Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

When I was a teenager, I had grand plans that involved collecting snippets of vintage jacquard ribbon (and non-vintage, if pretty enough) to decorate “all the things”, such as handbags, headbands, and t-shirts. But I quickly found out that the gorgeous ribbon I coveted so much was expensive…and my plans fizzled out. Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m back at it with an alternative (and thrifty) plan: What if I repurposed ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish all the things?Read more ›

Hip Bag / Anti Theft Purse Made from a Thrift Store Handbag

Hip Bag / Anti Theft Purse Made from a Thrift Store Handbag

I think we can all agree that “fanny packs” are immensely handy, especially for travel or while at a festival or fair. BUT, it’s also agreeable that they aren’t particularly attractive and have a punchline stigma attached to them. So, when I was meandering through the purse section of a local thrift store the other day, I had a touch of inspiration from a small purse at a thrift store. I could easily transform it into a hip bag or anti theft purse…Read more ›

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

To me, Spring is all about flowers – the fresh start after winter, the gorgeous colors hanging from branches and sprouting from the ground, and the fragrance the perfumes the air. And to celebrate the arrival of this season, I decided to create a Spring wreath using a straw tote or straw purse from the thrift store.
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Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Several months ago, I found these sweet crocheted hot pads at a favorite vintage shop of mine in Landrum, South Carolina. I couldn’t resist their little clock faces, despite some significant staining.Read more ›

Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Vintage Pillowcase Vendor Apron

Ok. So here’s the thing.

I keep buying more and more pretty bed linens from the thrift store. I can’t resist them! But they are slowly taking up my garage…so I needed to develop another project for them, so here we are. Hopefully you won’t mind- and the sewing isn’t complicated, I promise!Read more ›

Avoid Plastic / Reduce Plastic with Reusable Produce Bags

Avoid Plastic / Reduce Plastic with Reusable Produce Bags

Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my groceries home. Any time I can avoid plastic or reduce plastic, I take it! So, I decided to make some reusable produce bags (i.e., veggie bags or fruit bags) by upcycling some kids t-shirts. They are plentiful at thrift stores and on a smaller scale that is perfect for produce!Read more ›

Winter Wonderland Tote Bag with Vintage Doily Snowflakes

Winter Wonderland Tote Bag with Vintage Doily Snowflakes

I decided to spruce up a plain, navy blue tote bag I had found during one of my thrifting adventures. Truthfully, I didn’t NEED another tote bag- let’s face it, who really does?- but it was in great shape, and at $2.99, it was the perfect candidate for embellishment. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›