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…
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…
Most of you all know I have quite the obsession with vintage linens! I picked up a bunch of cutters from the flea market a while back including a vintage Vera linen napkin/placemat with a sweet rose print. It was kind of an odd size, not square like a napkin, but smaller than a place mat. I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do with it, so I sat it aside. Then I was at the craft store a couple of weeks ago and saw these skinny artists canvasses and thought it might be fun to cover one in fabric and use it as art in my craft room. Well, as it turns out the Vera napkin was a great fit! A little embroidery and some staples and you have a fun piece of art for your wall!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Fabric, napkin, hanky, etc
*Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
*Marking Pen or Pencil
*Embroidery Floss and Needle
Start with your fabric or napkin. Cut it to be roughly about 2-3″ bigger than your canvas. Cut a piece of thin fabric stabilizer or interfacing to the same size and iron on the back of your fabric.
Write out your quote on the front of your fabric with your marking pen. My pen was out of ink so I just used a pencil, but a marking pen is best. Make sure your writing is a couple inches away from the edges.
Now you are ready to embroider. I used the rayon thread you can get at the craft store. Stitch your words using a simple back stitch. If you have never done a back stitch you can see how to do the stitch here. I used french knots to dot my eyes. I also tied off my stitching after each word and started each word with a new knot so as to not have any threads in between the words on the back side.
Once you have embroidered all of your quote, you are ready to make your canvas. Lay your fabric face down on the table and center your canvas face down on top of the fabric. Staple down one side of the fabric to the back frame of your canvas. Then staple down the opposite side down pulling it taut. Fold the corners in towards the back and staple down. Then staple the top and the bottom. Now wipe off any marks showing from your pen with a damp cloth. Now you’re ready to hang your canvas.
I just love how it turned out! I stitched one of my favorite Coco Channel quotes onto the napkin in a bright blue. You could of course get fancier and trace a special font on to stitch your words, which would be gorgeous. I, however, am lazy, and decided to just use my own natural scribble. This took me most of an afternoon while we were catching up on some Netflix. So, it is pretty quick and easy to make. I love the versatility in that you can easily customize it to your tastes just in the colors and fabrics you use. I have hung this little piece on the gallery area next to my desk in my craft room. It’s quite perfect there, don’t you think! I hope you all will make one of your own sometime! I will be back with another DIY next week. Until then….
It’s been a while since I have added any new posts to my home tour to share with you all. Quite frankly, my house had been a disaster for months before we did an early spring cleaning back in January. It feels so nice to have a clean and somewhat organized home again. I have a new love for my little house! It’s always going to be a work in progress, but I enjoy the changes. It dawned on me that I had never shared my little home studio/ craft room with you all before, and it is by far my favorite space in my home! So, when I was recently asked by Porch.com to share a story on a favorite space in my house, my happy place, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to introduce you to my little work space. Porch is a great website dedicated to your home space. It is a really cool network that can help you connect with professionals to help you create your space, manage your home, and get lots of inspiration! All for free! You should definitely check them out, there’s all kinds of awesome decorating articles!
My hubby and I bought our first home almost five years ago. It is just the two of us, so our three bedroom 1100 square foot home has plenty of space for us! We have an office that doubles as a music room and of course our master bedroom. Our third bedroom was originally a guest room, but we really never have any guests since our family is all local. Since I can remember I have crafted out of closets and on the kitchen table. So one day, I claimed the guest room as my own. Our third bedroom has become my home studio.
I think my favorite place in my studio is my mid mod dresser area. The dresser was a Craigslist find we spruced up with some paint and new knobs. It holds fabrics, scraps, leather, and felts. On top of the dresser sits my crafty book collection as well as a stack of a few of my favorite vintage children’s books. My Olivia the Pig stands cheerily on the corner and the ceramic whale planter holds heart-shaped confetti collected from the Michael Buble concert my mom and I went to last year for my birthday.
My table area is stuffed all around with vintage chotskies and tins, and fun little containers holding some of my most used supplies. My planters have become hosts for paintbrushes or business cards, or stationary. I keep my pens and tools in vintage drinking glasses nestled in an old metal drink carrier. The wall at my craft table houses my favorite prints and decor.
My husband made my big red shelves for my room. They hold some of my most prized items! There are containers of vintage feedsack scraps and old hankies. My vintage tin doll house that makes me smile every day! I found it at a flea market in DC while on vacation with my sister and mother. I had always wanted one since my mother told me about her tin doll house that she had when she was a child. It serves as a kind of reminder of my two favorite gals, my mom and my sister Hannah. Hannah is like the best person to have around because she is super lucky! I always find the best things when she’s thrifting with me! My bottom shelf serves as a home to all my old linens. I have tons of vintage cutter tablecloths, bed sheets, towels, pillowcases, fabrics. The patterns and colors are so amazing. They are definitely my favorite medium to work with! Seeing these ever-changing fabrics every day inspires me to create.
The other side of my room is home to my shabby desk. Above the desk hangs a vintage paint by number that Hannah found me at the flea market for a buck( told you she was lucky.) My wall shelf holds my favorite stuffed animals, most of which were my favorites when I was a child. Every once in a while I have to take one down and give it a squeeze.
To end the tour of my room I leave you with my little Roux. This photo hangs on the wall next to the desk. It is directly across from my door and is the first thing I see when I walk around the corner to my room. My little angel kitty watches over me and the room we spent every day together in. Apparently it was his favorite room too. So, there you have it. My studio, my craft room, my creative sanctuary. It is not only a place where I work, but a place in my home that I absolutely love to be in. It has transformed little by little over the last five years. Always changing, adjusting to my growing collections of supplies. My closets and shelves are a hodgepodge of organized chaos, my walls filled with little things that make me smile. It is bright, sunny, cheery, splashing with colors and textures and patterns. This room is undoubtedly my happy place!
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…
One of my favorite things in the whole world is vintage linens! I have bunches of sheets and pillowcases. When it’s cold in the winter I like to have something soft and cosy to cuddle up with at night, especially when my hubby is on the road and it’s just me and the dog. So, I made a cuddle pillow. It is oh so soft on one side and then is reversible to a beautiful vintage print. The best thing about this pillow is that it was so easy to make and you can whip one up in under an hour!
Here’s What You Need:
*Soft Fabric like Minky ( I used the cuddle fabric from Jo Anns, it’s even softer to me) About a yard
*Ruler and Marking Pen or Pencil
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
The firs thing you need to do is cut your fabric. Gather your vintage pillowcase lay it flat and measure it. Take the measurement and add an inch to it both width wise and length wise. So if your pillowcase is 17×25, you would cut your fuzzy fabric front and back to be 18×26″ each. Use a half inch seam allowance for all seams. Stitch the front and back pieces of your fuzzy fabric together right sides facing. Stitch down one side, across the bottom and then back up the other side, leaving the top open. Next, insert your vintage pillowcase into your fuzzy fabric with right sides touching. Pin the two together all the way around the top opening. Stitch around the top all the way around leaving a couple of inches open for turning right side out. Turn the fabrics right side out through the hole in the top you left open. Lightly iron with a warm iron. Then top stitch all the way around the pillowcase opening. Stitch close to the edge to stitch the opening down neatly. Insert your pillow and enjoy!
I am so in love with this pillow! It is so nice to sleep with! I am always cold so I don’t get hot or sweaty when I sleep, but if you are more warm natured, you can always reverse the pillow to the cool fabric side. The soft fabric on your cheek is just lovely! I think this would make a great gift for your favorite little love or your grandma this valentine’s day. And of course you should make one for yourself too! You’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with another Valentine’s DIY. Until then…
I have to say, I am a sucker for deer! I think they are one of the cutest things on the planet! Our Beau even looks like a little fawn sometimes! This Valentine’s Day I wanted to give my family and friends something a little more than just a flat card. I found these little paper mache boxes at the craft store and thought they would be wonderful to make little valentines, and fill with conversation hearts. I wanted something cute to top them with, but couldn’t quite decide. Then, the other day, I was organizing my cabinet and found my plastic deer cupcake picks. And what could be better than deer, really? For the ones I love dearly, perfect! I realize it’s probably too late to be able to get the supplies and make these for this Valentine’s Day, but you can always save the idea for next year.
Here’s What You Need:
*Small heart shaped paper mache boxes
*Craft Paint (I used Martha Stewart Brand in matte finish and also a metallic) and paint brushes
First Prime all your boxes. Then paint them and the lids the way you like. My mom and I made these together and used a combination of patterns and colors.
Break the picks off the bottom of your deer. Dab hot glue onto their feet and glue down to the lid of the box.
Use hot glue to glue down your paper flowers at the deer’s foot.
Create a document and type out your sayings in the font you like. I used Impact on size 14 font. Space them out so they are at least a few inches apart. Cut the phrases in long strips.
Bend the paper back towards the back at the beginning and end words, then bend back towards the front at about a quarter inch the other way.
Clip the ends of the paper into a notch to make the paper look like a banner.
Glue your banner to your deer with a dab of hot glue. To finish off your boxes add conversation hearts to the inside and close up. Now they are ready to be gifted.
Aren’t they so sweet! I have used all kinds of mini deer in projects before, but these little plastic cupcake toppers are some of my favorites ever! Their little red smiles melt me! These little boxes are so simple to whip up and they make a really sweet valentine gift to those you love lots! You can really customize them just by the way you paint the boxes. Of course you could use other toppers as well. I hope you all will give this craft a try sometime. They would make cute little boxes for arty favors too, not just for Valentines day. Have fun with it! I will be back soon with another sweet DIY. Until then….
I am a big fan of quirky! Things that are a little unusual and a little funny, a little cute, always make me giddy! I’ve seen some really cute stamped silver spoons on Etsy, stamped with the words “lets spoon” on them. I thought framing a spoon for Valentine’s Day decor would be a kind of fun and quirky gift for my hubby. Instead of stamping I used craft wire to write my message. Here’s my how-to:
What You Need:
*Vintage Spoon (or spoon of your choice)
*Thick Craft Wire
*Paper and Pen
*Matboard or Thick Paper like cardstock or watercolor paper
The first step is to form your wire word. Write out the word you want to form on a piece of paper to size.
Next, bend your wire carefully following the curves of the letters. I held one end down to the paper while I used my other hand to form the wire.
When you get to the letter “t” you may need to use your jewelry pliers to squeeze the wire together.
To make the cross on the “t” bend the wire at a right angle and form a small loop on the left side. Squeeze the loop flat, then make another loop on the right size and flatten. Bend the wire at another right angle and continue on to form the rest of your word.
Snip of the excess wire when you are done forming your word. Set aside.
To make the apostrophe form a loop and then clip the wire at the end of the large loop.
Cut a piece of mat board or paper to fit your frame. Mine was 8×10. Smear a little E6000 onto the back of your wire word and glue down to your paper. Then Glue down your old spoon underneath. Let dry completely. To finish off, insert your art piece into the shadowbox frame and close up the back.
Isn’t it fun! I LOVE it! This was a seriously easy DIY and it was pretty darned fast to whip up. You can even use old cast away spoons from your kitchen. I really hope some of you guys will try this one yourselves, I think you’ll have a blast! It makes a great last minute Valentine gift, or even for an anniversary. Cute, fast, and inexpensive too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
I’m not big into scrapbooking, but I do love all the papers and embellishments! My mom and I are always picking up scrapbooking supplies, but we seem to hoard it more than use it. I have been wanting to make a scrappy tree with a paper mache cone for a while now, and I thought a tree for Valentine’s Day would be perfect to use up some of my favorite papers and embellishments. This tree was really easy to make and it was a lot of fun! I know there are a ton of tutorials out there on how to make all kinds of scrappy trees. Here is how I made mine:
Here’s What You Need:
*Paper Mache Cone
*Mod Podge or Rubber Cement
*Heart Paper Punch
*Ribbon, trim, etc…
The first thing I did was make my tree topper. Punch out six paper hearts. Fold each heart in half. Spread rubber cement on the back of your hearts. Glue one heart to another at the sides matching the folds. Then add another heart to the other side. Continue until you have gotten to your sixth heart and glue the open side of the sixth to the open side of the first. Set aside.
After I made my topper, I added the paper to my tree base. Spread rubber cement or mod podge on the cone. Line up the edge of your paper to the seam on your paper mache cone. Smooth the paper onto the cone a little at a time, applying your adhesive as you go to places that may have dried or you missed. Keep smoothing the paper onto your cone until you reach where you started. Wrap and fold the excess paper at the bottom into the underside of the cone. Glue your styrofoam cone inside the paper cone. This is what you are going to glue your base into. Hollow out a little space in the middle for the top of the finial.
Now you can embellish your tree. I glued hearts upside down around the bottom and then topped with ribbon and ball trim. Then I added ribbon and trim to the top. To finish your tree, glue on the heart topper and then glue the finial into the styrofoam base.
I really enjoyed making my Valentine’s tree! It looks so adorable on the shelf in my living room with my other Valentine’s decor! What is great about this tree is that it is so customizable to any celebration, holiday, or style you choose. You can easily make it your own just by the colors, patterns and embellishments you use. This is such a fun project to make and would be fantastic for a craft night with your kids or your favorite crafty pals. I do hope you will give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with another fun Valentine’s inspired 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.