Below are 5 of the best times to break out your new retro inspired swimsuit
Hit The Beach On The First Hot Day Of Summer
That Summer Pool Party You Are Attending
During Your Summer Vacation To A Hot Destination
At That Summer BBQ with a pair of Jean Shorts
Around The House When You Want To Beat The Summer Heat
One Piece Retro Inspired Swimsuits
Body type and size are not the only reasons to wear a one piece bathing suit this summer. A lot of women think that they couldn’t pull off a two piece bathing suit. For too many years now a lot of women have felt that their body is not good enough for a two piece bikini.
Well we are here to tell you they are wrong. Women of all body types can look amazing in both a one piece and a two piece bathing suit.
Go back to any automobile magazine or calendar from the 1950s and you are almost guaranteed to see a pin up girl.
The beauty of the pin up inspired bathing suit is the come in both one piece suits and two piece suits. Both look amazing and both look totally vintage.
To truly go after that pin up look you are after you will have to accessorize your outfit. Hair up, bright red lip stick, and a bandana in your hair or tied around your arm, hair, or neck are all pretty authentic pin up girl looks.
Next we will have a look at some of the most beautiful retro inspired two piece bathing suits. To be truly retro the bathing suits these two pieces are slightly less revealing than their modern counter parts. They still show off the beauty of the female form they just leave a bit for the imagination.
As we said above any women can pull off the look of a two piece bathing suit. These bathing suits are just not for tiny young women. Women of all shapes and sizes can wear a two piece. You just need the confidence to know that you are beautiful. If you believe it people will see it!
Nothing has that retro inspired swimsuits feel like a high waisted bathing suit. Although the top can be both high and low but the swimsuit bottoms are meant to sit high on a woman’s hips. The look is not for everyone as most modern woman want their bathing suit bottoms on a two piece suit to sit low or be as minimal as possible.
10 Ideas To Make Your Outdoor BBQ Entertaining A Success
These 10 ideas to make your outdoor BBQ entertaining a success are sure to turn your annual BBQ into the talk of the town. Throughout North America you can almost expect to be invited or host a BBQ during the summer months of June, July, and August.
Although the weather can start to drop in September there will still be a few great autumn days left to host your BBQ. To be honest though you can host a BBQ anytime of the year not matter if it is rain, shine, snow, or sunny days.
One of the best ways to greet any guest to an epic BBQ on a hot day is to meet them with an ice cold drink. As we all know the devil is always in the details. Even your glasses are going to be judged by your guests. Although most won’t care if they are greeted with your classic disposable red cup.
The problem with these cups is they are plastic and bad for the environment. Most of these cups are plastic also but they are not meant for a one and done party. They can be used year after year at your annual BBQ.
As the summer heats up a lot of us reach for a beer, wine cooler, or mixed drink. Well summer 2017 is going to be the season of wines.
No matter if you are into reds, whites, or roses you have to make sure you present it well to your guests. Having a nice set of wine glasses probably isn’t necessary for your backyard BBQ. The last thing you want to do is spend a ton of money on new wine glasses and have them break on your deck or backyard patio.
At just over the midpoint of our 10 ideas to make your outdoor BBQ entertaining a success it is now time to look at some ways to keep your guests entertained. Backyard games are perfect for summer hosting as they keep your guests busy and give people a chance to mingle.
Hosting a party with competitive games is one of the best icebreakers you can have to engage your guests.
5 Vintage Wedding Arches for your Perfect Summer Wedding
Vintage Wedding arches have been termed an important tradition of the big day. They can symbolize a number of things for many out there such as the protection provided from the couple’s parents to the home the newlyweds will build together. Other than religious and cultural aspects, wedding arches can serve a number of purposes in today’s modern era. From providing a focal point to your wedding, to use as a ceremonial backdrop for photographs, to serving an anchor for outdoor non traditional wedding venues, wedding arches help to frame the most important day of your life. Be it intricate floral arbors to elaborate buildups or just simple fabric backdrops, the options are unlimited. Let’s take a glance at our top 5 favorite wedding arches for your perfect summer wedding.
Forest Wedding Arch
Comprising of ferns and white blossoms, this archway is sure to make your guests swoon. Flowering branches combined with soft flowers aim to give that rustic edge to an elegant setup. Hanging lanterns have been replaced with antique birdcages to further enhance that enchanted forest floor outlook. In case you’re aiming for the mystique and oh so fairy tale approach, then this arch is surely for you.
Sometimes less is definitely more. For those who love to keep it traditional, this wedding arch is for you. The timeless classic consists of greenery and white roses, arranged in a graceful manner. The white and green combination gives your guests that subtle yet beautiful touch to your wedding event.
Those who wish to exchange vows in front of a serene landscape such as gorgeous mountains and beaches; an extravagant backdrop is needlessly required. All you need to enhance the natural décor of your location is a simple arch in the shape of a crest.
This wedding arch comprises of eight archways that line the aisle. An array of fresh flowers such as baby’s breath, silk wisteria and orchids can be used to create that stunning approach to your décor. The bride is surely to be remembered as she walks towards her groom through each of these beautifully arranged arches.
The flower covered gate wedding arch is the perfect selection for those getting married at a historical site. It comprises of a romantic canopy covered by a gorgeous array of bouquets as well as a floral adorned antique gate. This will add a relaxed atmosphere to your wedding venue, setting the right tone to great evening. The style would go perfect with a rustic vintage theme.
It’s every couple’s dream to make their wedding day the most memorable event of the year. By selecting the correct wedding arch, you can entirely change the mood of the ceremony, giving it poise and sophistication. So get inspired and set to have the most impressive summer wedding ever.
A great way to bring back the traditional holiday feeling is to give primitive Christmas gifts to your friends and family. Over the years we have added a more commercial approach to how we handle the Christmas Holidays. Gone are the days when friends and family would make their Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Over time we have moved from the DIY primitive Christmas gifts we use to give to now just giving gift cards to friends and family that we picked up a the local grocery store or gas station.
Well things are moving back to a more simpler time for some people. We are now seeing a movement of people who not only want to make their own gifts to give to loved ones but we also are seeing a handmade movement exploding online. In addition to the handmade movement we are also seeing a trend with people moving towards a nostalgic rustic approach to home decor and fashion. The modern Christmas industry is also following these trends as well.
Wood – Homemade wooden toys, ornaments, barn board crafts, and furniture make great primitive Christmas gifts to give to your friends or family.
Wool – Hand knitted wool scarves, socks, and sweaters are Christmas presents that your loved ones will truly cherish.
Metals – Personalized signs, crafts, and nick knacks make touching gifts that tell your friends and family you were will to take some time to not only make their gifts but also think about them.
Ceramics and Pottery – A great hobby to take up where you can learn to make your own gifts is pottery and ceramics.
Wax – For weekend DIYers why not learn to make your own Candles to give out as gifts this holiday.
Wine and Beer – A great gift to give during the holidays is a bottle of wine or beer that you have brewed yourself.
Food – Christmas baking and candy are always appreciated especially if you have taken the time to make it.
The Handmade Primitive Christmas Gift Movement
With the success of the online craft websites we are seeing more and more shoppers move towards buying their friends and family handmade goods. Handmade crafts are a one of a kind type of gifted. They are crafted by individuals just like yourself that love what they are doing. The handmade primitive Christmas gift movement is growing by leaps and bounds just for that reason. A handmade gift is a very personal gift that shows you really know and care about the person or people you are buying it for.
Below are just a few of the types of handmade primitive Christmas gifts you can find on the market place.
A great way to accessorize any type of traditional Christmas décor is to use primitive Christmas garland. Garland in itself is a great border. It can be used as a border around your Christmas tree, on your mantle and, also your staircase railing. Garland of almost any type can be used both in your home and also outdoors.
What makes garland so great to work with as a decorations over Christmas is it looks good almost anywhere and it is fairly inexpensive to make or even to buy. Buying an inexpensive set of plastic garland from your local department store can be easily decked out to look very expensive with things you can almost always find in your own backyard. A quick walk through your yard or local park and you are sure to find natural materials to spice up that boring plastic garland you can buy from the store. Pine Cones, dried berries, and twigs are great and easy ways to bring your garland to life.
Garland is a Christmas craft that almost anyone can do and also do well. As we said above it could be as easy as buying some cheap garland and building on it to make it in that primitive Christmas garland style you are going after or you can make it entirely yourself.
Even though you are looking at decorating with a primitive Christmas theme this year doesn’t mean you can’t buy lighted garland. You can have a traditional Christmas garland with bows, pine cones, berries by day but Christmas lights will just bring it to life in the dark cold nights leading up to Christmas. Nothing is more beautiful than Christmas lights reflecting off of your Country Garland Décor.
Garland can be country themed or it can also be used to highlight your Country Christmas Décor. When looking for country themed Christmas garland you will want to find a garland that highlights the country lifestyle. Things you use on your garland are probably things you will find around almost any farm. Traditional bells, bows, and pine cones are all accessories you can use to achieve that country charm.
Decorating with rustic garland décor doesn’t have to mean you are just using garland alone. Another great way to add life to your holiday decorating is by using rustic Christmas banners as a substitute to your traditional primitive Christmas garland. Christmas banners act very similar to garland and can also share a holiday message to with your friends and family. “Believe”, “Happy Holidays”, and “Merry Christmas” are three of the more popular messages you will find hanging in doorways, on mantles, and stairway railings.
Primitive Christmas garland is one of many Christmas decorations you can use to supplement your primitive Christmas décor this year. Using natural materials not only looks incredible but can add some natural smells to your holidays. Making your own garland out of pine boughs will give you that natural pine scent without actually committing to buying a real Christmas tree.
Primitive Christmas Crafts Wood is probably one of the most popular searched terms when it comes to primitive Christmas crafts. It is no surprise it is one of the most popular mediums when it comes to making and buying handmade Christmas Crafts. Christmas is a holiday that is based upon tradition and family values. There is just something very wholesome about rustic wooden Christmas crafts.
Wood carving and working in general have been around as long as Christmas has which makes it one of the perfect materials for making Christmas crafts. Some of the most popular wooden Christmas crafts are the most beautiful. These simple designs and styles are less intimidating to the average do it yourself home crafter. For those of you not confident in your woodworking skills not to worry you can buy a lot of beautiful wooden Christmas decorations both online and in your local department stores.
2016 is going to be one of the biggest years for Primitive Christmas crafts. Decorating with traditional Christmas decorations is a growing trend that is sweeping all of North America. A lot of families ours included have decided that we want to celebrate a more traditional Christmas this year. One that mirrors the ones we had as young children. One with less plastic disposable ornaments and one more with ornaments we can leave to future generations in our families.
Although we may all dream of being a professional wood carver or worker most of us are not. Woodworking is a skill that needs to be built up over the years and not something you can just pick up a month or two before the holidays. Even though you are probably not going to carve a masterpiece this year doesn’t mean that you can’t still make some truly beautiful wooden Christmas crafts. A quick search of the internet will put you in touch with some local classes to learn how to make some Christmas crafts.
Video sharing sites are another great place to learn how to make Primitive Christmas Crafts out of wood. Not all traditional holiday decorations have to be carved wood. Your do it yourself holiday crafts may be made from sticks, branches, or twigs. A quick search of do it yourself wooden Christmas crafts on your favorite video sharing site will reveal thousands of great projects you can do it home with your friends and family over the holidays.
Cheap Homemade Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
Living on a tight budget usually means you are going to have to buy some cheap homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations. There is no shame in looking for bargains over the holidays. Actually we encourage you to try to save a little money here and there.
To put it lightly Christmas is very expensive. From the end of October all the way up to Christmas Day we are constantly spending money. It is just a constant spending spree buying presents, decorations, food, drinks, and making charitable donations. So if you can create an opportunity to save a bit of money over the holidays do it!
Do it yourself primitive Christmas crafts are a great way to save on your holiday decorating. What make decorating under the Primitive Christmas theme is that you probably already have the materials at your home and it is a great crafting medium for people to introduce themselves to holiday crafting.
Primitive or the traditional style of Christmas crafting is very easy for people new to crafting to get involved in. The materials you will use to make primitive Xmas crafts and decorations are usually very expensive if not free. The materials you will use are typically things you already have in your home and also in your backyard. On the rare occasion you might have to stop by your local crafting store to pick up a couple things.
We all know that holiday crafting isn’t for everyone. Sometimes it is because of the time restraints life throws at us over the holiday season and you just don’t have time for Christmas crafting. Sometimes we just don’t have the confidence to display our crafts for our friends and family. Well you can still have some cheap homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations. Local farmers markets, flea markets, and crafting sites online are great places to shop for primitive Christmas crafts. Not only can you find some truly amazing holiday ornaments and decorations but you can also get them at a fair price.
Three of the most important areas to decorate in your home for Christmas are your Christmas tree, your dining room, and your fireplaces’ mantle. All three of the locations are the focal points of your home during the holidays and areas where you will do the majority of your entertaining.
A beautiful sight on a cold Christmas Eve is a fire blazing in beautifully decorated fire place. The warm fire is the perfect backdrop for some traditional Christmas stockings. Primitive Christmas stockings will really give your home that rustic country charm that you are going for this year.
When you are done decorating the inside of your home it is time to take you decorating for the holidays outdoors. A welcoming sight for your holiday guests is a well decorated yard and door way. Beautiful holiday lights are not the only way to bring your yard to life over the holidays. Vintage Christmas signs, rustic holiday wreaths, and Xmas themed welcome mats are great ways to add some holiday cheer to your neighborhood and invite your guests into you home.
Below are some examples of cheap homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations for outside of your home.
A great way to start off your Christmas decorating is to make some primitive Christmas crafts with you friends and family. Even though you may be new to DIY holiday crafting doesn’t mean that you can’t make some truly amazing Christmas ornaments and decorations.
The great thing about primitive Christmas ornaments and decorations is that the beauty of them is in their imperfections. For example you may be able to see the stitching on ornaments made from cloth or similar type materials. Unlike the ornaments you would find in your local department stores these ornaments have flaws or as I would like to call it character. The materials you are going to use for your Xmas ornaments and decorations can be usually found in your home or even by taking a walk around your neighborhood. So honestly don’t worry if you are new to crafting and are afraid to put your work out on display for your friends and family. They will see the beauty in your work and you may inspire them to craft along with you.
If you are still developing your Primitive Christmas crafts skills and don’t want to display your work this year well you are in luck. The internet is a great source for homemade Christmas crafts and decorations. People just like yourself from all over the world have turned their love for making crafts into side and full time businesses. As you can see from the examples on this page the work they do is pretty awesome and since it is primitive themed Christmas ornaments it isn’t perfect.
As we said above you could probably find the majority of the materials you need to make your primitive Christmas crafts around your home or by taking a quick walk around your neighborhood. Traditional Christmas crafts are made with traditional materials. They are simple yet beautiful and have a charming rustic feel to them.
Common Materials For Making Traditional Christmas Crafts
Cloth Or Material Christmas Ornaments – Includes wool, cotton, yarn, and burlap. Burlap is super popular this year for Christmas décor. It is rough to the touch but even a little bit instantly give your home that charming country Christmas feel you are after.
Ceramics and Glass Christmas Decorations – Taking a weekly ceramics or glass working class is a great way to spend time with friends and family over the holidays. You would be surprised the quality of work we have seen coming out of a beginners class.
Wooden Christmas Crafts – Can be made with all types of wood, branches, twigs, and sticks. Pine cones and acorns are great ways to accessorize your wooden Christmas ornaments.
Rustic wooden Christmas décor is one of those traditional Christmas materials that still look amazing in modern homes to this day. Wooden crafts of any type just scream out loud to all of your guests that the item was handmade and is vintage. Unlike plastic, wood has to be worked down into the shaped to form its end product. Plastic on the other hand is just poured into a mold and painted. Wood is a lot stronger than plastic and overall will last you for generations to come.
5 Popular Types Of Traditional Christmas Wood Crafts
Hand Carved Nativity Scenes – One of the most beautiful of all handmade Christmas ornaments depicts the birth of Jesus Christ and the Christmas tradition. Although a hand carved set is very expensive to buy but it will definitely become one of your holiday show pieces right up there with your Christmas tree.
Rustic Christmas Yard Signs – A wonderful way to you welcome your holiday guests is with a rustic wooden Christmas sign in your yard or entry way. Your holiday sign can be stained or hand painted to deliver whatever message of the holidays you are trying to send to your friends and neighbors.
Wooden Christmas Advent Calendars – Let the countdown to Christmas begin with a wooden advent calendar. Wooden advent calendars are a great way to build a child’s excitement for the holidays. Some of these rustic advent calendars just count down the days while others allow you to store small gifts or chocolates inside of them.
Wooden Nutcracker Statues – Nutcrackers are probably one of the most popular images throughout the Christmas holidays. Although you may not want to try and start carving your own as a first wood carving projects you can find some truly beautiful wooden nutcrackers both in stores and online.
Hand Carved Tree Ornaments – A great thing about hand craved primitive Christmas tree ornaments is that they are a lot harder to break than glass. In additions to being stronger they also add a vintage feel to your overall holiday decorating.
Two very popular places to decorate for the holidays are your stairwells and fireplace mantle. Garland of any type is a great way to add some Christmas spirit to both of these locations. As a primitive Christmas craft you can make your own garland to the specific lengths and styles you need to decorate your home for the holidays. Xmas garland traditionally looks very similar to your Christmas wreath and usually has some type of coniferous branches, pine cones, and berries, or flowers. Really the only difference is that it is a decorative chord that is used to wrap or rest on a mantle or railing in contrast to a holiday wreath that is circular and hung on doors.
Christmas garland also makes a great border for almost anything in your home. Garland can be hung around door frames, dining room tables, and as a decorative border to your Christmas tree skirt.
Cheap Homemade Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
In conclusion, this Christmas why not try and make some of your own primitive Christmas crafts. The do it yourself homemade approach to Christmas decorations will not only save you a little bit of money over the holidays but you never know. What you make this year may become a business for you by next year. Primitive Christmas crafts are a great way to de-stress over the holidays and are a great way to get the entire family together for some quality time together.
I’m not sure what it is but their is just something truly beautiful about homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments. It could be that they bring back some of the nostalgia of the holidays past or it could be that they are made of timeless designs that will look good on our Christmas trees forever. No matter what it is vintage Christmas ornaments really make me feel the spirit of the holidays.
Christmas is a time for sharing and also a time for spending time with friends and family. One of the best ways to bring the holiday cheer to your friends and family is to invite them over to do some holiday crafting with you. An afternoon on the weekend is a great opportunity to have loved ones over to make some homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments that they can take home with them. An evening with the kids making felt cut out is a great way to create your own family holiday memories. Children love to do crafts and as they grow up they can take the ornaments they made as a child and use them on their own Christmas tree. As a parent you will be setting them up for the future to make their own traditional Christmas crafts with their children also.
Although your elegantly decorated Christmas tree alone won’t give your entire home that traditional Christmas feel you are going for alone it is the centerpiece to your holiday decorating. Decorating for the holidays is just like any type of fashion or design. A look is truly achieved by all the small details you put into it. If you truly want to have a traditional primitive Christmas this holiday season you are going to have to decorate in the style from the inside out.
That vintage Christmas style is achieved by using certain type of Christmas ornaments and decorations. The style, color, and materials used will all need to be considered when decorating your Christmas tree for primitive style. Below are some of the most popular materials used to make homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments.
Popular Materials Used To Make Primitive Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments
The one thing the country speaks to is family. As we think about a rural lifestyle we think about more simpler times and a strong commitment to family values. Since Christmas is a holiday that revolves around family and tradition it is no wonder that these holiday decorations are so popular. These traditional ornaments are usually made with softer or duller colors. Brighter colors typically speak to more modern times of holiday decor. As we said above the material used will be
Deciding to completely switch your Christmas tree decorations over to homemade primitive Christmas tree ornaments can get very expensive if you try and do it all at once. When it comes to holiday decorations it is best to build your collection up over the years. Don’t worry about fads though. The traditional style of Christmas ornaments have been around for a very long time and they are not going anywhere anytime soon.
If you are like myself and not really the crafty do it yourself type you can find beautifully handmade Christmas ornaments online that won’t bust your Christmas budget. The internet is a great place to shop for deals on handmade primitive Christmas ornaments. A lot of people just like yourself have turned their passion for making beautiful rustic Christmas crafts into a business for themselves. You will find their is a lot of competition for this type of business online which helps keep the prices down. Also a lot of these craftsmen and women don’t have to pay for a storefront and staff which also reflects in the prices you pay.
As you decorate your Christmas tree from the bottom up you have to consider adding vintage Christmas tree toppers to the top of your Christmas tree. The lighting and topping of a Christmas tree is a common tradition for a lot of families throughout North America and Europe. It signifies that decorating of the tree is finally completed. Part of that tradition for a lot of families is to allow the younger children of the home to take turns topping the tree. I can remember as a child every second year being lifted up to put the final touch on our Christmas tree and top it with our Angel. The alternate years the honor of topping the Christmas tree was all my sisters.
The one thing about choosing to decorate for the holidays with a traditional or primitive Christmas theme is that what you buy now will never go out of style. Christmas at a very fundamental level is built on family traditions, goodwill, and peace. The ornaments and decorations we use to brighten up our homes for the holiday are second to this family bonding but they do help to create that perfect atmosphere for sharing and caring.
Planning on decorating a primitive Christmas tree takes a bit of planning. Actually planning any type of themed Christmas takes a bit of more work than just using the holiday decorations you have collected over the years. Part of this planning comes down to just knowing what to use. A traditional Christmas tree is decorated with handmade Christmas tree ornaments and has a certain nostalgic feel. The vintage Christmas tree toppers you use to achieve that primitive look this Christmas are very important to your overall holiday decorating. The tree topper is a huge focal point to any Xmas tree decorating. It’s just as important to your holiday decorating as your Christmas tree is. That is why it is so important to choose the perfect tree topper.
Three Of the most popular Traditional Christmas tree topper themes
Angels – Angles can be found on a large percentage of Christmas trees. Not only are they such a beautiful symbol of peace and happiness they have a religious significance to the holidays.
Stars – Another religious symbol of the holidays is a prominent well lit star. The three Wise Men used the stars to find their way to baby Jesus and it is not wonder we look for this symbol during Christmas.
Santa Claus – Santa Claus is probably the most popular commercial symbol of the holidays. The tradition of Santa has been around since the 16th century and his popularity has never been bigger.
As we said above Angels are very important symbol of peace, hope, and love. Those are three qualities each of us share with our friends and family over the holidays. They are probably qualities we should be sharing with everyone on everyday. But the holidays really bring out these qualities. Angels in general are a very elegant way to top any Christmas Tree. They usually use softer tones of white and gold. As a tree topper angles can be made out of glass, ceramics, or more commonly today plastic.
Two of the most popular types of lighted star Christmas tree toppers are the solid metallic star and the glittered start. Both are designed to catch and reflect the light of your Christmas lights and give you that real twinkle you see on natural stars in the sky. A lighted Christmas star only accentuates that twinkle even more as it catches and reflects even more light.
Santa Claus is the third and final style of tree topper in our vintage Christmas tree topper article. Although today Santa Claus is more of a commercial symbol he also speaks to goodwill and sharing. He brings a level of excitement to children on the holidays and adds a element of magic to Christmas. Something we could all use a lot more of throughout the year.