Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Unloading the Clutter One Cabinet at a Time

Can we talk about downsizing, purging, unloading, clearing the clutter? Whatever you want to call it, the quest for less is alive and well around here, and I'm addicted. This phenomenon can strike at any time or at any age. Sooner or later the stuff just has to go! Things change. The nest gets smaller. Lifestyles change. Priorities change.
We've finally realized and accepted that downsizing in the near future (or sometime before the end of the decade if I stop procrastinating) is inevitable. I'm good with that. It's going to be a long and winding road, but the journey has to start somewhere. I'm clearing the clutter one cabinet, one drawer, and one closet at a time. Baby steps.

I'm really excited to be joining some of my "50 and Fabulous" blogging friends to share our views and experiences on how things have changed for us in life after 50.....and beyond.

Vintage green depression glass
Once upon a time, I would buy every piece of inexpensive green depression glass I could find. Those days are gone. In fact, I don't think these pieces have seen the light of day in at least five years when I painted the hutch they were stored buried in. I'll be keeping some of the larger platters and bowls for now, but I have my doubts they'll make it past the next few rounds of my quest for less.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How to Give Outdated Frames a Fresh New Look

It's been a busy month around here as I try to cross things off of my must-do list, but I'm still trying to squeeze in some want-to-do projects for a vintage and antique show in just a few weeks. I get on a roll first thing in the morning while the garage is still somewhat comfortable to work in, then move the factory inside when the early afternoon heat turns it into a sauna.

Display vintage jewels and buttons in updated frames.
These updated frames with vintage jewels and burlap were a quick and easy project completed in the comfort of my air conditioned craft room fort. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Repurposed Antique Stereoscope

I bought this antique stereoscope (View-Master predecessor) at a yard sale a few years ago along with a box of stereoscope cards. Most of the cards sold right away, but the stereoscope just wouldn't budge. Silly me, I thought a missing card holder and broken handle wouldn't matter to a collector or to someone who thought it was as cool as I did. Wrong! 

antique stereoscope and card
After collecting enough dust to make visibility through the lenses almost impossible, I decided it was time for another look.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How to Use Old Junk to Display Pretty Flowers

With summer in full bloom, I thought this would be a perfect time to round up some of my trash to treasure projects where I've used old junk to display pretty flowers. I hope you enjoy my junky flower containers the second time around! Just click on the title below each picture to take you to the original post.

Flowers & Grains custom stenciled vintage ammunition case flower box

Friday, July 8, 2016

Build a Rustic Flower Market Sign with Scrap Wood

I love it when I'm able to find a good old piece of junky wood for making a good old rustic looking sign. It was time for an addition to the little bird house corner in my backyard, and the first thing I thought of was to create another rustic sign with some Old Sign Stencils* from Funky Junk Interiors.

Rustic Flower market sign made from scrap wood and Old Sign Stencils
 The perfect piece of junky wood didn't exist in my stash, so I had to create one myself from scrap wood.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Let Freedom Ring

Is it really July already? I'm still trying to figure out what happened to the entire first half of the year. Who can relate? I ran out of time for any hopes of some serious 4th of July holiday decorating, so I opted for a quick makeover to one of my vintage rake picture holders.

create a 4th of July vignette with vintage treasures
I created a Let Freedom Ring stencil with my Silhouette Cameo and stenciled it on a strip of jute webbing. So quick and easy, but it looked so lonely.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Grocery Store to Gorgeous, Repurposed Food Containers

When I first started thinking about something to create for this challenge, the first thing that popped into my head was a vision of little flower boxes made with vintage spice tins. Unfortunately, I didn't have any in my inventory at the time, so I went looking through my sad and neglected kitchen spice cabinet in hopes of finding something that had Grocery Store to Gorgeous repurposing potential. 

how to repurpose a pepper can
Score! Two half-empty pepper cans. Who needs that much pepper anyway?
Then I headed out to the garage in search of something to hang the cans on. Love the old cheese graters. Score again!
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