Last year around this time, I put together a round-up of Repurposed Classroom Items (globes, rulers, desks, etc.). September is all about back-to-school, after all! But along those same lines, it conjures up the idea of Friday Night Lights and all things sports. Upcycling sports equipment is something I’ve dabbled in, but only with tennis rackets. I’ve upcycled racket heads into oversized cross stitch…
This…this is kind of a crazy project, just so you know. I won’t dwell on the details, but it’s worth noting that this was NOT the Autumn wreath I had originally planned on. The first one was a complete and utter disaster and is now known as “the wreath who shall not be named”. Suffice it to say, not all of my ideas are winners!
BUT…as I changed course with a new idea, I decided to take on a challenge- which started with a pretty plaid shirt from the thrift store.
To this day, my most popular project ever…of all time…is the vintage bandana bowl covers I made in 2015. Unsurprisingly, I snap up soft, worn bandanas whenever I see them at secondhand shops- but usually only use the red and blue ones for bowl covers. So, when I was digging through my fabric stash, I realized I had a glut of black and orange bandanas…and an idea started to form.
As soon as the first inkling of Fall hits- be it a nip in the air, the faintest color on leaves, or pumpkin ANYTHING- we get a hankering for a road trip into the mountains. Autumn and mountain life just seem to go hand-in-hand…and since it’s September, it seemed natural for us to pack up the truck in search of vistas and vintage. This time around, we decided to go back to Boone, North Carolina- a place we’ve been before but never fully explored.
Home of Appalachian State University, it’s an energetic college town smack dab in the- you guessed it- Appalachian Mountains. And since we were driving through Blowing Rock, North Carolina on the way to Boone, we couldn’t help but stop at a few shops along the way…Read more ›
It’s a new month which means I’ve created new project for The Good Life blog- the DIY/Lifestyle blog hosted by Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina that I am a contributor for. Now that cooler weather is approaching (hurray!), I thought a coffee-themed project would be wonderfully seasonal.
One of my favorite, FAVORITE things to find at the thrift store is a wooden cutting board- even the ones that are terribly beat up and even a little gross. Why? Because they are super inexpensive and really easy to repurpose into a fresh idea. So when I found this little gem (for a whopping $0.60), I snapped him up immediately.
I have to admit- when I first decided to create coasters from salvaged wood, I had a very different vision in mind. Here’s how it began…
I went to a salvaged wood sale and filled up my car with some fantastic pieces. There were…just a few planks to choose from…
It’s hard these days to get away from the idea of “Farmhouse Style”- not that I WANT to get away from it. In fact, I completely understand its appeal. However, I have a very difficult time defining and describing it. It’s almost as if it’s a culmination of the best aspects from shabby chic, industrial, and primitive styles.
And while my entire home isn’t committed to the style (i.e., I don’t commit entirely to ANY one style!), I enjoy adding small touches and projects that would likely win Joanna Gaines’ approval. I’ve done a few farmhouse-ish projects over the years: a rustic tray…a DIY message center…and this embroidered feed sack, but I decided to gather up a few favorite ideas to inspire not only myself, but you, too!Read more ›
Getting locked out of the house is not fun at all, is it? It happened to me once, and that was all it took…from that day forward, I decided to “take steps” to ensuring that it would never happen again (pun intended). But, hiding a key under a rock wasn’t good enough for me- where’s the DIY/repurposing fun in that??
Creating mosaic concrete stepping stones has been a popular DIY for a while now, so that in itself is nothing new. But I had this idea that I wanted to try out- What if I created a DIY mosaic stepping stone with a key-hiding pill bottle embedded in the concrete??
And to test my theory out, I needed an inexpensive cake pan from the thrift store that would serve as my concrete mold/mould. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
For years, I’ve watched bloggers create unusual address signs / house numbers for their front doors and porches. They’ve used everything from nautical buoys, to salvaged wood, to vintage metal milk jugs. And I waited…sometimes patiently, sometimes not…for the right idea for OUR address sign to come to me.
And then it did. In the most UNUSUAL of items.
So there I was at the Country Living Fair, my hands full of treasures and a body full of exhaustion. I was ready to leave, but hit one last booth before I departed: Olde Tyme Marketplace. And there, like a DIY beacon of hope, was a pile of reclaimed barn stall numbers…with one sporting our very own house number perched right on top.
When you think of Augusta, Georgia, chances are visions of golf, azaleas, and green jackets come to mind, thanks to The Masters tournament. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy Augusta…or its sister-from-across-the-river city, North Augusta (which is in South Carolina). One of my all-time favorite vintage shops is in Augusta, and was the catalyst for this trip. But this time around, I checked out a few other shops and wanted to share them with you!Read more ›