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.
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.
But as I was putting the Etsy listing together, a project idea started to percolate…Read more ›
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of thrifting and repurposing have taught me a few things- and one of those is that secondhand shops will ALWAYS have outdated lampshades available- in every size, shape, and color imaginable.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.
Sure enough, I spied with my little eye these maroon-colored lampshades that instantly made me think of fez hats! They were wrapped in tassel-like material and starting to come undone- but their shape was ideal for what I had in mind!
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.
Plus- once I had my own pair of personalized wooden shoes, there was the wonderment of St. Nicholas Day!
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!
And every year as Spring rounds the corner in March, I get antsy to create something new for our yard (and quite possibly something new for our neighbors to cock an eyebrow at!). I’m by no means alone- some of my favorite bloggers create all kinds of projects for their yards and gardens- the fun and the functional! So I’m turning to them to spark my creative muse…ready for some fantastical ideas?
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?
And that’s when the idea started…sure, I could have repurposed an old suet cage as a holder, but that’s been done before and I like to be different! So here we are…with a rusty bed spring and some simmering creativity…Read more ›
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 ›
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.
This project, however, is truly an exception! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
It all started out when I thrifted several old garden shovels for a Halloween project. Well, try as I might, the spooky project was a failure. I let the dust of my frustration settle before going back to the drawing board- I had the old tools after all- I just needed a new idea!