It’s Friday, High-Five!

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Sorry for skipping out on you last Friday but the first week back at work full-time was a little exhausting (but totally rocked at the same time.) With so much to learn and so much to do to get ready for my launch next month I am non-stop from 8am-5pm every day, sometimes forgetting to stop for lunch. I have enjoyed getting my office ready and planning some updates for the kitchen vignettes. I am also learning about five new computer systems that leave my brain and eyes a little fried by the end of the day. So last Friday I decided to take a little break from any more computer work…I hope you understand. Monday we’ll see if all the hard work has paid off because I have my first potential client coming in to discuss a master bathroom remodel. High-five to that!

Here a few more high-fives for the week…

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1.Anyone planning a trip to Pittsburg? Well, you might want to now because this unique mirrored artist’s home is up for rent on AirBnB. Even the exterior of the house is covered with mirrors and it’s only $165 a night. Let’s go!

2. Have you seen  kimpossibooty ‘s tumbler account? He takes us through five days of customers encounters as a Target employee during his first week of work. I love his take because while some encounters, as we all know, could have been documented in an ugly way but his documenting is very matter of fact and non-judgemental, just sharing what he saw. I think we could all take a cue from that.

3. I’ve always loved smocked pillows so now that I’ve found SunriseShining on Esty I may have to order one in every color. Check out the detail on these!

4. Dear Mr. Louboutin, Would you like to donate a pair of the most beautiful shoes in the world to the Maggie Overby Charities? I promise to be very grateful!

5. Don’t have space for a spare chair? Korean designer Jongha Choi decided to build a set of furniture that collapses into two-dimensions, conveniently hanging on the wall when not in use. Check out how the two-dimensional version looks 3D.

Thrift Score Thursday No. 130

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It’s #ThriftScoreThursday and time rock those thrifted goodies. This week I scored a great pair of Dixie furniture nightstands that with just a little bit of love were ready to go. When I spotted them in the thrift store they were sitting on the floor and looked like this.

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I thought to myself those would be great with tapered legs added to them and as I checked the drawers to see if they were in good shape look what I found!

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Only problem is the legs were two different lengths not a great look for a pair of nightstands and the tops had seen better days.

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So I decided on a coat of white paint for the boxes only and did a little surgery on four of the legs cutting them off to match the other set.

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Once it all came back together they made a perfect pair.

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Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorites:

thisatticvintage couldn’t pass up this kitty cat cookie jar… It was missing the lid, but look what a nifty planter it makes. I love when people come up with creative new uses for found objects so they can live another life.

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I love everything about this thrifty room from found_phoenix_restoration especially the mint condition Skovby Denmark teak table and J. L. Moller chairs. Great combination!

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I feel a little responsible for srosen44 first embroidered picture purchase since she said I started her obsession. I have to say this one is a great start. Don’t we all want a house to looks like this picture?

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jmwearing found this mcm recliner beside a dumpster at her local thrift store. She had to convince the manager to let her buy them even though they believed them unfit for sale because they had ripped cushions. I need to find this thrift store, sounds like they have some high standards!

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Gotta love these finds!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Inspired by DIY: West Elm

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It’s time again for the monthly Inspired by DIY Challenge organized by my good friend Jess of Domicile 37. Each month an amazing group of bloggers gets together to create some inspired DIY.  We each find a piece from a store or designer that we find inspiring and create our own version, DIY style. This month’s inspiration is one of my favorites, West Elm. I chose to DIY the Herringbone Wool Pouf (pictured below) which sells for $149 my DIY version cost me just under $30. I chose this pouf because I love the size and texture and its the perfect height for sitting or just resting your feet which is exactly what I need out on my screen porch.

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Materials: (affiliate links below)

6  Jute place-mats 14″ square (I found mine in store at Walmart for $2.75 a piece)

Roll of jute twine

1 Upholstery needle

16oz Biggie bean bag fill

Now lets put it all together…

Start by aligning the place-mats edge to edge and hand sew them together along one edge using a simple whip stitch and knotting at each end.

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Sew all six mats together into a cross shape using the same technique as shown below.

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Next, fold ends towards each other and again sew together.

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Then you will stand the cube up using the two flaps to create the top and bottom.

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Sew around one edge completely attaching the sides to the bottom flap aligning edges as you go as I did in the picture below.

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On the opposite end sew most of the way around leaving a gap just big enough for your hand to fit through.

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Or a cat to fit through… If you are looking to make a cat house you can stop here otherwise continue to the next step. Ozzie likes to “help.”

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Now we are ready to fill. I used a 16oz Biggie bean bag fill (affiliate) which was just the right amount with barely any leftover. I like this larger bean because it is easier to work with than the small beans that tend to build a lot of static. You could also use a polyester batting and fill fill the pouf like a pillow but the beans are much more cost-effective since it would require a lot of batting to get a firm pouf.

When filling, Started by pouring the beans into the gap in the bag and then once it was almost full adding by hand while compressing to get the pouf as firm as possible.

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Once full use your jute twine and slip stitch to sew the pouf closed.

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And there you have it, a perfect pouf!

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I decided to add a few tassels to the top corners of mine for a fun bohemian feel.

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If you like this, be sure to stop by and see what the other bloggers have been up to with their inspired by West Elm designs.

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As for me, I’ll be checking them out with my feet propped up on my brand new pouf!

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Thrift Score Thursday No.129

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday guys! This week I finished a project I wanted to share but also tell the story of a lesson learned (again!) Spoiler alert, it has a happy ending but still is a valuable lesson to share.

I ran across a yard sale not too long ago and spotted this little table from the street so I decided to stop and check it out. It was sitting in the grass and seemed stable with no deep scratches, I did notice one of the legs was loose but nothing a little glue wouldn’t fix so I snatched it up for just $10.

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When I got the little guy home I notice something I should have noticed at the yard sale. One of the feet was broken off and the opposite had been sawed off to match. I honestly don’t know how I missed this since I did notice one of the legs needed gluing…but I did. So after a bit of pondering, I decided all the legs needed to come off and be cut to match and then reglued. Fortunately, there was enough leg left to make this work and the table to still be stable.

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This story turned out okay in the end because after giving the whole table a coat of paint you couldn’t even tell the legs had been a problem. The downside was the project took a lot more time than I had intended and when it is something I am planning to re-sell, time is money.  It was also a reminder to me that sometimes you come home with a “bargain” that can’t be fixed.

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Public Service Announcement: Check your thrift finds thoroughly because sometimes they are a bargain for a reason and sometimes that reason cannot be fixed. Happy hunting!

Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorites:

I always think of unicorns as one of the thrifting gods so I’m kind of jealous that triciabearmccrory’s husband scored her this needlepoint lucky charm. What a good husband!

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My house (including the garage and attic) is full of vintage lighting so when golddustgoods shared this beauty I swooned a little. I need one of these in my collection, the colored glass is absolutely fabulous!

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This blue velvet sofa is one of claire_de_loom_et_plume’s favorite Craigslist purchases ever. You know I’m always in for a blue velvet sofa so why doesn’t my Craiglist ever have a beauty like this?

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What great goodies!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Outdoor Rug in Black and white

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Are you guys tired of seeing my screen porch yet? I hope not because we are almost to the finish.

This morning I wanted to share a big success with you… We have a rug!!! I love this rug but I have to say I am most excited that it is huge 6’x9′ and only cost me $80. I tell you I am a sucker for a bargain and this one makes me so happy.

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Last week I shared that I felt like I needed to change directions with the rug color once I added the new wicker sofa in blue. That meant all the places I had already checked for a blue or orange rugs needed to be checked again. Luckily, I remembered this woven geometric berber rug from Southeastern Salvage because I had actually taken a picture of it even though I didn’t think it would work.

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Now with the addition of the blue sofa and the black cushions, I think it is a perfect match.

Now I just have to work on the curtains and we’ll be ready for a full reveal!

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Yesterday was a big day, my first day at the new job. I kept the details hushed when I first told you that I was going back to work but now that I’m through all the hiring process I’m free to share. I also wanted to share because it may be something that could be beneficial to you if you have a kitchen or bath remodel coming up. First, let me start by saying my new job is with Lowe’s Home Improvement one of the happiest places on earth for me. I know, some people like Home Depot but I am a Lowe’s girl thru and thru. For all the hours I have spent in Lowe’s I should have been working for them long ago. That being said, starting next month Lowe’s will be offering a new service. For kitchen and bath (and I guess any other interior) remodels that encompass three or more department and use the Lowe’s contractors for installation, customers will be provided free of charge an interiors specialist to guide them through the decisions, planning and management of their projects. At our Lowe’s that is me! I have been so excited to start this job because I feel like it is the perfect use of my talent and experience and because I have been so impressed with the Lowe’s team and the family atmosphere they promote with their employees.  So hee we go…High-five to that and wish me luck!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…

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1.When clients wanted a sparse, white backdrop for their expansive art collection, as well as an authentic design response to their mid-century home Alison Damonte delivered. I love the vibrant colors in this home and the sleek yet cozy feel  Alison manages to create in all of her work, check out her portfolio and you’ll see what I mean.

2. Just a bunch of funny Tweets about HGTV shows. If you get all of these you may be an HGTV addict like me!

3. How fun are these fretwork finials from Taylor Burke Interior? I love all the colors, too bad you only need one per lamp.

4. Totally out of my price range but this Quincy Sputnik Pendant from Horchow is totally fabulous!

5. I have been following Australian artist Liz Payne on Instagram for a while now and am always so amazed by her textile art. You can see her portfolio at her website or stop by her Esty shop to place an order for a custom piece of your own.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

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Thrift Score Thursday No.128

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Hello my friends, my favorite day of the week is here…#ThriftScoreThursday! I love that each week I get to share all my thrifted goodies. This week was one of those weeks when all the stars or at least the Foo Dogs aligned. I’m not usually a hunter of blue and white decor but when I went to an estate sale with tables and tables of it, I couldn’t help but be sucked in.

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And seeing as there were Foo Dogs, lots and lots of Foo Dogs…how could I resist? Especially since I bought these guys on the third day of the sale when everything had dropped to half price.

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Four Foo dogs and a super cool fish covered dish for around $25. I love me some chinoiserie!!

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Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! Please note that by linking up with #ThriftScoreThursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

My Favorites:

As long as we are talking chinoiserie I thought I’d share a few of my favorite you found.

I love anything faux bamboo or real bamboo for that matter, so when a saw jenniferdimplesandtangles, craigslist score I swooned a little. This little desk has some real potential!

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This thrift update from ellegeestudio has met it’s potential with square brass handles and new coat of white paint.Looking good!
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thericharmedlife scored a whole slew of  all cupless saucers which she dreams of reuniting them with their mates but I think they are a pretty fabulous collection living single.

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And who can end a chinoiserie fest without a little brass? thisatticvintage has had lots of brass finds lately, gotta love all of those critters!

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What fun finds.

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Vintage Wicker Gets a Makeover

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My screen porch update has moved to first priority now that the weather is cooling off and I might actually want to hang out there. I recently shared some ideas I’ve been dreaming up about the orange and blue color scheme but recently a new addition has changed the plans slightly.

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A few weeks back I ran across this vintage wicker sofa at a consignment shop. It looked to be about 100 years old (with a 100 years worth of paint) but it had a sturdy hardwood frame and brand new black upholstery. When I first saw it, it was priced at $175, not an insane price. But you guys know I’m a budget shopper and I didn’t technically “need” it so I passed and didn’t think too much more about it. A few weeks later I decided to go back to the shop on the last day of the sale to see if there were any deals and this guy was still there, only now it was $75. Cheap enough for me to reconsider. I decided to offer $50 since it was the last day and they accepted. Now I had my work cut out for me.

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Here is what 100 years of paint looks like. Fortunately, it was so thick it easily chipped right off.

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After lots of scraping, chipping and maybe just a little bit of lead poisoning I was able to get almost all of the old paint removed.

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Now it was ready for new paint. First I used Zinsser Peel Stop Primer (affiliate) to seal the surface and any remaining paint chips.

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Then a few coats of  Valspar® Project Perfect Spray paint in Secluded Garden. Now I have the perfect spot for my Bohemian Rug Sample Pillows.

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While I was at it I decided to give my rattan coffee table a new coat of paint as well.

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Looking pretty snazzy together I’d say!

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With the new furniture moved in the hunt for a rug is on! This is where I’m thinking a change may be needed. The blue rugs are probably out of the running now that I’ve painted the wicker blue and I’m also reconsidering the orange now that the black cushions have come in. My new thoughts are something natural or even black and white. Have a look at some of the new options.

These rug options include affiliate links.

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Plans are always changing when a bargain arrives. Hoping a bargain rug shows up as well…What do you think?

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Love Your Space Ebook

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Today I have a little sneak peek just for you! My friend Kathy at Up to Date Interiors just launched an ebook called Love Your Space. I got a chance to read and review the book during the writing process and it had some pretty inspiring content that I thought you might enjoy.

The goal of this book is to help you create a space you love in 30 days! In this ebook, you will find budget friendly tips for decorating and styling, step by step instructions for unique DIYs, and organizational tips and tricks for each room in your home. Spend as a little as 15 minutes a day to transform your home into a space you love! It also has beautiful images and printable checklists included.

So since I got a sneak peek I wanted you to have one too!

Here’s an example of what you can expect with a typical daily challenge and a cute DIY to help!

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How cute is that? And that is just a taste of what you’ll be getting!

If you’d like to purchase Love Your Space or sample a FREE chapter click below.

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Or if you’re feeling lucky? Enter for a chance to win one of five copies of Love Your Space ebook. Just retweet and/or pin one of the images showing the book up to once a day for entries! Contest open to the US and Canada, 18 and up.

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Hey guys, Who has big plans for the Labor Day weekend? Here in South Carolina we are planning for rain, and lots of it from what I understand. Hopefully not as much as we got last fall. I think because of last year’s flooding everyone is being extra cautious. The schools are closed for today and with the holiday already scheduled for Monday that will give us an extra long weekend. I want to give our school a big high-five for emailing us about the closure last night instead of this morning after I had already gotten up at the crack of dawn. So this morning I got a little extra sleep and am planning a lazy rain day for cuddling on the sofa and watching some movies. Stress-free… High-five to that!

Here are a few more high five’s for the week.

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1.Okay, I have to plan a trip to Chattanooga, TN immediately. Have you guys seen the newly resigned The Dwell Hotel? The hotel originally opened in 1909 but the redesign is totally 1950’s or what the hotel calls “retro re-imagined.” The coolest part is the furnishings are all authentic pieces scored on eBay, Craigslist and estate sales. OMG an entire #ThriftScoreThursday hotel… Look at these rooms! Who wants to be my roommate?

2. And for the next trip… How about the Lunch Box Museum in Columbus, Ga? The is stuffed with 3,500 metal lunch boxes and their matching thermoses and may or may not smell like an old bananas, but I’m game!

3. Do you guys follow Vintage Revivals? If you do you are probably familiar with her travel trailer makeover that she dubbed “The Nugget” well even cuter than the original Nugget is the miniature version reader Emily E. Nagy created which is only 5″ tall. Reminds me I need to get to work on my Winnebago!

4. As someone who loves geometry and color I can’t get over this Diane von Furstenberg romper featured in Harper’s Bazaar Street Style, now if I could just get it to look like that on me…

5. I ran across the West Virginia-based artist BrettKernArt on Etsy. Check out his ingenious inflatable toy dinosaur sculptures which look like the real deal but are actually glazed ceramics.

 

Have a great weekend and stay dry,

Maggie