|Vintage Dog Collars in Galena, IL|
The first Friday in August is here. Where does the time go? Christmas is getting closer and that freaks me out because I have so many projects that I’m working on. No worries though I’ll get them done (positive thinking). Handmade rocks and sure beats receiving a gift card for a store you don’t shop in. I might even take a leap and bake all those yummy goodies this year.
A friend of mine that runs a Wine & Martini Lounge down the street from our Vintage Shop found this video on Vimeo. It was filmed by a group of friends during a visit to Galena, IL. Watch and you’ll see that they visited our shop. Cool.
This topic came up in my Twitter feed last night. A television show that was discussing a new breed of synthetic drugs that are cheap and dangerous. Some even causing death. Very scary that kids are heavily involved in using them. I had only heard of the bath salts, but there are so many more available and legal. To The Maximus Foundation is a non profit organization that advocates and educates against synthetic drugs. I hadn’t realized that the problem was that big.
|LOVE IT! Something old with something new|
This recycling project has been on my list for over 2 years, seriously! I picked up the IKEA towels during my first visit to their store after dropping off my sister at the airport in Chicago (Julie, you will know how long this has been).
And can you believe that it took us less than 30 minutes to complete from start to finish? When I say us I’m referring to my dad. I presented the idea to him and asked what tools he had available to help me out. I had the blueprint in my head, three vintage spoons, and three super cool cotton linens with hooks on them. The only piece I was missing was an old board. My mom suggested using beadboard. My dad found a piece in the basement and it was the perfect size. I used sandpaper to give it a distressed look.
|Beadboard with three vintage spoons|
I don’t have much experience with tools, especially those with power, so I left that part for my dad. Using a hammer he flattened the spoons. As you can see in the photo below it gave them an even more aged look.
|Spoon on the right flattened with hammer|
He added the hardware to hang the finished piece. I asked him to sign the back. I suggested that he should make some more to sell in the Vintage shop in Galena, IL. I got the same smirk from when I asked him to sign the board. Perhaps I’ll just get some additional spoons and place them on the workbench.
|Clue: think green|
I want to give you a little sneak peek of what I’m working on. This is part of my latest addiction (another clue). If you read my post on facebook you’ll know what I’m speaking of.
Has cabin fever set in? It has here and I can’t wait for Spring. Mother Nature has been dishing out some funny weather, so I decided to look back on projects that I did in my yard last year.
My favorite part of the door is this pair of crocks I found at the thrift store for $1.00. Instant flower pots.
A local downtown business had a pile of bricks in their alley. One day I decided to call the owner (whom I knew) and ask if she had plans for them. Sounds crazy, right? Well, they are now mine. Score! Again, another instant flower pot. I lined them along the sidewalk by my back door. They fit the length of the walk way perfectly. I “thought” they would serve as a distraction to the dogs and prevent them from jumping off the edge. Perhaps encouraging them to use the steps. No, didn’t work. They jump even higher now over them.
And then there’s the garden. The best part of spring. This was the third season for planting and as my three beloved dogs got taller the need for a taller fence grew as well. My neighbor had multiple pieces of a dog kennel leaning up against her house. I asked her if she would be willing to sell some of it. She told me that it was free if I could make it disappear. Another great find! But I couldn’t take it for nothing. A case of cold beverages put a smile on her face.
A new season brings new projects. There will be a part two to this post. I have additional recycling projects I’ll share as soon as the snow melts and the ground softens. And yes it involves me asking people for their junk.