One of my favorite things to make in the whole world is a new tote or purse! I am always looking for ideas and patterns that are unique and fun. So, this month I thought I’d share ten of my favorite DIY bag tutorials I love with you all!
I want to make them all! It is my goal to make each one of them some day. Do you have a favorite? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely blogs and websites as much as I did. There are so many beautiful things to be found! I’ll be back next month with another craft round up. Until then…
A few weeks ago I was at Michel’s and I saw these fantastic marquee letters from Heidi Swapp. I thought they were so cute, and when I saw the one shaped like an arrow I just had to get it. These come as a kit with the chipboard letter, a template, a strand of battery-powered lights, and some clear bulb covers. They come in white so you get to decorate them however you like. There are all kinds of embellishments and tapes, papers, etc. in the line. I just bought the kit and some aqua bulb covers. This is what I used for mine:
*1 Heidi Swapp Arrow Marquee
*1 Package of Aqua Bulb Covers
*Vintage Wallpaper Scrap
*Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint- Gold
*Xacto Knife and Self Healing Mat
*Mod Podge or Glue of your choice
*2 Triple A Batteries
Here’s how I made mine:
First, I painted my arrow with my gold paint and let it dry thoroughly. I used the template that came with the kit and traced it on the wrong side of my wall paper. I then cut out my arrow with my knife. For the holes, I cut each hole as an “x” so the bulb cover could push through. I am not very neat with a knife so I did not even attempt to cut the circles out normally. Cutting them in an x worked fine for me. Then I glued my wallpaper to the inside of my arrow by painting a layer of mod podge on the back side of the wallpaper and smoothing the wallpaper onto the board. I made sure it was nice and smooth and let it dry. Then I pushed the aqua bulb covers into the holes in the arrow. I then pushed the lights up into the bulb covers and added the batteries.
I really love my little arrow! It is a great addition to my craft room, and a good reminder to keep moving forward! This was such an easy and fun weeknight craft! I would definitely recommend picking one of these fun marquees up next time you are at Michael’s and giving one a try too! Have any of you guys made one of these yourself yet? I’d love to see yours too! I’ll be back a little later this week to share another fun diy with you all. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe it’s March already? I am so looking forward to spring time, longer days, and warmer weather! It’s time to start seeing some lovely color again. One of my favorite things about spring is that it is when we see a change from the warm neutrals of fall and winter to the soft and bright shades of spring and summer. One of my favorite color hues ever has got to be minty greens and blues! I love mint! Vintage mint is even better! So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite minty green finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Enjoy:
Aren’t they luscious! I love them all! That dress is so amazing, and the children’s doll bath is too adorable! Do you all have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! It is the last Friday in February. I swear this month flew by! We have been snowed in a lot over the last couple of weeks with the icy roads, so I have added a lot of new favorites to my lists from Etsy! Here are five of my absolute favorites this week:
Aren’t they fantastic! I’d be a serious hoarder if I only had more spending money! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! Be sure to check out the links to see even more amazing items from these wonderful artists. I’ll be back next week with more fun finds. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We have had some cold yucky weather here for most of this past week, so we have just been staying inside. I spent the weekend reading and catching watching Netflix. Sounds boring, but it was marvelous! I have been obsessing a little over vintage hair clips lately. Don’t know what sparked this interest in me, but I am glad I started poking around because there are so many amazing clips and accessories out there! I thought I’d share a few of my favorites from Etsy’s vintage community with you all this week. I think you’ll love them!
Aren’t they fabulous! I love every single one of them! I am picky about my hair being around my face, so I do clip it up a lot, although none of my clips are this exquisite! Do you have a favorite this week? I really wish I could knit, because that ear warmer would be so fun! 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 lovelies. Until then…
A while back I made a lamp shade out of old photo slides. It continues to be one of my favorite lamps ever! Back when I made it, I thought it would be a lot of fun to use the same technique using playing cards. I collect vintage playing cards. I love to use them when wrapping gifts, or sometimes I may frame one. The artwork on them captivates me! This lampshade is pretty simple to make and it only takes a few supplies. I made mine in a little over an hour while I was watching tv with the hubby. It may take longer or not as much time depending on the size lampshade you have. Here’s how I made mine:
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Playing Cards (You can find some great ones on Etsy Here)
*1/8″ hole punch
*Ruler and Pencil
*Large Jump rings
The first thing you need to do is measure your circumference of your lamp shade and measure your cards and decide how many rows and columns you need. Mine fit three rows of 10 cards. Lay your cards out in a design that you like. Then stack them by row.
Find the middle of your side lengths and top and bottom. Mark in about an 1/8th to a 1/4 inch in the middle of each side.
Punch a hole in each of your marks on your card.
Then use the first card as a template to mark all your other cards. Then punch out the holes on all the rest of your marked cards.
Now you are ready to start joining your cards. Open up a jump ring and load one of your cards on it at the side hole. Then add another card at the other side hole and close your jump ring. You want to make sure your cards end up facing the same way when laid flat. Then add another card to the side of the first two, and so on until you have your first horizontal row.
Make your other rows. Then very carefully join them together matching up the bottom holes from the top row to the top holes on the bottom row. Join all the rows together.
Next, strip your lampshade of the fabric and plastic so all you have left is the rings. You can use both rings if the shade was a cylinder, or you can use just the top ring if the shade was tapered. Very carefully join your cards at the top to the top ring of your shade with the jump rings. Once you get it on at the top join the cards together at the sides where the ends meet. To finish, add your lamp shade to your lamp and enjoy.
I LOVE my new lamp! The whole thing is thrifted, which makes me super happy! The lamp shade and lamp I picked up at the thrift store near me. The playing cards I picked up here and there, and got a bunch on Etsy as well. This lampshade was really simple to make and I really loved laying out my cards to patterns I liked. The finished lamp is sitting on my vintage tv in my living room and I think it is perfect there! I hope some of you will give this one a try sometime. I think you’d love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a lovely Valentine’s Day! Today is a special day! Twenty years ago today, my little sister came into the world. I was thirteen. From day one she’s always been my baby, but what’s wonderful about our relationship now is that she’s also one of my very best friends! Hannah is brilliant and an avid gamer! She loves everything from video games to board games to card games, and she’s really flippin’ good at them all! So, this week in honor of Hannah’s birthday, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite vintage game finds with you all. Check em’ out:
I swear I want to play every single one of them! I love them all! Do any of you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! And to my Hannah: I hope you have a fantabulous birthday with your friends up at school! 2015 is gonna be your best year yet! I love you bunches!!!
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…
Hey everybody! I am back! I hope you all have had a wonderful couple of weeks! Thank you all for being supportive while I took a little time off following losing our kitty Roux! And a huge thanks to all of you who left me sweet comments on my post and social media regarding his loss! It meant the world to me! I have been really mulling over my whole blog and what I feel like I want out of it and for it. Some things are going, some things are going to stay the same, and I will be adding a few new features that I am excited to share with you all soon! My vintage finds posts even though they are quite a bit of work, are still one of my favorite posts to do every week. A little vintage love to start the week just makes me happy! So, without further adieu, this week I’d like to share some of my favorite finds with you all inspired by all those wonderful shades of pink!
Aren’t they all fabulous! We must all remember to “think pink” darlings next time things are a bit drab! I hope you all have enjoyed my finds this week! Definitely be sure to check out these wonderful etsy vintage shops too, you’ll love them! I’ll be back next week with more vintage love. Until then…
Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It has been pretty cold here the last week! I realize that cold for us southerners is like a tiny drop in a bucket for some of my northern friends, but for me it has been freezing! I have heard we may get snow this week sometime, which I would be quite excited about. If it’s going to be really cold, I’d at least like a nice pretty snow. Since my mind has been on snow, I thought I would share a little collection of some of my favorite wintery white finds with you inspired by snow queens. It was really hard to narrow it down this week! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all so beautiful! I love winter whites! I love them all! Really loving the clothing! My favorites on Etsy are always public, so you can always see more of my favorite items in my profile. I hope you enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage lovelies. 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.