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Oh hey National thrift shop day !!!!

I thought it would be fitting to share with you a fun thrifted DIY on #nationalthriftshopday . I think this just might be my favorite hashtag holiday around !!!!

I have been really crushing on house plants, and trying to add more into my home. I can’t say I can keep them all alive, but I sure am going to try!!



Last weekend while I was out making the thrift store rounds I scored these super cute vintage metal brass plant stands. I was super sad to see they were pretty rusty!!!  I still bought them anyway, for $5  how could I pass them up.

The spray painting days are quickly coming to a end here in the mid-west.  I don’t think I have picked up a can  all summer.  Maybe once, which is so unlike me .

HOW TO D.I.Y  >>>  Before I started spray painting, I wiped the stands down with a rag to get any dust or loose rust off the stands. I choose a semi gloss white spray paint ( rust-o-lium brand ) and gave each stand 3 coats, letting each coat dry before re-appling.


I really contimplated spraying the stands gold instead of white. I am really loving the clean look of the white especially with the colored pots.

Speaking of pots, the thrift stores are a great place to find unique and fun pots.  I got both of these for under $4 each. I just love their color , shape and pattern.


Now that I have my plant stands all painted and looking like new, I am crossing my fingers my plants continue to grow . I don’t think I will have a problem with the mother in laws tongue ( in the pink pot ) but the other … that’s going to be a challenge.


What are your favorite house plants ?? I would love to know what you have found to be easy to take care of !!!

Say hello to Millie the vintage shasta camper.

I have been waiting sooooo long to share this post with you. I almost didn’t think it would ever happen. This past winter The White House girls ( more on this soon too ) and I bought Millie . We have been pretty exited and have big plans for her makeover.

You see, here in the midwest vintage campers find their way out of the campsite and onto the ice in the winter as fish houses. Which was the case with Millie. You can see the difference in wheel placement on the photos below.

camperbwThe transformation from fish house to camper has been a little challenging.  We finally got the wheels installed and put back on a new axel. ( pictures above )  On the inside, the floor had circle holes cut in the middle which were used as fishing holes.

Little did we know how much work it was going to be to get the main wheels back in place. After a few months in the shop we are so excited that she has her wheels back on ( pictured above ) and ready for her exterior and interior makeover!!!

camper1The inside kitchen has a lot of original features that we hope to keep and reuse as they are in great working condition, just needs a little TLC.  Thankfully all the walls are in excellent condition and just needs a coat of white paint !!

inside2We are removing the carpet and installing new laminate wood flooring  . We wanted a flooring that was going to be durable and easy to clean!! It clearly was a no brainer to remove the carpet .

The back of the camper is empty. With the small space we are still trying to decide how we want to utilize and make the most of the space.

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All of our supplies are picked out and ordered !!  Now it’s time to get to work !!!

kitchen area tile | laminate wood flooring  | paint colors


If you follow me on Pinterest, you have seen me pinning lots of campers and interior spaces.  So thankful we no longer need to cut out magazine pages. I am sure I would filled a binder or two by now !!! Lots of inspiration !!!

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I can’t wait to show you more of this fun project! I will make sure to keep you updated as we get things rolling here in the next couple of weeks !!!!  So stay tuned !!!

  • August 15, 2016 - 9:45 am

    Jessica | Petal + Ply - So excited to follow this project!! One of my goals it to find a vintage camper to renovate. Love the finishes and colors you guys have picked. Can’t wait to see it come together.ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2016 - 10:16 am

    Karen - How fun, congrats! Seems like that would be an ideal first remodeling project but I know you’re a pro, anyway!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2016 - 7:56 pm

    laurie magpie ethel - Can’t see to see the end results with this…how TOTALLY FUN!ReplyCancel

Hi Friends, Happy Wednesday. Today I am excited to announce another great collection by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper. I am so proud of my friend Maggie and the work she puts into her collections and the team at Crate Paper. They never disapoint. It is a honor to be on her design team.

I have joined Maggie and the design team for a fun little blog hop to give you a chance to win a sample of the new Gather collection, but first lets talk about the collection.

Maggie Holmes Crate Paper Gather August 2016-5

This stylish, modern collection is filled with classic floral patterns and sweet graphics of animals, bows and hearts. Stunning patterns and icons are presented in an elegant color palette of blush pink, sunshine yellow, and sea foam green. Lovely textures and gold finishes offer the perfect finishing touch to a host of darling embellishments!

Mixed Embellishment Set – has layered dimensional embellishments, plus wood and epoxy buttons, some label tags and epoxy shapes too. It’s a fun variety of different materials and the cute designs from the collection.

MaggieHolmes-5767Rub-On Pens – at first glance these may look like an adhesive runner but they are actually rub-on pens! One has hearts in pink, mint and turquoise and the other has phrases – #love this and from the heart.

Maggie Holmes Crate Paper Gather August 2016-8

To enter the GIVEAWAY  >>> leave a comment below sharing your favorite item from the collection. Winners will be picked next Wednesday. Make sure you check back here on the blog to see if you won !!!

And for extra chances head on over Maggie / Jessy / Kim blog !!

  • August 10, 2016 - 12:50 pm

    Lisa C. - I love this entire collection!! The mini tassels are adorable! I love all the papers too.ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 12:54 pm

    Adeline Meliandre - I love this new collection! Crate Paper and Maggie Holmes never disappoint, I’m a major fan since the first release. I’m already in love with the floral papers, the bird one with those shades of gold yellow and pink, and the marble one!!!! Need those printed chipboard accents too… Just can’t wait ti get my hands on this collection!!!ReplyCancel

    • August 13, 2016 - 12:24 pm

      Jacqueline - Oh i really love this collection! I have a ton of fall pictures ready to be scrapt. Those flowers are gorgeous, also the different colour skemeReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:06 pm

    jasmine - I’m soooo excited for this new collection! It’s gorgeous! And I can’t wait to see what you make with it! I love the ballerina elements so much. And I can’t wait to use the phrase stickers. The ballerina patterned paper is probably my very favorite item though. Can’t wait! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:19 pm

    Nicole Ciaffone - What a gorgeous collection! Maggie nails it every time!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:28 pm

    vimmi borkar - why do you do this, I just ordered the cool kid and hey you collections and now this stunning collection. Love the ephemera and the tassels and sticker sheet.ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:29 pm

    Miranda Hopper - I absolutely love the thicker- both the alphabet and the shapes! I am so excited for this collection I think its the best one yet! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:32 pm

    Anastasia M. - It’s a pretty collection, I love florals and ephemera most of all.ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:32 pm

    goldenblind221 - So in love with those teeny tassels and the gorgeous puffy alphas. Can’t wait to see how you use it all!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:42 pm

    janelle s - anything maggie is divine…the gold, the papers, the ephemera pack has my eye with the bear die cut & those roll on rub-ons! i’m in heaven!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 1:57 pm

    Wendy A - Love the ballerinas, mini tassels, and script font!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    Angela Nava-Sonderegger - the diecuts are so pretty, but i want everything from this new collection!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 2:16 pm

    Fanny G - I’m in love with this whole collection, but my absolute favorite thing from it has to be the ephemera pack! I’m such a sucker for flowers and Maggie never dissapoint with them!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 2:27 pm

    Courtney Sawyer - I love the Thickers!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 2:30 pm

    Yasmin - I am really loving everything, my favorite that you have pictures is the rub-on pen, how fun! Thanks for the chance to winReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 2:43 pm

    Grace - I am in love with the marble paper! And ofcorse the swans and florals aren’t half bad either!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 2:44 pm

    Heather - My favorite is definitely the phrase rub-on pen! So many good uses!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 3:08 pm

    Megan - First off can I say that I love you as a person and your creativeness. It’s so hard to pick my favorite product but I do love those chipboard accents. The papers are fantastic too!ReplyCancel

    • August 10, 2016 - 3:40 pm - aw, thanks Megan for such sweet words. xoReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 3:46 pm

    jackie c. - What a gorgeous collection. My favorite are the pretty florals and that awesome unicorn. LOVE it all!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 3:46 pm

    Alice Wilks - Oh my goodness…. how are we supposed to pick a favourite!! It is all soooo beautiful!!! i love the pink swan paper, and the blue rose!!! I cannot wait to buy this ALL 🙂 xx Thanks for sharing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 3:49 pm

    Alice Wilks - Oh my goodness…. how are we supposed to pick a favourite!! It is all soooo beautiful!!! i love the pink swan paper, and the blue rose!!! I cannot wait to buy this ALL 🙂 xx Thanks for sharing 🙂 oh i love it allReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 3:57 pm

    BunnyD - Love those cute tassels and the gorgeous patterned papers. I saw some gorgeous soft coloured metallic tapes also. It’s all so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 4:11 pm

    Tiffany Julia - I love all of the florals and mixed embellishments! Love how all of Maggie’s collections coordinate with each other! This is such a gorgeous line!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 4:25 pm

    Julia - I love the diecuts!!! So cute!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 4:30 pm

    Mari Aulozzi - I love the tassels and the rub on runners especially the heart one bReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 4:45 pm

    Tara - Loving the patterned paper and chipboard accents!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 5:30 pm

    Rebecca Ednie - The rub Ons are so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 5:50 pm

    Catherine Clugston - I love the puffy script letters and mini tassels!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 6:15 pm

    becky jones - Oh the ballerina stamp is gorgeous and my youngest is in her senior year of dancing…..oh my!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 6:35 pm

    Miriam Prantner - It’s either those puffy alphas or the ephemera, such a gorgeous collection!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 6:45 pm

    anahy f - Those pens are definitely a must have! the whole collection is beautiful! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 6:52 pm

    Michele R - I love this collection. I think the papers are my favorite! Such pretty designs!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 7:19 pm

    Courtney Howard - Love the tiny tassels and Unicorn paper! !ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 7:22 pm

    Shannon - I love the marble paper & the bird paper! SO lovely! I can’t wait to get my hands on these products!!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 7:23 pm

    Sarah - I’m totally in love with all the chipboard accents!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 8:00 pm

    Kat - These florals are beyond stunning! What a wonderful collection! While I LOVE everything, I think the tassels are my favorite because they’re so unique and dainty! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 8:37 pm

    Amy Cooley - This is a lovely collection…so many gorgeous items! I especially love the tassles.ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 8:59 pm

    Lisascreativeniche - This is so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 9:03 pm

    Sophie sl - Really love all the gorgeous papers! What a sophisticated collection!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 9:26 pm

    Katie - Such a beautiful collection by Maggie! Those Rub-on pens will make a nice subtle addition to a layout #FAVEReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 9:49 pm

    Li Min - That run-on pen is interesting! For me, rubs on usually leaves an impression on the paper, but this, 😱 looking forward to it in action!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 10:07 pm

    Candace Fowler - I’m in trouble…Maggie Holmes AND unicorns?!?!?! I was doomed before I even looked 🦄💖ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 11:25 pm

    Denise Bryant - Gorgeous collection! I love the sweet deer! I’d use it on an extra special holiday card! Right now, I have 5 deer living in my yard: 2 does and 3 fawns. So much fun to watch them!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2016 - 11:50 pm

    Julie {CalleLillyCafe} - I love the ephemera pack BUT I am loving the rub on pens! Swoon–!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 12:14 am

    Norma - I must have this collection! It is EVERYTHING I love. My favorite is the peach colored crepe paper lollie!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 12:25 am

    Lynn Scott - I love this collection, it’s is all gorgeous particularly the mini tassels 😍ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 12:57 am

    Ulrike Dold Thinkpinkandmint - I am so in love with this collection. My favorite are the tiny tassels…. so cute!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 1:34 am

    Suzy - Love this collection!!! My favourite part has to be the chipboard and stickers – love all the music themed elements 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 5:07 am

    Michelle El Nemr - Oh that chipboard is so gorgeous and I love those tiny tassels.ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 5:20 am

    Molly M. - I like the buttons!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 7:06 am

    Sheila Emil - Love this collection!! The ballerina is just too cute and so many beautiful papers. I can’t wait to buy it!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 7:09 am

    theresa grdina - LOVING the “stuff” that goes with this line!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 8:30 am

    Amy - This collection is gorgeous as always!! Absolutely adoring the rub on pens and they look beautiful on that doily!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 12:39 pm

    Tosha DelJanovan - Beautiful crafty GOODNESS! This collection is gorgeous! I am in love with the mixed embellishment pack… Those bows are to die for:)ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 3:10 pm

    Jen R - I absolutely LOVE this entire collection. If I had to choose a fave…I love all the flowers & ballerinas!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 3:17 pm

    Réka T. - I love the new collection! My favorite is the phrase metallic stickers!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 3:31 pm

    Cynthia Feliz - I completely love this collection! The color palette is a dream 😍 My favorite piece is the ephemera pack for sure, can’t wait to get my hands on it! Thank you for the chance to win this bundle of goodness!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    Olivia - Those little animals with accessories- I die! Loving her new collection, as usual. Can’t see what you come up with!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 9:29 pm

    Su - I love all the little bows and ribbons (the one shaped like a prize ribbon)! I’ve never seen anything like these rub-on pens before – those are certainly very interesting!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2016 - 11:19 pm

    Gina - Oh me, oh my!! Love the ephemera, love the papers, love it all!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2016 - 5:29 am

    Hannah Arnold - Such an amazing collection, I think my favourite EVER. My favourite thing is probably the word phrase stickers.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2016 - 1:32 pm

    Zinia Amoiridou - I absolutely love everything about this collection, but my most favorite bit is definitely the chipboard pieces!ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2016 - 4:58 pm

    Diane Wagner - OH!! I am loving the Chipboard flowers so much but the rub on Pens…..May HAVE to have!!!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2016 - 12:56 am

    Kristy - I am in love with those wood buttons and my favourite paper is the gorgeous Birds!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2016 - 3:31 am

    Julia Klein - Soooooo in love with this collection. As always! 🙂
    And I love the pictures you made with it. <3
    xo JuliaReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2016 - 9:55 am

    Bea - Love this Kit, especially the flower and the swan.. Gorgeous! Thanks for the chance 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2016 - 3:55 pm

    Jenny Kozar - Those bows!!! Be still my heart and the flowers are always my favorite. Thank you for showcasing this, just beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2016 - 4:18 pm

    Diane K. - Love the floral papers, so soft and pretty.ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2016 - 7:44 pm

    Amy H. - It’s all so dang cute it’s hard to pick a favorite. But I really like those rub-on pens. I’ve never seen those before.ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2016 - 5:32 pm

    Bethany Engstrom - Love everything, but my favorite is the pack of buttons, epoxy, bows and layered pieces!!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2016 - 9:51 pm

    Susan McL - Beautiful collection! The script alphas are outstanding. They are my favorite item of the year!ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2016 - 10:40 am

    Tamekia - My favorite item is the patterned papers. Esp. the large plaid and the marble papers. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2016 - 12:01 pm

    Alexes - I’m always a sucker for chipboard embellishments!! They’re my fav!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2016 - 2:38 pm

    Iina - Whaaat, Rub-On-Pens??! How clever😍 I always love the cardboard stickers!💗 What a shame no-one sells Maggie’s collections here in Finland, so thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2016 - 7:53 pm

    Mary Ann Jenkins - I love the chipboard, I can’t wait for it!! I kinda wish Maggie would make some of the huge pieces like the swan Henry is holding in the pics on Maggies blog. OMGosh, can you imagine how cute it would be as wall decor in my scrapbook room 😉
    Counting down the days until I can get my hands on this beautiful new collection!!ReplyCancel

Yesterday I hit the jackpot at the thrift store when I stumbled upon a vintage laundry basket cart for only $10. I was the annoying customer dragging around the cart with the squeaky wheels.

A year or so ago I had found a similar cart on Craigslist and ended up selling it . I totally regretted it. I knew I would find another , I am so happy I finally  did .


I always love seeing a before and after . Usually I am so excited to get painting that I forget to take a before photo . Luckily I snapped one at the thrift store.

Once I removed the metal basket  I spray painted the metal stand with a glossy white spray paint. After letting it dry I tapped around the edges of the wheels and spray painted the wheels gold.

Within a couple hours the spray paint had dried and the cart  was ready to be put to use !! I can’t get over how fancy she is now.


I have been buying all the yarn in preps for the upcoming workshop I will be teaching at in San Diego later this month with The Queen Bee Market.

And Can you believe over half of those yarns we also found at the thrift store. Always treasures to be found !!!


This cart is going no where anytime soon. I have a feeling I will find lots of thing to fill it up with .


It’s that time of year !!! The school supplies are filling the shelves and the supplies lists are getting handed out. I have always been a lover of notebooks, pencils and pens. You could probably use the word hoarding  because I seriously have a drawer full !!!! I just can’t resist.

After walking the isles of Target wishing I was going back to school so I could buy all the things , ok I was just joking about the wanting to back to school  part.

I was inspired to make my own notebook out of my favorite Maggie Holmes pattern papers from the bloom collection.

Making this notebook is SUPER easy!! I sized my papers to 5.5×8.5 ( half of a 8.5×11) so I could get 2 sheets out of one !!! After I had all my papers cut out I brought the notebook to my local printer and had it bound for under five dollars.

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I kept the front of the journal simple, this pink floral pattern is my absolute favorite out of the collection.

When you first open the journal the first page opens to a gold envelope. Every notebook needs a little folder to put all those random loose papers in .  I am giving this notebook as a gift so I decided to insert a few notecards and envelopes for my recipient to have on hand.

notebookinside copyYou can never have to many notecards .

My day is always brighten when I get a little handwritten card from a friend. Underneath the envelope is a piece of gold floral velum . I added in lots of layers in this notebook to make it feel more like a mini album.  notebookcombineAnd whats a notebook without notes. I divided the book into different sections using different pattern paper tabs.

The first section I added in lined note paper . Each section has a handful of papers to write notes or write down ideas . Each page can easily be torn off !!  I also included pages that were blank  .


After the notes section is the first tab in the book. At each tab I used the small pattern paper strip to attache photos .




The pattern paper really makes this notebook fun and interactive.


Along with the smaller photos I inserted 4 large full page photos. I didn’t want the full page photos to get lost in the book so I added a small embellishment to the top right corner so they would stick out slightly more then the rest of the papers.



The best part about all the tabs is seeing a different picture at each one.





At the back end of the notebook I added  another pattern paper to compete the book.  I just love how this turned out and I now want to make many more!!!


TIP >>> You don’t want to include tabs and photos just use pattern papers . I think the notebook is cute either way !!

  • July 31, 2016 - 8:21 pm

    Suzie - This is just lovely, Amanda!!! What a great, thoughtful gift. What inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2016 - 11:27 pm

    Karen - What a great gift. I’m going to have to pin this for Christmas gifts, my mom would love this.ReplyCancel

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