Pumpkin Centerpiece and Food Dome from a Wooden Mixing Bowl

Pumpkin Centerpiece and Food Dome from a Wooden Mixing Bowl

Even though I am busy-busy-busy working on projects for my book, I couldn’t let the season go by without making at least one pumpkin project! And for this one, I went “garage shopping”, and came across this set of wooden bowls. I set aside the smaller ones for my book, and decided that the large wooden bowl might be perfect as a food dome and pumpkin centerpiece.Read more ›

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Industrial Decor

One of the more recent home decor trends that I never get tired of is Industrial Decor. Not only do I love the rustic, almost masculine feel to the elements (reclaimed wood, metal, worn leather), but if you think about it, industrial home decor is a product of upcycling. But upcycling on a grander scale. Once developers started repurposing old factories and mills into loft-style apartments, artisan workshops, and commercial space, people were drawn to that industrial look. Read more ›

Heart Decorations and Industrial Farmhouse Decor for Valentine’s Day

Heart Decorations and Industrial Farmhouse Decor for Valentine’s Day

As I was going through my Valentine’s Day projects, I realized that every single one was red and/or pink. And while that’s not exactly shocking (it IS V-day, after all), I wanted to switch it up and go in an industrial farmhouse decor or primitive decor direction using some heart shape cake pans I found while thrifting. My plan? To create some heart decorations that were a little more unique and masculine.Read more ›

DIY Cabin Decor with Hudson Bay Stripes on Plain White Dishes

DIY Cabin Decor with Hudson Bay Stripes on Plain White Dishes

A Hudson Bay Point Blanket with its iconic stripes was a mainstay in my childhood home. And while I don’t have that blanket anymore, I had a burning desire to recreate that same look. Upcycling thrift store pieces seemed like the easiest way to do so. Namely, I wondered if I could paint some plain white dishes with Hudson Bay stripes.
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Sewing Pattern Paper to Make Rustic Flowers or Big Paper Flowers

Sewing Pattern Paper to Make Rustic Flowers or Big Paper Flowers

Even though I’m not a faux flowers kind of person, I decided to try my hand at tissue paper flowers. Why, you might ask? Well, I’m always looking for projects to make from things that are ubiquitous (and wildly cheap) at thrift shops. I kept seeing vintage sewing patterns at thrifts – but when I say “vintage”, I mean ugly patterns for 80s and 90s clothing. And making big paper flowers from the sewing pattern paper seemed like a great way to put those shoulder pad patterns to rest.
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Fancified Feed Sack

Fancified Feed Sack

All of my vintage-loving friends have a special affinity for old linens…whether it’s cute embroidered hand towels, pretty crocheted doilies, or colorfully kitsch tablecloths, we always paw through them in shops. The same goes for old grain, feed, and flour sacks- cotton, linen, or burlap, we just seem to love them all.

I have to give credit where credit is due, and Country Living magazine came up with this first. I fell in love with this project the moment I saw it, and I knew it was a craft I needed to attempt. Our dining room needs more wall décor, and an embroidered feed sack (or 2) would be fitting (dining room…feed sack…) and quirky.Read more ›