American flag DIY

I thought I would share how we made the big flag (5 feet by 37inches) over the mantel. I think it would look equally wonderful inside or instead you could make it a union jack.
Here is a little checklist of what you need.

1.We went to home depot and had 4 1x10 pine boards cut all 5 feet long. (The more knot holes the better) 2. On a flat surface lay them side by side. Use 3 1x4¹s to hold the boards together. These can be nailed or screwed it. The big boards are horizontal and the 1x4¹s are vertical.
 3. Sand the edges of the flag.
4. Draw your outline (stripes etc.) in pencil on the wood
 5. Prime the front and sides of the flag with orange shellac. This should dry in about an hour. (This will make the wood a little darker. If you want the wood to be really dark you could stain it first and then seal with the orange shellac)
 6. Paint the front of the flag with crackle medium. Follow the instructions on the can. When it is dry you paint on your red, white and blue. The variations in brush strokes and thickness of paint will give you different effects. Enjoy the process and don't worry how it is looking. We are going for rustic here. You might want to do the red and let it dry before doing the white. You don't want to have the wet colors touch each other.
7. When the blue is dry you can add the white stars. I did mine free hand but you could also try a stencil.
8. When it has been dry for a day you can add a layer of paste wax made for dark furniture. Follow the directions on the can. But basically you add a thin layer with an old cloth, let it dry for 20 min and then polish.
(If you need a different size just use smaller or less boards. )

If you give it a try I would love to see a photo!

Happy almost 4th of July!


vintage wallpaper

I have always been drawn to vintage wallpaper. The big florals are usually my favorite.  You can click on the number to go to the link where I found them....vintage wallpapers
Garage and estate sales are great places to find vintage remnants.

Etsy and ebay are great places to find both remnants and larger quantities.


I love using wallpaper to make my 3 ring binders a little cuter....
I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend!



Our big 50% off sale is here! With Nashville temperatures in the high 90's I am living in dresses these days. Here are a few of my favorites from our Spring line.

How about you....do you prefer dresses or shorts with a top?


colorful vintage straw bags

One of my favorite things about Summer is getting to use my vintage straw bags. I love how they add a fun and one of a kind look to any outfit. The following are a few of today's Etsy finds that have me tempted....





How about you...do you like vintage straw bags?


Nashville Fashion Alliance

When I started Kayce Hughes, to find a seamstress, I had to put an ad in the newspaper. Luckily the ladies I found I am still working with today, but I keep thinking how nice it would have been to have had the NFA back in those days.

I'm thrilled with everything that is going on in Nashville right now. There is a larger community of designers, craftsman, and entrepreneurs than ever before and I believe this collective knowledge is key. Investing in the Nashville fashion industry which now includes more than 150 brands means that instead of each person figuring out every detail by themselves, they will be supported by seasoned designers, small local factories, and mentors. More than anything, I'm excited to create meaningful jobs for the people of Tennessee. That alone is a worthwhile endeavor.

“Great creative communities don't just happen. Running a start up or an established business is more than a full time commitment. It often takes an organization whose sole purpose is to support that community to see an entire industry thrive.

Over the last few years, Nashville's Fashion scene has absolutely exploded with talent. We are now home to over 150 growing fashion brands. This community also includes stylists, models, photographers, manufacturers, tech companies, textile companies, and many others that work in the fashion industry. 

Our mission is to provide these creative companies with infrastructure, resources and support while at the same time creating needed jobs in our community.” -NFA Kickstarter

I'm happy to announce that the NFA Kickstarter has already raised over $30,000 but we have a ways to go and only 23 more days to make it happen! To read more and to help us reach our funding goal, click here.


Perfect Picnic Hummus

Our current Spring collection is all about the Perfect Picnic. To me, there is nothing better than a beautiful day, a picnic basket full of yummy food, and getting to share it with your favorite people. When the weather turns nice, I love having a stash of fresh hummus in the fridge at all times.  It's delicious with veggies or Stacy's (my favorite) multigrain chips.  I love to cook my own dried chick peas, but in a pinch canned will do just fine.  With this recipe, it's super easy to make a giant batch and it also freezes well.  Great for a picnic!

Click here to download a printable version of my Picnic Hummus recipe card!


The Salty Girl Dress

My very creative friend Gen arrived at one of our Nashville store events wearing this fabulous vintage dress, and I knew immediately that I had to incorporate it into our Spring collection.  We updated it slightly by lowering the neckline and adding hidden sideseam pockets while keeping the inspiration of the original. We offer it in our signature cotton in the bueno red stripe, navy denim, and blue pink floral. Click here to view the Salty Girl dress in our online shop.


P.S. I Love You: Free Printable Art

Happy Valentine's Day from me to you! Click here to download a free printable version of my latest watercolor art.