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I recently got a new dining room table, which I LOVE. However, it is much larger than our previous table, and I didn't have any tablecloths long enough. When Stencil Revolution emailed to ask about collaborating, the dots connected and I knew the perfect way to fix this tablecloth dilemma!

I love the vintage stencily/painterly style tablecloths, and I thought it would be fun to give something similar a try for myself. What I love most about creating your own linens is the ability to pick exactly the colors you want.  I knew I wanted something jadeite green and red to go with my kitchen and dishes, but I also wanted to throw in some other colors to make it summery and bright!


Midcentury color combos I've seen on tablecloths were creative and oftentimes featured unique combos. I picked bolder colors then threw in a cool pink for contrast.

Here are the supplies I used:


fruit stencils
I got four stencils compliments of Stencil Revolution: the 5x11” pineapple, 6x6” lemon, 5x6” vine, and the 6x6” strawberry. I figured I could use the lemon stencil and paint it in several colors to also be a lime and a grapefruit! 

fabric for the tablecloth and napkins
For my 6-person table and 8 napkins, I used about 2.5 yards of fabric. Basically, I measured enough to overhang the table a bit and cut out 8 square napkins. The sizes on this don't particularly matter; they just need to fit your table and be functional.
I also used 100% Kona cotton fabric in a pale green color.

paint in desired colors
I used fabric paint. I have yet to wash all the linens, but fabric paint is supposed to be more permanent on fabrics (duh) so I went with those. I used LaurDIY Perfect Plaid fabric paints in Checkmate, Rubber Ducky, Pinky Swear, and Aqua Marine. (I mixed 50/50 Rubber Ducky and Aqua Marine to make the green color.)

other supplies: paint brush, paint palette/plate, towel, plastic trash bag (for protecting workspace), Q-tips

Instructions:

1. First, I cut out the tablecloth and napkins.
And by "cut out" I mostly mean "tore with the grain" to keep the edges straight. The 44" width of the fabric was perfect for my table, so I only had to cut the length. I used the remaining fabric and cut 8 squares for the napkins.

2. Next, I hemmed everything.
I narrowly folded the edges over twice and sewed them down with a straight stitch. You could also use bias tape for a contrast color, or a napkin stitch on a serger would also look good (and be faster!). 


3. I prepped my space.
I cut down the sides of a plastic trash bag so I had one long rectangle, and I laid this on the center of my table to protect it from paint. I then laid my tablecloth fabric on top and positioned it like I would normally.  


4. I laid out my center stencil and began painting.
I pretty much eyeballed the layout of the design on my tablecloth. Even vintage tablecloths are rarely printed perfectly straight or symmetrical, so this way is easier and still vintage-accurate. Luckily my table has a seam down the middle, so I used this as a guide for where to place my first citrus cluster in the center of the tablecloth. You can also measure and mark with a pencil.


I made an asymmetrical little cluster of citrus in the middle, firmly holding down the stencil with one hand while painting with the other. 

These stencils are made of a thin plastic, so they hold up quite well while still being light and easy to handle!


5. I continued painting the other fruits with the other stencils.
Like I said, I eyeballed this thing. With projects like this, I like not making them perfect and just working off of what "feels" right. I began in the center, then I added fruits bit by bit until I was a few inches from either end of the table. The paint dried/soaked in quite quickly to the fabric, so I was able to move back and forth painting fruit on each side without stopping.

Tip: I rinsed and dried my stencils after each use. This prevents the little blobs of paint that end up on the back of the stencil from ruining the lines of your next fruit stencil. It keeps everything crisp!

This is what it looked like when I was done:


6. For the napkins, I then laid them all out on a trash bag and stenciled a leaf into each corner. 

7. Lastly, I used the Q-tips and added little "confetti" dots to everything!
I dunno. I just thought they looked fun!


After everything dried, I had fun styling the table with my enamelware, jadeite and vintage pitcher. I like how, since the table cloth print is busy, I don't feel like I need to add much as far as centerpieces and such.  It helps our larger table still look full.



So what stencils would you use for your table linens? What would coordinate with your home or are your favorites in the Stencil Revolution shop?  

And my next thought is....what should I stencil next?!  


These stencils were provided c/o of Stencil Revolution and I was compensated for this post, but all of the thoughts shared here are honest and my own. To learn more about my review standards, visit my policy page.
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Every once in a very great while, I make a video and upload it to Youtube. (Ha!) 

The one I just uploaded is featuring a maternity outfit I wore this weekend! It's made of true vintage, reproduction, and me-made garments.  It's RIDICULOUSLY comfortable and is going to be perfect when it gets hot this summer.

Give it a watch and let me know what you think!

(Or watch it on Youtube here!)

1940s Maternity Style - YouTube

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I wanted to feature this peasant blouse because it’s a fantastic type of garment for any vintage woman’s wardrobe. Its versatility and classic style makes it a really good silhouette to add to your closet!

I made mine from a vintage 1940s pattern, but peasant blouse patterns were one of those classic styles that were popular for decades (and still are). It should be easy to find such a pattern if you want to make one for yourself. 


Features that make this blouse amazing:

No waist shaping
The key characteristic that makes this blouse so particularly versatile is the fact that there is no shaping at the waist. While I normally love waist darts and pleats that help me tuck things in… that feature has also made most of my blouses unwearable during this pregnancy and other times when my size has fluctuated.  The fact that this blouse has PLENTY of space around the waist means I can wear it as a floaty maternity top or tuck it in for a bloused silhouette when I’m back to regular clothes. It looks good either way!

(Here's an old IG picture of me wearing it pre-pregnancy:)




Drawstring neckline
The other fun feature of this blouse is the drawstring neckline. While lots of peasant blouses have a bow at the neckline and are gathered, some of those neckline bows are faux drawstrings. This one is real and the ribbon threads through the whole neckline, creating lots of options. I can pull the bow a bit tighter for more coverage or to cover undergarment straps, or I can lower the neckline to off-the-shoulder for sunny days when I’m feeling sassy.



Roomy sleeves
I’m not sure about you guys, but one of the problems I have had with blouses over the years relates to my fitness level, particularly weight lifting, and how it has affected my bicep size. Arm circumference is one of those things I didn’t think about a lot until I saw how much it could change over the years. Muscle growth or weight changes can affect whether or not a sleeve fits comfortably. The wide sleeve holes on this blouse make this a non-issue.

Another option on a pattern like this is to add a drawstring to the bottom of the sleeve, like is shown in the original pattern illustration. This makes for a cute-but-adjustable puff sleeve style.


This blouse is going to be a staple for me this summer as the weather warms up, and I think I’ll have to make a couple more in some light, floaty fabrics! With only a couple pattern pieces, a pattern like this is also a great option for those of you that want a quick project or may just be starting your sewing journey.

Outfit details
blouse: made by me, Simplicity 1261 (1940s)
shorts: Motherhood Maternity
hat: vintage 1940s via Antique World Mall & Annex (Boise, ID)
lipstick: Kat Von D "Outlaw" lip stain
sock indents on my legs: c/o US Air Force boots. Ha!

Anyone else a peasant blouse fan?  Have you discovered any other kinds of garments that are versatile or fluctuating-size friendly?
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On weekends I haven't been going out much, and I've paused my garment-knitting projects until after my pregnancy when I can see where my measurements land. Up until now, garments have been my go-to craft projects, so I've been branching out and seeing what non-personal-garment things I can make, like a tea cozy!



I've made baby booties for some other pregnant friends, and I attempted to crochet a baby sweater (twice) that didn't work out. So... this weekend I thought I'd try something new and make a tea cozy. I was inspired by the floral details on this 1937 tea cozy pattern.

I am not as good at crocheting as I am knitting, so this was a good project to help me recognize stitches, learn how they work together to make forms, etc.  I just used a variety of scrap yarns from my stash varying in weight and content (approximations listed below). I pulled colors from the Royal Albert Polka Rose tea set I have, and I think they work together quite well!

Sea foam yarn: craft yarn (the one pound skein)
White yarn: acrylic (?) sport yarn
Light pink yarn: acrylic baby yarn
Dusty rose yarn: fingering/lace weight wool yarn
Green: fingering/lace weight acrylic blend (?) yarn



A project like this is great for different scrap yarns because there isn't any gauge or measurement I had to fit with the flowers. They could be different sizes, and that actually made it all look better together.

For the body of the tea cozy, I looked at a lot of free vintage patterns online, but I couldn't really tell how big any of them would turn out... Although I'm not a cozy-making pro, so maybe I missed some info. I decided I'd give it a shot to just kind of make up my own pattern as I went along and just hold the project to my little teapot to gauge size. The body is all chain stitches, single and double crochet stitches; that's it!

As for flowers, I didn't know how to crochet flowers off the top of my head, so I used tutorials from these websites:

Big roses tutorial (I used a 3.5 mm hook)
Small white and pink flowers tutorial (initial chain stitch with a 5.5 mm hook, rest with 4.25 mm hook)
Green leaves tutorial (3.5 mm hook)
(I used a 4.25 mm hook with craft yarn for the cozy base.)

Basically, I made the base, then I made enough flowers to cram the top full of them. I just love how it looks like a little bouquet!



Now that I've finished this one... I obviously need to make one for my large teapot!  My husband laughed when I told him I just spent way more time making a tea cozy than one "should"... and then told him I'm not starting on a larger one, ha!  It is a labor-intensive project, but I've found it quite relaxing to do, and seeing it with my tea set makes me ridiculously happy every time.  That makes it worth it to me!

Have you made any cute tea cozies? (I'd love to see pics! Share links!) Do you have any good patterns you can recommend?

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So this is just a quick post to explain my social media and blog absence.... I'm pregnant!

This is my first pregnancy, so I've taken things easy and streamlined my daily activities so I can rest more.  (I've been REALLY tired!) With working full time and outgrowing a lot of my wardrobe, I haven't been out much on the weekends or had anything "bloggable" for the last few weeks. 

However... I'm about to start my second trimester and I'm slowly getting a bit more energy. I've order some fun maternity garments that I can't wait to share with you guys, too! I'll be sharing my outfits most consistently on Instagram under #FSmaternity, but I'll share more in-depth details for some of them here on the blog, as usual.

I'm looking forward to starting this new adventure!

P.S. Bonus photo of how the first trimester has gone: me in survival mode and Jacob being his excited, supportive self, ha!

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I don't know about you guys, but I have an irrational need to be ready for formal events. Like, what if I get invited to a ball? What if the governor calls and wants me to go to her New Year's Day brunch? What if I find out I'm a princess and Julie Andrews is my grandmother and I have a coronation to attend?!

How horrifically awful would it be to get an invitation to such amazing events and have to go underdressed because I had nothing proper to wear?!  The HORROR!


So, since I have sized up and outgrew the couple formals I had, I decided Black Friday was the time to get myself back into a formal-ready state. I've been eyeing the velvet dresses at Unique Vintage, and I knew this lovely dress would work well for the fanciest, most formal occasions I may be called to.  (Or an Air Force ball, which happens every year and is my most likely formal event, haha!)




But the Air Force ball isn't until September, and clearly I needed to get this dress out and wear it before then! I call this photo shoot, "Emileigh runs for Queen of Idaho or Miss Idaho 2019, whichever comes first."

My current measurements are 33-25-38", and I ordered a size 4.  As you can see, it fits me well.  Before I wear it for an actual event, I may make the top a bit tighter just to make me feel a little more secure.  The fabric is wonderfully stretchy, so it'll be size-versatile for me.

(Also, I'm 5' tall with 5" shoes on here, for reference with the slit height and "train" length.)




I paired it with queenly 1940s hair and a tiara I received c/o the Flirty Flamingo Etsy Shop. This shop is located in Australia and has a lot of whimsical, unique head pieces and headbands.  They aren't pieces that I would normally categorize as "vintage" right off the bat, but look at how amazing it looks with vintage hair!  It has a Ziegfield's Follies vibe to it in my mind and is a quirky alternative to the traditional tiara. 



I also have my eye on the Flirty Flamingo flower crowns for spring.  Since my hair is long enough to do updos now–for the first time in about four years, may I add–I am keenly interested in ALL THE HAIR ACCESSORIES!



So are you irrationally preoccupied with preparing for formal events like I am? ARE YOU READY should they arise?! Have you also stood out in frigid winter weather for the sake of photos and considered it 100% worth it?!

Outfit details
tiara: c/o Flirty Flamingo Shop
dress and tulle scarf: Unique Vintage
shoes: old, Target?
fur coat: vintage 1940s
rhinestone necklace: vintage
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Teeth whitening is one of those things that I've always thought about but hadn't tried for myself until recently. I've had pretty naturally bright teeth, but as the years have gone by and my tea and coffee habit has grown, I've noticed that my teeth are starting to stain a bit. 

Turns out, the ladies of yesteryear were also concerned about that! 



So when I was offered a free Snow At-Home Teeth Whitening kit, I figured it was time to give teeth whitening a try and see what all the buzz is about.  I'll be honest... I read reviews on the Snow site that said it works fairly quickly, but I was skeptical.  I set out to try it for 20-30 minutes each day for 15 days to see if it would work for me.

THE HORROR!
The kit is quite fancy and includes teeth whitening serums, a lip balm, tooth color chart, and the whitening tray (which can plug into your PHONE to work, by the way! How cool is that?!). 


I tried taking before and after pictures, but my camera just wasn't picking up the colors correctly, so I marked my starting and finishing teeth colors on the handy dandy little chart that was included in the kit.  I started out at an 8, but by the end of the 15 days my teeth were already whitened to a 4! I was quite pleasantly surprised, particularly since I didn't change any of my coffee and tea habits at all.  The first photo in this post is a picture I took after the 15 days of trying out the kit, and I'm quite happy with how much brighter my smile is.


I didn't experience any teeth sensitivity or other symptoms during the whitening process, and I haven't had any since. My teeth are in fact whiter, and I've got plenty of whitening serum left.  I'll definitely be continuing to maintain the brightness and counteract all my tea and coffee drinking!

Have any of you heard of Snow Teeth Whitening or tried it out for yourself? Or are you like I was in that you've thought about whitening your teeth but haven't tried it yet?

This teeth whitening kit was provided to me c/o Snow Teeth Whitening, but all opinions are honest and my own. For more information on my review standards, check out my policy page.
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Wow, guys.  I just can't even believe it: October marked my SIXTH blogging anniversary!  I published my very first blog post on October 14, 2012. (You can read it here if you'd like a chuckle and hopefully appreciate how far I've come, ha!)

I will admit, sometimes I've become discouraged with blogging and social media, and there have been moments when I have felt like I don't measure up or that I'm not doing as well as I should be. However, as I look at very old posts... I realize how much I've grown and learned SO MUCH in the past six years.

Who knew I'd meet friends all over the world?  Who knew my vintage-intercultural fashion would develop and help me work through who I am as a TCK? Who knew it would help me land my dream job in the US Air Force and give me skills to bring to my team?

All from simply being willing to start something and put it out there, hoping the world would take notice.

I appreciate those of you that have given me advice, promoted me on your own platforms, and collaborated with me in creative endeavors.  Thank you to those of you that have left comments, engaged in discussion, and inspired many of my posts with your own brilliance. 

Every comment, share, like, and retweet has helped this little blog gain momentum and grow.  Thank you!  You have helped make this blog what it is!
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Just this week, I've hopped to the other side of the country to attend a two-month training for my job in the military. I'm super excited to learn new things and be in a different part of the U.S. for a bit. 

However, I've really had to think through my packing.

Of course, I'll mostly be wearing a military uniform during the day, but I still need to bring enough clothing to last me for nights and weekends for two months. This clothing also needs to be appropriate for both fall and winter, and--obviously--I'd like to also look great.

I've created a video describing my process of curating a vintage capsule wardrobe:


My Vintage Capsule Wardrobe - YouTube

It goes over my three considerations:
- Versatility
- Function 
- Weather

As well as my two other logistics considerations, suitcase size and laundry frequency.

Follow my social media to see my purely vintage capsule outfits for the next couple months! 

FacebookInstagram  |  Twitter

Have you ever tried a "capsule wardrobe" for a period of time?  How did it go?  How do you limit pieces for travel, space, or budget constraints? What are some of your favorite vintage tricks for creatively "making do" with fewer garments?
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