Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Few Junkin' Projects

I've been working on all kinds of little projects trying to finish each one before I start another, but you know how that goes.  There's always something sitting around on my cluttered workbench that needs to be painted, sprayed, glued, cut, cleaned, drilled, or waiting for inspiration to hit.  I did manage to put a dent in some of the junk I've been hauling home, but there's still a mountain of projects out there waiting for their turn.

I really didn't know what I was going to do with this wire grid or the architectural piece until I saw the two of them together.  It would be great for displaying jewelry too.

The architectural piece from a salvage yard got a quick paint job, and the chippy old metal thingie got a coat of matte acrylic spray sealer.

I drilled two holes in the wood for the longer pieces of metal, then glued them in with epoxy.

I really liked this old mirror frame when I spotted it at a yard sale, but I didn't like the dark wood and peeling veneer.  

I'm liking it much better after a light coat of paint and the addition of some jute webbing.....perfect for holding Christmas cards or pictures.

These are so simple to do and are always good sellers.  After removing the tattered fabric (some of it disintegrated), I tore several long 2" wide strips of muslin, then tied the strips in a big bow around every other section of the frame.  I've made them before with strips of muslin in each section, but it starts to look a little crowded and fussy. 

A plain clipboard becomes a picture holder with the help of a section from a player piano roll and some matte Mod Podge.  Those little holes actually helped when I was trying to get rid of the air bubbles; the excess Mod Podge oozed right out.

Sing along.
~ Just to hear you say I love you ~

A small piece vintage lace and a salvaged brooch adds a little interest to the clip.

This chippy old toothbrush and soap holder was found at an antique show.  I gave it a coat of matte acrylic spray sealer, screwed it on a piece of wood I found at the Habitat store, then added a hook to the back.  I sure wouldn't store my toothbrush in it, but it would be great for hanging necklaces or keys.

A rusty tin scoop makes a cute wall pocket.  I screwed the scoop to the piece of wood, added a little bling to the front and a hook to the back.  The little pine cone...well, that's the only thing I could find at the moment.

I won't be bringing any of these junkin' projects to my show this weekend in Lincoln, just jewelry and stamped silverware.  When I get home after my show, I'll need to get everything set up at the Paris Flea Market for their November opening, then after that I can finally start preparing for the Noel Holiday Market on November 22-23.  Where does the time go, and where's my staff when I need them?

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38 comments:

  1. Loving the lamp skeletons! They look attractive. What would they be used for?X

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  2. They don't provide much shade from a bulb, but they sure look pretty on a lamp and cast interesting shadows.

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  3. Those are some really cute ideas, Betsy. Good luck on your show! xo Diana

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  4. You always share the best stuff!! Love that soap dish/jewelry holder.

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  5. You've been busy!! Love all these projects and love that you share them!! I especially adore those lamp shades, those are fabulous!! Sounds like fun and lots of work for the shows!! Wishing you the best! Wish I lived closer!! :) xo Holly

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  6. Hi Betsy, You've been very busy. Your newest junk creations are fabulous. Again you did a wonderful repurposing job.
    Have a great week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  7. I would love to get a peak at your workbench. Just seeing it would probably give me some ideas.

    So many fun ideas for me to think about doing.

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  8. As I have noted many a time, you have the greatest eye! Wonderful creations, I feel so inspired! I've been working slowwwly on a repurposed-item tutorial and you have me reenergized. The clipboard photo frame really got me - what a fabulous collaboration of vintage, form, function and emotion, Betsy. You win the internet today.

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  9. Betsy, can you just shower me drops of your talent and creativity. Can I just borrow them for a while? I love everything I see here.

    I love the wired photo holder and the mirror frame. For us at the workplace, it can also serve as a prettier substitute for our cork boards.

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  10. Wow - so many great ideas!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  11. I am a new follow(er) ... Just love it here .. I will be a regular sister. Love the ideas and inspiration. So glad that I checked out the blog. LOVE to have you visit and join at The Rusty Pearl anytime. God BLess

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  12. I too have a pile of projects to do, things I want to try. I love your creativity!

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  13. More great rescues!
    If you find your staff, please ask them if they have seen mine....

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  14. BOO-tiful projects. The lamp shades are my favorite and I can see little clips holding memos and photos on the muslin strips. Creative Bliss Dear...

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  15. Hi Betsy,
    I love the lamp shades. They are great. I have some like that on a chandy that I love. Good luck with your show I know your beautiful stuff will sell. Have fun.
    Kris

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  16. WOW, you have a busy schedule!!!! But then you can sit back and relax, yeah, right, until Spring!!!! Love the lamp shades!!!! I'm heading down to the shop next weekend to set up for Christmas?!?!?!? OMG, it's almost here!!!

    xoxo

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  17. You stay so busy! Loving all your creative items, especially that old toothbrush holder! So chippy cool!

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  18. You are always so creative. Don't know which project I like best.

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  19. Like that touch of bling on the clip board. I need some of your creativity energy. :)

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  20. Great pieces! I'm loving the piano player roll used on that clipboard. You've got me thinking bout how to use the 20 rolls I have... Have a great show!

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  21. Yes, where does the time go? Love it all especially that clipboard! Enjoy getting ready for everything coming up. Wishing you much success!

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  22. Goodness, you do need a staff...I have no idea how you do all of these shows...Super women. Every single one of your projects are uber creative, unique and spectacular!

    Carol

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  23. fun projects girl
    I've got some in the works too.
    nice after not doing any creating for awhile.

    be blessed
    barb
    PS love the little tin scoop on board the best. =)

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  24. You have the BEST ideas! I love all of these.

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  25. I'd like to be on your staff! I could learn so much about the details from you. You are so creative! Enjoy your week my friend!

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  26. Wow! You are truly a creative genius! Love everything :)
    Susan

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  27. I love all of your charming creations, Betsy!

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  28. All of your ideas are so clever! I love every one of them. The antique toothbrush holder is wonderful!

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  29. So many fund ideas here!! My head is spinning now :) I LOVE the piano roll on the clipboard and that grid attached to the wood piece...clever! Hmmm...now you've got me thinking again! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. I recently found your blog! Love all of your finds! ~~Pam

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  31. The way you can make anything into a work of art amazes me - how do you come up with these great ideas? The toothbrush/soap dish holder is awesome. Wish I could attend some of your shows to pick up a few treasures!

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  32. Always love seeing your creations! They are always so ingenious! You have a real knack for turning oldies into goodies. Love them all, especially the clipboard. Sounds like you have a busy schedule lined up! Best of luck - hope you sell out. Hugs xoxo Karen

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  33. Love all your creations especially the one with the toothbrush holder. I'm sure a staff would be helpful but they couldn't possibly be as creative as you.

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  34. Love all of your wonderful creations, Betsy...you always inspire me to create!

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  35. Oh, so cute everything is! I am awed by all the cool things you come up with! Love it all, but my fav is that old toothbrush holder.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  36. As usual -- wondering why you seem to be able to create and create and create?! You are such an inspiration to me!!

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