Sweater to Scarf

It’s been almost 2 months since I’ve posted, but since my last post Kat and I have settled into our little house and are loving it. When we’re not working, going to class, volunteering, and running around campus it’s nice to come home to a cozy house and it is worth all of the crafting and thrifting this summer!

One of my biggest fall and winter obsessions are infinity scarves- I wear them every day. I decided it’s time to start experimenting with making my own since I wear them so often! Turns out, this will absolutely be my easiest tutorial yet.

1. Thrift an old sweater (mine was 99 cents from VOA in Lansing)

2. Cut a straight line right under the arms

3. Wrap once or twice around your neck for your brand new infinity scarf!

I suggest getting a soft, extra large sweater.

There are other alternatives to the tutorial, depending on the size and look you’re looking for. Another option is to cut off the top and sides of the sweater and then stitch the sides back up. However, if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can take the easier route.

Happy coming of winter!

-Kat

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The Thrifty College House

After a summer of decorating, crafting, and planning, the thrifty college house is complete. The goal was to transform an average, run down college house into somewhere where my best friend and I can study, relax, and escape from our crazy schedules. Without spending more than $35 on a single piece, we turned our boring little house into a cute, eclectic home that we love and can’t wait to share with our friends. Most importantly, we now have our own little niche where we can learn, grow, be inspired, and finish our last couple of years as Spartans.

Chalkboard, DIY $3

We decided to use the chalkboard as a calendar for upcoming concerts we are planning on going to.

Table and Chairs, Kat’s Grandma

White Mugs, Thrifted $ .85

Lamp, Ikea $10

End table, Backyard tree stump

Couch, Thrifted $35

Map Wall Art, DIY

Loveseat, Craigslist (free)

“Best Day Ever” Pillow, DIY

Wood Crate, Estate Sale $ .50

Yellow Mug, Thrifted $1

Bookshelf, Estate Sale $20

Big Wood Frame, Estate Sale $1

Painted Antlers, (Thanks, Dad!)

Green Chair, From family friend (free)

Chalkboard Mirror

I’ve been looking for an old, wooden mirror to transform into a chalkboard for the house next year, and I finally found one this weekend! The mirror was only 3 dollars at a garage sale. I decided on a grey/green paint from the basement and already had by chalkboard paint. The project took four easy steps and about 2 hours (including paint drying!)

1. Prime the mirror with spray paint primer, let dry.

2. Add two coats of chalkboard paint.

3. Paint the wood, let dry.

4. Use sand paper to add an old, distressed look.

That’s it!

This is a simple DIY project and a great way to add a cute little (or big) accent to your house .

First Day of Summer

My first day of summer started off at 9am with a big cup of coffee and a burst of inspiration. It’s free paint and couch day! It also marks the first day of my thrifting adventures to furnish and decorate my new house in the Fall. ┬áIt has become a hobby of mine this year to browse craigslist and imagine what furniture I would buy, refurbish, or even pick up for free. When I saw the little gem below, I emailed the contact right away. Come to find out, this couch was located at a church not far from my house. I fell in love with the pattern and cute home-y structure. The pastor at the church agreed to hold it for me until I came back from school- today! My new friend Pastor Michael and his little helper loaded my CRV with my free couch and I was off.

Next stop was Ace Hardware for free paint day! I will admit, I thought it might be too good to be true. But, I put my doubts behind me and printed the coupon from Ace Hardware’s Facebook page. I walked in, and ten minutes later walked out with a free quart of paint that will perfectly compliment my new couch.

So, here’s to the weekend, a new blog, adventure, and Summer!