Latest blog posts for the Salvation Army Thrift Store

Here are my latest and greatest Creative Expert posts for the Salvation Army Thrift Store blog... Enjoy!

January 2019
December 2018

Stay tuned for upcoming posts! Also find me in the Salvation Army's print publication Faith & Friends. I love my partners-in-thrift at the Salvation Army!

Upcycled Mason jar lantern

I'm playing catch up on a bunch of blog posts. I'm a bit behind in sharing some of my latest DIYs, Crafternoons and other crafty awesomeness.

Here's a simple project I made for my Halloween Crafternoon with North Vancouver City Library in October. It's a Mason jar lantern.

First you'll need a Mason jar of any size. The circumference should be wide enough for a tea light.

Next you'll need orange tissue paper. Your first step is to tear small pieces of the tissue paper for decoupaging onto the Mason jar.

Use a sponge brush to coat the Mason jar with Mod Podge then add the pieces of tissue paper. Add another coat of Mod Podge on top of the tissue paper to smooth out the paper and to seal it to the Mason jar.

Keep adding tissue paper until the Mason jar is covered. Allow to dry.

Once dry, use a black Sharpie to add a jack-o'-lantern face.

Now you can insert your tea light. I used an LED tea light for my lantern.

This is a very simple DIY and it looks pretty darn spooky.

Gotta love easy peasy upcycling projects!


Getting my crafty mojo back with a quick chair refresh

I'm getting my crafty mojo back... January started with some fun blog posts for the Salvation Army Thrift Store blog and then this chair update. I found this lovely at Urban Repurpose. The wood needed to be refinished and the seat definitely needed to be reupholstered.

I decided to sand down the wood and add tung oil to it... The grain is gorgeous!

The seat was dingy and kind of ugly.

First up was removing the seat and then sanding and oiling the wood.

I found this gorgeous wool upholstery fabric at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store for $3.99. I also had a bit more of my FAV fabric find.

I went with my FAV fabric for the upholstery.

I love this fabric! And it looks great on the chair.

So so SO happy with the finished piece.

Next up is this lovely... The back rest is proving too difficult for me so I'm going to get a professional to do it.

It'll be the perfect partner for the other chair.

And I'm using my recent thrift find for the back rest. It's going to look awesome!

Here's to a crafty beginning to the new year!


Culture Days Crafternoons with NVRC

Back in September, I was part of a Culture Days Crafternoon with North Vancouver Recreation & Culture. I worked with my crafty peep Helen on combining projects. Helen was felting wool with participants and my project was to upcycle shower curtain rings into hangers for the completed wool pieces.

First up was gathering supplies... Tom at Urban Repurpose donated a ton of these shower curtain rings for the upcycling workshop.

I wrapped the rings with pipe cleaners and I was done with my sample...

Easy peasy funky hangers...

This is Helen... Aren't we total crafty cuties?

I had a second project refashioning donated cardboard boxes. We turned these into treasure chests using felts, stickers and a bit of bling.

Happy crafter with her treasure chest...

I also had circular boxes to restyle...

More completed projects...

Pom poms were a hit for these cutie patooties.

A sample felted wool project... So sweet!

Swanky duct tape and gems really worked for this project...

Thanks NVRC, Helen from Craft Naturally, Tom from Urban Repurpose and our workshop participants. It was a super fun day!


Rivers Day Event with CNV

Last month the City of North Vancouver asked me to be part of their Rivers Day event at Lynnmouth Park. It was an afternoon of planting with tons of games, community displays, music and of course upcycling.

This dog was very suspicious of me and my crafty mojo.

And of course Tom from Urban Repurpose was there to spread the repurposing love.

Shideh from the North Vancouver City Library rode Spokes 'N' Words to the event. Spokes 'N' Words is a tricycle with a cabinet on the rear where users are able to check-in and check-out library books and materials, get a library card, participate in storytimes, and receive information about library programs and services.

Here's the team of volunteers who planted 1,000 native plants. Wow!

I was there to craft with volunteers... We made plantable DIY paper out of old newspapers and scrap paper.

I didn't have too many participants pop by but the ones who did were very happy crafters.

We used cookie cutters to make shapes then added seeds.

The event also included ceremonial tree planting... The kids were very happy to dig, get dirty then help plant the tree.

It was nice to reconnect with old coworkers from the City of North Vancouver!

This is how much was planted in the afternoon. Amazing!

Thanks for including me in the event Angela! And thanks to all my fellow community builders and paper makers... We made magic happen!