Another Thrifted Gift

If you watch my thrift hauls on my YouTube Channel Wishes and Weeds, you’ll see that I will frequently pick up monogrammed mugs, as long as they are priced less than a dollar.

In this video, you’ll see how I turn a few thrifted supplies into a small but appreciated and impressive gift.  I traditionally give one of these as an “onboarding” gift to my social work students on their first day of their practicum placement as a little “welcome”.  Watch the video for tips to quickly put one together yourself:

Finished Project with a VideoTutorial

If you caught the YouTube Video of the my thrift haul from two weeks ago, you saw the fantastic bargains that I got at a church rummage sale.  One the items was a wooden plaque in the shape of the whale.  I was excited to get home and start on an overhaul of this piece to add to the nautical bedroom theme I’m working on.  I followed the progress of the project with a video – and here it is:

I’ve hung the finished wall decor over top of the dresser that I painted a few months ago, surrounded by other thrifty finds that I’ve featured in previous thrift haul videos.  Two pieces – the framed picture of the Bluenose II, and the lamp – have been previous “find of the week” for me.  I really like how this bedroom is coming together.

My son the sailor is planning on a visit home this coming weekend – I hope he likes the changes that are happening in his temporary room!

Thrifted Gift: a Pinterest Nail? or Fail?


I found this image (below) on Pinterest and saved it to my “Crafting Inspiration” pinboard.  Unfortunately, the photo wasn’t actually linked to a “live” website, so I cannot give credit where credit is due. This past week, I gathered together some thrifted supplies to recreate my version of this “frame”.

I shot a video of the how-to tutorial – and it took me a total of 6 minutes from start to finish.

Impressive and yet inexpensive!

The Spring $5 Goodwill Challenge


For the first time ever, I’m participating in the $5 Goodwill Challenge issued by Hillary at Old World Home.  I’m so excited to check out everyone’s videos!

Here’s my response to the challenge:

To really get into the spring celebration, I’m doing a giveaway!  You can enter up to three times into the draw for a hardcover copy of Furniture Hacks by Hester Van Overbeek.

Here’s a bit of a sneak peek in between the covers:


So here’s how you can enter the draw:

  1. comment on this blog post
  2. subscribe to my YouTube channel and comment on my $5 Challenge video – tell me what you think of my spring decor!
  3. follow me on Instagram and comment on any one of my posts.

Homemade Honey Butter

I had never heard of, let alone TASTED Honey Butter until this past Christmas when my mother gave me a small jar.  It is absolutely delicious on toast, so I quickly went through my jar, and had to call up Mom to ask for the recipe.

It’s very simple, and only requires four ingredients – and it’s really quick to whip up a batch, and makes enough to share perhaps one jar…you’ll want to hoard the rest for yourself!

Homemade Honey Butter

  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet and smooth spread for your breakfast toast.


  • one cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 lb butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 375 g honey


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil.  Constantly stir wile continuing to boil mixture for 1 minute
  3. Remove from heat, and pour into covered containers.  Store in refrigerator.

Pinterest: Nailed or Failed? Thrifted Succulent Planter

I’ve had this image from pinned on my Pinterest Craft Inspiration board for a bit, and finally found the perfect teapot while I was out thrifting at the end of February.

Watch this little YouTube video of me (who has never had a green thumb!) try my darndest to recreate this project.

The verdict?  Well – part nail….part fail.

Here’s what went wrong.  I either should have used a bigger teapot, or stuck with one plant.  I should have used less soil in any case, so that it was well below the spout, because when you water the plants, the soil goes up the spout, and stays there – – this is not attractive at all!

So…I think I’ll dismantle this project, and try again, with just one plant, and move the other two to some other planters that have room to spare.