Glass Fishing Floats / Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Glass Fishing Floats / Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Full disclosure – this upcycling idea and tutorial was first published in July of 2014. But in the years since, the product I used to make these glass fishing floats went off the market. So, I started from scratch with new products, MUCH better photos, and the cutest Japanese glass floats that are simple and inexpensive nautical decor. Who says beach home decor can’t come from the thrift store anyway? Read more ›

How to Build a Potting Bench that is Portable for a Small Yard / Garden

How to Build a Potting Bench that is Portable for a Small Yard / Garden

Every Spring and Summer, my Pinterest and Facebook news feeds are filled to the brim with big, beautiful potting benches! Whether constructed from pallets or old doors, or even a genuine vintage potting table, they are stunning and, well, LARGE. But, here’s the thing- I’m a gardener on a very small scale…I simply don’t have the space for the classic potting bench. So, I set forth to create something on a smaller scale…Read more ›

Independence Day Decorations with Faux Vintage Firecrackers

Independence Day Decorations with Faux Vintage Firecrackers

I’ll be perfectly honest…in the months leading up to summer, I struggled to come up with a single patriotic project idea. I bemoaned this to everyone- my husband, my friends, and my mom/ But it all changed on a dime when I went to a new favorite thrift store and found this white wicker basket that was star-shaped. I knew immediately that it was destined to become Independence Day decorations. Read more ›

Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

One of my favorite local thrift stores happens to have an amazing linens department, and I always check it out whenever I stop by. I recently found this gold table runner that looked like brocade fabric and I KNEW I needed to upcycle it somehow. It had some red wine stains int he center, but that was fine by me. Because my upcycling idea only involved the ends, by doing some bag making into an envelope clutch!Read more ›

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

Refashion a Straw Tote into a Spring Wreath

To me, Spring is all about flowers – the fresh start after winter, the gorgeous colors hanging from branches and sprouting from the ground, and the fragrance the perfumes the air. And to celebrate the arrival of this season, I decided to create a Spring wreath using a straw tote or straw purse from the thrift store.
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How to Upcycle Vintage Planters into Mosquito Candles / Citronella Candles

How to Upcycle Vintage Planters into Mosquito Candles / Citronella Candles

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 citronella candles or mosquito candles that would keep the bugs away.

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Floral Wall Art with Embroidery on Vintage Sheets

Floral Wall Art with Embroidery on Vintage Sheets

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at embroidery and different hand embroidery stitches, then this is a GREAT project to start on. Why? Because I will be upcycling some vintage sheets into floral wall art with some embroidery. And the design that I’ll be using is already in the sheet fabric, making it SO easy to follow.
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Unique Planters / Small Gifts with a Soup Mug

Unique Planters / Small Gifts with a Soup Mug

Springtime is definitely the season for parties and the need for small gifts. Bridal showers, Mother’s Day, end-of-year teacher gifts…you get the picture. While the requisite bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers is a perfectly pleasant hostess gift, sometimes you just want something a little more unique and/or memorable. And as strange as it may sound, I have the perfect idea for you…and it involves a soup mug!Read more ›

Creating a Green Life with Tumble Dryer Balls as a Natural Fabric Softener

Creating a Green Life with Tumble Dryer Balls as a Natural Fabric Softener

If you’re anything like me, then you may be looking for green tips, Earth friendly products, or whatever you can find to build a Green Life. And one thing I have heard over and over again is that dryer sheets are toxic and/or bad for the environment. So, I decided to try my hand at making some dryer balls or tumble dryer balls using wool yarn I found at the thrift store.

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Take a Seat- Let’s Wrap!

Take a Seat- Let’s Wrap!

Ok, so here’s the skinny when it comes to me and gift wrap storage: For years and years, I have stored our meager selection of gift wrap rolls in the box from our vacuum cleaner. No really, I have!Read more ›