Thrift Store Challenge

Thrift Store Challenge Round Two & New Challenge

Challenge Number 2Hey there everyone! It’s December 1st already, and that means it’s time to check in with you on the second round of Little Snail Thrift Challenges. Challenge two was to find something related to the kitchen and use it in a project (original post here). I found loads of ideas on pinterest that I wanted to try and/or adapt, but the only one I actually got around to was wood burning a wooden spoon.IMG_1544I basically copied the design from this pin I found, but I found many other cool ideas for wood burning wooden spoons that I want to try out, too! (Take this one of kitties, for example, these sunflower ones, or this one that has a bee on it!)

IMG_1545I love the idea of creating personalized wooden spoons for friends and family as gifts! Here are a few links to some other fun thrifty kitchen-related projects I’d like to try:

Teacup Bird Feeder
Pretty Vases Out of Tin Cans
Shelves from a Silverware Drawer
Picture Holders/Place Card Holders/Coat Hooks out of Forks
iPad/Cookbook Stand Out of a Cheese Board and Scrabble Piece Holder

 Were you able to participate in this month’s challenge? How did it go for you? For the third Little Snail Thrift Challenge, visit your local thrift store with the winter season in mind. What can you find that can be touched up to add warmth to your days? Is there a picture frame that could become brighter with light blue paint and snow-like glitter? Or some pretty fabric that could be used as a pillow case? Maybe a little snowflake that could be used as a brooch? The due date is January 1st, but as always, you’re welcome to email me, post on instragram or twitter, or leave a comment with your ideas or questions in the meantime! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #littlesnailthriftchallenge!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with this month!
xx Caitlyn

Thrift Store Challenge

Thrift Store Challenge: Update & New Challenge!

It’s already November 1st, and that means a few things: October flew by, the holiday season is on its way, and also our first Thrift Store Challenge is finished.IMG_1254You may remember a couple of weeks ago I started out the first challenge with the items above. I used the basket as a container for all of our mail because I couldn’t find anything that I could use that wasn’t super expensive. Although I haven’t gotten to it yet, I intend to transform the spice rack into an acrylic paint holder (I’ll post pictures when I make it!). And though I haven’t found an “upgrade” for the little clock yet, I did find a use for the Suntory Whiskey bottle and the big clock.IMG_1353                       I put a handmade paper flower in the whiskey bottle–easy and pretty!

IMG_1282Before: the big clock

When I first came upon this clunky hunk of a clock at the thrift store, I nearly passed it by. But once I took it on as part of the challenge, I got to thinking long and hard about what I could do with it and started to get excited about its potential. I decided, first of all, that I hated the look of the numbers, so I tried to sand them off.

IMG_1283Despite my best efforts, a faint outline of the numbers remained. I had gotten an idea to use the clock as a birth announcement for a baby with a space-themed room, but with the stubborn numbers remaining on the clock, I had to re-imagine my design.    IMG_1392Inspired by vintage colors and some tattoo designs, I set to work with my wood burner. When I was satisfied, I used watered-down acrylic paint to fill in the planets, stars, numbers, and a little portion of the letters. I thought the numbers turned out looking much better than they did originally!

IMG_1416Next I stained the wood and let it dry before adding a glossy coat. All that was left was reassembling the clock pieces and getting a battery. I just loved hearing the satisfying tick of the clock when the project was finished. It was fun making something for a friend.

I really enjoyed hearing a few stories via email and Facebook about your approaches to last month’s challenge. This month, find something related to the kitchen and use it in a project. Bonus points: relate your project to Thanksgiving! The due date is December 1st, but please email me, post on instragram or twitter, or leave a comment with your ideas or questions in the meantime! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #littlesnailthriftchallenge!

Good luck!
xxCaitlyn

Food & Cooking · Party

Beer Mug Pretzel DIY

IMG_1261When I was planning my Oktoberfest Party, I scoured the web for fun ideas. I was quite surprised that there wasn’t a whole lot out there for decor and party ideas, so I ended up figuring out a lot of it on my own. One fun idea I did come across was for beer mug pretzels, but I could only find a picture without instructions or more information. Thus, I bring you today: an easy tutorial!

You will need:

*Pretzel Rods
*Mini Pretzels
*Chocolate and White Chocolate Candy Coating
*White Pearl-Shaped Sprinkles
*Food ColoringIMG_1259Start out with a pound or so of chocolate candy coating (depending on how many beer mug pretzels you want to make). Melt the candy according to the directions, and then coat about 2/3 of each pretzel rod. Let the candy harden on parchment paper while you prepare your remaining ingredients.IMG_1260Next pour some of your sprinkles into a bowl so it’s easy to dip your pretzels, and break “handles” off of your mini pretzels. Then melt your white chocolate (you won’t need nearly as much white chocolate as you only put a little on the pretzels). Add food coloring until the “beer” is the color you like. Coat a small portion of the chocolate-covered end of your pretzel rods with the “beer,” and then dip the top in the white sprinkles to make foam. Lastly, add a mini pretzel handle, dipping the handle in a little of your “beer” to help it stay on if necessary.

IMG_1266Let your beer mug pretzels dry on parchment paper or upright in a cup, and then enjoy! I think these could be great for all kinds of parties–perhaps even a tailgating party! What are some of your fun party treat ideas?

xx Caitlyn

P.S. I’ve started one of my thrift store challenge projects, and I am getting super excited! To give you a hint, it has involved a lot of sanding so far! Can’t wait to hear more about what you’ve been coming up with!

Thrift Store Challenge

Thrift Store Challenge~!

Hi everyone! I just got home from work, and from time to time when I’m walking home, I’ll stop by one of the local thrift stores to see if anything catches my eye. Today I stopped and ended up coming home with several fun items that I am super excited to transform. I have a few ideas rolling around already, but I was thinking it might be fun if YOU got involved in a thrift store challenge with me!

Here’s what I suggest: 1) Choose 3-5 items from your local thrift store, 2) Transform them or update them or find a new use for them, etc., and 3) leave a comment about your project and/or a link to your blog/pinterest/etc. that showcases your approach to the challenge in the comment section below by November 1st! Once the deadline passes, I’ll post some of my favorites in another Thrift Store Challenge post. We can keep it going monthly, and change the conditions of the challenge as we go (for example, next month perhaps we could all try to make something in particular!). Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Here’s what I’ll be working with:

IMG_1253Two clocks, a dirty old spice rack, an empty Suntory Whiskey bottle, and a rectangular basket. All of these items cost less than two dollars each.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. If you want to post about your project before November 1st, feel free to use the hashtag #littlesnailthriftchallenge on instagram, twitter, etc.!

xx Caitlyn