a Creative lifestyle blog

Thriving With Less


Let's turn found objects and thrifted or upcycled materials into new works of art, gifts, home & garden decor,
and more! 

Easy DIY Primitive Fall Decorating Ideas

The best primitive fall decorating ideas usually include some fun DIY projects, and I’ve got the perfect DIY project for you! These plaster-cloth pumpkins are made from recycled plastic ones that I picked up at a garage sale, along with a cute pumpkin made from grapevines. The finished pumpkins will look great on a coffee […]

read more

beach rocks in basket with words drawn on them

One of my favorite things to collect at the ocean is the flat little beach rocks (aka pebbles) to make word stones. Many people paint beach rocks and then draw or paint their designs on them, but I prefer to keep them in their natural state – I love the earthy, organic look they make […]

read more

Journaling Station From Upcycled Suitcase DIY

This DIY journaling station uses an old rattan suitcase and some metal legs! It is easy to make and is a clever way to keep art supplies in one convenient place. It doubles as a writing center and triples as a coffee table for any time of day. This DIY is for you if you’ve […]

read more

freshly cut herbs and rose petals on top of a wood boardon

….this herbal blend is aromatic, soothing, and energizing.

read more

Upcycle Old Paintings-Scrapbooking Journals DIY

If you’ve ever how to upcycle old paintings, check out this DIY for making scrapbooking journals. This is a quick and easy DIY project that’s also budget-friendly! Scrapbooking journals made from recycled canvas and upcycled old paintings are a wonderful way to practice your inner Picasso skills. When you upcycle old paintings and original art […]

read more

Welcome! I'm JJ, and I recently retired from the corporate world. It's time to enjoy the next life chapter in my cozy 849-square-foot home that I share with my pup, Jackson Pollock. 

On the blog, I offer tips on running an art business in addition to fun DIY projects and tasty plant-based recipes for 1-2. You'll also learn ways to repurpose items to decorate and organize your living space.

If you're looking for creative inspiration, you've come to the right place!