Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Hi, my name is Karyn and I am a thrift-o-holic.

If you've spent any time with me, you know I'm a thriftying addict . . . in all forms. I LOOOOOVE finding a good deal on something.

I love a good clearance sale, and you can often find me at the Dollar Tree.

But my true love is for thrift stores. Goodwill, D.I., Savers . . . all of them! My husband thinks am crazy . . . I prefer to call it creative :)

So here are some of my thrify projects as of late.

I got this chair for $3 at the Goodwill. I loved it's curves and lines and mostly its potential. I'd originally planned on it just being a cute accent chair for somewhere in the house. But then I remembered seeing something at Tai Pan Trading that I thought I could recreate.

I LOVE the way it turned out! The version that I saw at Tai Pan I think was suppose to be one you hang on the wall . . . maybe like a glorified shelf?? I'm not really sure. But mine currently works as a glorified easel. It's been great for holding and displaying all sorts of fun junk.

Unfortunately, this project did only reinforce the "crazy" instead of the "creative" in my husband's mind. When I took it over to our neighbor friend's house to have him cut it all up for me, him and my husband looked at each other and were like, "Ummmm . . . kay . . ." (*eye rolls*). Oh well, I like it anyway!

This is my official, bonified, for reals first quilt. I've attempted other smaller projects before with the sewing machine. But the darn thing has a way of running away from me! But I finally tamed the wild beast to complete this quilt throw. And I got all the fabric for cheap at Hobby Lobby!

P.S. My wonderful, sweet mother did end up sandwiching, quilting and binding it for me, cause I'm not quite so talented yet. I'll attempt those on my second one . . . maybe. Baby steps, Baby steps . . .

I love how it looks with my old windows and Dollar Tree plates.

These were some old shutters I got off Craigslist.

Turned them into this to fill my big, blank, white kitchen wall. I think they turned out just perfect.

So once I turned my red accent chair into my glorified easel, I decided I still wanted a fun chair for the living room. I came across this for $10 at the Goodwill and snatched it up.
This was a fun transformation. I never had reupolstered anything, and this was a good small project to practice on. It's amazing what some paint and fabric can do!

P.S. Got the fabric from the Goodwill too!
And last, but not least . . . the layout in our house doesn't allow for a good office space. So, unfortunately, our computer and all its glory has to sit front and center in our kitchen. You can see all the visual clutter it creates. And every time I walked into the kitchen I wanted to scream at the mess. But thankfully I came across this post over at The Shabby Nest and knew I'd found my solution.
Aaahhhhh . . . SO much better. Definitely something I can live with! And the best part, I got the fabric for $1/yard at Wal-Mart!