Upcycled Alcohol Ink Glass Pumpkins

Upcycled Alcohol Ink Glass Pumpkins

Every now and then, I choose to work on a project based on a crafting technique, as opposed to a really unique repurposing idea. And this, my friends, is one of those projects! Back in the Spring, I spotted this glass pumpkin at the thrift…autumn was months away, but I had a flickering idea. I’d been looking for a way to try out alcohol ink paints for a long time…and wouldn’t this piece be a great opportunity to play around with them? Read more ›

Bourbon Bottle Pumpkins & Gourds

Bourbon Bottle Pumpkins & Gourds

It’s been over a year since we’ve been allowed to recycle glass in our area- and every time I have to toss a glass bottle, it breaks my heart again and again. And in the year (plus) that has passed, we have most definitely altered our shopping habits to be more mindful of this problem. But there are simply some things- like bourbon!- that only come in glass. After our junkin’ journey trip to Louisville, our interest in bourbon grew, so we’ve been in a bit of a quandary.Read more ›

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Sometimes I go to the thrift store and come away empty-handed, bummed out, and treasure-less. But then there are those magical times when I walk in and immediately have a “near-craft experience”. And by that, I mean I spot a thrifty treasure and know what I plan to do with it…immediately! That, my friends, is what happened when I walked up to this faded orange and black straw tote bag.Read more ›

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins- Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins- Happy Thanksgiving!

Since it’s the week of Thanksgiving, I decided to give my hammer and glue gun a break and focus on my oven instead! These pumpkin gingerbread muffins are one of my go-to autumn and winter recipes…I make my version based heavily on this recipe and they are simply scrumptious! I’ve brought them to craft parties and baby showers and even celebrations of life…and they’re always a hit. I wanted to make some for the holiday and figured I’d share my version of the recipe with you! There is just something fantastic when you combine pumpkin and warm, holiday spices. And to top it all off, I add in a splash or two of apple cider…just to make sure there is plenty of autumn in each bite!Read more ›

Spooky Upcycles: Halloween Repurposing Projects

Spooky Upcycles: Halloween Repurposing Projects

Halloween décor , for whatever reason, is really well-suited for an upcycling / repurposing approach. There seems to be an endless array of “spooky junk” project ideas and all of a sudden, everything you see starts to resemble a pumpkin, a ghost, or a witch’s hat.

Not that I’m complaining! I love coming up with new Halloween projects and wanted to not only re-share my projects from last year, but some new ideas that I just love!Read more ›

Lunchbox Craft Challenge from The Farm at Rabon Creek

Lunchbox Craft Challenge from The Farm at Rabon Creek

It’s official- Fall Festival Season has begun and I couldn’t be happier! Just about every weekend in September and October boasts at least one festival or fair to check out- whether it’s arts & crafts…food…or antiques and vintage. And guess what? I love it all!Read more ›

Door Gourd: Paper Plate Holder Jack-o-Lantern Décor

Door Gourd: Paper Plate Holder Jack-o-Lantern Décor

Whenever I develop a simple project that relies on readily available thrift store items, I get an extra charge of satisfaction. And this Halloween-themed project is no exception- while I was at my local Goodwill, I simply couldn’t get away from these wicker / rattan paper plate holders- there were a TON of these in the housewares section.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 ›

Jack-o-Lamp: Salvaged Light Fixture “Pumpkin”

Jack-o-Lamp: Salvaged Light Fixture “Pumpkin”

I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again- one of my favorite places to go for both crafting inspiration and supplies is Habitat ReStore. And for some reason this year, I can’t stop making Halloween décor using salvaged light fixtures.

First, I made Light Cover Ghosts.

And now? A light fixture Jack-o-Lamp!Read more ›