try sometime! It’s so easy and fun! I made mine in under half an hour. I’ll be back Thursday with another fun diy. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It was absolutely beautiful here! My mom and I went out to Liberty on Friday for the Liberty Antiques Festival, which was awesome! Saturday we took Beau out to the dog park, and then yesterday we went to the flea market and I picked up a bunch of lovely goodies from my favorite vendor Molly of From the Heart Antiques. I have been noticing all of the grocery stores in the area are starting to carry pumpkins, and of course you know fall is here when you start seeing the pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. So, this week’s fall vintage finds are all inspired by the lovely shades of pumpkin orange. Check them out!
Check out these wonderful 60s Sunglasses 60s Orange Rectangular Sun Glass Pumpkin Horn Rim Light Gray Lens Non Prescription from THAYER Eyewear Here
Check out this fantastic Coral Creamsicle Vintage 50s Prom Dress from Aquamarine Dream Here
Check out this lovely Vintage Handbag With Matching Gloves Orange from Noggins and Napes Here
Check out this fabulous 1950s Hat Vintage 50s Fall Topper in Earthy Orange from Hollie Point Vintage Here
Check out this fantastic Vintage 1960′s NEON Orange Beaded Necklace from JL Vintage Here
Check out this awesome 1950s Tangerine POWDER BOX With Face Powder – “Jean Nolan Cosmetics, Detroit” from Archipelago Vintage Here
Check out this sweet Crown Trifari Bracelet Orange Pumpkins with Rhinestones Vintage 1950s from As You Like It Vintage Here
Check out this lovely Vintage pumpkin orange cotton blend scarf with white polka dots from Bloobirdies Vintage Here
Check out this fantastic Beautiful Retro 1950s Orange Glass Pitcher from Silver Lining Toys Here
Check out these awesome Vintage Children’s Story Books Fairytales Poems Illustrated Mid-Century from Pick N Thrift Antiques Here
Check out this adorable Set of 4 1950s Children’s orange Juice Glasses Swanky Swigs from Junkarama Here
And Check out this amazing set of French 1950s cafe chairs and table from My Vintage Studio Here
Aren’t they all just so beautiful! I am so in love with all of them, but I really love the table set and the moonglow necklace. Do you have a favorite this week? 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 fun vintage finds. Until then….
Hi guys! Today I am going to share one of my latest diy jewelry projects with you. I recently came across these fun little watch part bottles at TinyThingsAreCute.com when I was shopping for vintage Halloween minis. Needless to say I fell in love with them! I thought they would be perfect to make a little necklace to hold my favorite perfume. This little necklace is super fast to whip up, making it a great candidate for your next weekday project!
This little necklace could not be any easier. The first thing you need to do is mark the center of the cork in the top of the bottle. Next, twist your screw eye into the cork where the center mark is. You can add a dab of glue to be extra secure. Add a cute bead to a head pin and find a good charm you like. Open up a jump ring and insert your bottle on to it by the eye on the top. Close up your jump ring and string your chain through it to make your necklace. Now you can embellish it by adding beads or charms. Attach any embellishments with smaller jump rings attached to the larger one. And that’s it, easy right!
I LOVE my little necklace! It holds my favorite Pacifica Perfume. I love the size of the little bottle too! You can totally customize it by adding any tiny thing you like. You could add a tiny message on a scrap of paper rolled up, favorite beads, moss, or even a little petal from a wishing flower. Or you can fill it with vintage watch parts for a more industrial feel. There are so many possibilities! This would make a lovely little gift as well! Make one for all your favorite gals. I will be back next week with more fun DIY projects. Until then…
Hey guys! I hope you all are having a great day! I recently have scored a large bunch of vintage Women’s Day magazines and have spent the day pouring over them. So.Much.Fun! I am thinking of doing a craft from the magazines like once a month. Maybe starting it at Christmas. What do you guys think? Awesome or Eh? Today I am going to share one of my favorite new projects with you, thimble flowerpot necklaces. These fun necklaces made with air dry clay and vintage thimbles are so fun to make! And, you’ll love how simple they are!
Here’s What You Need-
*Vintage Thimbles, or one you have lying around on hand
*Air Dry Clay
*Moss ( I believe the variety I had was called reindeer moss, it’s a bright green)
*Hot Glue or Craft Glue
*Drill with a small bit, like 1/16 or 1/8th
The first thing you want to do is drill your thimble. Mark a dot on either side of the thimble at the top. Carefully drill a hole into each side close to the top where you marked your dot. If you are clumsy like me, you may want to hold the thimble in some pliers like channel locks. Next you are ready to make the mushrooms. Pinch off a tiny bit of air dry clay from the block. You can either mold a cone shape with your fingers and then make a hole in the bottom with your twig for the stem, or you can mold your cone directly onto your twig. I made my cone shape and then once it was dry I glued the twig inside the hole I made in the bottom. Fill your thimble 3/4 of the way with air dry clay. Push a twig into the clay so that there will be a hole to glue your mushroom when the clay dries. Once your clay is dry, you will need to paint the mushrooms. Use a super skinny paintbrush to paint the dots onto the mushroom. Glue the mushroom to the twig if you didn’t mold the clay around the twig. Then glue the twig with the mushroom top into the hole in the clay that you made earlier in the thimble. Next glue a little bit of moss onto the top of the clay inside the thimble covering the clay. Now you are ready to make your pot into a necklace. Cut a length of chain. I made mine long so it goes right over my head, but you can make your chain shorter and add a clasp in the back. So, cut your chain, and then attach the chain to each side of the thimble pot where you drilled your holes earlier. Attach the chain with a jump ring on each side. Now you are ready to wear…
I LOVE this little necklace! It makes me happy! It is like wearing a tiny little garden with you all day. You can customize this little necklace by the colors you choose, or even experiment with some little miniatures like flowers or mini animals. Other than the drying time for the clay, this project is super fast to whip up. It is a lot of fun to wear. These little necklaces would make great gifts for your gardening girlfriends as well as anyone with a little bit of an eclectic style. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back on Thursday with another fun DIY. 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.