Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I shot a wedding this weekend with my mother in Chapel Hill and it was just beautiful! Easter Sunday is this coming weekend. So, this week I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage Easter finds with you from Etsy’s wonderful vintage world. There were so many adorable things, I had a hard time narrowing them down. You can see more in my etsy favorites. Here are my absolute faves this week:
Aren’t they so cute! I love this time of year with all the bunnies and little chicks! Do you all have a favorite this week? I love them all, especially the tin basket! I hope you all enjoy browsing these wonderful vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage finds. Until then…
I have been having such a blast with my vintage craft series so far this year! So, I thought it would be fun to make an Easter craft and share it with you guys this week. My mom and I got together the other day and made these adorable painted easter eggs from a vintage April 1955 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine. We loved the eggs as cupcake toppers, but I think our favorite was the fish! We thought we’d give both a try…
Here’s The Original How to:
In the original, they used real eggs that they broke and dyed then painted with watercolors. We did not have dye or watercolors around so we used acrylic craft paint. We also are not that good with delicate things, so I purchased some of those plastic white dyeable eggs from Walmart and cut them with a hot knife. We cut the eggs in a wavy pattern below the middle and then painted those pieces as tails for the fish. Then we painted whole eggs for the fish bodies, and also for a couple of toppers or place tags. Once the fish dried we simply glued the tails on with some hot glue. I did not have any golf tees, so I glued my name tag eggs to wooden disks or straws and embellished them with sparkly twine.
I think they turned out super cute. Of course the best part was crafting with my mom! That’s always fun! I’m not great at painting, but I can just imagine what some of you artists could do with these! I think they would be a fun craft for the kids to try their hands at too, sans the glueing part. I hope you all will give this DIY a try sometime! I had a blast with it and I’m sure you all would love it too! I’ll be back next week with another DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl’s grandmother and one of his cousins celebrated their birthdays this past Sunday with a big party. It was so nice seeing everyone! We had lots of laughs, and lots of cake! I also got the first chance to wear my new spring straw hat to brunch. Spring is here, and Easter is on the way. So, I thought I’d start the spring out with a treasury full of vintage bunnies! There were so many cute bunnies in Etsy’s awesome vintage shops this week, I will be adding a few more to an Easter vintage post next week. Here are my absolute favorite bunnies this week:
Aren’t they all so dang adorable! I actually have a copy of the bunny book at home and it is one of my favorites. The illustrations are so cute! I can’t really pick a favorite as usual, but I think it would probably come down to a tie between the planters or the stuffed bunny. I am a sucker for Steiff! How about you guys? Anything you dig this week? I hope you all have a blast checking out these fantastic shops! I will be back next week with some vintage easter finds. Until then….
Hey everyone! A while back I shared how to make a martingale collar with you all. A martingale collar is a lot of times used as a training collar. We use them for our italian greyhounds since they are the one collar they can’t back out of. I’ve made several martingales for Beau in the past. They are super easy and totally customized to your dog’s neck. Today I am going to show you how to make a martingale with a half chain out of a belt and some fabric. Here’s my how-to:
First you need to measure your dogs neck. Measure around the neck behind the ears. Add two inches to that measurement. Cut your fabric to the same measurement as the neck measurement and add an inch for turning under for the length. Make the measurement for the width a little under the width of the belt plus a little for turning under. So if my belt is 2″ wide, I would make my fabric 1 and 1/4″ wide plus 1″ for turning under, so 2 and 1/4″.
Iron the top and bottom under towards the backside of the fabric by 1/2″ on each side. Then, turn under the sides by 1/2″.
Spray the back side of your fabric with basting spray. Center the fabric on top of the leather and smooth down.
Stitch the fabric down to the leather all the way around by machine close to the edge as possible. Clip excess threads.
Cut the leather at the ends to fit the width of your chain rings. I had to trim mine down to 3/4″
Punch a hole in the center of the end of your end about 3/8″ from the edge. Fit the end around the ring. Mark the hole where it needs to go on the center of the thick part.
Wrap the leather end around the ring on one side. Load a rivet through the hole you punched and hammer the rivet down completely. Wrap the other end around the other side ring on the chain and load a rivet on. Hammer down the other rivet. And that’s it, you’ve got a new collar for your pooch!
I totally love the new leather collars I made for Beau and Sadie! I was able to make two out of the same belt with plenty left over. It was even easier than the ones I usually make with webbing. So far they have held up nicely. If you want to make them extra strong you can add extra rivets or stitching. You can keep them even simpler by just using the belt without stitching the fabric to them. I always like adding fabric to mine, especially when it’s vintage feedsack cowboys! I hope all you dog lovers out there will give this one a try sometime. I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then….
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I took my Hannah to breakfast yesterday and got to enjoy a few hours with her until she had to leave for Ashevile. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up tomorrow. So, this week I have curated a little collection of vintage Irish finds to share with you all. I had a hard time narrowing down my list, as usual, there were so many cute green goodies! Here are my top favorites:
Aren’t they all just great! I am so in love with the peter pan collar necklace! Do you all have a favorite this week? I love them all, really! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then…
My little sister came into the world when I was thirteen years old. Over the years our relationship changed from where I went from being like a second mommy to us being super close friends. She’s still one of my favorite people in the whole world! There have been lots of nicknames throughout the years. The one that has stuck to this day is Pooka. I started calling her that when she was around three and had a total love for the cartoon film Anastasia who had a precious little dog named Pooka. Hannah just celebrated her 20th birthday last month. I always make her a gift, and this year I wanted to do something fun for her. So I decided I would make her an embellished tee with her nick name.
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Fabric Scrap
*Steam a Seam Double sided interfacing
*Computer and word or editing program
*Pencil, Scissors, Ruler
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is open up your editing software. Write out your word in the font you like. Play around with the size of the font until it fills the screen to the size you like. You can measure it with a ruler to be exact if you like. Mine was around nine inches wide. Take your steam a seam and hod it up to the screen and trace the word onto your paper.
Take the top sheet off of your steam a seam. Iron your fabric and place it on the sticky side of the steam a seam sheet. Cover with the top paper that has the writing on it. Cut out your word. Remove the backing and take away the top sheet. Lay it out on your tee shirt. When you have it centered and where you like it, iron the fabric down to the tee. I did not have any fabric stabilizer, but I would recommend using it on the inside of your tee to help keep your fabric from stretching while stitching.
Now you are ready to top stitch. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch. I made my stitch length at 1 and my zigzag at 3. Stitch along the outside of the word, outlining it. When you have stitched along the outside, you can back stitch and then clip your threads. Then stitch around any other areas that need outlining like the loops. Clip your excess threads give a quick iron and then you are ready to wear.
Hannah loves her Pooka tee and it looks super cute on her! I thought even if she was too embarrassed to wear it out she could wear it with her favorite pj bottoms. Of course I should’ve known, she does wear it out, like a boss! This tee was super simple to make! It took me less than an hour and I only had to use a large scrap of fabric. I was thinking I may have to make one for myself with Posh on it. Hannah used to call me Posh when the Spice Girls were popular. She of course was Baby spice and my best friend Katie was Sporty spice. We would dance to their music all the time. I hope you all will give this easy tee a try sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary yesterday! We had a wonderful weekend filled with lunch dates, movies, and a hiking trip to Raven Rock park which was absolutely beautiful! It was a fantastic weekend! I love every minute I get to spend with him! I am biased of course but he is simply better than the best! So, in honor of the day we were married, I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage wedding finds with you all this week.
Aren’t they fantastic! I love vintage wedding dresses! I just love weddings period! I hope you all have enjoyed my little list of vintage love this week! Be sure to check out the awesome shops that all these lovely items came from. I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
A few weeks ago I was at Michel’s and I saw these fantastic marquee letters from Heidi Swapp. I thought they were so cute, and when I saw the one shaped like an arrow I just had to get it. These come as a kit with the chipboard letter, a template, a strand of battery-powered lights, and some clear bulb covers. They come in white so you get to decorate them however you like. There are all kinds of embellishments and tapes, papers, etc. in the line. I just bought the kit and some aqua bulb covers. This is what I used for mine:
*1 Heidi Swapp Arrow Marquee
*1 Package of Aqua Bulb Covers
*Vintage Wallpaper Scrap
*Martha Stewart Metallic Craft Paint- Gold
*Xacto Knife and Self Healing Mat
*Mod Podge or Glue of your choice
*2 Triple A Batteries
Here’s how I made mine:
First, I painted my arrow with my gold paint and let it dry thoroughly. I used the template that came with the kit and traced it on the wrong side of my wall paper. I then cut out my arrow with my knife. For the holes, I cut each hole as an “x” so the bulb cover could push through. I am not very neat with a knife so I did not even attempt to cut the circles out normally. Cutting them in an x worked fine for me. Then I glued my wallpaper to the inside of my arrow by painting a layer of mod podge on the back side of the wallpaper and smoothing the wallpaper onto the board. I made sure it was nice and smooth and let it dry. Then I pushed the aqua bulb covers into the holes in the arrow. I then pushed the lights up into the bulb covers and added the batteries.
I really love my little arrow! It is a great addition to my craft room, and a good reminder to keep moving forward! This was such an easy and fun weeknight craft! I would definitely recommend picking one of these fun marquees up next time you are at Michael’s and giving one a try too! Have any of you guys made one of these yourself yet? I’d love to see yours too! I’ll be back a little later this week to share another fun diy with you all. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe it’s March already? I am so looking forward to spring time, longer days, and warmer weather! It’s time to start seeing some lovely color again. One of my favorite things about spring is that it is when we see a change from the warm neutrals of fall and winter to the soft and bright shades of spring and summer. One of my favorite color hues ever has got to be minty greens and blues! I love mint! Vintage mint is even better! So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite minty green finds with you all from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops. Enjoy:
Aren’t they luscious! I love them all! That dress is so amazing, and the children’s doll bath is too adorable! Do you all have a favorite this week? I hope you enjoy perusing through these lovely shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…
Most of you all know I have quite the obsession with vintage linens! I picked up a bunch of cutters from the flea market a while back including a vintage Vera linen napkin/placemat with a sweet rose print. It was kind of an odd size, not square like a napkin, but smaller than a place mat. I couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do with it, so I sat it aside. Then I was at the craft store a couple of weeks ago and saw these skinny artists canvasses and thought it might be fun to cover one in fabric and use it as art in my craft room. Well, as it turns out the Vera napkin was a great fit! A little embroidery and some staples and you have a fun piece of art for your wall!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Fabric, napkin, hanky, etc
*Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
*Marking Pen or Pencil
*Embroidery Floss and Needle
Start with your fabric or napkin. Cut it to be roughly about 2-3″ bigger than your canvas. Cut a piece of thin fabric stabilizer or interfacing to the same size and iron on the back of your fabric.
Write out your quote on the front of your fabric with your marking pen. My pen was out of ink so I just used a pencil, but a marking pen is best. Make sure your writing is a couple inches away from the edges.
Now you are ready to embroider. I used the rayon thread you can get at the craft store. Stitch your words using a simple back stitch. If you have never done a back stitch you can see how to do the stitch here. I used french knots to dot my eyes. I also tied off my stitching after each word and started each word with a new knot so as to not have any threads in between the words on the back side.
Once you have embroidered all of your quote, you are ready to make your canvas. Lay your fabric face down on the table and center your canvas face down on top of the fabric. Staple down one side of the fabric to the back frame of your canvas. Then staple down the opposite side down pulling it taut. Fold the corners in towards the back and staple down. Then staple the top and the bottom. Now wipe off any marks showing from your pen with a damp cloth. Now you’re ready to hang your canvas.
I just love how it turned out! I stitched one of my favorite Coco Channel quotes onto the napkin in a bright blue. You could of course get fancier and trace a special font on to stitch your words, which would be gorgeous. I, however, am lazy, and decided to just use my own natural scribble. This took me most of an afternoon while we were catching up on some Netflix. So, it is pretty quick and easy to make. I love the versatility in that you can easily customize it to your tastes just in the colors and fabrics you use. I have hung this little piece on the gallery area next to my desk in my craft room. It’s quite perfect there, don’t you think! I hope you all will make one of your own sometime! I will be back with another DIY next week. 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.