Coastal Farmhouse Seaglass Candles

Coastal Farmhouse Seaglass Candles

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it is just wickedly hot here- so much so that I long to stay inside where the A/C blows cold and I can daydream about the elusive cool summer day spent on the coast. And with that idea in mind, I decided it was time to create another beach house décor project.Read more ›

Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

For years and years, I lived near the coast in South Florida- both on the Atlantic side and the Gulf side. And even though I am now landlocked in the Appalachian foothills, I still enjoy the tranquility of coastal décor- whether it’s the white/aqua/tan color palette or the childhood beach memories it conjures up, there’s just something about it that’s breezy and relaxing. I mean, really, who knew décor could feel breezy?Read more ›

She’s Gone Coastal…with DIY Sea Glass Bottles

She’s Gone Coastal…with DIY Sea Glass Bottles

As most of you know, my repurposed and upcycled projects usually come to fruition as a result of (a) my pickin’ adventures across the South, or (b) “shopping” from my junk stash in our garage. But this project has a very different- and unfortunate- backstory.Read more ›

Goodwill Blogging: New Opportunities and Projects (August 2015)

Goodwill Blogging: New Opportunities and Projects (August 2015)

So I have some exciting news- for me, at least, and hopefully for you, too! Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina has re-vamped their blog with an entirely new team of writers, including yours truly. We are a wonderfully diverse team of bloggers– fashion thrifters, DIYers, foodie writers, and home decorators who will bring you new projects and ideas throughout each month. Goodwill is obviously our thrift shop of choice, but it’s just a great idea to spotlight the idea of thrifting and buying secondhand goods. You all know I’m a big believer in it- and a lot of you are, too- so I’m definitely looking forward to yet another way to keeping the “buying used” movement going!

I want to make sure I bring my Goodwill projects to my blog as a way to chronicle everything I make. I encourage you to visit the full Good Life Blog, too, of course- but since my blog is my “journey of making”, it’s important to showcase those projects here, too. Hopefully you won’t mind and I promise to bring you a brand new project next week- and it’s one I think you’ll really like!Read more ›

Coastal Crafting: DIY Japanese Fishing Float

Coastal Crafting: DIY Japanese Fishing Float

Well, my summer mantelscape is nearly complete, but I decided to try one more project to finish it off. You may recall that I recently posted my Summer Jar project, and those are working the mantel quite nicely, along with some driftwood and pretty antique glass bottles in aquas and blues. I had thought some antique Japanese fishing floats would fit in swimmingly- but I never ended up finding any in my recent trips to various antique stores.

So, I DIY’d it. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Even though I’m enjoying every colorful, breezy moment this spring, I can’t help but plan ahead for summer décor. I don’t do much decorating for summer- but I do tend to bring a little of the coast inside. Some seaglass here, some driftwood there- you get the idea.Read more ›

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. Though I now feel settled and home in the foothills of the Appalachians, I do have fond memories of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan. Maybe not quite as exotic as a tropical locale, but full of treasures- crinoid bits, pretty Petoskey stones, beautiful beachglass, and gorgeous pieces of driftwood.Read more ›

How to Teach Old Pearls New Tricks

How to Teach Old Pearls New Tricks

The first time I saw my friend, Emily, after she had returned from a trip to France, she was wearing this amazing necklace crafted from linen and pearls. I just loved it on her and made a mental note to acquire something similar for myself one day.Read more ›