New Projects

3 new projects!Hey y’all, as you know I love to go to estate sales.  Well, last Saturday my neighbor DJ woke me up and told me I just had to go four houses down because there was some stuffI would just love to see.  Okay I said and got up slowly…still wanting to stay under the covers and catch a few more winks of zzzzzzz.  Bad news was my girls (Cookie and ZuZu) now knew that mom was awake and started their “talkin” aka doggie language for get up mom we have to go OUT! My Z’s were over!...more

Free Stella Knit Jacket Pattern

It is still Kids Clothes Week and I have my upcycled look to share with all of you. PLUS a free pattern and tutorial. I used a quilted knit fabric for this project, but it would be great with a fleece or french terry cloth, or even an old sweatshirt. This project is pretty quick (which is really the only kind I like) and turned out adorable. ...more

Wineducation: Upcycle That Wine Bottle

There is one thing about drinking my beloved wine that causes me to pause, this particular nuance of sipping the garnet elixir can be slightly embarrassing when the neighbors are around to witness it, that is the huge crash of broken bottles when you take out the trash from a weekend (or a work week, I don't judge) of delightful wine drinking. That sound, the glass on glass shattering, that in your face reminder of just how much you have been partaking in, gave me the inspiration to start upcycling my empty wine bottles. ...more

Upcycled Wine Bottles Do you have empty bottles? Wine? Beer? Liquor? Let's make 'em pretty!I used large lights and plan to do more with smaller lights too!Just make a lead from the plug to wall end...enough to give you length from the bottle (and wherever you're placing it) to the wall outlet. Then start feeding the string lights in....move to the next bottle and so on...I love the glow if these blue LED's! Perfect mood lighting for our bar!...more

Vintage Decoupage Bookshelf

By Misty Van StaaverenWhy have I not posted this?  I've been going through pictures to add to the blog and came across this beauty, one of my first trash finds. ...more

upcycled hair bows!

from the chatty mommy ...more

Thrift Store Finds: Dog Bed Krylon Upcycle

Growing up, I hated wicker.  It was mainly due to the fact that, in the 80s/90s, it only came in a white, Shabby Sh*t Chic look or a natural wood color.  Then, Pottery Barn came along and introduced me to darker wicker and I was all "Heeeeeey!"  Fast forward to last week - I was trolling through Goodwill, looking for wreaths to makeover (future post to come), when I found *this*:...more

Make An Infinity Scarf From Old T-shirt

I love scarves.  But most of the ones I own are too heavy to wear during summer.  After purchasing a light t-shirt knit scarf last week, my mind started turning.  A little searching online and I was ready to make my own from an old t-shirt.  Crazy easy and much cheaper than buying a new scarf! ...more

DIY Upcycled Glass Bottle Tiki Torch Tutorial

Hot time in the GD studio last week! It was 95 degrees and the air conditioning vents in the studio weren't flowing – ahhhhh. We managed to keep our cool and have a great show anyway. ALWAYS fun to have Jeff Yeager, the Ultimate Cheapskate on the line to talk how saving green is GREEN. He had some great tips for cool summer green living....more