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!