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 ›
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 ›
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 BUT…when I found this outdated jewelry valet with its padded top, I knew right away it would be a great little sewing kit for this month’s post for The Good Life Blog.Read more ›
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.
One of my favorite local thrift stores, Second Chances, has the most amazing linens section of any thrift store I’ve ever been to- and y’all already KNOW I’ve been around the thrifting block a few times. It’s a two-story, well-appointed shop, and the linens have an entire room dedicated to all things textile- pillows, comforters, curtains/drapes, pillows, etc. I just so happened to be passing by the table runner wall cubbies when I spotted a lovely yellow & blue runner that reminded me of jacquard ribbon in French country colors.
It was in lovely shape, save for a few wine stains in the center…but no matter at all…I only had plans for repurposing the ends. But what, pray tell, would I do with table runner ends, hmmm??Read more ›
Well, here we are again with the same tattered vintage quilt that I found at a thrift store…this time with Project #2! To refresh your memory, I found these quilts at a Habitat ReStore in the North Georgia Mountains. I ended up just purchasing one of them…the pretty lady on the left!
Back in April, I decided to use a less-tattered section of the quilt in my salvaged window frame to create the centerpiece of our Spring mantelscape. I love how it turned out, but better yet, I still have a few decent sections of quilt to work with! Read more ›
I have to admit- cat scratchers are hit-or-miss in this house. Wrigley rarely, if ever, uses them and Cottonball loves some scratchers…while ignoring others completely, with no rhyme or reason to his reaction either way.
Developing this project happened somewhat accidentally- I bought this piece as a component of another cat-related project (also from Olde Faithful’s Antique Mall), but ended up not using it- an old, large, completely dull and somewhat rusty kitchen grater.
…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!