Oval Frame “Easter Eggs”

Oval Frame “Easter Eggs”

I can’t quite explain why I love vintage oval picture frames so much…but I just DO! And when I see them in thrift shops, I snap them up, no questions asked. While brainstorming for new project ideas (by tidying up my Craft Room), I realized something:

Oval picture frames look a little like Easter eggs…Read more ›

Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

So…obviously, this isn’t exactly a project, per se. But it’s an idea that has been slumbering in my mind for a long time now, and I finally set aside the time to put it together. It all started with a large open wall in our bedroom…and a vintage motto sampler…that led to another sampler…and another sampler after that.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 ›

Retro Kitchen Décor with Vintage Seed Packets

Retro Kitchen Décor with Vintage Seed Packets

So here’s a little secret of mine…as a blogger who needs to constantly crank out new projects and ideas, I sometimes feel the need to “re-repurpose” elements of projects past. Between cost savings and re-using items I already have, it’s a win-win for me- I just hope you guys don’t mind!Read more ›

Fashion Plates: DIY Sewing Pattern Wall Art

Fashion Plates: DIY Sewing Pattern Wall Art

Whenever I’m in a thrift store and I see a box or bin full of old sewing patterns, I can’t help but paw through them. Usually, I find regrettable patterns for 1980s-era dresses (think “Working Girl”) or early 1990s babydoll dresses and overalls (think “Blossom”).  Truly fashion that should never have been fashionable! But that all changed during one recent thrifting adventure when my upcycling eye spied some older patterns peeking out from a bin.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: DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

Goodwill Blogging: 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. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.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 ›

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 ›

Round Trip: Oval-Framed Vintage Road Maps

Round Trip: Oval-Framed Vintage Road Maps

A couple of months ago, I posted a photo on my Sadie Seasongoods Facebook page– it was a project I had worked on a year ago, before I had even started my blog. The response on Facebook was overwhelming- folks LOVED the oval-framed maps. Framing maps is something I love to do and I regularly create new ones for my Etsy shop.Read more ›