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Vintage Crafts- Painted Shakers

vintage pepper shakers

Hi guys! I am back today to share another vintage craft with you guys. Over the years I have collected a bunch of vintage magazines. Some of my favorites are my vintage Workbasket mags. Today’s craft comes a May 1952 Issue of Workbasket Magazine and talks about making Painted Salt and Pepper shakers from bottles for Bazaars. I thought I would paint a couple of my own for my kitchen.

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In the article, “Women Who Make Cent’s,” a reader uses condiment or spice jars to make her shakers. She paints them with enamel paint. I used a set of aqua enamel metal salt and pepper shakers I bought at World Market. I used Martha Stewart craft paint which works on all surfaces. I painted roses on mine inspired by my favorite vintage hanky.

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I love how my salt and pepper shakers turned out! They look great in my kitchen and have a sweet vintage feel. I am not the best at painting, but I had a fun time painting my shakers. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! I’ll be back with more vintage craftiness soon. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Cathrineholm Inspired Perler Bead Coasters

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One of the best things in this whole world is vintage dishes! The old patterns are just fantastic! Of all the mid century dish ware lines, Cathrineholm’s enamel ware is definitely one of my absolute favorites! The lines and colors of the lotus dishware is to die for. I recently had an impulse buy of a huge tub of perler beads. I had bought them for my sister and I to use for a craft night when she was home for summer. Well, they never were cracked open, so I decided to play around with them and see if I could whip up some coasters. I was inspired to make my coasters with a retro design, and I couldn’t think of anything more fun than Cathrineholm’s Lotus pattern.

Here’s What You Need:

*Perler Beads

*Square Bead Form

*Perler Bead Ironing Paper


*Pick up and scoop tool(optional)


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The basic way to make your perler bead coasters is as follows. Grab a bunch of beads in the colors that you are using and gather them into a bowl or lid. Follow the patterns as I have listed below. Place each bead on a peg following the pattern. Once you have your whole pattern set, you are ready to iron. Place a sheet of ironing paper on top of the beads. Iron according to the directions. Flip the coaster over. Take the pegform off from the back side. Place the ironing paper on the back and then iron the backside.

Here is the pattern for the regular coasters, it reads from top to bottom. C=color W=white

Row 1-  20C beads

Row 2- 20C

Row 3- 4C, 10W, 6C

Row4- 3C, 13W, 4C

Row 5- 3C, 15W, 2C

Row 6- 20C

Row 7- 3C, 15W, 2C

Row 8- 3C, 13W, 4C

Row 9- 4C, 10W, 6C

Row 10- 20C

Row 11- 20C

Row 12- 4C, 10W, 6C

Row 13- 3C, 13W, 4C

Row 14- 3C, 15W, 2C

Row 15- 20C

Row 16- 3C, 15W, 2C

Row 17- 3C, 13W, 4C

Row 18- 4C, 10W, 6C

Row 19- 20C

Row 20- 20C

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I think they turned out pretty fun! I found my little venture into perler bead crafting pretty therapeutic. It is a great weeknight project to make while catching up on some Netflix. One thing I would suggest is getting the bags of the solid colors. It took me forever to dig out the colors I wanted out of my big bucket of multicolored beads. I really enjoyed playing around with my perler beads! I am sure I’ll be making more things with them soon. I hope I have inspired you to try your hand at making your own perler coasters! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 24th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We spent a little time at the flea market and even fit in a date night at our favorite sushi place. We’ve been talking about taking a nice vacation next spring some time and have been thinking about some of the great national parks like Yellowstone or Yosemite or Sequoia. So, this week I thought I would share a few vintage nick nacks from our nations amazing national parks. Check em’ out:


Vintage Green1960s Chalkware Souvenir Piggy Bank, Paradise Valley, Mt. Rainier National Park from Planet Alissa


Yellowstone National Park Vintage Souvenir Travel Patch from Voyager – New In Original Package from Heyday Road Trip


Vintage 50s Wyoming State Souvenir Silver & Green Enamel Bracelet Charm from So Cal Jewel Box


1950s New Mexico Travel & Tourism Ad Vintage Advertising Carlsbad Canyons National Park Illustrated Print, Wall Art Decor from Ad Vintage Com


Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vintage Red Felt Pennant – Banner – Flag – Day-Glo from You Bet Your Glass Etc.


vintage souvenir plate – Yellowstone National Park from Forrestina Vintage


Yellowstone National Park Vintage 50s Souvenir Tablecloth Cactus Cloth Yucca Print DavisCo from Rare Rags and Treasures


Vintage Log Cabin Ceramic South Dakota Salt and Pepper Shaker Set Badlands National Park from Randall Johnson Blades


BADLANDS, North & South Dakota – 1950s postcard sets – Tichnor Quality Views, Photo souvenir folder: National Monument from Cammoo


Ruins Trail to Citadel-Nalakihu – Wupatki National Monument Brochure {1952} Vintage Paper Ephemera from Jessica Ann’s Emporium


Vintage Smoky Mountains Souvenir Plate – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee North Carolina – 1950’s Kitchen Art Wall Decor Dish from Zippity Doodle



Moro Rock Sequoia National Park Bracelet Charm Vintage Bates & Klinke Sterling Silver from Sterling Revival

Aren’t they so cool! I love vintage travel souvenirs! Although I love them all, I think the piggy bank is my absolute favorite this week. What about you? Anything strike your fancy? I hope you enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did this week. I’ll be back soon with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 18th

Happy Tuesday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We took the pups on a walk and also took a trip to the flea market and the dog park. It was a pretty good weekend, especially for the dogs! There were some gorgeous vintage enamel daisy brooches at the flea market this weekend I was swooning over. Daisies are definitely some of my favorite flowers ever! So, this week I thought I’d share some beautiful vintage daisy finds with you guys. Here are just a few of my favorites:


40s Vintage Floral Bolero in White Lace Daisies Vintage 1940s Cropped Lightweight Summer Shrug Size Small from Stutterin’ Mama


1930s Dress // Daisy Love Cotton Dress // vintage 30s dress from Deth Rose Vintage


The Daisy Housecoat ~ Vintage 40s Painted Silk Long Sheer Robe S ~ HUGE Celluloid Buttons from LaBelle Boudoir


Late 1950s Deweese Daisy Applique swimsuit and matching cover up–near pristine! from Le Dressing De Mabel


1950s Medium Hat Straw Sun Daisy Daisies Floral Flower Summer Church Wedding Retro Pin Up Resort Beach Kitsch Rockabilly Picnic Kawaii Doll from Topanga Hidden Treasures


Vintage Dainty Painted Oval Link Bracelet Yellow Goldtone Metal 1950s 1960s Fashion from WM Daughter


1950s DAISY ENAMEL brooch- fair vintage condition from Buckaroo Bear


1950s Vintage DAISY Necklace & EARRING Set Hand Colored Plastic from The Popular Jewelry


1940s Vintage Feed Sack Fabric Dish Towel 37″ x 37″ Cornflower Blue Daisy Printed Dishtowel Tea Towel Kitchen Quilting Crafts Cotton Flower from Hand Maid Marian


Glass Tumbler Culver Daisy Flower Floral Beverage Water Swanky Swig White Unique Applied Design from DDB7


1930’s divided serving tray with rattan handle, handled serving plate made in Japan from Mathilda’s Attic



10% OFF! 1950s MAXEY, 19″ Tray, Center Design Navy Background, White, Red Daisies, White, Gold Leaves, Boarder, White w Red, Gold Daisies from Gwendalysa Arts

It was so hard to narrow down my list this week, there were so many amazing items to choose from! I love them all! The swimsuit, and the house coat and the dress, I can’t even find words for them! Do you all have a favorite this week? Be sure to check out these awesome Etsy shops too, there are some great vintage goodies in them! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 10th

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing weekend. We both worked through the weekend here, and spent a little time summer cleaning the chicken coup. One of my favorite things is hanging out in our backyard on the weekends in the hammock with a book. This week I thought I would share some of my favorite summery grass green vintage finds with you all today. Check em’ out:



vintage 1950s dress / 50s green cotton plaid dress / 1950s full skirt dress from Simplicity is Bliss


Mid Century Serving Dish, Retro Palissy Kelly Green Kontiki Atomic Oval Serving Platter 1950s from Keepsies


Vintage GE Transistor Radio P-726A, Retro Turquoise Green Transistor Radio, Portable Radio, 1950’s Transistor Radio, General Electric Radio from RD1 Vintage


Vintage 1940s green desk lamp with yellow fabric wire from Rustic Italia


Rare Scotts Lawn Care Book 1948 / Instructional, How-To, Green Thumb / Reusable Ring Binder, Set Prop from Atty’s Vintage


2 1950’s Crochet Pot Holders-Pretty Green and White-Never Used from Moon Maiden Emporium


vintage starburst lighter – 1950s-60s mid century green atomic Five Star reusable lighter pristine in original box from Mk Mack


1950s Plas-tex Jadite Green Plastic Salt and Pepper Shaker Set from Houseless Homewares


Retro 1950s Green Tea Trio from Lavender Rose Cottage


VINTAGE JAPAN 1950’s Green Pair of Geta , Child Geta , Wooden Flip Flap , Kids Sandal , Rabbit Motif , Small Size , New Old Stock from Time Trip and Co.


Vintage 1950s Green Plastic Jaguar XK120 Roadster Car Toy Made In U.S.A. XK 120 Convertible Matchbox from Vintage Inquisitor



1950’s Vintage Wallpaper – Green and White Floral Wallpaper with Bird from Hannah’s Treasures

I love all of these green beauties! I love this color! I really love the radio and the serving tray. Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- August 3rd

Happy Monday everyone! Well July just flew by didn’t it! My sister was in town for most of July, which was lovely! School will be starting soon, but we have a few more weeks of summer left, and I will be enjoying them fully! Today I am going to share some of my favorite vintage gingham goodies with you all. Gingham is one of my favorite prints ever!  It’s a classic and will never go out of style. Gingham is a print proven to stand the test of time. My finds this week span from the 40’s through the 80’s. Check them out:


ON SALE 1940s Dress / 40s Day Dress / 1940s Blue and White Gingham Dress from Coldfish Vintage


Opal white glass Flour canister – Red gingham kitchen retro decor box – Arcopal French vintage 1970s seventies from French Baguette


Better Homes Gardens New Cookbook Recipe Binders 1930s 1940s 1937 1941 1948 Blue Red Plaid Cover My New Better Homes Gardens Cook Book from Laura’s Last Ditch


Rare Taylor & Kent bone china sugar bowl, 1930s from Priddey Things


Federal Glass Plaid Tumbler Set of 8, Kitchen and Dining Drinkware, Gingham Plaid Glassware Set from Minnie’s Flea


Vintage Mikasa, Country Gingham, Mint Taffy, Salad Plate, Mikasa Plate, Retro Mikasa, 1970s, Green, Pink, Neon Green, Pink Tulips, Kitsch from Molly Finds


Darling 1950s Gingham Eyelet Playsuit S from Q’s Daydream


Vintage 1950s Gingham Embroidery Patterns Cross Stitch pdf from Rebecca’s Vintage Salon


Vintage Gingham Horse Show Ribbons Brown and Yellow Checked Prize Ribbons with Rosettes from Buckeyes and Bluegrass


Vintage 1980s Women’s Apron / Yellow Gingham Cotton Half Apron with Embroidered Images / Helpers Apron from Parkwater Princess


Vintage green GiINGHAM COFFEE CUP set⎮Vichy French style⎮country chic rustic kitchen retro⎮cup & saucer set of 6 from Le French Bazaar



Vintage Kitchen Towels – 1950s Green Gingham – Don’t Kiss Me – Newlywed Slogans from Jackson Mill

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love them all! The fire king glasses are definitely going on my birthday wish list this year! I also really love the pdf of the vintage booklet on gingham embroidery designs. One of my favorite aprons is a red gingham with chicken scratch embroidery. I bet that it’s time consuming but so fun! Anyways, I hope you all have enjoyed my gingham goodies today! Do you all have a favorite? Be sure to check out these lovely items and the wonderful shops they come from, there are so many cool finds in each of them! I’ll be back soon with more vintage cuties. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 27th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My sister is in town this week, and we are off to have some fun. Before I head out, I wanted to share some of my favorite vintage summer dresses from Etsy’s wonderful vintage world with you. Here is just the tip of the iceberg, you can see more in my favorites in my Etsy profile…


40s 50s Dress // 1940s 1950s Black & White Gingham Dress With Red Rose Appliqués // Medium from Off Broadway Vintage


50’s Polka Dot Dress // Vintage 1950’s Turquoise Polkadot Print Cotton Rhinestone Classic Casual Summer Day Dress L from The Vintage Studio


vintage 1940s dress – 40s yellow swiss dot dress – cotton summer dress from Bright Eyed Clothing Co.


vintage 40s wiggle dress / 1940s summer dress / sleeveless summer dress / green and white dotted dress / Square Peg dress from Archetype Vintage


SUMMER SALE 1940’s Red Plaid Dress//Cotton Day Dress//40’s Red Picnic Dress from Capsule Vintage


1930s Linen Dress / Tulip Stem Dress / 30s from Wildfell Hall Vintage


1940s Red Plaid Dress from Vera Vague


40s Day Dress White Eyelet Lace Cotton Full Skirt Womens Spring Summer Fashion 1940s Rockabilly Pinup Small S XS from Rage Vogue Vintage


40s Lemon Garden Dress • 1940s summer dress from Shop Mani


Late 1940’s Early 50’s White Cotton Pique with Red Dots Garden Party Formal Dress / Size 0-2 Extra Small from Salty Dog Vintage


1940s Dress // Bright Light Dress // vintage 40s Barbara Fields Dress from Death Rose Vintage



Vintage 1950s Dress / 50s Novelty Print Dress / Day Dress / House Dress / Milgrim from The Vintage Mistress

Aren’t they amazing! I picked dresses from the 30’s through the 50’s as those are my favorite years for style! The prints, the fabrics, the silhouettes, make me so happy! I can’t even pick a favorite this week. Which one of these beauties would you like to add to your closet? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome style shops as much as I did this week! There are some gorgeous items in every one of them! Now, if I was only rich and skinny!I would have them all! I will be back next week with more vintage summer fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Summer Garden Party Style

Hi guys! Summer is in full swing here in NC! I have been enjoying the lake a lot this summer, but one thing that I have been dying to do is have a summer get together with friends and family. I love outdoor parties in the summer evenings! Since I have been daydreaming about a summer garden soiree, I thought I’d create a little mood board to share with you all what my perfect evening garden party would be styled like….

Summer Garden Picnic


H M turquoise table runner
$12 –

OKA serveware
$11 –

Sweet Lady Jane bakeware

Fitz and Floyd serveware

Unison red napkin

Sabre kitchen gadgets tool
$31 –

Zara Home flatware

Floral wall art

White chair

Long necklace

Gottex beach hat


We have a white pergola in the back yard that is my favorite summer spot in our yard! We had string lights hung but the squirrels were apparently having little high wire acts on them and several strands broke. It is one thing I have been hoping to fix before summer is gone. I would love to have a rustic dining table and chairs to go under the pergola. Of course my tablescapes would be bright and full of patterns and colors. I love to mix florals with ginghams, stripes, and polkadots. My perfect summer go to style is a gingham dress with a straw hat and sandals or bare feet. And of course what is a party without your closest family and friends there to share in the festivities! So how about you guys? What does your perfect summer social entail? Dreaming about any cool backyard ideas? I hope you all are enjoying the warm weather and time with family and friends! Have a wonderful summer guys!
XOXO- Ashlee

DIY Custom Chair Seat Covers with A Vintage Tablecloth

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Last week I shared how I updated my diner style kitchen table by covering it with oilcloth fabric. We have had the table and chair set for years and it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture as it was the first real piece of furniture we bought as a couple. Just as the dining table was looking a bit worse for wear, the chairs that went with it were not in great condition anymore either. There are lots of little scratches and puncture holes from the kitties. Instead of upholstering them I decided to make some simple slip covers to jazz them up a little.

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth or Upholstery Weight Fabric

*Accent Fabric (canvas, linen, denim, twill, etc)


*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Poster Board

*Marking Pen



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First you want to draft your pattern. Place a piece of poster board on your chair cushion or top. Get a friend to hold it in place while you trace the seat from underneath with a pencil.

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For the top of my seat I made a rectangle the width plus about an inch extra for ease by the length. Then I held up the rectangle piece to my chair back and traced the curve at the top.


Once you trace and draft your patterns make sure to add seam allowance. Add 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around the seat pattern. Add 1/2″ around the sides and top of the back pattern and then add an inch and a quarter for hemming the bottom. You will also want to cut a skirt for the seat skirt. Measure from the top of the cushion down and decide how long you want your skirt. I made mine 5″ tall. You will need two parts to your skirt. One piece will go around the front and sides of the seat, the other will be a flap for the back of the seat. So, measure your perimeter of your cushion pattern piece from one side to the other starting at the back right corner and going around to the back left corner. So if my parameter minus the back was 68″, I would make my front skirt pattern to be 5″ tall plus an inch for hemming, so 6″ tall by 68″ wide plus an inch for hemming the sides(69×6.) Then cut a back piece to be the same height by the width of the back plus an inch for hemming (18×6.)


Cut out your pattern pieces. You will need one seat cover piece for each chair. You will need two back of chair pattern pieces for each chair, and you will need one skirt piece and one back skirt piece for each chair.


If you want to add trim to your chair back cover, now is the time. Baste your trim to the front side of one piece all around the edge with a quarter inch seam allowance. Make sure if you are using a directional trim, like ball frings, you point the bottom of the trim towards the inside.

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Pin the back and front of the chair back cover pieces together right sides together. Stitch around the sides and top with a half inch seam allowance. Leave the bottom open. Turn under the raw edge by about a quarter inch and press. Then turn under again by about a little over a half inch. Stitch close to the edge to hem. Now your chair back is done. You can add trim to the bottom now too if you like.

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Turn under and hem the sides of both the skirt pieces. You will want the sides to be hemmed in by about a half an inch. Then turn under and hem the bottoms of both the main skirt and back flap skirt. All of your edges except the top should be finished off and hemmed now.


Pin the seat cover to the main skirt right sides together starting about a half an inch from both side corners of the back end.Stitch together with a half inch seam allowance.


Now pin the back piece to the back of the seat cover right sides together.



Stitch the back to the back of the seat cover. To finish mine off I stitched ribbon on each side of the back skirt in the middle so I could tie my seat covers to the chairs around the chrome legs. You can add ribbon if you like like I did or you can leave it open. You can also add trim to the bottom of the skirt. I will probably add some ball trim to mine sometime soon.

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I just adore my whole dining table set now that I gave it a little DIY love! I used a vintage tablecloth for my main fabric pieces that had some wonderful farm life designs on it in red and aqua. You can use any kind of upholstery weight fabric like twill or canvas or even linen or denim. The great thing about these covers is that once you make your pattern, you can easily whip a set of these covers up in an afternoon. You can make a set for every season or occasion you like. I am sure I’ll be making a Christmas set soon. So if you have some shabby dining chairs, give them a face lift with some cute chair covers! It can change the look of your whole space! I hope you will give it a try, it’s super simple and fun! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- July 20th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! My sister is in town for the next week and a half, and I am so happy to spending some time with her! We are going to try to get by the farmers market this week to find some peaches. It is peach season here in the south and as a huge fruit lover, it is my second favorite time of year, behind strawberry season of course. So, this week I thought I would share some lovely peachy vintage finds with you guys!


Vintage 1930 1940 WWII Eye Frame Sunglasses Glasses Frame in Beautiful Transparent Peach Hard Plastic, High Quality Made in France from Voodoo Retro


Vintage 1950’s Peach Wiggle Dress (Size 8 Aust / 4 USA / 6 UK) from Audrey’s Wardrobe


Gorgeous 1950s geometric shape pearlized peach pink plastic necklace – vintage 1950s 1960s MOP choker necklace with extender – wedding VLV from Chronically Vintage


Vintage 1950’s Coral Pink Spun Lucite Large Disk Clip Back Earrings – Large Face Coral Pink Daisy from Sam Jams 3


Vintage Retro 1950s Peach Frosted Glass Lemonade / Pimms Jug & Glasses from UpStaged Vintage


Vintage Smiling Peaches Salt and Pepper Shakers 1940’s from Vintage Delight Shop


Simtex Peach Tablecloth with White Stripes from Lou’s Mercantile


Vintage Agee Pyrex Peach Lustre Ramekins Set of Six 1960’s from Deb’s Vintage Emporium


Vintage 1940s Hollywood Doll, Small Hard Plastic Jointed Doll, Blue Sleep Eyes, Blonde Hair, Collectible Doll, Peach Dress from Deb’s Country Vintage


Vintage Pale Pink 1950s Umbrella – Curved Hook Handle – 50s Peach Parasol – Walking Stick Cane Umbrella – Dusty Rose Tan – Steampunk from LaRoux Vintage


Vintage Fire King Chevron Peach Table Vase, Art Deco Decor from Mid Century Kitschen



Angel Fish Wall Art 1960’s Set of 2 from Stephanie’s Retro Life

Aren’t they all so beautiful! I had a hard time narrowing my finds down this week since there were so many things I loved and so many different peachy hues. I love everything of course! My hubby says the doll is creepy, but I just love her little dress! And the peach salt and pepper shakers and the wall fish are right up my alley! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

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