Christmas Merry-go-Round: Vintage Postcard Carousel

Christmas Merry-go-Round: Vintage Postcard Carousel

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a spinning photo frame that was in excellent condition. I was fresh off a Christmas high, with several “coulda, shoulda, woulda” holiday project ideas bouncing around in my head. But it was January and time to move on, right?

Nope. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now.Read more ›

Deck the Halls…with Repurposed Ornaments

Deck the Halls…with Repurposed Ornaments

As a December 26th baby, I feel a special connection to Christmas- even if a birthday at this time of year is pretty underwhelming. Coupled with my love of repurposing and upcycling, it should come as no surprise to anyone that combining the two- Repurpose/Christmas- is something I look forward to each year. And while I haven’t done that many of them, repurposed ornaments are an exceptional favorite.Read more ›

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

There was a small but elegant chandelier just inside the front door of my childhood home. And one of the few cleaning tasks I actually enjoyed helping with was taking off the dangling crystals and giving them a yearly bath. Fast forward 30-some-odd years, and I still love a pretty chandelier crystal…so when I found this bag of…umm… “Phone Supplies” while thrifting, I squealed with glee.Read more ›

Have Yourself a Serger Little Christmas…

Have Yourself a Serger Little Christmas…

If you live in or have traveled to the Carolinas, then you may know that this area has a long history in textiles. The mills still dot the landscape, with one in nearly every town- some are dilapidated, some just empty, some of have been converted into new commercial/residential use, and then there are still a few that operate to this day! So it should come as no surprise that relics of that industrial textile mill history (such as these old serger thread cones) can be found in nearly every antique store (and sometimes thrift shops!) in the region.Read more ›

A Gun Rack that Stuns: Scrap Fabric Organizer

A Gun Rack that Stuns: Scrap Fabric Organizer

One of my favorite side effects of blogging has been developing new friendships with other fellow makers and lovers-of-vintage in Greenville. Many of them have become daily fixtures in my life AND sometimes they bring me DIY gifts- bits and pieces they have or find that could be transformed or provide inspiration.

Case in point- when my friend, Kristi, spotted this old gun rack at a thrift store, she figured I could use it…for something!… and handed it over.Read more ›

Repurposed Cheese Dome Ice Skating Pond

Repurposed Cheese Dome Ice Skating Pond

To this day, some of my favorite Christmas decorations include my waterless snowglobes. I don’t know what it is about them- perhaps that I made them myself…and that they include vintage “bits”… but I just love that look: A quintessential Christmas scene captured under glass.

While out thrifting a few weeks ago, I came across this cheese board/dome that just screamed “REPURPOSE ME!”. I knew right away that I could use the idea of a waterless snowglobe with the cheese dome, so it came home with me.Read more ›

DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

December is here, December is here! That means a lot of things to me- Christmas, my birthday (the big 4-0 this year!) and of course, a new project for The Good Life Blog! For this month’s project, I decided to create “gift” décor pieces to use on my mantel- bright colorful “presents” that are easy to make using inexpensive frames and linens from my local Goodwill store. In other words, DIY Christmas Gift Decor. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

A Thankful Round-Up: Holiday Projects & Recipes from My Favorite Bloggers

A Thankful Round-Up: Holiday Projects & Recipes from My Favorite Bloggers

Now that I’ve gotten in the habit of creating a month- or seasonally-themed round-up post (Back-to-School projects in September…Halloween projects in October…etc.), I needed to create an appropriate post for November. Autumn or holiday projects were an obvious choice, but I’ve decided to focus on the theme of “Thankful” instead of Fall.

I’m always singing the praises of my wonderfully supportive husband, Jon, because he is my blog’s biggest supporter. No one in my life knows just how much I put into this as he does…but my fellow bloggers also understand. They know…they know just how difficult and time-consuming it can be, yet we love it and continue on, even when the path is rocky. And so many bloggers have been tremendously supportive of me- by featuring Sadie projects, or sending me sweet notes, or even answering silly questions I’ve had along the way.

So this is my bloggy thank-you note to them: Autumn/Holiday/Christmas projects and recipes from my network of online friends, fellow bloggers that put their hard work out there, day after day. Blood, sweat, tears…sawdust and sprinkles. Thank you for all that you do…Read more ›

Vintage Light Fixture “Mercury Glass” Oversized Ornaments

Vintage Light Fixture “Mercury Glass” Oversized Ornaments

Today marks the official halfway point to Christmas, so why not celebrate with a holiday project?? By no means am I encouraging Christmas to arrive sooner…but for crafters like me, there is just NEVER enough time to do all of the yuletide projects!Read more ›

Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments

Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments

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When the Ball Company reissued their Spring Green mason jars earlier this year, I bought a pack of six to use as drinking glasses. That, of course, meant that the six lids were fair game for crafts!Read more ›