March 28, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Food Ideas & Traditions (You don’t want to miss)

Dec23
candy-cane

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake The clock ticks, and Christmas is just around the corner, but there are still some moments available to make this Christmas a bit more magical, without spending a penny. It only takes a few minutes […]

30 Minute, $3 DIY Bench Re-do

Jul10
Painting an old bench @beautyandbedlam

Why, oh why, do I let myself think that tackling a DIY project is going to take all afternoon? It’s a lie, I tell you, a lie. Every single one of you can transform an ugly, old $3 yard sale […]

Fun Thrifty Treasures from this Week

Apr15
Painted wicker mirror

I’ve been counting down the weeks till yard sale season begins, but unfortunately, with all the chilly weather, people are holding off until the sun pops out on a regular basis. Fortunately for me,  a few brave souls decided to […]

Thrifty Treasures that Add a Pop to a New Space

Mar18
Restore

A few months ago, I stumbled across these light weight wooden beauties for $2 a piece at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. I don’t shop there often because it’s a good 40 minutes from my house, so when my […]

DIY: Old Headboard Into New Welcome Sign

Oct17
Headboard turned Welcome Sign

Living in the country has a slew of pros and cons. The obvious highlight is the breathtaking beauty we experience every day coming down our winding driveway. The leaves haven’t reached their peak yet, but in another two weeks, this […]

Saturday Morning Thrifty Treasures

Aug25
green vase

With such a busy summer, it’s been awhile since I’ve shared my Saturday morning thrifty treasures.. I have been a little lax on my early morning excursions, but I still have gone out at least twice a month and found […]

Trash to Treasure: Ten DIY Projects Using Old Jewelry

Apr27
costume jewelry 2

For years, I’ve walked by baskets filled with tacky, old lady  vintage jewelry at yard sales. Since I vaguely remember hugging my grandmother, and always having to dodge the metal objects that were pinned to her chest, somehow memories of […]

Trash to Treasure Spring Decor in Minutes

Apr6
creating tablescape

I’m not in my Spring Cleaning mood yet (I’m waiting patiently for that to hit), but when the spring air hit this week, it sure did get me in a Spring spray paint kind of mood. I went on a […]

Today’s Amazingly Thrifted Treasures

Feb18
antique sectional sofa

The sun shines brightly this February morning, and a warm wave has hit our NC town. My immediate thought spins towards yard sale season and how I am itching to go out on my Saturday morning excursions. I use the […]

Trash to Treasure Glorious Goodwill Find

Aug17
Goodwill dresser find

Often, our outside shed whispers my name. It seeks me, it calls me to come out and play, or better yet, to clear away the clutter the treasures that rest within. I’ve ignored that invitation for far too long. Beautiful […]

Beautiful Entertaining with Thrifted Treasures

Jun13
hydrangea

After having promised myself to yard sale with only “needs” in mind this summer, it’s been a wonderful excuse to begin new treasure hunts as I prepare for some of my talks on “Thrifting as a lifestyle” for our Becoming […]

Yard Sale Treasures

Apr30
throw pillows

Yard sale season has cranked into full gear in NC, and for the first time in awhile, I don’t necessarily have to set a strict yard sale budget, but I do have to be careful not to replace all the […]

Fabulous Fabrics…adding some Vintage Heart to my Home

Apr14
wearing vintage aprons 2

There’s something about beautiful fabrics that can lighten a mood. They set the tone for a room, a table,  a wall, and even me. For  Christmas of my sweet 16,  my mom sewed me a cute apron for my hope […]

$1.50 of Pure Turquoise Happiness

Apr8
antique blue glass thrift store find

This winter, I really took a step back from my typical thrifting. (Something to do with jam packed storage, and no space for more treasures until I de-clutter some more.) Yet when I wandering into a tiny, unpretentious thrift store […]

How to Buy at an Auction

Mar31
auction1

A live auction experience is just pure entertainment. At twenty years old, I was drawn into my first auction with no knowledge of what to expect. Knowing that I needed furniture for my sparse, college apartment, and this college town […]