Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent most of mine painting furniture. I cannot believe that April is almost over! Easter is this coming Sunday. It came up on me really fast! I have not had the chance to get much Easter crafting in. I will be sharing one of the projects with you all tomorrow. So, for my vintage compilation today, I have decided to share some of my favorite vintage Easter themed finds from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage! Here are just a few of my favorites:
Aren’t they all fantastic! I love love love the ceramic bunny! Heck, I love them all! I hope you all enjoy perusing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a great weekend! Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market this weekend, and the weather was beautiful! We had a great time! When I think of spring time, I think of April and May. And when I think of April, I think “spring showers.” So, today I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage items inspired by spring stormy weather. Here they are:
Aren’t they all just adorable! I love the children’s rain coat, and of course all the umbrellas! I hope you all enjoy sifting through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I do! I’ll be back again next week with more vintage spring fun! Until then…
I am so excited that spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up a bit! My spiraea has started blooming, and it won’t be long before everything else starts to grow. I recently snagged a set of little plastic vintage party favors, or nut cups as they are usually called. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them at first, I just knew I had to have them! Once I got them, I thought they would make the cutest mini spring garden containers to brighten up my home for spring. These mossy little gardens are a cinch to whip up, and they are oh so sweet sitting on a shelf or a little table!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Party Cups/ Nut Cups
*Little Paper Flowers
The first thing you need to do is gather all your supplies. Choose floral stems that have small elements like tiny flowers or stamens, little butterflies, etc. I chose to use reindeer moss. It is green and very spongy. I like the texture of this moss, and I feel like it holds my picks well without having to glue anything.
To start a mini garden, grab one of your little baskets. Grab a small handful of your moss. Stuff the moss into the basket. Pack it down and smoosh it well. You want it to be nice and compacted.
Next, grab your wire cutters, and clip off some small elements of your floral picks. Cut a few at different lengths. Make sure you have at least a half an inch or so at the bottom of your stem. Push the pick into the moss where you want it. It should fit snugly into the moss. Add as many picks as you like.
Now, you can carefully place your vintage minis and paper flowers onto your garden. If you want to make them permanent, you can glue them into place. I like to reuse them, so I don’t usually glue them down unless I have to.
To finish your garden off, add your basket’s handle to the basket where the holes are. Now they are ready to display.
I LOVE these little vintage faux gardens! They add a nice pop of spring color to my living room shelves. I think it would be really cute to add a little name tag flag to the garden and use it as a place marker for a spring table setting too. These little baskets are really fun and fast to create! I made four of mine in less than twenty minutes. I also used one of the baskets as a planter for a tiny succulent I had. You can find these little vintage nut cups on sites like Ebay or Etsy. I hope some of you guys will give this DIY a try. You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone, well actually now Tuesday here! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We took Beau to the park this weekend to play with his puppy cousin Kaponi. They had quite a fun time! This week I am going to share a little collection of vintage finds inspired by one of my favorite classic TV shows ever, I Love Lucy! When I was a little girl, I used to beg my mom to let me stay up late to watch Lucy on Nick at Night. I never get tired of watching this fantastic show, and no matter how many times I’ve seen repeat episodes,they always make me laugh! Lucy will always be the best!
Here’s a little you tube video of funny moments from the show:
And without further adieu, here are my favorites for this week:
Aren’t they all just fabulous! I LOVE them all! The apron is just too cute, dontcha think! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these awesome Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
Happy Friday everyone! Today I am super excited to share one of my favorite jewelry artisans on Etsy, Paula Montgomery! Paula has had one heck of a creative career, which you can read more about here in her bio. After many years of running her own art rubber stamp company, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers, she decided to get into making jewelry after her mother in law sent her a bag of her old costume pieces. And boy, am I glad she did! Paula’s jewelry designs are simply fantastic! Each piece is handmade from repurposed vintage components like brooches, rhinestone jewelry, and buttons and charms. Every item in her shop is a one of a kind work of art! They are whimsical and elegant, funky and unique! I’m totally in love with them all! Here are just a few of my favorites from Paula’s shop:
Aren’t they all just amazing! I love everything she has, but I will admit that I am head over heels for the animal charm bracelets! To see more of Paula’s wonderful work, visit her shop on Etsy, Paula Montgomery, Here. Also be sure to check out her awesome website Here, and follow along on Facebook, and Twitter. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…
This past week we have been pretty busy. Daryl and I set up shop at the flea market last weekend. We took out a lot of my handmade items as well as some beautiful furniture from Marcy’s shop Sunflowers in Apex. We had a great time, as did Beau! He made a lot of friends while he was there. Sadie even came by with my mom and had a little visit. Sunday we attended the Let’s Shop Local Shopping Spree. I will be posting more on that even very soon. We took the spoiled little monkey to the dog park a couple of times this week. He even got to play with the big dogs one day. I’ve made the rounds to all my favorite thrift stores and scored some lovely vintage sheets. All in all it has been a great week! I will be spending the rest of the week and weekend getting my house cleaned up and my sewing room reorganized. It is a disaster at the moment! I hope you all have had a beautiful week! Wishing you all a relaxing and lovely weekend!
Most of us gals have at least one trench coat in the closet. I have a few of them myself. A couple of years ago, I bought this traditional khaki trench at Target on sale. I’ve worn it a lot, and somewhere along the way I lost the belt, and a few buttons. It was starting to look a bit shabby, so I thought I’d give it a face lift. With some vintage buttons and a little patchwork detailing, it’s easy to breathe new life into an old shabby jacket!
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Buttons the same size as your original buttons
*Vintage Feed Sack Scraps or other fabric scraps
*1/2 yard of fabric for the back side
*Self Healing Mat
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Hand Sewing Needles and Thread
*Iron and Ironing Board
The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric pieces. Measure the length of the belt loops that are on your jacket, so you know how wide to make your belt. Mine was 2″ long, so the width of my belt needed to be 3″ wide to account for my 1/2″ seam allowance on each side. So, I cut my squares for the belt at 3×3″. Measure the arm band loops. Mine were 1.5″ so I cut my arm band squares to be 2.5×2.5″. Measure your waist and take that measurement by 1.5 or two and that will be the length of your belt. Measure the circumference of the sleeve opening on your jacket and that will be the length plus an inch for seam allowance for the arm bands. Divide the square measurements into the length and that is how many squares you need.Cut the backing fabric and the interfacing to be the width of the belt and the length of 1.5-2 times your waist measurement. Do the same for the arm bands.
Stitch the first square to the second square at the side seams. Then stitch the third square to the second square at the side seams, and so on, until you have all your squares sewn together in a long patchwork strip. Do this for the belt, and for the arm bands.
Iron open all of your seam allowances and iron the interfacing onto the backside of the patchwork strips.Lay the front patchwork strip and the backing fabric right sides together and pin if you like.
Start stitching down one side with a half-inch seam allowance, then pivot across the bottom in a diagonal and then stitch back up the other side. Turn the belt right side out. You can use a spoon or chopstick to push the right side of the fabric back through from the wrong side to the right side. Iron your belt flat. Fold under the seam allowance for the open side and press. Then top stitch a quarter-inch from the edge all the way around the belt.
Do the same thing with the arm bands, sewing the patchwork strips to the backing fabric. You can stitch your ends to be square on these. Stitch around the right side, across the bottom, and then back up the left side. Turn right side out. Press flat and turn under the seam allowance in the open end. Topstitch all the way around.
Next, you need to add your buttons to the coat. First, remove all the old buttons. Mark the spots where the old buttons were if you need to. Stitch the buttons on your coat with a hand sewing needle and thread. I use embroidery floss for my buttons. I used a mix of buttons on my coat. You can use any kind or combination of buttons you like best. Slip the arm bands through the loops on the sleeves. Take one end of the arm band and overlap it over the other end by a little bit. Stitch a button onto the middle of the overlapping ends to secure them. Repeat with the other arm band. Slide your belt through the belt loops and you are ready to wear!
I LOVE the update to my old trench! I am a total sucker for vintage fabrics, especially feedsacks, so the patchwork detailing is right up my alley! It’s great how just changing up a few details can really give an old coat a unique new look. I hope some of you will give this one a try with some of your old coats, you’ll have a blast! The design possibilities are practically endless! I’ll be back next week with another fun project. Until then…
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We set up shop at the Raleigh Flea Market Saturday, and it was a beautiful day! We really enjoyed being there and will definitely be doing it again sometime soon. One of the vendors out there this weekend had a bunch of beautiful vintage hats. I am a hat person! I LOVE hats, but rarely wear them. Vintage hats are definitely my favorite! So, I thought this week I would share some of my favorite vintage hats from Etsy’s wonderful world of vintage. I had so many favorites this week, I ended up having to make a new board on Pinterest for all of them, which you can see here. It was hard to narrow them down, but these were some of my absolute favorites:
Aren’t they all just fantastic! I want the straw hat with the cherries! I want all of them, really! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage stores as much as I did! Be prepared to spend a few hours I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…
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This past month has just flown by! I am so looking forward to springtime, and warmer weather. I have not spent a lot of time on Pinterest this month since my sister was in town for spring break and vacation days we are currently using. I still was able to add a few pins here and there to some of my favorite boards. Here are my favorites for the month of March:
Aren’t they all so inspiring! I think one of the reasons I love Pinterest so much is not only for all the inspiring ideas and decor, but also that the images are so lovely! I hope you all have enjoyed my pin picks for the month! You can see all of these and so much more on my Pinterest Here. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. 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.