I went out on a limb for today’s Thrift Gift Facelift.


I broadened my horizons, stepped out of my comfort zone, delved deep into the recess of things I never thought I would do . . . that’s right . . . I hand sewed.  Did you catch the “hand” part?  This is epic people, epic.

I don’t hand sew.  I tried cross stitching once in college (my sister loves it) and after about ten minutes I wanted to rip my hair out and run screaming into the night shouting make it stop.  That’s how much I hate cross stitch.

This wasn’t so bad.  I’m not saying I want to hand sew for a living and I must admit my dreams of opening an Etsy store to sell Onesie Pillows have been squelched, but I did have fun trying something new and I’m pleased with the results.  That’s really what Thrift Gift Facelift is all about right?

If you have no idea what I’m talking about you must be new to The Bite so click on over here to read the haps on this swap that Supermom and I created, mmmmm K?  I don’t want to bore the rest of you with repeat information.

It’s no secret that I’m pregnant and it’s no secret that I’m having a girl and it’s no secret that Supermom has two girls of her own.  What you might not know is that a good chunk of the girly hand me downs we’ve received for Baby Number 2 have been from Supermom, including the world’s largest stack of onesies.  Onesies are a baby staple item and nice to have around, but I probably have enough at this point for the babe to wear one every day and not be seen in the same onesie twice.  Okay, I’m embellishing a bit for effect, but you get the point.  We have lots of onesies.  From Supermom, from my sister, the gender neutral ones I saved from Sweetey Petey.  It’s a onesie smorgasbord over here and one less onesie in the closet isn’t going to cause Baby Number 2 to crawl around naked.  I’m embellishing a bit for effect again . . . babies don’t crawl at three months.  Sweetey Petey was booking it at 5, but three is pushing it.

So I made a onesie pillow from a three month onesie.


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I started this post way before it was due so let’s just begin by giving me a virtual high five okay?

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See see?  A five.  And it’s high.  Way high.  Okay not that high, but it’s still pretty funny amiright?

Now that I’m done patting myself on the back I’ll just get right into the good stuff.  If you recall (of course you all recall, you’re all loyal die hard readers after all) Thrift Gift Facelift is a fun little exchange Supermom and I started to get our creative juices flowing, dust off our DIY skills and maybe even make some useful things for around the ol’ homestead.  We gift each other a thrifted, found or even no longer wanted item and then we remake it into something fabulous.  So far I think we’ve both done pretty well.  Pretty darn well.  Actually we both really rock at this.

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There I go tooting my own horn again.

This month Supermom gifted me a pile of old silverware she was planning on donating to Goodwill.  There were a few other pieces in the mix, mostly knives, but I only photographed the ones I had plans for.

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Three forks and two spoons.

I knew what I wanted to do with them right away.  I didn’t know how I was going to accomplish my plan exactly, but I could see the finished product in my head clear as day.

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I’ve been a lazy blogger lately.  I admit it.  It’s a phase.  I’ll get better,  Especially when other people count on me for a blog post. Thrift Gift Facelift.  Supermom.  Cough.  Hack.   Wheeze.  Ahem.  I’m not actually sick, though Sweetey Petey has been fighting a particularly nasty cold so I’m still blaming my overdue Thrift Gift Facelift post on illness.

Supermom had her post on time but I requested an extension.

So, yup.  It’s (finally) Thrift Gift Facelift time!!!

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Supermom actually gave me three months worth of thrifted items to facelift and I chose these fun little wall plaques to makeover first.

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The one on the right didn’t come yellow by the way.  I did that while making these:

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Greeting cards!

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This is two months in a row Supermom and I have pushed our Thrift Gift Facelift reveal posts back a week (the dog ate my homework mom) so I won’t bother you with excuses for the second time (birthday party planning, ahem, cough . . . chairs don’t fit on motorcycles unless you’re the Father-in-Law and The Husband kept riding his bike to work so he couldn’t pick it up for me, cough again, hack, more coughing.)

But I’m here now ready to regale you with a fun and cheap chair makeover.

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If you’ve forgotten the haps, my blog friend Supermom from What Does She Do All Day gives me a thrifted (or in this case snagged out of her donation pile) item to DIY to my hearts content while I do the same for her.  We then post our masterpieces on the same day and our reveals are as much a surprise to each other as they are to you.

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This month she gave me a chair.

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I may be a week late, but better late than never right?  As promised it’s finally Thrift Gift Facelift reveal day where Supermom and I reveal what crafty way we DIY-ed the heck out of a thrifted item we swapped with one another.

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Supermom gave me this bamboo serving tray she picked up for $4.99.  It’s a Food Network piece.  And in perfect condition.


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Not a scratch on it.  Not a dent.  Not a mark.  Not a single solitary reason to paint it or transform it or DIY it in any way.

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Typically the first Friday of the month is Thrift Gift Facelift reveal.

However Supermom and I have decided to postpone it until next Friday.

The thing is Supermom has been Jonesing for a certain kind of mirror finish spray paint to use on her project.  She scoured the town from craft stores to hobby stores to superstores with no luck.

Mike and I went to visit his folks for a few days and I just so happened to run across her mirror finish spray paint.  In Amish country.  Amish country.  I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

The other thing is I have yet to get the spray paint to her.

Hence the postponing.

Also next week will be a guest post by the Father-in-Law.  I’m thinking Monday for that.  It’s not the livestock auction I promised you, but a frank look at how some locals view their Amish neighbors.  I think it just makes sense to give an overview before getting into specifics.  Now I have all weekend to dig out some appropriate pictures.  And have a root beer float because I really want a root beer float.

– Joanna

Question of the Day: When you read or say the word “Jonesing” do you always think of “Jones” the soda?  I do.  Have a lovely weekend.

The first Friday of the month around these parts is my new favorite blog series . . .

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I can’t thank Supermom enough for playing along with me.  I’ve been loving the challenge and the opportunity to get my hands into some creative DIY.  So here’s the haps.  Supermom and I scour thrift shops and garage sales for a fun or unusual item to gift to the other.  We then DIY the heck out of it and create something grrrrrreat.  Check out my Thrift Gift Facelift page for my other reveals.

Today I’m here to share a Cinderella story.

From Candlesticks to Cupcake Platters.

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Supermom gifted three wooden candlesticks to me.  I pulled off the tags a while ago but I wanna say it cost her around two bucks total.  Not bad.

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Thrift Gift Facelift reveal is feeling just as exciting as Foodie Pen Pals Chopped Challenge reveal isn’t it?

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This month Supermom was super proud of the thrifted item she picked out for me to facelift.  The only thing she didn’t like was that it was just a spray painting project.  I had to prove her wrong and do more than just bust out a can of spray paint.

Here’s what she gave me.  Two pineapple book ends.

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Super cute, no?  Yes.  Super cute.

Of course the first thing I did was to whip out the spray paint.

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It was an easy transformation.  A liberal coat of black satin sprayed on in the morning.  A nice rub down of silver in the afternoon.

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It’s Thrift Gift Facelift Time!


That’s still not good enough.  IT’S THRIFT GIFT FACELIFT TIME!  

I can do better.  It’s

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Better.  Much better.

If you didn’t catch the first Thrift Gift Facelift post last month, click here.  If you’re too busy to click over, here’s the haps:

Find a friend who likes DIY as much as you do.  You each acquire an inexpensive thrifted item (found at garage sales, thrift stores, even in old basement corners) and trade with each other.  You each then have to craft that item into something wonderful for your own home!

Don’t have a pal that likes DIY as much as you do?  No problem.  Thrift.  Gift to Yourself.  Then Facelift away!

Heather over at What Does She Do All Day and I plan on Thrift Gift Facelifting once a month and sharing our stories the first week of each month.   We encourage you to play along as well!  Post on your own blog and send us a link or simply send us pictures of your Thrift Gift Facelifting and we’ll post them on our blogs.  We might even add a link up to each post for you.

So . . . what did this month bring?  A $3.99 Eddie Bauer clock which I turned into not one, but two upcycled projects.

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First things first.  I had to take the clock apart.

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This will be a quickie today.

Just wanted to say sorry the blog has been so sparse this week.  My laptop is having some internet connectivity issues and we decided it was a good time to wipe the thing.  Course it hasn’t helped the darned thing connect to the internet, but at least it’s running faster.

I’d give you a fun pic to tide you over but they are all saved on the external hard drive right now.

See ya in a day or two with something more interesting than this!

Oh, and if you want to participate in Thrift Gift Facelift or just see what Supermom and I have up our sleeves, reveal day is Friday June 7.

– Joanna