Friday, August 24, 2012

Vintage Cameras Make Me Smile

My heart skipped a beat and I had a mile wide smile on my face when I spotted these vintage cameras at a yard sale last weekend.  My smile started to fade a bit when I got a closer look and noticed that half of them were in very sad condition.

The three Brownies in the bottom row were cleaned up and will be coming with me to Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show next month.  The Afga Speedex Junior on the right is now the newest member of my collection.

The two Kodak cameras on the left found a new home with a friend of mine.  According to the lady I bought them from, the heavy corrosion, ripped bellows, and missing lens made the other two ready for the trash.
Not so fast.....

The missing front lens makes this Afga the perfect candidate for a vase, and the pull-out stand holds a vintage black and white picture firmly in place.  The Kodak flash attachment that was thrown into the deal for free holds some of my seashells.  

I couldn't find a container small enough to fit through the opening where the lens was, so I opened up the back of the camera and placed this spice jar inside.  After closing the camera, I added the fresh flowers through the lens opening into the new vase.

Part of the other rusty and torn camera becomes the base of a necklace.

The earrings were made from the little flaps that covered the red film counter windows.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Upcycled Old Sewing Machine

I sure hope everyone is having a great Monday so far.  I'm going to be on the road for most of the day as we head back from spending the last six days with friends in Oregon.  I'll make an overnight stop at my mom's after dropping her off, and then drive home on Tuesday. Today I thought I'd re-share a post from July 2011 where I repurposed this rusty old sewing machine. There really is no such thing as junk.....

A few weeks ago I spied this rusty, dusty, spider web infested vintage White Rotary sewing machine at a garage sale.  Nothing turned, nothing moved, pieces were missing, but maybe I could get it for a few dollars.  At first glance, I was thinking about that wheel and what I could do with it. Then I started thinking about some of the other parts.  I made the mistake of letting out a little laugh when the guy told me what he wanted for it.  You know, one of those "you gotta be kidding" laughs.  I made an offer and he refused.  Oh well.

It bothered me all morning, but after that sarcastic little laugh, I was just too embarrassed to go back.  Knowing that it would most likely still be there,  I nominated Mr. MST (who has never been to a garage sale in his life) to do some end of the day bargaining.  Thank you, thank you.  He came home with an ear to ear grin, but still confused about why I wanted such a hunk of junk when I already have a sewing machine.  Something was lost in translation.   Making jewelry WITH a sewing machine is not the same as making jewelry OUT OF a sewing machine.

I saw repurposing potential here.

Much better.  With the help of some WD40, the tension meter screwed right off.  The little hand came off separately, so I just glued it into place along with the vintage rhinestone button.  I punched a small hole and added a clear crystal bead.

This piece was a little harder to get off.

I thought about flattening this piece out and using it in another necklace, but the shape was perfect for a bracelet.  To keep it adjustable and leave room for the clasp, I didn't add any vintage buttons to the last five links.  I still have some bobbin bits and pieces to think about, and that wheel still needs to come off.
(Update:  I was never able to get the wheel off....I tried and tried)

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

On the Road Again License Plate Necklaces

Black, green, cream, and lavender.  Oh, I was so happy to find some more of these sweet miniature license plate frames so I could make up another batch of necklaces.  I don't see them too often in good shape, so when I spied these in an antique store recently, they had to come home with me.

Great teamwork!  The old keys are a perfect backdrop to the mini license plates and vintage typewriter keys.

Do you remember these?   They were issued  from the early 1940s through the mid 1970s by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for you to carry on your key chain.

I'm thinking they look much better on a necklace chain.  You can see what I did with the last batch:  California, Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin and New York in my Road Trip Necklaces post from August 2011.

Coming soon to an Etsy shop near you just as soon as I get on the road again and return from my mini vacation early next week.

Land of Lincoln, Illinois 1963 and 1964.

The Beef State, Nebraska 1965
Missouri, June 1959
Massachusetts 1958

Wouldn't it be fun to find the full-size matching license plates?

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

New Labels for Old Buckets

Old buckets have a way of finding their way home with me especially when I can pick them up for next to nothing at yards sales and flea markets.   My pile has been growing taller over the last couple of months, so I figured it was about time to do something with them.

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tutorial for adding labels to old buckets with Mod Podge
The Graphics Fairy and Mod Podge (*affiliate link) to the rescue.
A super quick, inexpensive, and very easy way to dress up an old bucket.

old galvanized buckets with new labels
They sure look naked except for the bright blue Baker Boy orange spread bucket; I wasn't about to disturb that fabulous old label.

add charm to old buckets with reproduction labels
All of these labels were printed in color on plain white paper using an ink jet printer.  Applying Mod Podge directly on images from an ink jet printer can cause the ink to bleed a little, but I've found that waiting a day or two to let the ink cure helps keep the bleeding to a minimum.  I wasn't real concerned about a little bleeding because I was going for a rustic and vintage look anyway. Use a laser printer if you don't want any bleeding issues. 

how to add vintage charm to old buckets
After trimming the labels, I wrinkled them and roughed up the edges a bit.  No need to do anything more because they came directly from The Graphics Fairy with this wonderful aged look. Use a pencil to mark where you want to place your label before applying Mod Podge. Once you apply the Mod Podge it dries very quickly and will be difficult to move around, so it's important to know exactly where to place your label. 

tutorial for adding vintage inspired labels to buckets
Apply a coat of  Matte Mod Podge (*affiliate link) to the back of the label using a sponge brush. Place your label on the bucket working from the center out to the edges while smoothing out any bubbles. That's about it if you prefer a natural looking label. You can always seal the top of the label with another coat of Mod Podge, but there will be some bleeding if you printed your label with an ink jet printer. 

how to add reproduction labels to old buckets
These would be fine on a covered patio or porch, but I wouldn't leave them where water is an issue. Outdoor Mod Podge (*affiliate link) is also an option if you don't mind a shiny label. They'd be perfect indoors for holding plants, dried flowers, magazines, craft supplies, etc.  

galvanized bucket planters
I love the collapsible antique water bucket on the left just the way it is.

Duplex water pail
Duplex Water Pail No. 12,  Mfd by the Planet Co. Patent 639822, Westfield, Mass USA.
I did a little research on these and found that they were manufactured from 1899-1920 and were used by the railroads, the military, and on fire trucks.  Some models even had a canvas spout attached.

use a vintage canvas water pail as a planter
It collapses, but does it still hold water?  I couldn't resist putting it to the test....

vintage canvas water pail
It took about ten minutes until R. Ducky was sitting at the bottom of the bucket.  Oh well, it was a great find and will still hold a bouquet of dried hydrangeas.


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