Wednesday, November 5, 2008

49 days and counting...oh IT'S ON!!

I'm getting so tickled red and green that Christmas is coming. It makes me SO HAPPY and fills my heart with joy. Little overboard, I know. But I'm serious. I love it. We have a local company nearby that puts together a HUGE light display on their land and they have everything ready to go...I could have about peed my pants when I saw that today. Serious.

So I finished my first Christmas project tonight. I bought this little doohickey a couple weeks ago at Goodwill (GO! NOW!! And take some imagination with you!) knowing exactly what I would do with it, and it turned out just as I hoped. I got this for $1.99:


I painted the inside white, the outside Santa Red (that's what it's really called! hee!), painted the blocks and added some scrapbook paper to the fronts. The letters are foam and I covered them with glitter:


I love how the glitter almost looks snowy. Precious!!


I can use it like the picture above, or like this:

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Or this:



Or this:


OK, that may be pushing it, but you get the idea. Can you get better for $1.99?? Say it with me..."No, Sarah, you can't!" Thank you!

I have so many fun Goodwill/garage sale finds to show you later this week that I need advice on. Here's one as a teaser:



This cutie patoot sled was five bucks. Would you leave this as is or repaint it? I see it with a brighter red (maybe Santa red? Hmmm...) What do you think? I also have picked up a few items that I'm going to redo as gifts. I think I can really make them shine. We'll see.

I'm also excited about my first giveaway! I've been gathering some of my favorite things of late. On Monday, December 1st, I say let's share some of our favorite things. I don't care if they are decorating items, crafts, appliances, whatever. Just share. It's fun. Sharing is fun. But the best part is I'm going to award my little goodies to one person who posts their favorite (randomly) -so be thinking about what you want to share.


***Edited to add this little tip I found out about Goodwill: If an employee there sees something they like as it comes on the floor, they can purchase it if it hasn't sold within 24 hours (or some time frame like that -- can't remember the exact amount). One of my recent finds was turned backwards, on the bottom shelf. And when the employee saw I found it, he told us this little tidbit. So DIG women, DIG!! Look on the bottom shelf, look under things. You might find extra special treasures. Lord knows I'd be hiding the good stuff too. :)

174 comments:

  1. Oh wow way to scare me I need to get shopping NOW! Love the project, what a deal :) Can't wait to see more.

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  2. Too Cute!! I'm off to Goodwill tomorrow to see what goodies I can find.

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  3. Love your Christmas craft!!! It turned out soooo cute!!!! How did you glitter the letters? Did you use spray adhesive? Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Really cute re-do! I'd paint that sleigh a brighter red, and it needs jingle bells, I think!

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  5. Very creative! Love the HOHOHO! I love a good thrift find! I'll be sure to dig more knowing that little tip. Thanks!

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  6. You are a girl after my own heart! I am so thrilled to find somebody as crazy for Christmas as I am! I LOVE IT! I love all the lights and decorations. I have already gotten down 2 of my trees. I like to do several trees around my house. Your craft project is so darn cute! I haven't done anything yet, but you have inspired me and I am raring to go! YAY for Christmas! It's on baby!!!

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  7. I forgot to mention that cute sled. It looks good as is, but I might paint it if it needs to be a brighter red. It would be cute hanging or sitting with a wreath on it or like a sweater and gloves to look like you'd been sledding. I have an old sled I got at an antique store and I usually just sit it outside and lean it. I need to do something to it to make it cuter. Maybe I'll take my own advice. Can't wait to see what you do with it. See, I'm all giddy now and could keep on and on typing to you about Christmas! I've got it bad!

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  8. love your enthusiasm and your darling ideas! can't wait to see what you're going to share with us!

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  9. you are so talented to see things before you make them! I wish I had just an ounce of your creativity! I have the bargin shopper part...so there is hope!! I so enjoy looking at all your treasures!!

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  10. I absolutely love Goodwill. I never find as good as things as you do though. That is absolutely adorable. I definitely think you should paint the sled a brighter red. It would make it pop.

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  11. 49 Days OH NO!!

    Cute block make-over. Adorable idea.

    I would keep the sled just as it is if yo are looking for more of a country look. If you want more of a contemporary look, then I would suggest that it be painted Christmas Red. For a more traditional look, blood red.

    That's my two bits for ya.

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  12. Love it! I really need to get to Goodwill!

    But I am making myself finish up some of my other projects before I go out for new ones. Uggh. I guess it is time to focus....

    Love your blog!

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  13. Part of why I love the Goodwill (besides price) is that I can get my dig on! Love that kinda thing!

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  14. Sarah, you are a girl after my own heart!!! I love your creativity.. and while others are thinking about Thanksgiving YOU are a true Christmas GIRL.. I love it!!! I would keep the sled the same color, BUT keeping up with your blog, YOU have to paint it. I have one (smaller in front of my bed, on my hope chest) that I put candles on. I would love to see some of your chunky candles on it with greenery! My first post on Christmas was Nov. 1! LOL

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  15. You are creating "THRIFT STORE MONSTERS"...LOL. I know at least in me. Very cute, I'm not sure I have enough patience to do that one but for $1.99. YOU GO! I like the sled but I think the wood should be painted (bottom) maybe in or just dark and it just needs "something"? I'm sure you have a stash somewhere that will fix it up. Some super fancy ribbon or add something to it and make it useful like cork board framed out. HAVE FUN!

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  16. THat is so adorable!! I wish we had places like that around here. The only thrift stores we have are clothing ones and a Salvation Army. I could check that out.

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  17. I think you should paint it red and distress it a little. What great finds! Our GW is so picked over!

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  18. Great finds! I need to go soon too because I have a project I'm thinking about trying. I love your hohoho blocks!

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  19. SOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!!
    I can't wait for Christmas either!

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  20. Oh man I love the way the sled looks now! I would just distress it, and maybe set out some really worn out santa boots draped over the top by the laces, or a top hat!!!

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  21. OH MY GOSH that is SOOOOO cute.
    I LOVE it.


    -Coco

    Oh I think the sled would be cute white and red.

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  22. I'm a total thrift store shopper always in search of what I can alter. I actually just did a post about a mirror frame thing that I got from the thrift store and altered. I like the sled...but if it were me I'd maybe distress it a bit. Rough it up...make him look a little worn. But that's me! Love the "ho ho ho's"!!!

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  23. Love the great deals that sled is great!

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  24. I love what you did with Goodwill find! I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

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  25. Hmmmm what if you made the sled into some sort of welcome sign. Maybe to lean it up beside the front door.

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  26. I love love love your blocks! I need your good will. I have been looking for a sled for I don't know how long. I would just keep it that color, or if it clashes with the reds you uses for Christmas just paint it to match! You are so dang creative! have a great day!

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  27. Girl, you know those Ho's rock! I can't wait to see what else you do. At my Goodwill, they're not allowed to buy the stuff...I'd have to walk off the job. Lord knows, I was there today & just knew I wouldn't find anything -WRONG!!! You know I'm Dory (Finding Nemo), so come over & remind me around the end of Nov. to play along! I think they said 20% at TJX & co's, but if it's 10% I hope ya'll don't kill me!

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  28. I love your letters, I think you need a snowflake on the blank one. :)

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  29. I left you an award come check it out!

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  30. Oh wow, that is incredible! I love, love, love it. I went to the Goodwill here and was so disappointed at their wares. I'm going to keep trying, though.

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  31. I say paint the sled like thing the same red. As soon as I saw the pic, I thought a bright shiny red would look great. And now I feel the need to go to Goodwill. :)

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  32. WOW! I need to go shopping with YOU! I'm going to Goodwill for sure!

    CONGRATS on being featured on SITS! :)

    ~melody~

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  33. so cute! i can't wait to bust out with my christmas decor! definitely a fun time to let your creative juices flow! love all of your ideas! congrats on the SITS feature!

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  34. I love your ideas!! I might have to hit the thrift shops!!

    I like you blog a lot, will be back to visit again!

    Hi from SITS btw :)

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  35. Visiting you on your SITS feature day. Love this idea. For $1.99, unbelievable. I need all the craft tips I can get so I will be back.

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  36. Wow! That is so cute! You are so creative!

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  37. Congrats on being featured on SiTS today!!
    Love those blocks!!!
    I think I would paint that sled too. I love that 'santa red'!

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  38. What a great idea!!! You're a genius!!

    Congratulations on being the Featured Blogger today on SITS!!!!! How cool is that??

    Enjoy your day and if you get time, come on over and register for my fun giveaway!

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  39. We don't have a Goodwill where we live but we do have a couple of thrift stores I visit often, so much fun isn't it!
    I love the sled, I think it'd be cute red, and as someone else mentioned some jingle bells would be cute on it ...

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  40. Wow, that is so creative. I love it!! I can't believe you only paid $1.99. I am gonna have to go check out goodwill now!!
    Thanks!!

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  41. Congrats on being the FB on SITS today. I will be back for more great ideas!

    I love the sleigh just the way it is

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  42. I always love to see what others find and fix up, always so interesting. I wish I had the time to do it myself :D

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  43. That is absolutely adorable! So many people find cool stuff at Goodwill. I'm embarassed to say I've never shopped there. I need to start! Very clever decorations!

    Happy SITS day.

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  44. Congrats on being so saucy! So glad I have found your blog :)

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  45. CONGRATS on being featured on SITS! Love your Christmas craft!!! It turned out soooo cute!!!!

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  46. Your'e a SITSta after my own heart! I am a total Salvation Army junkie. Some of my best finds and deals have come from shopping there! I am not ashamed... :)

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  47. Hi TDC! I just discoverd you this morning on SITS! Congratulations for being so saucy today! Oh, how cute is your little boxy thingy and you made it wonderful. I scrolled on down your blog and have to say - I dearly love your dining room drapes! You're great!
    Well, have a beatiful day and congrats again!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  48. I love Goodwill! I don't have to feel guilty about shopping there. And it's lots of fun coming up with new projects that are cheap, cheap, cheap!

    Thanks for the tip!

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  49. Congrats on being SITS FB!! You are incredibly creative and I will be back to see what you got cookin' in the future.

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  50. I heart those Christmas letters! I love this time of year! Very cute!

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  51. I love your crafty ways. And Good will, Awesome!
    Congrats on your special day SITSta!

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  52. AWESOME! I love your bargain, and what you did with it. I haven't been to any of the thrift stores in awhile. I think it's time! I'm also giddy about Christmas:)

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  53. Congrats to your SITS day!! I love the blocks!!! they're just too cute

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  54. Great project! I love it.

    Enjoy your SITS day!

    Kimba

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  55. Glad you are the FB at SITS - this is like Christmas in . . .November! :)

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  56. Thanks for that tip! I love goodwill..and auctions...and flea markets..and yard sales.

    I think the sled needs some pine boughs or pine garland too. Love the project. I have a feeling I'm going to be super inspired to do some Christmas projects this year.

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  57. Great idea...now the Christmas decorating monster in me is ready to go!

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  58. Goodwill hmmm, never thought about looking there! I think with sled it depends on your theme for that room...you do have each room in a different like I do right, LOL. Seriously I would probably leave the color and add fresh evergreen and jingle bells...a real woodsy theme!

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  59. Too cute! You did great with this project (as usual!)
    Have a great weekend!!!

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  60. that is seriously cute! I'm loving your blog!

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  61. This is so cute! I could even do this for other holidays, too. I'm thinking, my mom loves Halloween, I'm sure I could do something with that.

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  62. Very Very Cute.. Have you thought adding a Candy Cane or something to the empty block?

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  63. oh my gosh that is great! i'm not crafty at all, even though i so wish i was...

    maybe one day i'll find the craft gene.

    happy SITS day!

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  64. Great Idea...I love holiday crafting...sooo much fun...and great find on the sled....happy SITS Day....

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  65. That is one awesome project. I love it. i have not been to a goodwill in ages . I think I will go this weekend!

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  66. I love Goodwill AND your site - I'm adding you to my favs!!

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  67. What a great Project! I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner...I am sooooo not ready for it.

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  68. Happy SITS day! I love your blog! I can't wait to see what else you've done!

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  69. Oh I love Christmas...and those blocks are cute and so versatile!

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  70. What a cute idea! I love it. But don't scare me to quick, I'm still trying to get past birthdays and thanksgiving. I think my mind is still in summer!
    I love your blog!

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  71. i love the sled just as it is!
    great ideas all over your board! and some great thrifty ones too boot! :)

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  72. i love the sled just as it is!
    great ideas all over your board! and some great thrifty ones too boot! :)

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  73. Came over from SITS and love all of your projects! Such great ideas!

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  74. Very cool blog. I wish I was crafty.

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  75. Awesome find! I wish I had an ounce of creativity! I really do.

    Although, the sled....I would do the seat part Santa Red, and the sides a deep forest green. That's just me. But see, I told ya I had zero creativity.

    You're definitely goin' on the blogroll!

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  76. Your blog is pretty and fun to read! Love it!

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  77. I love your projects; beautiful job! And!!! I love thrift stores! I'll be checking those bottom shelves for sure now!

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  78. Happy SITS day!

    49 days? OH! So much to do!

    Thanks for the inspiration on getting geared up for the big holiday, and perspiration at the limited amount of time we have!

    http://tsweetspot.blogspot.com/

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  79. Happy SITs day! I love your site! What great crafts and I definitely will be visiting you for such wonderful ideas for my home. Have a great weekend!

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  80. Hey, I linked over from SITS! Love the site and your ideas are amazing! I can't wait to pull out all my fun christmas stuff as well!

    Angie
    "Nana's Box"

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  81. Happy SITS day! Great blog... I love the block idea, and Goodwill is always a great place for bargain hunting!

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  82. FIVE bucks? That is a steal. I would add a wreath, and some lights and set it out on my front steps. and put an old pair of boots next to it.
    I love love love Goodwill. Especially for Halloween and Christmas!!

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  83. I once worked in a thrift store and got FIRST DIBS on anything that came in. And got it for a reduced price. It was dreamy!

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  84. Happy SITS feature day! I love this idea! Thanks for the Goodwill advice, I am going to DIG!:)
    I like the sled the color it is, but I'd add some pine bough, ribbon, & pinecone accents. And, of course, some Jingle Bells!
    I'm giving away a cute kids holiday apron on my blog this week if you want to stop by.
    -Mandy
    www.gourmetmomonthego.blogpsot.com

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  85. I love your ideas and that sled is such a find! I'd love to find one like that for only $5!:)

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  86. I used to work at a department store and the women would take their size when things went on clearance and hide it so they could get it marked down even more. Seriously- you have to dig for the good stuff sometimes!

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  87. Reaffirms my love of the Goodwill. Happy to find you through SITS!

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  88. Congrats on today! Your blog is nicely done. I'll come back for more ideas. I really need to de-clutter.

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  89. This is awesome!! For me there is no better time to decorate then NOW!!
    WooHoo!!!

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  90. What a great find and I love what you did with it. I think your blog is a real find.

    I love thrift store and garage sale shopping, unfortunately I do very little as I just dn't make the time.

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  91. So crafty you are - I love the project!!!!

    Have a great weekend!!!

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  92. I Love what you did with the blocks.....Way to go!!!
    All of a sudden it's panic time!!!!! Yikes!!
    Great blog.... thanks..
    xoxo
    ((((hugs))))
    Maggie

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  93. Congrats on being Featured over at SITS today! Love this post! Those little HOHOHO blocks are adorable!

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  94. The last block could be an exclamation point? Yes???

    I adore your ideas.... I'll be back often.

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  95. Very cute stuff!!! Happy SITS day to you!!

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  96. wow, what a transformation!! Happy SITS day to you!!! You have such creativity. I love thrift shops as well, but I just get the clothes. I have to look and think now when I shop.

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  97. Those blocks are SO CUTE!!! And I love the sled too! I think santa red would be fab on it.

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  98. WOW! I would have NEVER looked at that and thought to make something so beautiful! What a gift you have--seriously. I'm REALLY intimidated by turning something old into something new...

    I'd paint that sled red and set some poinsettias next to it... but CLEARLY, you're the one with the nifty crafting sense. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

    I'm visiting from SITS, but you're SO going into my bookmark!!!

    Denene

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  99. That's a cute idea. I'm still a newbie when it comes to decorating (and entirely broke), so I only allow myself to buy one Christmas decoration each year, increasing my stock. Maybe this spring/summer I'll make some stuff, too.

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  100. SOOO excited you were the blog on SITS.... I'm all about thrifty decor!!! I'll for sure be back!!

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  101. That is such a cool idea!!!! Love the way your mind works :)

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  102. Dang. I haven't been to the GW in years. I need to go...as long as you promise to help.

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  103. wow, you're so crafty! happy sits day!

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  104. I LOVE the blocks! You made junk look so chic - and made it look so easy. Great job!

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  105. What a great project! I love it!

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  106. You are so creative! I wish I had more time to search for treasures. Love your site!

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  107. I think the santa blocks are absolutely ADORABLE! Way to create!

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  108. I love thrift store finds and thrift store transformations!

    My husband took an old sled, hung it up against the wall so the part you sit on is flat against the wall and the underside is facing out. It has these slats on it that we use for shelves. It is very fun!

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  109. I love what you did! Don't you just love finding that diamond in the rough. It's been a while since I've been to Goodwill or the Flea Markets I think it's time for a shopping trip!
    Congrats on being the SITS FB!

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  110. That is the cutest little Christmas decoration! I love it! How very imaginative of you =) I'm off to read some more of you blog. Congrats on your SITS day!

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  111. Wow! I never have luck when I go to Goodwill, I always find junk. Your craft turned out so cute. For the sled, I think it needs pine boughs and a big ribbon.

    Congrats on being the SITS girl today:D

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  112. Stopping by Via SITS...congrats on being the featured blog!

    I love Goodwill...your find is AMAZING!!! Way too cute...I guess I'm due another trip that way!

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  113. Oh I'm totally inspired! Great tips!

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  114. I do love those Ho Ho Ho letters. So very cool. Congrats on your SITS day too.

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  115. How cute, I love the sparkley letters.

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  116. Congrats on your SITS day! I am so adding you to the reader! You are just what I need to give my crafty little heart a jumpstart!!

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  117. Happy SITS day to you!
    Wow, you are so inspiring. I feel like I've lost my creativity lately. I need to get charged up! You're helping me :->
    Thanks for sharing the tip about Goodwill. I'm going to start digging around now.
    (I've always wondered if I would find better items if I went to the Goodwill in the really nice part of town? Hmmmm?)

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  118. you already know I love your stuff!! Congrats on being the FB for today!! Enjoy your success!!

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  119. Oh Wow that is so cool, now I want something like that :)

    Congrats on being featured on SITS, very cool blog :) :)

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  120. i love that sled just the way it is!! thanks for the shopping tip!

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  121. The glitter on the letters really looks neat! What a great project. Wish I had a Goodwill here. We have Salvation Army and the employees get to pick over everything BEFORE it ever gets on the floor.

    I could see the sled with brighter paint, but it does look good on it's own too. :)

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  122. ooooh- you're making me want to hit goodwill right now!!! what a great find- i love it!!!

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  123. Hey! I'm totally cracking up about your edit: DIG GIRL DIG! Thanks great advice though. I'm gonna have to get a sitter and head over to the Goodwill!

    Great project! You, of course, are fab-u-lous!

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  124. Too funny that you got that super hint from an employee. You Go Girl! I used to shop at Goodwill for crafty renovations too. I have too many young kids to venture into that store now. It would cost me a fortune (even with the great buys) to get out. You have such an "eye" for the cool stuff.

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  125. COngrats on SITS day...that is so cute. You are super talented.

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  126. I LOVE it! I agree with one of the other comments about a snow flake on the last block.

    I really like the sled too. I have an old antique one that was my moms. I always putit out at Christmas time.

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  127. You are so crafty. I would have never thought of somehting like that. Wow!!!

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  128. I feel the same way about Christmas. I just love this time of year and am getting excited.

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  129. There's nothing better than finding treasures at the thrift store. I love your projects. Happy SITS Day!

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  130. Oh My Good(will)ness! I love a good find!

    Congrats on your SITS FB day!

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  131. You're so creative! Congrats on your SITS day!

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  132. cute project!

    happy SITS day! :)

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  133. Great job! Love the way it turned out!

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  134. I wish I lived near a Goodwill... you rocked that thingy!! Congrats on being the featured blog!

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  135. Great idea for re-using items. Love the snowy glitter too :) I also love Goodwill.

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  136. I guess I need to look a little better at the Goodwill! You found some great finds :)I also LOVE Christmas and am patiently awaiting Thanksgiving because DH doesn't like to put the tree up earlier than that!

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  137. I'm SO going Goodwill digging now. Thanks for the tip!

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  138. LOVE the sled! Don't do a thing to it!

    Great ideas on your blog!

    You might like my friend's blog, she's really into DIY decorating...Girly Stuff and you can link through my blog!

    Cottage Chick also has some fun pretties to see!

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  139. I always wondered how to spell doohicky! What a cute craft. Love it! I also can't wait to see what you will do to that gorgeous sleigh!

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  140. Love the sled! And good to know that tidbit about Goodwill.

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  141. What a fun little project! I LOVE inexpensive things!

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  142. What cute ideas! Congrats on being featured today at SITS! I'll have to come back and "dig deeper" when I have more time!

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  143. Oh, I'm so glad to know that little secret. I'm going to do some serious digging from now on.

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  144. Love your project and I can't wait to see what you do with the sled!

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  145. Congratulations on your SITS feature. I hope you enjoyed your day in the sun.

    Thanks for all the great tips:-)

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  146. Holy Cow! 158 Comments?! You've become uber-popular my dear. Sorry I haven't been by in a bit. I love your thrift store project! It's so cute. Hundreds of other people may have already suggested this, but what about putting an exlamation point (!) on the blank block? Just a thought...

    I promise to check in more often. Happy holidays!

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  147. Wow....first on 159 comments...HOLY COW GIRL!!! Second, what an awsome thrifty blog!!! Last, I love you before and afters!!! Congrats on your SITS day!! I'm glad Heather picked you!

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  148. Now that I really like -- I agree with you on the snowy letters. And the sled? Definitely needs some wintry items -- either the traditional pine treatment or the melted snowman with a vintage scarf, "carrot" etc hanging off it :) (ok now you know why I'm not in design)

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  149. That is so adorable! Such a cute idea :)

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  150. WOW! I never thought of going to Goodwill! What a great idea!

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  151. I found you on SITS... your blog is great! I love your crafty ideas! I'll be adding you to my favorites!

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  152. I just tagged you/gave you an award because you inpire me!!! How creative you are - I love it.

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  153. What a great tip! And I thought they could just scarf it up right away-so this gives me hope! Adorable projects and I vote RED RED RED for the sled-Santa red sounds perfect.

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  154. I was headed out tomorrow to hit the super sale at the fabric store to get some Christmas making supplies. You have convinced me to hit the Goodwill first. Maybe I'll need more fixings!

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  155. That is SO adorable, and I can use all the ideas I can get this year - with money tight we need good creative ideas for gifts! Thanks for the tip about digging around too!

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  156. That is really cute...I wish I had the imagination it took to shop Good Will and garage sales for stuff like that...

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  157. I love the blocks, and the sled, and the Goodwill tips. Thanks, SITSta.

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  158. What absolute cuteness!
    I'm so not crafty, and you crafty girls always make me so mad with envy! :)

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  159. PRECIOUS! you're my kind of girl, i'm adding you to my blogroll!

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  160. Wow, what an awesome re-do! Very cute!!!!!

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