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 ›
…and just like that, it’s nearly time to bring 2015 to a close. The end of this year snuck up on me like nobody’s business- somehow we went from Labor Day to Christmas in the blink of an eye.
I know just about all bloggers do a “Best of” post to close out the calendar year, so I appreciate you humoring me as we skip and frolic down memory lane. Some of you will recall these from months gone by, and for the friendly faces that are new to my little corner of the internet- you picked a great time to find me! I wrangled together the 12 most-viewed project posts from 2015- many of which won’t be surprises for long-time friends…but there are always a few that make me go, “Huh. So that one was popular?!”.
I’ll probably never get the chance to thank everyone individually, but please know that your kind words, your ideas, your funny comments, your shares, your social media follows, and your subscriptions mean the absolute world to me. I know, I know…I tend to get a little sappy.
So without further ado, your top 12 favorites from 2015 are…
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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 ›
Today marks the official halfway point to Christmas, so why not celebrate with a holiday project?? By no means am I encouraging Christmas to arrive sooner…but for crafters like me, there is just NEVER enough time to do all of the yuletide projects!
So, late last year, I saw this project floating around Pinterest from Home Stories A to Z. I mean, HOW BRILLIANT. She took old light fixture globes and created these large Christmas ornaments to line her front steps. I was floored from the genius of it…and knew I had to recreate my own version. I’ve played around with old light fixtures at Halloween (Example 1, Example 2) and it was high time I did so for Christmas! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Well, being the vintage-Shiny-Brite-mercury-glass ornament gal that I am, I knew that’s the look I wanted to achieve. So, after months of searching at various Habitat ReStores and Goodwill stores, I finally found a pair of old light fixtures that would work brilliantly.
For several years now- literally, years- Jon and I have made plans to take a long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina…but for whatever reason, our plans have been scrapped due to any number of reasons. Finally, FINALLY, we made hotel reservations that we didn’t have to cancel, and a list of shops and eateries that we actually got to try!
And let me tell you- it was worth the wait. We had a MAGNIFICENT time and already have a list of places to check out during our next visit. If you are a junker, a shopper, a foodie, a beer snob, and/or a history buff, then Charleston needs to be on your Bucket List.
Now, truth be told, my kind of junk shopping does not fall under the category of “fine antiques”. While there is plenty of highfalutin antiques within Charleston proper- and we ambled all over the gorgeous downtown districts- most of my shopping happened in every direction surrounding the city! North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, and Johns Island offer plenty of vintage shops, none of which are very far by car. So hop on board and let’s get started!Read more ›
If you’ve spent any time on my blog or Facebook page, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a fan of architectural salvage… I’ve made baluster lamps… I’ve got a penchant for antique key plates… suitcase tables with spindles for legs… and I sniff out salvage shops wherever I go (Savannah, Nashville, etc.). Of course, I tend to gravitate towards smaller bits for my projects…but I constantly marvel at what others do with doors, mantels, even old staircases.
So when I stumbled across Encore Architectural Company’s shop in Saint Matthews, South Carolina, I was floored- pun intended! In fact, I may have even made an abrupt, illegal U-turn in the middle of the road because I was blinded with excitement!
As everyone should know by now, I am a HUGE fan of upcycled vintage jewelry. It’s something I love to do myself, but even more so, I love finding new artisans that create amazing pieces for me to add to my collection! Last spring, I attended the Vintage Market at the Park in Greer, South Carolina and absolutely fell in love with a new-to-me booth, RMK Collection. It was hard for me to pick a single item to purchase, but I ended up with a sublime bracelet made from an old school locker tag and a broken brooch.
I love RMK’s of salvaged “bits” in her pieces- silverware, door hardware, drawer pulls… they add a rustic edge to the sparkling glam. I suspect there will be more RMK Collection originals in my jewelry stash soon…but until then, let’s find out more about Kitty Adams (the artisan behind RMK Collection) and her fantastic creations!Read more ›
As a frequenter of South Carolina’s various arts/crafts and vintage-themed markets, I’ve come to discover artisans and like-minded folks that I genuinely look forward to seeing. And Malia Schopf, the artist, upcycler, and picker-extraordinare behind Maliasmark is no exception.
I’ve always considered Maliasmark to be a project muse- there are always bins of rusty, industrial goodies and architectural salvage…”smalls” like buttons, dolls, photos, and paper ephemera…and larger salvaged wares, like ladders, picture frames, film canisters, and vintage luggage. But she’s an artist, too, and has talent beyond anything I could imagine. She’s a renaissance woman with a love for the past- see why I wanted to spotlight her?
So let’s not delay…Read more ›