June 2015 - Dimples and Tangles


While running errands over the weekend, I ducked into a local vintage mall, The Rink Gallery.  My parents (booth #26) and my sister and brother-in-law (The Den) both have booths in this mall, and it's one of those where you never know what you'll find!  As the name suggests, it used to be an Ice Skating rink that was converted into a vintage merchandise mall filled with around 100+ booths.  I gracefully skated barely survived many laps around that ice back in the day!  The pair of ice skates that I use to decorate with at Christmas came from the Rink when it was sold.  <today's fun fact!>

Knowing there would be some great stuff, I went with camera in hand.  Rather than just show you some of the neat items that caught my eye, I thought I'd also share a great way to style the item in your home.  Often it's hard to see the potential in items that are crammed together in small booth spaces, or at a yard sale, or on Craigslist, so I hope this gives you a little peek into my thought process as I consider items from sources such as these, and to see how these things might work in real-life spaces.  

So, today I'm kicking off a new semi-regular little series I'm calling...

Here we go!  The first photo is the item that I saw at The Rink a few days ago, and the second includes it (or a similar item) styled in a beautiful space.


Boho Weddings


Liz Marie Blog

Midwest Living

Burlap and Lace by Shannon Claire


Flea Market Fab via Instagram

Our Fifth House

Home Stories A to Z

Miss Mustard Seed

I found all of these great things in just about 10 minutes, I didn't have time to really scour the entire building that day.  However, I may or may not have come home with one of these items, stay tuned!

 The Rink is a fun place to pop in occasionally if you're in the OKC metro area, and you can also follow them on Facebook for the latest new additions.  If you go sometime, let me know what you think, and if you find any fabulous treasures!



Hey hey everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend. We got a bit of yard work done, finally went to see Jurassic World (we enjoyed it!), spent some time with family, and had a great day at church yesterday.  

I can't believe that it's time to plan for the Fourth of July (didn't we just open Christmas presents yesterday?!?), but ready or not, it's here this weekend!  The Fourth is one of my family's favorite holidays, and this year I'd like to add in a few new ideas to our usual set-up.  I found the cutest things as I was searching, and thought I'd share a few of my favorites with you today.  They're all pretty simple, so you'll have plenty of time this week if you want to try something new, too.

--- If you'd like to pin any of these awesome ideas, please click the link below the photo and do so from the original source.  Thanks! ---


A fun appetizer or dessert that even the littlest hands can help assemble-

Almost Supermom

 A twist on traditional hot dogs-

Handmade in the Heartland

No cooking necessary here... presentation is the key!

Family Fresh Meals


Simple painted bushel baskets used for serving-

A Night Owl

Super easy patriotic duct tape pennant garland-

Chic California

Spray paint stars on your lawn!

The Concrete Cottage

No-sew bandana pillow covers-

At The Picket Fence

If you missed my no-sew USA banner a few weeks ago, here's another look.  You can knock one out too in less than an hour!


I'm planning to print these for our family gathering this weekend.  I'm thinking a flag hung on the fence in the back yard will be the perfect back drop!

Fox Hollow Cottage

Kids Activities Blog

I'm pretty sure the kids would go crazy for this fun night-time game while waiting for the fireworks to begin, and there are several other fun glow in the dark game ideas included as well.

Momma Did It

Beautiful Rooms

I can't leave you today without adding a few inviting red, white, and blue spaces-

Midwest Living

Kim always creates the perfect mix-

Savvy Southern Style

 And lastly, this is one of my all-time favorite rooms!

Meredith Heron via Style at Home

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Session 2 of DIY Summer School is happening today!  My friend Beth of designPost Interiors put together this fun series, and we really want you all to join in and participate with us.

Today, we're featuring our thrifted makeovers.  After searching through a few stores, nothing was really catching my eye.  But then, I came across this vase and really liked the lines of it.  

With this piece in mind as inspiration, I knew it could have a little more personality with some bling added. 

After giving the vase a fresh coat a spray paint (this one is my favorite for a glossy finish), I had a blank canvas to work with.

So, I raided my jewelry stash and pulled out a statement piece that I don't wear anymore (bubble necklace, anyone?).   It was easy enough to use some pliers to pry apart the links that connected the pieces.  And, despite the glue pictured, I ended up just hot gluing them on.  It was much faster and held securely.  I decided that it needed a bit more than just the pink, so I pulled out another necklace that I don't wear much and added some pieces from it, too.

To finish it off, I really liked the stripe detail on the original finish, so I added those back on with my favorite Martha Stewart liquid gilding paint

So with a few dollars for the vase, unused jewelry, and about 15 minutes, I have a whole new sassy piece!

Perfect for some of the flowers my husband surprised me with a few days ago (today's our 21st Anniversary!).

Thrifted makeovers are probably one of my most favorite things to do!  Here's a few of my other top thrifty makeovers:

Upcycled Wooden Serving Tray

Brass Lamp Makeover

80's Brassy Chandelier Makeover

Straw Purse to Car Trash Can

Bamboo Nightstand Makeover

Want more thrifted makeover goodness?  Head over and check out these great posts, too.

We want you to join our class!  Here's what's up next time... you have free reign so we'll expect to see some creative projects from you, too.

July 9th: Wildcard (use anything you want!)
July 23rd: Craft Store
August 6th: Tool Store
August 20th: Found in Nature

And, today we'd love to see your best thrifted makeover, so link up your project here, or on Instagram using #DIYSummerSchool to tag your project. 

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