Tuesday, December 29, 2009



One of my sweet bloggy friends, who has a little old blog called The Lettered Cottage (maybe you’ve heard of her? Hmmm?), asked me today to share a few thrifty tips. I was happy to oblige, and as I was looking through old posts for ideas, I was feeling a little nostalgic about some of the cauuute projects I’ve worked on this year.

I will do another recap of the year like I did last December (probably tomorrow?) but I couldn’t pass up sharing a few of my favorite crafty projects that may not make the cut (I determine the recap by posts with the most comments).

Looking back through the blog is like looking at old photo albums. Some of you have seen all of these, but it’s fun to reminisce, eh?

First project I loved – Squishy’s gumball machine casa! I don’t know if this is really considered a craft, but it involves glue and fish, and what craft project would be complete without fish? I mean, really…


To see how I made the gumball fishbowl, click here.

Next up, my placemat and table runner pillows:

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Umkay, again, maybe not so crafty. But easy and cheap and WOW, these have held up GREAT!! I’m so pleasantly surprised. To see how I made them, go here and here.

My jute lurve started when I saw something I had. to. have. in the Ballard Designs catalog (shocker) and knew I could recreate something similar for cheap:


The vase was a project from the spring. I love the natural look of these jute items. Usually I crave more color but they are a great accent, and they are perfect for this time of year – fresh and simple. Want to know how I made them? Huh? Do ya? Go here and here.

I had a ton of fun working on my son’s playroom this year. I used paper to create fun, functional storage. I also took an old tool box from Goodwill and made it into a cute art caddy:


To see more of these project, go here. Or here for the whole look at the playroom.

I’m all about trying to figure out how to fill wall space in inexpensive ways. Inspired by Ballard Designs yet again, I made this wall art for very little cash. I think it was $20?:


To make your own Ballard Designs art, check it out here.

And I can’t forget the holidays. A couple of my favorites are from the past few months. I love the little ghouly votive holders for Halloween, and the Santa craft still makes me giddy when I walk past it!:

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To see the votive holders, go here. For the Santa cones, go here.

Did I forget anything fun?

OH MY GOODNESS, I am soooo itching to get moving on new projects! I have a few lined up, and a list a mile long written down, so there should be plenty of content for 2010. I actually wonder sometimes if I’ll run out of things to blog about! Ha! That’s crazy talk.


  1. You ARE one creative chick! :-) I had seen some of these before but some must have been before I found your blog, so I'm off to check them out. Thanks for sharing them!

  2. And this is all why I love your blog so! I did the runner and place mat pillows on my front porch and they were super easy - I'm so glad you posted that project.

    HAPPY 2010 TO YOU! ox

  3. Seriously. That is crazy talk. : ) I should probably put my list down on paper instead of leaving it in my head. I have so many good intentions of projects to do and most of them would be perfect to do over the winter {instead of laying on the couch on the weekend, watching a movie or reading a magazine, and daydreaming about a nap}. Looking forward to seeing what you have planned!

  4. Oh how I love Ballard Designs! I get excited when I see their emails in my inbox. Glad to see someone out there who shares my admiration for their neat room decor ideas!

    Love the recaps! Especially the pillows...I plan to dust off my sewing machine in 2010, so hopefully I can explore that particular blog.

    A good read, as always!

  5. I joined you just this last month so these are all new for me. I love them all! Thanks for reposting :)

  6. I just love the fish home! I saw a tall (ground to chest) gumball machine. It was antique and a really good price. I'm so sad that I didn't get it now! That would have been way too cool!

  7. So, I have just found you within the last week! I am in LOVE!!! You have so many great ideas! Lots I am filing away for next christmas!
    We are in the process of building a new house and I dream every night of decorating it, I now have so many "thrifty chic" ideas. Thank you for inspiring me! LOVE IT!!

  8. I love them ALL!
    Can't wait to see what you come up with in 2010!

  9. Love all your ideas! I have wanted to do the gumball fish tank for a while. It was a Christmas surprise for the boys. I posted about it here:

    We have had a trouble with the fish though. Did you have any trouble with your Beta? One has bit the dust already. The second one doesn't want to eat. It's too cute not to work out!

  10. You've created some beautiful and inspiring things, my dear! I'm itching to get going with things to. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

  11. Amazing projects! You are the greatest!

  12. Loved this re-cap!! Thanks for posting. When I saw TLC shout-out for tutorials I immediately thought of you and your molding!!! This year you inspired me to hang a wreath on a mirror, make *2* wreaths for myself (one was the ornament wreath) and paint my garage door black. . .I'm sure there will be many more Sarah-inspired creations around this house in 2010. . .starting with the wall art, for sure. Also, check over at Southern Hospitality for Rhoda's shower curtain. . .looks like something you would like :)

  13. I loooooooovvvvve this post! Because I'm a relatively new reader, it was great to able to look at your hit parade of crafts for 2009 - can't wait to see what you come up with for 2010!

  14. Wow - if this is what's NOT making your year-end recap, I can't wait to see what is! :) Love the jute-wrapped jars, the placemat pillows, and the Ballard-inspired wall art. I want to try ALL of these. Your blog is just so freakin' full of great ideas! Thank you!

  15. I love the pillows and gumball machine fish bowl. We had a beta fish a few years back and the kids named him Squishy too!

  16. I am fairly new to your blog, so this was a great post for me! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. The Santa's have to be my favorite!

  18. That GUMBALL fish tank is still on my to do list. When my husband brought home a real gumball machine on a stand years ago I hated it, now I wish it wasn't in storage until we move back in July so I could get started on it sooner!

  19. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything you come up with! I love the vase so much I think I'm going to make one too. And Squishy's house is awesome! I'm sure you get my point. :)

  20. Can I ask you what kind of nail gun you have...like exactly? I am SOOO new at this. I just bought my first house and right now I am framing out my bathroom mirror, but I plan to do the molding boxes if my dining area...maybe into my livingroom since its one of those big open rooms where everything connects...but with that big project, I want to have the right tools. I dont know ANYTHING about them, so I was hoping to just get exactly what you have since I pretty much copy everything you do! You're awesome! Thanks!

  21. Sarah, you were one busy girl this year and did some awesome things! Great projects, my dear.

    I'm having a Top Projects of 2009 party next Wed. (the 6th) if you'd like to join me. Everyone is invited to do a post and link up their very fave projects for the year, Before & Afters. Don't we love those pics?! Happy New Year to you. It's been fun getting to know you this year.

  22. You can't beat using runners, etc. for pillows. Also, I love the Santa trees. I haven't seen them before.

  23. i really love that flower..so nice!!

  24. OMGosh! I forgot about those great pillows....I am soooo gonna do that! Thanks for the reminder! B:)

  25. I always wonder if I'll run out of things to blog about, but my children seem to continually offer me opportunities to humiliate myself, so I have fodder to work with. ;)

    You ARE a crafty, thrifty decor chick. I still {heart} your placemat pillows. :)

  26. What a fun post! The gumball fishbowl is to die for!!! Do you still have it? Loooooove those pillows too!

  27. Love, love, love the gumball fish tank. Maybe when my little one is old enough to appreciate it, I will attempt it :) Can't wait for your 2010 ideas!

  28. Wow, I LOVE the jute vases and the wall art. You really inspired me. I will definitely be trying these ones soon. I'll be sure to link to your original post when I do. :)

  29. I am going to do the Ballard project in the next few weeks. I need to fill some space up and it will be perfect. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year.


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