Christmas Porch Decor with DIY Candy Canes

Christmas Porch Decor with DIY Candy Canes

There are a few Christmas “staples” that I’ve never created for my blog, and candy canes or candy cane decorations are one of them. And honestly, I had no earnest intentions to do something about that…until I came across some walking canes at Goodwill.Read more ›

Christmas Magazine Storage in a Vintage Picnic Basket

Christmas Magazine Storage in a Vintage Picnic Basket

This, my friends, is what I like to call a “Post-Christmas Christmas Project”, if that makes any sense. It all started with this little vintage picnic basket that I found on a thrift store shelf. I thought it had the cutest shape (like a briefcase) and I chuckled over how dainty it seemed…compared to normal picnic baskets.Read more ›

Upcycled Chamberstick Christmas Candy Dishes

Upcycled Chamberstick Christmas Candy Dishes

Truth be told, I didn’t know the word “chamberstick” before this project and blog post came about. You see, I stumbled up one…and then another chamberstick in the span of a single weekend- at two different thrift stores. I purchased them both thinking that I would figure out a project for these “old time-y candlesticks with handles” (which is what I Googled). And once I had the word “chamberstick” locked down, a project came to mind!Read more ›

Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Florentine Coaster Christmas Ornaments

Vintage “Florentine” pieces are pretty common at antiques shops- you know what I’m talking about, right? The gold painted pieces like trays, jewelry boxes, etc.? Well, for years I’ve admired Florentine coasters and always secretly thought about turning them into ornaments. But I couldn’t bear the thought of purchasing a perfectly good, full-priced set and doing that. However…I stumbled upon a baggie of plain gold coasters at a favorite thrift store earlier this year. So, I decided I could DEFINITELY upcycle these without a second thought!Read more ›

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree from Upcycled Coffee Mug Tree

DIY Tabletop Christmas Tree from Upcycled Coffee Mug Tree

There I was at the Goodwill Outlet (aka, “The Bins”)…staring at a broken coffee mug tree. It was on top of the pile, likely tossed there by someone who scoffed at its missing arm. But me? I grabbed it…broken treasures are my favorite finds. And an incomplete coffee mug tree was the perfect candidate for a Christmas project- a tabletop Christmas Tree!Read more ›

Christmas Ornaments from Canning Jar Lids

Christmas Ornaments from Canning Jar Lids

A few years ago, I made these DIY Wreath Ornaments from canning jar lids, after buying a set of mason jars to use as drinking glasses. I had no intention of making another ornament craft with them again…but then thrifting fate intervened. Earlier this year, I came across a bag of canning jar lids…in various sizes, colors, and brands…and I couldn’t bear to leave it behind. So, in the cart it went and here we are with a NEW DIY ornament project.Read more ›

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

Christmas Ornaments using Vintage Tea Strainers and Chandelier Crystals

There was a small but elegant chandelier just inside the front door of my childhood home. And one of the few cleaning tasks I actually enjoyed helping with was taking off the dangling crystals and giving them a yearly bath. Fast forward 30-some-odd years, and I still love a pretty chandelier crystal…so when I found this bag of…umm… “Phone Supplies” while thrifting, I squealed with glee.Read more ›

Mod Christmas Trees from Upcycled Serger Thread Cones

Mod Christmas Trees from Upcycled Serger Thread Cones

If you live in or have traveled to the Carolinas, then you may know that this area has a long history in textiles. The mills still dot the landscape, with one in nearly every town- some are dilapidated, some just empty, some of have been converted into new commercial/residential use, and then there are still a few that operate to this day! So it should come as no surprise that relics of that industrial textile mill history (such as these old serger thread cones) can be found in nearly every antique store (and sometimes thrift shops!) in the region.Read more ›

DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

December is here, December is here! That means a lot of things to me- Christmas, my birthday (the big 4-0 this year!) and of course, a new project for The Good Life Blog! For this month’s project, I decided to create “gift” décor pieces to use on my mantel- bright colorful “presents” that are easy to make using inexpensive frames and linens from my local Goodwill store. In other words, DIY Christmas Gift Decor. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Vintage Light Fixture “Mercury Glass” Oversized Ornaments

Vintage Light Fixture “Mercury Glass” Oversized Ornaments

Today marks the official halfway point to Christmas, so why not celebrate with a holiday project?? By no means am I encouraging Christmas to arrive sooner…but for crafters like me, there is just NEVER enough time to do all of the yuletide projects!Read more ›