Hi guys! Summer is in full swing here in NC! I have been enjoying the lake a lot this summer, but one thing that I have been dying to do is have a summer get together with friends and family. I love outdoor parties in the summer evenings! Since I have been daydreaming about a summer garden soiree, I thought I’d create a little mood board to share with you all what my perfect evening garden party would be styled like….
We have a white pergola in the back yard that is my favorite summer spot in our yard! We had string lights hung but the squirrels were apparently having little high wire acts on them and several strands broke. It is one thing I have been hoping to fix before summer is gone. I would love to have a rustic dining table and chairs to go under the pergola. Of course my tablescapes would be bright and full of patterns and colors. I love to mix florals with ginghams, stripes, and polkadots. My perfect summer go to style is a gingham dress with a straw hat and sandals or bare feet. And of course what is a party without your closest family and friends there to share in the festivities! So how about you guys? What does your perfect summer social entail? Dreaming about any cool backyard ideas? I hope you all are enjoying the warm weather and time with family and friends! Have a wonderful summer guys!
Hi guys! I am back with another fun vintage craft to share with you. Today’s craft comes from a Summer 1953 issue of McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine. I am going to share with you the instructions on how to make these cute little vintage button greeting cards/ stationary cards.
Here is the original how to:
These cards were super easy to make! I made the cherries like in the magazine. For the flower card, I drew a flower shape on the back side of some pink felt and then added the button to the center. I also made some grapes, and an ice cream cone. I cut the shanks off of the buttons with a pair of flush nippers.
You can really get creative on the shapes and subjects you use, and it is a lot of fun! It is a really fast craft to whip up too! I think it would be an excellent project for kids to make or for a group or party. I hope you all will give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with more vintage crafts. Until then…
Hi guys! Are you all gearing up for Independence Day weekend? I am looking forward to cooking out and hopefully hanging out on the lake if it is not too crowded. I have been in need for a summer wreath for my front door, and recently came across some cute faux flowers at Walmart of all places. I thought they would be cute as a wreath and would be perfect for summer and the 4th of July holiday!
Here’s What You Need:
*Large Silk Flower Daisies
*Chipboard or Particle Board Wreath Form ( I bought mine at Michaels)
*Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
Start by snipping the tops of the flowers off of the stems. You may be able to pull the tops off as they are just little caps. If not, use the cutters and snip them off close to the top of the flower as you can get.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back side of the flower. Then insert the tiny bit of stem left on the back into one of the holes in the wreath form. Press down to glue to the wreath form securely. Repeat with the next flower and the next hole. Continue on repeating with the flowers until the wreath form is full and covered in flowers. MY flowers were fairly large. If your flowers are too small to space by using the holes in the wreath form, then just glue them to the form closer together and don’t worry about the holes.
Once your wreath is filled, cut a piece of ribbon to about 14″ or so and fold in half. Glue the ribbon to the back side of the wreath at the top of the wreath. Now your wreath is ready to hang and enjoy.
This wreath was super easy to make and I want to say the whole thing took maybe twenty minutes from start to finish. It is a really quick wreath to whip up! I used faux Gerber daisies that had a navy and white star print with large plastic red rhinestones for the centers. You could easily change up the look of your wreath just by the colors or prints of the flowers you use and the ribbon. This is so quick and easy, you could make several in just an hour and in every color you love! Give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We took Beau out on the lake with his new doggie life vest, and went swimming. He swam and swam, it was adorable! I think there will be lots of lake swimming in store for us this summer! Summer is in full swing and it’s that time of year for road trips and overseas adventures. So in honor of family vacations, I have curated a little collection of vintage travel souvenirs to share with you all today. Here are my favorites:
Aren’t they fantastic! I LOVE vintage souvenirs! I have a collection of vintage Hazel Atlas souvenir glasses for every state I have lived in, so every time I see these fun souvenir glasses I swoon. I also just adore the souvenir booklet from the Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. I lived across the street from there for a few years, and it was one of my favorite places in the whole city! Everything here is so cute! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these adorable vintage Etsy shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We enjoyed spending time with my father in law yesterday cooking out and playing cornhole. The dogs had a great time running around the backyard too! I wear sunglasses year round, but when I think of them, I always associate them with summer. Well, since summer is here and it is hot and sunny, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of my favorite vintage sunglasses with you all from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. Here are my absolute faves:
Aren’t they all fabulous! I want them all! I am a sucker for cat eyes especially! The shapes and detailing on these are just amazing! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops this week as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…
Last year for my birthday my mom gave me the most adorable set of vintage rooster spice shaker set. I wanted to display it in my kitchen, and had them on my windowsil for a while, but I kept knocking them off, so I decided we needed a holder for them. I thought it would be fun to make them a little barn to sit in. Here’s how I made my shaker holder:
Here’s What You Need:
*Scrap of Nice Plywood 3/8 or 1/2″ thick
*Mini Picket Fencing (I bought mine at JoAnns)
*1/8″ thick Plywood
*1/8″ square dowel
*Table Saw or Circular Saw
*Sawtooth Picture Hanger
*Pin Nailer and Pin Nails
*Jewelry Wire Snippers
Please excuse my lack of photos near the end, they were lost in a corrupted card. I will try and be as thorough as I can. You all are always welcome to email me with questions if you need help with a project.
First you need to measure your shakers to see the depth and height to make your pieces. Cut a piece for your base to be the length to hold all your shakers comfortably by the width of the shakers plus about a half inch for allowance.
Cut the back piece to be the lengh of your bottom piece by the height you want. My bottom piece was around 2″x9″, and my back was about 9″x7″. Cut the top edge of your back piece at an angle for your roof. Then cut your roof piece out of the 1/8″ to be the width of your holder by a few inches. Mine was about 9″x3″.
Glue your bast to the front of the back piece at the bottom. Put a few pin nails in the back for extra hold.
Paint your base in your grass green. And the back to be like your barn or house like you like it.
Cut your tiny dowels to be the width of your roof. Glue them down to your top of your roof piece about an inch or so apart. Let the glue dry. Paint your roof. Then glue your roof onto the top angled part of your holder. Next you will need to add your fencing. Place the end of the fencing flush with the edge and bottom of the base bottom piece. Nail the first pickett to the base with your pin nailer. Then nail the second and so on. When you get to the corner wrap the fencing around tightly to the front and nail. Continue nailing all the way around to the other end. Clip your excess fencing off with your jewelry snippers. To finish off your spice holder, attach your sawtooth hanger to the middle of the top of the back of your holder.
I really love how it turned out! This was really pretty simple to make. I hung it on the side of my upper cabinets by sink. They look very cute and cheery and I love the cuteness they add to the decor in my kitchen! You could easily make this a little house instead of a barn just by painting it differently. So, if you have a collection of vintage shakers laying around make a fun little holder to show them off in your kitchen! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…
Hi guys! I am here to share another vintage craft project with you all. These nature prints are from a vintage McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine from Spring/Summer of 1958. These vintage McCall’s mags are my favorites to go through just to look at the beautiful patterns you could buy. This craft uses scraps of wood to create shapes of animals and fish. With a scrap and a little imagination, you could really create a special work of art!
Here’s The Original:
I used watercolor paper as my canvas. I had a bunch of Plaid’s Fabric Creations Fabric Ink left from last weeks project, so I used my fabric inks for printing. I would assume that craft paint would work as well, you may have to thin it a little. My husband does a lot of wood-turning, so I used a few scraps he had that were from a tree log he had recently trimmed into a slab. I loved the angular shapes of the scraps. I stamped my paper and then when it was thoroughly dry I used a white sharpie paint to add white for the eyes, and then used a black micron pen to draw in the accents to make my fish and my road runner come to life.
I really had a blast making these prints! It is a craft you could easily do with your kiddies or for a simple summer craft night! I have my prints framed in my living room to bring a little summer flair to my decor. I hope you all will give this one a try for your next summer project! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun! Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a lovely week! My mom and I are taking a litle road trip this weekend to get my sister her new puppy. There’s really nothing better than a puppy, am I right! Before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I would share some of my favorite Etsy finds I have been loving this week. Check em’ out:
Aren’t they fantastic! The sheep reminds me of Shaun the Sheep, so cute! I love them all! Do you all have a favorite? You can see these items and so so manymore amazing items for sale in these wonderful Etsy shops. Just click the links under the photos. I’ll be back soon with more Etsy love. Until then…
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I had recently snagged a bunch of old linens at the Flea Market for less than a dollar a piece. I use old embroidery and floral linens in my projects all the time as cutters. I thought it would be fun to funk some of the linens up a bit and give them a new life with the help of the fantastic block printing stamps and ink I received. I decided to stamp on an old 1960′s fringed table runner and also some pillowcases. I had so much fun with it, before I was done, I was even stamping my shoes! Check it out:
Here’s What You Need:
*Old Linens such as Pillowcases, Table Runners, Napkins, Etc…
*Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps
*Fabric Creations™ Fabric Ink
*Foam Block Printing Mat
I started with testing each stamp I had on a piece of scrap fabric so we could really get a feel for the design and how the stamps worked.
The first thing you need to do is squeeze a little fabric ink out onto a paper plate. Also, place your foam mat under the layer of fabric where you want to start stamping. Dip your sponge into the ink and then dab the ink on the white design on the wood stamp. You can use two sponges and two color inks to create an ombre type effect easily just by dabbing one color onto one part of the stamp and then the other color onto the other part of the stamp.
Carefully lay the stamp face down onto your fabric where you wish the design to be, be sure to note the orientation before you put it down.
Press firmly down onto your stamp into the foam and then lift the stamp straight up. Continue stamping your design. When you get to the edge of the foam matt, carefully lift your fabric and reposition the mat to the new section and continue stamping. When you are done with a color of ink and want to change colors, or if you are done with your stamp, make sure to wash it off. The bristle brush you can get to clean the stamps with is incredibly helpful and makes cleaning a snap!
I had also stamped a blue linen table scarf. I still like the way it turned out, but I will say that the colors are not quite the same and the darker colors showed up the best on them. It has a more muted antique look. I prefer the ink on white fabrics myself because the colors are so vibrant.
I decided to do an all over print on the faded floral pillowcase in the gold ink with the square scroll stamp. It was really subtle , but turned out so sweet. The pink floral pillowcase got a pink and lime ombre stamped border, which had a fun vibe to it. The yellow floral got a bold blue paisley all over print with an elephant border. I love the boldness of the print but that you can also see the original floral behind lending its charm.
My favorite linen revamp though was probably my table runner. I loved the funky embroidery on it, but I thought it would be so cool to add some border stamps and a few elephants to the center to give it an eastern flair. The designs melded flawlessly with the original embroidery and it really enhanced the look of the whole cloth. It was fun but a little shabby before, but now it is a great centerpiece for the table. I have been displaying it on the credenza in my living room.
I did not want to stop stamping after I got through my linens, so I decided to try out the stamps on an old pair of espadrilles I had from a couple of summers ago. Since the fabric mat obviously would not fit into my shoe, I folded up a little newspaper and inserted into the shoe. Then I carefully stretched out the fabric with one hand so it was smooth and laid the stamp with the other. They turned out adorable too, and it took me about ten minutes to make them!
Overall, I was extremely happy with the Plaid Fabric Creations™ line! I did really enjoy the stamps, but I cannot say enough good things about the fabric ink! It has such a soft hand. You can’t feel it once it is dry, like it is part of the fabric. I just love it! The wood stamps are a super nice quality too. They have a nice weight and feel in your hand and are really easy to use. They have a ton of designs, from southwestern, to eastern influence, to florals.
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I hope I have inspired some of you all to give the Fabric Creations™ line a try sometime! You can stamp projects so fast and easily, and the inks are divine! I am in LOVE with the fabric inks! To see more from the Fabric Creations™ line as well as tons of other products and projects check out Plaid Crafts blog online Here, and follow along with them on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’ll be back soon with another fun project! Until then…
As a lot of you already know, I collect vintage tablecloths. I rarely come across one I am not in love with, so I have several, including bunches of cutters that I love to use in my projects. Sometimes I may find a lovely cloth that is in pretty good condition with hardly any stains that I just can’t resist. I can only use tablecloths on my table for special occasions since my cat destroys them. He’s such a booger! And I really hate just having them up in the cupboard sitting there collecting dust. So, sometimes I use my nicer tablecloths for special projects. I recently snagged a really cute circular tablecloth and thought it would be perfect for a traditional circle skirt. These are really pretty easy to make and only require a few supplies. Circle skirts can be really expensive to make since they usually require a lot of yardage. When you find a good deal on a round tablecloth you can make a skirt for a fraction of the cost. Here is my how to:
What You Need:
*Fabric for Waist Band (1/4 yard or 1/8 depending on width)
*Heavy Weight Interfacing
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is figure out your measurements. Measure your waist. Add an inch for your seam. Subtract an inch for stretch. For example if your waist is 28″ your math would look like this- 27+1-1=27. If you had two seams it would look like this- 27+2-1=28. Take your measurement and divide it by six for a full circle skirt- (27/6=4.5) Then you want to subtract seam allowance for the waistline seam of 1/2″ so, 4.5-.5=4″. So your mark is going to be 4″. Take your tablecloth and neatly fold it in half, then fold it again so the curve is at the bottom and the top comes to a point and it is in a quarter fold. Take your measuring tape and find the measurement from the end of the metal tip to the hole in the metal tip. You will need to add this measurement to the waist measurement you found earlier. For example- your 4″. So if your tip is 1/4″ you would add that to the measurement- 4.25″. Poke a needle into the tape measure at your marking point (ex: 4.25″.) Stick the needle into the very tip of the tablecloth.
Now, take a pencil or marking pen and using the hole in the metal end of the tape insert your pencil and pull from one edge to the other marking your curved cutting line.
Cut out the fabric where you marked. Then cut up one side of the tablecloth for a side seam.
Make a waist band to be the length of your waist plus one inch by 3.5″ wide. Cut interfacing to be a little smaller than the waistband.
Iron your interfacing onto your waist band. Then, pin your waist band and the waistline of your skirt together right sides together matching ends. Stitch a 1/2″ seam. Press your seam allowance towards your waist band.
Pin your skirt together at the side seam with right sides touching. Hold up your zipper to the side so you can decide where it will lay, then mark the bottom.
Stitch the side seam from the bottom up. Stitch with a regular stitch up to the mark you made for the zipper, then stitch a basting stitch all the way to the top. Iron open your seam allowance.
Now, open up your zipper a little and lay it face down onto your side seam so the zipper teeth are centered to the seam. Pin your zipper in place. Stitch your zipper with a zipper foot, stitching down one side across the bottom and up the other.When you get to the pull, put your needle down into the fabric and pull up your presser foot, then shimmy the zipper pull past the presser foot, put the foot back down and continue stitching.Once your zipper is stitched you need to cut open the seam part that was basted with a seam ripper which will expose your zipper.
Now you are ready to finish the waist band. Fold the top edge of the waist band under by a quarter inch and iron down. Then fold the folded top down over the seam allowance to the waist seam. Fold in the sides where your zipper meets too. Pin all the way around. Stitch close to the edge as you can across the waist and up the ends. Clip excess threads and you’re done. Enjoy your skirt!
I really love my new circle skirt! I love this particular tablecloth for the adorable design and it has some of my favorite colors in it too! It is really swingy and fun to wear! It took me about an hour to make from start to finish, so it is a pretty easy and fast DIY. I hope you all will give it a try sometime! You can find some great vintage round tablecloths at your local flea market or antique mall, or look online on Ebay or Etsy. If you aren’t married to the idea of a vintage cloth, you can always take a look for some tablecloths at the thrift stores in your area. Any larger round tablecloth will do. I’ll be back soon 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, a crazy cat, one very spoiled dog, and seven adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.