Sunday, September 2, 2012

Little Finds and Quick Projects

I'm still in the process of sorting through all the goodies I found in Oregon a few weeks ago.  We were lucky enough to hit two days of awesome yard sales, several antique shops, and one morning at a great indoor flea market.  Bargains galore I tell you!  I've been working on getting things cleaned up, repurposed, and ready to bring to Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show in less than two weeks.  Not sure if I'll get it all done, but I can sure have fun trying.

Some of my favorite things: Tarnished silver and vintage lace.

I picked these old bottles up at an antique store for a mere 50 cents each.  I found the labels at The Graphics Fairy and then applied them to the bottles with matte Mod Podge....a quick and easy five minute project.

The sweet cocktail napkins were found at a very interesting estate sale.  Trust me, they did not look like this when I found them; I almost passed them up.  

The old aluminum thermos and box were two other great bargains.  I wasn't sure if the glass inside the old thermos would hold water, but I took my chances and got lucky - perfect for fresh or dried flowers.  Another label from The Graphics Fairy dresses it up using an easy method I posted about here.

I already had the salt and pepper shakers and decided to turn them into vases with a little help from some bits and pieces of vintage jewelry.

This box is the "after" version of what I purchased.  It had a lot of grime and a little bit too much rust (yes there is such a thing).  I gave it a good cleaning with #0000 steel wool, glued a vintage keyhole to the front, attached a glass handle to the lid, and tied on an old key.

I punched a starter hole in the lid with a hammer and nail, then used a drill to enlarge it.  After adding some vintage inspired shelf paper to the bottom, I called it done.

One more quick and easy project:  a vintage inspired postcard, clip on earring, and an old eraser.

So easy.  The earring is clipped right on one section of the eraser and the post card slips through the center.

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50 comments:

  1. Oh, I love all your treasures! You sure cleaned everything up good and made them look so pretty with the special touches you added! :)
    Susan

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  2. Everything is gorgeous. I'm going to try and do the S&P vases and look for a vintage eraser. How clever to use it as a postcard stand!

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  3. some sweeeet tresors!! they make for a lovely vignette! bonne chance at "Mes Amis". sounds like my kinda show! ;)

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  4. Betsy every thing is very nice! I love the bottles!! Is it not awesome what a little printed image will add to a bottle!

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  5. You just create the best things! Love the little vases our of s&p shakers! hugs, Linda

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  6. Oh, I love the labels you put on the old bottles but the project I would most like to copy is the Salt shakers with the bling! WOW! These are fabulous!

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  7. You have been busy! I also really like the S&P vases. I played this weekend, so no creating here. :D

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  8. Lovely finds! A before and after would've been fun to see.

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  9. Excellent job on display. The lace, the bottles, the cocktail napkins tied up with twine, and the tarnished silver all are awesome together.

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  10. Such a gorgeous vignette. I love what you did to the box. So pretty, and such a great idea using the eraser like you did! Good stuff!!

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  11. You are so great at repurposing!

    I have some projects I've been finishing up, no time to share them yet . . . I will once I'm done with my flea in October :)

    Ha ha, we bought a couch today for the family room and now we realize that there's only room for Richard, Sophie and I, LOL, guess we can't have company, ha ha ha

    xoxo

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  12. Betsy,
    Wow great treasures!!! Love the transformations you have done with them as well!
    xx
    Anne

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  13. Betsy,
    Wow great treasures!!! Love the transformations you have done with them as well!
    xx
    Anne

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  14. Ok it's all great but I really LOVE the s& p shaker " blinged" vases! So unique and very pretty. Love that box redo, too. I'm confident that it will all be snapped up at the show! Good luck!

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  15. Oh perfect! Just the right amount of industrial and girly girl! Love it! The silver condiments look great with bling!

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  16. You found some great treasures, your blinged salt and peppers are so pretty. I love all your silver, I picked up a few pieces myself this weekend. Love all your transformations! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  17. Oh my aren't you clever?! I love that eraser turned picture holder! Genius!

    Tania

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  18. You found some great treasures...love everything!! So pretty!! I hope you get everything made that you want to for your show. I have a big show in less than 6 weeks.
    Cindy

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  19. OH, I'd love to shop your stuff, Betsy! What wonderful goodies you have found, and given your special treatments!

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  20. Loving the box and the s/p you have blinged!! I've never seen s/ p's that shape before. Love them Love them. Love them :).

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  21. I love all of these projects, Betsy! the one that surprised me the most was the old eraser turned into picture holder--how completely clever and beautiful is that??

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  22. Oh Betsy, I love everything you found and repurposed. These are such yummy laces and napkins, sigh. The salt and pepper shakers look great with your embellishments and make lovely little vases.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  23. I love it all! Those salt and pepper shakers would go nicely in my collection!

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  24. Betsy, I declare you are the queen of repurposing. Reading your blog is just one forehead-smack after another over your great ideas. Thank you for sharing SO MUCH inspiration!!

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  25. You have some of the most Creative and Beautiful of Ideas... I'm totally Stealing some of these to use around this Ole' House! *Winks* I have a 'Thing' for orphaned condiment shakers in any condition and now I will utilize some of them as tiny bud vases sans their lids and with the addition of some of the many orphaned Vintage earrings I also have a penchant to Rescue.
    May your Junquing Forrays keep turning up such awesome 'Scores'!

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

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  26. in all my junkin' days I have nevr come across a school eraser ~ did teachers in TX not use them?:):) super cool as always!

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  27. Fun, creative and inspiring! Thank you for sharing. I love the vintage salt shakers. I will get this vision every day when providing therapy to one of my autistic clients, as he likes to say salt shaker! What delight to my ears those two words have now become, as I have a visual. I may have to gift his family with a salt shaker vase.

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  28. Ack! The eraser is genius! And everything else is delightful, of course. I think the salt-n-peppers are so charming, really look amazing grouped like that.

    The eraser!!!!

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  29. Vintage and beautiful! It;s a priceless piece now Betsy, your magical touch really does wonders. But what I love the most are the pepper shakers turned to mini flower vases. Have a great week and looking forward on what you will be doing with your loot. :)

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  30. I am over the top impressed with what you've done - amazing transformations ( those salt shaker vases are gorgeous ) !!!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by when you have the time and follow back :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  31. I love it all, of course, but those salt shaker vases are wonderful ... you gave them the perfect touch of bling. That old metal box looks great... I would never have thought to add a keyhole. It's perfect!

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  32. Love it all but that eraser postcard holder is so cleaver and practical. Love it.

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  33. Well, my heavens! I have you on my bloglist at Kadee Willow but just saw that I had not hit your "follow" button! Consider that corrected and now I am your latest follower! Great ideas and finds you had this weekend! Bottles for 50 cents? Wow! And a great idea for the vintage salt shakers! Really clever!

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  34. I love the box with the glass handle. So very innovative.

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  35. I wonder how many of us, in any given day, are doing the very same thing...cleaning up our finds to sell! It's is chore, but it is fun too!
    You work magic with graphics and especially your vintage jewelry! I love the little vases so much.
    Rhonda

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  36. Wow Betsy! You are inspiring!! What wonderful things you have (you know I am a sucker for old silver).

    The tiny vases made from salt and pepper shakers are amazing!

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  37. It has been so long since I have seen an eraser I was looking for a pink thing, lol! Your work is brilliant. I love anyone that can take something old and perhaps "trash"and turn it into something amazing, useful, and pretty! I could use your help cleaning up the ocean!

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  38. I think those little s & p vases are wonderful -- I'm picturing a group of them on a holiday table or sideboard. Perfect with some candlelight!

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  39. Never thought of the salt and pepper shakers like that, Adorable!!

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  40. Such a talent for "The Art of Display" by taking ordinary items and setting them in a way that makes them special and so desirable.

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  41. What wonderful finds! Everything is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by!
    -Lynn

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  42. Hi Betsy, love all your vintage finds and your projects. Great stuff. Hope your show is a huge success.

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  43. Wow, what gorgeous creations! I adore the vintage salt & pepper shakers turned vases! What a great idea! If I lived closer, I would love to attend your show:)

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  44. Oh I just love the silver and old lace! And the pretty napkins were worth whatever you had to do to pretty them up. :)
    Great idea with the eraser, too!

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  45. Betsy, I'm slow to getting around to reading all my favorite blogs this week, but so glad I took some time to just sit and enjoy yours! Nobody wow's with salvaged finds like you do. What a knack you have of creating an all new treasure out of something that's pretty cool in its own right. Who'd think you could make it that much better! Those vases out of salt and pepper shakers are adorable and the use of your salvaged finds on the box is fabulous, and the cocktail napkins are absolutely gorgeous. Those in the front are calling me! You put it all together like a dream! You make me want it all!
    Liz

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  46. I love the look of silver and white, your treasures are just perfect.

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  47. Where in Oregon did you go? Too bad I would have loved going along to look for things with you! haha I live in Southern Oregon so right on I-5 coulda hopped in the backseat and on our way!

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