No Anthro-apologies: DIY Metalwork Hurricane

No Anthro-apologies: DIY Metalwork Hurricane

If you’re a reader of other blogs, you’ll quickly realize that some of the most popular posts are those that focus on “hacks” or “DIY versions” of famous-store items. Truth be told, I rarely do those kinds of posts…simply because I never shop at places like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, or Anthropologie. Sure, they’ve got gorgeous stuff each and every season, but Jon and I prefer our eclectic collection of odd, quirky, and cool stuff found anywhere but the mall.

BUT, I’m making an exception in this case. Sometime around Christmas of 2015, I picked up a big brassy-glass chandelier light cover at my local Habitat ReStore.Read more ›

What a Kick- Vintage Wooden Shoe Planters

What a Kick- Vintage Wooden Shoe Planters

Even though I’ve never traveled to the Netherlands, I’ve had a quiet fascination with all things Dutch for most of my life. Between the tulips and the windmills and spending summers not too far from Holland, Michigan, I suppose it couldn’t be avoided.Read more ›

20 Fun & Functional Garden Décor Project Ideas

20 Fun & Functional Garden Décor Project Ideas

It’s no secret that Yard & Garden upcycling projects are some of my favorites- in fact, I’ve made way too many planters, bird baths, and other garden décor pieces to even mention individually!Read more ›

A Bed Spring for a Spring Bed: DIY Nesting Material Holder

A Bed Spring for a Spring Bed: DIY Nesting Material Holder

Creating repurposed and upcycled projects for the yard- particularly birds- is something I just can’t stop doing! But this one is different- I promise. This idea came about from two unrelated thought paths in my head: (1) What could I repurpose to create a holder for nesting material?, and (2) When will I finally be creative with a old, rusty bed spring?Read more ›

Thrifting for the Birds…A DIY Suet Feeder

Thrifting for the Birds…A DIY Suet Feeder

It’s a new month which means it’s time for my latest upcycling project to appear on The Good Life Blog! This time, I decided to mix things up a little and do something outside. I *LOVE* a good DIY project for my yard and garden (especially for the birds), but a chilly South Carolina winter can make that challenging. But then I realized I could create a super simple & inexpensive suet feeder (perfect for winter) to hang in my yard…using a common thrift store item: Coffee Mugs!Read more ›

Garden Trellis from Vintage Yard Tools

Garden Trellis from Vintage Yard Tools

The vast majority of my blog posts and projects don’t have extensive stories behind them- I had an object, I had an idea, I did the project, I posted it here. That’s *normally* how things work around here and it’s not all that exciting.Read more ›

Floor Lamp Transformation to Charming Solar Lights

Floor Lamp Transformation to Charming Solar Lights

On one of our many day trips to Asheville, North Carolina, we swung by the Hospice Care Partners Estate Sale (you’ve heard me mention it before). While perusing the remains of the sale (now 50% off) I couldn’t pass up this gorgeous antique floor lamp.Read more ›

Broken Yard Urn Turned… Umbrella Stand

Broken Yard Urn Turned… Umbrella Stand

Consider this project an exercise in looking at things differently. Especially odd things…things you just can’t figure out…or, while thrifting, don’t know what their originally intended purpose even was.

That last part- about not really knowing what it originally was supposed to be used for- is exactly what happened to me the last time I was at my local Habitat ReStore. Before I even made it into the store, one of the items outside the front door caught my eye.Read more ›

Gardening Garb Clip Board

Gardening Garb Clip Board

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 ›

20 Upcycled Bird Feeders & Baths

20 Upcycled Bird Feeders & Baths

Ever since we moved into our house, I’ve been mildly obsessed with making our yard as bird-friendly as possible. I love having a yard full of chirping birds…and I geek out when a new species is spotted.
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