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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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 ›
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.Read more ›
Raise your hand if you had one of these “candle lanterns” in your house 30 years ago? I am 99% sure we had one in ours…so when I saw this one at the thrift store, I snapped it up because I had a Halloween idea in mind.
Sometimes I go to the thrift store and come away empty-handed, bummed out, and treasure-less. But then there are those magical times when I walk in and immediately have a “near-craft experience”. And by that, I mean I spot a thrifty treasure and know what I plan to do with it…immediately! That, my friends, is what happened when I walked up to this faded orange and black straw tote bag.
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.
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…
…And my “Mad for Plaid” train continues to chug along- hopefully you aren’t sick of it yet!! I think this is a pretty fun idea for Fall-turn-Winter décor, and it’s brilliantly easy to do.
SO. Here’s how this all started.
A page that I follow on Facebook posted this GREAT idea to do in colder climates- tie winter scarves on trees around your town with a little tag that says something like, “I’m not lost! If you’re stuck out in the cold, take this scarf to keep warm.” How awesome is that?
So, I went to a few thrift shops to gather some scarves for this little charitable deed and was awestruck by all of the gorgeous vintage wool scarves for sale…for, like, a dollar each! Each one had a little flaw here and there- a snag, a moth-eaten hole, etc. But I threw them in my cart anyway- it was like a passport through the UK!