Happy Friday everyone! Do you have any big plans for the weekend? I will most likely be glued to one of the Hunger Games books my sister let me borrow from her. I just finished the first book and can hardly wait to start the second. A lot of you who know me, know I love Etsy! I can pour through it for hours if I let myself. For a while I was showcasing artists every Friday that I loved. I stopped doing that some time last year since I was having a hard time getting the time to do the post. However, I miss sharing beautiful handmade items with you all, so I have decided to bring it back in a much smaller scale. I plan on sharing five of my favorite things from Etsy’s plethora of amazing artists that I just adore with you all every friday from now on. Here are my favorites this week:
Be sure to check out these wonderful shops and items! They have a little something for everyone! Do you have a favorite from my list this week? I love them all! I’ll be back next week with more favorites. Until then…
Hey everyone! One of my favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage brooches! I love the whimsy of them! I thought it would be fun to add in one of my newest vintage reindeer brooches to a statement necklace to wear for the holidays. It’s super simple to make a necklace with a brooch as a focal point, and all you need are a few supplies! The best part about this diy is that you can create a fabulous piece of jewelry in under an hour (plus drying time.) Check it out:
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage or New Beads of Your Choice
*Bails or little Metal Tags (I bought mine at AC Moore)
*Round Nose Jewelry Pliers
So the first step to making your necklace is to make your chain of beads. Take an eye pin, load a bead onto it. Snip the excess wire at about 1/2″ or so from the top of the bead. Take your round nose jewelry pliers and curl the wire around to make a loop in the top. So you should end up with a bead that has an eye at the bottom and at the top. Now, take another eye pin. Open up the bottom with your pliers. Hook the open loop onto the top loop in your first bead then close the loop. Load on another bead, snip the wire, make a loop and then load another eye pin. Continue making your chain of beads.
Make your chain as long as you want. I made mine so the the stripe bead and the brooch would hit right about my collar bone on each side. Make one side to be from the back of the neck where the clasp will go down and around to the other side of your collar bone where the brooch will go. Then make the other side from the back of the neck to the top of where the brooch will go. Connect the two chain pieces with a lobster clasp. Attach the clasp with jump rings.
Next, you need to prep your brooch for your necklace. Pull the pin part of the brooch off of the back with your pliers. My little deer brooch had antlers that I was able to hook a jump ring to. If your brooch doesn’t have a place at the top to hook a jump ring you will need a tag at the top as well as the bottom. Put a little E6000 onto the back of your tag(s) and glue them into place on the back side of your brooch. Let the glue dry thoroughly.
Once your glue is dry, attach your brooch to the ends of the beaded chain you made earlier with jump rings. Now you are ready to wear!
I just love my new Christmas necklace! How fabulous is this brooch, really! I am just head over heels for my little deer! I used vintage lucite beads from a broken vintage necklace I had, but you can use any kind of beads you like. Have fun with it and make it your own! I can’t wait to see what you guys do with this one! I hope you will give it a try! It is super easy and fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun DIY. Until then…
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…
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:
Aren’t they all just amazing! I love everything she has, but I will admit that I am head over heels for the animal charm bracelets! To see more of Paula’s wonderful work, visit her shop on Etsy, Paula Montgomery, Here. Also be sure to check out her awesome website Here, and follow along on Facebook, and Twitter. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…
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! 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.