How To Clean Vintage Enamelware

I was lucky enough to not only inherit a fabulous collection of vintage enamelware but also the groovy cleaning tips from the past to keep it in top condition:

Take a peek at the backstories of my still-in-use collection & discover how to maintain your own vintage enamelware:

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The DIY Upcycled Scrap & Pallet Wood Playhouse

I challenged myself to build a playhouse using only what we had stored in the attic:

Success!

Here’s how we did it:

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A Tale of Toxic Clothing Monsters

The latest report by Greenpeace East Asia revealed the presence of hazardous chemicals in clothing items bought from 12 global labels, from fast fashion giants to famous sportswear and even brands specifically created for kids.

Have a read of the oh-so-clever (un)fairytale put together by Greenpeace before you stock up on that stylish new summer gear and shop informed this, and every, season:

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A My Choice #ThriftyThursday

I was totally stumped about what I should feature for my thrifty choice, until I remembered how much everyone seems to dig my copycat photos AND how much I dig my vintage slips AND that I just so happened to have the perfect look from my fashion past that was well overdue for the copycat treatment:

Nearly 20 years later and I still got it, BAM!

Get the scoop behind my three fave vintage slips…

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A Quick Blazer Embellishment Tutorial

Need to add a quick bit of snazz to a boring blazer?

Here’s how to take those jackets from dull to delightful in minutes!

+ how to make your own lovely lace front tee

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A Simple DIY Kimono Refashion

Ah Spring! Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and it’s finally time to pack away the winter woollies and get started refashioning those warmer weather clothes!

One of my fave Spring wardrobe staples is also a brilliantly simple refashion: The perfect for layering kimono jacket.

Raid your blouse collection, get my tute over on Dream a Little Bigger and create your very own oh-so-simple DIY kimono!

all the tutes!

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Easy No Heat Curls Overnight?

My search for a quick & easy method that will tame my unruly thick locks into some form of submission without the aid of a hair dryer, straightener or chemical styling products may finally be at an end!

but first let’s revisit The Great Sock Bun Curls FAIL:

erm, not exactly the stunning result I had hoped for. 

All is not lost! Thanks to the brilliant how-to from Kristen Maldonado I’m rocking this rather voluminous yet controllable head full of manageable curls:

Perfection! Here’s how it’s done:

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Get my CoaR Books for 4 Bucks!

I’ve teamed up with magnificent maker community Kollabora & collected my absolute fave upcycled DIYs to bring you an all new Confessions of a Refashionista e-book series!

I’ve gathered my best Delightful Dresses, DIYs for Guys and Upcycled Toy projects together into 3 convenient e-books and am thrilled to announce that they are now available for instant download for a mere $4 (US).

Check out what the new Confessions of a Refashionista series is all about + help me decide which book(s) to write next:

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Unraveled: What happens to your discarded clothes?

Where do you think our donated and discarded clothing ends up?

With Unravel, Meghna Gupta created an amazing film that follows literally tons of the tossed garments of the West on an overseas journey to India where garment recyclers turn the huge bales of cast-off clothes into yarn.

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My fave DIY decor for #ThriftyThursday

I’m pretty darn proud to say that my home is chock full of thrifted, DIY’d, inherited and upcycled decor goodness, which makes choosing my faves more than wee bit difficult!

Here’s the rundown & tutorials for some of my handmade decor treasures:

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