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Thrift Circus goes on the road!

In Funky Sh*t on October 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I needed a vacation. What better place than Columbia, SC? Ok, so I have a super-duper pregnant cousin there that I wanted to visit. Fortunately, Columbia has the saddest looking thrift stores with the best selections for the cheapest prices. My very accommodating cousin, Faith, drove me and my sister around to thrift stores all day and let me shop and shop. Here are some of the creepy looking stores we pillaged and what we found:

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Featured Artist: Emily Newman

In Featured Artist on October 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

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Emily Newman is a wedding blogger. I stumbled across her site while brainstorming for a friend’s wedding, but she has such a great site I decided to give her some love.  Check out Once Wed. The DIY weddings page has some of the best quick DIYs I have seen lately. I am going to do the Lighted Paper Pennant Garland project to spell out THRIFT CIRCUS!!

Under $10 Tuesday

In Funky Sh*t on October 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

As you all know, I love a bargain. One of my favorite retail stores to find a bargain is Old Time Pottery. Though I prefer to shop for unique items in thrift stores, I still love to occasionally grab a new item. Here are 4 great finds for your home all of them for under 10 bucks a piece!

Red jar

Blue cake stand

White Pitcher

Green Lidded Jar

Quick Fix

In after, before, Finds on October 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

I heart spraying paint!

BEFORE

Before raspberry shelf

AFTER

After Raspberry Shelf

My cousin made the artwork and the color of the shelf is Raspberry.

DIY!! Furoshiki

In Funky Sh*t, Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

furoshiki

I am in awe of this Japanese wrapping method. You can make gift wrap, wine carriers and different types and sizes of bags out of a simple square of cloth. I will never use gift wrap again!!

HERE is a pretty good video on how to do it yourself!

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Friday’s Friend Finds

In Friend Find on October 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm

kellychairs

I am not the only kid on the block doing projects. My great friend Kelly S. found these chairs at our favorite mission and recovered the seats by the end of the day! Classic fabric sets off the lines of the chair.

Easy Accessories

In Funky Sh*t on October 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm

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Ever come across silk flowers or dried arrangements and think they are pretty but do not know how to present them without looking cheesy?  This is a situation where less is more. These dried baby cattails are great for the fall and the simple glass vase is perfect because the base of the cattails have a beauty to them too. And it cost very little.

Thrifty Thursday!!

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 at 12:06 am

water vase

I am always coming across discarded items in thrift stores that I think are wonderful. I found this amid a bunch of ugly, generic glass vases on a shelf in our local mission. After several cleanings it is ready to be my new bedside water container. If you are wondering why it is in my flower garden… I liked the lighting there. So what? Oh, and it cost me about 10 cents.

Featured Etsy Account: Mazaizy Studio

In Featured Etsy on October 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm
blu rabbitI am constantly on Etsy looking for fun stuff. I like supporting artists and would rather buy a handmade item rather than something mass-produced. I have decided to feature a different Etsy shop each Thursday. Here is my choice for this week:  MAZAIZY STUDIO is run by Katya whose studio is in Moscow.
Mazaizy are cute Russian spirit rabbits. They live in urban environments and devote themselves to serve mankind by giving lots of love and affection to their owners. They are smart and warm, and they are looking for the one to love.
Katya focuses on the use of Russian folk patterns which give her dolls a unique look. Her smaller rabbits would be cute mementoes to give at weddings or most any celebration.

Hobbies

In Funky Sh*t on October 21, 2009 at 6:49 pm

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Hobbies sound a little 19th century. During that time, women had to either slave all day or lay about all day. Those that “laid about” had hobbies. Piano, needlepoint, singing, blah blah blah. I could go into a feminist rant, but I’ll try to stick to the subject. These days we are so busy that if one were to chose a hobby one would have to love-love-love it to be willing to make room in your life for it.

Arts and crafts are where it’s at. I know it sounds weird, but I love to craft and there are a plethora of crazy cool crafts to be done at your kitchen table. And they are not too expensive or space-consuming. I recently started getting Somerset Studio Magazine and I find that I want to do everything in the damn mag! This past issue had an article on Suzi Blu and her Les Petit Academy. It is an online “academy” for crafts. I am going to take one of her classes and see what I can learn. It looks cool and she is an amusing person to watch.

Also, North Carolina has quite a few options for those of you who want to delve even deeper into your craft. I have a friend who recently received a scholarship to Penland for textiles and said that she learned a ton of new techniques. The John C. Campbell Folk School has always intrigued me. They have tons of classes. I know next to nothing about the Sawtooth School for Visual Art, but the classes look interesting and they have one day classes for adults and kids. That is neat.

If you are looking for a way to express yourself and do not consider yourself “an artist” you should look into the 1000s of crafts that are available. And, who knows, maybe you could make some extra cash on Etsy!