100 Repurposed Projects for Your Home and Garden

100 Repurposed Projects for Your Home and Garden

And just like that…2021 is coming to a close! It’s been a transformative year for me, personally- my first book was released (!!!) and we bought a house here in the Charlotte area. But it’s certainly been a challenging year once again. So, I won’t dwell on this past year’s low points But, I *WILL* spend a little time looking back on some of the repurposed projects that my friends and I (The Thrift Store Decor Team) came up with throughout the past year.

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Embroidery Hoop Craft with Christmas Wreath Material

Embroidery Hoop Craft with Christmas Wreath Material

While I’ve upcycled embroidery hoops in the past, I’d never made a wreath with one. That is, until I spotted a large embroidery hoop at Goodwill. It just *looked* like a giant ornament to me. And I wondered if I could fill it with Christmas wreath material to look like an oversized ornament wreath.Read more ›

Decorative Coasters as Upcycled Gifts

Decorative Coasters as Upcycled Gifts

Coasters are one of those things that check off a lot of boxes, aren’t they? They’re not overly expensive and serve a pretty important purpose for those of us with furniture that we care about. Decorative coasters are also easy to personalize to your unique tastes AND they fit the mold of a “general gift”. And let’s face it, this is the time of year when “gifts for anyone” can really come in handy.Read more ›

Pilgrim Hat Craft from a Light Baffle

Pilgrim Hat Craft from a Light Baffle

There I was, in one of the Charlotte Region Habitat ReStores, tinkering around the light fixture section. I mean, it’s not exactly a strange place to find me. BUT, imagine me picking up a light baffle and placing it atop my head for a split second. Because as soon as I saw a pile of them, I knew they’d be perfect for a pilgrim hat craft. Not to wear, mind you, but as decorations for a Thanksgiving table.

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Autumn Leaf Dishes for Fall Decor

Autumn Leaf Dishes for Fall Decor

Since Fall is my favorite season, I am always drawn to anything Fall-related at thrift stores. Acorns, squirrels, pumpkins- you name it. So, it’s no surprise that these wooden leaves stopped me in my thrifting tracks. Of course I needed these autumn leaf dishes, and I knew exactly how I wanted to jazz them up.Read more ›

35+ Upcycling Ideas with a Thanksgiving Aesthetic

35+ Upcycling Ideas with a Thanksgiving Aesthetic

Even though I’ve assembled collections of upcycled Fall Decor projects in the past, I realized that I hadn’t done one for Thanksgiving ideas. Sure, there’s a lot of overlap, what with pumpkins and fall leaves. But getting that Thanksgiving aesthetic often means the inclusion of other symbols- turkeys, cornucopias, etc. So, I decided that another round-up of upcycling ideas was warranted!Read more ›

Vintage Brass as a Boho Candle Holder

Vintage Brass as a Boho Candle Holder

For years, I’d heard about a cleaning “hack” for vintage brass that didn’t seem possible. But I was finally able to give it a try when I found this brass cauldron at Goodwill. I wanted to upcycle it into a boho candle holder by polishing it up and adding a little pizazz to the handles- without a drop of paint in sight.Read more ›

Decorating a Tote Bag with Leather Leaves

Decorating a Tote Bag with Leather Leaves

If you’re familiar with my book, “Crafting with Flannel”, then you may have seen that I decorated a tote bag with a touch of flannel. Well, I wanted to do something similar this year with some leather scraps. My plan? To decorate a tote bag with leather leaves.Read more ›

Farmhouse Fall Wreath from a Wicker Plate Holder

Farmhouse Fall Wreath from a Wicker Plate Holder

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done something like this. And by “this”, I mean borrow concepts from two very different projects and combine them into a new project. Apparently, my creativity can be circular! Speaking of circular, that brings me to this pile of wicker plate holders that I found at a Charlotte Region ReStore. And how I used one to make a farmhouse fall wreath.

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Metal Pumpkins for Modern Fall Decor

Metal Pumpkins for Modern Fall Decor

Ok, so, there I was in the thrift store when I stumbled upon what I THOUGHT were metal pumpkins. But, upon further inspection, I might have been a little off. The first one, well…it might have been a pear…Read more ›