Friday, September 20, 2013

Junk Projects

Over the past two weeks I've been slowly working away on finishing up some "back friendly" junk projects. Nothing strenuous, just a little each day.  I was also able to get a lot of jewelry made up and photographed for my Etsy shop, but I still need to get in there and get things listed stock the shelves.  I got a little too confident with how much better my back was feeling and ended up overdoing it when I started unpacking and repacking boxes in preparation for Mes Amis antique show this weekend.  I ended up making the executive decision to back out of my favorite show this time around.  I'm feeling better now, but just can't risk another setback.  I don't even feel guilty about having a dirty house!  Good excuse, right?

Anyway, all this junk and a lot more will be coming with me to my next show or into the store in a couple of weeks.....

A large black vintage suitcase becomes a bulletin board.  The pins stay in place because the top/front of the suitcase has some padding under it.  The Vintage Sign stencil from Maison de Stencils was added just because.

Rustic old boxes found at a yard sale got a little face lift using labels from The Graphics Fairy.  So darn easy and literally a two minute project with the help of Matte Mod Podge.

A chippy and rusty antique hinge becomes another business card holder.  I glued a couple of clear glass buttons in the screw holes to hold the cards, then smeared some more glue (E6000) around the back of the hinge to keep it in place.

I didn't get a lot of silverware stamped, just topped off some of my best selling sets of two and three forks.  I flattened the forks a few weeks ago, so they just needed the letters stamped.  Perfect for holding pictures displayed in a potted plant.  See tutorial here.

It's that time of year again for creepy doll heads.  This one was a perfect fit on top of an architectural piece and a chippy old lamp part.  It's all glued together with E6000.  An apothecary bottle got a label from The Graphics Fairy and several metal containers (only two shown) were stenciled with No. 1, 2, or 3.  That thing you see over the aluminum kettle is actually three separate old lampshade frames that I wrapped with strips of torn muslin.  They'll look much better on a lamp!

A couple of signs are finally finished.   I made the VINTAGE stencil with my Silhouette; it just needs a little shading and some hardware for hanging.  

ANTIQUES Sold Here replaces the seasonal sign I originally had in this metal frame.  You can click here to see the original version.

Hope you all have a happy weekend!

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  1. Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}September 20, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    I am still loving those burlap banner signs. And that is most definitely the coolest business card holder I have EVER seen, love it! So glad your back is feeling better. Rest, rest, rest. Easier said than done, I know. But it's the only thing that works for me:)

  2. Vintage Crab JewelrySeptember 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Nice revamping of items! I really like the signs and card holder.

  3. CreateologySeptember 20, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    I am sorry you aren't able to make your show...with possible rain it just wouldn't be a good mix. Love all your projects. Take care of your back dear...

  4. marieSeptember 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Love it all - that business card holder is awesome!
    Hope you feel 100% real soon!

  5. Rosemary@villabarnesSeptember 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Take care of your back, Betsy. Years and years of shows have taken a toll on me physically too. You have to know when to slow down. Of course I love your creations.

  6. Rebeca TrevinoSeptember 20, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    love love love all of it.
    the card holder is my favorite.
    so is the burlap sign!

    you are doing the right thing, take care of yourself.
    keep feeling better.

  7. MaureenSeptember 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    So sorry you had to pull out of your show, but at least you have your priorities right; take care of that back!

    Your projects are all awesome (as usual), but I especially love the business card holder! Genius!

  8. Michelle L.September 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Mahhvelous buncha creations, my dear! Feel better - keep resting! My fave is the suitcase bulletin board - wonderful idea for dinged up luggage (or luggage that your new doggie has chewn to bits - bad girl).

  9. PeggySeptember 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Yea, the dirty house can wait. It's more important to get the ole back healed up, especially if you're backing out on your favorite show! Those boxes just scream fall. They give me an idea for some old wine boxes I have. I love the stamping on the forks, so cute for newlyweds. The doll head, well...yes that's creepy! Ha! Have a relaxing (do you really ever do that?) week-end and don't over do!

  10. Glenda/MidSouthSeptember 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Looks and sounds like you still got a lot accomplished. You are wise to slow down. Enjoy your weekend.

  11. Okio B DesignsSeptember 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Creepy doll heads - lol! I love it! I'm kicking myself now because at the thrift store this morning they had some dolls that I could have chopped the heads off of. LOL! =)


  12. Donna WilkesSeptember 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Sorry you had to miss out on your favorite show, but hope the back is better. Love the doll head, but then I have them throughout the house and don't find them creepy. The hinge card holder is both cute and clever.

  13. KathySeptember 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    A wise choice to back away (sorry!) from the show until your back is fully recovered, although I have to say that you get more accomplished with a bad back than I do with a good one. I always love to see your projects and you know I love that creepy doll head!!

  14. Sherry@Back2VintageSeptember 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    I'm sorry that you had to miss your favorite show, but your back is the most important thing. I love the fork sets and the luggage. Take care of yourself!

  15. ~Lavender Dreamer~September 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I hope you continue to feel better! I love the old give them that special touch to make them unique! Enjoy your weekend...and thanks for the girlfriend talk we had today! It means a lot to me! Hugs!

  16. IprefervintageSeptember 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I really like the burlap sign too. I want one for my booth.

  17. Sweet Cottage DreamsSeptember 20, 2013 at 9:36 PM



    Say it isn't so! Your booth
    was going to be my first stop this year! But just let me know where you will be for the next show. Betsy, I live with chronic back pain and it is wise that you chose to be good to yourself. I have good days and not so good days. Just rest. A THAI massage works wonders, too. Had one last week and it was the BEST ever...sadly, it was all the way down in San Diego. I'd drive down just to get another one. LOL


  18. TrishaSeptember 21, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Hey Betsy, at it again, I see. I love the suitcase bulletin board, the crates, and the card holder. Your creativity always amazes me.
    Have a Blessed Day, Trisha

  19. Marsha @ Tattered ChickSeptember 21, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Oh, Betsy, I am so so sorry you had to back out of Mes Amis I know how much you and your mom enjoy doing the show :(

    I love all your projects!!!! Take it easy!! I still haven't gotten a postcard from Sue. You?!?!?


  20. AnneSeptember 21, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Betsy everything you touch turns to gold.Love all of your repurpose and transformations!

  21. Art and SandSeptember 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I am in love with the hinge thing made into a card holder.

    I am going to come your way sometime with my rubber mallet and metal letter stamps so you can show me how to get mine to look cute like yours.

  22. must love junkSeptember 22, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    Great 'junk', Betsy!! Love the creepy doll head! :)
    Glad your back is feeling better.

  23. pballardSeptember 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Your card holder is one of the cutest things I have seen. I think I have some of those. I will have to try this. Thanks for your inspiration. Following through bloglovin!

  24. Linda@Coastal CharmSeptember 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    More neat ideas my friend...luv all of them. Glad to hear that you are taking care of yourself.


  25. GratefulPrayerThankfulHeartSeptember 24, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    You are super talented with an eye for turning items into treasures. The business card holder is my favorite!

  26. The Polka Dot ClosetSeptember 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    You have been a power house for a girl with a bad back!! I love it all, the business card holder is really neat!


  27. Julia - "Vintage with Laces"September 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Hi Betsy, I'm so sorry that you had to cancel the show. Hopefully you'll be fully recovered soon.
    Your creations are wonderful! I always enjoy seeing your junk projects.
    Take good care of yourself!

  28. Vintage/Retro CollectablesSeptember 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Hey, your business card holder is genius! Love the cards, too :)

  29. Little Miss MaggieSeptember 26, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    I'm in love with your vintage hinge card holder. What a genius idea. I have several of those in the drawer and now I know just what to do with them.

  30. The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥September 27, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    I adore each and every one of these creations! TFS! hugs...


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