Monday, June 13, 2011

Seeing Stars

I think it was back in December that I told you I ran out of yardsticks so you wouldn't be seeing anymore yardstick projects from me.  Well, I walked into my local antique mall a couple of weeks ago and found one booth with dozens of yardsticks for $1.00 apiece.  I did my part to help the economy and purchased several.

It was time to make more stars.
In the past I have used 5 yardsticks to make one big star for my mantel.
This time I cut each yardstick into five 7" pieces to make smaller stars to accent the ironstone plates hanging in my kitchen.
The yardstick for the star pictured below came from TG&Y.  Does anyone else remember TG&Y stores?  We had one in my hometown when I was growing up.  Kind of like a Walmart on a much smaller scale.
Since I was on a roll making stars, I decided to make a red one for part of a 4th of July display....this time out of paint stir sticks.
I'm displaying the red star with a white ironstone platter, and blue canning jars for my patriotic display.
The blue canning jars were a great find at a yard sale last week.  I bought 12 jars with lids all for $10.00.
 The vignette is displayed on some stacked picnic baskets I found recently at thrift stores.
Total cost for all three baskets was $9.00.
I think I found some good bargains the past couple of weeks so I'm linking this with Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

With garage sale season in full swing I'm sure there are a lot of thrifty finds linked to the party.  Be sure and check them out.

Have a thrifty Tuesday!!

Jane

32 comments:

  1. Cool stars...picnic baskets are wonderful for storage, I have several!

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  2. You make the best stars Jane! I need some to go with my banner! ;)

    Jeanine

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  3. Yes, we do need to help the economy. Love the stars and how cute they are painted red. Love the framed flag below, too.

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  4. Jane Jane Jane
    I LOVE these stars!!!

    Amy

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  5. Wow, those really were some great finds. I just love those stars and would love to try to make one especially with the Fourth of July coming up so soon. The cleverness never ends! You have a gift!

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  6. Do you hear me over here clapping and shouting, "Jane is amazing!!" I love the stars, they make the best patriotic display ever! Along with the ironstone and the red one and picnic baskets, you are a true blue lover of America!
    You really did find some great bargains, and everyones favorites too! I love it all, t. xoxo

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  7. Love the stars! They look so wonderful on the plate displays - and again, you have outdone yourself!

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  8. You must of done well in Math!
    Like the stars painted and natural.

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  9. I love these stars. What a bargain buy you got on the old yardsticks. I'm not sure you can buy a new {and flimsy} one for a dollar these days.

    My favorite is the large one over your mantel.

    Have a wonderful week,
    Stephanie ♥

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  10. Jane, I love these yardstick (and paintstick) stars!! Any and all sizes!! I have a bit of a star collection already and I need one of these for my house. So I'm going to have to figure out how you made this and what bits and pieces of hardware it takes to do it.

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  11. Very cool creations. If you were desperate for them you could use the wooden paint stirrers which are usually free and then you could "antique" them and letter them.... If you were desperate.

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  12. I didn't see the post in December so I'm excited to see the large yardstick star too. That is cool! What are the things holding the ironstone plate with stars? I love whatever they are as display shelves.

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  13. I'd say you found some good bargains! A dollar a yard stick! I love the red star!

    Carol

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  14. Great 'scores'... loving what you did with the yardsticks and that tiered basket display looks lovely... I enjoy stacking my Vintage Picnic Baskets and it holds so much hidden storage... so along with my Vintage Suitcases I can never seem to get enough of these great storage pieces.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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  15. Another fun project to add to my "DO" list!
    Love the little stars.
    Warmly,
    deb

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  16. Love your little red paint stick star! You are such an out-of-the-box thinker! I PLAN to copy yours and put in on display outside. However, I cleaned my basement yesterday and found the old yardsticks I was going to use to copy your big star way back in December! Alas, it never got done. Love all your clever ideas. Thanks for sharing them and sending inspiration our way!

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  17. I jealous, as tomorrow is Flag Day (my birthday) wish I had them to hang on my deck. Going to pass on your idea to my Dad, he is always trying new wood projects.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

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  18. You know I love your blog...but seriously, I just feel plain untalented when I come to your blog. I LOVE those stars...and I can't believe the baskets. Girl, you couldn't touch one of those anywhere near 9.00 here. I am showing hubs the paint stick star...MAYBE I will get one!!

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  19. Lucky duck! You always find the best deals & make such fabulous things with what you find. I have yet to find a vintage yardstick.

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  20. I LOVE your yardstick stars Jane! They look great displayed with your plates:@)

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  21. What a great display that red one makes for 4th of July, Jane! I like the ones you put with your dishes - with the "shelf" being wood, then the dish, then the wood again. It makes for an interesting display with the different elements.

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  22. Love your yardstick projects. The little stars are just too cute. We had a TG&Y in my hometown. I wish we still had it...the bigger stores have gotten TOO BIG!!! Keep looking for those yardsticks so we can see what you create from them!!!

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  23. I love the yardstick stars. I remember TG&Y, we used to have one here when I was a kid.

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  24. I love your yardstick stars. Especially the one over the fireplace. So cool!

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  25. I love the smaller stars. The ones made out of yard sticks look so earthy and Americana. I really love the red star.

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  26. Your little stars are just so cute! But I love the paint stick ones (being a retired painting contractor)...and the whole display of baskets...well, let's just say it is just over the top! Great bargains to boot!

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  27. I do remember TG&Y! Where do you find so many yardsticks with such character to them? I never seem to run across any. I just love these.I think they look cute in red too :)

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  28. I love your yardstick stars. I have started collecting yardsticks, so I can make some stars for myself. Also, my very first job was at TG&Y when I was 16. I started as a cashier and eventually worked in the office handling the money and helping with payroll. It was a great job for a high school kid!

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  29. I'd say you found some really good bargains! I love your yardstick stars; they are so cool!

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  30. I love them all and thanks for sharing them at my NTT party.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  31. I hope you don't mind, but, I have to let you know this. I think you are a genius! I have been catching up on your projects and I just have to say that I LOVE the way your mind works. The things you create, from, frankly, junk, are amazing! You have helped train my eye to look beyond what you see to what can be. Thank you!

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  32. Jane - your stars are just too cute! I love this idea, it's a keeper! I linked this to my project yardsticks post too today - for inspiration!

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