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 ›

Goodwill Blogging: From Cutting Board to Trendy Tray

Goodwill Blogging: From Cutting Board to Trendy 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.

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.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 ›

Fancified Feed Sack

Fancified Feed Sack

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.Read more ›