I swear this month has just flown by! It’s going to be fall before you know. I have not been pinning a whole lot over the past month since it has been a little crazy and my sister is home for the summer, so I have been trying to squeeze in as much time with her as I can before she goes back to school. I have added some pins to a few of my favorite boards and added a fun new vintage summery board dedicated to swimsuits. Check out what I’ve been pinning this month:
I just adore Pinterest! Don’t you! It’s an endless supply of beauty and inspiration! What have you all been pinning lately? You can see the sources of all these pins and see many many more by following along with my boards on PinterestHere. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. 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…
Upcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!
Here’s What You Need:
*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)
*Pencil and/ a marker
*Band saw or circular saw
*Brad Nailer and Nails
The first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.
Starting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.
Take a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.
Nail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.
I absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hey everyone! Are you all getting ready for the Independence Day holiday tomorrow? One of my favorite memories of the fourth of July is from when we were living in Los Angeles. The apartment building we lived in let people up on the roof and we got to see a 360 degree view of every fireworks show the city was having. It was magical! I’m afraid nothing has ever been able to compare since. This year we are planning on shooting off some small fireworks at my mom’s house. I’m sure we will be grilling something yummy, and there will be lots of sparklers! Hannah and I love sparklers! Before the holiday commences, I thought I’d share this easy DIY for my Fabric Star Hair Combs that I will be wearing for the holiday. They are so easy and really fast to whip up!
Here’s What You Need:
*Fabric Scraps in Reds and Blues
*Sewing Machine and Thread
*Plastic Hair Combs or Hair Pins of your choice
*Paper, pen and scissors
The first thing you need to do is cut out your stars. Draw a star onto a piece of paper and cut it out. Use it as a template. Double up your fabric scraps with wrong sides together. Trace your star onto the fabric with a marking pen and cut them out. You should have two stars for every comb or hair pin.Spray one of your stars with basting spray on it’s wrong side. Then smooth the star to it’s match with wrong sides together. Stitch around the edges of your stars and clip excess threads. Run a bead of glue onto the top of the hair comb. Press the comb onto the star shape back. Smooth and glue it down well. Set aside and let them dry.
These hair combs are a lot of fun to wear! Wear a couple, or go all out and put a bunch in your hair. You can really change the style up just by the fabrics you use. You can even make them in other shapes. You can choose to sew your shapes or you can just glue them together for an even easier diy. I’ll be back next week with a fun summer project! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and a safe Independence Day!
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…
Daryl and I have been thinking of having an outdoor fiesta this summer with family and friends. We are busy working on the yard at the moment, but once everything is looking great, we’ll be celebrating with a party. In the mean time, I thought I would share a fun article with you all from Quinn at Healthy Living With Quinn( see her blog Here.) She’s got some great tips on how to plan the perfect summer gathering! Check it out!
I love summer – bright sun, green grass, and blue skies. My husband and I have a tradition of throwing an outdoor party every year when the weather warms up. It’s a great way to gather our family and friends to enjoy the change in season. Over the years, I’ve picked up a lot of tricks for transforming my backyard into a festive paradise.
On a warm day, there’s nothing quite like sipping a cool drink in the backyard. For my outdoor parties, I offer the standard wine and beer, but I also like to mix it up with some unique summer beverages. There are a lot of delicious cocktail recipes out there, and many of them don’t require the skill of an expert mixologist. This citrus pineapple sangria is one of my new favorites. It’s the perfect combination of light and flavorful, and it’s remarkably easy for a party setting. I love serving them in glasses my husband and I got from this site. No matter the recipe, distinctive drinks will definitely get your guests talking as they try something new!
Lawn games are a must for a backyard shindig. A little competition is sure to bring out laughter and the joy of inner childhood. Activities can range from silly (three-legged race) to sophisticated (croquet). Old staples like badminton, bocce or horseshoes are easy to setup and play. But don’t be afraid to try something a little different. I came across this fantastic outdoor Scrabble project, which was a huge hit with my guests last year. It also doesn’t hurt to award the winners with prizes, such as a bottle of wine or movie tickets. I’ll warn you, though – the competition can get fierce!
Nothing sets the mood for an outdoor party like the decorations. This kind of festivity is easy to decorate, since nature has its own beauty. Simply set up a few tables and cover with summery tablecloths (tip: tape down the tablecloths in case of a breeze). I like to embellish the casual, natural environment with outdoorsy things. Red clay flowerpots make great vessels for centerpieces, which you can fill with fruits, flowers, or fresh vegetables. And don’t forget the music! Bust out the summer tunes, and the atmosphere will be perfect.
Of course, the party isn’t complete without the good eats. A backyard party is a marvelous opportunity for a good old cookout. Fire up the grill and serve delicious burgers and hotdogs. Or embrace the barbecue and present your guests with ribs and pulled pork. I love experimenting with different types of barbecue sauce, and my friends fell in love with this coffee-molasses variety last year. Mix it up and try something new – you’ll be amazed by the results! And when it comes to dessert, serve something fun and easy, like ice cream or fresh fruit. That way, you’ll finish off the party with sweet, summer simplicity.
The best part of an outdoor party is the breezy, casual fun. Remember to keep things simple and enjoy yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be having a blast with friends and family, right in your own backyard.
*Article by Quinn McAdams- http://healthylivingbyquinn.blogspot.com/
Happy Friday everyone! I had wanted to get my new items into my shop before the Memorial Day weekend last week. I was a bit under the weather, so I just didn’t get to it. So I have been making up for lost time and have been listing a slew of new goodies in the shop this week. I have added a handful of new one of a kind tote bags made from vintage tablecloths. I have also added a bunch of vintage flour sack patchwork key chains. I absolutely LOVE vintage fabrics, and I love upcycling them into wonderful happy items! These fun totes are marvelous for summer! They make a great roomy every day bag, or even a market tote! The keychains I am really excited to offer in my shop now too! Vintage flour sack fabric is one of my absolute favorite things in the whole wide world! Not only are these sweet little keychains like carrying a sweet little piece of vintage happiness with you, they are also a great size to wear around your wrist or carry in your purse! To celebrate the new additions to my shop, I am running a special offer for free shipping on your entire order until June 9th. You can use code FREESHIPJUNE at checkout. You can check out the shop in my menu tab or by clicking Here.
Beau favorite thing lately is to be outside lounging in the yard!
We’ve set up shop at the Raleigh Flea Market a couple of times this month. I always love being out there!
We had a lovely Mother’s Day! Daryl fixed up this mid century credenza for me, and we made pallet art for our moms. We also got to spend time with all our puppy nieces and nephews. It was wonderful!
Daryl and Beau have been two little peas in a pod lately! There’s been a lot of puppy snuggling going on around here. It’s adorable!
I always mean to share my photos with you all weekly, but sometime life gets in the way. This past month has been lovely, but busy! My sister is home from college for the summer now, so I am looking forward to spending more time with her! We’ve just been trucking on, working away, and spending time with four legged babies. Hope you all have had a wonderful month! Here’s to a fabulous start to the summer!
One of my favorite things in the whole world is vintage linens! I collect all kinds of them from tablecloths and tea towels, to hankies, to bed sheets. After I made my vintage bed sheet patchwork curtain last year I had several sweet scrap pieces left over. I have always loved the braided fabric bracelets that I have seen on Pinterest in the past, and thought it would be fun to try a braided fabric necklace. I wanted to make something chunky and fun. This easy necklace only takes a few supplies and you can make one in under an hour, so it’s a great week night project!
The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric strips. Cut six strips to be 1.5″ wide by at least 8″ long.
Gather your strips all together. Tie a piece of thread or floss around the top of the strips. Separate your strips by twos so you have three groups of two strips, and then braid your strips. Tie the end of the braid off tightly with your floss.
Cut the ends of the braided strips close to where they were tied off on each side.
Place a dollop of e6000 into the end caps and twist the end of the braided strips into each cap so you have a cap on each end of your braid. Let the glue set and dry. Using your jewelry pliers, open up one end of your chain and attach it to one of your end caps. Run the chain around your neck and decide where you need to cut it for the other end. Cut the chain. Then open up the other end and attach it to the other end cap. Open up the middle of the chain and attach your clasp. Now it’s ready to wear.
I love my new necklace! It is a great statement necklace to wear with a plain tee! I love how versatile it is. You can really change up the look of your necklace by the fabric and the chain you use, and also the length of your braid. It’s a fun and easy DIY! I hope you all will give this one a try and add a little pop to your summer wardrobe! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. 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.