Sticking it to the Man

I didn’t realize I was sticking it to the man at the time, but I did. I really let him have it.

Last week I stopped at Goodwill after work for no particular reason. I don’t think this is going to come as a surprise to anyone, but if you want to find awesome stuff at the thrift store you need to check back often, be patient, and have an open mind. I was working my way through the home aisles when I spotted glittery goodness. Someone donated an entire bag of gold and bronze glitter leaves. Perfect fall and winter decor and for $1.97 it was too good of a deal to pass up.

Leaf collage

Rewind to last fall. I was checking out the Dollar Spot at Target and they had items marked off 70%. I bought a branch wreath for 30 cents. 30 CENTS, PEOPLE! I should have bought them all! The wreath has been sitting in my craft room since last fall because I just wasn’t sure how I wanted to decorate it. Glitter leaves, meet wreath. Wreath, meet your destiny.

To make the wreath, I weaved the stems of the leaves through the branches to secure them. Hot glue wasn’t needed because I was able to use the wire in the stems to keep them in place. I alternated size and directions of the leaves to add variety. This project ended up costing about $1 (30 cent wreath and I didn’t even use half of the bag of leaves).

Leaf wreath close up

Front of house with wreath

You’re probably thinking “How exactly are you sticking it to the man?” A few days ago I was shopping at A.C. Moore with a friend to find inspiration for Christmas. We spotted some adorable leaves which we both wanted, but I didn’t need to buy any since I had already scored big time during my last Goodwill run. The most simple sparkly leaves were on sale for a 50 cents each at A.C. Moore and the fancy flowers were selling for 4-8 dollars. Not happening. It would have cost at least $15 to buy enough of the cheapest leaves to make the wreath. I’ll pass. I mean at that point, you might as well skip all the hassle and by a pre-made wreath.

Sam with wreath
Here’s a gratuitous picture of my dog, Sammy who looks eternally sad in photographs, posing by the door. Apparently, his life is horrible.

Final Score:
Chelsea: 1
A.C. Moore: 0

I win craft store, I win.


Well That’s Pinteresting {Fancy Bedding Edition}

There’s a special guy in my life. His name’s Sam. He’s the cutest, sweetest, most loving dog and I feel so lucky to have him.

Sam Collage

I don’t, however, feel lucky to have him ruin my bedspread. Sam’s so cute and cuddly at night, he sleeps with us. All 80 pounds of his two-year-old golden retriever self. Can’t say no to that face. I love him. I don’t love that he sometimes gets so excited that he jumps up on the bed and runs around, tearing up our comforter in the process.

Let’s look on the bright side here. That does mean that I need to do a little bedspread shopping so you know what? I’m just going to accept it.

Here’s my Friday Five coming at you from West Elm. I went to their site to find an idea or two, and ended up finding EVERYTHING that I wanted. Thanks, West Elm. You da man.

1. This comforter is decent (that’s what my students say for anything cool). I love it because it’s black and white and geometric. I like that it’s a funkier take on stripes. And also, modern. Modern for the win.

2. This throw pillow. It’s gold. It’s black. It’s silky. Get. On. My. Bed.

3. This throw pillow. It’s so fancy. I’m fancy. It’s a perfect fit. (Can anyone else not say the word “fancy” without saying “Oh you fancy, huh? in their head? Just me? Oh ok…)

4. This throw. Is it tacky? Maybe. Do I care? Absolutely…not. I’m also really feeling that chair. The legs make it feel mid-century modern which is all over the design world.

5. This pillow. I love it. I want it. But mostly I’m just laughing at the $69 price tag. Who pays that much for a pillow?!  And West Elm, Mongolian Lamb? You’re being a little too uppity with your swanky lamb. Most of us don’t have monies for fancy lamb, I’d prefer regular lamb thankyouverymuch.

I don’t actually think I’m going to buy any of these items because even though I love to look at West Elm’s catalogs and their prices are more affordable than Pottery Barn, I just won’t sign that check. I can’t spend over $400 on bedding because I could do so many other projects with that. I can keep this inspiration in mind while I’m shopping at HomeGoods or Marshall’s and find tons of great stuff at way more affordable prices.

Pin any Mongolian Lamb recently? No? Just me? How about some regular lamb? Share in the comments. Have a great weekend!