Chatting With: Joyful Treasure Hunting


Hi guys! Today, I'm chatting with my bloggy friend Rachael of Joyful Treasure Hunting. She is probably the thriftiest gal I know, and she is always sharing the most amazing thrifted finds on her blog. Since I made a goal to be more thrifty, I thought it would be fun to chat with Rachael and learn some of her thrifting tips and tricks. This girl really knows her stuff!

So, Rachael, how did you get into thrift shopping?

Growing up my parents always took us to garage sales, but I just did not care that much about it. I did not have a home of my own to decorate, and I didn't have any idea what my style was. When I got married in 2009 my husband and I did not have very much money. With visions of a beautiful apartment in my head the only way I was going to get my dream apartment was to shop the thrift stores. I was very hesitant at first, but he kept telling me that I could find a ton of cool stuff if I just open my eyes. It did not take long for me to fall in love with the thrill of the hunt, and the amazing deals I was finding. My apartment was constantly changing and all on a small budget. I love it!


There are so many great places to thrift (antique stores, the Goodwill, estate and yard sales). Do you have a favorite place to go?

My favorite would have to be thrift stores. Specifically small locally owned thrift stores. The larger chain thrift stores have caught on to the fact that thrift store shopping is becoming more trendy and the prices are getting higher, but a small thrift store is where you can find the great deals. Plus most of the money you spend at a local thrift store usually go to a charity or organization you have actually heard of. I like thrift stores because I can go whenever I have free time where as yard sales are usually on the weekends. Now don't get me wrong I still get myself up early on Saturday for a good sale, but I prefer sleeping in and hitting the thrift stores later in the day. 

Haggling (eeps!)!! I'm terrible at this! Do you haggle on the prices of items? If so, do you have any tips? 

I will haggle (sometimes) If I feel comfortable with the seller I will ask for a lower price, but if the person intimidates me or if I plain think the price is a good deal I won't say a peep and I will gladly hand over my money. I bought a box of chip board letters recently, and he was asking $5.00 for the whole box. Not a bad price at all, but I knew I only had $4.00 cash in my wallet and maybe enough change in my car to make $5.00. I asked him if he would take $4.00 for it and he said "nope". It happens sometimes so I quickly dashed over to my car and dug out enough change to give him $5.00. 


Do you go out thrifting with a specific item in mind, or do you just browse and see what grabs your eye while you're looking around?

I have found when I have a specific item in mind I leave the store very disappointed because nine out of ten times you won't find your wished for item right away. I try to keep a list on my phone of things I am looking for, but for the most part thrift shopping is more rewarding for me when I go with an open mind and not a shopping list. 

What are your favorite things to thrift for? 

PYREX! I love the patterns and the happy colors. I have a large collection that continues to grow, and I am always happy to bring home a new piece. After Pyrex I would say Furniture and then clothes. My wardrobe is 90% thrifted, and I am proud of that fact for sure. I buy wonderful good quality pieces for hardly anything, and that is so much fun for me. Plus my husband really appreciates that I buy second hand. 



Thanks for chatting, Rachael! It was fun to pick your brain for some thrifting pointers.

P.S. Rachael also did a little Q&A with me about my thrifting experiences as a newbie thrifter. You can check it out here.

So, do you guys thrift? Do you have any thrifting tips or stories you'd like to share?

DIY: Crochet Daisy Chain Necklace


Remember those daisy chain necklaces we made when we were kids? Well, this version is all grown up! I was inspired by this amazing necklace from the Red Valentino Spring 2013 collection, and knew that I had to add some cheery petals to my jewelry collection as well. A little bit of yarn and a few crocheted daisies later, and I had a couture daisy necklace of my own!

Ready to put some petals in your jewelry box as well?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

1. I created this cute crochet daisy pattern to make the flowers for the necklace. I used a total of nine daisies. You can make more or less daisies depending on the look you are going for. (Tip: If you don't crochet, you could just as easily use fake daisy flowers from your craft store, or make some using felt.)



2. Once you have your daisies, figure out how you'd like to arrange them on your necklace. Then, sew them to a piece of felt as shown below. I sewed my daisies onto a large piece of felt that I later trimmed back so that the felt edges wouldn't be seen when the necklace is worn.



3. Attach some straps. I used braided strands of yarn for my straps, although I'm thinking of switching them out for some silk ribbon (the wool yarn I used is a bit scratchy on my neck).



Here is what the back of my necklace looks like:



4. I decided to block my flowers to keep the petals a bit more spread out. To do this, I dampened the petals with a wet cloth and then pinned the petals out so that they'd hold their shape:




With the petals held back a bit, the pretty pop of yellow in the flower centers really stands out.



And, that's all there is to it!





This necklace was so much fun to make and is even more fun to wear! You could play around with different flower motifs, mix up the colors and even change the arrangement of the flowers on the necklace for a whole new look!

So, who's ready to make some daisy chains?!!

P.S. Like my white eyelet top? You can sew your own! Learn more on that here.


Let's Crochet: Daisies


Daisies are perhaps some of the sweetest flowers around. They are so cheerful! I was in the need of bunches of daisies for an amazing project I had in mind, and so I decided to create a pattern and crochet some of my own.

I'll be sharing my fun daisy project on the blog soon, but first let's make some flowers for it, shall we?!!

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff You'll Need:


Yellow worsted weight yarn // Crochet Hook US Size I
White fingering weight yarn // Crochet Hook US Size D


Daisy Crochet Pattern:

To make the flower center, using yellow worsted weight yarn:
Rnd 1: Make a magic loop, 4 sc into magic loop, Sl st into first sc. (Counts as a total of 5 stitches:  4 sc + 1 Sl st = 5)
Rnd 2: Ch1, sc in first stitch, sc next 4 stitches, Sl st into first stitch (Counts as a total of 6 stitches: 5 sc + 1 Sl st = 6)
Tie off yarn and weave in ends.

Here is a photo of what the center should look like. I pushed the center out a little bit to give it some extra dimension:



To make the outer petals, using white super fine/fingering yarn:
Sl st in back loop of any stitch in flower center, *ch 10, sl st in back loop of same stitch, ch 10 sl stitch in back loop of same stitch (Two petals made in same stitch), Sl st in next sc*, repeat from * * 5 more times. (A total of 12 petals made in back loops only. No need to tie off, just continue to the inner petal directions below.)


This photo shows how I started making the outer petals. You can see that I worked two petals in the back loop of the crochet stitch.



Here is the completed round of outer petals. Two petals were worked in each stitch for a total of 12 petals:



Now, we'll make the row of inner petals (You will work these in front of the previous row of outer petals):
Sl st in front loop of first stitch in flower center, *Ch 10, sl st in front loop of same stitch, ch 10 sl stitch in front loop of same stitch (Two petals made in same stitch), Sl st in next stitch*, repeat from * * 5 more times. (A total of 12 petals made in front loops only.) Tie off yarn and weave in ends.

Here you can see I'm now working in the front loop in front of the previous row of outer petals:



Now, I'm halfway done. Just three more front loops to work in!



Ta-dah! Here's the finished flower!




That's all there is to it! Make a few of these beauties... I've got a great project for these coming up soon!

UPDATE: My cute daisy project is finished. You can check it out here!


Coming up: Daisies!


You guys! I'm so excited about the next set of posts I have coming up on the blog. It's all about ... daisies!! I'm going to be sharing a fun crochet daisy pattern and also a really cute project to put all those pretty petals to good use. And, if you don't crochet, I've got some ideas on how you can make the project without picking up a crochet hook. Stay tuned!


P.S. Remember this floral project?! I've been making progress on it and I can't wait to share it soon too! I might be a tad floral obsessed lately. Can you tell??  ;)

DIY: Pom Pom Necklace


Hi guys! Today, I'm over at Wrapped up in Rainbows sharing this fun pom pom necklace tutorial. Come by for the how to! Be sure to bring some yarn, beads and a fork! See ya there! :)


P.S. You might remember Laura of Wrapped Up In Rainbows from this awesome cross stitch bracelet tutorial she shared a few weeks ago. If you missed it, be sure to check it out. Laura is one talented and crafty gal!

Blog Chat with Dream a Little Bigger


Hi guys! I'm chatting with Allison of Dream A Little Bigger about all things crafty and bloggy. Come by for more!

P.S. I'm working on some really cool projects that I'm going to share soon. They are taking a bit longer than expected (hence the bloggy silence this week), but, trust me, these will definitely be worth the wait. I promise!  :)

Sew-Along: Journal Cover with Darling Adventures


My friend, Ginny of Darling Adventures, created this awesome video tutorial for creating a notebook cover for those plain old composition notebooks we used way back in gradeschool. I thought the idea was genius! Now, you can buy those cheap composition books and make them pretty with removable covers. That is so much easier on the pocketbook than buying expensive, fancy journals all the time. 

I love keeping notebooks to store all my crafty ideas and was so excited to give this project a try. I even added my own spin to it by adding some colorful embroidery to the fabric before I sewed it together.

If you love this project as much as I do, be sure to join in on the sew-along Ginny is hosting! It will be so fun to see the notebook covers that everyone comes up with. 


Want the details on how I decorated my notebook cover??

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

1. Choose a bright fun fabric and coordinating embroidery threads.


2. On the wrong side of the fabric, draw lines with a fabric safe disappearing ink marker and a ruler.  You'll use these as a guide to keep your lines straight when you are stitching your embroidery. I used simple straight lines to contrast the busy floral fabric.


3. Next, stitch along the lines you drew alternating the colors of the embroidery thread you use on each row. I didn't worry about making the stitches the same length. I think the uneven stitches add more character to the cover.




4. Also, don't worry about all the little ends of the embroidery thread that you are left with, because they get neatly tucked in when you sew up the edges of the notebook cover. Once you've finished the embroidery, be sure to press the fabric, because the fresh embroidery stitches tend to pull on the fabric causing it to pucker a little bit.


5. All that is left is to sew the notebook together using the clever video tutorial over at Darling Adventures. Ginny is a natural teacher and really makes this project simple. In the end, this is what my journal cover looks like:









Project Details:
Pattern: Journal Cover video tutorial at Darling Adventures
Time: This project is much simpler than it looks, and it came together much quicker than I was expecting it to. Gotta love that!
Skills: Sewing curved corners, adding embellishments, creating pockets
Difficulty: Easy breezy! Ginny breaks it down and makes it simple in her tutorial.
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So, I've showed you how I decorated my notebook. How will you decorate yours?

Be sure to join in on the fun by participating in Ginny's sew-along over at Darling Adventures. I can't wait to see what you come up with!