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 ›

Vintage Clothespin Bag Christmas “Wreath”

Vintage Clothespin Bag Christmas “Wreath”

If you read through my recent round-up post on upcycled Christmas wreaths, then you may have noticed that I mentioned a new non-wreath wreath that I was working on. And, well…today’s the day I share it with you! A few months back, I found this vintage clothespin bag at a local thrift store. I definitely didn’t NEED it but I couldn’t exactly pass it up, either.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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Wonderful Ways to Repurpose Vintage Soda Crates

Wonderful Ways to Repurpose Vintage Soda Crates

What is it about vintage soda crates that we all love so much? I have a wide circle of vintage-loving friends, and I think we can all agree that an old soda crate is truly something to be treasured. No matter the beverages these crates once held, the colors of the advertisement, or the size of the compartments within, soda crates are just begging to be used in home décor- either on their own, or with a little imagination.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 ›