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DIY Coca Cola Dish Soap Dispenser

 Simple Rockabilly Kitchen Upgrade!

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My kitchen theme is cherries and Coke.  I have been wanting to find a more fitting kitchen soap dispenser for a while, when I saw a picture on Pinterest (www.keepcalmanddecorate.blogspot.com) of a Coke bottle that had been converted to a soap dispenser.  It was one of those major “duh” moments…. why didn’t I think of that-  I mean I only have a ton of empty Coke bottles!  I’m lucky enough to live in mid century modern home that has not been upgraded, as you will see by the yellow formica counter tops and original early 1960’s yellow oven. I have a 1950’s formica table that is waiting for new legs, and when I get some I will share more images of my kitchen.  I collect new and antique Coca Cola items, so as you will see, some things are old, some are not. So I took one of the newer Coke bottles, put the dish soap in it and slapped a Suave conditioner pump on it and… voila!! The pump is silver, which doesn’t match my kitchen colors, but it’s the only one I had. As soon as I find a pump in black or red I will switch it out.  

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antique coca cola crate

coke bottles and pinwheels

antique hutch with cherry and coke decor

1950’s Icon Nightstand

 Vintage Nightstand + Chalk Paint + 50’s Icons = AWESOMENESS!

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A friend of mine has done some work on my 57 Savoy and never asks for anything in return. I knew I wanted to do something for him and his wife, and since they are also huge fans of the Fabulous 50’s, and our likes are so similar,  I set out to find a vintage piece I could upcycle Rockabilly style!

I saw a cute end table he got for his wife when he posted the pictures on Facebook, then some antique cabinets that had belonged to his grandma that he commented on saying he was trying to decide on a color to paint them.  I found an adorable vintage nightstand with a lot of potential- it was exactly the type of vintage piece I was hoping to find, now I just had the important task of picking a color that would match their other furniture. So the next time I saw him as we were picking up our kids from school, I asked him if he decided what color to paint those antique cabine. I  he got, and he said he wants to go with a teal chalk paint.  I remembered the end table in his Fb pictures was done in the teal chalk paint so I went to his pictures and saved the image of it to my phone so I could compare it to the Annie Sloan chalk paint colors when I went to order it, to make sure I got the right color.

 While I waited for the paint to arrive I went on my Rockabilly Legends board and my Starlets board on Pinterest and saved a bunch of awesome images of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean to my computer.  I printed them onto card stock paper and cut them out. When the chalk paint arrived I went to town! I did a few coats to get it to look how I wanted, waited for it to be completely dry, then put on the Annie Sloan clear wax. The next day I mod podged the top of the nightstand with the 50’s icon pictures- which took a while to get them to fit, and cut some, and move some…  Then did the same for the bottom shelf the next day.  The day after that I did one more good thick layer of mod podge. The last thing I needed to do was find a handle to put on it. I went to the antique store and to my luck there happened to be one I thought would go perfectly with the vintage nightstand.  I wanted the handle to stand out, and to go with the black and white images of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash,  and James Dean- so I painted it black satin. Of coarse none of the screws I had fit!  So the last thing I did was go to the hardware store and get some…and….done!!  

I brought it by their house while they were at work and left it by the front door.  Then text him to let him know I made something for them and left it by the door.  I was SO happy and relieved when his wife called and told me she loved it!

vintage nightstand

Vintage upcycled nightstand

50's icon nightstand

vintage nightstand

DIY Rockabilly nightstand

vintage nightstand before upcycling

DIY 50's Icon table

Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash, & James Dean table nightstand

mod podged 50's icon nightstand

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint upcycled nightstand

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.

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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

My Favorite Vintage Inspired Rockabilly Swimsuits

Retro Swimsuits for Summer 2013

I have had so much fun looking for swimsuits this year. There are so many fun retro designs and rockabilly prints to choose from it’s hard to narrow it down to one or two, and if I could I personally would buy every swimsuit below! I love love love ruffle butt swimsuits and animal print…and cherries…and polka dots…and sailor girl swimsuits…and Marilyn Monroe inspired suits…and there are just so many I love I could go on and on! So here are My top 15  favorites (since I couldn’t stop at just 10)!

#1

retro leopard swimsuit

by BlackCatBikinis on Etsy

#2

Tiger print rockabilly swimsuit

by VintageSuitsbyMary on Etsy

#3

retro polka dot swimsuit

by RedDollySwimwear on Etsy

#4

Rockabilly nautical polka dot swimsuit

by Lolita Girl Clothing

#5

Nautical Rockabilly swimsuit

by MySugarDoll on Etsy

#6

zebra print rockabilly swimsuit

by BlackCatBikinis on Etsy

#7

leopard print retro swimsuit

by QofI on Etsy

#8

red and white polkadot rockabilly swimsuit

by Lolita Girl Clothing

#9

vintage ruffle swimsuit

by VintageSuitsbyMary on Etsy

#10

rockabilly cherry swimsuit

by Lolita Girl Clothing

#11

red polka dot rockabilly swimsuit

by RedDollySwimwear on Etsy

#12

leopard print rockabilly swimsuit

by VintageSuitsbyMary

#13

lace retro swimsuit

by Lolita Girl Clothing

#14

rockabilly checkered swimsuit

Harmony Threads on Etsy

#15

Houndstooth Rockabilly Swimsuit

by RedDollySwimwear on Etsy

Perfect Summer Time Rockabilly Halter Tops!

Red Pepper Boutique

This week I was lucky enough to discover Red Pepper Boutique on Etsy and I am in halter top heaven! Where I live in California a good part of the summer is over 100 degrees.  When it is that dang hot outside I don’t like to wear sleeves or stiff restricting clothing, I want to wear as little as possible and be as comfortable as I possibly can.  Red Pepper Boutique has amazingly cute halter tops in a variety of our favorite Rockabilly patterns- Gingham, nautical, polka dots, leopard, and solids. Not only are the styles super cute and sexy- they’re Cotton!!  Red Pepper Boutique‘s Rockabilly halter tops are made to order, which is a bonus for anyone who’s measurements don’t land within any of the typical size categories!  Soft, comfortable, stretchy, cool, cute, sexy, made to order, Rockabilly halter tops= Red Pepper Boutique.  Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!!!

rockabilly nautical halter top

Leopard Rockabilly Halter Top

rockabilly gingham halter top

Nautical style rockabilly halter top

rockabilly polka dot halter top

red and leopard rockabilly halter top

Rockabilly tube top

… or go with a perfect summer time dress!

Rockabilly Nautical Dress

strapless rockabilly dress

Rockabilly Wedding Cakes, Part 8

Wedding Cake Inspiration- Rockabilly Style!

It’s been a while but I’m back sharing some of my favorite Rockabilly Wedding cakes.  There are so many beautiful and inspiring cakes it’s always difficult to pick which ones to share.  Today’s cakes make up a variety of Rockabilly and Psychobilly fun colors and themes, with a mixture of polka dots, leopard, tattoo flash, cherries, Vegas, pinups, and skulls!

Polkadots and Cherries cake

Rockabilly wedding cake

by Laura barton

rockabilly polkadot theme wedding cake

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Black and white wedding cake

by Cotton & Crumbs

Pink and White polkadot wedding cake

by bubolinkata on flickr

Rockabilly Tattoo wedding cake

frillscakeshop.com

Psychobilly wedding cake

cakesdecor.com

Sailor jerry pinup wedding cake

by Jen’s Cakery on flickr

Cirque wedding cake

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Red polka dot wedding cake

by Sue Ann’s Bakery on flickr

rockabilly wedding cupcakes

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vegas wedding cake

freedsbakery.com

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