Bottle Cap Coasters from Vintage Tart Tins

Bottle Cap Coasters from Vintage Tart Tins

Last Fall, the Mr. and I were perusing the shelves of a large beer & wine store when I spotted a display of oversized bottle cap coasters. I chuckled to myself because I thought it was a cute idea…and as I walked on by, I had a “Wait a second!” moment. Why? Because I could totally make those…so I snapped a photo and held onto it until now.Read more ›

DIY / Repurposed Gift Ideas for Guys

DIY / Repurposed Gift Ideas for Guys

If you have a guy to shop for, then you may struggle with gift-giving…and you are certainly not alone! So, instead of buying presents at the mall, maybe it’s time to take a different approach. Over the years, I’ve created DIY/Repurposed projects for my husband (or something more unisex for myself), both decorative and functional.Read more ›

Related Repurposing: Trouser Hanger Turned Belt Organizer

Related Repurposing: Trouser Hanger Turned Belt Organizer

Alright, I have to confess- this project is SOOOO simple that it probably doesn’t warrant a full blog post…but I put one together anyway. I hope you don’t mind…who knows, maybe it’ll come in handy for you anyway- especially since it would make a fantastic DIY gift.Read more ›

“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

One of the reasons we purchased our house was the screened in back porch, which is as big as a bedroom. The yard is lined with cypress trees, so there’s tons of privacy and it’s easy to forget that we live in a regular ole’ neighborhood. We’ve lived here for three years now, and I finally got around to DIYing something I’ve wanted for a long time on the porch- a bottle opener!Read more ›

Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

I’ve confessed my love of accessories to you before- particularly with scarves and vintage costume jewelry. But I am ALSO a lover of hats…especially during the humid southern summers! So, while I’ve made plenty of jewelry organizers over the years (and at least one scarf rack!), I was clearly overdue to make something for my hats.Read more ›

Playful Décor: Vintage Parcheesi Game Board Clock

Playful Décor: Vintage Parcheesi Game Board Clock

Since my husband is a game-junkie, and I’ve reached the peer group that appreciates nostalgic toys, there are always an abundance of old board games in our house. I love the colorful game boards and the better-quality bits made of wood and metal. So, when a friend of a friend gave me this 1964 copy of Parcheesi, I was thrilled.Read more ›

Goodwill Blogging: New Opportunities and Projects (August 2015)

Goodwill Blogging: New Opportunities and Projects (August 2015)

So I have some exciting news- for me, at least, and hopefully for you, too! Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina has re-vamped their blog with an entirely new team of writers, including yours truly. We are a wonderfully diverse team of bloggers– fashion thrifters, DIYers, foodie writers, and home decorators who will bring you new projects and ideas throughout each month. Goodwill is obviously our thrift shop of choice, but it’s just a great idea to spotlight the idea of thrifting and buying secondhand goods. You all know I’m a big believer in it- and a lot of you are, too- so I’m definitely looking forward to yet another way to keeping the “buying used” movement going!

I want to make sure I bring my Goodwill projects to my blog as a way to chronicle everything I make. I encourage you to visit the full Good Life Blog, too, of course- but since my blog is my “journey of making”, it’s important to showcase those projects here, too. Hopefully you won’t mind and I promise to bring you a brand new project next week- and it’s one I think you’ll really like!Read more ›

From Drink to Clink: Barware from Bottles

From Drink to Clink: Barware from Bottles

My girlfriends and I have been salivating over all of the “Cut your own wine bottle” crafts on Pinterest forever and a day…but we were skeptical about some of the methods. Wrapping twine around a bottle and setting it on fire in the kitchen sink just didn’t appeal- and I definitely didn’t believe that it would result in a perfectly halved glass bottle.

So when one of the gals offered to try her wet tile saw on a few bottles, it was like Christmas came early.Read more ›

It’s Game Time: Domino Clock

It’s Game Time: Domino Clock

My husband, Jon, is a game guy- computer games, board games, card games…the more strategy, the better. To combine my love of vintage with his love of games, our home office is decorated with old wooden game boards from the 1930s-1950s. They make for great wall décor and it’s been a fun challenge to hunt them down.

So when I ran across this domino clock idea on Pinterest, putting it on my project to-do list was a done deal. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Repurposed Leather Belt Liquor Decanter Tags

Repurposed Leather Belt Liquor Decanter Tags

I am SO into leather right now…and yes, I know how that sounds! But I’m talking about leathercrafting- specifically with old leather belts.

And full disclosure- I’ve amassed quite the belt collection for my crafting pleasure. I’ve made fun cuffs that I sell in my Etsy shop…and other crafts that are posts-yet-to-be…but today, it’s all about the booze. And by booze, I mean leather liquor tags for decanters!Read more ›