Hi guys! I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food and being with the ones you love most! I just wanted to pop in for a bit to let everyone know that I have added a couple of craft kits to my Store this weekend! I have been wanting to add kits to my shop for a long while now, but finally got my butt in gear and I have my first two kits available as of tonight. Now you can buy a handmade kit to make your own Vintage Inspired Ball Jar Ornament or a sweet DIY Vintage Hanky Bracelet. These kits are great! Everything but the glue is included for you, and prepped so you can just grab your glue, open the box and have at it! I am really excited to finally be sharing these two with you! Both the bell jars and the hanky bracelets are two of my favorite projects ever! There will be many more kits to come in the future. Also, I am always happy to create a custom kit for most any of my projects that you see here on my blog. So if you see something that strikes your fancy, contact me and let me know. I am happy to make a crafty kit just for you.
In other shop news, it is officially black Friday, and even though I don’t usually get all caught up in the shopping holiday, I wanted to add an extra special coupon for all of my followers. For this weekend only please enjoy 20% off of your total order from my store. Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout. I will also be sharing a coupon for free shipping with a minimum $20 purchase on my Facebook Fan page for my lovely Facebook followers. Go on over and check it out by clicking the facebook icon above my profile photo.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend! XOXO!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all are having an amazing day watching the Macy’s parade and cooking up a storm! Today I wanted to take a break from the holiday crafting to share a little Thanksgiving project with you all! Last year I shared these fun Word search place cards for your Thanksgiving table. This year I made these fun little Turkey Tom and Pumpkin Bell Jar place card holders. These were really quick to whip up. In fact, I made them in just under an hour after dinner a couple of nights ago. They are really easy too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Plastic Wine Glasses
*Dremmel fit with a cutting wheel
*3″ Scallop Punch
*Pumpkin and Turkey Cupcake Toppers
*Fall confetti (I got these felt leaves at Michaels)
*Glass Beads Large
*Medium Gage Wire
*Wire cutters and benders
You can find the full tutorial from my original Christmas Bell Jar ornaments that I made last year Here. Here is how these differ. Instead of using glitter to fill the bottom, drop some confetti in the jar. I used felt leaf confetti from Michaels. Before you glue the beads down to the top, you will need to make the wire card holders. Cut a length of wire about 6 inches long. Grab one end with your round nose benders. Loop the wire around the benders once, then hold the loop and loop the wire around several times to form a spiral pattern. Next, insert the other end of the wire through the bead. Cut the wire about 1/4″ below the bead and loop then bend it to the underside of the bead. Now you are ready to glue the bead down to the top of the jar. Glue the end of your yarn down to the bottom of the jar on the backside. Add a few drops of glue around the bottom, and then lay the yarn around the jar bottom and glue down at the back end and snip the excess. Glue the yarn to the top of the jar and wrap around the top several times then snip close to the back end and glue the tail down. Your jar is complete. Now make your own place cards, or print some out. I cut mine to be 3×2.5″ and wrote the names with a gold sharpie. Insert your cards into the wire holder on the top of each jar. And that’s it. Now you just need to put the jars at the table where you want your guests to sit.
These place card holders make me smile! Thanksgiving is really the only time we use place cards, and I always have so much fun setting the table. These jars will make a fun addition to our Thanksgiving table this year. I hope some of you will give this one a try for next Thanksgiving, you’ll love them! I am off to the kitchen. I wish you all the best of Thanksgiving wishes! Enjoy the day with the ones you love most! I’ll see you all tomorrow for my final 12 Days of Christmas Craft and a gift guide for all you animal lovers. Until then…
Have the Happiest of Happy Thanksgivings!
Hi guys! Welcome to day nine of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am so excited to share my little christmas village with you all! Vintage putz houses are one of my most swooned over Christmas items! I love them, but I have never been able to score a set that was both affordable on my budget and still in great shape. The last couple of years my mom and I have planned on making our own putz style houses, but the holidays got busy fast, and we never ended up with the time. This year I just had to give it a go. My mom found a site that had a couple of templates with a midcentury modern home style, Retro Renovation. This site is a fantastic resource for mid century style home renovations.
Here’s What You Need:
*Original tutorials and patterns from Retro Renovation
*Ranch House 1 Here
*A Frame House Here
*Ranch House 3 Here
*And they just added a new one, split level house 4 Here
*Chipboard (cereal boxes, cracker box, etc)
*Self Healing Mat
*Pencil and Transfer Paper for marking
*Paint (I like Martha Stewart Brand craft paint)
*Decoupage Medium for adding the glitter to the house
*Candy Sticks for extra beams
*Foil Paper for doors
*Mini Bottle brush trees
You can find the full tutorials and the templates over at Retro Renovation Here. I was overjoyed to find their holiday posts for Kate’s mid century putz houses. There were three templates to choose from, and I ended up using the two ranch style houses. I changed mine up a little by changing up the window designs on some of them. You can just draw the outlines of the house and draw in your own windows on your chipboard. I also extended the roof pieces on a couple of them and added lollipop sticks for some side beams and a little car port on one. These did take quite a bit of time, but they were totally worth it, and I had such a blast! The best part is that they were really inexpensive to make, so I was able to create a whole neighborhood.
I absolutely LOVE my little neighborhood! Be sure to check out the tutorials from Retro renovation to make your own neighborhood. I hope some of you guys will give this a go this holiday season! You will just love making them! I’ll be back next week with more holiday fun! Until then…
Hey guys! Welcome to day five of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am going to share with you how to make these fun angel tassels. These sweet little angels can be displayed on a shelf or strung by ribbon and used on the tree as an ornament. These little darlings are fun and easy to make!
Here’s What You Need:
*Wooden Round Doll Heads
*Ribbon, Fabric Scraps, etc
*String or floss
*Drill or Dremmel and Small Drill Bits
*Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
*Jewelry Pliers and Wire Cutters
*Screw Eyes (Tiny)
*Ribbon for hanging
The first thing you need to do is pre drill the holes in the head for the screw eye and halo. Drill into the center top of the head with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw eye. Drill into the back center of the head for the halo with a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the wire for the halo. Draw in the eyes with your micron pen, and then paint on the hair, lips, and cheeks. Set aside to let dry. Take a piece of cardboard or a small book and lay a piece of string across it at the top. Starting at the bottom, wrap your tulle ribbon a bunch of times around the book width ways. Cut tulle ribbon and wrap other ribbon or trim around the book. Scrunch the ribbons towards the middle, and take the ends of your string and tie around the top of the ribbons around the book. Then at the bottom cut through the bottom loop of the ribbons. Trim the bottom of your cut ribbons if needed. Fluff out your poof. Now, heat up your glue gun. Place a liberal amount of hot glue on the top of your poof. Glue the center of your doily to the top of the poof. Then glue the wooden head to the top of the doily. Next, you need to make the wings and the halo. Take the end of the wire, and bend about 1/2 inch at a right angle. Make a large loop to the left. Bring the long end of the wire and loop it around the other end of the wire. Loop the wire again this time to the right, and loop it around the center a couple of times and snip excess wire. To make the halo, take the end of the wire and bend a 1/2″ or so at a right angle. Then, about an inch and a half up make a loop and another right angle so it is parallel to the bottom where it will insert into the head. Loop the wire around the end of the loop where it meets the beginning of the loop and loop it around the straight part a few times. Snip. Add a dab of glue to the back of the head where you drilled the hole for the halo. Insert the halo into the back of the head. Glue the wings to the back of the doily up near the head. To finish off, screw the screw eye into the top of the head where you predrilled a hole. Cut a piece of ribbon, loop it through the eye, bring both ends together and tie a knot.
Aren’t they just so cute! I am not so good with faces, as you can tell some of them are kinda wonky, but they are still fun and festive. I think I am going to display a few of these on my tree this year and a few on a shelf. I hope some of you will give this one a try. They are really fun to make! I will be back tomorrow with another fun Christmas craft. Until then…
Hello everybody! I am really excited today because this is the first day of my 12 Days of Christmas series! Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this month I will be posting a Holiday DIY project. I know some of you are probably thinking “Whoa! Christmas already!,” but I like to start making my decorations and handmade gifts early in November. As an avid crafter, it’s what works for me. Christmas is my favorite holiday and my favorite time of year! I start my decorating well before Thanksgiving, and leave up my decorations well into January. Spreading the Christmas cheer through my home and blog makes me happy, and I some of you guys will join in the holiday fun with me this year. It will be so much fun! Today I am going to start off my first DIY of Christmas with these DIY Vintage Wrapping paper covered Spool Necklaces….
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Wooden Spools
*Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper
*Matte Decoupage Medium
*Colored Craft Wire
*Ribbon or Fabric Scraps
*Charms, beads, etc..
*Chain for necklaces
Back in February I made some fun spool necklaces for Valentine’s day. You can see the full tutorial here. The changes I made with these necklaces was that I used vintage wrapping paper to wrap and decoupage around the little spools. I also used Christmas colored buttons, and red and green charms. I used a few different sized spools, and some fabric scraps instead of ribbon for a few of the necklaces.
I LOVE these Christmas Spool Necklaces! They are so festive and cute! You can easily use them as ornaments just by stringing the top loop of wire by some ribbon instead of chain. You can completely customize these little necklaces by changing up your papers and colors. These would make fun hostess gifts! They would also be fun to add to your favorite gal’s stocking, and be sure to make one for yourself! They are a lot of fun to wear! I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! I’ll be back tomorrow with another holiday DIY. Until then…
Happy Friday everybody! Today I am very excited to share one of my new favorite shops on Etsy, Love Note Crafts. Emily Gonzales, the fabulous artist behind the shop, creates the sweetest adornments and accessories! Everything Emily makes has an adorable vintage style! I first fell in love with her vintage inspired sweater clips, but I love all her wonderful crochet and wool felt flower accessories too! Her fabric tapes and embellished clothespins and photo display garlands and great to decorate your home! And the sweater clips, brooches, and bobbies are perfect for adding a little sweetness to your everyday style! I LOVE everything in this shop! Here are some of my favorites from Love Note Crafts:
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I want everything of course, but I do believe the sweater clips are my absolute favorites! These sweet clips ar on sale this week until Sunday. So go grab one for yourself before they are gone. To see more of Emily’s work visit her shop on Etsy, Love Note Crafts Here. You can also visit her blog Here, follow her on Facebook Here, and she’s on Instagram Here. I’ll be back next week with another fun Etsy shop. Until then…
Hi guys! Today I am going to share a super easy and fun summer diy with you! I am going to show you how you can make a supersized summer carry all tote from a towel and some cotton webbing. There are several towel tote tutorials out there on the web like this one from Martha Stewart or this one from Alisa Burke(so cute!!). This is my easy towel tote. You can make this tote with one towel and a little webbing. And the best thing about making this bag is that you can create this carry all from start to end in under an hour!
Here’s What You Need:
*2 yards of cotton webbing (1.25″ width)
Start out by folding your towel in half lengthwise so the two ends meet. Cut your towel in half at the bottom where the fold is. Now, measure in 8 inches from the side on each side at the top, then mark down 6 inches drawing a guideline to sew your webbing to. Mark on each side this way on the front piece and back piece at the top. Now you are ready to sew on your handles. Cut your webbing in half so you have two one yard pieces. Then take one end of your webbing and pin down to the front of the bag starting at the 6″ below the top line and line it up to the inside of the line you marked. Topstitch 1/8″ away from the edge on the webbing. Stitch the webbing down one side towards the bottom, when you get to the bottom, rotate your fabric and stitch across the bottom. Then turn the fabric again and stitch up towards the top of the piece. Stitch up about an inch, then rotate the fabric at an angle and stitch across, then over, then across again and then back up the side that is still lose and back stitch a little when you get to the top of your bag. Clip threads. Do the same thing with the other handle sides on the front and back. You want the handles to be stitched at the sides and they should have an “x” at the bottom for added support. Once you sew your handles, match up your fabric right sides together. Pin around the sides and bottom, and then sew 1/2″ seam starting at the top side, then go down one side, across the bottom, and then back up the other side. To make the gusseted bottom, form a triangle at the bottom by matching the side seam with the bottom seam on each side. Measure up three inches from the tip of the triangle in, and draw a line across perpendicular to the matched seams forming a triangle. Sew straight across this line. Clip off the tip to 1/2″ for the allowance and then zigzag stitch the seam allowance so it doesn’t fray as easily. Do the same thing with the other side. Now, flip the bag right side out and you are ready to fill er’ up and go!
I LOVE this tote! It is huge, and can hold everything I need for a day trip to the beach or the lake. Pile in your towels, beach blanket, sunscreen, snacks, radio, book, and sunnies and you are good to go! What I love about this bag as well is that you can just pop it in the wash when you get home, so no more worry about getting your beach bag dirty. It’s so convenient! What I love the most is that it is so easy and customizable! Play around with it and have fun making it your own! I’ll be back Thursday with another fun summer diy. Until then…
Hey guys! I hope you all are having a great day! I recently have scored a large bunch of vintage Women’s Day magazines and have spent the day pouring over them. So.Much.Fun! I am thinking of doing a craft from the magazines like once a month. Maybe starting it at Christmas. What do you guys think? Awesome or Eh? Today I am going to share one of my favorite new projects with you, thimble flowerpot necklaces. These fun necklaces made with air dry clay and vintage thimbles are so fun to make! And, you’ll love how simple they are!
Here’s What You Need-
*Vintage Thimbles, or one you have lying around on hand
*Air Dry Clay
*Moss ( I believe the variety I had was called reindeer moss, it’s a bright green)
*Hot Glue or Craft Glue
*Drill with a small bit, like 1/16 or 1/8th
The first thing you want to do is drill your thimble. Mark a dot on either side of the thimble at the top. Carefully drill a hole into each side close to the top where you marked your dot. If you are clumsy like me, you may want to hold the thimble in some pliers like channel locks. Next you are ready to make the mushrooms. Pinch off a tiny bit of air dry clay from the block. You can either mold a cone shape with your fingers and then make a hole in the bottom with your twig for the stem, or you can mold your cone directly onto your twig. I made my cone shape and then once it was dry I glued the twig inside the hole I made in the bottom. Fill your thimble 3/4 of the way with air dry clay. Push a twig into the clay so that there will be a hole to glue your mushroom when the clay dries. Once your clay is dry, you will need to paint the mushrooms. Use a super skinny paintbrush to paint the dots onto the mushroom. Glue the mushroom to the twig if you didn’t mold the clay around the twig. Then glue the twig with the mushroom top into the hole in the clay that you made earlier in the thimble. Next glue a little bit of moss onto the top of the clay inside the thimble covering the clay. Now you are ready to make your pot into a necklace. Cut a length of chain. I made mine long so it goes right over my head, but you can make your chain shorter and add a clasp in the back. So, cut your chain, and then attach the chain to each side of the thimble pot where you drilled your holes earlier. Attach the chain with a jump ring on each side. Now you are ready to wear…
I LOVE this little necklace! It makes me happy! It is like wearing a tiny little garden with you all day. You can customize this little necklace by the colors you choose, or even experiment with some little miniatures like flowers or mini animals. Other than the drying time for the clay, this project is super fast to whip up. It is a lot of fun to wear. These little necklaces would make great gifts for your gardening girlfriends as well as anyone with a little bit of an eclectic style. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll have a blast! I’ll be back on Thursday with another fun DIY. Until then….