Here we are- in JANUARY- with the holidays behind us and a new year before us. And as a blogger, DIY/Repurposed décor projects during the winter months are tough…winter decorating during the often bleak days of January and February presents unique challenges. So, I decided to revisit an old favorite- flannel- with a new project…and it just so happens to be my January contribution to The Good Life blog, as well.Read more ›
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 BUT…when I found this outdated jewelry valet with its padded top, I knew right away it would be a great little sewing kit for this month’s post for The Good Life Blog.Read more ›
Alright, I have to confess- this project is SOOOO simple that it probably doesn’t warrant a full blog post…but I put one together anyway. I hope you don’t mind…who knows, maybe it’ll come in handy for you anyway- especially since it would make a fantastic DIY gift.
Some of you may already know this, but I make upcycled leather cuffs and sell them in my Etsy shop.
This means that I always have an inordinate number of belts in my craft room and it can get a little out of control! I decided I needed to do something about it…and here we are with this blog post.Read more ›
I’ve confessed my love of accessories to you before- particularly with scarves and vintage costume jewelry. But I am ALSO a lover of hats…especially during the humid southern summers! So, while I’ve made plenty of jewelry organizers over the years (and at least one scarf rack!), I was clearly overdue to make something for my hats.
Well, my friends…finally, that day is here!
I love the look of vintage hat stands, but they are hard to come by and unsurprisingly pricey. But the look- their shape- is replicable using a few parts & pieces from the thrift store…in fact, it was this set of wooden salad bowls that inspired my project.
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I think we can all agree that my mind works in mysterious ways- sometimes it’s a great thing (when a project works out!) and sometimes it’s bothersome (when a project fails). But once again, there I was in a thrift store, looking at everything through Sadie-colored glasses…including this very unassuming (and unexciting) wicker/metal wine rack.
It wasn’t old or unusual in any way…truly a thrift store wall flower blending in with its surroundings. But, its shape definitely sparked my imagination…
So, yes, here I go with another way to display and organize jewelry. But I was so excited by this one that I just couldn’t help myself. See, I’ve made a LOT of different jewelry holders over the years…but they’ve all been a little quirky- in a fun way! From spools, to cigar boxes, to coffee mug trees and balls of twine…they’ve been colorful and funky.
But not exactly elegant.
It was time…long overdue…to repurpose something a bit fancier into a way to store jewelry. And I already had the perfect piece in my junk stash- a silver candelabra from the thrift store.
How many times have I found something interesting at a thrift store…brought it home…repurposed it for my blog…and then realized I didn’t know what to call it? I’ll answer that for you- LOTS AND LOTS OF TIMES. A clever turn of a phrase can be completely foiled by a complicated description, and therein lies my frustration with this piece. It’s a candlestick…no wait, candlesticks…on a single base…but without arms, not a candelabra. Good gracious, what would you call it?
It’s a new month (and year!), which means it’s time for my latest upcycling project to appear on The Good Life Blog! I know everyone always talks about “Spring Cleaning”, but let me tell you- January, for me, is all about the purge! Decluttering, cleaning, organizing, and donating to Goodwill is a great way to start off the new year- who else feels that way? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Since I *love* a good jewelry organization & display project, I decided to create a new organizer using a wooden silverware tray that I found on a thrifting trip.
One of my favorite side effects of blogging has been developing new friendships with other fellow makers and lovers-of-vintage in Greenville. Many of them have become daily fixtures in my life AND sometimes they bring me DIY gifts- bits and pieces they have or find that could be transformed or provide inspiration.
Case in point- when my friend, Kristi, spotted this old gun rack at a thrift store, she figured I could use it…for something!… and handed it over.
I will be the first to admit that this project is pretty darn simple. But it evolved from a very real need- actually, a *few* very real needs. First, I was in my crafting room and emerged determined to use up some of my supplies…and second, I have a TERRIBLE habit of ripping off my gardening gloves in the garage, tossing them about, and then having a devil of a time finding them again.
So here we are- with a simple, but hopefully very useful project using salvaged wood, vintage clothespins, and some picture hanging wire.Read more ›