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…
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…
Mid century modern is one of my favorite styles ever! I am too much of a hoarder to be able to pull it off myself, but I do like to add mcm touches to the decor in my home! My hubby recently fixed up an old mid century Danish credenza for me. It is super cute, and even has a cabinet fit for a bar inside. I have been collecting vintage drink stirrers for a while for crafting, and I thought it would be fun to make a retro clock with them to go with my new cabinet. Check out the how to:
Here’s What You Need:
*Scrap piece of 1/4 or 1/2″ plywood
*Hole Saw for a Drill(I used a 4″ Hole Saw)
*Drill bit the same size as the clock piece bolt
*Sand Paper or Sander
*Angle Finder and Pencil
*12 Vintage Cocktail Stirrers
*Dremmel fit with a cutting disk
*Glue- Hot Glue or E6000
*Clock Movement Kit
The first thing you need to do is cut your plywood circle. Attach your hole saw to your drill and drill out your circle. You can also use a jigsaw or a scroll saw if you do not have a hole saw. Always be careful when using power tools!
Once you have your wooden circle cut, you need to mark the spaces for the stirrers. Find the center, then draw a line straight from one side to the other. Then draw a line perpendicular to that line so you have four equal quarters. Using your angle finder draw a line through at 30 degrees and then at 60 degrees from each quarter line. You should have twelve equal wedges marked when you are done.
Drill a hole in the center of the circle large enough for the clock movement bolt to fit through. Attach your clock movement to the circle back. Mark a dot on the side of the wood where each line on the back is so you know where to paint your numbers and tick marks. Paint your clock face how you like using the pencil dots as your guide. Set aside to dry. Also paint the clock hands if you like. Lightly sand off the pencil marks on the side of the clock.
While your clock face is drying, you can cut down your stirrers. Trim the bottoms off of each drink stirrer using your dremmel fit with the cutting disk. Cut all your stirrers to be roughly the same length.
Now, place a dab of glue onto each line on the back of your clock. Glue down a stirrer face down. Then glue down another stirrer next to that one at the next line making sure that the length the stirrer shows is roughly the same as the previous. Continue gluing stirrers all the way around at each of your twelve marks. To finish off your clock assemble the rest of your clock according to the directions on the clock movement package. Add a battery and set your clock.
I LOVE how my retro clock turned out! My favorite stirrer is the lime green Poodle Room! This clock was really fun to make, and it is a perfect mid-century inspired addition to my living room! You can change up the look just by the drink stirrers you use, or the paint job. Although I am keeping this one for myself I think I might just have to make another one for my dad for Father’s Day. I think it would be a fabulous daddy’s day gift! I hope some of you will give it a try sometime too. You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
A little while ago, I picked up a vintage style blue mason jar at wally world. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it at the time. I only like drinking out of the wide mouth jars, but I do love to put flowers in my regular mason jars. We had bought some white mini roses for Mother’s Day, and I thought they would look sweet in the blue jar. I wanted to spruce it up a little, so I decided to paint it. Now it totally fits my style!
Here’s What You Need:
*Washi Tape or Painters Tape
*Paint Brush and Foam Dabber
First, run a strip of tape around the middle of your jar. Press it on firmly so no paint will seep through.
Paint the bottom half of your jar. Let it dry and then put another coat on. Paint the metal jar lid ring too.
Once your base coat is dry, you can dot it. Put a little of your dot color paint onto a plate or a piece of foil and spread it out into a thin layer. Dip your paint dabber into the paint and then dot the dabber onto your jar. If the dot looks think you can dab a second coat on.
Remove the tape and let the jar dry. Once dry, you are ready to fill your vase with pretty flowers.
This little vase looks so sweet on my table! I made one for my grand mother in law too. This is such an easy way to update a plain mason jar! You can really change up the look with the colors you choose and the patterns. Adding a little ribbon around the lid would be a sweet touch as well. There are so many ways to decorate mason jars, including painting them. This has just been the way I did mine. I hope you all will give it a try some time, you’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another DIY for summer. Until then…
Happy Friday Everyone! We are busy little bees getting ready for the flea market this weekend, but I did want to pop in and share one of my new favorite Etsy artists with you all, Melanie’s Menagerie. Melanie Nord Monsees, the artist behind this adorable shop, not only curates a collection of kitschy vintage finds, but creates the most fantastic needle felted animals. All of her creatures are one of a kind. I love the sweetness and personality they all possess! They are so stinkin’ cute! I totally adore that Melanie pulls her inspiration from vintage figurines. As many of you know by now, vintage ceramic animals are my weakness. I am head over heels for all of Melanie’s hand-made goodies! Here are just a few of my favorite items from her shop:
Aren’t they all just wonderful! I love them all, but I do think the vintage lefton inspired blue birds are my absolute favorite! I love the little whale too! It reminds me of a children’s book I have that is about a whale named bubbles. To see more of Melanie’s work visit her shop, Melanie’s Menagerie on Etsy Here. Also be sure to check out her blog Here. And you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…
Pallets are one of my favorite items to repurpose! The wood has a cool rustic look, and you can usually find them for free. I have been wanting to try to embroider some wood for a while now. My hubby scored some pallets from work the other day, and I knew exactly what to do with them. This DIY is fun and simple. As with anything that is embroidered, it takes a little time, but it’s fun work.
Here’s What You Need:
*Piece of Wood from a Pallet
*Wording you like printed out to size
*Drill or Drill Press and a 1/8″ drill bit
*Large Yarn Needle
*Sawtooth hanger hardware and ruler
*Circular saw or handsaw
The first thing you need to do is print out your wording. Find a font you like and resize it until the height and width of the font are to fit your board. My pallet piece was a little over three and a half inches tall so I made sure my font was a little smaller than three inches. Once you have your print out, tape the paper down to the pallet wood board making sure your wording is centered.
Take your punch awl and punch holes into the wood through the paper every half an inch(a little less on curves), all around your wording. Punch every letter until you have the whole thing punched.
Remove the paper from the wood. Fit your drill or drill press with an eighth inch drill bit.
Next, carefully drill through your wood where each punch is marking the letters. Be careful. If you are having a hard time seeing the punch marks, you can mark them with a marker to help you see them better. Drill through every punch mark on every letter until you get to the end. Once all the holes are drilled, clean off the wood so there isn’t any dust that will dirty your yarn.
Cut a long piece of yarn and thread one end through the needle. Double knot the end of the yarn. Now bring the needle up through the bottom of the wood through the first hole in the first letter.
Embroider the letter using a back stitch. Stitch all the wording. Knot the yarn at the end when you have finished stitching close to the wood. Snip excess threads. If you’d like to hang your pallet art, you will need to attach a sawtooth hanger to the center top on the back of the wood.
I LOVE my little embroidered pallet wood sign! It is cute and rustic and looks great in my kitchen! Embroidering on wood is a blast! This one was a test for me. I am wanting to make a larger one soon to hang in the living room, and will definitely share when I make it. I hope some of you will give this one a try, you’ll have so much fun! I’ll be back next week with another fun and easy DIY. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is my seventh wedding anniversary! Daryl and I are going to take a day trip down to the beach with little Beau. I am so excited! Still going strong after twelve years of being together, we are, well, fat and happy! We are so fat and happy in fact, that neither one of us can wear our wedding rings anymore. So, this year we decided to get a couple of new inexpensive bands until we can get back down to our healthier weights. I have been looking around on Etsy and I was surprised to see so many beautiful engagement and wedding rings. I thought I would share a few of my absolute favorites with you all. Check em’ out:
Aren’t they all just so fantastic! There are so many beautiful rings on etsy that would be perfect for your engagement, wedding, or even anniversary rings! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these beautiful shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Etsy inspiration. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! I think I may have mentioned before that I am planning on creating several mini e-courses this year. Well, I am very happy to announce that my first e-course, Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course, is now up in my shop. This fun and simple course features four eclectic sweater DIYs. Each project features step by step instructions with photos to help guide you. It’s a great way to breathe new life into those old sweaters lurking in the back of your closet. You can find the Upcycled Sweater Mini E-course in my shop Here for only $4.99. I hope some of you will give this little course a try. It’s fun and easy!
One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is vintage flour sack fabric! These little cotton prints are amazing! I have a ton of scrap flour sack fabrics and I love to use them for all kinds of projects. I was looking for a sweet small gift to send my sister for Valentine’s day, and I was toying around with the idea of a dainty spool necklace. I decided to try using my little scraps and boy am I glad I did! These tiny fabric covered spool necklaces are super easy to make and perfect for your favorite gals!
Here’s What You Need:
*Tiny Wooden Spools (I bought mine at AC Moore)
*Fabric Scraps ( small prints work best)
*Decoupage Medium Matte Finish
*Tiny Ball Chain
First thing you need to do is paint your spools if you are going to paint them. Set them aside and let them dry.
Cut strips of your fabric scraps to be the same width as the inside of your spools. You can measure the spool and cut the fabric accordingly or you can eyeball it. I cut my strips to be a little over a quarter inch.
Take your fabric strip and wrap it around the spool. Allow for a little overlap and then snip off the excess fabric.
Paint a layer of decoupage medium on the inside area of your spool and also on the backside of your fabric strip.
Lay the fabric strip centered in the middle of the spool, and wrap it around the spool, smoothing it down as you go and overlapping it on the back.
Paint a layer of decoupage medium over the top of the fabric, paying extra attention to the end of the fabric making sure everything is nice and flattened. Set them aside to let them dry.
Once the spools are dry, you can string your spools on your tiny ball chain. Then they are ready to wear!
Don’t you just love them! I think they are adorable! You can wear a single spool on your chain for a sweet and dainty look, or you can pile a few on for a little more pattern and funky style! I love the flour sack prints, but you can use any small print fabric or paper you like. It’s a very versatile project. I know my Hannah banana is going to love hers! I can’t wait to give it to her! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon! I am a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, and always have been since I was little! I love that it is a day about love! And it’s the one time of year I can get away with decorating my house extra cute. I wanted to share a little collection of some of my favorite gift ideas for all your special valentines this year. There are so many amazing artists on Etsy, there is something for everyone! Here are my favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love the quirky Valentine’s Day cards! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s Day fun! 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.