Decorative Sailboats with a Weaving Shuttle

Decorative Sailboats with a Weaving Shuttle

One year ago, I had gathered up the materials I’d need for this project. I had a couple of weaving shuttles and clear vision for transforming them into decorative sailboats. But right as I was getting started, an email appeared in my inbox.Read more ›

Glass Fishing Floats from Thrift Store Vases for Coastal Home Decor

Glass Fishing Floats from Thrift Store Vases for Coastal Home Decor

Many years ago, I published this project for glass fishing floats by upcycling some vases and bowls from the thrift store. But in the years since, the craft product I used to make these fishing floats went off the market. So, I decided to start from scratch with an even better craft paint to create a new set. Read more ›

DIY Wine Bottle Cooler for Happy Hour at Home

DIY Wine Bottle Cooler for Happy Hour at Home

This is one of those ideas of mine that *almost* doesn’t warrant a blog post because it’s so dang simple. BUT, I’ve learned that even when I have a simple project idea, I should always publish it here on the blog. So, here we go with an Igloo cooler that I found at Habitat ReStore. And my plan was to upcycle it into a wine bottle cooler.Read more ›

Repurpose Wine Bottles as Message in a Bottle

Repurpose Wine Bottles as Message in a Bottle

Ever since recycling glass stopped in my county, I’ve been trying to come up with fresh ways to repurpose the glass bottles I end up with. Now that summer is on the horizon, my head is already in the sand- beach sand, that is. So, this time around, I decided to make a Message in a Bottle with my empty liquor and wine bottles.Read more ›

Coastal Farmhouse Decor from Glass Candle Holders

Coastal Farmhouse Decor from Glass Candle Holders

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it is just wickedly hot here. So much so that I long to stay inside where the A/C blows cold and I can daydream about the elusive cool summer day spent on the coast. And with that idea in mind, I decided it was time to create some beach themed decor. But this time, I’m taking it a step further as coastal farmhouse decor. Yes, “coastal farmhouse” is a real thing!Read more ›

Decorative Bookends for Summer Decor with Berry Baskets

Decorative Bookends for Summer Decor with Berry Baskets

To tell you the truth, I’m not entirely sure why I picked up these berry baskets while thrifting a while back. I didn’t have a project idea in mind and the thrift store had written the price on the side of one of the baskets (the horror!). BUT, I decided they were worth the risk and eventually an upcycling idea came to me. I’d transform them into decorative bookends that would double as summer decor.Read more ›

From Outdated to Outstanding: My One-Stop Snack Station

From Outdated to Outstanding: My One-Stop Snack Station

The time has come for a new post for The Good Life Blog. And this time around, I took a couple of frequently-spotted thrift store items…fused them together…and gave them a fun makeover. In particular, I’m working with an outdated wooden coaster set- you’ve probably seen them yourself! Coaster sets (usually a dark stained wood) that look like small pieces of furniture…Read more ›

Upcycling Ideas for Beach Home Decor and Coastal Crafts

Upcycling Ideas for Beach Home Decor and Coastal Crafts

Beach home decor or coastal decor, whether it be for a lake or an ocean, is near and dear to my heart, despite the fact that I am currently landlocked. I just LOVE the color palettes associated with it; the soothing combination of blues, greens, neutrals, and white. Even though I don’t have much nautical decor in my home, I love it just the same, as well. And there are SO many upcycling ideas for beach theme decor, that I decided to gather a few of them to share with you.
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Sea Glass Bottles from the Recycling Bin for Coastal Decor

Sea Glass Bottles from the Recycling Bin for Coastal Decor

Earlier this year, our county stopped recycling glass of any kind. So, not only did I become a more mindful consumer at the store, but I started thinking of ways to upcycle our glass bottles. And transforming some of our empty wine bottles into sea glass bottles seemed like a GREAT place to start. Read more ›

Mosquito Candles with Local Beeswax in Vintage Planters

Mosquito Candles with Local Beeswax in Vintage Planters

Let’s face it, summer is NOT my favorite season in the South. Between a constant case of “humidity hair” to a melted make-up sweaty glow, it just leaves much to be desired. But, I still love sitting out back and listening to the summer yard sounds as the sun goes down. So, I desperately needed to make some mosquito candles that would keep the bugs away.

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