Friday, July 11, 2014

A Happy Accident

A few months ago I bought a chippy old doll cradle at an antique show and knew right away I wanted to use it as a planter.  I must say that it looked pretty cute with a couple of plants in it, and I was sure someone would be taking it home.

Here it is at the Vintage in the Vines show last month.  Unfortunately it ended up coming home with me, but not in one piece.

With overloaded arms, I lost my grip on it while I was carrying it back to my truck at the end of the day.  Oops!  I was too tired to care, so I threw it in the back thinking it was destined for the garbage can.  Silly me, I should have know better.  After a few smacks with a rubber mallet, I ended up with four salvaged pieces.  

I screwed three cup hooks to one end of the cradle for hanging sweet baby things.  I really didn't want to paint over the decal, so I just stuck with the baby theme.

Look at this adorable decal all crackled to perfection.  

Next up.....
The 20" x 6" sides became signs.   

A perfect size...not too big, not too small.

I really like their original chippy charm.

The obvious choice for the other end of the cradle...
  A fish of course.  What else?  

I dug through my bag of old camera parts and found the perfect fish eye.

The mouth is part of a tarnished brass drawer handle.

The fins are made with pieces of an old camera flash attachment.

Do fish smile?






48 comments:

White Lace and Promises said...

Love at YOU! Great ideas! I wish you would do a post on stenciling. Your are perfect. How do you do it?

Melissa said...

So cute! You definitely need to come share this at my Thrifty Things Friday link party! :)

Rene said...

I love both creations--what a great way to fix an "oops" moment!

Maria (Magia Mia) said...

Oh Betsy. Girl after my own heart. I do love how your right-brain thinks. I'd be so-in-my-element surrounded in piles of junk treasures with you....like 2 little girls making mud pies....;)

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Perfect!! LOVE the fishie!!!!! Wish my brain worked like yours!!!! xoxo

Into Vintage said...

Looks like the parts were as good, if not better, than the whole. Certainly just as cute!

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Very creative! Love how you used all the parts!

Kathy said...

Well, I don't know if fish smile but you sure made ME smile! I'm glad you didn't paint over the decal. It is PERFECTLY chippy.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am always in love with your creations! Great way to use it all and the fish...cuter then cute!

hugs, Linda

Vicky Hunt said...

Just when I think you can't possibly get any more creative, you go and make 3 totally different pieces from what most folks would look at as trash! You amaze me...:) Love that old decal too...so sweet.
Have fun creating!

Blessings, Vicky

MS Mom said...

I SO look forward to your posts. You are so creative and an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing!
Malinda in Mississippi

marie said...

You are SO GOOD Betsy!!!
Love how your creative mind works!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Only you could have pulled that off salvaged the wreck.LOL
Some must smile, as goldfish crackers have smiles.LOL

Attic Clutter said...
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Attic Clutter said...

oh Betsy (:)
such cute ideas
...love recycled art (:)
hugs,Patty

Pam said...

What wonderful ideas you had for the broken pieces. Very cleaver. I recently found a metal doll bed and I'm thinking it will make a wonderful shelf.

Full Circle Creations said...

Adorable! I love how you re-purposed the entire thing!

cynthia lee designs said...

What most would of thought was trash...you made into treasures!! I love the smiling fish...way too cute!!
~Cindy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my! You are so creative! But where will my baby dolls sleep tonight? haha! Never fear...I just found a wicker bed for them! I love old stuff! HUGS!

Penny-Rose said...

The cradle was cute as a button and well loved but now it is several works of art. What a wonderful way to re-use and re-purpose! I just love your blog - so many beautiful things with such history and your transformations are amazing.

Cheryl said...

Your creativity is amazing.........love it!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love how you 'see' the possibilities no matter how damaged something is! These ideas are just too adorable - the little 'fish' is great! Would be so sweet over a kiddie pool or children's bath! Love all your sweet ideas! xo Karen

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Well THAT ONE certainly does! You really know how to make lemons out of lemonade! Fish eye lens...lol Just think, now you'll make four people happy instead of just one!
xo Kathleen

Barbara Jean said...

oh my word girl! Is there no end to your incredible creativity??

blessings
barb

Maureen said...

Oh.My.Gosh! You always amaze me at what you pull off... a fish??? Genius!

That bunny is so cute; glad you didn't cover him up - what a great graphic.

Do I hear other DIYers now "accidentally" dropping their wares so they can make even better creations? I think so...

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

A trio of happy projects. Great salvaged treasures augmented.
Joy

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

That cradle was adorable, but what a great way to repurpose the pieces. Just fabulous!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey Betsy, That was a happy accident indeed. You must have been really tired when you thought the broken cradle would end up in the trash. I could have told you that would get some awesome ideas for the pieces :). I totally love the fish. Your signs are beautiful.
Have a happy weekend!
Hugs,
Juliy

lala said...

Oh my gosh - how do you think of these things??? Your brain must be working in overdrive - the creativity level is absolutely AMAZING!!!!! I really love how you "saw" a fish in the end piece, simply adorable!!!!

Michelle L. said...

Lurve it all! I think you may have won the internet today!

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

What fun! Somewhere in the creative-idea-after-creative-idea life that you lead is time for eating and sleeping? Not that I am giving much importance to such things as eating and sleeping. :) I have a post sharing the same name: "A happy accident." -I linked it below for fun. Although my blog needs work right now -search isn't working, etc! Awesome post.

Link:
http://shanarunacreativespace.blogspot.com/2011/06/happy-accident.html

Debbie Cadene said...

Nice work for sure!! What are the two fonts you used on the Flea Market sign? I love the combination of the two.

Attic Clutter said...

Not in one piece..but it is sure cute what u did with it Betsy(:)
Hydrangeas..yes love love them too (:)
hugs,Patty

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Your creativity is boundless!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Your creativity is amazing! Love the sweet baby decal and those vintage cards hung so sweetly! That fish is so adorable, and how perfect to use old camera lens...genius! :) Love the chippy signs too! Did you paint those letters, they look fab! Happy weekend sweet friend! xo Holly

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love all of your re-use projects, Betsy! And the cute fish wasn't obvious at all...only to creative minds like yours!

Maureen said...

Truly ingenious use of re-purposed parts!

must love junk said...

Unbelievable! Your creativity is endless! All sooo cute :)
Susan

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

SAVED, again and again!!! I think I like all the cool stuff you created out of the separate pieces better than the original whole! Just gotta love that smiling fish>>>>

ThrifterSisters said...

No you did not! What a wonderful imagination you have to think of that fish! It's absolutely perfect :-)

~Erica

Bella Rose said...

I had a good laugh this morning Betzzz!
You are soooooooooooo creative!
Love,
me

Ivy and Elephants said...

Sorry about the fall, it was an adorable planter, but look at all the bang you got for your buck!!!
Super cute all! Now that's using your creativity.
Hugs,
Patti

Recycled Rita said...

What do you use for your lettering? I would love to make a few signs but am afraid I will screw them up! Yours look great! I love that little cradle, looks like you got more than you expected from it!
karen...

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Yes, I do think fish smile and you sure make me smile with all of your amazing creativity!

20 North Ora said...

What a creative imagination you have! Love all of the ideas! Especially the one holding business cards. So creative!!

Judy

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I don't know if fish smile, but you made ME smile with that cute fish. This project is the perfect example of "if life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Great job!

Anny said...

Ha! What a fun recovery!

Doreen@househoneys said...

Love the fish! Adorable! Last year I purchased a cradle to use as a planter too. I didn't drop it so it's still intact, but I haven't waterproofed it yet so it hasn't lived up to it's potential yet, but will.