Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thrift Store Tablescape

Give me a "B"
Give me an "O"
Give me another "O"
Spent a little time changing out the display on my kitchen table....all with thrift store finds.

Hope you're having a wonderful week!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Black and White

I was finishing up a few projects today that are going to the craft show with me next weekend when I realized everything I was working on was black and white.
 I found this little triple frame at a thrift store for 50 cents.
It said Halloween to me so I painted it black and added the word BOO printed on old book pages.
These are more thrift store finds.
I discarded the three drawers with the wire fronts from the little cabinet and then painted it white.  I painted the the inside of the loaf pans white and the outside with black chalkboard paint.  A new storage piece for small items.
I worked on some more spindle spider webs (project posted last Sunday).
I put the finishing touches on more of these little guys (tutorial posted here).
And I painted wood blocks to create more of these picture stands (tutorial posted here).
Finally I cleaned up this enameled metal piece that I purchased at an antique store this week.
This is a pretty large piece and was originally the back part of a vintage stove.

I'm taking it to the craft show with me to display the magnets that I'm selling.
This is just a small sampling of the magnets I've made.
I should be able to fill this piece for the show.
So that's my black and white project weekend.

I have a lot to finish before the show next Saturday so you probably won't be hearing from me much this week.  
Wish me luck!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Tiered Pie Plate Stand

One inspiration photo from Flea Market Style magazine.
Two old pie tins.
 And one vintage wood spool.
 Cut the spool into three pieces.
 Then glue pieces to the pie tins.
 One finished tiered pie plate stand.
 I really like how the metal on the spool matches the patina of the old pie tins.
The hardest part of the project was lining up the spool pieces to make it look like one uncut piece of wood.
Now....what to put in it??


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Vintage Barn Pulley Bookends

I found a pair of matching vintage barn pulleys at my all time favorite junk/antique store a couple of weeks ago.
 These cast iron and wood pulleys show their age with weathered wood and just the right amount of rust.
I thought they were a good price at $7.50 apiece (and then realized what a great price they were after I checked the internet when I got home).

The cast iron gives them some weight, making them perfect to use as a set of bookends.
 I didn't do anything with the pulleys except give them a little cleaning.
 I love a simple repurposing project.
I'm linking with Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.

Have a great weekend.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sugar Bowls

I have a new obsession.
Sugar bowls 
(And if I'm lucky, the matching creamer).
I can't really explain the attraction.
Sometimes it's just love at first sight.
I probably don't need another collection, but at least they're small!

I'm joining Kathleen @ Faded Charm for White Wednesday 
and Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.

Hope you're having a wonderful week.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spindle Spiderweb

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.
It was a cool, rainy weekend in the midwest.  There were a lot of neighborhood garage sales going on but I didn't go to a single one.  I'm trying to show a little buying restraint (very difficult) as I really need to use what I have on hand before buying more.

So with that in mind, I dug through some of the stuff I had and I came across a huge bag of old spindles that I remember buying at an antique mall.
 They kind of look like a pile of bones don't they.  Might be good for Halloween "as is".

Each spindle is 5 3/4" long.
 I first started playing around with the idea of making a sunburst ornament.
I cut a small circle out of cardboard and then glued 12 spindles around the circle.
 The sunburst ornament idea wasn't working for me but since Halloween is on my mind I thought I would try and turn this into a spiderweb.

I grabbed some string (I found 3 huge spools of string this week at a thrift store for $2.00 apiece),
And began wrapping it around the spindles to create a web.
 The indentations in the spindles made this an easy process.

Once I was finished stringing the web, I glued a button in the middle and then added a big, black spider.
 Twelve spindles used.....a hundred more in the bag......so.....

I'm thinking "icicle" ornaments for the Christmas tree this year.
I cut off the nub part on a few of the spindles and added screw eyes so they could hang on the tree.

I don't have a tree handy to see how they look, but I'm hoping they will resemble icicles.
Any other ideas that you guys might have?  I would love to hear them.

I was curious if these spindles were still available to purchase through the retail market.
I did find several online companies that sell this exact spindle (unpainted).
A quick google search for "wood spindles" was all I did to find them.
Just sharing the info. in case anyone was interested in making some spindle projects.

I'm linking with Amy @ WhisperWood Cottage for:
The Talent Scouting Party.

The link for the party opened today (July 16, 2012 - this is a post from last year but updated to be included in the party) and it's an open call for Autumn Decor.  The winning project will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows magazine so if you have a fall project you would like to link, head on over to WhisperWood Cottage for full details.

Have a great week.