DIY Japanese Fishing Floats (from Thrift Store Glass)

DIY Japanese Fishing Floats (from Thrift Store Glass)

What happens when you first publish a blog post in July of 2014, only to find out a few years later that the craft product you used is no longer made and off the market? Well, this happens: republishing the project and tutorial entirely, starting over from start to finish…and re-making my 2014 DIY Japanese Fishing Floats, but with a new (and improved) paint product AND far more blogging expertise under my <tool> belt.Read more ›

Beach Sand Collection Display (in a Vintage Spice Rack!)

Beach Sand Collection Display (in a Vintage Spice Rack!)

There I was in Goodwill, crawling through the housewares when I paused to check an alert on my phone. A friend’s photo popped up- of a gorgeous sunset on the beach- and when I went back to thrift shelf scanning, there it was. An older spice rack that someone else had painted purple, using it to house her button collection. But with the beach photo still burning a hole in my mind and the spice rack in front of me, I suddenly realized that that the two would work swimmingly together- as a beach sand collection display!Read more ›

Message in a (Repurposed) Bottle

Message in a (Repurposed) Bottle

Ever since my county stopped recycling glass, I’ve been trying to come up with fresh ways to repurpose the glass bottles I end up with. Now that summer is on the horizon, my head is already in the sand- beach sand, that is. So, this time around, I decided to recreate the look of a message in a bottle…using glass wine and liquor bottles that are no longer allowed in our recycling bin.Read more ›

Coastal Farmhouse Seaglass Candles

Coastal Farmhouse Seaglass Candles

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it is just wickedly hot here- so much so that I long to stay inside where the A/C blows cold and I can daydream about the elusive cool summer day spent on the coast. And with that idea in mind, I decided it was time to create another beach house décor project.Read more ›

Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

Cool & Coastal Upcycled Project Ideas

For years and years, I lived near the coast in South Florida- both on the Atlantic side and the Gulf side. And even though I am now landlocked in the Appalachian foothills, I still enjoy the tranquility of coastal décor- whether it’s the white/aqua/tan color palette or the childhood beach memories it conjures up, there’s just something about it that’s breezy and relaxing. I mean, really, who knew décor could feel breezy?Read more ›

She’s Gone Coastal…with DIY Sea Glass Bottles

She’s Gone Coastal…with DIY Sea Glass Bottles

As most of you know, my repurposed and upcycled projects usually come to fruition as a result of (a) my pickin’ adventures across the South, or (b) “shopping” from my junk stash in our garage. But this project has a very different- and unfortunate- backstory.Read more ›

Coastal Wall Art from a Goodwill Book and Picture Frame

Coastal Wall Art from a Goodwill Book and Picture Frame

So I have some exciting news- for me, at least, and hopefully for you, too! Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina has re-vamped their blog with an entirely new team of writers, including yours truly. We are a wonderfully diverse team of bloggers– fashion thrifters, DIYers, foodie writers, and home decorators who will bring you new projects and ideas throughout each month. Goodwill is obviously our thrift shop of choice, but it’s just a great idea to spotlight the idea of thrifting and buying secondhand goods. You all know I’m a big believer in it- and a lot of you are, too- so I’m definitely looking forward to yet another way to keeping the “buying used” movement going!Read more ›

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Summer in a Jar- Vintage Coastal / Beach Decor

Even though I’m enjoying every colorful, breezy moment this spring, I can’t help but plan ahead for summer décor. I don’t do much decorating for summer- but I do tend to bring a little of the coast inside. Some seaglass here, some driftwood there- you get the idea.Read more ›

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Driftwood Sunburst Wreath for Beachy, Summer Decor

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. Though I now feel settled and home in the foothills of the Appalachians, I do have fond memories of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan. Maybe not quite as exotic as a tropical locale, but full of treasures- crinoid bits, pretty Petoskey stones, beautiful beachglass, and gorgeous pieces of driftwood.Read more ›

How to Teach Old Pearls New Tricks

How to Teach Old Pearls New Tricks

The first time I saw my friend, Emily, after she had returned from a trip to France, she was wearing this amazing necklace crafted from linen and pearls. I just loved it on her and made a mental note to acquire something similar for myself one day.Read more ›