Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hello? It's for you.

I went junking with my daughter. And Claire. She picked out this phone. Sort of. She wanted it after I showed it to her. 
 I thought it was such a sweet little toy.
 Of course, I had to show her that it was a phone. Phones don't look like this anymore. Phones are something you keep in your purse. 
So it's another busy week for me. It's the county fair. I'm sitting in the Soroptimist's booth, selling pie. 
(did I tell you I'm a Soroptimist
I am. Great organization. We do more than sell pie.) 
On the nights I'm not doing that, I'm sitting in a central political committee booth, passing out pens with my husband's name on them. 
("It's great fun!", she said with a hint of sarcasm.)

Last week, it was a family reunion. That really was fun.

Hopefully, next week will be a little slower. I have so many projects I want to start, and so many I really need to finish.
(Notice I did not say want on that last part.) 
Thanks for hanging in there with me!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Win an Asus EEE Pad!

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Have a good weekend!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Aging and Darkening Galvanized Metal

I don't know if this method is new or not, but it's totally effective. 

I use this little bucket to hold paint pens in my craft room. I've never liked how shiny it is. 

All you need is some of this

some time and some sunshine

About an hour and a half later, this is what you get when you wash off all the toilet bowl cleaner. The edges are darker because the cleaner pooled up there.

I've done this on a galvanized caddy and this piece, both with good results.

I can't wait to try this on some bigger pieces!

Thanks for reading!

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quirky Decor

I don't think it's any secret that I like things that are a little different. Things not everyone and their neighbor would like. 

So you won't be too surprised when I tell you that I LOVE this thing! I don't even know why. I just think it's cool. 
Well, I have a vintage lockset, complete with the key and the original knobs. 

Which I think could be even cooler than the inspiration lockset.
And I have this base to a candle stand that was on clearance. It's not old, but it looks like it could be. 

I also have some JB Kwik Weld

I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. 

("Hey, that looks crooked!" I know. It might be a little crooked. I didn't want to put a level on it and find out.)
 I like it. It's kind of quirky, but I like it. It's something people can pick up and check out and I won't care. It kind of invites it, actually. 

And I must say, JB Weld is awesome! This thing is on there, and it's not coming off. 

Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Save On Crafts

I found the coolest thing through a friend's pin.
 A website that sells great stuff~she described it as Oriental Trading for grownups, but it's called Save On Crafts.
Their prices are great
 And the selection is phenomenal!
 The home decor section made me drool.
 So this is where home decor stores get their stuff!
 I just chose some photos of things I liked to show you, but there are things there for almost every style.
I'm not being paid for this post.
 I just thought it was too cool to not share.
 Hop on over to take a look.
You won't be disappointed!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A REAL Coffee Table

Would you believe me if I told you that I was thrilled to find this table in a thrift store last week?
I was. Because although it was hideous, it was solid and BIG!
My son thought I was nuts, but he took the legs off and carried it to the car for me anyway.
Why was I thrilled?
Because this is what we've been using as a coffee table in our TV room. We made it. From scratch. And we've used it for about 10 years. But it's falling apart. Mostly because we had no clue what we were doing when we made it. (much the same way we had no clue what we-OK, what I-was doing when we bought that couch. Some decisions will haunt you for years, if not decades. The only good thing is that it's comfortable.)
 So I went to work on the hideous table and sanded the top down. Turns out, it's real oak. I decided to stain it and do a 2 tone treatment.
 And now I have a HUGE coffee table in my TV room. Big enough to play board games around. Big enough to craft on. 
But low enough that we can still put our feet up. 

I was just messing around (playing with my toys) and decided I need to turn that grain sack into a real table runner. (And, I think that those shoe forms might need a hunk of reclaimed wood on which to rest. But this is where they're going, until or unless a genius idea hits me.)
Also, that galvanized tote? It was $1.50 at another thrift store, and I aged it using a different method than the Clorox method
I'll tell you about it next week.
My husband is sad to see the old ottoman go. It was the exact same height as the couch, and if we pulled it up close, it made sitting on the couch more like sitting on a chaise lounge. 
But I'm more that OK with this change.

Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Estate Sailing With My Nephew

My nephew has been here to visit for a few weeks. (My son had to work for some of those days, so he got to hang out with me. He was good about it. :) Most teenage boys can think of a million things that they'd rather do than hang out with their aunt.)
I took him to an estate sale, and I must say, he's got a good eye.
He pointed this camera out to me, and asked if it was a good price. It was~especially with the case and the owner's manual. So it came home with him.
 I found these old shoemaker's forms. The price on these was more than fair, also.

Tomorrow, I'll show you where I'm going to put them.

Thanks for reading!
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Best Birthday EVER!

I was spoiled. Beyond spoiled. 
 I love this baby!
My husband totally surprised me with this. 
My kids were really good to me, too. 
 Vintage stuff
Hair care stuff (I didn't think you'd want to see the professional blowdryer. I tell you, it pays to have a cosmetologist in the family), Itunes cards~and my nephew made me the coolest key fob. Plus, they all made me dinner. 

Life is good.

I found something kind of cool at an estate sale (so did my nephew. He's here visiting)~I'll show you tomorrow. 

Thanks for reading!

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