Pumpkin Decor and Cake Dome from a Wooden Bowl

Pumpkin Decor and Cake Dome from a Wooden Bowl

Even though I am busy-busy-busy working on projects for my book, I couldn’t let the season go by without making at least one pumpkin project! And for this one, I went “garage shopping” – and came across this set of wooden bowls. I set aside the smaller ones for my book, and decided that the big fella should become a pumpkin…and cake dome.Read more ›

Fall Apples and Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Wood

Fall Apples and Apple Decor from Monkey Pod Wood

Even though I had already upcycled some monkey pod wood once before, I decided that thrifting fate was telling me to do it again. You see, I came across these bowls twice over the course of a few weeks. And, well – that’s a rarity for most thrift store “smalls”! After I saw them the second time, I decided they kind of looked like Fall apples – or rather, they could look like apple decor. So, in the cart they went.Read more ›

30+ Upcycled Autumn and Fall Wreath Ideas for Your Front Door

30+ Upcycled Autumn and Fall Wreath Ideas for Your Front Door

Once the calendar flips over to a new year, I start the “Countdown to Fall” clock in my head. Honest to goodness, I spend all year looking forward to the first cool day after a hot summer. And once that day arrives, I can’t wait to welcome it on my front door. So, I decided to gather some of my favorite upcycling projects for autumn and fall wreath ideas.Read more ›

Book Decor with Vintage Photos and Reader’s Digest Books (and Big Announcement!)

Book Decor with Vintage Photos and Reader’s Digest Books (and Big Announcement!)

For several years, I’ve wanted to upcycle some of those old Reader’s Digest books that I often see at the thrifts. The ones from the ’50s and ’60s have these gorgeous patterned covers that are little works of art. So, I finally put a few to good use as book decor by pairing them up with some old photographs.Read more ›

Secondhand Slim Down: Twelve Pounds Gone!

Secondhand Slim Down: Twelve Pounds Gone!

I know it’s been a while since my last weight loss check in – in fact, two months have passed! And I was going to publish a blog post when I hit the 10-pound loss milestone, but an exciting curve ball came my way.Read more ›

Shopping in Charleston, SC: Best Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift Stores

Shopping in Charleston, SC: Best Antiques, Vintage, and Thrift Stores

Several years ago, I visited Charleston, SC to explore their “secondhand scene” – the best antiques, vintage, architectural salvage, and thrift stores that I could find. I published the post and sadly didn’t return for several years. But, that all changed a few weeks ago when I had the chance to visit again! Read more ›

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

Pub Sign / Pirate Decor from a Cabinet Door

I always have to stroll down the cabinet door aisle when I’m in Habitat ReStore. And usually, I can resist grabbing anything from the pile of usually-plain doors. But on this particular day, there was a bevy of intriguing blue and white doors for the taking. They had a very nautical feel to me and I decided to make a sea pub sign or pirate decor that would be perfect for nautical wall decor.Read more ›

Starfish Decor from a Christmas Tree Topper

Starfish Decor from a Christmas Tree Topper

While working on my recent Thrift the Look: Beach Cottage blog post, one of the most challenging elements to find was a large starfish. I didn’t want to buy a real/dried one from a craft store, so upcycling was my best bet. But I needed something to act as starfish decor, one way or another.Read more ›

35+ Food Waste Solutions for Food Scraps and Kitchen Waste

35+ Food Waste Solutions for Food Scraps and Kitchen Waste

I almost exclusively blog about upcycling and/or buying secondhand. But, I yearn to expand my knowledge of related ways to be a smart consumer and reduce waste. Mindful consuming, upcycling / secondhand shopping, and looking for ways to reduce waste all fall under the same umbrella. And every time I hear about how much food is wasted in the USA (and elsewhere, I’m sure), I just feel so discouraged. So, I thought it would be beneficial if I did some research into food waste solutions for my own kitchen.Read more ›

Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

My “Thrift the Look” blog hop challenges are one of my favorite things to do. And this time around, the theme is Cottage Decor. I took it a step further and decided to recreate the decor style for a beach cottage or coastal cottage.Read more ›