How to Shop for Thrift Store Fabric Bargains

Have you ever noticed window treatments for sale at a thrift store?  Rarely do they fit your style and window size, much less your room decor colors needed.  However, it is possible to find fabric  at the thrift store for making your own window treatments.  Before you get grossed out by purchasing things from some unknown person, remember:  Lysol spray is your friend!  😉

For starters, go to the section with bedding – bed skirts and spreads, sheets, coverlets, etc.

That is likely the section where you’ll find other things related mixed among them.  We southern women tend to like anything with Magnolias.  This inexpensive piece of fabric could be used for a valance or a table topper or skirt.  Tailored skirts require very little fabric!  (See Tailored Table Skirt – Easy 2-Seam DIY.)

Thrift Store Fabrics

Next is another piece that’s a similar size.  I don’t remember if this is a sheet, but it had a heavier weight than a sheet.  It would be perfect for making a table topper (Corded Table Topper) – or a skirt.   I also see a fresh and clean Ruffled Shower Curtain with this piece.

Thrift Store Fabric Finds

The heavier weight of this piece could be used for a small window treatment (such as a valance), covering a seat cushion (Vanity Stool Update), or for a Gathered Bed Skirt.

Thrift Store Upholstry Fabric

This piece is similar but with a bonus – bullion fringe!

Thrift Store Fabric and Fringe

Any fringe is an awesome find.  This next one is a valance with ball tassel fringe.  If the colors are right for your home, you might be able to adapt the valance.  You can always use it for pillows!  If all else fails, remove the fringe for use later on a pillow (Sew Easy Fringed Pillow) or table topper (Fringed Table Topper DIY) .

Thrift Store Trims

If you don’t like purple curtain panels, the grommets alone are worth more than the price of the panels.  Simply remove and save for later!

Thrift Store Grommet Panels

In the sheet section, this flannel queen size is large enough for a winter-time change for a Body Pillow Sham and/or to make a winter themed Table Cloth With a Professional Finish.  An excellent fabric choice for $3.98!

Thruft Store Table Cloth

These plaids arrived on the market over twenty years ago but are still rather popular.

Thrift Store Decorator FabricThrift Store Plaid Chintz

Diamonds are as timeless as many plaids and stripes.  Great for a girl’s room!

Thrift Store Diamond Print

This one reminded me of a former shower curtain I made for ID Diva’s bathroom.

Thrift Store Flowery Sheet

I nearly brought this next one home.  I’m on a huge orange kick right now.   The price on this Queen flat sheet with two pillow cases was !15.00.  I would have paid that for an entire queen set, but the fitted sheet somehow was separated from the set (and I looked everywhere for it).  The feel of this sheet was a dream!

Thrift Store Diamond Print

I hope you stumble upon a grouping of quilts!  These make wonderful throws, table cloths, and table skirts.  For a skirt, simply throw a quilt over a small table and turn the corners under for a puddled effect.  Use a quilt for a single curtain panel by clipping it to rings spread across a pole and swooping the panel to one side.  It’s so warm and homey!  Charming and easy, too!

Thrift Store Quilts

That about covers it!  Did you get a new idea or two?

I hope you have a fun Halloween tomorrow and give out/eat lots of candy.  😉









Encouraging Others

Rocky Hernandez is a pastor I met on-line a few years ago.  He was so nice to offer Kindle books to us for free in the past!

Rocky offered to do the same freebie for us today, but I wanted him to get the funds from actual purchases.  In his new devotional book, Music from the Fire, Rocky encourages others who are in the heat of trials.

I won’t go into his personal information, but I happen to know Rocky and his family have had their fair share of trials – more-so, actually.  The fact that he keeps preaching and writing amazes me!  God is definitely in Rocky’s faithful work as he encourages others through God’s word!

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It just so happened that when I went to grab the book link yesterday, the Kindle version was free.  Rocky must have had it set that way for other reasons because he didn’t know I was going to share his book today.

Rocky’s devotional book is very encouraging and uplifting as he shares some stories of others.  Sometimes we find a place of thankfulness when we hear of others facing trials worse than our own.  Don’t get me wrong.  The devotions aren’t all about hard stories.  There’s a smattering of all types of things to encourage you in your faith, including some stories from the Bible.

I’m halfway through the 45 days of devotions, and I didn’t have to complete it fully to recommend it to you.  I plan to leave a review on Amazon when I complete Rocky’s book.  He would appreciate any of us who would do that, so please leave your review, too!

Follow THIS LINK FOR ROCKY’S BOOK.  I will receive no payment if you decide to order the paperback version.  The  Kindle version should still be free if you grab it quickly.  Enjoy Rocky’s new read!




When Jesus Doodled

Do you doodle on scraps of paper?  In mind-wandering creativity, do you draw fun and entertaining pictures – or sometimes write words fancily?

When reading The Book of John last week, it struck me that Jesus was doodling.  I’m sure you’ve read the passage or you’ve seen it played out in movies.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was
caught in the act of adultery.  The law of Moses says
to stone her.  What do you say?” (John 8:4-5)

Pharisees and teachers of religious law were trying to trap Jesus.  They wanted Him to say something that was worthy of His own stoning.  They wanted Jesus dead!

Notice they didn’t bring the man who was also caught in the adulterous act – only the woman.  They weren’t interested in punishment according to the law.  Their purpose was deeper than that, and Jesus knew it (of course).

That’s when it happened.

“…but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.”  (John 8:6b)

Jesus doodled!  There is only speculation over what  Jesus wrote, but scripture says just that He wrote.  Call it what it was.  That’s doodling, folks!  When you doodle, is your brain engaged with things happening around you?  No.

None are...

Your mind is on your doodling, and you ignore all else surrounding you.   What you portray to others is that you are on a mini brain vacation.  You are not paying attention to them.  Jesus was, in effect, dismissing the Pharisees and religious teachers.

Jesus was sending an “I’m not giving you the time of day” message.  But, they didn’t give up.

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up
again and said, “All right , but let the one who has
never sinned throw the first stone!”  (John 8:7)

When your doodling is interrupted, you can hardly wait to return and finish it.  Right?  So, Jesus had to finish His doodle (and continue his message of ignoring)!

Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.  (John 8:8)

This is only what I imagine, not what Jesus actually wrote.  I imagine He was thinking of His up-coming sacrifice and how we don’t deserve it.  Never have, never will.

None are worthy to throw the first stone

Jesus was stalling…waiting for all accusers to leave.  And, then His point was made.  He didn’t ignore the harlot’s sin.  He simply pointed out that we all sin and should turn and sin no more. Jesus told the harlot to turn from her sin and leave the sinful life behind.  We are not to judge.  God does the judging.  Jesus does the forgiving.

Jesus gives grace when we don’t deserve it, and we need it most when we’ve done the worst!

Now.  Go to church and praise the Lord!  🙂








6 Simple Fall Pillows Literally Anyone Can Make!

Maybe I should have published this post last month, but it has been so hot until now.  It has felt like August these past weeks in Mississippi.  Last night, cool temps moved in.  Woo-hoo!

With our week ahead of fall-ish temps, I’m beyond ready to make fall pillows!  How about you?  There’s plenty of time to DIY some easy fall pillow projects.  We have  five weeks before Thanksgiving arrives.  Can you believe it?

Even if you’ve been making pillows the lazy crafter’s way,  you can step up your game with a few more quick pillows to finish out your fall.

6 Simple Fall Pillows Literally Anyone Can Make!


Christie at Sparkles of Sunshine made these nifty Dollar Store Leaf Pillow Covers.  (I saw place mats at Dollar Tree that would be great for this pillow project.)  Isn’t this fun?  Transform any pillow in your home to this great leaf pillow!

Dollar Store Leaf Pillow Covers

Dollar Store Leaf Pillow Covers by Sparkles of Sunshine

Becca from Home is Where My Story Begins  made Those Aren’t Pillows  from place mats.  I have a few of these floating around.  Why haven’t I thought of this?

Those Aren't Pillows!

Those Aren’t Pillows! by Home is Where My Story Begins

If you’d rather paint a pillow cover, Meg at Green with Decor shows how to add a pumpkin for A DIY Fall Pillow.  Such a cute pumpkin!

DIY Fall Pillow

A DIY Fall Pillow by Green with Decor

JoAnn at SweetPepperRose shows her technique for making these Easy Place Mat Pillows.  You won’t believe how she does this!

Fall Place Mat Pillows

Easy Place Mat Pillows by SweetPepperRose

This No-Sew Burlap Pumpkin Pillow from Knock-Off Decor is a Pottery Barn pillow knock-off.  I want one!

Pumpkin Applique Pillow

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkin Pillow by Knock-Off Decor

If you’re into Halloween stuff, this little cutie from Kris at Driven by Decor looks ultra easy to make!  Her pillow really is the cutest little mummy pillow (that’s super simple to make)!

cutest little mummy pillow

The cutest little mummy pillow (that’s super simple to make)! by Kris at Driven by Decor

There.  I think this should hold us over until Thanksgiving.

I don’t mean to scare you (before Halloween even!), but as soon as the Thanksgiving meal dishes are cleaned and put away (leftovers stashed), we’ll be thrust into all thoughts of…dare I say the C word?


Not to worry, Scarlet.

That will be another day, and we’ll worry about that tomorrow (or the tomorrow after Thanksgiving).  🙂


I’m sharing these pillows at Metamorphosis Monday.  Click the linked title and join us for the fun!  🙂










The Lazy Crafter’s Way to Make Fun Fall Pillows

I’ve seen so many fabulous fall pillows this year!

But there was a problem with getting them into my house.  I wasn’t motivated to buy pillows – or even to make them.  My creative energies are being used elsewhere, so I hit a bit of lazy  in the fall pillow department.  Here’s my solution.

The Lazy Crafter's Way to Make Fun Fall Pillows

If you’ve been here for a while, you’ve seen my fall sweater acorn applique pillow before (from a thrift store sweater).

1fall Acorn Sweater Pillow

Last fall, I was all about buying shirts and sweaters to make all sorts of Fall Pillows From Thrift Store Shirts (and sweaters).

Fall Pillows from Thrift Store Shirts and Sweaters

The maroon pillow from this grouping on the porch swing last year is the transformed pillow of question in today’s post.

Fall Pillows from Thrift Store Shirts and Sweaters

I somehow used a different pillow inside the shirt this year, so the buttons are a little stressed.  I thought it would be fitting when Thanksgiving comes.  Won’t all our buttons be stressed?  Ha!

I’ve been trying to get upstairs since early in September to make a pillow from two tea towels, but it just wasn’t happening.  I know!  What is suddenly wrong with me?

Over the weekend, I had a little inspiration for a pillow that was just easy and quick enough to motivate me to climb the stairs and collect the supplies I needed.

Quick Fall Pillows

I tied a cream burlap ribbon around the middle (over the button placket).   Now to choose the leaves from the coasters and faux leaf collection in my stash.

I don’t normally use safety pins for pillows, but this is just for a quick fix, right?

Quick Fall Pillows

The “X” marks the spot where I placed the pin for pinning the leaves.

Quick Fall Pillows

The pin goes into the back side of the ribbon.  Flip the ribbon to the front and load the leaves onto the pin.

Quick Fall Pillows

The pin point goes back through the ribbon.  Close the pin on the back side of the ribbon, and finish tying the square knot, and you are done.

Lazy Crafter Fall Pillows

Well, that took all of about five minutes.  This project is guaranteed to update your pillows for fall in a flash!

Lazy Crafter Fall Pillows

Do you have some pillows you’d like to embellish with leaves?  Is this quick and easy enough for you?


I’m sharing this at Metamorphosis Monday.  🙂





So Many Questions…

Do you have questions you’d like to ask God?  Questions like, “God, how could You let the shooter in Las Vegas DO that?”  “Why?”  “Why didn’t You stop him?”

Did similar questions go through your mind as you heard the news last Sunday?

God’s question for us might be, “Why do you question Me, your Almighty God and Holy Father?”


It may not always seem like it, but God is  in control.  Evil is in our world, and we live and coexist among people who do evil.

If God controlled our actions, we would be robots.  If God forced us to love Him and honor Him with our behavior, that love would be meaningless.  Loving the Lord and obeying His word is our choice – our free will.  Those who don’t honor God wreak havoc on the rest of the world.  God provides for those who seek Him and loves us perfectly.

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We see a wonderful example of God’s provision after He took His people out of bondage in Egypt, performing miracle after miracle in their release from slavery.  Only weeks after their rescue, the nation of Israel complained to Moses.

“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt”,
they moaned.  “There we sat around pots
filled with meat and ate all the bread we
wanted.  But now you have brought us into
this wilderness to starve us all to death.”
(Exodus 16:3)

Really?  They wanted to return to slavery, the thing they’d begged God to release them from – their bondage for over 400 years?  Seriously?

Did they think God just willy-nilly  swooped them out of slavery with no plan in mind?  God always has a plan – His perfect plan.  He rained down quail in the evening and manna every morning, and that’s how he fed the estimated two to three and a half million Hebrews wandering the desert sands for forty plus years.  Can you imagine feeding such a large group?

The Bible speaks of boiling and roasting the quail.  Where did the firewood come from?  They were in the desert!

HH and I both taught this lesson in Sunday School last Sunday – he to our young couples class and me to a class of young teen girls where I substituted.  We marveled all week as we waited for parts to arrive for our stove and dishwasher – both broken within the past month. With such a reminder of God’s provision, how could we complain?

We have proof of His blessings all around us.  God provided our grill, remember?  Our stove still works.  And, He gave us plenty of soap and hot water for washing dishes until parts arrived.

The next time we start to complain about problems with this or that, we should thank God for all He HAS  provided.

I don’t understand why people go off the deep end and shoot people in crowds.  Yes, we live in a fallen world!  And, yes, God is still in control!  Since He managed to feed all of His people in the desert, I know God can repair hearts and lives of the brokenhearted family members of those who died.  We pray for them.

The Lord heals perfectly, in time, for those who seek Him.