Thursday, August 25, 2011

Things I'm Loving

Yes, I've done this type of post before and YES it's because I have nothing creative or thrifty to share. I feel like time is being sucked away from me lately. I am working on a few projects including one that will result in a free pattern to share. But alas, nothing is complete or even in a stage to photograph whitout you scratching your head and wondering what the heck is going on over here. Thus, my list of things I'm loving right now.

The Hunger Games

I am really enjoying this series and have almost finished the second book and already have the third loaded on my Nook. It's engaging and intresting and you really become invested in the characters. I like it as much as I did The Books of Ember.

Reading on the Subway

I'm actually enjoying my commute these days and have had lots of time to read. Not only The Hunger Games but also Next to Love and The Help.

L'Occitaine Shea Butter Hand Cream

Yes it's just hand lotion but it makes me really happy. I have some from a stock up at the outlet.


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Story Book Paper Roses

Seriously. I want to make these. you know, for my craft room make over which I am also obsessed with yet haven't started yet. And yes, I found these through a board in Pinterest.

Craft Room Makeover

I have plans. Big ones. Now I just need motivation and energy. And to do my living room make over first.

So what are you loving these days?

Ciao ~

Monday, August 15, 2011

Guest Post: Jennifer from Arcadian Home Decor Blog

Hi all! I’m Jennifer and I write for Arcadian Home Decor Blog, a site that chronicles the work of top interior designers and home decor trends around the world. I've been writing about home decor since graduating university and have loved it ever since. I'm addicted to patterned fabrics, Jonathan Adler, chaise lounges, old doors, milk glass jars, and chandeliers. I've always been one to collect antique cake stands and love a great DIY project, and Thrifty Goodness is one of my bookmarked virtual inspiration boards, so you can't even imagine how thrilled I was when I heard I'd be writing a guest post here. Hope you enjoy these crocheted home accessories as much as I do.

Everyone wants to add a little personality to their living spaces, and nothing is cozier or more fun than crocheted home accessories. While crocheted white lace is a delicate detail in tablecloths and window treatments, their colourful counterparts can also come in the form of pillows, throws and more. Here are some adorable crocheted home accessories.

The bedspread

Crocheted Home Accessories
decor8 via
There's something so ornate and yet so subtle about a beautiful crocheted bedspread - the lack of wall art and decor brings the eye straight to this homemade centrepiece.

The room divider

Crocheted Home Accessories
hella love via
A shabby chic space such as this, with a 70s style wicker chair and collection of guitars, is adjoined to a formal living room but is separated by a pretty crocheted panel on a curtain rod.

The accessories

Crocheted Home Accessories
Meme Rose via
There's no shortage of cute crocheted accessories in this space - the pillows on the chairs, especially the rocking chair, as well as the crocheted blanket infuse this playful white room with colour.

The handy helper

Crocheted Home Accessories
My little wonderland via
The decal wall art is incredibly striking, however it's the tiny crocheted pocket hanging from the kid's bedrail that has all the whimsy.

The valance

Crocheted Home Accessories
Aiken House & Gardens via
A vintage daybed swathed in a rose-printed quilt looks even frillier perched beneath a crocheted lace window valance.

The toys

Crocheted Home Accessories
Wealden Times via
Although this sunroom is bursting with trash to treasure finds, the chest full of crocheted stuffed animals is perfect for kids and kids at heart.

The pillows

Crocheted Home Accessories
The Yvestown Blog via
A plain white window ledge is revitalized with homemade prettiness when lined with an assortment of bright crocheted pillows- they're the perfect home accessories.

The light fixtures

Crocheted Home Accessories
Needle Exchange via
A retro-inspired globe light fixture looks dainty in crocheted lace. The minimalist approach to the end table decor gives centre stage to this modern chandelier.

Content provided by Arcadian Home Decor, a site that specializes in top quality home decor items at extremely affordable prices. Come visit us today!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I should have used a thimble.

Do you know that I don't have a thimble? I thought I did but no luck when I looked in the places where thimbles should be. hmm. Anyway, I don't do much hand sewing and don't need one when  embroidering so maybe it's not that much of a surprise. Let's just say the needle was really sharp.

I had big plans to go to the movies, do some shopping, get some laundry done, yada yada yada but after a stressful day at work on Friday (including an ugly incident) I needed a mental break. I started cleaning the craft room and eventually came upon some hand sewing pattern cards I bought from Hillary at Wee Wonderfuls ages ago. This is one of the first blogs I ever read and is what really started me here at Thrifty Goodness. Back then, she also had Thrift Craft and while I was, at the time, writing a knitting blog called NYCe Girl Knits I realized I had more to talk about and voila! A new blog is born.

Anyway, I decided to make the turtle:

He is really hard to photograph! I didn't have wool felt and I've really been on a use what you have kick lately so I used regular craft felt (made from recycled water bottles) and a piece of vintage fabric.

I think he's pretty cute! He came together easily and the standard felt worked okay though the wool would have been nice.

I have 3 other of her hand sewing patterns, a butterfly, a snail and a bird. I think Kingsley Turtle (of course I had to name him, it just comes naturally to me) may need a few friends. The process of creating him in an afternoon was just the mental break I needed.

Turtle pattern can be found here. Visit the Wee Wonderfuls shop for other patterns here.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

In the works . . .

Now you know I couldn't resist taking that nicely organized floss for a spin, right?

The start of a holiday gift perhaps? We'll see . . .


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