Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bet you never thought to pick HERE...

I was taking my aluminum cans to the metal recycling place a few weeks ago - you know the places - lots of piles of metal, big machines and you leave with a check for $3.87 for a van full of pop cans....

ANYWAY...

As I was waiting for them to print off my check I looked around and realized I was surrounded by amazing rusty JUNK!

WHY hadn't I thought of it before??!! The office lady came back and I put on my sweetest smile and asked if they ever sold any of the metal BACK to people...
And she said yes, we sell it at a rate of .50 cents/lbs....

She was in a big hurry so I left it at that. The next week I went back to inquire a little more. I really wanted to look around this place but there are HUGE cranes and bulldozers working everywhere. The owner told me that I could look around if I came first thing in the morning before all the equipment operators came in. So the next day I put on my boots and gloves and dug through this...



He was a little leary of letting me climb around the MOUNTAINS of metal, but I assured him I'd be careful!
 They had piles for steel and aluminum.
 But the cast iron was my favorite!

 So rusty and perfectly aged by being out in the elements...
Lots of cast iron bathtubs!


This is one of the things I did buy...
Old rusty cast iron gears. At .50 cent/lbs. I got two smaller ones and one very large one for $10!
I also found something else very special that I'm going to save for another post...
So next time you're searching for some good rusty junk... head to the metal recyling plant!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Quite shameful...

I have been a terrible blogger! Down right shameful! I've been going 90 miles an hour and have left VERY little time for sitting down at my computer...

I have been very crafty  though....

.One of my favorite things to make are tags. They serve no real purpose, just little works of art...

I make these tags for a little art shop we have in town where local artists can sell there work and the shop takes a percentage. It's been growing fairly quickly. The owner called me the other day and asked for 30 to 40 more of the tags...
WHAT??!!
Each one is unique, each one is different and usually consist of the supplies I spread out in front of me... All contain at least one vintage piece; most have more... So, HOW exactly am I going to make 30-40?? Hmm... better go stock up on more diet coke.... It's going to be a loooong couple of nights!

I promise to be a better blogger now...  Promise!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Check out the amazing giveaway I won!

I won the amazing giveaway The Answer is Chocolate had to celebrate her 100th follower!


This is a beautiful Dream Box she made!

She is filling it with ephemera, charms, hand stamped gift / hang tags, embellishments, a special treat and there MAY even be chocolate! 

I can't wait to get this in my mailbox! Thank you Carol!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Feeling a little blue...

I picked this up at a garage sale for $5
You can't tell in the picture but it had an ugly off white and green bad crackle finish to it.
I picked up a pretty blue "oops" paint at Lowe's. I really wanted a lighter blue, but when you shop off the $5/gallon rack, you take what you can get!
I added some decorative painting and spray painted the drawer pull white...
Some sanding/distressing of the edges let the original white finish show through...
I enjoyed working on this piece. It came together quickly. I'm not one to have patience for long projects so when I can get it done fast - I'm happy!
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

This weeks yard sale finds...

It has been a CRAZY few weeks...
My kitchen table and chairs are outside under a tarp... My sofa and loveseat are in the kitchen... My various end tables and sofa table are in my son's room!
BUT, the hard wood floors are coming alone nicely... I just have to take a deep breath and live among the chaos for a while...
Anyway, I did manage to get some yard sales in and are really glad I did!
I got some really great stuff!
This beautiful vintage needlework was $3 and I plan to make it into a pillow. The apothecary jar was .25cents, vintage baseball was FREE and the turquoise and pearl necklaces were $1...
This old English garden basket was $5...
These two old iron baskets(?) were $2 each and the iron plant stand was FREE...
These are really pretty. I'm guessing they are baskets? They are a lovely shabby green color and chippy all over. I'm going to have fun deciding what to put in them!
This is my most unique find. It is a hanging light! I'm not so crazy about the red velvet on the shade but I'm not sure how I would change it?
It has beautiful details on it and I only paid $2 for it!

I ended up taking all three of my little ones with me and the yard sale was in a community of cluster homes for older people. All the older folks loved my kiddos and kept giving them little trinkets! This is my three year old with her favorite pick of the day!
I've linked up with Southern Hospitality Thrifty Treasures

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Mirror Makeover with Copper Sheeting Flowers!

I am joining in on some fun blog parties with my mirror makeover!
I picked up this mirror at GW for $4.00 (Marked $5 with a 20% off coupon). It is solid wood and very heavy. And I should mention it was filthy!
I cleaned it up, sanded and primed the wood. A good coat of a creamy white brought this old mirror back to life!
I wanted to dress it up a bit and after looking through my supplies I uncovered some copper sheeting I picked up years ago. I really gravitate to metal objects...
I couldn't get a good pic of the piece I had... Something about photographing something SO shiny just wasn't working out!
stock photo courtesy of Gutter Supply Co.

I had cut out circles and then cut those into the swirl pattern. I coiled them up to form flowers. I would suggest you wear gloves to do this as the edges of the metal are pretty sharp.
  The copper sheeting make the coolest flowers because one side is copper and the other is aluminum! I made a variety of flowers using both sides as the "inside" of the flower.

I simply hot glued the metal flowers to the frame...
I love how it turned out! It is going to be hard to part with this one!


*As a little side note I wanted to extend a HUGE thank you to my followers and all the incredibly sweet comments you have left me! I am SO new at this and your encouragement has meant more to me than you'll ever know!

HookingupwithHoH

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Honoring our Military & Some Upcoming Challenges...

Happy Memorial Day! Many blessings to our military of past, present and future... And to all their families as well!

Here are a few upcoming creative challenges I'm working on...







What would YOU do with this ordinary soap box?
 
 
And Michelle at
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Has an upcoming Glass Bottle challenge in her "Category Crafting" Show. This one is right up my alley because I have a secret obsession with glass bottles!
 
 
We just purchased 24 boxes of hardwood flooring to replace our disgusting carpet and I am SO excited! NOT so excited about how it will turn my house full of six people upside-down though...
Working on these creative challenges will give me just the right break from the ciaos to keep my sanity!

Friday, May 28, 2010

I'm such a LUCKY girl!

I am SO blessed! And I just have to brag tell you about it! ;)
My parents own a nursery right around the corner from me. It's on the small side and they do it just part time because they love it. Well, of course they have big wholesale places the get their inventory from...
My dad took me to a huge wholesale nursery about an hour from us yesterday to get a bunch of trees and perennials for my yard (another project spurred by upcoming grad party).

This place is HUGE! I was like a kid in a candy store! ESPECIALLY since my dad "just put it on his account"! Mental note: Buy Dad a BIG Father's Day gift!

They had a greenhouse for nothing but Hydrangeas! I got some beautiful things from my yard and I'm excited to get everything planted!


Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Weighing me down...

I have a lot weiging on me lately...

It has caused my projects to be put on hold and my creativity stiffled...
See, my oldest daughter is graduating high school on Sunday... And I'm a basket case!



I can't figure out where the time has went!

The party is coming up... My house is covered in drywall dust, floors ripped up, mulch piles everywhere... All the non-fun projects in full force!



This is one of my favorite books.. It is a bible from 1909 written in German. It has a lot of handwritten passages and family linages inside...


So I'm running out to buy the most waterproof mascara I can find...
I'll be back to the creative stuff as soon as the weight lifts...
Wish me luck!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lamp Make-Over

I picked up this very large heavy lamp at the thrift store for $14. It had very charming cherubs all the way around that were in an unfortunate gold color with a boring pleated shade. Here is how I gave it a make-over...



Before...

 Not the best pic - but I had ripped off all the pleated stuff from the shade. I then tore an old white bed-skirt into long strips and began using the hot glue gun to attach the strips loosely around the shade, overlapping each tier to create a ruffled effect...

I took a can of white spray paint to the base and made some fabric flowers out of the leftover strips...



Here's a preview of another project I'm working on...
I'm turning this into a light fixture... Stay tuned...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

White, White and more White...

I love to paint things white. I makes a piece seem so fresh and clean!  Here are some furniture pieces I've made over. I did them before I was really into the blog thing so of course it never occurred to me to take a before photo. Some of the pieces were in rough shape so I am kicking myself (really I am - you should see my leg flying through the air!) for not thinking of snapping a quick before photo.

Here is a chippy white wooden ladder and a small blue chair. I made the feed sack pillow and vintage doily bolster pillow.


I just love this old desk. I lined the drawers in old sheet music.

I decoupaged old school papers from 1908 to the top of this coffee table.


 A dainty dish filled with white buttons, an old whiskey bottle and some flowers made from vintage pattern paper.
(Ignore the guy with his hands in his pockets - that's just my brother :))



These two pieces are my favorite! I am most proud of the buffet.
Miss Mustard Seed is my IDOL! She inspired me with this one. I painted it out in a white paint and highlighted the decorative trims in a pale gray. I hand painted some scrolly elements and added clear (glass-looking) hardware.
The three tiered table was also inspired by Miss Mustard Seed.
I decoupaged vintage sheet music to each tier. Of course I sanded and distressed it out to give it an old lovingly worn look.
I just wish I had taken better photos!

Hope you loved my whites as much as I do!
Ta Ta for now...