DIY: Marquee Inspired Sign

The first thing I thought of when I was brainstorming decor ideas for my Spice pop-up collection at the new Goodwill boutique was a marquee inspired sign. I’ve found there are three ways to do this: the super cool semi-hard way with real lights, the easy way with ornaments glued inside the letters, and the super easy way with ornaments on the outside of the letters.

Easy Flower Display

So here’s the deal: I love having fresh flowers around the house but am usually too cheap to buy them because you know, they add up in cost and die in a week. Anytime I have a bouquet, I typically split it up and distribute the mini bouquets in rooms throughout the house.

Carmen Miranda Costume

October’s thrift challenge was not only a Halloween theme but it was a special reader’s challenge! We asked you to submit your adult thrifted costumes to Dina’s Days and kids costumes to Something to be Found to win a prize. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos!
For this challenge, I set out to thrift my Carmen Miranda costume, also known as Lady with the Tutti Frutti Hat.

Deck Makeover

a ‘before’ picture of my patio

I’m not kidding when I say that for a year, my deck made my house look like a vacant home. I’m embarrassed to have let it go for so long. I’m talking cushions staked up high, dead flowers, spiders – you name it.

Goodwill Mirror DIY


I found this mirror at one of my favorite Goodwill locations in Middleburg Heights for $6 while shopping for items for the fashion show. It’s plastic and cheap but I knew a coat of fresh white paint would completely transform the look of it.

Succulent Display

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve spent hours on Pinterest looking up different ways to display succulents. Why are they so pretty?! I can’t handle how cute they are. Because my theme for the Goodwill fashion show was based on plants and flowers, I set up a build-your-own-bouquet table at the first fitting for my models and gave them all succulents at the final fitting.

DIY Rose Rope Garland

If you can’t tell from my Goodwill fashion show collection, I’ve been really into everything floral lately. I had a few roses left over from my party and couldn’t get myself to throw them out because they look just as beautiful dried.

DIY: Decorating with Vintage Wooden Hangers

Oh look, more sheet music on Dina’s Days.
When I decorated my dressing room I decided to go for a something really girly by framing sheet music covers of beautifully illustrated women from the 1920s. Then, in the middle of the night the frames kept falling because the double sided adhesive strips I was using were not as sticky as I’d thought.

Sheet Music Under Glass

If you’ve followed this blog over the last year or so, you will know I have a thing for collecting old sheet music from antique and thrift stores. I am drawn to album covers in general, but there’s something special about the original design of sheet music covers from the 1920s, 30s or 40s. I’ve framed them here and applied them to a crate here.