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Weekend Project: Shabby Chic Frame Refurb

  Dear readers, I have a thing for shabby chic frames. I just really like how they look, and I really, really like making them for my family photos or artistic shots. I think you will enjoy this tutorial because it is easy to recreate and doesn't take a lot of effort. I think the most difficult thing I faced was deciding what photos I should put in these beautiful mint colored frames! Here is the list of materials you…

April’s Goodwill Haul: Three Tips on Frame Thrifting

Dear readers, Just a quick little blurb on April's thrift store finds. I really haven't done much shopping in the thrifty/crafty category of my life lately. I've been making bigger purchases for summer enjoyment instead, including a deckside firepit and Squeak's new My Little Pony bike with matching helmet. However, with my budget back on lock-down, I go back to the little things in life that bring me joy. Otherwise known as pictures and frames.... BAM! I wanted to re-do the…

SPRING ROUND-UP: 5 Thrift-spirations for Spring 2017

Dear readers, Is anyone else really sick of leggings? Because I am so sick of leggings that I actually sent all mine to the consignment shop. They don't stay up, they're a major contributor to VPL, they're not usually insulated very well, and they don't breathe very well. I used to think they were so comfy and great too. Boo hoo. My recent annoyance with leggings will be short-lived however, because winter is officially over and I have 5 Thrift-spirations…

Five Major Benefits of Thrift Store Shopping You Need To Know

Five MAJOR Benefits of Thrift Store Shopping You Need to Know

Dear readers, You may not be great at recycling ... but you're trying. You may not have the chops to become a vegan... pun totally intended. You may not come close to a crunchy-granola-Earth-mama... at least not on the outside. However, one small alteration in how you shop can have some MAJOR benefits to our environment and our quality of life on this planet. Throughout this blog, I will list off five major benefits of thrift store shopping that you need…

11 Pre-Holiday Items You Need To Thrift For RIGHT NOW

11 Pre-Holiday Items You NEED to Thrift for Right Now

Dear readers, It's September, you know in a week or two we will be going crazy for the holidays. I went to Big Lots yesterday and they were actually putting out Christmas stuff with the Halloween decorations. Pretty much sacrilege in my book, but, alas, I digress. Soon enough you will be roaming Pinterest for ideas on home-made centerpieces, decorations, and gift ideas, so now is the perfect time to start scouring thrift stores for these crafty, useful items that are…

Thrift Store inspirations for clean fall fashion in 2016

16 Thriftspirations for Fall 2016

Dear readers, Let's talk Fall. Let's talk about pumpkins, apple cider, cinnamon, pumpkin flavoring, Halloween, and watching leaves change colors. Let's talk about all of that... in a different post. Right now, let's talk about my favorite part of Fall: the fashion options! Tights, shorts, skirts, scarves, and skinnies. You can be cozy, comfy, edgy, bad and good all in the same outfit. Leggings and shorts? Sure. Pleather and a sweater? Of course. I. Love. Fall. Outfits. Eeeeeeekkkk! Okay I'm…

No-Knead Wheat Bread

Dear readers, There is nothing like home-made bread. I've managed to mash this recipe together after a few years, various recipes, and lots of trial and error. Too much wheat equals a brick. No wheat and well, it just isn't wheat bread. Lately, I've been using King Arthur Flour: White Whole Wheat. It's mild, unbleached, and zero preservatives. I make this bread once a week in the fall/winter because it requires very little effort on my part aaaaaaaaaand we all…

Ms. Moxie’s Three P’s of Thrifting

Dear readers, When people imagine thrift stores many images come to mind. Some immediately get a vision of overwhelming rows of dusty clothes, old stained mugs, carnival glass, and other faded pieces of junk discarded by society. When my friend Sam thinks of thrift stores, she thinks of dead people's clothes. Rows and rows of dead people's clothes. When I think of thrift stores, I think of options. Lots of inexpensive options. And I also think how great it is for the…

7 Ways to Clean Those Thrifted Shoes

7 Ways to Clean Those Thrifted Shoes

  Dear readers, I am not a fan of feet. Therefore, it should be no surprise that I am not a fan of the shoes you buy at a thrift store, yet I buy them constantly and with chagrin. It's like falling in love with a guy you know could be bad for you, but you fall in love anyway. In fact, just this weekend I found a pair of size 6 Jessica Simpson wedged office shoes with a great big, beautiful, gold…

Weekend Project: The Shabby Chic Refurb

Three years ago, when I was very married and very pregnant, I made my (then) husband pull over to the side of road and toss this abandoned little table in the back of his truck. After that, life took over and I forgot about my little curbside project. However, two weekends ago I noticed this "ugly" little table sitting in the corner of my basement. Have you ever heard the phrase "trash to treasure"?  It fits. Here is a tutorial of…