Keepin’ myself busy

I’ve hit a few Goodwill Stores the past few weeks in search of some great decor to refurbish. I’m stuck in LA until the end of June and I can’t do much to this apartment, so at least I’ll keep myself busy now! Check out my awesome finds!:


These are metal, so they are great, just ugly. I’m going to paint them and use them for a cool project!


I’m pretty sure I’m going to use these separate. I’d love to paint the box white and copy this:


Which can be found at Wonderfully Wordy. As for the stand, not sure yet…


Can you believe i got these balls for $1 each?! And two of them are solid wood! I’ve already started a project with them and promise to post pics soon!


I’m so excited about these apples!! They are mini and I have the best plan for them!! The vase is IKEA and I’m sure I’ll put it to good use!


I’ve already shown you this globe here! I LOVE this globe and it was only a couple bucks!!


This is the first of TWO wine buckets I found at two different stores. I love them! I’ll love them more once they are painted!!


My favorite find EVEH!!! Can you believe I found this for $24?! And it’s SOLID. The dome is glass and everything else is heavy metal. It even has a logo on the glass from a store it use to belong to. This ain’t a cheap crappy one! I can’t wait to repaint it and fill it up! And I might even have to name her. Just because I love her so much. What a steal.


I. AM. IN. HEAVEN. I saw this cheese dome and was giddier than a kid on my way to Disney! I’ve wanted one for so long. I’m going to paint it black and assuming it looks good I plan on attaching that candle stick to the bottom of it to give it a cake-dome type look. Remember those mini apples above? I’m hoping they fit inside b/c it’s going to be so stinkin’ cute.


Great glass. Enough said.


Such great tin pieces today! I can’t wait to be creative with this stuff.


Isn’t this swirl bucket purdy? I can’t wait to paint it! Also, here’s the 2nd wine bucket I scored.


This is tin and is actually a decent size, so I’m going to paint it and put some tall sticks and things in it.


This little dish is Mikasa. I just love these little Mikasa pieces. I’m not going to paint it. I love the color. It is going to receive a very good bath though.


Picture this frame black.


I’ll probably put this by the phone for little post-it notes and nick-nacks after I give it a good coat of spray paint.


This little jewely box is in perfect condition and is from Bombay Company. It is beautiful. The pictures do not do it justice.


I’m going to leave it just the way it is. And it was only $7. I can’t believe how perfect it is.

After all my Goodwill shopping I decided I needed some supplies to fix up all these great finds, so I stopped at Home Depot and loaded up!


And then I hit Michael’s for a few surprise crafts.


Keep checking back over the next several months to see the transformations of these awesome finds! I love Goodwill!!!

I’d tell you how much I actually spent ($130) but then I’d have to kill you my DH would kill me.


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  1. awesome! can’t wait to see the finished projects.

  2. This was a very entertaining blog to read. Enjoyed it!

  3. Great finds…can’t wait to see what you do with them.

  4. You found some great stuff! I made the cheese plate/cloche from my Goodwill treasures and it turned out fantastic! Come on over and check it out.

  5. Love all your finds! It will be so fun to see what you will do with all these great finds!


  6. oh yeah….YOU’RE the one who gets all the good stuff! Just Kidding…i GIVE to Goodwill — in fact, that bubblegum machine looks awfully familiar. 🙄 heheheh.

    seriously, great buys and can’t wait to see the treasures you’ll make of them! yay!!

  7. I am drooling! GREAT finds. My favorite thing to do is to go treasure hunting…you seriously scored.

    504 Main

  8. great finds, I love Goodwill treasures

  9. Wow! You found some great things! I found a cheese dome just like this one a few weeks ago, and I also found a silver tray. Took the lid off the cheese dome and placed it on the silver tray. Beautiful!

    I’m also jealous of those apples!

  10. I stopped by from Kimba’s- I’m loving all the stuff you got, especially the little cheese dome! It will be so cute on the stand too. Nice work!

  11. Absolutely fabulous finds. 😀 Looking forward to seeing what you do with all of them.

  12. You make this “mall snob” want to stop by the Goodwill. Great going! Those will look so cute after you give it your magic touch! One thought about the cheese dome base – If you plan on using it for real food, you may consider picking up a little glass plate from Walmart to keep under the dome so your food isn’t sitting on all the toxic crap in the paint. But just as decorative – paint that bad boy!

    • Heather, goodwill is awesome! I didn’t go at all while I was in Dallas b/c I couldn’t find one, but I did go to the CCA up the road from you and found some cool stuff sometimes. I’m not going to use the cheese plate for food, just accessories. It’s coming along nicely. I can’t wait to finish it and post pics tomorrow.

  13. Wow! You found SO many great things!! That is really awesome! =-D

  14. You are going to be busy! You found some great stuff…I would never be able to keep gumballs around with my kids 😆 That was the best find ever! Oh and I am your newest follower, I can’t wait to see what you do with all this stuff!

  15. Great finds!!!! Can’t wait to see what you do with them!!!

  16. Ooooooooooooo!!! WOW!!!!!!!!! What finds!!! I love it so much! Did you make those flowery ball things in that bloom bucket? If so, how? They are GORGEOUS!!! You make me wanna run and go garage sale hopping! 🙂

  17. wow…you will be busy! it all looks like great fun..i wish i was crafty enough to see all of this stuff and have an idea how to make them darling…
    popping by from sits

  18. Why can’t the thrift store in my town carry a selection like that! You scored big time!

  19. I can totally tell how excited you are about your finds!! You are so cute! I feel like I just want to pinch your cheeks or something to that effect, lol.

    Stopping by from SITS! You can visit me at in between all your crafting! 🙂

  20. Wow, excellent finds. I love looking for stuff. I can’t wait to see what you do with it all!
    We have a linky party on Tuesday you should stop by!

  21. Girl, you will be busy indeed. Love all your finds and hope to see some of them. If you remember give me a heads up when you do the bloom project. Thanks for the tip on where the vinyl is. Since it is my motto, I’ll head over there right now and grab 1 or 2. Come see what happens to a craftroom when you collect all those projects and then don’t do them quite yet. lol

  22. Hey there! I’m so glad you like the “bloom” idea!
    Good luck with all your fun projects!
    Shelley Smith

  23. LOL – You racked up! Love your stuff. I’ve been spending like a mad woman, too. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  24. I found a silver plated wine bucket similar to yours. I bought it and polished it but now I don’t know what to do with it! So I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with yours.
    have fun!

  25. @Meand3boyz Ha! I have NO CLUE what to do with my two buckets. Total impulse shopping I tell you!! Hopefully I’ll think of something soon because I hate to just have them sit in the closet. They are way to cute for that!!!

  26. @Rachel- The Kooky Queen No, I didn’t make the flower balls. I’m totally going to make some though! The link to the real owner of those balls is linked up on the post.

  27. Wow~great finds! I love that globe…

  28. You completely scored! Wow, you found such amazing things – I can’t wait to see them transform.


  29. You’ve found some great stuff. I’m jealous. We never find anything like that up here. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  30. WOW! I wish our goodwill had great things like yours.

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori. Please join me next week for another great party!

  31. LOVE IT! Your Home Depot pile looks so much like the one I just purchased today. That wine bucket is great– I particularly like the one that looks vintage. Can’t wait to see what you do with everything!

  32. Wow what great finds. I’m never that lucky at Goodwill!

  33. Hello! I found you through a link from another blog. You are AWESOME!! I can see myself trying some of these projects you have completed…but that’s because you have made them LOOK easy 🙂 In regards to your haul from Home Depot..It would be great if you gave a general list of stuff to keep on hand for projects. I wrote down what I could make out. Anyway URGrrrreaat and I now have you in my Faves

  34. AWESOME!!! I’m looking forward to that post. 🙂

  35. OH MAN there is some amazing thrift stores where I live. I just don’t have the eye like others do to see the final product.. Your blog is my new favorite. I just need to be brave and get out and be creative with what I find. Do you have idea’s when you go? Or do you figure it out when you get there? Good work!

  36. Love all your cool ideas. This one is like a collection isn’t it?
    Love to see all of those

  37. @Cheng – I’m slowely trying to use each of these items in future crafts. As soon as I can get them completed I’ll post them and will post updat links to this post. Thanks for reading HoH and check back frequently for more posts!! 🙂


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