Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about fun projects!! Mainly because I haven’t had that much time to do fun projects lately with work and some traveling… BUT… I did finish a few things I’ve had on my “Fun craft to-do list” that I wanted to share with you!

First project – matryoshka mason jar!

I found a box of mason jars at a yard sale and took a few home with me. I came across this blog post a while before that and wanted to try out the project so figured with a 50 cent investment and leftover lace from this project I attempted to make before, I’d give it a go!

My niece, Emma, found an ad in the magazine with Matryoshka dolls and gave it to me so I thought I’d add my own little spin on the decoration. Here’s what I did:

Got my materials together, hot glue gun, mason jar, lace

Then cut out Matryoshka dolls and out everything together!

Then found the PERFECT place in my apt and put some little tea light candles inside.. voila! Love them!

Next up is my new and improved armoire!!

I re-arranged our room when it was raining in March and created a whole new wall open for new furniture! LOVE when that happens!! So of course I started hunting for something perfect. Went to estate sales.. always a rip off. Yard sales didn’t have much but then I randomly went to this rummage sale at a high school in some town outside of Sacramento (no clue where I was) and this beautiful armoire was standing in a pile of stuff!! They had $70 on it… but I left with it for $50. Yeah!!

Here’s what I did… took me the past 2 months to do, but hey, at least it’s finally done!

This is the original. I like the original dark wood, but it’s just too dark for my space so I wanted to lighten it up:

Then I hit up Ace Hardware to select paint… took me like 20 minutes to decide on a color!

Gave it a few coats and spray painted the hardware black for a bit of a modern flair.πŸ˜‰

Next up was decorating it. Of course Martha came in handy with her new stencils!! (ps – super want to make those curtains!)

Then I stenciled away and painted some of the woodwork to stand out more:

And.. voila! My new armoire! LOVE!

What fun crafts have you done lately??

As I was on my way for some groceries at Ranch 99 in Sacramento in the stormy spring rain, I miraculously stumbled upon a Goodwill outlet. I had been craving some thrifting but with my stomach growling only dinner was on my mind.

However.. when I saw the neon painted windows that screamed ‘$1.89 per lb’ for clothes… I srsly screeched into the parking lot and ran inside!! I’m normally very comfortable with thrift stores since my mom has been a thriftier since I was a baby on Mission street in the city. However – this outlet was a little bit of a shocker.

Huge bins FILLED to the top with items and people wearing face masks, gloves and all digging through the bins to find goodies. Of course, I jumped in. But next time, I’ll prob wear my cleaning clothes b/c I felt pretty gross when I left.

It was all worth it though because I found tons of awesome things including 2 dresses, 3 shirts, 2 shirts for my niece, one shirt for my sister, one shirt for Kellen, a lamp shade here, fabric for my lamp shade here and 2 new pieces of art… all for $8!! That’s what? Like 60 cents an item! I’ll take it!!

One of the items I found was this super mumu sea shell dress! I just loved the fabric and saw the potential.. so I sewed it to a perfect fit!!

Here’s the before:

AND… here’s the AFTER!! Def new fav dress!!

I thought this little rope belt looked perf with it!! What do you think??

I went in to Thrift Town a few weeks ago for a dress.. and left with about 3 dresses, a few tops, some new decorations.. and a teapot lamp that needed some love. That’s usually what happens when you hit up a thrift store, right?

As soon as I put this teapot lamp in my cart, I was stopped left and right with women “oohing” and “ahhing” over the adorable thing. I guess it was just really meant to be for me because with a $3.99 price tag I’m snagged it before I did!

I set the lamp on my kitchen floor and finally got around to refurbishing it earlier this week and finished it up today. It had a cut power cord, rusted light bulb holder and was pretty dirty. With just a lamp kit from Ace Hardware, some cleaning wipes, fresh paint and a freshly created lamp shade.. it’s now the perfect fit to my office!

Here’s a look at what I did:

This is the lamp in my shopping cartπŸ™‚

This is the lamp kit I got from Ace with everything I needed alongside my own trusty tools!

I re-wired the lamp and started putting the pieces back together!

Then came the fun stuff! Paint!!

Next up, I needed a lampshade! I stumbled upon a beat up shade, but with a good shape, at the Goodwill outlet where everything is sold by the pound. That place is AWESOME!!

Not only did I get the lampshade there, but also some perfect fabric to cover it with! With the glue gun, I was all set!

And… voila! My new most favorite lamp ever is all set up in my office! Time for business.. and some tea!

I’m a major fan and follower of Jennine Jacob of The Coveted, and when she started Eat Sleep Denim – a blog dedicated to my favorite thing of all time – denim – I of course started to become a regular visitor.

In December the blog hosted a fantastic giveaway in partner w/ Shopbop.com and MiH jeans seeking 70s style inspiration. To enter to win a pair of MiH jeans, they asked that you upload a photo of what screams 70s style to you on their Facebook page.

I had just uploaded a bunch of old pics of my parents on my laptop for their anniversary gift a few months before, so I automatically sifted through the beautiful pics and chose this one of my mom:

“Isn’t she a total Betty?”πŸ˜‰

Turns out I wasn’t the only one totally inspired by her style – because I won!!

I got my jeans in a few weeks back and just LOVE them! Perfect fit, perfect length and perfect for spring time!

You know I’m awful w/ pics of myself… but here’s a few to share my super cute new MiH jeans! Thanks Mom!πŸ™‚

The one (and ONLY) downside to bargain shopping is that sometimes, the items are not in the best condition. Things may need minor alterations, an added button or a stitched hem here and there. So you have to invest the time for that $2 score.

I purchased a beautiful giraffe print burlap/leather Diane Von Furstenberg purse at Jeremy’s in December. It was during one of the crazy 70% off sales and I scored it for like $15. As soon as I got home, I transferred all of my items from my old purse into my new one and rocked it RIGHT away.

Well, a few weeks passed… and the poor thing started falling apart.😦

The burlap part started tearing and people would say ‘Do you know your bags torn?’ I decided I needed to either part ways or think of something extra crafty to save it.

Seeing how I recently started a new business (more on that later!!) I can’t just throw away a purse since I don’t have super funds to just go out and get a new one!!

So – I was extra crafty and here’s how I brought my bag back to LIFE!!

Here’s the bag before – super cute; but very worn!!!

I decided I wanted to cover the worn part with a scarf! I found this PERFECT one at Thrift Town for .99!

I took the scarf, wrapped it around the majority of the bag, pinned it in place, and hand stitched it on.

And…. Voila!! I think I did this bag justice by giving it another go! It’s just too cute (scarf or not) to pass up!!

What do you think? yay or neh?

At the end of a long day of bargain hunting at the White Elephant preview sale, I drove back up to Sacramento and took in all of my new finds!! I went in with a budget of $100… and still had $20 left on my way back up!

Here are just a FEW highlights of my major scores! Too many scores to post a pic of everything!!

New Tablecloth!

Kitchen Goodies!!

Makeup and Sewing cases!

Sewing supplies I’ve been looking at getting forever!

Most ADORABLE key holder EVER!!

Frames, craft supplies, pretty trash can and more!!

Beautiful gold and olive dress!!

Purse and gloves!


Beautiful table linens and new decorations!

Bookshelf ends for Kellen!

And one of my new FAVORITE things… my February Angel!

Like what you see?? The sale for the public is March 3rd and 4th!! Get there EARLY for the best deals!!

Happy shopping!


Endless shelves of baskets, lines of dressers, bins of scarves and massive tables overfilled with shoes. Sounds like heaven, right? Well, I found heaven on earth and that is the White Elephant Sale in Oakland, CA.

For years, my family and I make the ‘preview’ sale benefiting the Oakland Museum OUR event of the year. We count down the days from the 1st of the year to the sale weekend. We strategize on who’s going to which department first and study the map of the 96,000 square foot warehouse to be sure we know where each department is. Do I go to the shoe department first? Accessories? Kitchen? Books? Art? Brick-a-Brack?? Agh!! So many options!!

I was told not to share the sale on my blog so I wouldn’t ‘giveaway the secret’. Well, seeing how the line to get in is well over 1,000 ppl deep, I don’t think it’s too much of a secret anymore… so I wanted to share the amazingness with all of you!

Here’s a look at the experience:

My family; all smiles eagerly waiting for the doors to OPEN!

The line behind us wrapping through the Oakland neighborhood.

Kitchen Dept!


Emma shopping in Children’s dept!



Baskets in Brick-a-Brack!

See my next post for what I actually BOUGHT!!! Fabulousness!!