My thrifty little DIY guest room

Have a look at how I transformed the awkwardly shaped, incredibly small extra-room-beside-the-stairs into a petite but sweet guest room:

This cramped, L-shaped space was in desperate need of a paint job and new flooring

Take the lickety split tour below and check out the rest of the vintage and handmade decor!

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The €2 T-shirt Experiment

Fashion Revolution (the organization that dares you to ask yourself “Who made my clothes?“) created a fantastic social experiment.

Watch the video below and have a think about the people behind that fast fashion bargain the next time you’re cruising for deals at the mall:

Disclaimer: I am not at all an expert on the big business of fast fashion however I am a concerned consumer who has chosen to learn & share as much as I can through my own personal experiences & the wealth of resources available online.

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A Dress it Up #ThriftyThursday

As I’ve already posted a selection of my fancy vintage frocks for a Classy Thrifty Thursday I thought I’d share a recent thrifty refashioned score that, although more casual than elegant, does fit the dress part of this week’s theme:

Delightfully mod with the matching fabric belt used as a headband!

Get the scoop behind the outfit:

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My DIY Refashioned Cowboy Boots

Remember my fabulous thrifted two-steppin’ cowboy boots from a Wild West Thrifty Thursday?

Unfortunately the faux leather started to peel away from those second hand beauties so they were put out to pasture until I could come up with a fix to get them back in rotation.

Fortunately my refashionista brain came up with a quick & painless way to transform those worn out kickers into stylin’ buttoned booties!

Here’s what I did:

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Refashioning 101: Terrific Textiles

The textile and linens area of your fave thrift shop is chock full of an awesome variety of unique fabrics just waiting to be transformed into fabulous garments!

Ready to get your refashion on? Then grab that funky thrifted tablecloth and learn how to create a fantastic embroidered top with my Refashioning 101: Terrific Textiles over on Dream a Little Bigger!

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Revisiting Creative Q&A

During a recent bit of behind the scenes work on my Confessions of a Refashionista channel I was reminded of Creative Q&A – my maker interview series from 2013 that I had high hopes for but unfortunately just wasn’t meant to be.

Take a trip down memory lane and make a no-sew fringed shawl with Anna, learn the basics of crochet with Bekka and enjoy a character filled interview with yours truly + create some scrappy pompoms:

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My #LoveCantWait DIY

Why the hell is marriage equality still such an issue?

Every adult couple should not only have the ability to legally marry each other but also have the exact same rights as every other dynamic duo who has already gone through the insanity of a wedding (or elopement) regardless of the gender of the brides & grooms.

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I’m pretty damn proud that my home and native land has had national marriage equality since 2005 and simply cannot get my head around why their closest neighbour still insists on the utter stupidity of allowing that oh-so-simple decision to be swayed by those who swear by the bigoted idiocy of a book written when the world was believed to be flat and death was an acceptable punishment for working on a Sunday.

It’s 2015, perhaps it’s time to join the 21st century?

I was so inspired by Emmy’s DIY #LoveCantWait Human Rights Campaign tee I immediately searched through my stash to create my own show of support for this incredibly important decision.

Here’s what I did:

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A (DIY) Handbag #ThriftyThursday

Who doesn’t love a fabulous handbag?

All the better when you can create your own from lovely thrifted bits!

Here are my fave DIY handbag tutorials to get your inspiration flowing for this Heavenly Handbag Thrifty Thursday:

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My Scrappy Upcycled DIY Wall Hanging

Add some colour to your walls with my crazy quick no-sew decor tutorial!

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Am I Badass? The #ICBBAwards

Whey hey! I’m a finalist nominee for the Indie Chicks Badass Fashion Blog Award!

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I am completely thrilled (& awesomely surprised!) to have been nominated for the Badass Blog Award for best fashion blog and am honoured to be in the company of such amazingly talented bloggers – like my most fave partner in badassery, Emmy of That Cheap Bitch:

While Emmy pulls off this look with her zany attitude & the grace of youth I simply look like the eccentric shopping cart lady most people cross the street to avoid…Get the scoop behind the thrifty copycat ensemble here.

Head on over to The Indie Chicks, discover some groovy new blogs and pick your faves!

Vote baby Vote!

Hat tip to awesome August of Girl Boner for letting this old gal know she’d been nominated!

UPDATE: Unfortunately this old refashionista wasn’t badass enough to win however my partner in blog badassery, That Cheap Bitch, DID win! Hooray!

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