Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

There was a small but elegant chandelier just inside the front door of my childhood home. And one of the few cleaning tasks I actually enjoyed helping with was taking off the dangling crystals and giving them a yearly bath. Fast forward 30-some-odd years, and I still love a pretty chandelier crystal…so when I found this bag of…umm… “Phone Supplies” while thrifting, I squealed with glee.

Vintage chandelier crystals at Habitat Restore to be repurposed as Christmas ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Truly a bag of treasures.

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DIY / Repurposed Gift Ideas for Guys

DIY / Repurposed Gift Ideas for Guys

If you have a guy to shop for, then you may struggle with gift-giving…and you are certainly not alone! So, instead of buying presents at the mall, maybe it’s time to take a different approach. Over the years, I’ve created DIY/Repurposed projects for my husband (or something more unisex for myself), both decorative and functional.DIY / Repurposed / Upcycled gift ideas for Men and Guys by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Belt Hanger | Hat Stand | Bottle Opener | Domino Clock | Bar Glasses | Coasters

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Patchwork Flannel Draft Stopper

Patchwork Flannel Draft Stopper

You know I couldn’t get through 2016 without at least one flannel project, right? I’ve got oodles of flannel shirt bits- relics of 2015- that need to be used up. And with the temperatures dropping (FINALLY!) and that instinctual desire to make everything look cozy, I grabbed a trio of shirts from my stash.

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Recognize these from last year?

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Have Yourself a Serger Little Christmas…

Have Yourself a Serger Little Christmas…

If you live in or have traveled to the Carolinas, then you may know that this area has a long history in textiles. The mills still dot the landscape, with one in nearly every town- some are dilapidated, some just empty, some of have been converted into new commercial/residential use, and then there are still a few that operate to this day! So it should come as no surprise that relics of that industrial textile mill history (such as these old serger thread cones) can be found in nearly every antique store (and sometimes thrift shops!) in the region.

Vintage serger cone thread from industrial textile mill to be repurposed into Christmas trees by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I find these EVERYWHERE!

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Baubles to Bobbins: A Valet Turned Sewing Kit

Baubles to Bobbins: A Valet Turned Sewing Kit

Now- I know what you’re thinking: Sadie already created a sewing caddy once before. And you’re right…I still use it all the time, and the pins are safely tucked away from my cat, Cottonball. BUT…when I found this outdated jewelry valet with its padded top, I knew right away it would be a great little sewing kit for this month’s post for The Good Life Blog.

Vintage padded top jewelry box valet to be repurposed as a sewing kit box by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A fantastic repurposing candidate!

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Booked for the Holidays: Individualized Party Coasters

Booked for the Holidays: Individualized Party Coasters

Sometimes I walk the aisles of thrift stores and have “near-craft experiences”, which is when I have a repurposing idea immediately, right there in the shop. But there are plenty of times when I find a treasure with potential but don’t have a clear vision in mind. That, my friends, is what happened when I came across this adorable vintage set of coasters that looked like a bookcase of encyclopedias!

Vintage bookcase of "book" coasters need a Christmas makeover to become party coasters by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’m a sucker for “little” books.

I know, I know- I already played around with a vintage coaster set just a few months ago! But, bear with me- as my idea might come in VERY handy this holiday season…Read more ›

Salvage Couture: Reclaimed Furniture Applique Brooches

Salvage Couture: Reclaimed Furniture Applique Brooches

After reading the title of this post, you may be shaking your head…Does it really say Furniture Applique Brooches? And that’s ok- I know it sounds completely ridiculous! But if you bear with me for a few more paragraphs, I think I might convince you that the end result is pretty fantastic.

So, here’s how I got to this crazy idea: For two years now, I’ve had a bag of salvaged furniture appliques (those wooden embellishments that furniture makers put on chairs and armoires, etc.) just sitting in my craft room. I purchased them from Preservation Station in Nashville simply because I was high on architectural salvage and these were the only bits I could afford in the store!

Vintage salvaged wood furniture applique to be repurposed into a wearable brooch by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Old furniture appliques…ready to be repurposed!

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Halloween Motley Crew: “Haunted” Figurines

Halloween Motley Crew: “Haunted” Figurines

Here we go again with my latest contribution to The Good Life blog, the DIY/Lifestyle blog of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina. For October’s post, I went with a Halloween project (of course!) and decided to create something so ridiculously simple that anyone- and I mean ANYONE- can do it. Even if you don’t have a crafty bone in your body.Read more ›

Junkin’ Journey: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Junkin’ Journey: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Twenty-some odd years ago, my mother and I drove the family cars down from the Chicago suburbs to southwest Florida as part of their big move south. It was a sweltering June day and an otherwise fun road-trip. The otherwise part, though? One of the cars- the one I was driving- overheated in Chattanooga, Tennessee…and I had to drive with the heat cranked on in 90°F weather.

I realize I should have blamed Ford, but instead I blamed Chattanooga…and I hadn’t returned since. But I’ve lived half my life since that sweaty day, and decided to lift the ban and take a long, junkin’ weekend to Chatt-town. I’m happy to say that we had a fantastic time…and in true Chattanooga form, the past is quite literally water (from the Tennessee River) under the Bridge.Read more ›

A Barrel of BOOs: DIY Candy Stand

A Barrel of BOOs: DIY Candy Stand

Even though I have been trying oh-so-hard to work on projects from my garage stash, I still can’t help but swing by a thrift store now and then. Because, you just never know what you’ll find…like this vintage barrel stand, for instance. Based on my Facebook feedback, a LOT of folks had one in the home many moons ago, and lots of folks used it to hold their knitting supplies.

Vintage barrel bucket stand used for knitting at thrift store / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Did YOU have one of these back in the day?

Of course, I wanted to repurpose it in a new and unique way…but this time around? I’d do so without doing ANYTHING to it!Read more ›