American Flag Decor with a Buffalo Plaid Stencil (AND an Announcement!)

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文心阁I’ve made several projects with a buffalo check stencil, but they were always meant for end-of-year decor for the Fall and Winter. So, I’ve been yearning to use that same stencil for a warm-weather July 4th project, perhaps inspired by a picnic tablecloth. But then I started thinking about using the buffalo plaid stencil to create some American flag decor.Read more ?

30+ Upcycling Projects for Vintage Linens

30+ Upcycling Projects for Vintage Linens

Vintage linens such as vintage tablecloths, sheets, and pillowcases are dangerously easy to collect and full of upcycling possibilities. While other vintage items have become more and more scarce at thrift stores, old linens can still be found fairly easily.Read more ?

Cloisonne Vase Inspiration with Florist Vases from the Thrift Store

Cloisonne Vase Inspiration with Florist Vases from the Thrift Store

Florist vases are a staple at most thrift stores, aren’t they? On one of my thrifting excursions (many, many months ago), I came across a shelf that was exploding with them. And for whatever reason, I started wondering if they could be painted to look like a Cloisonne vase. 

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DIY Greeting Cards from File Folders

DIY Greeting Cards from File Folders

Spring and early summer bring a plethora of family holidays and birthdays in my world. But the last thing I want to do right now is linger in a grocery store looking for the perfect cards for everyone. So, I decided that DIY greeting cards were the route to take this year.Read more ?

30+ Upcycling Projects to Use as DIY Gifts for Mom

30+ Upcycling Projects to Use as DIY Gifts for Mom

No matter how old I get, my mom still loves receiving handmade gifts from me. Whether they are for Mother’s Day, her birthday, or Christmas, handmade gifts are always a hit for her. And given everything going on in the world right now, it’s an ideal time to think about handmade ideas to use as DIY Gifts for Mom.Read more ?

Braided Bracelets from Vintage Handkerchiefs

Braided Bracelets from Vintage Handkerchiefs

Making my own jewelry has been a staple in my life for about as long as I’ve had motor skills. I’ve obviously graduated from the friendship pins and bracelets of childhood. But, this project is nearly just as simple, using some vintage handkerchiefs as the main ingredient.Read more ?

How to Designate Your Yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat

How to Designate Your Yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat

As an animal lover and biologist (on paper), it’s  no surprise that our yard is very wildlife-friendly. Not only do I love to watch the birds and other critters, but our indoor cats do, as well. Many of my upcycling projects were made specifically for backyard habitat, including feeders, baths, and houses. I learned about designating one’s yard as Certified Wildlife Habitat many years ago, but wasn’t sure how well-known that program was.Read more ?

Stenciled Sign Inspired by a Vintage Pay Phone

Stenciled Sign Inspired by a Vintage Pay Phone

Long-term quarantining is, quite honestly, the best thing that has happened to my garage in a long time. It’s the only thrift store I have access to and I’m uncovering things I’d long forgotten about. And one of those things was a square-shaped cutting board. I decided it was the perfect piece to make a stenciled sign that was inspired by a vintage pay phone.Read more ?

Upcycling a Decanter Tantalus as an Herb Saver

Upcycling a Decanter Tantalus as an Herb Saver

As you know, my garage is the only “thrift store” I have access to right now. So, it’s been fun for me to discover all of the treasures that I’d collected but not yet upcycled. When I came across this wooden caddy, I did a little research and discovered that it’s a decanter tantalus. That means it’s a lockable liquor holder, but I decided it would be perfect as an herb saver.Read more ?

40+ Crafts with Waste Materials and Household Supplies

40+ Crafts with Waste Materials and Household Supplies

A month ago, I didn’t envision putting together a collection of crafts with waste materials to share on my blog. But with (hopefully) all of us confined to our homes right now, I thought it might spark some ideas for recycling activities using things we already have on hand. Waste crafts aren’t typically my favorite kind of recycling projects, but different times call for different measures.Read more ?