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 ›

Refinishing a Mini Chest of Drawers as a Vintage Card Catalog

Refinishing a Mini Chest of Drawers as a Vintage Card Catalog

On one of my typical thrifting adventures, I spied this mini chest of drawers near the cash register at the thrift shop. I didn’t really fancy the painted fruit “still life” that covered it, but I WAS curious about the wood underneath the paint. The idea of a “makeunder” floated through my mind as I envisioned a vintage card catalog as the end result.

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Upcycling a Wire Bread Basket into Vintage Farmhouse Decor

Upcycling a Wire Bread Basket into Vintage Farmhouse Decor

I struck thrifter’s gold the other day (or, more like thrifter’s silver) when I spotted a wire bread basket on the Goodwill shelves. In fact, I spotted SEVERAL wire bread baskets. They were perfectly tarnished (i.e., patina!) and in need of a new purpose in life. As I studied the collection of wire baskets, I pondered the idea of transforming them into vintage farmhouse decor.
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Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

When I found these itty-bitty pulleys way back in February 2014, I knew right away they were the perfect jewelry-making component. But months- nearly a YEAR!- went by before I thought about making them again. Well, my friends, the time has finally come.Read more ›

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 ›