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“She’s Got Heart ” Mixed Medium Collage

Dear readers, In the process of cleaning out the junk in my home, I found this little gem from a few summers ago. Some sort of half interesting/half tacky Pinterest fail I probably did not know what to do with. Under the dresser it went! I was very organized back in the day... working on fixing that these days! Two years pass, and I'm looking for a wall art project to do with Squeak that won't take too long or…

Weekend Project: Rolling Activity Table Refurb

Dear readers, Let's talk about my little activity table refurb. He was a bit of a dreary little table when I met him, shoved in between the shoe rack and the junk table at my work, but right away I knew he was meant for something more. So I sized him up and said, "Why the hell not?!" It was free so I didn't lose money on it, and Squeak needed a little activity table for the living room to draw…

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…

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…

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…

Hooray, Hooray!

I am happy to announce that "Crafts for Cause"  has it's very own spot on Blogger. It will be the perfect place for us to showcase what we do and other fun things related to our group. I think you will see how easy it can be to make a difference in your community, all you need is a few dedicated individuals. So please stop on by and let us know what you think!

Valentine’s Day Bake Sale Success!

Exciting news, Crafts for Cause had it's very first bake sale on February 1st, 2014. This particular bake sale was to raise money to buy blankets for our local homeless centers. We managed to raise way more money than our intended goal. The very first monetary donation ever! We had our bake sale at Glen's Market during the annual I-500 snow mobile race, so I think that had a major impact in our success. Also, our group has some very…