Out of all of my little collection of costume jewelry, my favorite pieces are my brooches! I have bunches of them, some of them in better shape than others, but all of them fabulous. I even have a little collection that belonged to my Great Aunt Ellen, who was quite a lady, and shared not only a love of cats, but also a birthday with me. Recently I was going through my brooches and picked out a few that were broken or just not ones I wear for repurposing. I have repurposed old pins into necklaces and magnets before. This time I thought I would try my hand at some hair accessories.
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Jewelry, Brooches, Earrings, Etc
*Hair Clip Blanks
*Button Nippers/ Flush Nose Clippers
First you need to take the backs off of your jewelry. Take your clippers and cut the backs off of your brooch or earring. Clipp them to be as flat on the back as you can. It may take a little finagling.
Now cut a little strip of felt to be about the size of the bottom of the brooch. Run a bead of glue onto the back of the brooch or earring.Place the brooch onto the clip or headband gluing it down. Add a little glue to your felt. Press the felt onto the back of the headband or clip so it sandwiches the clip between the brooch and the felt. Press and hold for a couple of minutes until it is set.
Let it dry completely and then clip off any bits of felt that are sticking out.
I love my new hair clips and headbands! I have been wearing them a lot lately and have been getting a bunch of compliments on them. As it turned out these little accessories were a cinch to whip up. You can find broken jewelry and old brooches at your local flea market or sometimes even from the thrift store. You can use brooches, earrings, old pendants, most broken jewelry would work. So instead of tossing those old earrings and pins, make them into some adorable hair accessories to fluff up your wardrobe. I hope you will give it a try sometime! I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It was very rainy here, but we managed to get in a little trip to some antique shops in Cameron and a Saturday night cook out with my father in law. I am super excited it is October! Fall is my favorite season! Everything is still quite green around here, but we should start seeing some fall colors in the next couple of weeks. Until then, I wanted to share some of my favorite fall-ish finds from Etsy with you all this week…
Aren’t they all wonderful! I LOVE the fabrics and the dishes! Do you all have a favorite this week? I just love vintage shopping don’t you! Be sure to check out the lovely Etsy vintage shops that these items came from today. I think you will love them too! I’ll be back soon with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Hey guys! I am a little under the weather this week, so I am a bit off of my normal routine. I meant to post this back on Monday. I have tons of vintage loves, including linens, mid century, art deco, etc. One of my little obsessions is vintage westerns and western goods. So, I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage cowboy finds with you all this week. Here is my top twelve…
Don’t you just love them! I am head over heels for the brooch, and the china and tablecloth! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy browsing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with some fall goodies. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! School is back in session, and fall is on it’s way. I can’t wait for some cooler weather! I was cleaning up my craft room the other day and came across my grandmother’s high school year book from in Mobile, Alabama. It is one of my favorite possessions in the world! I love reading what her friends wrote and seeing her photos in the clubs she was in! So, this week inspired by my grandmother’s year book, I have put together a “school days” collection of vintage finds for you all. Here are my favorites:
Aren’t they all adorable! There is something so wonderful about a plaid pleated skirt! And vintage flash cards and early readers are beyond charming! I hope you all have enjoyed my little collection this week! Be sure to check out the lovely Etsy vintage shops they all came from too. I’l be back soon with more vintage cuties. Until then…
Hi guys! Today I am going to share how to make an easy tiered skirt without a pattern. I made my skirt from a vintage bed sheet. One of my favorite things in the whole world are vintage bed sheets. The prints are so fun! This project is great for beginners and only takes a few hours to make. I’ll tell you how to change it up some to customize it to the look you want too!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Bed sheet or 2-3 yards of fabric
*Ruler and Marking Pen
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is determine the measurements so you can cut your fabric. Measure your waist. Take that measurement and double it, then add an inch for seam allowance. So if your waist is 24″ then your first tier will be 49″ (24×2=48+1=49). Decide where your first tier will hit from your waist area. I wanted mine to hit at 7″ down from my waist. For the top tier you will make a self casing so you will need to add that to the height. For my half inch casing I will add a half inch for hem and ease, then an inch for the casing. So if I want my first tier to be 7″ finished my finished height will be 9″ (7+1+.5=8.5 +seam allowance .5=9.) So my first tier will be cut 49″x7″. I was able to get this in one piece from the width of my sheet. If your fabric is not wide enough, divide the measurement and cut two. Decide how long you want your second tier. I made mine at 10″ finished, so 11″ with seam allowance. For the second tier you will double the first width measurement. So take your width from the first tier and double it, (49×2=98″) You can cut two 49″x11″ pieces. For the third tier you will decide your length again. I chose 6″, so 8″ with seam allowance and hem. You will want to double the second tier width, (98×2=196″). So my third tier was 196″x8. I cut four pieces at 49×8. See a pattern here? You basically start with one width, then double it, then double the second.
Now to start you need to sew together your tier pieces. If you have two first tier pieces stitch them together at the side seams. Sew together the tier two pieces together at the side seams and the third tiers together at the side seams. You should now have three rings of fabric.
Next you need to gather your tiers. On the largest loop, the bottom tier, stitch a basting stitch about a quarter inch from the top, then another right above it. Stitch your basting stitches, stopping and starting again at each seam. Pull the two strings from one side to gather your fabric. Play and fanagle your gathers until you have gathered the fabric enough to fit to the bottom of the second tier.
Now sew the bottom tier to the bottom of the second tier with right sides together. Baste gathering stitches in the top of both second tier pieces and gather until they will fit the bottom of the top tier. Pin. Stitch the top of the second tier to the bottom of the first tier right sides together.
I had a little helper for this part…
Now you are ready to make your casing. Turn under the top edge about a quarter of an inch and press. Then turn under again around 3/4″ and press again. Stitch all the way around close to the open edge, leaving a couple inches open for your elastic.
Pin one end of your elastic to the fabric right next to the casing. On the other end, fasten a safety pin and close it. Insert the safety pin side of elastic into the casing. Scootch it through the casing al the way until it comes out the other end. Try the skirt on and pull the elastic to where it fits snugly at your waist. Pin. Stitch the elastic together. Trim. Stitch the casing closed.
To finish off your skirt hem the bottom tier by turning under twice and stitching all the way around close to the open edge.
This skirt is easily customizable. You can play around with the number of tiers, adding or subtracting. You use the basic formula of doubling the previous measurement every time you add a tier. You can also play around with the fullness. The skirt I made was double the fullness from my natural waist. If you want a skirt that is less full add less material for fullness, like 1.5 times the width instead of two. Or you can make it even more full. Play around with it and have fun!
I LOVE how my skirt turned out! It is fluffy and full and twirly, so fun! You can really customize this skirt by the fabrics you choose and the length and fullness of your tiers. I hope you all will give this skirt a try for your next sewing project! It doesn’t take too much fabric and is easy to sew! My skirt cost me under five dollars to make! I know I will be making more and playing around with this style. I’ll be back soon with more fun DIY tutorials. Until then…
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.
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.
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…
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:
*Square Bead Form
*Perler Bead Ironing Paper
*Pick up and scoop tool(optional)
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
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 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:
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 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:
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…
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:
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!
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, a crazy cat, one very spoiled dog, and seven adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.