Country Living Fair // Nashville

Craftivity Designs | April 27, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Over the weekend my mom and I attended the Country Living Fair in Lebanon, TN {which is just outside of Nashville}. We had been once before, in Ohio, 7 or so years ago and were looking forward to heading back!

via Instagram

The Country Living Fair is hosted by Country Living Magazine and features handmade goods, vintage items and antiques similar to what you'd see in an issue of their magazine. Along with shopping you can also attend numerous shows and seminars throughout the weekend, too.

To give you a taste of what you could find at the Fair... here is a peek at some of my favorite items and booths.

via Deann Art IG

This artist is local to Nashville and her paintings are incredible.

I bought two of these lumbar pillows from French Laundry Home for my Dining Room. They had a huge selection as you can see by the size of their booth.

via French Laundry Home IG

My mom and I loved these jackets made from pieces of lace tablecloths. Lavender and Old Lace had beautiful lace runners, lace tablecloths and chenille baby items for sale, as well.

 This booth, by Tadpole Creations, might just be one of the cutest ever...

via Tadpole Creations IG

They had tons of cute stuff for kids; but I chose this fabric strip pillow for our Master Bedroom.

I was tempted to buy several things in this booth. The vintage school maps were probably at the top of my list {I just wasn't sure where I'd hang it}; but I also loved the large baskets and metal letters.

via Kobenstyle Home IG

 Somehow, I missed seeing these Turkish Towels; but came across them in their IG feed.

via Kobenstyle Home IG

Dop Dop Designs {such a fun shop name, btw} had colorful aprons and cloth napkins. Their booth just felt happy!

via Dop Dop Designs IG

Lois Pearl's booth was also very colorful and my favorite item was the two-sided infinity scarves. She chose some great fabric combos.

via Lois Pearl IG
Finally, I came home with a new succulent. Unfortunately, it was on our way out and I have no idea which booth it was from; but there were several vendors selling succulents and plants.

If you'd like to see more, check out the #clfair hashtag.
Have you ever been to a Country Living Fair? Is there another fair you'd recommend? I'd love to hear!

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | April 24, 2015 | 1 Comment so far
Happy Friday everyone!  This week's Kick-Off Friday is filled with fun and creative ideas, let's see what we've got!

1. Love the look of open shelves?  Why not take it a step further and replace a cabinet with some beautiful DIY copper shelves.  Visit Boxy Colonial to see the awesome before and after!

2. Need a new headboard?  Skip the traditional styles and make your own by using your favorite rug. Check out All Things Thrifty for the steps on how you can make your own version.

3. The weekend is all about fun and games, right?  Stop by Dwell Beautiful to see how you can make your own DIY chalkboard Scrabble board and let the games begin!

4. Show off your Instagram pics with a DIY fabric wrapped photo frame in your favorite springy colors! Go to Flamingo Toes to see the details.

That wrap's up this week's collection, did you find any ideas you want to try this weekend?  If so, tell us on Facebook or Twitter, we'd love to see your weekend projects!

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Making 3 Simple Goals // Week #4

Craftivity Designs | April 23, 2015 | Be the first to comment
I'm back a day late to discuss my goals for the week. I mentioned it was going to an unusually busy week -- and it was; but I still got a fair amount done. This next will be the same which means I'll be choosing simple goals for this week, too.

So, how did I do?

The easiest task for the week was fixing some wall scuffs in the stairwell and a paint touch-up in the dining room. However, even though it was the easiest, I only fixed the paint in the dining room. Next week, I'll work on the wall scuffs.

Status: 30%

We were thisclose to finishing the guest bedroom closet; but I was one bracket short. Such a bummer; but it's already on it's way from Amazon. The contents of the closet aren't really organized yet; but here's a glimpse at what we did.

Status: 90%

Our coat closet is a little more functional; now that the winter items are stowed away, the summer items are easy to access... and with the addition of some labels!

Status: DONE!

Here are the goals for week #5...


{something that isn't right}

Fix those wall scuffs in the stairwell. Yes, your eyes aren't fooling you, they aren't really visible in this photo.


{something that is incomplete}

We'd love to finish our dining room light. We are finally really close; it has been such a project {which I'll explain when it's all finally done}. We really don't know if we'll be able to finish it this week or not since that will depend on if everything "works;" but we want to try! Wish us luck :)


{something that makes life easier}

Now that our guest bedroom closet is finished {well, when we get that bracket on Saturday}, I want to get it organized. My clothes are going to go in there temporarily until we have wardrobes in our bedroom.

What would be your 3 goals this week?

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Fave Local Shop Opens Online // Miss Molly Vintage

Craftivity Designs | April 22, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Erica and I have shared about Feather Your Nest in Lexington before and one of our favorite booths is Miss Molly Vintage.

Unfortunately, if you weren't local, you couldn't take advantage of her lovely little booth filled with thrifted items and local artist's work.

That is, until recently -- Miss Molly Vintage has opened an online store and I've been loving everything she's been sharing on Instagram and Facebook.

As "virtual" shop owners ourselves, we love to feature other local shops and artists who are selling online. Here are a few of my favorite items that she has listed.

Kentucky Food Map Print

Vintage Enamel Colander

2' x 3' Sheepskin

Vintage Brass Vase
If you're local, stop by the store... and if not, I hope you check out her online shop. I might be putting a couple sheepskins in my cart because IKEA is too far away -- and I'd rather buy it from a small business {yes, even as much as I like IKEA}. If I didn't already have a couple colanders, I'd be buying that, too.

What is your favorite local shop? Do they sell online? Or do you sell online? We'd love to see the shop!

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DIY Thrifted Jewelry Organizer

Craftivity Designs | April 20, 2015 | 1 Comment so far
Last week I told you how much I loved my spice jar project. Well, I feel similarly about this one because it also combines thrifting and organization!

If you've followed us a long time, you might remember my golden duck bracelet holders. I still like those guys; but I'm not going to have many flat surfaces in our new bedroom. So, I've been on the hunt for something that would organize my jewelry and hang on a wall.

I found this spoon rack at Feather Your Nest and instantly knew it would be perfect for a DIY Jewelry Organizer.

The wood was in good shape; but I wanted my jewelry to be the focal point. I chose a creamy gray paint called Wet Cement from Martha Stewart Crafts.

The soft gray looks quite lovely against the navy walls, too.

I love it when functional items are also decorative. I feel that way about this project. It brightens up the walls and is interesting -- just like the qualities I'd try to find in a piece of art.

The elements in this space are definitely coming together. There is plenty more to do; but I'm so pleased with where it is going!

Have you transformed any thrifted items lately? If so what was it?

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