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 ›
2017 is underway, which means it’s a new year of junkin’ journey road trips! To kick it off, we recently headed down the highway to my home state capital: Columbia, South Carolina. Now, Columbia isn’t all that far away from me…and I don’t really know why I waited so long to explore the vintage/junking scene there!
Before I begin, though, I want to give a special shout-out to my Columbia-area friends that recommended some of the places that we hit- so thank you to Shanika Pichey, Melissa at Restoration 41, and April Blake! They pointed me in the right direction and helped shape my itinerary with some great suggestions.
Speaking of which, ready to see where I went and what I loved?Read more ›
I’ve hinted at it on Facebook…and again in my Best of 2016 post- the idea of cabin-themed projects this year. My in-laws are putting the finishing touches on a cabin in the North Georgia mountains- which means I get to add a new facet to my blog! Whether decorative, functional, or both, I will periodically do cabin-themed projects…and when the cabin is done and ready, I’ll be sure to start including links and pictures so you can see it!Read more ›
It’s hard to believe that 2016 is nearly complete, but we were lucky enough to find a weekend to squeeze in one final junkin’ trip this year. As you may remember, I have a particular fondness for the Appalachians in the fall- when the leaves on the trees wash the mountains in a perpetual sunset and “Nature’s glitter” swirls and twirls behind the car as we zoom by.
This time around, we didn’t go too far from home and explored towns along Interstate 40 just east of Asheville, North Carolina- focusing on Black Mountain through Marion. We checked out a BUNCH of shops but I’ve narrowed down my favorites- as highlighted below…Read more ›
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 ›
It’s a new month which means I’ve created new project for The Good Life blog- the DIY/Lifestyle blog hosted by Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina that I am a contributor for. Now that cooler weather is approaching (hurray!), I thought a coffee-themed project would be wonderfully seasonal.
One of my favorite, FAVORITE things to find at the thrift store is a wooden cutting board- even the ones that are terribly beat up and even a little gross. Why? Because they are super inexpensive and really easy to repurpose into a fresh idea. So when I found this little gem (for a whopping $0.60), I snapped him up immediately.
When you enjoy exploring new places for vintage treasures…and your husband enjoys good bourbon… and you BOTH enjoy a fun road trip, then the perfect place to go is Kentucky! This time around, we decided to explore Louisville…but I can definitely see future trips to KY in our future (I’m looking at you, Lexington).
We spent an extended Memorial Day weekend checking out shops around town, distilleries in the area, and a vintage market that coincided with our visit. There was an awful lot to see and discover, and I know I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the vintage & antiques shops in the area…but I discovered a few and wanted to share what I found!Read more ›
As most of you know, my repurposed and upcycled projects usually come to fruition as a result of (a) my pickin’ adventures across the South, or (b) “shopping” from my junk stash in our garage. But this project has a very different- and unfortunate- backstory.
Back in March, we received a note in our curbside recycling bin that glass was no longer accepted- no bottles, no jars, no glass whatsoever. Come to find out, it’s a county-wide issue and none of us in Greenville County, South Carolina can recycle glass! And for someone who prides herself on personal environmental stewardship, the idea of putting glass in our garbage can has caused a great deal of stress and anxiety…and environmental guilt. So, I decided I needed to come up with a DIY project using some of our glass bottles, supplemented with a few from our favorite restaurant, Stella’s (because I wanted some larger wine bottles, and, well, we just never have those on hand!).
A couple of years ago, I attended my first Country Living Fair in Atlanta and just had a terrific time. If you’ve never been to a CLF before, here’s what you need to know: they are HUGE events and it’s impossible to see everything in one day…and the booths are amazing, so you’ll be plunking down some hard-earned dollars for unique treasures that you just may never find again. So when I had the chance to attend this year’s Fair in Lebanon, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville), I jumped at the chance!