1970s Bohemian Crafting Inspiration

11 09 2010

This is my first Vintage Craft Book Review. I have a collection of vintage crafting books which range from DIY furniture, knitting, sewing, quilting and more. I never do these crafts, they are more eye-candy then anything.

Todays Book review : The Stitchery Idea Book by Beverly Rush Copyright 1974

This is actually my favorite book of all of them being that I lean towards 1970s crafts as my ideal.

I have included a few pictures of this 176 Page book which are an example of the tremendous amount of inspiration on a variety of crafts it gives. The book is an idea book not a ‘how-to’ that will inspire you in your crafting ventures.


DIY Rug Inspiration

8 09 2010

So, I was going a little personal shopping at the thrift store (I got a great light thermal to pretend it’s cold in) and since my other shop sold 1 book I could completely justify buying 2… right?

Who cares. So, one of them from 1973 called ‘Make it yourself’  had some generic clothing that I can’t knit or sew… pants without a pattern?  Come-on!

But, it did have some fabulous rugs which I will include photos of below. I am going to attempt the braided one but with red or yellow, blue, gray and light or bright blue. It shall be my welcome mat since the ones available for purchase at my local stores disappoint.

So, heres some photos:

If you want to know how to do it right now you can buy the book here (it’s on ebay- my copy stays with me!)

There were other kind of rugs that were a little too much for my home but still cool

It’s a latch hook square thing like my mom used to have us do… but you can move it around into different shapes! LOVE IT. Here’s the original pattern for the square

The book is less than $3 here. Or you can search for 1973 make it yourself needlework and crafts volume 1.

Creative Ideas for Wallpaper

13 08 2010

Here are some cool ideas from a vintage DIY Decorating book soon available HERE

A perfect alternative if you are an apartment dweller and want to utilize your favorite wallpaper

A. A great option for thrifted furniture with damage you don’t want to refinish. Paint and wall paper make this otherwise boring hutch into an adorable conversation piece!

B. The book recommended using cardboard boxes and covering them with wallpaper, but that is a horrible idea. I’m sure there’s a lovely tutorial online somewhere on how to build that shape box out of WOOD.

Much better option.

C. This is my favorite because it’s versatile and can be moved from room to room.

Apply the wallpaper to a basic room divider and enjoy!

I am including this next one just because I adore it! Sheer fabric and wooden dowls make a beautiful room divider that still allows light.

Quick Cheap Healthy DIY Frappuccinio

21 07 2010

I am mad coffee addict. Not in an angry sense… in a cultural slang way which means “intense“.

I think of it, drink it, fantasize about it and hate it. I know I need to stop (some people it’s okay for, but I have a few health issues I am trying to naturally dispose of that require my quitting).

Additionally, I am cheap and hate paying others to make drinks for me that I know aren’t good for me and that I have to pay for. There’s also the issue that last week I spent our budgeted food money on a 1970s chrome rocking chair and promised my hubby to pay for it and keep us from going out of budget that I would not get Starbucks or CBTL for a month.

Onward to the goods. I worked as a Barista for Starbucks for 2 years and a barista and then trainer at Coffee Bean for 2 years and decided to apply my experience and frugality to make me a happier person. My at home cheap drinks have been a progress, but I think I have reached perfection for my summer coffee drinks.

Here’s a photo… I find that a glass old salt jar makes a perfect beverage container.

Lady Grunge Quicky Ice Blended with Coffee:

Needed: Blender that crushed ice (I cheat and have a vitamixer 5200), soy, almond or rice milk in chocolate or vanilla flavor. 1 tray of icecubes. instant coffee. Straw.

1. Place all the ice from the tray into the blender.

2. Pour the flavored milk into the blender until the ice is covered

3. Pour about 1tbsp of instant coffee (I started out with less and then added more to find my desired coffeeness)

4. Blend until it’s all mixed up and pour into cup.

Tips: If the drink is chunky and hard to get out of the blender tap the middle of the container against the sink lightly which looses it up.

The whole process takes me less than 1 minute and yields much happiness with a total cost of max 50 cents a drink.

Lady Grunge Quicky Ice Blended Foffee Drink:

(I call faux coffee ‘Foffee’ for fun)

Needed: Blender that crushed ice, soy, almond or rice milk in chocolate or vanilla flavor*. 1 tray of icecubes.  Coffee Substitute**. Straw.

1. Place all the ice from the tray into the blender.

2. Pour the flavored milk into the blender until the ice is covered

3. Pour about 1tbsp+ of coffee substitute. The substitute has a strong scent but not a strong flavor… it requires more then instant coffee to get that yum factor.

4. Blend until it’s all mixed up and pour into cup.

* Look for flavored milks that have vanilla bean as the source of the flavor to keep too much bad stuff out. And my favorite is the Vanilla Almond Milk.

** I have been using Roma because it’s the one I have access to, but if you have any other good brands- let a girl know!

Side Note: Aren’t these adorable? I’m gonna put them in my shop in a bit..

Completed-ish Fabric Wallpaper

26 02 2010

Finally! Done!

I have successfully completed a beautiful wall that actually looks painted without painting or loosing any deposit on the apartment.

Recommended process:

1. Fine fabulous sheets or fabric and purchase enough to cover your wall plus some.

2. Wash now because once you get the starch you will want to start immediately without washing the fabric and this may cause the dye in the fabric to leak onto your wall.

3. JUST BUY THE LIQUED STARCH. DO NOT HANDMAKE IT! If you hand make it you save $4 and will nearly loose any sanity you have. Why? Because cornstarch leaves white splotches if not done by a supreme expert.

Like so…

4.Make bucket of starch solution: medium to heavy.

5. Prep spray bottle with light to medium starch solution: in other words, add some water to it to thin it out.

6. Ring out cloth, pin to wall at the top to take off some weight.

7. Straighten out cloth and lightly brush into place with hands.

8. Beginning at the top of the wall, take a larger sized scrub brush and brush the fabric from the center to the edges, then towards the top. Pay close attention to any bubbles and take the time to work them out. If you don’t, they will haunt you.

Like so…

9. Spray down the wall as you see any portion of the cloth looking dry until you are completely with that portion.

10. Rest and begin next section

Additional notes: leave 1-2 inches of extra fabric on the top and the bottom. Overlap fabric at least 1/2 inch. Cut edges with an exacto knife to keep it clean.

The nearly completed result after I had to wash the wall to get off residue.

To be completely honest, I am probably going to take down the fabric in a few weeks, wash it and then reapply it with the  store starch solution. I had used corn starch I made and then water in the squirt bottle. Not recommended and feel I will have better results with the store stuff.

Problems with covering your walls with fabric

25 02 2010

Okay, it seemed not simple, but do-able as I started to add some pizzazz to my office/etsy room by putting sheets on it.

Initially I did a test run: It had HUGE 7-12 x 1″ bubbles running down it which wasn’t a big deal because it was just a test.

Process: Used aresole starch spraying first under the cloth and then over it only smoothing with  my hands.

Round 2. I decided to go with this yummy green color. The method was:

a. Pin the top of the sheet to the top of the wall leaving 1″ of room from the ceiling and then pinning the edges.

2. Only applying the home made starch mixture on the surface with a spray bottle then smoothing with my hand and a small paint brush. Nearly even surface, minimal bubbles of 2″x1″ only in select spots. Finishing the edges was hard and I do not recommend pinning that low. What was I thinking?

Then I decided I didn’t want green, I actually wanted Teal.

Round 3. Purchased Teal sheets ($19.99 from Anna’s Linens) Hand washed sheets, dropped wrung out sheets into bucket of starch. Swished it around and made sure the whole surface was a little slimy (indicating there was starch on it) Then used a 3″ x 6″ plastic bristled scrub brush to smooth the sheet first horizontally and then vertically on the wall towards the nearest edge. This method provided the least bubbles which were max 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ BUT while brushing it on I was dipping the brush at times into the bucket of the starch. By doing this I then overloaded portions of the sheet with starch causing white drips and streaks on it. FRUSTRATION! Being that the whole process only took 1 1/2 hours I decided to pull the dried sheet off of the wall and wash it to get out some of the starch and possibly dry it and then move onto round 4. In round 3 I pinned the sheet with 1″ hanging loose into the corner of where the wall ends and the ceiling begins. Much easier, it still takes some adjusting as you go along because as you press out the bubbles the fabric is stretched causing you to make adjustments to where it is tacked.

ROUND 4. To Be Continued….. once the washing of the teal sheets is completed. Will photograph tomorrow when my camera comes home.

Black and White Vintage Inspiration Rooms

20 02 2009



I love the Texture of the Shag Rug with the Chrome Lighting  on the ceiling.

I obsess and dream of graphic prints because I don’t get to have them. I could, but I’ve noticed that my husband gets really distracted and unsettled so I try to keep things minimalist for him.