Ready for my latest contribution to The Good Life Blog, the official blog of Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina? For this month’s project, I decided to focus on an old (but sturdy-framed) footstool that caught my eye in the furniture section.Read more ›
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 ›
Like a bull in a china shop…
Especially when “the world” is the china shop and “ 2016 ” is the bull! It’s been a rough-and-tumble year for many folks across the globe and I suspect that there are more than a few of us that are happy to bid farewell to such a pummeling year.
But there were a few bright spots (for me)- like the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series- and yet another tremendously satisfying year of blogging. Even when the world seems like a dark, dark place…the light in my workshop flickers to life and I can repurpose-DIY-upcycle-create through it all. And then I get to share it with you! (Both the hits AND the misses, haha!)Read more ›
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 In particular, I’m working with an outdated wooden coaster set- you’ve probably seen them yourself!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…
Back in July 2001, I celebrated my quarter-life achievement by taking myself to Ireland. I saved my pennies, researched and planned, and enjoyed a wondrous week abroad, visiting Dublin, Galway, and the Ring of Kerry.
One of my very favorite moments, though, was driving through the Burren- a rolling landscape of green and stone, dotted with farmhouses, churches, and livestock. The patches of green are seemingly stitched in place by lines of dry stone wall- for a girl from the Chicago suburbs, this was exotic in its pastoral simplicity.Read more ›
I’ll be the first to admit that THIS project…is not really a project.
Scrolling through Pinterest one day, I saw that someone had pinned a Pottery Barn condiment set photo. I liked it right off the bat- a cute wooden drawer filled with cute glass jars, perfect for parties or events.
It also occurred to me immediately- as it probably has done to a few other folks- that this set isn’t something you buy. Rather, it’s something that you recreate with what you already have! OR go junkin’ for the parts you need. AND pay less than retail! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›