Thursday, April 17, 2014

Little Storage Drawers

I might have mentioned once or twice a few dozen times that I have a weakness for little storage drawers and boxes.  In fact, I have more little storage containers than I have trinkets to store, but I still have a hard time passing them up.

 Aren't these the cutest little compartments?  Each one is only 2 5/8" x 1 1/2".

 Even though they needed some TLC, how could I walk away from them?  The entire box isn't much larger than a shoe box.

Unfortunately the missing pulls left holes in most of the drawers.

The solution was to turn the drawers around and start with a fresh slate.  Two of the drawers with their original rusty pulls were in decent shape and just needed the ugly crayon marks removed.  What was someone thinking?  Remnants of the old label on top rubbed right off after I moistened it.

 The tiny new handles were made with twisted wire left over from another project.  I punched two holes in each drawer, then shaped and bent the wire using jewelry pliers.

I sure hope they hold up to all the use they're going to get.

 This makes me think these drawers were originally used to store pharmaceutical labels.  

 Now they're perfect for holding some of my jewelry making supplies.

 A place for everything and everything in its place.

 8 compartments per drawer X 10 drawers = 80 compartments waiting to be filled with
 tiny treasures.  

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Rusty Jeweled Vases

When I spotted these chippy, rusty, and industrial looking thingies at an antique show, I knew just what I wanted to do with them.

This is exactly how I found them.  Someone already did me the favor of cutting these heavy metal industrial poles into manageable 6" pieces.

I cleaned off the surface dirt, sprayed them with a coat of clear matte sealer, then beautified them with some vintage jewels.

This one is wearing an old barrette that I found at a yard sale.  I removed the clip from the back, replaced the missing flower centers with pearl beads, then glued it on with some E6000.

I dressed this one up with a combination of three antiqued silver filigrees and a vintage rhinestone earring. 

I'm not sure if the flowers would be happy in rusty water, so I placed a small vintage bottle inside one of the vases and a glass tube inside the other. 

There's just something about the combination of rhinestones, rust, and spring blooms that makes me smile.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

His and Hers

A couple of months ago I took apart a couple of pallets, cut them into small pieces, sanded them, then stashed them away waiting for inspiration to hit.  Out of sight, out of mind right?  I forgot about the boards until I rediscovered them while attempting to clean out my garage.

HERS was born with the help of some paint, Elmer's glue for crackling, and bits of salvaged jewelry from my stash.

I used two small eye screws and part of a broken necklace to hang HER up.

HERS was lonely without HIS.

An old hinge screwed to the back is a perfect way to hang HIM up.

A match made in my garage.  They make a lovely couple don't you think?
Both of them sold at The Paris Flea Market this weekend, but I'm not sure if they separated or if they'll be living together happily ever after.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Musical Thread Spools

It's April 1st and the Spring issue of Jewelry Affaire Magazine is officially on the news stands. When my complimentary copy came in the mail last week, I dropped everything I was doing and sat down to go through it cover to cover.  Two of my musical thread spool necklaces are featured in the Whimsical Wares section.  La, la, la, la and Amazing Grace.

Thank you so much Jewelry Affaire.  I'm honored to be featured in this quality publication with so many talented and creative artists.

Fresh off the assembly line and in my Etsy shop is a new batch of these whimsical wares.  
This time I used both sheet music and a page from a 1947 typing manual to cover the spools.  Each one was decorated with little bits and pieces to fit the theme of the spool, then sealed with 2-3 coats of matte or sparkle Mod Podge.  You can see my last two batches here and here.  Do you have any idea how many times one of these songs was stuck in my head while I was putting these together?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

A New Life for an Old Sewing Machine Cabinet

I'm not one to pass up free furniture, so when my sister offered me two old sewing machine cabinets she had been storing in her garage for years, how could I resist?  One cabinet was in decent shape and is getting a paint job; the other one was a different story.

One side, the top, and two pieces from the front were all I was able to salvage from this poor cabinet that had seen better days.  I was anxious to get started on it and didn't get a picture before the deconstruction.

It was brought back to life with the help of CeCe Caldwell's Seattle Mist and Vintage White paint, wallpaper, glue, and two vintage glass door knobs.

Much better!  I glued and nailed the small piece from the front of the cabinet to the top of the salvaged side for an instant shelf.   

The raised design in the center is nothing more than embossed wallpaper.  I cut out a shape from a much larger piece, wet the back, then pressed it in place.  

After the first coat of paint dried, I worked in small sections and painted on good ol' Elmer's glue in random areas.  To achieve the cracks, I went over it with a second coat of paint before the glue dried completely.  I'm too impatient to watch paint dry, so I used a hair dryer to speed up the process while I watched the cracks magically appear.

Ready for hanging with a couple of hooks and wire.  I have no idea why I painted the back.

Where were all my nice towels when I needed them?  There's about a 1 1/2" gap between the wall and cross bar.....plenty of room for a towel or some pretty vintage linens.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

A Sweet Surprise

It's true, you never really know what you're going to get when you open a box of chocolates.  I love my See's candy, but would never consider buying any at a yard sale unless I had a pretty good idea there was something else hiding inside.

This box obviously weighed more than 2 pounds.

Oh yeah!  For $1.00 I didn't care if it was a box full of plain white plastic buttons.

Eye candy!  

Lots and lots of button candy to sort through.  Just like a box of chocolates, I'll have fun picking out the ones I like.  

There was a table full of jewels right next to the button candy; I just grabbed the mirrored tray and started loading 'em on.

Oh what fun I'll have playing with these. 

The first thing I noticed when I pulled up to the second sale was the old phone sitting on a table in the driveway.  OK, I'll take it....along with a few other goodies.

A little research showed that it's a Danish phone probably from the early 1940s.  Need an ambulance?  Just dial 0.

Hope you all have a wonderful first weekend of spring.  I'll be a vendor at the Vintage Market here in town tomorrow and it's looking like it will be a beautiful spring day.

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