DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging: Holiday Thrift Store Challenge

Are you all as happy as I am that it’s FRIDAY?!?!

It has been record cold here in NC for November and I think I’m already over it, lol! But I’m so excited to be taking part in a fun holiday blog hop with some fabulous bloggers today! We’ve been challenged to purchase an item or items from a thrift store under $25 to makeover or repurpose to use in our holiday decor.

Make sure to check out our lovely host, Alice of Thoughts from Alice! She is incredibly creative and has such a beautiful blog!


Here is my:



For my project I decided to hit Goodwill first but after two different ones I moved on and finally scored at my local Habitat Restore. When I pulled up to the store they had just put out boxes and boxes of fabric on the sidewalk for $1 per yard! I grabbed several yards that I knew I could use in my Christmas decor this season including this white fabric.

When I was browsing inside I also found this giant embroidery hoop for $3 and I knew it had potential! I mean people do some creative projects with these things don’t they? Then right before I left (actually I had already checked out) I saw this navy blue yarn for $1.25 so I grabbed a couple and checked out….AGAIN.


If you can’t already tell, I’m going with a nautical Christmas theme this year and I found this adorable saying on Pinterest! Isn’t it fun and catchy? My love for coastal decor is definitely coming out again. You can check out last year’s Organic Coastal Home Tour here.

So here’s what I did: I spray painted the hoop gold, fit the fabric into the hoop and laid out my yarn where I thought I would start the words. Once I had a starting point I slowly hot glued the outline of the letters (one or two letters at a time) and then gently pushed the yarn into the glue.

Once it was complete I hot glued the gold starfish that I had in my office to the hoop, grabbed some twine to hang it up and added the tassel that I also made out of the yarn. I followed this tutorial if you want to see how I made the tassels. Hmm…I see another garland in my future!!


I just got this glass and mirror cabinet from my parents (they cleaned out their storage container and offered some things they didn’t want to me! yay!) and I plan on using it for holiday entertaining/storage.


I pulled out some of the ornaments I made last year and filled my clam shell bowl. I think the glass, gold and mirrors are so pretty together.



So, that’s a wrap friends! What do you think? I think I’m actually going to use the wall hanging as a wreath on the front door once I pull all of our other decorations out.

I literally have a $0 budget for Christmas decorating this year so outside of a live tree and maybe a couple trips to the dollar store I’m working with what we’ve got. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with thrift store deals or items already in your home if you really put Pinterest your mind to it!

The list of all the participants and projects are below! Make sure to check out all the awesome creations my fellow bloggers came up with. This really is a creative bunch! Have a wonderful weekend!


Glam Christmas Throw Pillows by Thoughts from Alice




A Deerly Beloved Thrift Store Vignette by Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson






Christmas Cloche by Craftberry Bush


A Vintage Mantel for Winter by Finding Silver Pennies




DIY Holiday Walling Hanging by House of Hipsters



Christmas Decor from Thrifty Find by Town and Country Living


The Trellis Tree by Cozy Little House



DIY Centerpiece Tray by Cherished Bliss






Rustic Christmas Tree by Delineate Your Dwelling




DIY Shabby Chic Picture Frame 365 Days of Crafts



DIY Crocks by So Much Better With Age




Make sure to check out last year’s Organic Coastal Christmas Home Tour

Blogger Stylin' Home Tour

and my Thanksgiving Table Setting and Wildflower Centerpiece.


 AND don’t forget to enter the Blogger’s Favorites Giveaway!!!


Have a great weekend friends!!!

Blogger’s Favorite Holiday Giveaway

Good morning you guys and happy hump day!!!
I just realized that we are over halfway through November and I haven’t started thinking about Christmas gifts for my family (oops!) I’m gearing up for decorating (shh, we may or may not be getting our tree today) but the presents are on the back burner. But lucky for you yours don’t have to be!!!
I’ve teamed up with some of the loveliest bloggers in all of blogland and we picked our  favorite go-to Holiday gifts (between $25-30) to give to you! One lucky reader is going to get ALL of the gifts in the photo below!!! Every. single. one.
Whether you want to give them away or keep them for yourself we’ve got something for everyone! It was so much fun to see what each blogger chose and why. Can you imagine getting 10 separate gifts delivered right to your doorstep? So without further ado….get to entering with the rafflecopter widget below!

1. Sephora Collection Palette in Nude: The Holiday’s are the perfect time to step up your makeup game and this Sephora eyeshadow palette is my go to for Holiday parties. The colors last and are warm and perfect for winter tones. I also think that it makes the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your girlfriend.
-Mallory, Charming in Charlotte

2. Geometric Pillow Cover + Your Monogram and 6 Diamond Oranments: At Christmas, I’m all about adding little bits of sparkle around the house.  I’ve had a set of these oversized diamond ornaments for a few years, and when I recently came across more at a local store, I thought you might like some too!  They really stand out and shine with the lights on the tree.  Also, I love a good monogrammed pillow, and one in a designer look-alike fabric for Christmas is even better!  This is for the covers only, and I will monogram the center with the winner’s initials of choice.  
3. As most of my followers already know, I love including animals into my decor and I just adore the animal plates by Rachel Kozlowski for West Elm. To me they are the perfect combination of quirky chic animal decor and I have an entire wall full of them in our kitchen (which you can see HERE). There are some colored and neutral plates. I like them all and they make me happy when I look at them.
-Julia, Cuckoo 4 Design

4. Nate Berkus Metal Wing Bowl: I am a sucker for all things Nate Berkus and this angel wing bowl is no exception! It’s such a unique and affordable piece and the gold seals this deal. It will be an amazing conversation piece on your holiday entry table or for serving treats at Christmas dinner! 
-Summer, Simple Stylings

5. Suzanne Wristlet and Tassels: I love this wristlet because it is the perfect size for a kid-free night out.  I spend so much time lugging lunch boxes, diaper bags, jackets, sippy cups, and whatever else is thrown in my hands that I love to go out with as little as possible.  It has enough room to hold the essentials: lipstick, my phone, and a credit card and it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.  I added the tassels because, let’s face it, everything is better with tassels!I grabbed couple of these for Christmas gifts and I love that I could play around with color combinations so they will perfectly fit the recipient!

6. King Gold Gilding Waxthe perfect way to add a touch of gold without spending a fortune.  It is extremely easy to apply and is the closest thing to the look of real gold leaf.  You will be receiving a set of Threshold agate coasters and a jar of Kings Gold French Gilding Wax.  Be sure to hop over to for a full tutorial on how to use this wonderful wax! -Emily, Eleven Gables

7. J. Crew Crystal & Gem Cluster Necklace: I love heels and a dress as much as anyone, but my favorite way to dress lately for the everyday is in classic, casual silhouettes with a bit of sparkle to add some interest.  This necklace is currently on heavy rotation in my wardrobe!  It’s as perfect for a Tuesday afternoon as it is for a Saturday night.
8. Marquise Crystal Statement Necklace: The minute you brought up a favorite things giveaway, I immediately thought of jewelry.  I have what some may call a “slight obsession”…especially when it comes to statement necklaces.  They are such versatile pieces.  They can be the finishing touch for a dressy outfit or add an unexpected pop to casual attire.  To me, they are a must-have for any girl!

9. Everyday I’m Hustlin’ Hat: I chose this because it’s on my own wish list! I love the trucker style of this hat, and love to wear hats!  I also love the sentiment and I think it’s one we can all relate to, especially around the Holidays!

-Cassie, Primitive and Proper

10. Steve Madden Buffalo Plaid Infinity Scarf: One of my favorite gifts to give is a chic scarf.  With all the pretty designs, sizes, materials, and colors it makes it easy to find one to fit everyone’s style.  I love how adding a scarf to a simple outfit makes a huge statement and adds an instant pop of color.  It’s a fun, classy, versatile accessory that makes a great gift!

-Becky, This is Happiness


Thanks for entering and we can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is! The winner will be notified via email and I’ll also announce it on Instagram and Twitter.

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Hometalk & Giveaway Announcement

Good morning lovely readers!

I just wanted to stop by to introduce you to Hometalk (if you don’t know about it already) and to spill the beans about an AWESOME holiday giveaway that starts tomorrow! Trust me you will not want to miss it!

Hometalk is a home and garden community where you can post your projects and search others’ projects by topic. You can also create boards to clip your favorite posts as well as ask questions and comment in a community style format. Read more about Hometalk here.

I’m fairly new to Hometalk myself but I’m really excited about the wealth of projects and inspiration and I can’t wait to dig in a little more. You can find the beginnings of my profile here.

I was thrilled when Hometalk asked me to curate a board of my favorite Spray Paint Projects. It was so fun browsing the projects (some are from a few of my favorite bloggers) and I was totally inspired!


Are you familiar with Hometalk? One cool thing is you can also search for home and garden industry professionals! Sweet right?


Make sure to stop in tomorrow because 10 of us bloggers have gotten together to launch a holiday giveaway worth over $300!!!!! Find out tomorrow what you could be receiving on your doorstep if you are the lucky winner!


Have a wonderful Tuesday friends!


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