Nifty Christmas “Thrift Wrap”

Nifty Christmas “Thrift Wrap”

Can you believe that we’re well into December already? The countdown to Christmas is officially ON! And if it’s a new month, that means it’s a new project post for The Good Life, the DIY/Lifestyle blog from Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.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 ›

Readers’ Choice 2014- Your Favorite Posts!

Readers’ Choice 2014- Your Favorite Posts!

2014 has come to a close- how is that possible? This means that I’ve been officially blogging for one entire year, an exciting milestone for me.

I am constantly surprised by which projects blog posts get the most attention. Sometimes I’ll post something that I just think was SO awesome, SO cool, and it gets a lukewarm reception at best. And then I’ll post something ridiculously simple or something I wasn’t altogether blown away by and it goes micro-viral!

So this has been a fun exercise for me- digging into my website stats and pulling out your favorite posts from this past year. Will any of your personal faves be included?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 ›