Reader’s Choice 2016: Your Favorite Sadie Seasongoods Projects

Reader’s Choice 2016: Your Favorite Sadie Seasongoods Projects

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!)

I always love this point in the calendar year- when I look back at the numbers/stats and figure out which projects truly resonated. There are always some surprises in the mix, and it’s always fun to go back and revisit older projects that you may have forgotten (or didn’t even know about). So, let’s take a look at the Top 10 project posts from 2016…starting with #10…


10.  Salvaged Window Quilt Display

Finding a cutter quilt at a thrift shop was a definite highlight in 2016…and I ended up making two projects with it so far. Re-repurposing my old window to display it was by far the favorite of the two projects, but the question is- will I eke out a third quilt project next year? Hmm…Repurposed vintage cutter quilt displayed in a chippy paint salvaged antique window by Sadie Seasongoods /

9.  Flatware Tray Jewelry Organizer

This was a fun project for a couple of quirky reasons- first, I found out the back story on the “Made in Romania” stamp on this piece, AND I tried out stenciling for the first time! Needless to say, there will be more stenciling in my future (and probably some more jewelry organizers, too). Vintage wooden flatware silverware tray repurposed as DIY jewelry display holder by Sadie Seasongoods /

8.  Table Runner Clutch Purse

Sometimes a project sounds absolutely insane…like repurposing a wine-stained table runner into a clutch purse. But I had a vision in my head and was determined to bring it to life…which I did…and it was a big hit! I also got to continue my practicing my sewing skills, which I love to do from time to time. DIY upcycled clutch handbag from a thrift store table runner by Sadie Seasongoods /

7.  Happy “Fallidays” Wreath with DIY Wired Ribbon

Going into this one, I knew that one of two things would happen- either people would HATE the idea of making your own wired ribbon (because it’s so easy to buy!), or they would LOVE it (because it’s so customizable!). Thank goodness it was the latter…but I’m afraid that boyfriends and husbands may <literally> lose their shirts over it- ha!DIY wired ribbon for wreath bow from a repurposed thrift store flannel or plaid men's shirt by Sadie Seasongoods /

6.  Straw Tote Spring “Wreath”

Having seen SO many straw tote bags at the thrift store, I knew I needed to repurpose one in a unique way. Hanging one on the door and filling it with silk blossoms wasn’t my initial idea…but it just plain worked. It was *almost* too simple to warrant a blog post, but ultimately, aren’t you glad I did it anyway?

DIY unique Spring wreath door decor with thrift store straw tote bag filled with flowers by Sadie Seasongoods /

5.  Mosaic Stepping Stone Key Hider

This, my friends, was definitely the sleeper hit of 2016! And for everyone concerned (because there were quite a few of you), no- this one is not in our yard with the key inside, tempting anyone to waltz right in. Of course, if anyone broke in, they might be disappointed by the tangle of thrift store junk and craft supplies that keep our otherwise-tidy home hostage at all times…Repurposed thrift store cake pan for DIY concrete mosaic stepping stone with secret pill bottle key hider by Sadie Seasongoods /

4.  Coffee Mug Suet Feeder

Who knew a simple suet/seed blend in a chipped coffee cup would be so well-received? But I loved that you loved it as much as my birds did…speaking of which, they’re probably ready for me to make one again for them. We have two woodpeckers that visit our feeders- a tiny downy woodpecker (aptly named Robert Downey, Junior) and a red-bellied woodpecker (named David Bowie…from his red/orange wig era). I wonder if I could tempt them with mug feeders?? DIY upcycled suet bird feeder upcycled from thrift store coffee mugs by Sadie Seasongoods /

3.  DIY Metalwork Hurricane

I had a sneaking suspicion that this project would be in the Top 10 list! The magic of fireflies is like the fountain of youth- if only for a moment, we’re children again…running around the yard at dusk with a mason jar and boundless joy. And this version costs WAY less than the original, so…

DIY Anthropologie metalwork hurricane using a repurposed upcycled vintage brass chandelier or light fixture by Sadie Seasongoods /

2.  DIY Sea Glass Bottles

When glass recycling came to a grinding halt (pun intended) in Greenville, South Carolina, I was fraught with frustration. We have since altered our shopping practices as much as possible to avoid buy glass jars and bottles, but at least I turned a few of them into pretty summer décor. Lemonade from lemons, right?Creating DIY Coastal Beach Decor with sea glass spray paint and frost etch effect paint on glass wine and liquor bottles by Sadie Seasongoods /

1.  Vintage Bandana Pumpkins

And here we are at #1! I’m pretty sure Martha herself invented fabric pumpkins…I just put my own Sadie spin on the idea by repurposing vintage black and orange bandanas! I’m actually in the process of making more for a top-secret reason…and I’ll probably spend the rest of my life hunting down Halloween-colored bandanas to make more of these little guys!Repurpose and Upcycle a vintage orange or black bandana into a low sew easy to make DIY fabric pumpkin for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods /


Also of note…

Honorable Mention (Round-up Post): 20+ Repurposed Flannel Shirt IdeasRepurposed and Upcycled Flannel Shirt DIY Craft Project Ideas compiled by Sadie Seasongoods /

Honorable Mention (Shotgun! Post): Junkin’ Journey: Athens, GeorgiaBest antiques, thrift, vintage, and architectural salvage stores and shops in Athens, Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods /

So what will 2017 hold? Hopefully a little more kindness, understanding, and world peace! But as far as Sadie is concerned- more projects, new junkin’ trips, some cabin-themed ideas for my in-laws’ mountain cabin, and probably a YouTube channel with DIY videos. At least, that’s the plan for now…

Thank you, thank you- for reading and following my journey…for welcoming me into your creative space and computer screen, day in and day out in 2016 …and for just plain being a friend. Cheers to us all this New Year’s…and may 2017 be full of creation, inspiration, and exploration.

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  1. Lovely. I like all the ideas.

  2. Great round-up of your ideas! I think all your projects are so fun and creative but the clutch is my absolute fave. Visiting from Vintage Charm party.

  3. Loved all the projects you did for 2016. I just can’t pick just one. Look forward to all of them and what you are up to next. Still want you to do a book about your travels and shops you find. Love those. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing with us. Look for your next project in 2017.

  4. I am surprised that your community no longer recycles glass! All great projects this year.

    • I know, it’s so awful. But the last processing facility in the area closed and it’s no longer cost efficient to truck glass out of state (all those emissions would negate the recycling, anyway).

  5. I loved all of these projects but your number 1 is my favorite along with number 3. Keep um

  6. Great round up for the year. Awesome and fun projects. Can’t wait to hear about the ‘cabin-themed’ ideas. Cabin-themed is where I might be heading for our home decor 🙂

  7. chris aka monkey says

    sarah i loved the sea glass bottles and your flannel and bandana posts the best oh and the junking trips oh and and and lol happy new year xx

  8. Loving, pinning, sharing. Happy New Year!

  9. Best wishes in the new year!

  10. All such great projects! I love the window with the quilt piece and the lantern the best!


  11. Enjoyed sipping my morning java while admiring your creativity and looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2017. Happy New Year!

  12. Hello Sarah! Being new to your blog, I enjoyed this post reviewing your top 10 posts. I was really surprised when I connected the fact that some of your projects are a part of the Favorite Crafts projects. I truly enjoy all of their sections and save so many projects to Pinterest from there; I know that several of yours have been added to my sections on Pinterest! I am really looking forward to 2017 and like you, hoping and praying that it is a much gentler year all the way around. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  13. My favorite is the DIY sea glass bottles – I’m still loving the look since you first posted .

  14. I’ve loved these ideas all year and love seeing them all together here. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  15. Love your work I too have looked back and reflect on my favorites from 2016
    Here’s to a great year of repurposing!!

  16. I read and enjoyed each one of these projects throughout 2016. Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Charm

  17. Your reader’s have great taste! Just like you, Sarah!! Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It. I look forward to seeing more of your creativity this year!

  18. It certainly was an interesting year! This is my first time in more years than I can recall actually being happy to see a new year. I’m so sentimental, I always hate to see them end. I remember each and every one of your top projects. So glad you share with us at Merry Monday. Happy New Year!

    • I’m a sentimental person, too, so I understand…in some ways, I’m happy for 2017, but in others…well, I’d love to hang on to certain things from 2016! Thank you so much for hosting each and every week…make sure you come link up at my party every Tuesday at 8pm ET. 🙂

  19. Everything looks so great! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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