The Macklemore Thift Shop Challenge: Catching Up & Playing Along!

Well… who knew? A Macklemore inspired thrift shop challenge! I caught YHL’s post just after my thrifting outing last week, and had big plans for today’s thrifting. Only the excursion was called off due to a nasty flu bug trying to swarm in. Instead, here’s what I’ve cobbled together from last week so I can play along!

The three things you need to do to play:

1. Go to a thrift store with $20 and take a picture…

Since there’s no pic of me holding $20 in front of the store… but $20 is my normal budget for a thrifting day, I mocked this up with the treasures we loaded up from our adventure. The checked things are mine! Notice the red tool box? It’s the one I just wrote about here and pinned here!

2. Spend your $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils…

  • $3 Dovetail Box (it has a great old burnished brass clasp on it!) – I’m thinking of stenciling the box to create a vintage inspired look-alike crate… still deciding.
  • $9 Wine Carboy – not sure just yet where this will end up, but I liked it, even though it’s kind of new!
  • $1 Hoop – this will go into a DIY project somewhere down the line.
  • $5 Vintage Tool Box (made by Climax, c. 1930s to 50s) – you can see what I did with it here!
And the table below. You saw it sitting up-side-down and circled in the first photo! It’s c. 1940s, and in desperate need of a redo. Plans are underway for that to happen, and some of the prep work has already begun since Kaleigh has put her dibs in on it!

But I’m kind of cheating to include the table in my $20, because I actually saw it three weeks ago, just didn’t buy it at the time. I kept thinking about it, so when we popped back to this thrift store last week and it was still there, well I decided to make it mine! I paid $20 for it, a little too much, I know, but it was one of those pieces that was calling me. Besides, I saved my $20 three weeks ago!

3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.

Well, I figured you might find a few of these things in grandma’s closet, and maybe, just maybe the leather boots would be in grandpa’s!

Even though I didn’t get to play completely by the rules, it was still fun to pull this together from our outing last week. Whew, good thing for phone pics, isn’t it? Like I said, who knew?

I’m linking up over at Young House Love...

You seriously need to pop over and check out all the other Macklemore inspired finds!

Thanks for stopping by!

Photos by Sheila Zeller 


Rain Chains… More than Just Curb Appeal

The weather is shifting and with that comes the need to pay close attention to your exterior maintenance and curb appeal. Are your gutters clean and running freely, and where is all that water going? Have you considered implementing a rain barrel (like I wrote about here)? And do you know about rain chains?

Rain chains? Pardon?

Rain chains are an ancient Japanese form of a down spout. The chain, sometimes linked with cups, hangs straight down from the corner of the eves and acts like a funnel for rain water . In Japanese they are referred to as “kusari doi” 鎖樋, which literally means “chain gutter.”

Here you see rain chains that are made up of linked cups.


The cups are open on the bottom, which allows the water to flow through freely while being channelled at the same time.

And here you see just a simple double linked chain. Links like this are closest to the original form…


One thing to note, chains tend to splash more than cups, but the downward channelling is still extremely effective. Isn’t a rain chain a beautiful thing? It’s such a great looking alternative to conventional down spouts.

Rain chains are typically made of copper, which allows them to age and patina gracefully.

Like this antique tulip cup rain chain.


A little trivia on the side. Did you know that copper is the worlds most reusable resource, and because of that it also has the highest recycling rate of any other engineering material?

That’s an aside, but on the note of being environmentally conscious, did you know that rain chains tend to encourage water collection? They are often integrated into exterior vignettes where the chain falls down into a decorative container or area.

Like a rain barrel


Or a water garden…


Or a basin immersed in a beautiful garden…


Basins are great because they not only catch water, but can be tipped and tilted to strategically direct the overflow.

Like this basin here.


This is also a great example of a rain chain and basin fusion with a rain garden.

A rain garden is a planted or stone-covered bed that is designed for water to be slowly absorbed into the soil and help mitigate the effects of water run-off.


Here you see another variation of a rain garden.


This close-up shows the surface area of a miniature underground well that has been filled with river rock for drainage.


It also demonstrates another valuable technique, anchoring the rain chain to prevent it from swaying in the wind, which of course also keeps the water channelled where it’s supposed to go!

 Rain chains come in many shapes and lengths. Here are a few of my favourites.

I couldn’t resist starting with this shiny new copper umbrella rain chain!


It won’t stay this shiny for long, but to me that’s not a bad thing.

Because here you have an inverted umbrella that has started to dull down, and I think it looks more natural this way.


Did you notice that the inverted umbrellas actually become rain cups on the chain?

Aren’t they great?

This honey bee rain chain made me think of Young House Love.


Their thing is bees, and they are one of my favorite go-to blogs. Have you read their blog?

And these next ones are just a few random shapes in rain chains that appeal to me…

Like these double linked circles.


These double linked diamonds.


And these double linked tear drops.


There’s definitely no crying in the rain if you own a rain chain!

And just in case you’re not convinced a rain chain is the thing for you or your curb appeal…

Would this rain chain fountain help you change your mind?


I love this feature! And it would be so easy to make.

Do you have a rain chain in lieu of a traditional down spout? If not, would you consider hanging one???

Related Posts You Might Like To Read

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Working With What You Have

I follow the blog ‘Young House Love‘ written by John and Sherry Petersik. Do you follow them too?

I find this dynamic duo to be incredibly creative, honest, and real. Their fearlessness to tackle DIY projects is refreshing and infectious. And they share their step-by-step process with us so we can tackle a DIY too!

In these photos my daughter Kaleigh is tackling the DIY project of painting her room. She’s a great painter!

Without further ado, here’s a very short video of John and Sherry describing their approach to design and decor, to living modestly and responsibly.

Wouldn’t you agree, John & Sherry’s approach is truly inspirational? Their creativity and willingness to tackle DIY projects adds a whole new dimension to working with what you have… which is you!

So here’s the thing from me to you. My approach to creating a remarkable space for you begins with you and your existing pieces. What, if anything, have you tried on your own? Where have you gotten stalled? Where do you want your space to go? What pieces tell your story, and which ones don’t? After this I will have a better understanding of your vision. And then… it’s time to let the magical transformation begin.

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photos: Sheila Zeller

Video: Stodgy is Sexy

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