Star-Spangled Colander Patriotic Centerpiece

Star-Spangled Colander Patriotic Centerpiece

Not too long ago, I posted a photo on my Facebook page that garnered a LOT of attention- an embroidered flower on a vintage mesh strainer. It was gorgeous and unique…and I was immediately struck with an idea of my own. Why not do something similar with a vintage aluminum colander, the kind that is covered in stars??Read more ›

Goodwill Blogging: Embroidered Mesh Hideaway Box (April 2016)

Goodwill Blogging: Embroidered Mesh Hideaway Box (April 2016)

This, my friends, is a tale of thrifting fate…the kind of story that could happen to any thrift shop-loving guy or gal! It’s also time for my latest installment for The Good Life Blog…and this project truly materialized out of thin air. So there I was, standing in line at my local Goodwill, with my mind on my treasures and my treasures on my mind. But while I waited, my eyes started to wander…an easy thing to do in a thrift store! And there it was, sitting next to me near the check-out counter… an old brass-colored metal mesh box.Read more ›

Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

Page Pocket: Vintage Embroidery Bookmark

Any time I’m in a secondhand shop, I always peruse the linens section- and not just for vintage bed sheets, I swear! Every now and then, I’ll happen across some vintage embroidery- perhaps a table runner, or napkins…or some other piece that is too precious to pass up.

Vintage linens for repurposing / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage pretties, on the cheap.

But many of those thrifted embroidered treasures have not aged well…be it stains or holes.

Vintage linens for repurposing / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and that’s why they donated it to Goodwill.

Even with those flaws, though, I still feel compelled to purchase them even if they simply get stowed away in a plastic bin for who-knows-how-long. Because, really, what am I going to do with something moth-eaten and threadbare?Read more ›

DIY Wrapped Canvas Embroidered Wall Art

DIY Wrapped Canvas Embroidered Wall Art

Maybe it’s the warmer weather…or maybe it’s the yards in bloom, but I’ve been on SUCH a vintage bed sheet (covered in flowers, of course) kick lately. I make a beeline for the linens section in every thrift store now, and have come away with a LOT of fabric. I love using sheets in projects, and decided to pair up my vintage sheet obsession with my burgeoning love of needlework projects. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Thrifted Sweater Halloween Hoops

Thrifted Sweater Halloween Hoops

Embroidery hoops and Halloween… who knew they could go hand in hand for so many projects?

Especially when you throw in a $1 bright orange sweater from the thrift store. White tag clothing was $1 the other day at a local thrift store… and with Halloween on my mind, coupled with the desire to curl up on the couch with Netflix and a sewing project…well, the $1 orange sweater came home with me.Read more ›

EmbROADery: A Summer Road Trip Keepsake

EmbROADery: A Summer Road Trip Keepsake

It probably comes as no surprise that Jon and I are road trip junkies. Living in Upstate South Carolina gives us access to much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic… and vacations often have a junkin’/Sadie-blogging aspect. Plus, driving our car allows us to fill it up with vintage and thrifted treasures. So marrying our love of road trips with my love of vintage road maps inspired this fun and easy project. Read more ›

Fancified Feed Sack

Fancified Feed Sack

All of my vintage-loving friends have a special affinity for old linens…whether it’s cute embroidered hand towels, pretty crocheted doilies, or colorfully kitsch tablecloths, we always paw through them in shops. The same goes for old grain, feed, and flour sacks- cotton, linen, or burlap, we just seem to love them all.

I have to give credit where credit is due, and Country Living magazine came up with this first. I fell in love with this project the moment I saw it, and I knew it was a craft I needed to attempt. Our dining room needs more wall décor, and an embroidered feed sack (or 2) would be fitting (dining room…feed sack…) and quirky.Read more ›