03.11.2015 / Daring Adventure

I have many talents.  Beautiful hand lettering is not one of them unfortunately.  Luckily there are people like Stephanie from the etsy shop Letters from Rita.  This talented lady lives only minutes from me and makes the art of hand lettering look effortless.


Hubby’s not generally a huge fan of “words as art” but even he’s not arguing me on this one.  It’s such a great reminder to live and enjoy the ride.  Right now, as I’m elbow deep in flip mess hustling to the seemingly unattainable finish line, this beautifully illustrated quote is a gently nudge that I chose this path and I need to keep the joy in the adventure.


Would I rather be back at my old 9to5? Nope.  Is this flip going to be so rewarding when it’s finished? You betcha.  Will it try my patience until the day it sells?  More than you know.  But I wouldn’t trade this adventure for anything.

Thanks Stephanie for this beautiful art!  Visit her etsy shop for your own personalized hand-lettered quote ($5 off your first print before June 1st with the code BLOG15) or her blog to see more of her awesome work1


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03.9.2015 / Flea Market Swap Roundup

I hope you took some time last week to pop by the other bloggers who participated in #swapitlikeitshot.  Let me tell you- when you give creative people a $10(ish) budget and the task to give thrifted treasures new life, you end up with some pretty amazing projects!

***As always, please click through to the original source and pin from there.  Give the credit where it’s due!***

First of all, I just LOVE with what Colleen at 58 Water Street did with the items that I sent her!  Those items were a turned wood bracelet (I think?), a fun shaped box adorned with some unfortunate horsies, and a deep wood frame.


Looks like she was inspired to use plants just like I was.  The simple graphic nature she gave to the items is spot on, don’t you think?

Swap It Reveal via 58 Water Street

Nancy over at Artsy Chicks Rule takes the prize for the most transformed.  Those pineapples should have always been gold (but weren’t!).  Let’s just say, I need to play around with some chalk paint myself.  Head over to her blog to see what these items were in their past life!

Thrifty Makeovers Swap It Challenge - Jewelry Tray DIY via Artsy Chicks Rule

Another crafting tool that I’m just itching to play with now is a Cricut.  Allison at Two Thirty-Five Designs used it to create gorgeous hoop art.  I’d like to be friends with that chic little bird.

No Sew Felt Hoop Art via Two ThirtyFive Designs

Jillian from I am a Homemaker turned simple wood placemats into an unexpected table runner.  I may see a DIY table runner in my own future- maybe one with some chalkboard paint?  Hello dinner party!

Crafting a wooden table runner via I am a Homemaker

The amazing organizer of this whole event, Charlotte at Ciburbanity even transformed the box her items were sent to her in!

Rainbow Ribbon Box Makeover via Ciburbanity

It was so fun to be a part of this event and I hope you’ve had a blast checking out the results!  I’d love to hear which project (from these or any of the projects) was your favorite!

To make it easy for you to go check out all the amazingness once again, here’s the list of last week’s Flea Market Swap participants.  Great job ladies!!!

Day 1- Monday
Run to Radiance
Decor Adventures
Year of Serendipity (That’s me!)
58 Water Street
Don’t Disturb This Groove
Like Saturday
Artsy Chicks Rule

Day 2- Tuesday
Two Purple Couches
While They Snooze
The Gathered Home
Black and White Obsession
Restoration Redoux
Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Day 3- Wednesday
Primitive & Proper
Queen of Everything
That’s My Letter
Finding Silver Pennies
Migonis Home
Windgate Lane

Day 4- Thursday
I Am a Homemaker
Town and Country Living
Thoughts from Alice
Our Southern Home
Chic Little House
SG Style
Two Thirty~Five Designs

Day 5- Friday
Gourley Girl & Guy
The Thinking Closet
The Charming Farmer
2 Little Superheroes
Shades of Blue Interiors
Live Pretty on a Penny

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03.2.2015 / DIY Book Planter

swap it like its hot

As I mentioned last week, we had around $10 to go thrifting, then send those treasures to another blogger for an awesome makeover.  The time has come to reveal what I’ve done with the treasures that Jessica at Decor Adventures sent me!

#swapitlikeitshot treasures

Of the 4 items sent, the frame and the book called out to me.  The task was to transform these thrifted items.

#swapitlikeitshot frame and book before

The frame was the simple transformation.  From the moment I saw it, it said “tray” to me.  What does a frame need to turn into a tray?

#swapitlikeitshot tray feet via Year of Serendipity#swapitlikeitshot tray spray paint via Year of Serendipity

Feet (which are actually IKEA knobs) and a little spray paint, clearly.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

I put some scrapbook paper in place of the photo.  You could also easily put a fun fabric there or switch it out with your decor.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY frame tray via Year of Serendipity

My pet project, though, was the book.  I’m addicted to styling with books if you haven’t noticed.  My first thought was to hollow it out and create a secret ‘safe,’ but that project, while useful would have been, well, safe.  And let’s face it, plants are always more fun.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

This was such a simple project but was more time consuming than I anticipated.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

The most tedious part of this project was hollowing out the book.

page.  by.  page.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

I cut a hole to fit the tupperware, then trimmed the tupperware to the height of the book.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

Once cut, I glued the interior, put a piece of parchment paper between the pages and cover to prevent it all from getting glued together, then I clamped.

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

While waiting for the glue to dry, I made a big mess with succulents.  Fingers crossed that if I ignore these, they’ll stay alive!

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

With the book dry, I put everything together and started swooning.  Why didn’t I do this sooner??

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

#swapitlikeitshot DIY book planter via Year of Serendipity

Thanks Jessica for the challenge!!  Head over to 58 Water Street and check out what Colleen did with the items that I sent her!

There will be a week full of these awesome projects, today’s the first day, but you should head over and check out what these other lovely ladies are doing!

Day 1


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