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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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

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

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Making Journals From Ugly Old Paintings

If you’ve ever wondered what to do with an ugly old painting, here is a quick and easy DIY project for upcycling it into a brand new journal!! Begin by removing the canvas from the frame. This can be done quickly and easily by flipping over the painting and sliding a small, sharp knife between […]

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Welcome! I'm JJ, and I write a creative lifestyle blog about making delicious plant-forward recipes for 1-2 people, and growing herbs for the home, kitchen and  gifts.

I also share DIY projects, eclectic decor, and tips about running an art business, which is my side hustle. I do all this and more from my  small 849 square foot house!