Friday, July 26, 2013

Cat and Dog beds fit for royalty!

 Does your cat think your home is "his/her kingdom"?  Does your dog reign supreme in your house? How about a special place fit for a king or queen? Give your pet the royal treatment with these upcycled end tables.

Flip the end tables upside down to make four poster beds.  Inspiration:

End tables can be modified by simply removing the doors and/or drawers.


Ok, this one is not a end table, but it sure is clever!

Look for end tables and night stands that you can convert into royal beds in your basement or garage.  Of course, Goodwill Stores are a great source for inexpensive pieces that just need your creativity to make into a show piece!
Here are two kindly donated tables from this week.
July 2013 Donation Center 
July 2013 Alcott Store

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Happy Treasure Hunting!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Be a Princess for a Day - Wear a Disney inspired outfit

Every Disney Princess is a rare jewel.  Each one has unique qualities both in her style and her approach to life. Just like each one of us!  Do you have a favorite? Here are some very stylish outfits that are inspired by a princess and a little bit of Disney Princess advice.

Snow White - "What do you do when things go wrong? Oh! You sing a song!"
Mulan - "Open your eyes, your heart can tell you no lies."
Jasmine - "Sometimes we only see how people are different from us. But if you look hard enough, you can see how much we're all alike."
Cinderella - "So this is love, So this is what makes life divine."

Rapunzel - "You can take away my dignity, and strip me of everything you see fit, but you can NEVER take away my love for my Kingdom. It is MINE. And I WILL fight!"

Ariel - "Watch and you'll see, someday I'll be part of your world."
Tiana -"You can't get what you want just by wishing for it."

Pocahontas - "You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew."

Ready to dress like a princess? Goodwill stores are a great place to treasure hunt for solid colored dresses and for shoes. Look for unique pieces of jewelry at Forever 21 which has reasonable prices to create the look.
 Here are several solid colored dress that were recently donated to Goodwill.
And our fabulous shoe departments!
Benton Harbor Goodwill, MI
Three Rivers Goodwill, MI
 Our Pinterest board "Dress like a Princess" has more fun and fabulous outfits!

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Happy Treasure Hunting!


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Be Ready. Twinkies are hitting the shelves this Monday.

Twinkies are making a big return Monday.  And if you are a Twinkie fan, we want to help you get ready! A little Twinkie humor, a couple "recipes" and some thrift store serving ideas!


Deep Fried Twinkie - State Fair Copycat. Click for recipe link.
Despicable Me Cupcakes - See the movie, eat the cupcake. Click for instructions link.
Twinkie Cake - Does adding fruit make it healthy? Click for recipe link.

Special occasions require special treatment! 
Here are some DIY thrift store cake and cupcake stands for serving your Twinkies.

These are quite popular on Pinterest because they are pretty and inexpensive to create.  Find four thrifted plates, three dollar store candle sticks and glue together with glue for glass like E6000. Follow the glue instructions for drying time. 
BTW-These are white chocolate dipped strawberries with sprinkles.

These smaller stands are made by gluing water goblets or wine glasses to plates and then spray painting it with fun colors. Click for link about spray painting on glass. 

And finally, a stand using cups and saucers, simple and sweet! Click link for great directions. 
 Happy Treasure Hunting!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Let's Go Glamping!

Glamorous camping = Glamping!

This is a more extreme glampsite. Note the large spacious tent, the raised floor, and a full bed with a real mattress. But glamping can really be just bringing some comforting items to your camp site to make it more luxurious, pampered, and have a few homey touches. Here is our take on glamping- thrift store style.

The Glampsite:
Make the front of the tent the "porch" with an area rug or two, side tables for lanterns and candles, and throw pillows to add comfort to the camp chairs.
Dress up an air mattress with vintage sheets, comfy throws, crochet blankets, and lots of pillows. Continue the pampering by packing scented candles, handmade soaps, flavored coffees, thrifted dishes, linens for the picnic table and pretty vases for wildflowers.

Glamping Food
Skip the hot dogs, potato chips and regular smores and replace with more gourmet recipes.
Campfire Potatoes

Glammed up popcorn with stir-ins!

Campfire Banana Boats

Glamping Activities
Bring a homemade journal for writing, pressing flowers and leave a few empty pages for pictures you print when you get home. Do a Paint-by-number. Read a classic book.

Glamping does not have to be expensive.  Find treasure around your home to pack, or head to the thrift store for items. Here is a collections of recently donated glamping items that you may find in your local Southwestern Michigan Goodwill.


Visit our Pinterest Page "Let's Go Glamping".  We've collected more recipes, activities, and backyard glamping ideas. Even glamping weddings!
P.S. Thank you for donating your stuff to Goodwill! Your stuff=Jobs!