Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week and looking forward to the weekend! I have been looking for a calendar for my kitchen and my craft room for a while now. There are so many amazing calendars on Etsy, so I thought I would share ten of my favorites with you all this week. It was hard to narrow down my list, since there are so so many! Here are just a few of my faves:
Aren’t they fantastic! I love them all, so now I have to narrow it down. Do you all have a favorite? I hope you all have enjoyed my round up of calendars and have maybe found one or two for your home too! Be sure to check out the wonderful shops that all these calendars came from, you’ll love them! I’ll be back soon with more Etsy favorites. Until then…
Happy January everyone! Can you believe it’s 2015! We are definitely getting into the wintry weather here this week. I have been so cold, all I want to do is cuddle up under my blankets with some tea! So, this week I thought I would share some of my most favorite vintage blankets and throws with you all to kick off 2015 with some warmth and cheeriness! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they amazing! My family can tell you, I am a blanket hoarder! There are so many amazing blankie finds in Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage shops, you are sure to find one to snuggle up with yourself this winter! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
Hey everyone! I can’t believe that Christmas is this week! This whole holiday season has just flown by! Before Christmas day comes I wanted to share one more Christmas vintage finds collection with you all! This week’s finds are welcoming Christmas with the jolly holiday man himself, Santa Claus! There are so many amazing Santa finds in Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops! Here are my absolute favorites this week:
Aren’t they all so fantastic! The Holt Howard Santa finds are just to die for! I want everything on this Christmas list! I hope you all enjoy browsing these fabulous shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…
Hey everyone! I hope you all are really enjoying the holiday season this year! The holidays are rapidly approaching, so I wanted to share one last handmade gift diy with you all. I needed an extra little gift for my mamas this year. I know they always love gifts for the kitchen, so I thought I’d whip up some quick hot pads for them! Hot pads are a super easy sewing projects and you can whip up a bunch in just an hour or so. These hot pads are a great use of larger scraps of fabrics you may have at home too! I use cutter tablecloths a lot in my crafting projects and I also make totes with them for my shop. I always end up with large scraps from them, so I knew they would be perfect. The old prints are incredibly charming as well!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps
*Large Scraps of Cotton Fabric
*Heat Resistant Batting
*Ribbon or Trim
*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat
*Sewing Machine and Thread
First gather all your supplies. Cut a front and back fabric piece to 9″ square. Cut a piece of batting and a piece of your heat resistant batting to 8″ square.
Spray both your batting pieces with basting spray on one side.
Center your batting pieces onto the wrong sides of the front piece and the back fabric piece, basting spray or sticky side down. Smooth out and iron.
Cut a piece of ribbon or trim to 4″ or so. Fold the ribbon and stack the ends at the bottom to make a loop.
Now sandwich your loop in between the right sides of the front and back pieces in one corner. Lay the loop so the loop is towards the center and the ends are in the seam allowance area. You also want the right side of the ribbon to be facing the right side of the front fabric piece.
Pin the layers together. Place a pin where your loop is too to keep it in place.
Stitch all the way around the square with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning.
Turn your fabric right side out and iron.
Top stitch about 1/8 to 1/4″ away from the edge all the way around.
Now, you can leave your potholder with just the edges stitched or you can top stitch a little pattern on the top to quilt it. I stitched across mine diagonally to form an x on each pot holder. Finish off your hot pad by snipping any excess threads and giving a good iron. Voila! Easy, right!
I LOVE these little hot pads! They are so much fun to make, I may have to make a few for my kitchen too! I know there are tons of tutorials on how to make pot holders and hot pads. This may not be the very best way to make one, it’s just how I have always made mine. You can really have fun with these and personalize them to your gift recipients style and color scheme. The vintage fabrics work well for my mamas since they all love pretty cottage prints. You can use your favorite fabric prints, funk it up with some ribbon, stitch a little ricrac to the edges. A few of these packaged sweetly make a wonderful stand alone gift, or use them to make a kitchen gift basket extra special. I hope you all will give this diy a go sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with some fun holiday wrapping ideas. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! This week has just flown by so far! I am behind as usual, how does that always happen this time of year! Before we get into the weekend, I wanted to pop in with another handmade gift idea. This project is really fast to whip up, and really couldn’t get much easier than this. I am going to show you how to make these fun little animal magnets!
What You Need:
*Paint ( I use Martha Stewart Crafts satin and pearl paints)
*Extra Strong Magnets
Gather your supplies. Clean up your plastic animals. Make sure they are clean and dry before you begin.
Paint your animals with craft paint. It will take several coats depending on the color. My darker purple took two coats. The pearly violet took about five coats. Let your paint dry thoroughly.
Once your animals are painted and thoroughly dry, you need to glue the magnets to the back side of each one using E6000. Let your glue dry and cure a full 72 hours before using.
These little magnets add a lot of fun to a message board! They are cute and whimsical. I made my little batch in under an hour plus drying time for the glue. You could really make these special for your gift recipient by using their favorite animals and their favorite colors or shades. This is a great last minute project and it is even something the kids can make themselves. Give them a try sometime, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another handmade gift idea. Until then…
Hey everyone! Well, Monday totally got away from me this week, but I did want to pop in and share my favorite vintage finds of the week with you all! It is always my favorite post of the week! One of my very favorite things to collect at the holidays is vintage linens, tablecloths especially! I will never tire of them, they are so amazing! So, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite vintage Christmas linens with you all from Etsy’s lovely vintage shops! Check em’ out:
Aren’t they fantastic! I want every single one of them! 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 Christmas finds. Until then…
Hey everyone! I wanted to pop in and let you all know that I have finally added some new items to my shop! Here’s what’s new in my blog shop:
I have several new reclaimed vintage tablecloth bags available as well as some fun new pillows and key fobs. You can check out my blog shop here. I have extended my sale coupon until Monday the 22nd. Get 20% off with coupon code xmas20.
I have added all of my leather and 100% vintage wool bags and craft supply items to my Etsy shop over the past couple of days. Check out what’s new:
And I still have a few Christmas ornaments available too:
I have extended my Etsy shop coupon as well until Monday the 22nd. Check out my Etsy shop Here. Get 20% off your entire order with code xmas20 at checkout.
And since I adore my wonderful readers so much as well, I am offering free USPS First Class shipping on all orders until Christmas Day!!! And all orders over $50 will get free Priority Mail upgraded shipping!!! Use code freeshipxmas
Happy Shopping everyone! Ant thank you all so much for your support!
Hey everybody! Today I wanted to pop in and share a really easy diy with you, a button embellished tablet case! My mom’s kindle case has seen better days. So, when I saw this sparkly case at Five Below, I thought it would be perfect to embellish for her for Christmas! One of my favorite vintage things to collect is buttons! I have bunches of them and use them all the time in my projects. I had a rather large lot of mother of pearl and shiny buttons, and I thought they would be sweet to use in a monogram on the case!
Here’s What You Need:
*Glue- I used Fabritac
First you need to gather your supplies. Grab your case, your buttons and your glue.
I used a pen to draw in my letter. So you want to start out by making your letter with one line of buttons. Play around with your buttons until you have a layout you like.
Once you like your layout, glue each button down one by one with your fabritac glue.
You can leave the case with one layer of buttons or you can build the buttons up for a more dimensional piece. Once the buttons have been all glued down, set the case aside to dry. Once the glue is nice and dry you are ready to use your case or wrap it up and gift it to someone special!
I think it turned out pretty cute! I built mine up a little too much so it is a bit bulky. But, I think it would be fantastic with just one layer of buttons too! You can find vintage buttons at flea markets and antique malls. You can always find buttons at your local thrift stores sometimes too. This case took me less than an hour to make and cost me less than ten dollars. So, go by Five Below and grab a tablet case and make it extra special for someone you love this year! I’ll be back tomorrow with another handmade gift. Until then…
One of my favorite things to gift at the holidays are lovely handmade pillows. They are something that just about all the gals on my list love! And in my opinion, you can never have too many pillow covers! I switch out the ones in my living room every month or two or at least every season! This year I knew I wanted to do pillows for our moms, but I wanted to make them extra special. So, I printed some of my favorite family photos on fabric from Spoonflower and made patchwork pillows. They were really fun to make, and they were fast to whip up too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Digital Photos and Photo Editing Software
*Spoonflower Fabric (I like the Linen Cotton Canvas)
*Cotton Quilting Fabric of your Choice
*Self Healing Mat
*Iron and Board
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Pillow insert (16×16)
I have to apologize. I was so into doing this project, I completely forgot to take photos of my process. So, I will try to explain the best I can. The first thing you need to do is import your photos into your photo editing program. I used photoshop elements. Resize your photos to the size you want your patches to be. I want my pillow to be 16×16, so I made my photos to be 4×4.” I used eight photos and eight fabric squares for my pillow. Create a new blank file to be a fat quarter size, 18×27″, and drag and drop your photos into the blank canvas. If you are using photoshop or elements, you can click on view and then show grid and also show rulers to evenly space out your photos. You want there to be 1″ between each photo to keep a half inch seam allowance. Save your file as a jpeg and then upload it to Spoonflower. For tips and help on designing and uploading fabric for Spoonflower visit their help page Here.
Once you have received your fabric you will need to cut out your squares. Cut out each square with a half inch seam allowance using your mat and rotary cutter and ruler. Your squares should be 5×5 inches. Cut out your eight fabric squares at 5×5″ too. Cut two pieces for your back at 10×17.
Next, you are ready to make your patchwork front. Lay out your squares into four rows of four. Stack the pieces by row. Take the first square from the first row and stitch it to the second square from the first row at the side seam. Then stitch the third square from the top row to the second square at the side seam and then the fourth to the third. You should now have a row of four squares stitched together at their side seams. Stitch the other four rows in the same way as the first.
Iron open all your seam allowances. Now you need to stitch your rows together. Lay your top row on your second row right sides together and the bottom of the first row meeting up with the top of the second row. Stitch the rows together with a half inch seam allowance. Stitch the third row to the second in the same way as the first, then stitch the fourth row to the third. You should end up with a piece that is four rows of four squares. Iron open all seam allowances. Set aside.
Now you need to get the back pieces ready. Fold under the top of each back piece by a quarter inch, then fold over by a half an inch or so and iron. Top stitch the edge closed.
Now you are ready to pin and stitch your pillow. Lay the two back pieces on the front patchwork piece. The right sides should be touching and the finished edges of the back pieces should be in the middle of the back of the pillow cover and overlapping a little. Pin all the way around your pillow cover. Next, stitch all the way around back stitching at the beginning and end.
To finish the cover, clip the corners and turn the pillow cover right side out. Insert your pillow form and now you have a very special pillow for someone extraordinary!
I just love how these pillows turned out! I am a super big fan of patchwork, and I love the photo fabric mixed in. It gives a really special heartfelt handmade touch to this project. I just know my mammas are going to love them! I know the deadline for Christmas shipping is coming up really fast at Spoonflower, so if you are wanting to make a pillow yourself you need to order asap. This would also make a wonderful kit for your favorite crafter that you could easily put together. And of course you could make one of these wonderful pillows for a birthday or mother’s day, etc, gift. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is so much fun! I’ll be back tomorrow with another diy gift idea. Until then…
I’m sure most of you already know how much of an animal lover I am! My dog Beau goes everywhere with me. So of course I would have to make something pet related in my handmade gifts this year! I have long been a fan of Spoonflower, and absolutely love getting things printed from them! For those of you unfamiliar with this company, Spoonflower is a company where you can get your designs printed on all kinds of fabric as well as wallpaper and gift wrap. I’ve used them several times in the past for projects and I just can’t say enough good things about them! So, this year, I thought I’d get some of my favorite pet photos printed and make pillows for the family.
Here’s What You Need:
*Photo Editing Software
*Fabric for Backing
*Stuffing like fiber fill
*Hand sewing needle and thread
*Spoonflower Fabric- I used the Canvas
If you have never used Spoonflower to print fabric before, you can find a ton of info on their help page Here. This is how I made my files…. I used photoshop elements, and I made a new blank file. You can make it to the size fabric you want to order. You will need to decide the fabric choice you want to print on and the width of the fabric if you plan on getting yardage. For a fat quarter the measurement is 27″x18.” You will need to cut out your pet’s image. I used the polygonal lasso tool and selected around Sadie in her photo. Once you go all the way around the image selection will be highlighted.
Now, click the move tool and drag and drop the pet image from its photo to the blank canvas. If you are printing more than one pillow, be sure to space the photos at leat an inch apart so you will have room for a seam allowance.
Fit your photos on your blank canvas the way you like best, making sure there is plenty of room for your seam allowances. Now, save your file as a jpeg at at least 150dpi and upload it to your Spoonflower account. Decide your fabric type and order your fabric. I bought a fat quarter of the eco canvas fabric. I meant to pop this tutorial up earlier this year, but life got in the way, and I ended up behind on everything this year. You can still order this fabric and have it in time for Christmas, but you will have to order the faster shipping.
Once you receive your fabric, you will need to cut out your photos. Cut out each photo at about 1/2″ or so away from the edges of the photo.
Pin your cut out face down onto your backing fabric which should be face up so that the right sides are facing. Cut out the fabric cutting along the edges of the pet photo fabric.
Now you should be ready to stitch the pillow. Stitch around the edges of the fabric with a half inch seam allowance all the way around leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning and stuffing.
Clip the curved parts of the seam allowance and trim where you feel you need to. Turn the fabric right side out through the opening in the bottom.
Next, take your polyfil and stuff your pillow. A chopstick or dowel may help you pack stuffing into tight spots. Stuff it nice and full.
To finish off, close up the bottom by hand stitching the opening closed with a ladder stitch or a whip stitch. Now your pillow is ready for gifting!
Aren’t they so darn cute! I think my family is going to go a little crazy for them! Our pets are super special you know! Aren’t they all though! These little pillows are super easy to whip up and they make a really fun one of a kind gift! I hope you all will try this one sometime too. I think you’ll love it! You can stitch them up yourself, or get the fabric and make a kit for your favorite diy enthusiast! I’ll be back next week with more handmade gifts. 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.