Vintage-Inspired Military First Aid Kit

Vintage-Inspired Military First Aid Kit

Ok- so, in the interest of full disclosure, I fully intended this project to be my Product Test Drive post for July. BUT…things didn’t exactly go as planned. So, I’m putting that product “on ice”…which has a double meaning. Why? Because my plans for this little medicine cabinet were to transform it into a vintage-inspired military first aid kit. (Get it…putting it on ice…first aid…ok, dumb joke!)Read more ›

Shirt Pocket Sachets

Shirt Pocket Sachets

Even though I made repurposed drawer sachets once before, I had this spark of an idea and I simply had to share it with you. Because it’s so “DUH!”…and because Father’s Day will be here soon, it seemed like the perfect time to write about my idea for Shirt Pocket Sachets using thrift store clearance shirts.Read more ›

Bottle Cap Coasters from Vintage Tart Tins

Bottle Cap Coasters from Vintage Tart Tins

Last Fall, the Mr. and I were perusing the shelves of a large beer & wine store when I spotted a display of oversized bottle cap coasters. I chuckled to myself because I thought it was a cute idea…and as I walked on by, I had a “Wait a second!” moment. Why? Because I could totally make those…so I snapped a photo and held onto it until now.Read more ›

DIY / Repurposed Gift Ideas for Guys

DIY / Repurposed Gift Ideas for Guys

If you have a guy to shop for, then you may struggle with gift-giving…and you are certainly not alone! So, instead of buying presents at the mall, maybe it’s time to take a different approach. Over the years, I’ve created DIY/Repurposed projects for my husband (or something more unisex for myself), both decorative and functional.Read more ›

Related Repurposing: Trouser Hanger Turned Belt Organizer

Related Repurposing: Trouser Hanger Turned Belt Organizer

Alright, I have to confess- this project is SOOOO simple that it probably doesn’t warrant a full blog post…but I put one together anyway. I hope you don’t mind…who knows, maybe it’ll come in handy for you anyway- especially since it would make a fantastic DIY gift.Read more ›

“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

“Ingredients” for the Perfect Bottle Opener

One of the reasons we purchased our house was the screened in back porch, which is as big as a bedroom. The yard is lined with cypress trees, so there’s tons of privacy and it’s easy to forget that we live in a regular ole’ neighborhood. We’ve lived here for three years now, and I finally got around to DIYing something I’ve wanted for a long time on the porch- a bottle opener!Read more ›

Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

Thrifted Parts & Pieces: DIY Hat Stand

I’ve confessed my love of accessories to you before- particularly with scarves and vintage costume jewelry. But I am ALSO a lover of hats…especially during the humid southern summers! So, while I’ve made plenty of accessory organizers over the years (as well as other kinds of organizers), I was clearly overdue to make a hat stand or something similar for my hats.Read more ›

Playful Décor: Vintage Parcheesi Game Board Clock

Playful Décor: Vintage Parcheesi Game Board Clock

Since my husband is a game-junkie, and I’ve reached the peer group that appreciates nostalgic toys, there are always an abundance of old board games in our house. I love the colorful game boards and the better-quality bits made of wood and metal. So, when a friend of a friend gave me this 1964 copy of Parcheesi, I was thrilled.Read more ›

Goodwill Blogging: From Thrift to Gift

Goodwill Blogging: From Thrift to Gift

A new month means a new upcycled project for The Good Life Blog! If you’ll recall, I was asked to be a part of this fun group of thrifty bloggers, brought together by Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

September usually marks the start of “Pumpkin-Flavored-Everything” Season… and for me, that means scrumptious flavored coffee! I guess chilly weather and hot beverages were on my mind the last time I was in my local Goodwill store because while I was in the kitchen section, I found these two cute wooden bins!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 ›