That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: DIY Sweater Socks

Nothing keeps toes toastier than warm woolly socks! Pop on over to That Cheap Bitch & get my simple step-by-step to create a cozy pair DIY sweater socks for every set of dancin’ feet on your list!

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A Transparent Trend Thrifty Thursday

Fashion really does just keep circling back to itself over & over again…and I’ve finally been around long enough to see the styles of my youth returning – eek!

Case in Point: The Transparent Trend of the 90’s:

Yep, I once rocked a transparent dress on the roof of the Canadian embassy in Tokyo…

but nowadays the only transparent rocking I’m doing is in Photoshop:

or with an oh-so-subtly transparent blouse!

Sheer-bottomed Top (thrifted) €1 – Collar Brooch (inherited vintage) €0 – Chinos (thrifted) €1 – Penny Loafers (thrifted) €1.50 – Accessories (handmade & gifts) €0 – Transparent Blouse (thrifted & refashioned) €1 – Belt (inherited vintage) €0 – Jeans (thrifted & dyed) €2 – Boots (ebay) €4

Total cost for both outfits: €10.50

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand & vintage) over in my Gone Thrifting facebook group!

As always feel free to take part in the thrifty fun & vote for the upcoming themes…

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Leggings too short? Here’s my DIY fix!

Remember my fabulous thrifted Norwegian style leggings?

Unfortunately after a second washing, calamity struck and they shrank nearly 20cm in length!

Any idea how I oh-so-quickly lengthened those too short leggings?

Here’s my DIY fix:

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There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint…

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a gazillion times: I LOVE PAINT!

Sure, there’s a bit of sandpaper & elbow grease involved and waiting for it to dry between coats is maddening but the difference a fresh layer of paint (+ some scraps of fabric) can make to a pair of battered old chairs is amazing:

Totally worth the work! I am completely enamoured with my new kitchen seats!

Need some more painted inspiration?

Take a scroll through my Tutorials for the Nest and marvel at what  a lil’ paint, some fabric & a bit of imagination can do!

all the tutes!

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Totally Smitten With Dream a Little Bigger

Allison is the hilarious ball of energy behind the always awesome Dream a Little Bigger. Her daily DIYs + maker tricks & advice are sure to get your creativity flowing not only in the craftroom but also the kitchen, garden, wardrobe and even inspire some delectable homemade beauty products!

Get the scoop on this clever creator and discover her top thrifting & crafting tips!

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That Cheap (DIY) B*tch: The Upcycled Refashioned DIY Sweater Tote

Pop on by That Cheap Bitch and discover my nearly no-sew method for transforming an insanely itchy sweater…

into an Upcycled Refashioned DIY Sweater Tote:

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A Cozy Comfort Thrifty Thursday

As the temperatures continue to plummet and the dampness creeps further into my old bones I want nothing more than stay curled up under my duvet and snuggle in with a hot cuppa tea and a good book but life must be lived & work must be done so instead I turn to my comfy cozy winter wardrobe to keep me toasty warm…

I am crazy in love with my fancy fleece-lined Norwegian style leggings!

Slouchy Toque (handmade gift) €0 – Duffel Coat (thrifted) €4 – Cowl Sweater (Handmade & Refashioned) €0 – Norwegian Fleece Leggings (thrifted) €1.50 – Longesleeved T-shirt (1982) €2 – Fingerless Mittens (gift from Belle Monde Handmade) €0 – Boots (had for years) €0

Total cost: €7.50

Snag some thrifty inspiration (+ join up & share your love of second hand & vintage) over on my Gone Thrifting facebook group!

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The Vintage Lamp Revamp

Since moving into our new home we’ve installed a whopping 16 ceiling lamps…whew!

Not by choice or to simply replace existing lights…nope when you move in Berlin there is absolutely nothing in the property whatsoever except the fixtures in the bathroom and the appliance, gas & water hook-ups in the empty kitchen. Having a basic knowledge of electrics, plumbing & DIY is essential as the first few weeks in a new home are spent installing lights, appliances & window coverings + building a kitchen to make it liveable enough to start unpacking and making it your own.

Having moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3 bedroom house we found ourselves sorely lacking in lights but a visit to the charity shop revealed this vintage beauty for a mere €1.50:

Not exactly my taste but definitely usable…wanna see what I did with it?

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thrifty copycat: Rot Kariert (Red Plaid)

I scored an awesome 1980’s silky red blouse for a mere 50¢ last week at the charity shop but was at a bit of loss for how to style it…until I spied Nina’s groovy Rot Kariert outfit post and got my next Thrifty Copycat on!

Just a couple of plaid princesses who hilariously happen to have the exact same floor lamp!

Headband (stolen from the munchkin) €0 – Plaid Blazer (thrifted) €1 – Silk Blouse (thrifted) €0.50 – Scarf-tie-thingy (scrap fabric) €0 – Jeans (had for years) €0 – Sneakers (had for years) €0

Total copycat outfit cost: €1.50

 Pop on over to Ninutschkanns & check out Nina’s original post for more plaid & denim styling ideas.

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Totally Smitten With Onelmon: Crafting Experiments

Onel has a fabulous runaway imagination that just won’t slow down! The delightfully creative upcycled projects she shares on her Crafting Experiments blog will capture your attention for hours and the best part? Onel has DIYs for every ability + a groovy Under 5 Minutes category for those needing a quick maker fix or a last minute gift!

“On my blog I share all of the random crafty experiments I made over the weekend.”

Get to know this clever creator and learn her top upcycling tips!

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