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 ›

Plain Purse to Hip Bag

Plain Purse to Hip Bag

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 an unsuspecting & odd little bag…Read more ›

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

One of my favorite local thrift stores, Second Chances, has the most amazing linens section of any thrift store I’ve ever been to- and y’all already KNOW I’ve been around the thrifting block a few times. It’s a two-story, well-appointed shop, and the linens have an entire room dedicated to all things textile- pillows, comforters, curtains/drapes, pillows, etc. I just so happened to be passing by the table runner wall cubbies when I spotted a lovely yellow & blue runner that reminded me of jacquard ribbon in French country colors.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 ›

Painted Pleather: Thrifted Clutch Makeover

Painted Pleather: Thrifted Clutch Makeover

So here’s a small confession- I LOVE a clutch purse…and I buy them on occasion…but I rarely, if ever, carry them or use them for a night on the town!! Why, you might ask? Well, it’s silly…but I never know where to put them. Set it on the table? Hope/Pray to get a table for four instead of a table for two so I have a clutch chair?

It’s just too overwhelming for me. Sigh…Read more ›

Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

Thrifted T-shirt Produce Bags

When the weather is still cool and Spring is right around the corner, I allow myself to daydream (just a little) about summer. I don’t dwell on the humidity or the bad hair/makeup…and focus on Saturday mornings, when the farmer’s markets roll into town. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my bounty home. AND, I have the most amazing reusable fruit/vegetable produce bags…just not enough of them to carry everything I purchase from the farmer’s markets.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 ›