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 ›

Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Wooden Spindle Ornaments from an Upcycled Mug Tree

Last year, I upcycled a broken mug tree into a tabletop Christmas tree…but had set aside the remaining “arms” for another project. Well, I’m happy to say that I’m FINALLY upcycling those coffee mug tree arms now- into DIY wooden spindle ornaments !Read more ›

Upcycling a Wicker Picnic Basket into a Magazine Box for Christmas Magazines

Upcycling a Wicker Picnic Basket into a Magazine Box for Christmas Magazines

This, my friends, is what I like to call a “Post-Christmas Christmas Project”, if that makes any sense. It all started with this wicker picnic basket that I found on a thrift store shelf. I thought it had the cutest shape (like a small suitcase) and I chuckled over how dainty it seemed…compared to normal picnic baskets. It was, in fact, not much larger than a magazine (length- and width-wise, not depth-wise). And that’s when I decided it would be PERFECT for my endless collection of Christmas magazines.

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Chambersticks / Wooden Candle Holders for a Small Tabletop Christmas Tree

Chambersticks / Wooden Candle Holders for a Small Tabletop Christmas Tree

Truth be told, I didn’t know the word “chambersticks” 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). Read more ›

Florentine Coasters as DIY Christmas Ornaments

Florentine Coasters as DIY 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 Christmas ornaments. But I couldn’t bear the thought of purchasing a perfectly good, full-priced set and doing that. Read more ›

Minimalist Christmas Tree from a Coffee Mug Tree or Coffee Cup Holder

Minimalist Christmas Tree from a Coffee Mug Tree or Coffee Cup Holder

There I was at the Goodwill Outlet (aka, “The Bins”)…staring at a 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 this mug holder or coffee cup holder was the perfect candidate for a Christmas project. My plan? To transform it into a minimalist Christmas tree or Scandinavian Christmas tree!Read more ›

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a rotating multi photo frame that was in excellent condition. I was fresh off a Christmas high, with several “coulda, shoulda, woulda” holiday project ideas bouncing around in my head. But it was January and time to move on, right?

Nope. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now. I would use it to display vintage Christmas cards or vintage Christmas postcards!Read more ›

Eco-friendly Ideas for Christmas Gift Wrap with Sewing Pattern Paper

Eco-friendly Ideas for Christmas Gift Wrap with Sewing Pattern Paper

Can you believe that we’re well into December already? The countdown to Christmas is officially ON! And while I love the holidays, I know how wasteful they can be. So, when I found this selection of sewing pattern paper or vintage sewing patterns at Goodwill, I had a thought. Could I use the pattern paper as Christmas gift wrap?Read more ›

Rustic Christmas Ornaments with Tea Infusers

Rustic Christmas Ornaments with Tea Infusers

Over my thrifting and vintage-shopping adventures, I had accumulated a handful of tea infusers in different shapes and sizes. For whatever reason, I couldn’t stop buying them, especially when I’d spot one that was yet a different shape.Read more ›

Cone Christmas Trees with Serger Thread and Vintage Sequins

Cone Christmas Trees with Serger Thread and Vintage Sequins

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, and some of have been converted into new commercial/residential use. Relics of that textile mill history (such as serger thread) are found in nearly every antique and thrift store in the region.Read more ›