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Polka Dots, Leopard, and Gingham…Oh My!!

Pinky Pinups

In between DIY projects I’ve spent a lot of time on Etsy lately- mostly looking for Halloween items for my kids costumes… but of coarse I can’t help but browse my favorite shops while I’m there.  I’ve had Pinky Pinups on my fashion radar for a while and was excited to see all the cute Rockabilly clothing they have in some of my favorite prints- polka dots, leopard, and gingham.  The hardest part is deciding which one to get first!

rockabilly polka dot halter top

 

rockabilly leopard halter top

 

polka dot halter top

 

black and white striped top

 

rockabilly leopard top

 

black and white striped rockabilly shirt

 

rockabilly pinup top

 

gingham rockabilly swing dress

 

rockabilly polka dot pencil skirt

 

high waist rockabilly pants

 

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Bitchin’ Kitsch’in!

Cupcake and Ice Cream Ceramic Cookie Jars!

White Dove Crafts on Etsy is one of my favorite little Kitsch shops, I am in LOVE with all the cupcake and ice cream cone cookie jars!  Although my kitchen theme is cherries and coca cola, I also love and collect cupcake and ice cream cookie jars and dishes- anything cupcake and ice cream that goes in a kitchen.  When my dream of owning an adorable vintage trailer comes true I am going to put all of the cupcake and ice cream things I have in it.  I already had a retro ice cream cookie jar when I came across White Dove Crafts and I can honestly say- these put mine to shame!  The colors are much more vibrant and fun.  White Dove Crafts also has a super Kitsch’in selection of owl and mushroom ceramics, and I was super excited to find an awesome cookie jar that goes with my home kitchen theme…. a coca cola style bottle cookie jar!!!

Ice cream cone cookie jar

 

ice cream cookie jar

 

ice cream cone cookie jar

 

kitsch ice cream cookie jar

 

cupcake cookie jar

 

cupcake cookie jar

kitsch cupcake cookie jar

retro kitsch cupcake cookie jar

kitsch cupcake cookie jar

coca cola style cookie jar

 

 

 

Nukesville Kustoms

More Pinstriping!

Pinstriping is another love of mine.  I would be happy with pinstripes on just about everything- from my car to my shoes, to my furniture.  I keep tethering between painting my 1957 Savoy black satin, with a red top, and shiny red and black pin stripes (I especially love red spider web pinstripes on flat/satin black!)… or pink.  I think I have decided on going pink for this car because it is my first classic and I want it to be a total “SHE” ride!!  BUT, since I plan on having more classics in the future, I will absolutely have one painted black satin with pinstripes.  I am lucky enough to have a good friend that is a pinstriper and fellow Kustom Kulture, Rockabilly lover- Bear, of Nukesville Kustoms.  I get to see his work often and I love it!  To see more Nukesville Kustoms pinstriping you can check out my previous post   https://rockabellebombshell.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/nukesville-kustoms-pinstriping/ ‎  or find him on Facebook- Nukesville Kustoms by Bear

pinstriping

Nukesville Kustoms

Nukesville Kustoms

Nukesville Kustoms Pinstriping

pinstriping by nukesville kustoms

nukesville kustoms

spider web pinstriping

Pinstriping by Nukesville Kustoms

pinstriped wall art 

Nukesville Kustoms Pinstriping

Golden State Classics Car Show

Cruise Night, Paso Robles CA

Friday night was the Cruise night for the Golden State Classics Car Show.  A friend and I took our kids and went the 6 blocks down the street from my house to get curb side seats.  It’s funny to me that my 6 yr old daughter already shares my love of Classics… she saw a purple hot rod drive past us earlier that day and got so exited, “A hot rod, I LOVE hot rods!!”  My favorite car of the night has to be the car in the first photo- because there is just something super sexy and exciting about big loud engines and flame throwers (which unfortunately I didn’t capture in any of the pics).  Classics from the 1950’s are more my style, but there were some pretty hot beefy sounding muscle cars also.  And just for fun, I even threw in the pic of the fixed up Pinto!!  I had 2 friends cruisin’ their classics, and a few friends with awesome rides that didn’t have theirs in the cruise…. we will have to fix that next year and get all of us in on it!  My only disappointment was that I didn’t get my car down there, but I will be starting on my painting prep this week and by next year my “Pink” 1957 Plymouth Savoy will definitely be a part of our local Cruise Night (and many others too I hope).  I was happy, yet disappointed, to see there was not one other Plymouth Savoy, Fury, or Belvedere (no “Christine’s”)– disappointed because they’re just plain awesome to look at (especially the year I have with the big tail fins), but happy because mine will stand out that much more when I do get in Cruise Nights and Car Shows!  Hope you enjoy some of the cars from this years Golden State Classics Car Show Cruise Night…

Hot rod with flame throwers

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…and the Pinto……..

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Mannequin Makeover

Gingham and Polka Dots!

Rockabilly mannequin makeover

I bought this mannequin to use when taking pictures for my Etsy shop and the plain look of it got to me.  Since it usually sits by my desk in the living room I wanted to make it more my style!   I ripped off the fabric and foam and mod podged pieces of gingham and polka dot (2 of my favorite Rockabilly prints) fabric in it’s place. It was more time consuming than I had anticipated,  but I’m happy with it!

Before:

mannequin makeover

During:

DIY mannequin makeover

mannequin before picture

After:

rockabilly mannequin

DIY Rockabilly Style Shirt!

Upcycled Tank Top

DIY Rockabilly shirt

What I Used:

Plain black tank top (Walmart $3.89 I believe), bias, ribbon, straight pins, thread, 2 buttons, and a sewing machine.

supplies for diy shirt

Steps to make DIY tank top:

1.  I used black and white gingham bias (because it’s one of my favorite Rockabilly patterns/prints!) and pinned it around the neck line, starting in the middle on the back side.

diy tank top

2. Press, removing horizontal pins as you go.

3. Sew closer to the inside of the tank top, not the outside edge, starting from the middle of the back side, removing your pins as you come to each one.  Make sure you back-stitch where you start and finish.

4. Press it again.

diy upcycled tank top

5.  Use a loose straight stitch, 1/4 from the edge, and sew down the entire length of ribbon (I cut my ribbon 2x as long as the piece of bias I used).  Do Not back stitch!  Hold the bottom thread in one hand and pull the ribbon the opposite direction with your other hand to gather, for the ruffled look. 

6.  When you have the ruffled look you want in your ribbon, pin it in place leaving enough space for your buttons.

7.  Sew the ribbon to the tank top starting in the center on the back side, removing the pins as you get to them.

upcycled rockabilly tank top

8.  Hand sew the 2 buttons down the center….. and DONE!!

DIY rockabilly style shirt

Upcycled Vintage Childs Desk

Late 1800’s Cleveland S.F. CO. Desk with a DIY New Look!

upcycled antique desk

DIY vintage desk

I got this adorable antique desk earlier this year when I was homeschooling my kids, when my mom and I saw it we knew it was perfect for my 5 year old.  BUT, as many know- wood (unpainted wood) is SO NOT MY STYLE!  No disrespect to the wonderful antique collectors out there that like to keep things in all their original glory… it’s just not my thing!  This lovely little piece of vintage furniture is also going to go in my daughter’s room, which is why I painted it black and slapped some extra shine on it (to match her other upcycled furniture, like the vintage jewelry box from my last post).  My before pictures were in my phone that got stolen a few months ago so I went online and found pictures that were the closest to what it originally looked like. 

DIY Upcycling Steps:

1.  Sanded the wood with fine sandpaper. I didn’t sand it alot- although I wanted to change the look with color, I wanted to keep the character the cracks and flaws give it!

2.  Used Rustoleum spray primer, one light coat was all it took… just enough to have even coverage.

3.  Sprayed all of it, wood and iron, with black lacquer spray paint.  I did at least 3 light coats, not too much at one time to prevent drips or cracks.   Allowed each layer to totally dry before moving on.

4.  Used painters tape on iron/metal parts I didn’t want to get polyurethane on…

5.  Did 3 layers of polyurethane on the wood parts of the chair, and at least 5 layers of polyurethane on the top of the desk and desk bench.  I use the polyurethane to give the paint a super glossy look, to protect the paint and because my 5 year old is a freaking cyclone!  That kid can stain, damage, ruin… ANYTHING (she sure is adorable though)!!

TIP:

Learn from my impatience and take the time to take as much of your project apart as you can,  BEFORE you paint.  I say this because when I took my “painters” tape off the metal parts of the chair, it took some paint off in places… not dramatically but enough to where I had to spray a Q-tip with my black lacquer spray paint and touch it up (so in the end I didn’t end up saving any time by skipping that step, plus it would have looked better).

Before Pictures:

Antique childs desk

vintage childs desk

More After Pictures:

antique desk

upcycled childs antique desk

antique upcycled desk

vintage upcycled desk

DIY upcycled vintage desk

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