August 2015 Stitch Fix review by virginiasweetpea.com

Stitch Fix #27 – August 2015…

My monthly Stitch Fix box arrived last Thursday and like always, I couldn’t wait to open it to see what was inside. If you are new to the Stitch Fix concept, you fill out an online style profile and then based on your preferences, a stylist picks five items to send which can be clothing, […]

A Harmony House mid-century desk discovered at Goodwill gets a pretty makeover with paint. virginiasweetpea.com

Goodwill Desk Makeover…

One of my favorite Goodwill finds of the summer was a desk at Goodwill.  Even though the finish was is rough shape, I was immediately drawn to it because of the pretty scrollwork on the front and also because of the unique design of the drawer pulls.   After giving the desk a good cleaning, […]

This dog themed painted child's chair is charming! virginiasweetpea.com

Dog Themed Child’s Chair…

  Another month has rolled by and once again it is time for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.  The theme this month is animal and I found the cutest child’s chair to makeover using a canine theme. I was so excited to give this chair a makeover that I forgot to take a “before” picture of […]

We are building a lake house at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Slowly but surely progress is being made. virginiasweetpea.com

Building Our Lake House – Part 3…

Can you believe that until yesterday we hadn’t been to the lake since the end of July?  Poor Mr. SP has been down for the count with a tick disease and is just now starting to feel better.  A Sunday trip to the lake was his first time out of the house other than going […]

Use a jigsaw to make a cut-out wooden sign. It's actually not difficult to use this tool to make fun projects like this one. virginiasweetpea.com

How to Use a Jigsaw to Make a Sign…

I’m back at school and have a fun project to share that I made for my classroom door. I used a jigsaw to make a sign in the shape of a dog.  After painting the sign with chalkboard paint, I used a chalk marker to label it with my name.  I meet my students today […]

Paint-by-number score from Goodwill. virginiasweetpea.com

Goodwill Paint-by-Number…

Can you believe that someone donated this pretty paint-by-number to Goodwill?  I almost missed it but at the last second decided to check the picture section to see if there were any good frames available. I love everything about this picture:  the colors, the cabin, the adirondack chairs by the water,  and especially the dogs […]

A found at Goodwill end table gets a makeover with paint and wax. virginiasweetpea.com

End Table Makeover…

About a month ago I lucked upon an end table at Goodwill early on a Monday morning.    The end table is a Drexel and in great condition other than some wear and tear on the finish on the top.  I immediately knew that it would be a great candidate for an end table makeover.   […]

Blue Sky Cottage in Madison Heights, VA.

Antique and Vintage at Blue Sky Cottage…

Yesterday I introduced you to Blue Sky Cottage where my mom and I recently opened a booth.  Today I thought it would be fun to share the booths from some of the other vendors. Every single vendor that I’ve met at Blue Sky Cottage has been so nice.  I’ve met several and look forward to […]

Blue Sky Cottage in Madison Heights, VA.

My Booth at Blue Sky Cottage…

Blue Sky Cottage:  Isn’t that a great name for a shop?  I’ve enjoyed browsing Blue Sky Cottage since Michelle Hayden opened it in 2013.   Blue Sky Cottage oozes with charm.  The building formerly was a loan office and now each individual office is a booth.  Doesn’t it look welcoming?   Come on in and […]

Create an easy-to-make Amazing Grace sign using a stencil.

Amazing Grace Stenciled Sign…

My friend Angie from Knick of Time has created an line of vintage sign stencils.  She recently invited me to try out her Amazing Grace stencil that  I used to make an Amazing Grace stenciled sign.    Included with each stencil that Angie sells is a set of directions for how-to-stencil, a stencil brush (shown […]

A mid-century coffee table gets a new look with paint. virginiasweetpea.com

Mid-Century Coffee Table Makeover…

Earlier this summer I scored a mid-century coffee table at Goodwill.  I immediately liked it for its retro design and I think it’s a great size for a coffee table.  Two levels means there’s plenty of room for food, books and magazines. This piece so much reminds me of furniture that I’d see here and […]

We are building a home at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Follow along as this home is being constructed. #SML

Building Our Lake House – Part Two…

Back in June I shared that we are building a house at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.  A lot has happened since June and I’m excited to share our lake house progress with you. June’s lake house progress was all about the basement:  the walls were poured; plumbing work completed; and then the floor was poured.  […]

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Thrift Score Thursday…

It’s my pleasure to once again be a guest host for Thrift Score Thursday. If you aren’t familiar with Thrift Score Thursday, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Corinna from For My Love Of and Cassie from Primitive and Proper share thrifty finds each week. Anyone can participate in Thrift […]

Stitch Fix for July 2015 - virginiasweetpea.com #stitchfix

July 2015 Stitch Fix Review (Fix #26)…

Oh my goodness!  It’s hard to believe that I just received my 26th box from Stitch Fix.  I haven’t missed a month since I started using Stitch Fix two years ago.  I obviously like this service since I’m on box #26! If you aren’t familiar with Stitch Fix, after filling out a style profile, a stylist […]

A front door always looks better with a wreath. This one came together quickly and would also look pretty for spring. virginiasweetpea.com

Summer Wreath…

After the 4th of July I took down my patriotic wreath and challenged myself to make a summer wreath without spending a dime.  I use my wreath forms over and over and after I tire of a wreath’s look, I remove the decorations, saving the florals that still look good, and of course saving the […]