Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We’ve had some really beautiful days here in the past week with a cold front moving through. This summer has been so hot here in NC, it makes me wish we had a pool in our neighborhood. I practically lived in the pool when I was little. Every summer I got to pick out a couple new swimsuits. It was one of my favorite things about summertime. So, this week I thought I’d share some drool worthy vintage swim suits with you all inspired by summer days by the water. There were so many amazing suits in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops, I had to create a special pin board dedicated just for vintage swimwear. Here are just a few of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all amazing! In a perfect world I would have them all and the body to go with them! To see even more of my favorite vintage swimwear, check out my pin board Bathing Beauties on Pinterest Here. Also be sure to check out all these fantastic Etsy vintage shops! They are filled with all kinds of wonderful style finds! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
Like a lot of gals I know, I am a shoe hoarder. However, while most of my friends go crazy for a lovely pair of heels, I am more of a sneaker and sandal collector. I practically live in sandals most of the year. Most days I sport my favorite brand of flippies (aka Sanuk yoga’s or yoga spree’s), but some days I like to wear something a little cuter and will throw on something a little more fancy. I have a pair of bronze metallic sandals where the straps were starting to crack, as well as a pair of plain t-straps that I’ve only worn once. I thought they both needed an update. They were a little too plain for my taste, so I decided to add some sweet floral embellishments. Turns out it was so easy and fun!
Here’s What You Need:
*Chiffon or Other Fabric Flowers( I bought mine Here)
The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of look you want for your sandals. I knew I wanted to do three flowers that were about 2″ each for my t-strap sandals and one larger flower with a few smaller flowers for my thong sandals. For the t straps, I bought a 1/2 yard strip of chiffon flowers that were 2.5″ wide. They come on a netting and you can cut them apart from each other. For the thongs, I bought a half yard of 1.5″ chiffon flowers and two 2.5″ fabric flowers. My shoe size is a 10. You may need less if your shoe size is smaller.
Once you have all your supplies gathered, cut your flowers apart on your netting strips. Decide how many flowers fit best on your shoes. Grab your felt and cut circles of felt a little smaller than the width of each of your flowers for your thong style sandals. For the t-straps, cut a strip that is a little smaller than the width of your flowers by a little longer than the length of your t strap piece.
Open your fabritac. For the thongs, run a little glue onto the top of your left strap on the left shoe and right strap on the right shoe, and then a little glue onto the other strap. For the t-strap run a bead of glue down the t-strap piece. For your thong sandals, press your large flower onto the left strap on the left shoe so it sits right before the middle of the thong part that sits between your toes. Press a couple of the smaller flowers next to the large flower on the left strap of the left sandal and right strap of the right sandal. Then press another smaller flower onto the other strap next to the larger flower so it sits right before the split. For the t-straps, trim up your middle flower and then press your three flowers onto the t-strap piece starting with the one over the end where your toes go.
Now you need to glue the felt pieces onto the back sides of your flowers. Run glue onto the felt circles for your thong sandals. Press each circle onto the back side of each of the flowers it corresponds with. You will be sandwiching the strap in between the felt circle and the flower. Be sure to press them together very well. Repeat with all the other flowers on your thongs. For the t-straps, run glue onto the felt strips. Press the glue side of the strips onto the back side of the flowers sandwiching the strap in between. Make sure to press the strip firmly in place paying careful attention to the area where the toes sit.
Set your sandals aside to dry. Once the glue is fully cured they are ready to wear!
I absolutely LOVE my sandals now! This revamp was so fast and simple! The best part is that it cost me less than ten dollars to embellish both pairs! I love how versatile this project can be too! You can easily change-up the look to suit your style and taste, just by the flowers you use. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime with your own plain sandals. You’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! We took Beau on a day trip to the beach and had a blast! One of my favorite things about summer is that all my favorite stores put out all their summer melamine collections. I have loved plastics since I was little, vintage plastics being my favorite of course! So, this week I thought I would share a little collection of vintage melamine finds with you all from some of Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. There are so many awesome vintage plastic finds on Etsy, it was so hard to narrow down my favorites this week! Here are the ones I absolutely adore:
Aren’t they all just fabulous! I want them all of course! I have a set of Melmac melamine, and I love the way the tea cups feel in my hands. I also really love the speckled melamine. My hubby can’t stand plastic dishes, so I don’t get to let my collection grow too much. For now, I will just be swooning over them on Etsy. 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 vintage fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Summer is now in full swing and it has me thinking about the beach, an incidentally, old beach movies. One of my all time favorite beach movie’s is Gidget with Sandra Dee. My mom rented the original of the Gidget movies for me when I was little, and that started my love affair with classic beach movies. So, I thought this week I’d curate a collection of vintage finds inspired by the original Gidget movie. Check em’ out:
Here’s a little clip from the original Gidget movie:
And here are my vintage finds inspired by the movie:
Aren’t they just fantastic! I am head over heels in love with vintage swimsuits! All of them! Haven’t ever seen a mid-century suit I haven’t just adored! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these amazing Etsy vintage shops as much as I did. And, if you haven’t ever seen Gidget, rent it this summer and let me know what you think. It’s awesome! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I am looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekend for Independence Day! Do you guys have any fun fourth of July plans? We will definitely be grilling out and shooting off some fire works. I am excited! So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite patriotic vintage finds with you all. There are so many amazing red, white, and blue vintage goodies in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I am head over heels in love with that swim cap! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more cool vintage finds. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! This week’s finds are inspired by retro happy hour. We recently fixed up a mid century side board that has a little bar space. I thought it would be fun to curate a little collection of vintage bar ware to share with you all. There are so many really cool vintage bar ware items on Etsy! It was hard to narrow down the collection this week. Here are just a few of my favorites:
I love them all! Vintage bar ware is so awesome! I love the prints on the glass ware and the napkins! I hope you all enjoy perusing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I will be back next week with some fun summer finds. Until then….
Over the past few weeks I have added a few new boards to my Pinterest account that I am really happy to share with all you guys! Yes, they are mostly vintage boards, what can I say. I am a sucker for vintage, and of course, anything cute! Here’s what I’ve been pinning this month:
I just love Pinterest! And I know I must say that every month, but I really do love it! I get my fix of vintage inspiration and motivation. I also get a good reminder of just how beautiful and sweet life is. What have you been pinning this month? This month for me, my brain was definitely in vintage mode I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration! Until then…
Vintage bark cloth is one of my favorite types of vintage fabric, and as many of you know, vintage fabric is my favorite thing ever! I was so happy to have found this wonderful curtain piece at the antiques festival in Liberty last year! I have been hoarding it until I found something that was worth me cutting into it. I found a stool last year at Target that I have been using quite a lot in the house. Daryl sits on it and plays his guitar, I use it for my laptop when I am on the floor working sometimes, and the Roux has made it his favorite sitting spot. I love the functionality of the stool, but wasn’t loving the style of it. It was a little boring for my taste, so I decided it needed covering with a fabulous fabric, and lucky for me I had the perfect thing!
Here’s What You Need:
*Upholstered Stool or Ottoman
*Vintage Bark Cloth Remnant
*Nailer or Stapler
*1/4-3/8 size Staples
The first thing you need to do is measure your upholstered stool. Measure, mark, and cut a piece of bark cloth that is the length and width of your stool plus four to six inches to be able to wrap it around to the bottom. My stool was about 14″ square, so I cut my fabric to be at 18×18. It is always better to have a little excess fabric than not enough.
The next thing you need to do is disassemble the upholstered top of your stool from the legs. You can usually remove the top with a screwdriver. Set aside your screws and your legs or base.
Lay your fabric face down on a clean surface. Then lay your stool cushion top face down onto the center of the fabric. Take one edge of your fabric and staple it to the back side of your stool into the wood. Staple down the fabric a few inches away on either side of the first staple. Then pull the fabric on the opposite side taut and staple a few in the center and over towards the corners. Do the same thing with the other two sides, stapling in the center and over towards the sides, leaving the corners un-stapled.
If you have a rounded stool, you can just pull and staple your fabric around the corners, gathering it nice and tight. If you have a square corner like I did, you can wrap it like a present. Smooth the fabric on the side facing you straight down. This will form a triangular shape out to the side. Take that triangular area and wrap it around to the flat side overlapping it. Then, pull the fabric to the back of the stool and staple down. Do this on all four corners. Now you should have totally covered the stool top.
To finish off your stool, cut any excess fabric hanging loose off of the back side of the stool. Then screw the stool top back onto the base or legs.
I loved my stool before, but now I am head over heels for it! I adore the print of the vintage bark cloth! It looks fantastic anywhere we put it in the house. This project is so incredibly easy! It took me maybe a total of twenty minutes from start to finish to cover this stool. I love my bark cloth of course, but you can use any kind of upholstery weight fabric for this project. So, if you have an old or boring upholstered stool, give it a new life with some great fabric! It’s easy as pie! I’ll be back next week with another fun diy project. Until then…
One of my favorite items to collect is vintage bottle caps! I love the different graphics on them! They are a lot of fun to craft with as well. I upcycled an Ikea tabletop a while ago and used vintage bottle caps on the top. I had so much fun with that project, and it has really been a conversation piece. I thought it would be fun to try a little tray for my dad for Father’s Day. This project is fun to make and is great to serve breakfast in bed, or display Dad’s favorite items on a coffee table.
Here’s What You Need:
*Ready Made Grout
*Sponge and a small float if you have one
The first thing you need to do is paint your tray.
Now you can glue down your bottle caps. Squeeze generous size drops of liquid nails onto the bottom of your tray about an inch and a hair apart. Press your bottle caps onto the adhesive.
Then do another row, and another until you have filled the whole tray. You can move the caps around a little if you need to straighten rows or space them out more.
Let your bottle caps dry and cure for a day. Then you are ready to grout. First cover the areas you want to protect your paint with painter’s tape. When taping the inside edges, start the tape right about where the bottle caps height reaches.
You can scoop up grout and spread it with a grout float, which is the preferred method, or you can use a sponge. I had to use a small sponge since my tray was too small for my grout float. Spread the grout over the entire bottom of the tray making sure to get it nice and packed down in the crevices between the bottle caps.
Clean your sponge and wring it out. Wipe the surface of the grout with your sponge in soft strokes wiping off the grout from the top of the bottle caps. Once the bottle caps are clear and clean of grout. It will take several times of cleaning the sponge and carefully wiping off the top layer of grout from the bottle caps before they are clear. You want smooth even strokes that will take off the grout from the bottle caps, but not dig into the grout on the sides of the caps. Remove the painters tape. Set aside your tray to dry.
Once your grout is dry, you can touch up any areas of paint that got grout on them.
I LOVE how this tray turned out! I think my dad is going to love it! I love it so much I might just have to make another one for me! You can use any kinds of bottle caps. I used vintage soda bottle caps since I love the colors and retro style. You could also use solid colored caps or beer bottle caps. This tray would be a perfect addition to a man cave! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try sometime! It’s a great way to upcycle bottle caps! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As you all know, Father’s Day is this coming weekend! Do you have any special plans to celebrate with your pops? Knowing my dad it will probably be a movie day. The man is a serious cinema addict! I thought this week I would share some fun vintage finds for dads to enjoy! I know I usually share items geared more towards the ladies, but let me tell you, there are some amazing vintage items for men on Etsy! Here are just a few of my daddy themed faves for this week:
Aren’t they all awesome! I especially love the transistor radio flask! 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…
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.