Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Raise A Racquet - Part 2

It's Thursday already and that means Thrifty Thursday with Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville and Vintage Thingies Thursday with Suzanne @ Coloradolady.  I always enjoy participating in both of these parties and viewing all of the fabulous thrifty and/or vintage items people are finding.  I am also joining The Shabby Chic Cottage for the first time for Transformation Thursday.  Thanks to everyone for hosting these great events.

If you are looking at these first pictures and thinking you've seen this already, bear with me.  I'm not rerunning my post from three weeks ago (found here), I just found a new use for the same item.  So today I thought I would post my second idea using the vintage tennis racquet braces I found at a thrift store for 50 cents apiece. 

  Here's a picture of the unadorned tennis racquet braces:


and here is the BOO sign I made for Halloween:


As I was taking down the Halloween decorations this week, inspiration struck on how I could use these same braces for a Christmas decoration.  I changed out the scrapbook paper, stacked the braces one on top of each other, inserted a dowel rod through the braces to hold them together, added a star to the top, and placed them in a red bucket.

And the completed project....a vintage Christmas tree to decorate my fireplace.
                                                   There are so many ways this tree could be further decorated.  You could add the word JOY in the braces, add some vintage Christmas images or photographs or decorate with some favorite ornaments.  I plan on dressing this up a little more but I wanted to get it posted for today's parties.  Not a bad decoration for under $3.00.

Happy Thursday,
Jane

53 comments:

  1. I AM SPEECHLESS...That is unbelievable and who would have seen that but you??? To think I got rid of my tennis rack brackets several years ago (arrrr). Very creative. I love your creativity!

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  2. Jane, I have been looking for these brackets ever since your last post...NOW I must find some....that tree is just adorable....LOVE IT!!

    Have a great VTT and a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Now aren't you so clever. The boo sign was great but the Christmas tree...too cute!

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  4. What to go! This idea is FABULOUS! I'm gonna keep an eye out for these babies now!

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  5. You could make 3 short trees too.

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  6. That is awesome! I love the tree.

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  7. Wow, talk about being creative...who would have thought to put tennis racquet braces together! I ♥ the star topped tree.

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  8. I love it!!! You are so creative. I need to find me some of these brackets. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment.

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  9. Hi Jane,

    Now that is cute....way to go! Thanks for the Kreative Blogger Award.

    Have a wonderful day.

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  10. Oh wow - - - what GREAT ideas. I'm very partial to the Christmas tree - - that is so cute!!!

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  11. Great eye you have!! These are so original!! I see these racquet covers a lot at the thrift stores ... I would have NEVER imagined a use for them ... thank you for sharing yours!

    xo
    Jill

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  12. Once again you've come up with a great idea...Your vision is amazing!! You never cease to amaze me! Can't wait to see what you do with them after the holidays!!

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  13. OMG
    OMG
    OMG
    I NEED THOSE !!! I love those...I am looking for tennis racket holders now - Thanks !!
    OMG
    OMG
    OMG
    Love it !!
    Kammy

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  14. Wicked creative and unique! Love it Girl!

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  15. Hi Jane,
    You are just so clever, I swear you see things differently to the rest of us. (Well, me at least!)
    Thanks again for the award.
    Maggie

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  16. Very multi functional and you are truly very creative. I enjoyed your post and creativity.

    Stop by and browse a bit; I'm sure you'll like what you see. If you do, then don't forget to click the "Follow" button and just below that you can "Subscribe" to my blog to get informative posts and we can both inspire and share with one another to get our creative juices flowing.

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  17. So Jane...when are you getting your own crafting show to host? Name it "See Jane, See Jane Craft"! LOL! Girl, you can take anything and make it into a treasure!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  18. Totally unique! I would have passed those up for sure, but not any more :) Thank you!

    Kristin - The Goat

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  19. I saw the halloween project and couldnt believe it...but lady, you have vision! I tip my hat to your creativity!


    Or I tip my racquets to you...

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  20. Jane, Again-you are an inspiration! I am amazed, simply amazed at what you can repurpose that I wouldnt think about. I am off now, to look for tennis brackets! LOVE this! Thanks sweet friend. Fabulous idea! Thanks for linking up to Tales from Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday.
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  21. Now that's multi-tasking. Great transformation.

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  22. Who would have ever thought you could do any thing with these old rackets? These projects just look amazing! Love the Christmas tree.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  23. Hi Jane,

    another amazing transformation! I love it!

    Debbie

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  24. WOW!!!!!! How pretty does it get. I can't believe this beautiful tree is made from such simple things. How very creative you are.. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

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  25. Jane,
    Wow...$3.00 Christmas tree...it looks great...soooo creative! I also want to thank you for the Kreativ Award that you gave me...I'm soooo excited!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  26. Wow, you are very creative!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Ally

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  27. Oh my goodness you are so good at seeing outside the box! Very creative.

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  28. I have no words....amazing idea!!!!!! Wow!

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  29. You are so creative! They look like they were meant to be made into those projects!!

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  30. This si great! So creative to see these uses!

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  31. Oh, Jane! You're so brilliant! I wish I had your eye for seeing things differently. I still love that BOO creation, but this tree has really wowed me! You are awesome!
    Happy VTT!
    Carol

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  32. Hi Jane,
    I love that idea. Your cup runneth over with ideas! xoxo
    PS Thank you for the blogger award.

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  33. This is great! I can't believe $3.00 can turn into this.

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  34. Jane:
    I
    Think
    You Are
    So Clever!
    xoxo
    Donna

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  35. Unbelievable! What a cute idea...and so clever! You should teach a class!

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  36. What great ideas! I have to look for some of those braces. I particularly love the Christmas tree! Thank you for visiting Junkblossoms. I hope you can remember that wood clamp idea. email me at patricia8223@comcast.net and let me know when you think of it. It is definately inconvenient getting old. lol

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  37. Jane, you did it again...love the tree! Hope all is well.

    Christine

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  38. Hi Jane...I love it! My hubby is an avid tennis player and i've always wanted to do something with old raquets....what a great idea! Also wanted to thank you for becoming my first follower...YAY!!!! I'll definately be back to read more. Keep the great posts coming...

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  39. Hey Jane -- you know that song, "It's hard to be humble"? Well, you're gonna be singing that after you read the post about you at http://lbratina.blogspot.com/2009/11/tgoodnessif-contest-winners-announced.html (Tales from Bloggeritaville)...and I agree with all her remarks. Your talent is remarkable. Congrats on such a great post!

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  40. Fantastic! I absolutely love this Christmas tree! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. OMG!! These are brillent!!

    I have to find some of these!

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  42. Hi, Jane! I have just found you from Linda at Coastal Charm. I'm really impressed with what you did here - both of them! They are both so cute!
    Mary Lou

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  43. OMG! I love this! I think it's wonderful when you can take a decoration and keep remaking it to fit in on different seasons. THis is the whole idea in the first place, right??
    Great job, I totally love this.

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  44. Now that is clever! Love the way you reused it and they both turned out so cute! Have a good weekend...

    pk @ Room Remix

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  45. Jane this is so awesome you clever girl. Your brain is so darn creative! I can't wait to see all the great stuff you do for the holidays.
    Hugs,
    June

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  46. Hi Jane,
    Love the tree too! Thanks for your offer of the music, it sounds so pretty!! If the music was made before 1923 it would most likely be in the public domain, after 1923 though, things get a little tricky and much more complicated. That's why most of my images are from before 1923. I'm not sure I would be able to risk it with the 1932 date. If it were a book, I might be able to research it and figure it out, but since it's sheet music, it would be difficult to find out for sure if it could be used. Thank you anyway though, you were so sweet to think of me for it! And also I'm feeling much better, thank you for asking!

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  47. Jane,
    How delightfully cute!
    Dee Dee

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  48. I loved the first idea you had with the tennis racquet braces but your christmas tree idea, well that just takes the cake, love it.
    hugs,
    Melissa

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  49. Very clever! And it looked so great both as a Halloween decoration and now for Christmas. Ok, it's official, love your blog so I'm on my way to become a follower!

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  50. YOU ARE SO CREATIVE!!!!

    Racket idea super!

    blessings

    barbara jean

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