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…
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…
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….
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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…
Back in April my mammas and I took a trip out to Liberty for the Spring Antique Festival. I picked up a lot of goodies that day, but one of my favorites was this wonderful metal rooster serving tray. I knew it would be fabulous in my kitchen! I couldn’t decide where to put it. I had originally thought of hanging it on the wall, but it didn’t fit anywhere I wanted it to go. My mom suggested that it would make a cool lazy susan for the table. She can come up with the best ideas!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Metal Tray
*Lazy Susan ( Mine was a wood one we had from IKEA)
*Glue ( I used E6000)
Paint your lazy susan to be the color of the bottom of the tray. Then add a generous amount of glue to the top of the lazy susan. Turn the tray over so it is face down. Place the lazy susan face down onto the back side of the tray, making sure it is centered, glue it down to the tray. Let the glue dry, then it is ready to use.
Isn’t it adorable! I love it! It is so cute on my gingham tabletop too! I love to display my little hen salt and pepper shaker set on it, and I am looking for a cute napkin holder to add to it too. So, if you have an old vintage tray you love but just don’t know what to do with it but keep it in your cupboard, turn it into a great display piece and make it into a lazy susan! I’ll be back soon with more crafty fun. Until then…
Hi guys! My hubby and I bought a reproduction chrome diner style table and chair set from a furniture store in Los Angeles a long while ago when I was in college out there. It was our first dining table, and we still use it to this day. It has seen some wear and tear over the years and the top has gotten a bit shabby. We looked at getting a new table, but I am so attached to this one, I decided to cover the top. It turned out even better than I had hoped for, and it was so easy to cover!
Here’s What You Need:
*Diner Style Table mine was 52″ round
*Oilcloth ( I used two yards)
*Staple Gun and Staples
This table is pretty easy to cover. The first thing you need to do is take the tabletop off. It should be screwed on from the bottom of the tabletop.
Remove the screws and set aside.
Lay your oilcloth out on the floor face down. Next, lay the tabletop face down onto the oilcloth. Center the tabletop on the fabric.
Trim the fabric to about 3-4″ excess from the tables edge.
Start by folding one edge of your oilcloth up to the backside of your table. Stretch it tight and staple it down near the edge of the fabric. Continue pulling the fabric to the back side and stapling it down until you have stapled all the way around your table. I went back around and stapled my fabric again close to the edge of the table for extra security.
Now, find the holes for the screws on the back of the tabletop by running your fingers over the fabric near the edge. When you find a hole, punch a hole in the oilcloth with your awl. Next, lay your table base upside down onto your table top. Screw the base to the top with the screws you set aside before.
Once it is all screwed back together flip it right side up and enjoy your new tabletop.
I LOVE how my table turned out! The red gingham looks fabulous in my kitchen! I don’t know how long it will hold up, but I can always recover it. So far it has been covered a month and still looks great! You could easily cover any table with oil cloth with the same method, you just staple it to the underside. So, if you have a shabby old diner style table, before you toss it up on craigslist, try covering it with some awesome oilcloth. It’s a great way to update your table and your kitchen decor! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I am getting ready to go pick up my sister from Asheville tomorrow to bring her home for a few weeks for a visit. Needless to say, I’m very excited! Before I head out for the next couple of days, I wanted to share some of my latest favorite vintage finds with you all! This week it’s all about sailing and nautical goodies!
Aren’t they all so cute! Of course I love them all, but the wooden bank is just, I don’t even have words for it! I love nautical things! They are so summery to me too! I hope you all enjoy looking through these awesome Etsy vintage shops this week as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage fun. Until then….
A few weeks ago my mom and I drove down to Georgia to pick up an italian greyhound puppy for my sister. We met the gal a few hours outside of Atlanta, and when she arrived she had the littermates with Hannah’s little fella. I picked up one of the girls and flipped her over on her back and she just laid there are let me rub her belly and fell asleep. I melted and long story short, even though I was not supposed to be adding any more animals to our household, she ended up coming home with me. She quickly stole my hubby’s heart, just as fast as she did mine. Beaureguard took a little while to warm up to her, but they are now very good buddies! We named her Annabelle Jane, and mostly call her Annie. She is both a snuggle bug and a wild little lady when she wants to play. My favorite thing about her is that she prances like a show horse wherever she goes. It’s something I hope she doesn’t grow out of because it’s so cute! I have always had boy dogs and cats, so I have a bunch of tees and sweaters in different sizes, but I did not have any cute dresses for little Annie, so I decided to make a few with some plain little puppy tees I had for my boys.
Here’s What You Need:
*Hankerchief or Bandana, Scarf, Etc….
*Buttons, patches, etc…
*Sewing Machine and Thread
Start by cutting your hanky in half.
Fold over the raw edge by about a quarter inch then fold it over again encasing the raw edge, then iron.
Stitch the folded edge down close to the edge. Then put your stitch length on your basting stitch and stitch a basting stitch across the top about an eighth or so from the edge.
Gather your hanky skirt.
Pin your hanky skirt to the bottom of your tee.
For the polka dot I pinned the skirt to the right side or outside of the bottom of the tee. I matched the center of the skirt to the center front of the tee and then pinned around to the sides. You wil leave the bottom where the tummy will be open, so you end your skirt at the sides.
For the aqua floral I pinned the skirt to the inside of the tee. I matched the center of the skirt to the center front of the tee and then pinned around to the sides. It will be open on the bottom.
Stitch your skirts to your tees. Then add trim to the bottom of the tees. I stitched a line of ricrac to the hem of the tee on the aqua floral and stitched a row of periwinkle flower trim to the gathers at the top of the skirt on the polka dot.
You can finish off your tee by sewing on some buttons or a little patch of your hanky.
I absolutely LOVE these little dresses on her. The hankies I used were around 9″ square, and were perfect halved and stitched to an xs tee. You basically want something twice the width as the front hem of the tee. The best thing about these little dresses are that they are so easy to make, and super cute! I love to use the vintage hankies I have on hand, but a bandana or scarf would be adorable as well. So, if you’ve got a sweet little four-legged princess at home, grab her some tees and make her a new wardrobe. She might not thank you for it, but I know you’ll love it as much as I do! I’ll be back soon with more DIY projects. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend! We took the pups out to the flea market on Independence Day, and ended up staying in with a pizza and watched the fireworks on tv. Fireworks from the couch are pretty awesome! Some of you who follow me on instagram may already know, we have a new puppy. I will be introducing her shortly here as we finally got some lovely blog worthy photos of her. She’s a wild woman! So, in honor of our new little lady, I thought I would share some of my favorite vintage doggies with you all this week! There are so many that I loved! Here are my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I want them all! I am such a sucker for ceramics, the memo holder and pink pups are definitely on my birthday list this year! What is your 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 Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We took Beau out on the lake with his new doggie life vest, and went swimming. He swam and swam, it was adorable! I think there will be lots of lake swimming in store for us this summer! Summer is in full swing and it’s that time of year for road trips and overseas adventures. So in honor of family vacations, I have curated a little collection of vintage travel souvenirs to share with you all today. Here are my favorites:
Aren’t they fantastic! I LOVE vintage souvenirs! I have a collection of vintage Hazel Atlas souvenir glasses for every state I have lived in, so every time I see these fun souvenir glasses I swoon. I also just adore the souvenir booklet from the Farmer’s Market in Los Angeles. I lived across the street from there for a few years, and it was one of my favorite places in the whole city! Everything here is so cute! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these adorable vintage Etsy shops as much as I did this week! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. 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, 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.