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Upcycling furniture can be a great way to make extra income and update your own pieces. While you don’t have to be a construction or design expert to engage in this activity, you still need to be cautious. Many have wasted money trying to upcycle furniture because they made some common mistakes. With research and careful planning, you can avoid these 6 common mistakes when upcycling furniture.

 



As the seasons are on the verge of changing, many of us are starting to plan our spring-cleaning regimen. And since we’re straightening up our homes anyway, many of us are using it as an excuse to do a little home renovating.

Tips and Tricks for an Eco-Friendly Home Renovation

My family is well aware of my love for waste-free living. So, when antiques or heirlooms need a home, they typically find one with me! I’m also a fan of thrifting and antiquing at resale shops when I’m able. Regardless of where it might originate, every new piece feels like finding hidden treasure.

But the challenge of adding vintage pieces is figuring out how they fit into a space. So here are a few fab tips for styling vintage home décor that will help you find an ideal place for those gorgeous, upcycled finds.

Antiquarian Antics: Tips for Styling Vintage Home Décor

I grew up in an ex British colony (South Africa) so I grew up drinking tea... hot, with milk and sugar. My country is also known for Rooibos (red tea) that apparently grows only there! So tea has been a part of my daily life forever and now that I have to be entirely caffeine free (triggers migraines), I depend even more on tea.

However, I’ve come to realize just how much waste tea can produce. From the plastic cups at cafes to the not-quite-compostable tea bags building up, it’s more than I expected. With that said, here are my tips to help you make your tea drinking more sustainable.

4 Tips To Help You Make Your Tea Drinking More Sustainable

The most sustainable way to shop for clothes is to buy gently used. But... getting the most out of a trip to the thrift store takes a special formula with a few key ingredients. Here are four ways to prepare for thrift shopping success.

4 Ways To Prepare for Thrift Shopping Success
 

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I'm artist as well as a blogger. I love color and I think we could all use a lot more of it in our lives! Color sets the mood and tone of our homes. Some are vibrant and energetic, while others can help soothe and calm the mind and body. In this post, explore some simple and creative ways to refab your home with color.

Simple and Creative Ways To Add Color to Your Home

If you're us, today is a snow day! That used to mean a lot of time inside and no school. Now it means a day of e-learning for bigger kids. If you are stuck inside with kids this February and you're looking for simple activities, here are two easy, scrappy crafts for any kid who can handle glue and/or a needle and thread.


If you’re a long-time reader, you know that this blog has always been about reducing, reusing, and recycling. I pride myself on creating beautiful, useful things for my home without producing excess waste. Some of my favorite pieces have come from recycled materials, including glass. 
 

Creative Projects for Upcycling Glass Containers

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