Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

When I was a teenager, I had grand plans that involved collecting snippets of vintage jacquard ribbon (and non-vintage, if pretty enough) to decorate “all the things”, such as handbags, headbands, and t-shirts. But I quickly found out that the gorgeous ribbon I coveted so much was expensive…and my plans fizzled out. Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m back at it with an alternative (and thrifty) plan: What if I repurposed ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish all the things?Read more ›

Vintage Cross-Stitch Reusable Grocery Bag

Vintage Cross-Stitch Reusable Grocery Bag

I consistently find old needlework pieces on my thrifting adventures- be it cross-stitch, needlepoint, crewel work, or otherwise. And I have a hard time passing them up! But then I think, “What in the world will I do with all these?”

And so was the case with this larger cross-stitch- it had a great retro / country vibe…which, while not my personal style, is kind of trendy again with the farmhouse / Fixer Upper obsession. As I hemmed & hawed, I couldn’t help but think that it would make a fabulous graphic on a reusable grocery bag…Read more ›

Plain Purse to Hip Bag

Plain Purse to Hip Bag

I think we can all agree that “fanny packs” are immensely handy, especially for travel or while at a festival or fair. BUT, it’s also agreeable that they aren’t particularly attractive and have a punchline stigma attached to them. So, when I was meandering through the purse section of a local thrift store the other day, I had a touch of inspiration from an unsuspecting & odd little bag…Read more ›

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

The Clutch Home Runner: Upcycled DIY Handbag

One of my favorite local thrift stores, Second Chances, has the most amazing linens section of any thrift store I’ve ever been to- and y’all already KNOW I’ve been around the thrifting block a few times. It’s a two-story, well-appointed shop, and the linens have an entire room dedicated to all things textile- pillows, comforters, curtains/drapes, pillows, etc. I just so happened to be passing by the table runner wall cubbies when I spotted a lovely yellow & blue runner that reminded me of jacquard ribbon in French country colors.Read more ›

Straw Tote Spring “Wreath”

Straw Tote Spring “Wreath”

It’s the last day of March so I hope you don’t mind if I squeeze in one more Good Life Blog post from me this month!! And with Spring flowers really coming in to high bloom season, it’s truly appropriate- and stunning, I promise!Read more ›

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Vintage Hot Pad Coin Purse / Card Wallet

Several months ago, I found these sweet crocheted hot pads at a favorite vintage shop of mine in Landrum, South Carolina. I couldn’t resist their little clock faces, despite some significant staining.Read more ›

Painted Pleather: Thrifted Clutch Makeover

Painted Pleather: Thrifted Clutch Makeover

So here’s a small confession- I LOVE a clutch purse…and I buy them on occasion…but I rarely, if ever, carry them or use them for a night on the town!! Why, you might ask? Well, it’s silly…but I never know where to put them. Set it on the table? Hope/Pray to get a table for four instead of a table for two so I have a clutch chair?

It’s just too overwhelming for me. Sigh…Read more ›