My First Makeunder: DIY Library Card Catalog

My First Makeunder: DIY Library Card Catalog

Y’all know I love me some spray paint…or any paint, for that matter. And usually when I work on a thrift store piece, it involves ADDING paint- but not this time. Read more ›

Bread Basket Weaving- Farmhouse Style

Bread Basket Weaving- Farmhouse Style

Sometimes you go thrifting and find absolutely nothing…but then other times, your cart simply isn’t big enough for the bounty. Maybe the latter part is a slight exaggeration, but I did feel like I struck thrifter’s gold the other day. Or maybe thrifter’s silver is more like it! Because, my friends- someone cleaned out their grandmother’s (or mother’s) silver bread basket collection and dropped them off at the ole’ Goodwill.Read more ›

Heart Beater: Vintage Valentines Décor

Heart Beater: Vintage Valentines Décor

So…Valentine’s Day isn’t much of a holiday in our house, truth be told. We’re pretty lovely-dovey all the time (I know, go ahead and roll your eyes) and I NEVER decorate for it. But…I had a holiday project idea rattling around in my head that just wouldn’t quit. AND it involved something I’d never repurposed or upcycled before: an antique, heart-shaped rug beater.  Read more ›

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

There was a small but elegant chandelier just inside the front door of my childhood home. And one of the few cleaning tasks I actually enjoyed helping with was taking off the dangling crystals and giving them a yearly bath. Fast forward 30-some-odd years, and I still love a pretty chandelier crystal…so when I found this bag of…umm… “Phone Supplies” while thrifting, I squealed with glee.Read more ›

From Cutting Board to Serving Tray

From Cutting Board to Serving Tray

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.Read more ›

Autumn Pumpkin Trinket Box…from Salad Bowls!

Autumn Pumpkin Trinket Box…from Salad Bowls!

There are certain project supplies…or “idea” supplies… that I stalk thrift stores for until I finally find them, and this project is the perfect example of that. I’ve been on the hunt for wooden salad bowls for months and months and rarely saw any in a shape that I could work with. I was being picky, yes, but as of last week, IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT!Read more ›

Gardening Garb Clip Board

Gardening Garb Clip Board

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 ›

Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

When I found these itty-bitty pulleys way back in February 2014, I knew right away they were the perfect jewelry-making component. But months- nearly a YEAR!- went by before I thought about making them again. Well, my friends, the time has finally come.Read more ›

Wine & Pie Message Board

Wine & Pie Message Board

A quick glance through Restoration Hardware’s website (or a stroll through their store) will show you just how sublime the “industrial/rustic-chic” style of home décor can be. And it will also show you just how much money people are willing to spend on that style.Read more ›

Pretty Pattern Peonies: Sewing Pattern Paper Flowers

Pretty Pattern Peonies: Sewing Pattern Paper Flowers

Full disclosure- I’m not really a Faux Flowers kind of gal. I prefer real flowers, of course, but more importantly, anything that sticks out of a vase is just a disaster waiting to happen for our friend, Cottonball.Read more ›