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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Even though we’re in the midst of Round 1 of Creating with the Stars, we’re taking a quick break to participate in a fun blog hop.  We were asked to be a part of “She Sent Me What?” the brainchild of Jen Rizzo.  Basically 21 bloggers thrifted a cool item and sent it to another blogger to use in their home.  Even during this busy CWTS season- this was too fun to pass up! 21 bloggers mailed each other thrift store stuff then had to use them!

I sent something awesome to Beckie from Infarrantly Creative and to be honest, I wanted to keep it myself.  I know that’s kind of selfish, but I thought it was awesome! To see what I bought, you’ve got to visit Beckie’s blog and see what she did with it!

Click here to visit Infarrantly Creative

So, my mail was from the fabulous Lindsay from Makely– I love this lady, she’s creative, fun, and inspiring!

If you’re visiting from Makely- Hey! Glad you’re here, if you’re down with Lindsay, then we’re down with you!

You might have seen a little sneak peek on IG a few weeks ago…

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Lindsey sent me a wooden tchotchke that kind of looked like a cross between a hippo and bear!

I couldn’t tell which it was more of- hippo or bear… let me know what you think.

Rather than use it in it’s traditional way- plopped on a shelf, I decided to turn it into a print.  I feel 100% confident that the hippo-bear had something to say…

  HANGRY

I get “hangry” quite a bit, so I can only imagine a hippo-bear does too!

Love you so

This one is for Callen. He was helping me take pictures (AKA I was trying to make him feel included while I took pics) so I decided to make one print for his bedroom too.  We read Where The Wild Things Are a lot and this has kind of become my phrase for Cal.  I’m pretty sure hippo-bear would eat him up, but in a less loving, maternal way.  Yikes.

Here’s our hungry hippo-bear on my piano

Thrifting tips

And Callen’s print- I didn’t get a chance to get it into his room yet. Actually my awesome BFF ran over to my house to take a few pics for me, because I forgot to before I left for Mexico.

DIY Thrift Art

I love my hippo-bear from Lindsay

THANKS so much girl!!  Hope you like what I’ve done with him.

Now, if you want to see what the other 21 bloggers got or sent, use the links below.

Jennifer Rizzo
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Today’s Creative Blog
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
Finding Home
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Eclectically Vintage
Makely School for Girls
Infarrantly Creative
At Home on the Bay
Thistlewood Farms
Serendipity Refined
At the Picket Fence
Not Just a Housewife

Check back at noon today to see Sarah Dorsey share her own Knock Off project! She’s playing along with the contest this year, because we loved her winning CWTS projects so much last year!

The comments +

  1. […] Finding Home The Inspired Room The Handmade Home Eclectically Vintage Makely School for Girls East Coast Creative Infarrantly Creative At Home on the Bay Thistlewood Farms Serendipity Refined At the Picket Fence […]

  2. This is BRILLIANT!!!!! I love it!

    I have to say it took all of my power to send it to you. I super wanted to keep it for myself. It’s random and awesome.

  3. Pretty awesome! I love how you used it in a whole new way. Super cute! Thank you so much for joining in on the party and lending your creativity!!!

  4. […] head over to see what I sent to Monica from East Coast Creative.  It was really hard for me to part with it, so I can’t wait to see what she’s done […]

  5. Awww …. so cute! Great idea.

  6. Jen T. says:

    Super cute! Hippo-Bear…….when I first saw it I thought it looked like a pig. Guess the country girl in me is showing it’s stripes 🙂

  7. Hahaha that is so adorable! The sayings are the perfect quirk! Brilliant idea!

  8. […] Finding Home The Inspired Room The Handmade Home Eclectically Vintage Makely School for Girls East Coast Creative Infarrantly Creative At Home on the Bay Thistlewood Farms Serendipity Refined At the Picket Fence […]

  9. Haha! I love how you used this. Way to go! xoxo Melissa

  10. kristin says:

    Your hippo bear is adorable!

  11. SO fun! What an original take! ;}

  12. I laughed so long, it took me forever to calm down and comment. To read the description of your item, and then scroll down to the picture … well, it REALLY IS a hippo-bear! I’m following everyone from Kari’s over at Thistlewood Farms. These are all fantastic projects but YOURS gets an A+++ for originality. LOVE IT!

  13. […] Finding Home The Inspired Room The Handmade Home Eclectically Vintage Makely School for Girls East Coast Creative Infarrantly Creative At Home on the Bay Thistlewood Farms Serendipity Refined At the Picket Fence […]

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