The DIY Take my Breath Away Valentine’s gift + free template

I’ve never been a fan of the ridiculous consumerism behind Valentine’s day and “traditional” romantic gifts like flowers, chocolates and store-bought cards are such an impersonal waste of money that when I do take part in the silly holiday of love I prefer to create something handmade from my quirky little heart.

The DIY Take my Breath Away Valentine's gift + free template

Take a page from this Refashionista’s book of romance and whip up a wacky little gift from the heart with The DIY Take my Breath Away Valentine’s gift + free template!

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A Red #ThriftyThursday

Even when it’s dressed down and casual, wearing red always makes me feel powerful and fiery so it’s no surprise that psychologists and researchers agree that red is a colour which stirs up passion, with both negative and positive colour meanings.

A Red #ThriftyThursday

Get the scoop behind my rockin’ red ensemble + take part in February’s Refashion Challenge below:

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The Refashioned Baby Vampire Costume

It’s Karneval time in Germany and that means my quirky kiddo got to request yet another funky DIY costume. My lovely little lassie has become obsessed with vampires (with zombies coming in at a close second) and thus I created a fun little mini monster of the night ensemble for her Karneval celebrations:

The Refashioned Baby Vampire Costume

Here’s how I whipped up the refashioned baby vampire costume:

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An easy button down t-shirt refashion

Quick and easy refashions are the best, especially when they involve a bit of scrapbusting!

An easy button down t-shirt refashion

This boring button down t-shirt was fancied up in a flash by simply raiding my stash and replacing the buttons with some retro bling and then adding a bit of vintage gold lace to the sleeve cuffs and neckline!

An easy button down t-shirt refashion

An easy button down t-shirt refashion that looks freaking awesome paired with my dyed jeans and vintage scarf!

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How To Clean Metal Decor

Check out this metal bucket of decorative fabulousness I found in the trash!

How to clean metal

Unfortunately it’s not in tip top condition, fortunately I have a few cleaning tricks up my sleeve that’ll have it spruced up in no time!

how to clean metal decor

Grab my top tips for how to clean metal decor + my easy fix for tarnished silver below:

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Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Blogging

Starting a new blog is like being interviewed for a job – but instead of having to answer a few questions from a potential employer, new bloggers must create attractive and unique content to impress the internet and find their niche audience. Blogging is also a continual learning curve involving everything from design & photography to editing & html coding + so much more – during which time the blogger must also be frequently creating and uploading interesting and attractive posts to continue growing and keeping that all important audience.

Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started Blogging

As I started blogging on the free wordpress platform and then switched to a self-hosted wordpress blog this post is definitely about blogging with wordpress.

When I started blogging I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, zero blogger-friends to ask for advice and had to rely on the incredibly general how-to’s available online and my creative brain to figure out how to do just about anything behind the scenes. To save others from days of frustrating searches I’ve gathered my top 7 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Blogging:

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A Checkered #ThriftyThursday

Perhaps it’s because of my Irish/Scottish ancestry but I’ve always been more attracted to tartan than checks. I do, however, have a single checkered (& seriously awesome) refashioned item in my wardrobe that looks fab worn on its own or as a groovy outfit topper:

A Checkered #ThriftyThursday

I discovered that marvelous checkered duster jacket in the men’s section of the charity shop and even though it was in less than stellar condition I snapped it up, brought it home and had it ready to wear in no time!

Grab the quick fix tute, outfit deets & join my Gone Thrifting group below:

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My Easy Nightshirt to Top Refashion

I recently thrifted a lovely satin nightshirt:

 my easy nightshirt to top refashion

While it is soft and silky to sleep in I thought it was much too pretty to waste hidden under the covers in bed so I grabbed my video camera and got refashioning!

 my easy nightshirt to top refashion

Discover how to transform those lovely thrifted nighties into tops fit for the outside world with my quirky video tute below:

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Refashioning 101: DIYs for Guys

Dudes can absolutely step out in sustainable ethical style just as much as rockin’ refashionistas! Unfortunately DIYs and upcycling tutes for guys are few and far between, fortunately I’ve come up with more than a few fancy refashioning projects that’ll take any dude’s wardrobe from boring to brilliant!

Refashioning 101 DIYs for Guys

Grab some drab menswear and make it fab with my Refashioning 101: DIYs for Guys!

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February Refashion Challenge: An Upcycled V-Day

Even though I’m not at all a fan of the silly consumerist day of romance the obvious choice for February’s Refashion Challenge is Valentine’s Day. So get refashioning those V-Day gifts and inevitable date night outfits and share your lovey dovey projects with the Gone Thrifting group!

February refashion Challenge An Upcycled V-Day

Here’s a few DIYs to get you inspired for the Gone Thrifting February Refashion Challenge: An Upcycled V-Day

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