As many of you who follow this blog already know, I am head over heels for Pinterest! It is so fantastic having so much inspiration at your fingertips. I have been a little busy the last month but I was able to add a few pins to my established boards and create a few new boards as well. Here is a little sample of my favorite pins for April:
Aren’t they all just fantastic! What do you think of my new boards? I have been wanting to add a chicken board for a while now. I do love my girls! I hope you all have enjoyed this peek of my favorite pins this month! You can see these and many many more on my Pinterest page Here. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent most of mine painting furniture. I cannot believe that April is almost over! Easter is this coming Sunday. It came up on me really fast! I have not had the chance to get much Easter crafting in. I will be sharing one of the projects with you all tomorrow. So, for my vintage compilation today, I have decided to share some of my favorite vintage Easter themed finds from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love love love the ceramic bunny! Heck, I love them all! I hope you all enjoy perusing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
Easter is going to be here before we know it! For all of you ladies that want an accessory a little more subdued than a fancy Easter bonnet, give this easy floral headband a try! This faux floral headband is really fast to whip up, and it is easy as pie!
Here’s What You Need:
*Skinny Metal Headbands
*Wire Floral Picks (I bought mine at Michael’s)
This diy is so simple! The first thing you need to do is separate the floral pieces in your floral pick. You can usually just pull branches off of the main stem. Once you have your floral pieces separated you are ready to add them to your headband. Take one of your wire floral pieces. You can trim the tail off to about an inch or so below where the floral piece starts. Take the end of the wire on the floral piece and wrap it around your headband. Wrap the floral piece around the headband a couple of times until it is wrapped all the way around and lies on the top side of the headband. Take a second piece of floral pick and wrap it around your headband just above where your first pick is wrapped. Continue on wrapping your floral wires around until you have as much as you like on your headband. I used one full floral pick on my headband, and I shifted the bunch to more of the side of the headband. If you wrap your wires well around your headband, you should not need to glue it in place, but you can add a few drops of glue to the ends if you like.
I love this little floral headband! It really adds a little spring sweetness to an outfit. You can wear it with your Easter dress, or jeans and your favorite soft tee. I love the simplicity of it, and how customizable it is! You can change the look simply by using different floral picks. I hope you guys will give this one a try! You’ll want one in every color! I will be back next week with another fun spring DIY. Until then…
A few weeks ago I was browsing through Etsy, and I let out a gasp. You know, one of those gasps that women do so well, that can either be from fear or extreme excitement. My husband refers to it as sucking all the air out of the room. In this case, I was crazy excited!I had somehow serendipitously come across a portrait of Coco Channel by Peter Emmerich, and when I entered his Etsy shop, I fell in love with every single piece there! It was a yes moment. So, today I am over the moon to share with you my newest favorite Etsy shop, The Art of Peter Emmerich! Peter is an amazing artist and illustrator! He has quite a fantastic resume, including design work for the Walt Disney Company. You can read more about Peter’s artsy accolades in his bio Here. His work is whimsical, and just so happy! Every piece will make you smile. The thing I love the most about Peter’s work is his mid-century style, vintage fashion references, and the quirkiness in his characters. He really gives so much personality to his art! His subject matter is also really awesome! There are illustrated portraits ranging from amazing old hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball, to the ever fabulous Diana Ross and Ella Fitzgerald, to even modern favorites Adele and Harry Potter. I also love Peter’s story book characters! One of my favorites is an illustration of a circus bear that looks like it was inspired by one of my favorite vintage children’s books, which features learning your abc’s at the circus! They are all just wonderful! Here are a few of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all so adorable! I can’t decide on which one to get, I love them all! I know I will be getting Marcie one of Coco Channel for Christmas. She took a trip to Paris last year and the ladies at the Channel flagship shop liked her so much, they took her back and gave her a little tour of Coco’s studio. I was quite jealous. I know she’d get a kick out of the print of Madame Coco! To see more of Peter’s amazing work, visit his Etsy shop, The Art of Peter Emmerich, Here. You can also follow his awesome blog Here. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…
I am so excited that spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up a bit! My spiraea has started blooming, and it won’t be long before everything else starts to grow. I recently snagged a set of little plastic vintage party favors, or nut cups as they are usually called. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them at first, I just knew I had to have them! Once I got them, I thought they would make the cutest mini spring garden containers to brighten up my home for spring. These mossy little gardens are a cinch to whip up, and they are oh so sweet sitting on a shelf or a little table!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Party Cups/ Nut Cups
*Little Paper Flowers
The first thing you need to do is gather all your supplies. Choose floral stems that have small elements like tiny flowers or stamens, little butterflies, etc. I chose to use reindeer moss. It is green and very spongy. I like the texture of this moss, and I feel like it holds my picks well without having to glue anything.
To start a mini garden, grab one of your little baskets. Grab a small handful of your moss. Stuff the moss into the basket. Pack it down and smoosh it well. You want it to be nice and compacted.
Next, grab your wire cutters, and clip off some small elements of your floral picks. Cut a few at different lengths. Make sure you have at least a half an inch or so at the bottom of your stem. Push the pick into the moss where you want it. It should fit snugly into the moss. Add as many picks as you like.
Now, you can carefully place your vintage minis and paper flowers onto your garden. If you want to make them permanent, you can glue them into place. I like to reuse them, so I don’t usually glue them down unless I have to.
To finish your garden off, add your basket’s handle to the basket where the holes are. Now they are ready to display.
I LOVE these little vintage faux gardens! They add a nice pop of spring color to my living room shelves. I think it would be really cute to add a little name tag flag to the garden and use it as a place marker for a spring table setting too. These little baskets are really fun and fast to create! I made four of mine in less than twenty minutes. I also used one of the baskets as a planter for a tiny succulent I had. You can find these little vintage nut cups on sites like Ebay or Etsy. I hope some of you guys will give this DIY a try. You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone, well actually now Tuesday here! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We took Beau to the park this weekend to play with his puppy cousin Kaponi. They had quite a fun time! This week I am going to share a little collection of vintage finds inspired by one of my favorite classic TV shows ever, I Love Lucy! When I was a little girl, I used to beg my mom to let me stay up late to watch Lucy on Nick at Night. I never get tired of watching this fantastic show, and no matter how many times I’ve seen repeat episodes,they always make me laugh! Lucy will always be the best!
Here’s a little you tube video of funny moments from the show:
And without further adieu, here are my favorites for this week:
Aren’t they all just fabulous! I LOVE them all! The apron is just too cute, dontcha think! 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 fun vintage finds. 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…
Most of us gals have at least one trench coat in the closet. I have a few of them myself. A couple of years ago, I bought this traditional khaki trench at Target on sale. I’ve worn it a lot, and somewhere along the way I lost the belt, and a few buttons. It was starting to look a bit shabby, so I thought I’d give it a face lift. With some vintage buttons and a little patchwork detailing, it’s easy to breathe new life into an old shabby jacket!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Buttons the same size as your original buttons
*Vintage Feed Sack Scraps or other fabric scraps
*1/2 yard of fabric for the back side
*Self Healing Mat
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Hand Sewing Needles and Thread
*Iron and Ironing Board
The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric pieces. Measure the length of the belt loops that are on your jacket, so you know how wide to make your belt. Mine was 2″ long, so the width of my belt needed to be 3″ wide to account for my 1/2″ seam allowance on each side. So, I cut my squares for the belt at 3×3″. Measure the arm band loops. Mine were 1.5″ so I cut my arm band squares to be 2.5×2.5″. Measure your waist and take that measurement by 1.5 or two and that will be the length of your belt. Measure the circumference of the sleeve opening on your jacket and that will be the length plus an inch for seam allowance for the arm bands. Divide the square measurements into the length and that is how many squares you need.Cut the backing fabric and the interfacing to be the width of the belt and the length of 1.5-2 times your waist measurement. Do the same for the arm bands.
Stitch the first square to the second square at the side seams. Then stitch the third square to the second square at the side seams, and so on, until you have all your squares sewn together in a long patchwork strip. Do this for the belt, and for the arm bands.
Iron open all of your seam allowances and iron the interfacing onto the backside of the patchwork strips.Lay the front patchwork strip and the backing fabric right sides together and pin if you like.
Start stitching down one side with a half-inch seam allowance, then pivot across the bottom in a diagonal and then stitch back up the other side. Turn the belt right side out. You can use a spoon or chopstick to push the right side of the fabric back through from the wrong side to the right side. Iron your belt flat. Fold under the seam allowance for the open side and press. Then top stitch a quarter-inch from the edge all the way around the belt.
Do the same thing with the arm bands, sewing the patchwork strips to the backing fabric. You can stitch your ends to be square on these. Stitch around the right side, across the bottom, and then back up the left side. Turn right side out. Press flat and turn under the seam allowance in the open end. Topstitch all the way around.
Next, you need to add your buttons to the coat. First, remove all the old buttons. Mark the spots where the old buttons were if you need to. Stitch the buttons on your coat with a hand sewing needle and thread. I use embroidery floss for my buttons. I used a mix of buttons on my coat. You can use any kind or combination of buttons you like best. Slip the arm bands through the loops on the sleeves. Take one end of the arm band and overlap it over the other end by a little bit. Stitch a button onto the middle of the overlapping ends to secure them. Repeat with the other arm band. Slide your belt through the belt loops and you are ready to wear!
I LOVE the update to my old trench! I am a total sucker for vintage fabrics, especially feedsacks, so the patchwork detailing is right up my alley! It’s great how just changing up a few details can really give an old coat a unique new look. I hope some of you will give this one a try with some of your old coats, you’ll have a blast! The design possibilities are practically endless! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We set up shop at the Raleigh Flea Market Saturday, and it was a beautiful day! We really enjoyed being there and will definitely be doing it again sometime soon. One of the vendors out there this weekend had a bunch of beautiful vintage hats. I am a hat person! I LOVE hats, but rarely wear them. Vintage hats are definitely my favorite! So, I thought this week I would share some of my favorite vintage hats from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. I had so many favorites this week, I ended up having to make a new board on Pinterest for all of them, which you can see here. It was hard to narrow them down, but these were some of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I want the straw hat with the cherries! I want all of them, really! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage stores as much as I did! Be prepared to spend a few hours I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
Two weeks ago this past Saturday we lost our favorite rooster Mabock. He was a beautiful black silkie rooster, and the sweetest we have ever had! Somehow the side door of the coop was not properly closed and the girls were able to get out and free range in the yard when no one was home. We came back and found that Auntie Mame had been attacked by an animal we think was a coyote, and Mabock was missing. We found the little guy a little bit down from the road the next day. Judging by the feathers and tracks in the yard, we think he saw Mame being attacked and came to her defense. He saved her life, but was attacked himself and died. My dad buried him near the coop so he can always watch over his girls, and delivered a sweet little eulogy. He was our favorite bird that we’ve ever had, and he will be missed by all of us! You never really think you can get so attached to a chicken, but they wiggle their way into your hearts! I was able to recover some of Mabock’s feathers from around the yard and decided to clean them and make a dream catcher. I used to make these when I was little the traditional way. I recently saw a dream catcher made from a doily and embroidery hoop on Pinterest Here and Here, and I thought I’d like to try one of my own. You can find tutorials all over the internet for making your own dream catcher. Here is how I made mine:
Here’s What You Need:
*Embroidery Hoop to Fit your Doily
*Yarn, Ribbon, Trims
*Fabric Scraps (Various Lengths, smallest being at least 10″ long)
*Double Stick Tape
The first thing you need to do is cover your outer hoop piece in your yarn or ribbon. Tie your end of yarn to the hoop where it begins at the top. Wrap the yarn around the hoop. Keep wrapping all the way around the hoop until you get to the other end where the wood stops. Tie the end off and snip off excess.
Cut various lengths of fabric strips, ribbon, and trims. I believe my longest piece was about 26″ long and my smallest piece was around 10″ long. Take a piece of trim or fabric and loop it through the bottom of the hoop and match the ends of the piece together so they are even. Now, hold the fabric close to the bottom where the hoop is and loop the fabric ends through making a knot up against the hoop. So you will have a knot at the bottom side of the hoop and two tails of fabric coming down from your knotted strip.
Continue adding fabric strips and trim pieces until you have a nice amount on the bottom of your hoop.
Cut a long piece of leather lacing to tie in the middle of the strips and two medium lengths and two small lengths as well. Tie a couple of feathers to the ends of your leather lacing with embroidery floss. Wrap the floss around the feather top several times to cover the ends. Tie off the thread, knot well, and trim excess thread. Add the leather strips with the feathers to the bottom section of the hoop with all the fringe. Place them where you like. I made my long one in the center, the medium ones midway through on each side, and the shortest near the ends.
Next, run some double stick tape around the outside rim of the inside hoop. Stretch and smoosh the doily over the hoop securing the edges on the tape. The tape will help hold the doily on the hoop so you can sandwich it inside the outer hoop. If your doily is larger than your hoop, you don’t need to worry about taping it. Once your doily is secure, place the outer hoop over the inner hoop and fit together, adjusting the screw at the top as necessary. Once your hoop is put together you can finish it off by stringing some ribbon to the top for hanging.
I LOVE my funky little hoop! It looks really cute in my craft room. Every time I see it I will think of my favorite fluffy little man. So not only is it cute, it’s also special! You can totally customize this little hoop to your liking and really make it your own. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have so much fun! It’s a great project for the kiddos too! I’ll be back next week 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.