Easy DIY Hobby Lobby Stenciled Pillow Cover

On a recent trip to Hobby Lobby, I purchased a Basically Yours Natural and Black 18" x 18" Pillow Cover.

The standard sofa pillow size is 18" x 18", and I like to purchase plain pillow covers at Hobby Lobby (when they are on sale) and decorate them with stencils.

My daughter wanted a Minnesota state pride pillow cover for her sofa.

A Garage Sale Dining Chair Upcycle With Pillow

 I found this vintage chair last summer at a garage sale for $4.

It has had some repairs on the spindles and needed a few more repairs as well with glue and clamps.

Vintage Dress Form Makeover with Paint & a Stencil


 Back in September, I shared a blog post with items I was trying to sell from my mom's old apartment, after her move to assisted living.

 One of the items was this vintage seamstress dress form.

My mom purchased it about 20 years ago, even though she didn't sew.

My mom had her grandmother's wedding dress displayed on the dress form in her bedroom.  The dress was in very fragile condition, and was sort of a "dust collector".

As you can see, the dress form has worn and dingy areas, so it wasn't something I wanted to display.  I tried to sell it locally but had no luck.

DIY One Piece Valentine's Day Decor From Thrifted Finds


 Dated wooden pieces with heart cut-outs are always easy to find at my local thrift shops.

They are PERFECT for up-cycled Valentine's Day home decor.

 I had a lot of these pieces myself 20+ years ago.  I never thought I would be re-buying them again!

Displaying Stenciled Linens on a Garage Sale Bunk Bed Ladder

After getting my Christmas decorations taken down, I decided to stencil a quick project with a couple Hudson Rustic Hand Towels that I purchased at Joann Fabrics at 50% on Black Friday.  The original price was $9.99 each.

An Up-cycled Garage Sale Barn Quilt

I purchased this plywood barn quilt last summer at a garage sale for $5.  The first day of the garage sale, I walked past it several times, but ultimately decided it just was not my colors.  

It was painted in a turquoise, an olive green, an orange, and a very pale green.  It was also finished with a high gloss poly, and had a damaged corner, probably from blowing off the nail outside.

I have admired barn quilts on Pinterest, considered making one, but never did.  Day two at the garage sale, the barn quilt was still there, and I bought it.

Now to make it over in my colors!

Buffalo Check Your Home and Garden Decor


It was an extra table from my mom's move into her assisted living apartment.

A Buffalo Check Upcycled End Table #oldsignstencils #stencil #buffalocheck #buffaloplaid #upcycle #dixiebellepaint
My daughter loved the upcycle.

At first, my daughter used this white coffee table from her old apartment.

But after everything was moved in, it proved to be "just too big" for the space.

I had my mom's small oval coffee table on hand.

My mom now uses a walker, and the coffee table didn't work in her new apartment.

The Ten Best of Organized Clutter 2018

The Best of Organized Clutter 2018 #upcycling #repurposing #stenciling #buffalocheck #oldsignstencils #junkgarden #gardenjunk #flowergarden #holidaydecorating #farmhousestyle
 Today I am sharing a look back at Organized Clutter's 10 Best Posts of 2018!

The old screen above made a great window box planter!  See all the details for this project HERE.

2018 Christmas DIY Decor Christmas Tour


2018 Christmas DIY Decor Christmas Tour #stencils #oldsignstencils #upcycle #buffalocheck #rusticChristmas #ornaments #Christmasdecor
 I have cut down on Christmas decorating quite a bit in the last few years. 

None of my children live in town anymore, and while they still come back home for Christmas, it's just for a few days.

Easy Last Minute Christmas Stenciling Projects


I purchased these round placemats at Kohl's a few years ago.  Round ones work well with my round table, rectangular ones overlap each other at the corners.

As I was putting away my stencils and paints today, until after Christmas, I grabbed a couple of stencils and gave these red placements a new look.