Recent Posts by Nancy Doud

Learn to Shop a Thrift Store: Get A Thrifting Buddy

My mom is my thrifting buddy. She taught me the dainty and fine art of dumpster diving from a very early age. Actually I hid in the car and cowered, quite sure that a friend or, worse still, an enemy might see my mom and then see me… The psycho-social ramifications would be unbearable. So...
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DIY: Chair Reupholster

A DIY chair reupholster is not what I would consider complicated. It is time consuming and produces a mild perspiration but it is not a confusing process. And best of all, it’s a really affordable way of giving new life to your kitchen chairs. First thing you need to do is remove the seat from the...
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Thrifty Finds

I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll say it again, thrifty bargain hunting runs through my veins. I used to literally cower in my car, lest my super cool fellow junior highers might see me, as my mom and dad would scour garage sales for great finds. Clearly I had yet to appreciate the value of...
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Upcycled Apron

Almost 13 years ago I had a baby. This baby needed curtains in his room. I decided that curtains had to be one of the easiest things to sew, so rather than buy curtains I decided to make them. My mom bought me my first sewing machine and I made the curtains. I was right....
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DIY: No More Brown Town

Sometimes the world looks grey and brown.

Sometimes I just feel like my eyes are going to fall out of my head if I don’t see a luscious pop of color. We lived in Canada for seven years and while we loved every bit of it, the whites and browns of winter had my eyes...
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Estate Sales: Mid-Century Modern Bargain

Bargain hunting is in my blood. I’m pretty sure that had there been thrift stores and garage sales in the dark ages, my ancestors would have been rummaging through them and giggling like school girls when they struck “gold.” (more…)...
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