Decorate with Spray Paint

DIY Spray Paint can change a Goodwill find in less than a minute

I recently took the plunge and redecorated our front room with purple and green walls! I kind of love this room for so many reasons!  Not just the color, but the couch I bought at Goodwill for $15, the art I've made that just goes, the $8 dresser from Goodwill. This lamp pictured below is also a Goodwill find!Wanting to add some extra light, I decided to use a lamp I have had for forever but never used.  The color was a bit off and perhaps a bit too dark. You can see just how easy it is to spray paint something and give it a new life in under ONE MINUTE!!!! This video of me spray painting this lamp shows the before and how quickly it changes. It is just so perfect bringing in … [Read more...]

Goodwill Score … Part Deux

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and carrying on.... Yeah, a Columbia Ski Jacket for the boy ... $3.99 {pretty much BRAND NEW!} Columbia Ski Pants {BRAND NEW} ... $3.99 Can you believe the insanity?  I totally bought the oldest's ski gear for next year for under $8. These tags say it all ... Brand New. AND.... a Snozu jacket for me {it's a Large from the kids' department} ... $3.99 ... do you know these jackets go for upwards of $50?!!! A Camo jacket for our youngest!  He loves it!!!  I'll take it for $3.99 So, you see, you can certainly clothe a family on a budget!  I bought all this winter gear AND the clothing from the previous post AND 2 candle pillars with tags on still {that were regular $49.99 EACH … [Read more...]

Goodwill Score!!!

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I had some fun last night doing a little fashion show with my Instagram app on my iPhone... How about my new olive green Nike jacket for $8.99 Don't hate ... American Eagle jeans for $4.99 I love this orange shirt... This jacket is DOWN FILLED!!!  All for $10.99! A cute Talbot skirt for only $4.99 Oh, and this SWEET top ... {I love love love the embroidery detail on this one!} Okay, this is all I'm posting for this one ... I have more I'll share in the next couple of days! xo Tara … [Read more...]

Goodwill Denver … ROCKS!!!

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I love Goodwill Industries in Denver! There is ALWAYS something I find there for a GREAT PRICE! I also love Craigslist, too.  I've been looking on Craigslist lately for a used treadmill for about a month as I'm going to start training for a 1/2 marathon.  And, well, you know it's starting to get a bit chilly in these parts, so I didn't want any excuse not to train. I recently went to Goodwill and what did I find?  A freaking treadmill! Seriously!!! {The leaves are via the boys} For how much, you ask? YES, $54.95. {love the 'tredmill'} We got it home and figured out that the 'safety key' was missing.  Bummer. BUT, I went online and called the parts department, they had one in … [Read more...]

A Fort for the Boys


A few months ago, we received a play set for FREE from our neighbor as their daughter had outgrown it and they wanted to get rid of it.  I had been looking on Craigslist for a while, but wasn't ready to throw down $400-$800 for one.  Well, we were so thrilled and LUCKY to get this from our neighbor!!  We had to do some tuning up, of course, and had to purchase some parts ... but we were just so thankful to have this playset for our boys! Well, we put on a HUGE canopy made of solid wood.  My husband believes in making things very sturdy and didn't want to put just a 'tarp' that we'd have to just end up replacing in the future anyways. Well, it turns out, he's not a carpenter. The 'support' … [Read more...]

Goodwill Finds ~ Business Casual Attire Tops


When I went back to work a few months ago, I realized I didn't have much in the business casual attire department in my closet. I knew that my job was only going to be temporary and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on clothes that I'd wear for a little while. Knowing this, I went to Goodwill and shopped ... and shopped ... and shopped. A lot of times, I did hit their 50% off sales on various Saturdays, so my total shopping bill would come out to around $40 on average. Here are some clothes I bought.... New York & Co blouse for $1.50 $1.50 The cute snaps take me back a few years ;) $1.50 $1.50 Ann Taylor Loft  $1.50  So, as you can see, you can dress for the office on a … [Read more...]

Canvas And Corkscrews … and a Goodwill Outfit

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My girlfriend and I have discovered an outing we love to do together. Canvas and Corkscrews. Paint and drink wine. Goes hand and hand! :) I posted on this a couple months ago when we went for the first time.  We had a great experience!  We just went this past weekend and we go again on Wednesday night!! ********* But I also wanted to show you my sweet Goodwill outfit I wore as well... I think it cost me maybe $12.00 Blouse:  Ann Taylor LoftSkirt:  Christopher BanksBelt:  GapShoes:  Antonio Melani Great outfit, no?I felt so artsy fartsy in it!!!*************** At Canvas and Corkscrews, the painting instructor walks you through the painting from start to finish.  The great thing … [Read more...]

Studio Update ~ My New Cutting Table

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This is yet another Goodwill find! Are you sick of them yet? Originally $8.99 But, it was 50%. So $4.50 for this bad boy! I've been looking for a high table on Craigslist for ages. Was about to settle for one of those farm tables and just add a few inches to the legs to give it some height. But when I saw this diamond in the rough just sitting there, I just had to have it! Not much in the rough But you know me. Take a bit of spray paint... And get this So much better! And now, it fits perfectly up in my studio! It's not too big. I thought I might want a larger table, but it's just right for the projects I'm doing at the moment. {here's the real life photo, nothing … [Read more...]

Tutorial Tuesday ~ How to make a Terrarium


It all started with this .99 purchase at Goodwill {of course} It has sat and sat in my studio for a loooong time. Until. It occurred to me. A Terrarium!!!! I researched a bit online as to what kind of plants I should purchase, but was still a bit lost. The boys and I went to our local plant store and talked to a gal there who knew a bit about terrariums.  I had the charcoal picked out already, I had the soil at home ready for us to start. She directed us to succulents and cactus {as we were going to to have a closed container}.  She also showed me a different 'soil/gravel' mix that works best for the kind of plants we were going to plant in our terrarium.  So I put away the charcoal … [Read more...]

Goodwill Finds


I've been wanting to do this post for so long! There have been many many great finds that I've scored at Goodwill. I've tried to take pictures of them all, but that gets a bit much. {My husband always asks me, why are you taking a picture of a 'sweatshirt'} Yes, I'm becoming one of 'them'.... hehe I found this sweatshirt, you may recognize the name {if not, you may have been living under a rock;)} That's right, an Abercrombie and Fitch sweatshirt!! Only $2.00!!! This casual jacket is a definite find right here... A Mystree casual jacket for .... $2.00!! I'm telling you people, I can't enough of our Goodwill! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stitching {very True Religion-esq} I love the detail on … [Read more...]