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…
We took the puppies to the dog park and they had a good long play session…
Sadie bravely barking at the big dogs walking by…
Sometimes a dog just wants to be carried…
Sometimes Beau likes to prop himself up on the armrest in the car…
Daryl and Sadie waiting for our lunch…
This is what I saw when I woke up the other day…
One of my favorite vintage Easter bunnies…
I was stuck in traffic yesterday for a while. This was the scene in the back seat…
This past weekend was really beautiful! We stole Sadie for a sleepover and Beau was thrilled! We took them to the dog park, and then the flea market the next day. It was great! The beginning of the week brought in cold weather and then the rain. I have been a little under the weather, so the rest of the week so far has been really quiet. I am looking forward to this weekend! Daryl and I are going to the beach for our anniversary. I hope you all have had a lovely week! I’ll be back next week with some pics of Beau on the beach
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! My sister’s pup Sadie came over for a sleepover with Beau. They had a great time! We took them to the dog park and the flea market. It was a beautiful weekend here! As some of you all know by now, I love all kinds of prints, and mash-ups of prints together. However, I am and always have been a polka dot kind of girl! It is my favorite print ever, even more so than gingham, which is a close second! This week I am happy to share a little collection of vintage polka dot finds! There were so many amazing dotty finds in Etsy’s wonderful vintage world, I had such a time narrowing it down! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all amazing! I LOVE everything! The apron is definitely on my most wanted list. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage items. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a beautiful weekend! I cannot believe that it is just about the end of the month already! Spring will be here before we know it! Spring is my absolute favorite time of year, ya know! To carry on with my “love” theme for this last week of February, I thought I would share a collection of my favorite sweetheart color. So, this week I have compiled a lovely group of vintage finds for you in some of my favorite shades of pink! Here are some of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all just so lovely! I LOVE the dresses! Of course, I love them all though. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
My sister Hannah’s birthday was this past weekend. She is a hard gal to shop for, mostly because she is always saving up and buying big-ticket items, which makes it a little hard to get a store-bought gift for her that I feel she’ll get excited about. Hannah was lucky enough to get brains from dad, and the artsy fartsy gene from mom, so she’s smart and talented. One of Hannah’s main loves is music, and biggest spending weakness is musical instruments, specifically guitars. She is nineteen years old and has already acquired six guitars, two violins, and a ukulele. I always make Hannah gifts since she truly loves and appreciates handmade one of a kind items. This year I wanted to make her a guitar strap for her new guitar. She loved the camera strap I made for my mom for Christmas, so I knew she’d love a vintage flour sack patchwork strap. I had a great time picking out the fabric scraps and making it fit her style!
Here’s What You Need:
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Self Healing Mat
*Iron and Ironing Board
The first thing you need to do is measure your strap and decide how many fabric pieces you need. Adjust the strap to its longest position and measure the width and the length. Mine was 2″ wide and 46″ long. I decided to make my strips 2.5×3″ and so I divided the 46″ length by 3″ which gave me 15.333, so I cut 16 pieces.
Lay out your self-healing mat and grab a fabric scrap. Mark it at 3″ and cut the strip to 3″, then turn it and cut the width to 2.5 inches. Repeat until you have 16 strips. Lay out your fabric pieces and decide which order you want them to be in. Stack them in order from the top to the end.
Set up your sewing machine. Take the top two fabric pieces and lay them right sides together where the top of the second piece lines up with the bottom of the first piece. You want your directional patterns to be going all in the same direction in your patchwork strip. Stitch across the bottom with a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Now take the third fabric piece and lay it on top of the second where the top of the third piece lines up with the bottom of the second piece and the right sides of both pieces are facing. Stitch across the bottom.
Continue stitching the fabric pieces together until you have sewn all 16 pieces and have a long row of patchwork.
Lay your patchwork strip face down on your ironing board and heat up your iron. Press open all of the seam allowances. Next, starting at one end, fold over the side by a half an inch towards the center back of the fabric patchwork strip. Iron the raw edge under all the way down one side and then back up the other.
Next, lay your guitar strap face up and lay out your patchwork strip matching the top of the strap to the top of the strip. Lay the patchwork strip face up where the seam allowances you pressed under are nicely concealed to the face of the strap. Turn under the raw edges at the top and bottom. Pin the patchwork strip to the guitar strap.
Now you are ready to stitch the fabric strip to your guitar strap. Topstitch down one long side of the strap close to the edge of the fabric. When you get to the end, keep your needle down in the fabric, lift up your presser foot and pivot. Put the foot back down and stitch across the bottom. Then pivot again and stitch up the other side. Pivot and Stitch across the other end. Make sure you back-stitch at the beginning and end. Snip excess threads. Now you are ready to rock!
Isn’t it fun! I think I may have to make another one with some more masculine fabric for my hubby this year. This was a super easy project. You can make it in under an hour too! What I love so much is how customizable it is. I am a nut for repurposing and I LOVE to use vintage fabric, but you could use any kind of fabric scraps you have lurking in your scrap stash. Have fun with it! I hope some of you guys will give this DIY a go, you’ll love it! It makes a great gift for your favorite musically gifted gal! I’ll be back next week with more fun! Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a wonderful Valentine’s Day spent with the ones you love most! I wanted to continue the love theme around here even though Valentine’s day has passed. I mean, what’s not to love about love, right! This week, I have gathered a little collection of heart themed vintage items to share with you all today. I love hearts! Here are some of my top favorites from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops this week:
Don’t you just love them all! I do! I especially love the apron! I have quite a little apron collection in my cupboard these days. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then….
Happy Monday everyone! Are you all excited Valentine’s Day is coming up at the end of the week? I am having fun finishing up Valentine’s projects and really loving all the cute and sweet decor in my home! Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday I thought I would share a little collection of vintage valentines themed items with you all. Here are my absolute favorites:
Don’t you just adore them all! I love all the “couple and benches” finds! I am diggin’ the dress and nightie too! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
Hi guys! I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! I am getting ready to take Beau out to the flea market. It’s pretty much a weekly ritual in our house. Before I head out, I wanted to share some of my favorite Valentines printables you can get from Etsy’s amazing artists! You can find all kinds of digital goods on Etsy these days and I love so so many of them! Here are just a few of my faves for Valentine’s Day:
Aren’t they all so cute! The ring box totally speaks to my quirky side, but I just adore them all! I hope you all enjoyed my little collection of faves! Definitely go check out these awesome Etsy shops, you’ll love them too! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s fun. Until then…
Valentine’s Day is less than ten days away and I am so excited to start my valentine crafting! There are so many amazing valentine and love themed diy projects out there on the web. Pinterest is a never ending source and inspiration. You can find a bunch of projects on my Pinterest board, Be My Valentine, Here. I thought I would share a few of my favorite lovey-dovey DIY’s with you all this week. Check em’ out:
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! 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.