Hello? Tap, Tap...is this thing on?

Well! Hello There! Long time, no check in! It is so good to be back on here! Shall we just pretend it hasn't been over three years since I last posted? I am a bit more active on Instagram and Facebook these days, but it seems wrong to not also be updating where Dime Store Thrift began. So I will take care of that beginning right now. 

We have snow in our forecast later today and tonight, so I headed out early today to get a few groceries (it is what we do here in the Midwest...Bread! Milk!) and stopped at one of my favorite stores which never disappoints.

The turkey is staying with me. I have a proper turkey display ready for Thanksgiving. The ornaments, lights and Santa boxes will be used for crafting. The gnomes, which are PRISTINE are going to be listed in my Dime Store Thrift Etsy Shop, along with the 80s Christmas Trivet and the Christmas and New Year porcelain trinket dishes. Ok, I may need to keep those dishes. 

I'm so glad to be back in this space!


Fourth Of July Wreath

Very pleased with time spent in the studio this morning and the Fourth of July wreath that came out of it...even playing around with red, white and blue sequins this time of year was fun!


Busy City Street Scene One and Two {Abstract Oil Painting Fun}

When I can't find what I want, I have a tendency to just try to make it myself and see what happens.
I do believe strongly in that beautiful statement of Everyone Can Create Something.
And I really, really love oil paints.


In The Studio {Stamping Metal}

There is nothing I enjoy more than the quiet early mornings in the studio on the weekend.
A typical morning involves seeing what I left when I was last in there, finishing that project or setting it aside for another time and always there is tidying up that needs to be done.
Recently, though, I walked in there with a very specific project in mind that would involve some loud banging and a fair amount of space so I could spread out the tools to make this:

I had wanted to make a group of metal stamped charms for Lu that represented the plays she has been involved with the past couple years. Simplistic yet meaningful to her, that she could wear clustered on a necklace:

Really loving the way this turned out!


Valentine's Day Wreath--FINISHED!

Welcome to Dime Store Thrift! If you are finding me from Pinterest and Google, I am so glad to have you here...This was originally posted 4 years ago but has been my most requested page. Enjoy! And let me know if you do get a wreath of your own made.

I am rawther pleased with how this turned out. So pleased that I decided to make another one:

And now I have TWO wreathes hanging by the front door! I think I will keep the first one (Hubby's favorite) and the other will be heading off to Memory Lane today.

To make these, I used a heart shaped grapevine wreath from Michael's and then wrapped it in some tinsel garland bought at Target during their 75% off after Christmas sales:

And of course dipped into my stash of vintage red and silver balls to go with the pink yummies:

And then I fired up that high heat hot glue gun, went into a trance-like state and stayed there until every last ball was glued on...it is never good when you come out of that that trance like state and start thinking about home improvement projects that you might be able to do using a high heat hot glue gun. Just Saying.

I have one more wreath and one more strand of garland and many, many boxes of red vintage balls left...so there will be an all red heart shaped wreath in my future!