Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Mums the Word: Straw Tote Pumpkin Planter

Sometimes I go to the thrift store and come away empty-handed, bummed out, and treasure-less. But then there are those magical times when I walk in and immediately have a “near-craft experience”. And by that, I mean I spot a thrifty treasure and know what I plan to do with it…immediately! That, my friends, is what happened when I walked up to this faded orange and black straw tote bag.Read more ›

Taking “Steps” to Prevent Lock-Out: A Secret Key Hider

Taking “Steps” to Prevent Lock-Out: A Secret Key Hider

Getting locked out of the house is not fun at all, is it? It happened to me once, and that was all it took…from that day forward, I decided to “take steps” to ensuring that it would never happen again (pun intended). But, hiding a key under a rock wasn’t good enough for me- where’s the DIY/repurposing fun in that??Read more ›

Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Yesterday’s Barn Art for Today’s Tool Shed

Funny story…so, while I was out thrifting one day, I came across these two Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. I didn’t actually know the term “hex signs” at the time, but I snapped them up with the intention of reselling them. People collect Pennsylvania Dutch items…they were in relatively good shape and would be easy to ship, so it seemed like a no-brainer.Read more ›

From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

From Soup to Nuts…and Bolts: Thrifted Pot Lid Bird Feeder

A new month means it’s time for yet another project for The Good Life Blog…I’m a little behind the 8-ball, though…this one went live in June but I’m just getting it up on my own blog now! Anyway…on to the project…Read more ›

Lampshades Repurposed into Hanging Herb Baskets

Lampshades Repurposed into Hanging Herb Baskets

Years of thrifting and repurposing have taught me a few things- and one of those is that secondhand shops will ALWAYS have outdated lampshades available- in every size, shape, and color imaginable. So, with gardening on my mind (and a quirky idea for my latest post on The Good Life blog), I headed to my local Goodwill.Read more ›

DIY Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

DIY Firefly Lights by Upcycling a Brass Pendant Light

Upcycling vintage light fixtures is a common theme on my blog and this particular project was inspired by the trendy shop, Anthropologie. After seeing their metalwork hurricanes online, I realized how much they resembled a brass chandelier or brass pendant light from Habitat ReStore. That’s when I decided I needed to repurpose one into a copper lantern that held firefly lights.Read more ›

Unique Planters or Wall Planters from Dutch Wooden Shoes

Unique Planters or Wall Planters from Dutch Wooden Shoes

I’ve had a quiet fascination with all things Dutch for most of my life. Between the tulips and the windmills and summering near Holland, Michigan, I suppose it couldn’t be avoided. I also had my own pair of Dutch wooden shoes, and while I no longer have them, I still wanted to upcycle some into wall planters for some front porch decor.Read more ›

30+ Upcycled Garden Décor Project Ideas

30+ Upcycled Garden Décor Project Ideas

It’s no secret that Yard & Garden upcycling projects are some of my favorites- in fact, I’ve made way too many planters, bird baths, and other garden décor pieces to even mention individually!Read more ›

Using Bed Springs to Hold Bird Nesting Material

Using Bed Springs to Hold Bird Nesting Material

Creating repurposed and upcycled projects for the yard- particularly birds- is something I just can’t stop doing! But this one is different- I promise. This idea came about from two unrelated thought paths in my head: (1) What could I repurpose to create a holder for bird nest material?, and (2) When will I finally be creative with old, rusty bed springs?Read more ›

Coffee Mug Suet Feeder

Coffee Mug Suet Feeder

It’s a new month which means it’s time for my latest upcycling project to appear on The Good Life Blog! This time, I decided to mix things up a little and do something outside. I *LOVE* a good DIY project for my yard and garden (especially for the birds), but a chilly South Carolina winter can make that challenging. But then I realized I could create a super simple & inexpensive suet feeder (perfect for winter) to hang in my yard…using a common thrift store item: Coffee Mugs!Read more ›