From Bank to Birdhouse: A Log Cabin for the Birds

From Bank to Birdhouse: A Log Cabin for the Birds

It’s been a while since I created a bird project for our yard…so I decided to combine this year’s “Cabin” theme with an outdoors project. Since we always have nesting wrens and chickadees at our house, I wanted to make them a new, alternative abode.Read more ›

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

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.Read more ›

Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Funny story…so, while I was out thrifting one day, I came across these two Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. I didn’t actually know the term “hex signs” at the time, but I snapped them up with the intention of putting them in my Etsy shop. People collect Pennsylvania Dutch items…they were in relatively good shape and would be easy to ship, so it seemed like a no-brainer.Read more ›

From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

A new month means it’s time for yet another project for The Good Life Blog…I’m a little behind the 8-ball, though…this one went live in June but I’m just getting it up on my own blog now! Anyway…on to the project…Read more ›

Goodwill Blogging: Lampshades Repurposed into Hanging Herb Baskets

Goodwill Blogging: Lampshades Repurposed into Hanging Herb Baskets

Years of thrifting and repurposing have taught me a few things- and one of those is that secondhand shops will ALWAYS have outdated lampshades available- in every size, shape, and color imaginable. So, with gardening on my mind (and a quirky idea for my latest post on The Good Life blog), I headed to my local Goodwill.Read more ›

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 ›