DIY Cork Board in a Thrifted Picture Frame

DIY Cork Board in a Thrifted Picture Frame

I was cleaning up my Craft Room a bit and found some old cork tiles I had snagged on a thrifting adventure in the past. I was about to put them in the “re-donate” pile (which I am CONSTANTLY adding to)…but thought better of it. If I found the right picture frames, I could use the tiles to make a fancy-ish cork board (or several) for my office!Read more ›

Pocket Watch Décor from a Picture Frame

Pocket Watch Décor from a Picture Frame

During a recent thrifting adventure (which was gloriously fruitful!), I found an unusual and unique picture frame. Right off the bat, it reminded me of one of those wonderful old pocket watches- the kind with multiple watch faces keeping time. Of course, when the cashier remarked how unique the frame was and I mentioned the pocket watch familiarity that I was feeling, she looked at me like I was crazy. But that’s ok- I’m used to that by nowRead more ›

Oval Frame “Easter Eggs”

Oval Frame “Easter Eggs”

I can’t quite explain why I love vintage oval picture frames so much…but I just DO! And when I see them in thrift shops, I snap them up, no questions asked. While brainstorming for new project ideas (by tidying up my Craft Room), I realized something:

Oval picture frames look a little like Easter eggs…Read more ›

Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

So…obviously, this isn’t exactly a project, per se. But it’s an idea that has been slumbering in my mind for a long time now, and I finally set aside the time to put it together. It all started with a large open wall in our bedroom…and a vintage motto sampler…that led to another sampler…and another sampler after that.Read more ›

Christmas Merry-go-Round: Vintage Postcard Carousel

Christmas Merry-go-Round: Vintage Postcard Carousel

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a spinning 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.Read more ›

Retro Kitchen Décor with Vintage Seed Packets

Retro Kitchen Décor with Vintage Seed Packets

So here’s a little secret of mine…as a blogger who needs to constantly crank out new projects and ideas, I sometimes feel the need to “re-repurpose” elements of projects past. Between cost savings and re-using items I already have, it’s a win-win for me- I just hope you guys don’t mind!Read more ›

Fashion Plates: DIY Sewing Pattern Wall Art

Fashion Plates: DIY Sewing Pattern Wall Art

Whenever I’m in a thrift store and I see a box or bin full of old sewing patterns, I can’t help but paw through them. Usually, I find regrettable patterns for 1980s-era dresses (think “Working Girl”) or early 1990s babydoll dresses and overalls (think “Blossom”).  Truly fashion that should never have been fashionable! But that all changed during one recent thrifting adventure when my upcycling eye spied some older patterns peeking out from a bin.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 ›

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 ›

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 ›