Monday, December 26, 2016

My 2016 Favorite Trash to Treasure Projects

I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday celebration! I don't know about you, but I'm feeling the need to kick back and relax awhile before the new year and new adventures begin. I always enjoy looking back through the year and re-sharing some of my favorite projects. So.....in no particular order, I put together a collection of my favorite 2016 trash to treasure projects. You can click on the link below each picture to see the original post. I hope you enjoy them the second time around.

turn the side of a rustic old crate into a one-of-a-kind tray

Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas Wishes


~ MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS WISHES TO ALL ~


Vintage ornaments and Merry Christmas wishes from My Salvaged Treasures
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Farmhouse Stencil Love

Where has the time gone? Here we are in the middle of December already and I still haven't crossed off all the names on my Christmas list. I've been so busy the last several weeks preparing for my holiday craft shows, and I just finished the last one for the year. Yes!

In the middle of the jewelry making marathon, I was in the mood for cooking up a few more signs. 
Rustic Farmhouse Sign with Old Sign Stencils
I've been looking forward to using my FARMHOUSE stencil from *Funky Junk Interiors Old Sign Stencils.
After giving the box lid a light white-washing, I attached a large hook to the back and two chippy old hooks to each side. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A New Member of the Pumpkin People Family

I was a late bloomer when it came to buying pumpkins this year. I had every intention of creating another family of pumpkin people for my last two vintage shows, but the stores around here weren't carrying small pumpkins and I eventually ran out of creating time. I couldn't let the year go by without creating at least one new member of the family. 

Make a unique Pumpkin People creation with vintage trinkets and a tarnished silver teapot.
 Her mini pumpkin head sits on a tarnished silver teapot decorated with vintage underwear buttons and a lace collar. Her sweet face came to life with the help of watch parts, rhinestones, a rusty keyhole, chandelier crystals, a lamp part, and a clip-on earring for the hat. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

How to Create a Cloche with Old Junk

Is it really October already? Anyone else having a hard time adjusting to these shorter days? This is actually my favorite time of the year, but this year seems to be crazier than normal. I've been busy preparing for my vintage show this weekend, and I've also been putting in a lot of time and effort toward our decluttering/downsizing goal.

When I posted about the first round of our decluttering process a few weeks ago, I showed a picture of some dishes and a large glass vase in a basket. I had second thoughts about donating or selling the vase when I discovered it might just make a cool cloche if I could find the right base.

create a unique cloche with a vintage floor lamp base and a large glass vase
Score! I found the perfect base right in my own cluttered garage. I actually found three of them once
 I started digging, but this one was just the right size.

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. 
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