Queen of the Garage Sales!

I got home early from a day of yard sales, I cleared the area from my house to my mom’s and everywhere in between pretty early today as it was pouring rain. It’s very unusual for Arizonan’s to have to do anything in the rain so there weren’t very many sales still left after a few hours. The ones that were out there were willing to sell their stuff for a ton cheaper, so I took advantage.

I spent less than ten bucks and made off with a new end table (even though I just bought one last week for an awesome price!), a wood chair, picture frames, a book, a cashmere sweater, candlestick holders and more fabric for my collection. Oh, and a cute little lantern. It was quite a good day!

I started walking around my house and realizing that most of our stuff was gotten a one yard sale or another for a really amazing deal.





It’s always hard for me to barter. I don’t like to but if I really want it I will. If the seller wants really steep prices on the few things I ask about I just leave there are more deals out there just waiting to be found.

A good way to barter is to ask about 2 things for whatever amount. People are more likely to lower their price when you put things together. Grocery store do it all the time. I try to remember that it can’t hurt to ask. The worst they will say is “no” and you don’t get it or you get it for a higher price.

Good luck to you and all of your yard sale and thrift store finds!

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Hand Stitched Flower Idea


First you will need to make a circle stencil if you don’t already have one. Find a cup or bottle that would be a good size for the final flower. Trace the edge of the cup with a marker.

Next, cut out the circle.

Take your circle and pin it to the fabric you will be using. I used a very thin cotton, so I double the fabric over a few times. You will need eight total circles when you are finished.


Also cut a small square out from your scraps to sew the pieces of the flower on. Now you will fold your circles in half. And then in half again. Take the first four folded circles and arrange them into a circle on top of your small square. Stitch these to the square. I only hand stitched them, it was easier for me, but you can also use the sewing machine.



Next, place one of your folded circles over your flower. Layer it on top of where the bottom two circles meet. Stitch these next four on one at a time so that you can over lap the corners in the center a little bit. Do the opposite side next, and then the last two sides.


You’re almost done. Lastly, sew on a button for the center. Your flower is finished. What you do with it now is the fun part.

You can put it on a lampshade, or put it on a hair clip, or pin it to a purse or shirt. Make a pair to spice up some shoes. The options are overwhelming! I’m not sure where mine are going to live yet.




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Styrofoam Pin Cushion


While I was sitting on the floor making my Hot Glued Flower I reached over to grab something and knelt on my plastic box of pins and it shattered. Within my reach was a chunk of Styrofoam, a scrap of fabric, my ribbons and my still-warm hot glue gun. So here was my spur of the moment pin cushion.

I wrapped the styrofoam with the fabric (like a present!) and hot glued the edges. I used the ribbon to hide the rough edges. The longest part was putting the pins in. I didn’t think I had that many!

Hot Glued Fabric Flower


This fabric flower was made from some of my tablecloth scraps from when I reupholstered my chair. It was super quick and easy. All you have to do is cut a long strip of fabric, mine was about an inch and a half wide, and dab some hot glue at the very end and twist the fabric to make a roll and you glue it in a spiral to make it look like a rose. Glue your end to the back and cut a piece of felt and hot glue that on the back also. I added a leaf and a clip.

Chair Redone

The wood on this chair looks great. It matches the table that is in my craft room. And the new garage sale find, an Ikea desk that is REALLY sturdy! Well, only compared to my table that I can never seem to tighten enough. I unscrewed the seat from the bottom and used a flat head screwdriver to pry the staples out of it and take off the fabric.

I used an old table cloth for fabric to cover the seat of my chair. It was important to check both sides of the used fabric to make sure there weren’t any stains in the piece that I wanted to use. I cut out the fabric a few inches wider than my seat and cut out the corners so there would be less fabric to get in the way.

Next, I folded the fabric over before I stapled it, to keep the edges from fraying. Once I finished stapling then I screwed the seat back onto the chair and it was done. Doesn’t look as awesome as it could be with different fabric, but with using what I had it looks great!

My husband wonders why he spent money on my “bling” if its always turned around so no one can see the stones, but I do have them and I love them!



Ribbon Memo Board

Many people have done this project, and if not, you need to try it. It was easy and it’s useful.


Mine were both made from what I had around the house, left overs from other projects. The first one I did I used a wooden picture frame that had held a mirror (used on the wanted poster). It was from the dollar tree. I put cardboard inside the frame to back it since I had taken the mirror out.

First you want to find fabric, batting and ribbon. The fabric needs to be a few inches bigger than your frame on each side. The batting should be the same. I didn’t have batting, so I used stuffing. It came out a bit more lumpy, I like to think of it as cloud-like. The ribbon is tricky, measure your frame diagonally (I got 17 inches), add 2-3 inches (20). Multiply that by 4 (80).

Lay down your fabric and then your batting. Fold around the edges of your frame and staple them down. I used a staple gun, but a normal stapler can work also. Make sure you pull the fabric tight.

Next you will cut your ribbon. Of your total length, cut it in half. Then cut one of the halves into a quarter of the original length. Now you have a half piece, and two quarter pieces. Take one of the quarters and staple the edge onto the corner of the back of your frame.

Pull the ribbon across the front of the frame (over your fabric and batting) and staple the other side to the back of the frame. Make sure that the ribbon is laying flat. Do the same thing from the other two corners.

Next take the half piece of ribbon and staple it on the back between the two side corners. Pull the ribbon across the front of the frame to the middle of the top of the frame and staple it on the back. Fold the ribbon to go over the front of the frame and pull to the next side and staple it on the back. Fold it over, and pull it to the bottom middle of the frame. Staple and fold again. Pull it over back to the original side of the frame and staple it next to the other end of the ribbon. Confusing? The first picture is of the finished back of the first sample and the pictures below that are of my second sample. The thinner black ribbon is the first two quarters you stapled on, and the thicker brown ribbon is the single half-piece of ribbon.


That was all that I did on the first sample, I liked it just the way it was, I pinned on a cute flower and cute pin for whatever I wanted to hang on it later. The second sample I added a little more. I used pins to hold down the ribbons a bit tighter and for some cuter looks. On the backside after I pushed the pin though the cardboard I bent them and put a piece of duct tape to hold them down better. (If its on the back who cares what it looks like 🙂 I also stapled a loop of ribbon at the top to use when I went to hang it up. There are all sorts of variations you can do for this idea, just be creative and use what you have! You can find the first sample on etsy.com. Thanks for reading!

Dad's Old Magazines- Refridgerator Magnets

My dad was having a hard time throwing away his old magazines, so he felt better giving them to me. They were going out the next recycling day, but I decided to cut them up and make some word magnets from them. His magazines were all too ‘manly’ and it was hard trying to find words that weren’t “appliances”, “powerful”, or “software”.

First, gather all of your supplies. You will need magazines, magnets (those ones businesses give out to advertise and are stuck on your phone book), glass gems (mine were bought at the dollar tree craft section), scissors for paper, scissors for cutting the magnets, mod podge, and a paintbrush.

Next, you can start looking for words. Try to find a good selection of words, plenty of adjectives, verbs, nouns and pronouns. Think of how you would make sentences with these. Measure with an average sized gem to see how your word will look with it.


If you are using the free magnets from your phone book or from other businesses it helps to peel the advertisement part from the magnet. It usually leaves the white paper stuck to it, but that looks like a better background than the ad for your smaller words.


Once you find plenty of words its time to start getting messy. Dip your paintbrush in the mod podge and paint the flat side of the gem. Then stick the word onto the gem so that you only see the backside of the word. Paint over the word, and then stick the gem plus the word onto your magnet. Cut out around the magnet and then you can let your finished magnet dry.

It’s important to cover the whole back of the gem with the magnet or else it won’t be strong enough to stick to your fridge. Also, make sure that you don’t use too thick of paper, it can also make the magnet too heavy. If you don’t want to worry about it, buy some magnetic tape or magnets from the craft store.

Now you have a whole set of cute word magnets and you can leave fun (or funny!) messages on your fridge (or magnet board…. tutorial still to come!) Here’s my listing on etsy.com if you would rather me make these for you. Special orders are available. Thanks for reading!

Cuter T-Shirt Idea


This was a shirt that someone gave me, I loved the style of the shirt but it said something weird on it, in a font that made it only fit for kids in high school, and not my style.

First, I found some extra fabric I had laying around (actually a pair of white boxers that had been tossed into my scraps after my husband decided he didn’t like how they fit) and I cut a square out that covered the words.

The next step to making this fabric look cute is to make a stencil. I like to make my own stencils because then they’re personalized and because I don’t have to buy them. To make your own stencil, find an image (or if your artsy, draw one!) on a google image search or clip art. Then put it in word or paint and make it the size that you want it to be on your t-shirt and print it out on the card stock. Then you will cut it out. Keep in mind that sometimes if you don’t use a stencil image that there can be center pieces that will fall out (Think about cutting out an “A” and how you need the middle triangle to be there), so draw lines of parts you need to keep when you cut.

After you’ve made your stencil it’s time to paint it onto the fabric. Fabric paints work best, but I’ve found that acrylic paints still work, they wash fine and only fade a little. I sponged my star shape on and then brushed the silver on around it. I also stitched on a button in the center.

When your fabric is finished it’s time to take it to the sewing machine. I used a zig-zag stitch to keep the frayed ends from fraying too much and sewed a big square around the writing on the shirt.

Hope you can use this idea to make something even cuter!

4th of July- Ideas for Now or for Next Year

I had my younger siblings over the day before the 4th of July and was very mean and forced everyone to make a craft to put as a centerpiece for our 4th of July table. They all wanted to use my favorite medium and use the acrylic paints. I had a wooden serving tray, a metal bucket, and cardboard sheets in my craft room closet. This is what they created.
For my project, I had some felt and different ribbons and cords lying around and a big plastic jar that used to hold pretzels. This would be cute in different colors for other times of the year. I hot glued the different mix of ribbons to the felt and then hot glued the felt to the jar. Instead of patriotic red and white stripes it looked more like a candy-cane, so I decided not to use permanent glue on the blue ribbon, so that I can use the red and white stripes and a green ribbon for Christmas. Then i arranged some fake white roses in the newly-made vase. I also painted some extra place mats with the cardboard I had found laying around. They were quick and easy, I had a star-shaped stencil already made from another painting project and the rest was just quickly hand painted. It’s a cute way to protect your table on a holiday!