Thursday, September 27, 2012

Not For Sale!

I love selling my thrift & garage sale finds, but once in a while I just can't part with something.  A prime example is this beveled mirror that has been separated from it's family.  It appeared to be the side of a three part mirror from some fabulous old piece of furniture.
Notice the left side...
Now, notice the equal sides!

new edge 
I used a hand saw (not jig) and power sander to achieve an equal scallop that I simply "eyeballed" on with a Sharpie!  Old English furniture stain gave the fresh cut wood a weathered look.  The wood was very hard.  I decided to keep the finish "as is" since it kind of appeals to me & it's so unevenly worn.

 Can you guess what I paid for it?
Ok, enough teasing.
I paid....
drumrole please..
four dollars
HA! I know!
You gotta love garage sales!
The mirror was falling out & I had to add cardboard layers between it & the thin wood backing to ensure it wouldn't shift & slide.  Lots of extra screw were added because the wood was so hard, staples wouldn't even penetrate!
 lovely bevels
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Top Shelf

A new watering can was added to my small collection last month.  It called my name & for $22 I couldn't resist.  The significant spout made this one stand out.  It seemed like a good deal.

Here is a look at the top shelf of my massive book shelf daddy made (long ago).  It was fun incorporating some random numbers and the color red!

I like this set up a lot better than the mish-mash I had before.  The color repetition seems to tie it all together.  How cute is my new enamelware tea pot for a few bucks at a garage sale?
I paid more for the print of our family portrait in sepia.  It was so worth it to know it'd always go with the surroundings! 

The new can stands proudly in the back sporting some faux geraniums.  I was thrilled to find out the large can actually fit on top of the bookshelf! 

Thanks to my friend's influence, I know love numbers & letters for no apparent reason!  Random is in!  So far no one has asked what they stand for. 

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Friday, September 14, 2012


I found an old softball scoreboard in the woods all folded in half with a few bullet holes.  However, I am in love with it and think it deserved to be displayed & appreciated.  Tell me... is it so awesome?

It's pretty beat up, but the color is still relatively good.  I decided the best place for it was a north wall, away from hot bleaching sun.  The barn by our driveway was the ideal place to offer a peak of this old sign to folks driving away.  By the way, this was a bear cat to hang by myself!  (Thanks for nothing, hubby.)

Here is the view when leaving on our driveway.
Just a peak shows.

It's like it was always meant to be there!
Doesn't it looks great?
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Friday, September 7, 2012

Window Art

I hoard windows.  The shed was pleasantly stocked, then an offer of free ones came up.   Now the little shed is officially BUSTING with windows.  That will have to be what kind of crafts I sell this winter!  I've started a window board on Pintrest to help inspire me.  Take a peak for ideas, if this interests you.

All Free! (thanks Heidi)

Long ago, I painted flowers on one for my mother-in-law and a horse on one for her relative.  Then there is my Halloween theme creation at my paper craft blog: spooky

A person can do chalk paint, cork, chicken wire, stencils,  or add vinyl.  Multiple panes are the most fun, in my opinion.  It also seems that smaller windows are more charming.  A big window will need a BIG space in your home.  They get a bit heavy to hang.  I always like the look of them leaning against a wall on a dress or buffet. They can also be set in a scene on the floor of your porch by the door.

 Here is the most recent one I've done.  It was a masculine design.  I'm excited that is sold from my craft booth in only two days!  woo hoo, someone likes my creations!!!


The glass in the middle section is reflecting my deck boards.  This was so hard to photograph! 

I used brown, red & white adhesive vinyl cut on my Cricut machine.  These images are from the Indie Arts cartridge.  Aren't they rad?

The chicken wire was added to a pane that had a board in it.  The bottom glass pane was covered with corregated cardboard. The wood frame was distressed with small amounts of paint streaks and some edge sanding.

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