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 ›
It’s a new month which means I’ve created new project for The Good Life blog- the DIY/Lifestyle blog hosted by Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina that I am a contributor for. Now that cooler weather is approaching (hurray!), I thought a coffee-themed project would be wonderfully seasonal.
One of my favorite, FAVORITE things to find at the thrift store is a wooden cutting board- even the ones that are terribly beat up and even a little gross. Why? Because they are super inexpensive and really easy to repurpose into a fresh idea. So when I found this little gem (for a whopping $0.60), I snapped him up immediately.
It’s hard these days to get away from the idea of “Farmhouse Style”- not that I WANT to get away from it. In fact, I completely understand its appeal. However, I have a very difficult time defining and describing it. It’s almost as if it’s a culmination of the best aspects from shabby chic, industrial, and primitive styles.
And while my entire home isn’t committed to the style (i.e., I don’t commit entirely to ANY one style!), I enjoy adding small touches and projects that would likely win Joanna Gaines’ approval. I’ve done a few farmhouse-ish projects over the years: a rustic tray…a DIY message center…and this embroidered feed sack, but I decided to gather up a few favorite ideas to inspire not only myself, but you, too!Read more ›
For years, I’ve watched bloggers create unusual address signs / house numbers for their front doors and porches. They’ve used everything from nautical buoys, to salvaged wood, to vintage metal milk jugs. And I waited…sometimes patiently, sometimes not…for the right idea for OUR address sign to come to me.
And then it did. In the most UNUSUAL of items.
So there I was at the Country Living Fair, my hands full of treasures and a body full of exhaustion. I was ready to leave, but hit one last booth before I departed: Olde Tyme Marketplace. And there, like a DIY beacon of hope, was a pile of reclaimed barn stall numbers…with one sporting our very own house number perched right on top.
A couple of years ago, I attended my first Country Living Fair in Atlanta and just had a terrific time. If you’ve never been to a CLF before, here’s what you need to know: they are HUGE events and it’s impossible to see everything in one day…and the booths are amazing, so you’ll be plunking down some hard-earned dollars for unique treasures that you just may never find again. So when I had the chance to attend this year’s Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville), I jumped at the chance!
November is here and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s also time to reveal the latest project I created for The Good Life Blog , which is the DIY/Fashion/Upcycling blog affiliated with my local Goodwill stores. But since my own blog is a chronicle of everything I make, I also post these monthly projects here.
Anyway, with the holidays on my mind, I wanted to create something decorative but also functional for entertaining guests. But I’m not too keen on spending a lot of money right before Christmas. So, what’s an upcycling girl to do? Go to Goodwill of course! With home décor on my mind, I spied this beat up kitchen cutting board on the shelf during a recent thrifting adventure.
I will be the first to admit that this project is pretty darn simple. But it evolved from a very real need- actually, a *few* very real needs. First, I was in my crafting room and emerged determined to use up some of my supplies…and second, I have a TERRIBLE habit of ripping off my gardening gloves in the garage, tossing them about, and then having a devil of a time finding them again.
So here we are- with a simple, but hopefully very useful project using salvaged wood, vintage clothespins, and some picture hanging wire.Read more ›
Compared to many bloggers, my house is a hot mess…that’s why you’ll never see a “Sadie’s Home Tour” blog post from me!! Jon and I live a very big life in a fairly small house, and I am admittedly better at crafting that I am at interior design.
And while we don’t have kids, we do have two cats…which means the floors- all floors!- are often a minefield of cat toys and other inanimate objects that became cat toys, if you know what I mean.Read more ›
If you put together one part vintage, one part craft, one part upcycling, and one part farm-on-a-rolling-countryside, you’ll get the makings of a FANTASTIC annual festival that those of us in the know call the Farm Fresh Fair. Located at the Farm on Rabon Creek in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, the Farm Fresh Fair is quickly becoming one the preeminent vintage fairs in the South.
It was highlighted in Garden & Gun Magazine after all…
So when the date rolled around again, my friends and I gathered the troops and headed to the Farm.
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.
Since I had set my mind to this craft AFTER antiquing (of course), I hit up Etsy to look for an old feed sack. I stumbled across the perfect one in Livin’ in the Past, and Etsy shop after my own heart.
A feedsack with an elephant on it AND a pun? PERFECT. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›