Upcycled Chamberstick Christmas Candy Dishes

Upcycled Chamberstick Christmas Candy Dishes

Truth be told, I didn’t know the word “chamberstick” before this project and blog post came about. You see, I stumbled up one…and then another chamberstick in the span of a single weekend- at two different thrift stores. I purchased them both thinking that I would figure out a project for these “old time-y candlesticks with handles” (which is what I Googled). And once I had the word “chamberstick” locked down, a project came to mind!Read more ›

Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage “Florentine” pieces are pretty common at antiques shops- you know what I’m talking about, right? The gold painted pieces like trays, jewelry boxes, etc.? Well, for years I’ve admired Florentine coasters and always secretly thought about turning them into ornaments. But I couldn’t bear the thought of purchasing a perfectly good, full-priced set and doing that. However…I stumbled upon a baggie of plain gold coasters at a favorite thrift store earlier this year. So, I decided I could DEFINITELY upcycle these without a second thought!Read more ›

Nordic Style Christmas Tree from a Repurposed Coffee Mug Tree

Nordic Style Christmas Tree from a Repurposed Coffee Mug Tree

There I was at the Goodwill Outlet (aka, “The Bins”)…staring at a broken coffee mug tree. It was on top of the pile, likely tossed there by someone who scoffed at its missing arm. But me? I grabbed it…broken treasures are my favorite finds. And an incomplete coffee mug tree was the perfect candidate for a Christmas project. As I mentally disassembled it in my head, though, I realized that I could get TWO holiday projects from it…but let’s get to Project #1 first.Read more ›

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 ›

Nifty Christmas “Thrift Wrap”

Nifty Christmas “Thrift Wrap”

Can you believe that we’re well into December already? The countdown to Christmas is officially ON! And if it’s a new month, that means it’s a new project post for The Good Life, the DIY/Lifestyle blog from Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.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 ›

Booked for the Holidays: Individualized Party Coasters

Booked for the Holidays: Individualized Party Coasters

Sometimes I walk the aisles of thrift stores and have “near-craft experiences”, which is when I have a repurposing idea immediately, right there in the shop. But there are plenty of times when I find a treasure with potential but don’t have a clear vision in mind. That, my friends, is what happened when I came across this adorable vintage set of coasters that looked like a bookcase of encyclopedias!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 ›