Monday, October 31, 2011

Caster Wheel Bookends

Happy Halloween!!

I tried to work on a quick project this weekend in-between pricing all of the stuff that is going to my booth.  It is taking WAY longer to inventory and price than I thought it would but once I get this initial inventory in the booth I think it will be easier after that (please tell me it will be!)

So the quick project that could have taken me less than an hour became an on again/off again project that took me all weekend but I am happy with the results.

I bought these old, rusty casters a couple of weeks ago for $1.50 apiece.
They aren't exactly alike but close enough to use together for bookends.
 I purchased a huge box of children's building blocks a couple of years ago and have used them for several projects.  I dug through the box and found these two smaller blocks.
 I wanted to use the blocks as the base of the bookends but ran into a slight problem......not enough depth to the block.
 I didn't want to go out and buy wood so I improvised.
I rummaged through this box of rusty harness parts (I'll post about these later).
 And found these two rings that were pretty much the diameter of the base of the caster.
 The addition of the ring to the bottom of the caster allowed me to use the wood I had on hand.
 I drilled a hole in the block.
And then stained the wood and inserted the caster.
 Another set of bookends.
Thanks for stopping by.

Have a safe Halloween.

Jane

51 comments:

  1. What a cool pair of bookends Jane! Love the way they look holding your books. Have a great week.

    Hugs,
    Robin

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  2. This is BRILLIANT. What a great idea! Had to pin and put your tutorial link!

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  3. Wow! How cool is that!! Great idea.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  4. I am always amazed at your "creativeness"! Everything you do is so unique. I love the bookends. Lesa

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  5. Love your caster book ends and seeing how you created them - they're divine! penny

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  6. awesome! I bought a box of caster wheels at the sale that I told you about, I just knew you would inspire me! t. xoxooxox

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  7. I have a whole tub of casters from an auction where things went crazy cheap and if I would have had a trailer with...oh my...I like what you did with yours. I've used one in a picture holder where it served no purpose other than...neat, there's a caster!

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  8. You are GOOD!! And it sure doesn't hurt to have a nice stash of beaten-up old rusty parts to dig into just when you need something clever like this!

    LOVE IT!! Have to show my husband this one! He'll appreciate your ingenuity!

    XO Diane

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  9. great idea...I have casters...I might have to steal...
    thanks as always for such ingenuity!

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  10. Very cute...you have a good eye, the flat spot on the wheel really lends itself to this.Looking forward to seeing your booth...post pictures please.

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  11. Genius! Your brain clicks along at lightening speed.
    Happy Halloween!
    xx
    z

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  12. So darn cool. I want to come to your house for a playdate. :) Happy Halloween!

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  13. Why did I throw away the old casters when I took them off that old bed? Because I didn't know you then.

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  14. Jane, I am truly running out of adjectives to describe how much I LOVE your creations! These are perfection...I love them!

    Lou Cinda ;)

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  15. Great looking book-ends! Where did you say you were opening your booth? We get up your way several times a year and would love to shop your booth! I wanted to tell you to "break a leg" and wish you much success! You have oodles and gobs of talent so I am positive that it will be a HUGE success. Good Luck!
    Kim-Farm Chic

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  16. Of course I love these too Jane! Great job! I love your work!~
    Susan

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  17. You will no doubt have one of the most unique booths. The one of a kind wow factor with your talent. Not to mention very busy.
    Lisa

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  18. Who has little rusty parts laying around that just happen to fit perfectly on a set of wheels? That's just amazing! Your problem solving skills are a gift.
    By the way, pricing and inventory...yep, it takes a lot of time. It does take less after the initial start but since it's wise to "fluff" your booth regularly and even redo it completely occasionally, there will be a lot of time spent pricing, inventory and staging...but it's fun most of the time. When something sells, you forget how sick you were of putting price tags on everything.

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  19. That you have a box of rusty harness parts is impressive in itself. Awesome bookends!

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  20. Great bookends! i have to tell you, after about 6 years of inventorying my items for my booth, I quit. I just put on my vendor number and price them. I now just keep an envelope. It was my Moms idea, she said they had an envelope when they sold eggs on the farm. Any time I buy anything, supplies or items to sell, I take it out of the envelope, when I get my check I add it to the envelope. When I get way to much money in my envelope I move it to my booth checking account....saved me tons of time!

    Carol

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  21. Beautiful, Jane...I love your creative mind, my friend!

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  22. Super idea! I knew I should have bought that box of building blocks at the flea market. It was in it's origianl wooden box on wheels with a pull string. $10 bucks. Oh well.
    Lisa

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  23. W-a-y cool ... thanks for sharing!

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  24. This is a cute and doable bookend project -a 2nd prize for everybody!

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  25. I have a box of casters! Will I get bookends made??
    Probably not, but I sure like looking at yours. =)

    blessings
    barb

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  26. Soooo Cool! I don't mind that I would of never thought of this...I'm so glad you did!
    U R Uber creative!!!

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  27. Girl you have some awesome talent!!! Yes...it will get better after you get all moved in:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  28. I have to share my version of your clay snowman...
    http://polkadotnotebook.blogspot.com/2011/11/clay-snowman.html
    love it! I need some more vintage bottles and papers still...but thanks for the darling idea!

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  29. Cute bookends. Hope you're doing well with the new booth. I'm sure it'll get better once you get everything moved in. But I wouldn't be surprised if your stuff goes flying out of there and you'll have to restock quite often. Have a great week!

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  30. I was just going through a box of hardware odds and ends and happen to have some casters- and now I have a project to use them- thanks for the great idea!

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  31. Hello jane! Another wonderful upcycled craft. You really encourage me to try and venture in this field. :)

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  32. Love it! Thanks for sharing such a clever idea! :)

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  33. Gosh Jane! Your brain works in puzzle mode -- you are able to take just about anything and find a way to make it work. Fantastic. Hope all is going well. Best wishes, Tammy

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  34. Absolutely genius! I love this idea.

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  35. I am very creative and it's hard to impress me, but you have done it and I am now a follower of your blog. You think outside the box and I think we are kindred spirits. Thanks so much for sharing your crazy wonderful ideas. Stop by for a look at my blog sometimes. Terry

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  36. MUY BUENO...ME ENCANTA ASI CON EL HIERRO VIEJO...PRECIOSO ESTE TIPO DE COSAS RUSTICAS ME ENCANTAN,
    SALUDITOS

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