April Thrift Challenge REVEAL: Color Collection

At the beginning of the month Dina challenged me to create a color collection inspired by the collections put together by Hilda Grahnat, Swedish photographer, designer and stylist.

Our Thrift Challenge series started as a way for us to one) spend more time at our favorite place -- the thrift store! and two) show that you can easily recreate a look or concept, both for fashion and home decor, using thrifted items! For more details on our monthly thrift challenge series, click here!

For this month's Color Collection challenge I chose my favorite color, BRIGHT yellow!

We recently got rid of a wine cabinet in our kitchen (we're beer people...our wine glasses were covered in dust!) so this blank wall was in need of some lovin'.

I unfortunately didn't spend as much time at the thrift store as I expected to for this project. Most of this was stuff I already had in my some-day-I'll-use-this-inventory. Like this wooden picture frame  I bought at a garage sale a few years ago for $1. I spray painted it with Rustoleum's Ultra Cover 2x in Sun Yellow. The bubble gum machine photo is from Meg Duerksen's Whatever Shop. I love her bright colorful photos like these globes and this cupcake.

This vintage metal stool is also something that I've had for a few years! I intended to paint it right away but it was put to use immediately in a hidden corner of our kitchen as a place to stack folders, bags, mail and other junk. I bought it at the The Sampler in Hudson for around $10-$15. 

Now that the stool has a fresh coat of Sun Yellow spray paint and it's been pulled out of the hidden corner, we'll be using this at the kitchen table for the boys (who often fight over who gets to sit in this turquoise vintage cosco step stool). I think I know who will call dibs on it... 

The embroidery hoops and fabric were also items I already had in my stash of thrifted stuff. The plaid-ish fabric (far left) was a pillowcase from Unique Thrift in Willowick, the circular yellow pattern (bottom) was a shirt from Goodwill Akron (that I had used at one time on this hoop wall), and the the lace was from a tablecloth I bought at a garage sale. The yellow polka dots was originally from Jo-Anns and I still had scrap pieces leftover. 

I was excited to include my recent purchase from Katie Daisy's etsy shop The Wheatfield, the "This is It" print. I hung it using a thrifted clipboard. If you like Katie Daisy's artwork, then you'll want to participate in next month's thrift challenge (details posted tomorrow), because I'll be giving away one of her prints! 

And lastly for the wall I included my little yellow shadow box that I had created for my most recent Goodwill Project. I had some friends over last night and they all wanted to know where the game pieces were. Unfortunately they were very unstable, as in they would fall out if a car drove by our house, or if someone sneezed 10 miles aways. So, I'll either have to glue them down or find something that can withstand the slightest of movements.

Movin' on down to the 3 Tier table (one of my first ever paint projects!) is my favorite little yellow Tonka truck. Got this (and a bunch of other trucks) at Givits in Hudson for 50 cents to $1 each! The books were all thrifted and cost a quarter to a $1 each.

Next layer down includes this yellow lantern that I bought from a garage sale last summer for $1! This lantern may have started my obsession with bright yellow! The Lipton's Tea Tin came from Value World thrift and the yellow mug and curvy dish came from estate sales.

This succulent was a gift from Dina herself. We recently had a fitting at her house fro her upcoming Goodwill Fashion show and she gave each model one of these as a gift. Each one had a different color flower on top so she was impressed that I picked the yellow one right away and didn't hem and haw for 10 minutes on what color to choose. Little did she know it was about to show up in my color collection! 

And last but not least is a yellow flora picture frame that I've had for years filled with a photo I took in Ireland of none other than a bright yellow door! 

Are you sick of the color yellow now!?!! Will you make your own color collection? What color will you choose?? 

Now it's time to cleanse our eyes with some natural muted tones over at Dina's Days. I challenged her to thrift a  blush pink dress and brown leather jacket like this one from carolinesmode.com. Looks like she nailed it once again!! Let's go see... 

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Upcycled Shadowbox | Goodwill Project #18

Hearing the word “shadowboxes” takes me back to my childhood when  EVERY. SINGLE. GIFT we gave my mom was a small bear figurine for her shadow box. Our last name is Bernstein so it was only fitting that she collect bears.

I come across shadowboxes all the time at Goodwill so it was about time I buy one and sass it up! I bought this one at the Akron Lakemore store for just $1.50.

I spray painted it my favorite color… bright yellow!

Then added some colorful scrapbook paper to the back by simply measuring the boxes and cutting paper the same size then gluing it in place.

Easy as ONE…TWO…THREE! Buy, paint, add paper!

My married last name does not mimic that of a fictional family of bears, or any animals for that matter, so I had to choose something different to display than the bears of my past…

These Wooden letters from a board game are perfect because I can switch out the words whenever I want. I did “Something TBF (to be Found), or depending on how you read it, Seit Otnb Mhgf.

Do you collect anything? What would you place inside a shadowbox?

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Learn to Thrift!

When Dina and I started our Thrift Challenge a few months ago, our goal was to show that shopping at thrift stores isn't just about uncovering a lucky find, you can actually go there and shop for specific items, whether it be home decor, furniture, or clothes.

Well now we're going to put our money where our mouth is! Join Dina and I along with Lauren from Noto Boutique at Goodwill Akron (570 E. Waterloo) for our FREE class: Learn the Basics of Thrift Shopping! All three of us are so excited to share our thrifting tips and to help you put them to use.

Mark your calendars!!

Tuesday May 6th @ 10am, taught by me & Lauren.
(I'll also be teaching a fabric bunting craft at 9am if you want to come early!)

Wednesday May 7th @ 6pm, taught by me & Lauren. 
(I'll be teaching a fabric bunting craft from 4-6 if you want to come early!)

Saturday May 10th @ 12:30, taught by Dina.
(Come early for the blogger fashion show at noon!)

As mentioned, on Saturday May10th before the 12:30 thrift class there will be a blogger/fashionista fashion show! 

Think Super Market Sweep at the thrift store!! Participants will have 30 minutes and $20 to put together a stylish outfit. Then at noon they'll model their looks for guests and shoppers who will vote on their favorites. Participants will include:

  • Rachel / For the Birds
  • Amy / Glam and Grace
  • Megan / Garden Variety
  • Collyn / Two Amused Bouches
  • Abby / Les Bottes D'eleanor
  • Lindsey / Ever So Splendid 
  • KSU fashion students: Mercadies, Shelby, Sarah
  • Cyndi Martin / Ms. Ohio Valley, 2014

  • Come and see what outfits these ladies can pull together, and be sure to mark your calendar for on of the three thrift classes!

    DIY Hand Stamped Easter Eggs

    Remember my crafty friend Laura? The one who nearly risked her life to buy this book case off Craig's List? Well she's back to recount yet another DIY adventure, one that required no searching of police records!


    I have a two-year-old hoarder on my hands. He loves to hunt, gather, tote…and occasionally bite. Enter a few sunshiny days and I was reminded to dig out some Easter decorations from the basement. It was a sad, sad lot. Last year, I had purchased some cute eggs to put in a basket, but they were made out of styrofoam. Styrofoam and my two-year-old’s budding molars do not mix. He just couldn’t resist chomping them to pieces. 

    Thus began the search for some eggs to fill the basket that were more durable. I found ceramic (um…no), marble (that would subsequently be thrown through a window or at someone’s head), glitter (which my sister-in-law refers to as the herpes of the house) and a plethora of foam. Then I stumbled upon some wood eggs in the woodworking area of Joann Fabrics. Durable. Neutral. Unbreakable. Perfect. It then occurred to me that I had a set of small letter stampers from another project and I thought it might be cool to stamp the name of every person in our family.

     It was cool (for the first 6), but then I realized just how large our family is! But the result is very worth it. We now have a basket of personalized Easter eggs and the kids absolutely love searching for their name, finding the names of their cousins, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles and placing them in and out of other bowls and baskets. I’ve also found a couple shoved into my son’s pockets. Endless fun. 

    Hopefully we’ll have these for years to come—even if James manages to leave a few bite marks along the way. I swear, he’s like a puppy.


    I want some!!! A big thank you to James for pushing his mom creatively :) He wasn't going to settle for no ho-hum styrofoam eggs, and he knew his mom could deliver! And deliver she did!!

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    Cleveland {April} Flea & 21 Things About Me

    A few months ago I looked at the calendar hesitating whether or not to do the first Flea of the year. My set-up crew (Dan) was going to be out of town, I would be 6 months pregnant, and I hadn't replenished my inventory since the Holiday flea back in November.

    But then the buzz started...

    Steph and Sarah started talking about it on Facebook, then all the vendors started commenting about their excitement, and then I went to my first estate sale of the year, and it was a done deal! April Flea - I was in (and so was my big baby belly!)

    With Dan being out of town I had to recruit another male crew chief. Coincidentally my brother would be in town from Columbus that weekend. Thankfully he didn't balk at my request to help and he willingly drove to my house at 6:15am on a Saturday morning! I had to repay him with "fresh hot malty boiled bagels" from The Cleveland Bagel Company and a fresh pour over coffee from Nathan's Coffee Roasting. He then parked himself in one of my vintage lawn chairs and enjoyed some people watching in the PERFECT 70 degree sunny weather! (Thanks Bri!!!)

    My vintage turquoise Tonka truck has become my "mascot!" Several people wanted to know if I was willing to sell it yet, and the answer is still no. Although I did think about the price that someone would have to offer me and I think it would be in the $500 range! Any takers!?!?!

    The boys and the Grandmas came by for a visit and as usual the boys did some "swiping" of my inventory. Guess who picked out the cards and determined which one they each got? Obviously the one who's smiling. 

    Getting visitors at the flea is the best! These are my old co-workers Kate and Kristin, as well as Kristin's cousin, Kristen. OMG, that's a lot of K's!! 

    I didn't post a Twinsie Tuesday today because I actually have these REAL LIFE TWINSIES to share!!! This is Ferg, one of my best friends from college, and her two adorable little twinsie girls. We are currently in the process of arranging marriages for them with my two boys...

    ...and here they are. The big guys! They tried to buy me some ice cream from Mason's Creamery but it was all sold out so they got me hot, powder-sugar covered doughnuts instead. I love them. 

    The first flea of the year was PERFECTION! Great weather, great people, and great food. I'll be on vacation during the May Flea, but hoping to possibly do the June Flea before the baby comes in July. Stay tuned!

    Oh, and those 21 things about me. Yeah, Dina asked me to play along so here it goes:

    1. Are you named after someone?
    No. My dad wanted to name me "Liza" (pronounced Leeza). I would have grown up being called "Sleaze-a Liza." 

    2. When was the last time you cried?
    Watching Parenthood last week! That show used to be happy and funny, now I cry at every episode! C'mon Parenthood writers, quit making me bawl my eyes out!

    3. Do you have Kids?
    Two with the third on the way. Which is crazy because I still feel like a kid! I guess I'm kinda like a teen mom. 

    4. If you were another person would you be a friend of yourself?
    Yes, because we'd both love thrifting, Pinterest and ordering dessert after dinner. We'd be besties!

    5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
    Aldi brand animal CRACKers. 

    6. Do you like your handwriting?
    Not enough to turn it into a font.

    7. What's your favorite cereal?
    Ohhhhh, so many! Back in the day I loved Nerds cereal, Golden Crisp and Alphabits with marshmallows. Now I'd say it's a toss up between Cocoa Krispies, Cracklin Oat Bran, and Lucky Charms.

    8. What's the first thing you notice about someone?
    Their laugh. I like people who laugh a lot. 

    9. What is your eye color?
    Brown. But that's boring so I went to a list of Crayola crayon colors to come up with something better, and my option is "Beaver." LOL!!!! 

    10. Scary Movies or Happy Movies
    Considering I had to be driven home at 2 in the morning from sleepovers after being scared of ghost stories, I only watch happy movies. 

    11. Favorite TV Show?
    Obviously Parenthood. 4 of my Twinsie Tuesdays have been Parenthood characters!

    12. Summer or Winter?
    Ideally I'd like 8 months of summer, 2 months of fall, 1 month of winter and 1 month of Spring. Where does this happen? I will retire there.

    13. Hugs or Kisses?
    From who!? If you're not my kid or my husband, hugs only!!

    14. What's the furthest you've been from home?
    I never felt further from home than when I was at 6th grade camp (which was probably 25 miles from my house). Growing up I hated sleepovers (reference question 10), and being in the middle of the woods in a cabin felt like torture! Thank goodness for the walkman and soothing music my mom packed me :) 

    15. Do you have any special talents?
    Recognizing faces and determining people's doppelgangers. And also guessing the sex of a couple's first born child. I should get a job at a carnival.

    16. Where were you born?
    Almost in the hallway of Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland. 

    17. What are your hobbies?
    Aside from thrifting and Pinterest? I used to play volleyball and softball. 

    18. Do you have any pets? 
    Not currently. We had Sam-boy for a few years. Long story, but he wasn't good with strangers so we adopted him to a wonderful new mommy who spoils him ROTTEN! I still keep in touch with them, in fact I face-timed with them a few weeks ago! 

    19. Favorite Movie?
    Rudy! I turn into a crying hot mess EVERY time it's on. "Who's the wild man now?! Who's the wild man now!?" 

    I met the real-life Rudy at a conference!
    20. What color is your car?
    Dirt-covered black.

    21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    A professional thrift shopper with an assistant who will clean, price and organize everything for me. 

    Want to play along? I tag Olivia at Ode Vintage, Stephanie at Indie Foundry, and Kristina at Weekly Wanderlust.

    These are a few of my favorite things... for sale at the Cleveland Flea!

    Just two more days until the start of Cleveland Flea Season! The first one is this Saturday, April 12th from 9am-4pm in the parking lot of Sterles Restaurant at E. 55th & St. Clair.

    The Something to be Found booth will be in the middle of row four. Just look for these colorful pom pom garlands!

    Once you've spotted the POMS, you'll find all these other housewares and decorations for sale. 

    Vintage Metal Stacking Canisters
    My Book House books.
    White Lotus Bowls
    Mason Jar Mugs and Polka Dot Glass
    Vintage Maxwell House and Hills Bros. Coffee Tins
    Vintage Pencil Sharpeners
    Vintage Inspired Silver Phone
    Kodak Instamatic 100 Camera
    Colorful Vintage Paper Lanterns
    Vintage Match Books
    Fluorescent Colorado and Toronto Pennants
    Hope to see you there!! For more info, visit the Cleveland Flea website or their Facebook page