Berry Basket Bookends – Functional Summer Décor

Berry Basket Bookends – Functional Summer Décor

To tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure why I picked up these vintage berry baskets while thrifting a while back. I didn’t have a project idea in mind and the thrift store had written the price on the side of one of the baskets (the horror!). BUT…for $1.01, I was willing to take the gamble- that someday, a fun project would pop into my head. And you know what? It did!Read more ›

Modern Flower Frogs with Cheese & Sugar Shakers

Modern Flower Frogs with Cheese & Sugar Shakers

There are certain things that I always find on my thrifting adventures and yet, always pass by- and one of those used to be sugar and/or cheese shakers. I never had a fun or fresh idea for them…until recently. And once I had a vision in mind, I just couldn’t shake it (pun intended)!Read more ›

From Outdated to Outstanding: My One-Stop Snack Station

From Outdated to Outstanding: My One-Stop Snack Station

The time has come for a new post for The Good Life Blog (for Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina). And this time around, I took a couple of frequently-spotted thrift store items…fused them together…and gave them a fun makeover. In particular, I’m working with an outdated wooden coaster set- you’ve probably seen them yourself! Coaster sets (usually a dark stained wood) that look like small pieces of furniture…Read more ›

DIY Citronella Beeswax Candles in Repurposed Vintage Planters

DIY Citronella Beeswax Candles in Repurposed Vintage Planters

Sitting outside from June through August is not, admittedly, my favorite way to pass time. I have a chronic case of “humidity hair” paired with a damp “Southern glow” all summer long, which means that air conditioning is my seasonal BFF.

But, every so often, we’ll get a luxuriously cool front here in the foothills which knocks down the temperatures and snuffs out the humid air. But you know what continues to persist no matter what?

Mosquitos. The skeeters. Those blood-sucking bugs and all their little friends.Read more ›

Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

When the weather is still cool and Spring is right around the corner, I allow myself to daydream (just a little) about summer. I don’t dwell on the humidity or the bad hair/makeup…and focus on Saturday mornings, when the farmer’s markets roll into town. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my bounty home. AND, I have the most amazing reusable fruit/vegetable produce bags…just not enough of them to carry everything I purchase from the farmer’s markets.Read more ›

EmbROADery: A Summer Road Trip Keepsake

EmbROADery: A Summer Road Trip Keepsake

It probably comes as no surprise that Jon and I are road trip junkies. Living in Upstate South Carolina gives us access to much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic… and vacations often have a junkin’/Sadie-blogging aspect. Plus, driving our car allows us to fill it up with vintage and thrifted treasures. So marrying our love of road trips with my love of vintage road maps inspired this fun and easy project. Read more ›

Don’t Sweat It: Album Cover Hand Fans

Don’t Sweat It: Album Cover Hand Fans

So, folks are doing all kinds of cool crafts with old records these days- clocks, bowls, coasters, even purses! But what about the funky album covers? Well, my friends, have no fear- a fun album cover craft is about to begin!Read more ›

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Even though I’m enjoying every colorful, breezy moment this spring, I can’t help but plan ahead for summer décor. I don’t do much decorating for summer- but I do tend to bring a little of the coast inside. Some seaglass here, some driftwood there- you get the idea.Read more ›

Fresh Herb Drying Rack…from a Picture Frame

Fresh Herb Drying Rack…from a Picture Frame

It must seem as if I have an impossibly endless supply of thrift store frames…and seeming is believing because, yes, yes I do! There are just so many possibilities with a thrifted frame…and you just can’t beat the price point.

This time around? A drying rack for your fresh summer herbs. Crazy-easy and wonderfully functional!Read more ›

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. Though I now feel settled and home in the foothills of the Appalachians, I do have fond memories of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan. Maybe not quite as exotic as a tropical locale, but full of treasures- crinoid bits, pretty Petoskey stones, beautiful beachglass, and gorgeous pieces of driftwood.Read more ›