Pumpkin Decor and Cake Dome from a Wooden Bowl

Pumpkin Decor and Cake Dome from a Wooden 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 big fella should become a pumpkin…and cake dome.Read more ›

Primitive Decor with an Old Washboard Turned Farmhouse Frame

Primitive Decor with an Old Washboard Turned Farmhouse Frame

Whenever I stumble upon an antiques mall that has a “Clearance Section” I am like a heat-seeking missile with one goal in mind- to find a broken vintage treasure (on the cheap!) to become my next repurposing project. And so, when my eyes fell upon this old washboard that was missing the actual washboard, I knew it was a moment of crafting kismet. It screamed primitive decor to me and I wanted to upcycle it into farmhouse wall decor.Read more ›

Creating a Library Card Catalog and Vintage Farmhouse Decor

Creating a Library Card Catalog and Vintage Farmhouse Decor

On one of my typical thrifting adventures, I found this set of mini drawers or small storage drawers. I didn’t really fancy the painted fruit “still life” that covered it, but I DID fancy the hypothesis that I could undo the paint job and make it more my style. In other words, I wanted to transform it into a library card catalog and vintage farmhouse decor.

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Creating Rustic Decor with a Metal Basket and Burlap Ribbon

Creating Rustic Decor with a Metal Basket and Burlap Ribbon

I struck thrifter’s gold the other day (or, more like thrifter’s silver) when I spotted a bunch of silver plate bread baskets on the Goodwill shelves. Each metal basket was 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 rustic decor…
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Valentines Day Decorations with Vintage Valentines & Antique Rug Beater

Valentines Day Decorations with Vintage Valentines & Antique Rug Beater

So…Valentine’s Day isn’t much of a holiday in our house, truth be told. We’re pretty lovely-dovey all the time (I know, go ahead and roll your eyes) and I NEVER decorate for it. But…I had a Valentines Day decorations idea rattling around in my head that just wouldn’t quit. AND it involved something I’d never repurposed or upcycled before: an antique, heart-shaped rug beater.  Read more ›

Farmhouse Style Tray from a Thrift Store Cutting Board

Farmhouse Style Tray from a Thrift Store Cutting Board

November is here and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s also time to reveal the latest project I created for The Good Life Blog , which is the DIY/Fashion/Upcycling blog affiliated with my local Goodwill stores. Read more ›

Trinket Box and Farmhouse Fall Decor from Wooden Salad Bowls

Trinket Box and Farmhouse Fall Decor from Wooden Salad Bowls

Somewhere in my Pinterest meanderings, I stumbled across a trinket box that had been made by upcycling a pair of round bowls to look like Earth. I knew I wanted to do something similar to create decorative pumpkins, but I just needed the right set of wooden salad bowls. And then, there they were, staring me in the face from the Goodwill shelf.Read more ›

Wood Clip Board for Garage Storage or Shed Organization

Wood Clip Board for Garage Storage or Shed Organization

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a TERRIBLE habit of losing my gardening gloves. After some yard work, I’d come into the garage, rip off my gloves, and fling them wherever I could before going inside. It has led to countless trips to the hardware store to buy new gloves – wasteful in money, time, and well…gloves! So, I’m determined to create some garage storage solutions / shed organization with a wood clip board dedicated to work gloves.

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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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