Using Butter Molds and Essential Oils for Sinuses to Make Shower Melts / Natural Decongestant

Using Butter Molds and Essential Oils for Sinuses to Make Shower Melts / Natural Decongestant

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I suffer from chronic sinus congestion and headaches. And for my fellow sufferers, I feel your pain- literally! I love to use the steam of a hot shower to open everything up and wanted to create a natural decongestant for the shower (shower melts) using essential oils for sinuses. And I’d use chocolate molds or butter molds from the thrift store to make them!Read more ›

Hip Bag / Anti Theft Purse Made from a Thrift Store Handbag

Hip Bag / Anti Theft Purse Made from a Thrift Store Handbag

I think we can all agree that “fanny packs” are immensely handy, especially for travel or while at a festival or fair. BUT, it’s also agreeable that they aren’t particularly attractive and have a punchline stigma attached to them. So, when I was meandering through the purse section of a local thrift store the other day, I had a touch of inspiration from a small purse at a thrift store. I could easily transform it into a hip bag or anti theft purse…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 ›

Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing Shower Caddy

Vertical Herb Garden with a Standing Shower Caddy

Last month, I introduced my three-part upcycled herb garden series with Part 1- by sowing herb seeds in rusty, thrifted muffin tins / pans as starter pots! But several weeks have since passed and it’s time to bring you Part 2, which involves another repurposed thrift store find: A standing shower caddy.

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“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

“Ensconced” Organization for Gardening Tools

A couple of years ago, I made a simple repurposed clip board for our gardening/work gloves– both of us had a bad habit of flinging them off in the garage and struggling to find them the next time we needed to wear them! And let me tell you- having the clip board has been a life (and glove) saver! So, when I found these outdated bucket sconces at a thrift store, I decided make something similar for my gardening hand tools.Read more ›

Muffin Pans as Seed Starter Cups

Muffin Pans as Seed Starter Cups

Real Life Confession- I love the idea of gardening more than I love actual gardening. Can anyone else relate? I also look forward to summer Saturday mornings with girlfriends as we bop from farmer’s market to farmer’s market. BUT. But…I still enjoy having planted herbs around as the weather warms up! So, this year, I’ve decided to do a three-part herb gardening upcycling series…starting with today’s post: Part 1- Muffin pans!Read more ›

Upcycling a Small Footstool into Farmhouse Furniture

Upcycling a Small Footstool into Farmhouse Furniture

I don’t often buy much thrift store furniture for upcycling projects, simply because I usually repurpose small items from the housewares section. But I couldn’t pass up this small footstool that I saw the other day. Its woven rush top was unraveling, but I could tell it had good bones and was a nice piece of primitive furniture. I knew right away that I could replace the top and upcycle it into farmhouse furniture for our farmhouse bedroom.Read more ›

Vintage Christmas Cards in a Multi Photo Frame

Vintage Christmas Cards in a Multi Photo Frame

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a multi photo frame that was in excellent condition. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now. I would use it to display vintage Christmas cards or vintage Christmas postcards!Read more ›

Hanging Herb Garden using Small Lamp Shades as Metal Hanging Baskets

Hanging Herb Garden using Small Lamp Shades as Metal Hanging Baskets

Lamp shades are a pretty common item at thrift stores, in every size and shape you can imagine. So, I felt a compelling need to come up with an upcycling idea for them, starting with these small lamp shades that I found at Goodwill. I had this niggling feeling that lamp shade frames could be repurposed into metal hanging baskets for a hanging herb garden…
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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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