Hope everyone had a great weekend! What was on all of your agendas?
I spent some time garage sale-ing and Goodwill-ing, found awesome tabletop goodies to remake, and got crafty to create a fun, fall, vintage-rustic tablescape. Recycled goods-turned-chic-tabletop
Here’s a brief look at the table after all the hand-craftiness…
…and I’m going to show three fun items from the table that are super easy to recreate. Ready??
1. Napkin Rings
I started with some basic wooden napkin rings and some ribbon from my collection…
…and got out my friend, the hot glue gun!! I dabbed a bit of glue in the center of the ring…
…and started to wrap the ribbon around the ring. I went around 11 times (I had to count to make each ring uniform) and then glued the ends to the inside of the ring.
Next came the napkins! I found some beige cotton ones to use because I wanted to dye them a new shade!
After seeing tons of ombré dye tutorials, I was inspired to create some on my own! I began a dye bath of Scarlet RIT Dye on my stove top…
…and started to drop in my napkins!
I dipped the six napkins (all at once) into the pot a little less than their middle point, and held them in place for about five minutes.
Once I let the bottom half soak for those few minutes, I brought the napkins out of the bath another halfway point. I wanted to let the bottom chunk be the darkest area, so I left this part submersed for about a half hour to really show the gradient.
I have to say that before I moved I had accumulated many, many, many vases from floral deliveries to take-homes from weddings. I held onto a few favorites but ended up donating about 90% of them. When I walked back into Goodwill this weekend, I was probably re-purchasing the vases I had given away!
I loved the shape of this vase and wanted to give it some texture, so I found some lovely yellow Bakers Twine (yes, it totally made me crave pastries)…
…and began to wrap it around the neck of the vase using Mod Podge to keep it in place! After finding a good end place (aka, the location on the vase where I was, after spending about a half hour wrapping and adhering) I let the vase dry overnight.
Here’s what I ended up with post project-ing!
My birthday is coming up, so when I saw this submission I not only thought it was a fun birthday ensemble, but got me thinking about what I’m going to wear!
Here’s Kerry’s message…
My daughter had her 16th birthday a few weeks ago and her friends “gifted” her with this delightful, plus-sized sequin and beaded top. She liked the funkiness and quality of the fabric but a top was not something she would wear.
I think I need that top for my birthday! Let’s see what Kerry did…
Leanne got her hands on a muumuu!!! I had to share this one with everybody stat.
I’ve been following your blog for a while, and have been super inspired by all the recreations! Since things have been winding down at the end of grad school, I’ve found a little more free time to try out some of my own recreations. I’ve also found that my creative juices, which were piled under homework, are now starting to resurface! So, I went shopping at a local thrift store and found this beauty for less than $4.
I loved the print, and it reminded me of the many hideous nightgowns/robes you have fabulously remade, so I decided to give it a go.
I love the print too, Leanne!! I would have for sure snagged this piece as well. Let’s see how she transformed it!
It’s a break from clothes today, yay!!
I’ve got a little project that I’m working on and needed a bunch of goodies like these for it, so today we’re doing coasters!! Hello cork that isn’t coming out of a wine bottle I’m opening!!
The last apartment I lived in had cork flooring in the kitchen that I was just obsessed with, and these coasters reminded me of it because of the thin, tile-y feel! I’m not re-laying my floor if you’re wondering….still keeping them as coasters!
OK, this sweater was a no brainer when I snagged it at a garage sale. It’s H&M, a thicker black knit, and was virtually brand new because the tag was still hanging from it. The only issue…
…a BIG snag leaving half the sleeve open!!
I’m a novice knitter, but the beauty of this piece was that the unraveling happened right on the seam! It just looked way worse than it was, and I knew that an easy hand stitch would make this look brand new.