“If you want to get things you can’t buy in a store, you have to do things never thought of before.” -- Dr. Seuss

Monday, June 29, 2009

Measuring Stars

Here is another star from a measuring device, a folding ruler. This one is made of metal. I took off the fist an last section of the tape measure so the sections were all the same size. Folded it in a star shape and pop riveted the ends together and glued at each point.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Kitchen Platter

This is a old platter that I made into a kitchen sign over my stove top. Kuche is German for kitchen, as I am of German decent. Everyone has seen Bon Appetit (not sure of the spelling) the French for good eats I think. I looked up many words on an Internet translator to find a word that related to the kitchen and also looked good. I then played on the computer with a print shop to find a font I liked and printed it in reverse. I had the platter and paint ready to go and as soon as it was done printing on regular paper I placed it on he platter and with the back of a spoon rubbed on the ink to make a guide line for me to then paint it on the platter.

I also got other German phrases to put on as a border above the cabinets this one says Eat Cookies! In case anyone is wondering the backsplash is that very textured wall paper that I thought looked like tin cieling and I painted it a copper color.

And this one is Drink Milk!
One other little tidbit, the milk bottles are filled with salt, to make it look like milk, so much better than the little Styrofoam beads I see people use.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Chalkboard Party

Over at The Shabby Chic Cottage Gina is having a Chalkboard Party go on over and check it out! http://theshabbychiccottage.blogspot.com/

My chalk board isjust kinda so so, but I wanted to participate, looking foerward to see lots more! The best part of my frame is that is was only 50 cents! And that it will hold a piece of chalk on the ledge of the frame.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Numerous Stars

Some of you may remember that I won the bag from Junk Revolution back in March. This was my first purchase when I went our to a local flea market. Yardsticks, frame and clock face! I still need to find something to do with the clock. In this post I'll show you what I did with the Yard sticks and the other ones my dad gave me. In a later post, the frame.


I saw these stars somewhere on a blog before I started this blog, When I was ready to make one I couldn't find it, so I figured it out on my own.

First, you need 5 yardsticks, I drilled holes in the end, one of the yardsticks had a hole in it so I just drilled all the holes at the same space, about 1/2 inch from the end. Then you need to arrange them into the star shape, then you'll need to weave one end over and one end under the next one. Then get some wire and twist and curl or however you want to do, it is fun and fast project. The smaller one was made out of some yardsticks that were damaged, so I cut them off, at the same length. Since I made these I found another way to use the damaged ones that are cut at different lengths, I will make another post about that later.
Close-up of the end, with wire and hole.
Also, I forgot I glue the sections of the stars where they meet, so they don't move.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Silver Platter Up-cycle

I recently bought this at a yard sale, crepe paper steamers and a silver platter.
( I'll be posting the crepe paper on etsy!)
And I turned it into a magnet photo holder or it could be used for a memo holder, too!
I drilled holes in the platter and added black ribbon t hang it.
Then, I used old buttons and added magnets to the back, yes even the magnets are recycled. I use random pieces of magnets from business cards and calendars.

I also added matching ribbon to the button.
It sure looks nicer than hanging photos on your fridge!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Welcome to the Junk Party!

My blog is dedicated to just my Junk, so my party is all the time!
Other Party participants can be found at

This is some stuff I recently got at yard sales or thrift shops. A huge wood candle stand I plan to redo that in some way, any ideas? The frame will turn into a chalkboard. Other items, door knobs, finials, sheet music, potato masher and the old Christmas lights were free from a thrift store, I had seen something to do with these but I can't remember, If anyone has any ideas let me know!

Here is another project I did last year, claw foot bathtub legs and a wood board I got at a public sale. I needed a small table to put the TV on and it worked out perfectly.
An old window frame no glass and a quilted pillow case found at a goodwill store, I added a shelf and pegs. I started this project a while ago, before I blogged and I didn't take any before pictues. I still want to add something to this and will have more about it in a later post.

This is my current avatar, an old plate and a ceramic candle holder made in to a more glamorous and larger candle stand. It can also hold a cake or cupcakes!!

When first saw these type of cake plates being made the instructions said to get a ceramic drill bit and to drill holes in the plate. I did not want to do that so I thought of a way to add the beads. My solution was to glue a hook from my sewing supplies and then I could just loop the beads onto it. So you can take it off to wash it!

The beads are just strung on white string.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Junk Party!

I am joining a Junk Party! This Thursday! This is going to be fun!
Check it out!
I also want to thank everyone for commenting and following me and to the ones who have added me to their blogs on their bloglist!
Thank You!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Vinyl Record Bowl

I posted this the other day on Junk Revolution Community forums, so for the record I will add it to my blog!! haha!! I know this has been done before but it is so much fun. I found some records for 10 cents and decided to try one. Othe places on the web have directions and it is so easy, Place record over glass bowl and place on cookie sheet, in a 150 degree oven for about 10 minutes maybe a little less. This is the shape it melted into. Some of the directions said you can shape them when they start to melt. After they are in the shape you desire let cool for 10 minutes and take them off the bowl. It will be cool and hold its shape. This is an old 33 rpm and it would look pretty cool holding candy, peanuts, or how about holding a man's change from his pockets. Any other ideas?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Western Wreath

I made this a couple of years ago after seeing something similar at an antique mall. I also call this a memory wreath because most of the items were mine when I was younger, when we had horses.

I had a bunch of these horse fiqurines on my dresser as a child.

A curry comb used to brush out horses mane and tail.

A post card I wish it were me! I should really find a photo of me on my horse and put it here.

My old belt, I am so glad I kept it all these years!

Here it is on the wall along with a Dr. Pepper sign, the reason for the colors I choose.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cowboy Boot Door Arrangement

Here is a fun easy project, grab a boot or two arrange flowers in then and hang or your door! The other one I made up and gave to my sisiter, I got the boots at a thrift store.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Photo Collage Frame

I know you all have seen these before, but I wanted to share my version.
I found this old frame and it just screamed that it wanted to hold my photos I recieve from friends and family. I used a heavy piece of cardboard covered it first with quilt batting and then with the red fabric. I went to my trim stash and pulled out all my black stuff, ribbon, ric rac, pufffy yarn and criss crossed and overlaping.
Added a variety of black buttons It is kinda cool even with out the photos! Underneath is a hymnal rack I found at an antique mall somewhere on our travels, added other fun stuff in red and blue.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Window Collage

I made 6 collages and put then in the Window panes. The old photos are all relatives, I am in the pane that says pink, my Mom and Dad are above me them my grandma and her little brother, my Aunt and Uncle and below them is my Great Aunt and the last one is unknown, but it was in a bunch of family photos from my grandfathers estate. The little girl is holding a cat.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Vintage Wreath

I took a grapevine wreath and decorated it with vintage items you might find in your ancestors bedroom. Gloves, hankie, pearls, cameo pin, old photo and a cloth purse along with ribbon, lace and silk flowers to coordinate with my bedroom. Everything is tied or wired on so I can remove it without damage, except for the lace and flowers.
I'll have another one a little different, coming in the future.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mini Cabinet

I found this at a GoodWill it was a clock, it had a embroidered design that I removed. With the help of my son we cut and nailed shelves, I painted it barn red and added a white button for a little knob on the door. It is just perfect for my Shawnee Pottery minis.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Silverware Windchime

Old silverware created this windchime along with a steamer basket holding it all together. An old necklace was used to hang the silverware, junprings were used to connect the necklace to the hole I drilled in the handles. I also bent the silverware for added interest and besides that it is really fun to do!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Framed Flowers

I made these when my daughter, saw similar ones on HGTV, Decorating Cents, trash to treasure segment. We painted over old pictures found at a yard sale, she picked out flowers she wanted to use and put them above her bed. The ones on the show used beadboard in the frames, she didn't want to go to the trouble of that. When she moved out of our house she took the middle one along and is know in her kitchen.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Old Crutches As Handrail

Even our cat was wondering about my crazy idea of using crutches as handrails going down the basement stairs. My husband, made then very secure and old wooden spools used as spacers. When people go down stairs I always hear a chuckle! Well worth the 50 cents I paid for the crutches.

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