Friday, October 3, 2014

Vintage wooden tray with rope handles and feet

I love wood trays ... 
Especially of they have feet ... and they only cost 25¢.

 Really clever idea ... 

but ... that was not pretty enough for me. 

so ... i removed the dated decals ...

painted it turquoise ... 

... added wooden twist molding to the little side boards to tie in with the rope handles.

did a little distressing ... 

and added a French graphic from 

Karen at Graphic Fairy ... (thanks Karen) ...

also check out her methods of transfers. 

I reverse printed it with my ink-jet printer on the waxed side of freezer paper. This lets the wet ink just sit on top of the paper ... I wiped the tray with a damp cloth to slightly dampen it. If you get it too wet, the ink will just smear.

I know ... had to start over once. (quick learner) ...

Carefully lay the print face down and don't let it move. Rub the freezer paper until the ink transfers to the tray. You can use the back of a spoon to rub with. I think I just used my fingers and the back on my fingernails. I carefully checked several times to be sure the tray was accepting the ink.
 The transfer was good, but I wanted it a little darker, so I used a fine point uni-ball roller ink pen to go over the letters.

For the curly shadow around the letters, I used a Paper-Mate sharp-writer #2 pencil. 

I was surprised how well that turned out.

Makes a real pretty tray for display.  

Thanks for the visit.
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thrift finds worth blogging about.

I always seem to find something useful or enjoyable every time I shop the thrift stores. I don't always get around to doing something useful with them, so most end up in my to-do section.

Here are a few things that I made time to work on the last few weeks.

 I thought this brass vase had a nice shape ... almost like a trophy. It just needed a little wire brushing and it was ready to paint. 
It was 25¢ at my favorite shopping place. 
Fabulous Finds Thrift Store
I am loving this color by Valspar that I got at Lowe's. 
If I tire of this, I could paint it silver and make believe it is a trophy.  

Looks pretty with
loosely placed  
cuts of  
Snow on the Mountain wild flowers and a little Sweet Annie.

Pretty handle too.

Sweet little painted chair to add to my collection. $2.00

I love to use these for displaying pictures or other objects. 

Beautiful antique shelf ... hang or sit. 

notice the unusual metal straps to hang it. 

 Love finding vintage stoneware and pretty little birds. 
Little oval plates are vintage Buffalo China restaurant ware. 
Beautiful bird is pottery. 
Bird was $2.00  and $15.00 for the eight plates.

From an Estate sale ... I just wanted the jade green pitcher, but just could not pass up the kitchen stuff. The measuring spoons are extra long, unusual and marked U.S. STD.

Hope you are finding some interesting stuff. 

Tomorrow Estate sales should be exciting.
Audrey Z. 

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Solar Chandelier for my Secret Garden

making a solar chandelier ...

Gather up a bunch of lamp parts ...

and some $1.00 solar lights ... 

stack them all together ...
... and you have this. 
(sorry I did not have a better picture)  Pic Monkey helped.

Just a short pause to thank Revi at

for the  feature and the nice compliments on this lamp.

you will need a threaded lamp-cord pipe ...
nuts and toothed (lock) washers ...
check rings in various sizes ...
spacers ...  

some beautiful Valspar peacock spray paint from Lowe's ...


charge up your solar lights in the sun and test them in a dark room to see if they work 

...  add some vintage plastic prisms 

and have Mr. Z. help you hang it in your Secret Garden. 

No secret now ... 

he knows where it is. 

watch the sun sparkle off the prisms and glass  

or ...

enjoy the 

soft glow

 of the 

solar lights 



sun goes 


YES ... I 
have a secret garden ... 
 the butterflies, birds and the deer know where it is ...

watch for reveal coming soon 


... then you will know where it is too !!!

Grape tomatoes never make it to the house ... or 
maybe not even out the garden gate ... yummy !!!

So happy that you stopped by.

       Happy Fall ...
gonna have fresh pumpkin for Thanksgiving pies!

watch for my Secret Garden reveal ...
soon,  I hope !

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Estate Sale:Today was a GOOD day.

I love to find an Estate sale that has interesting stuff ... good prices and clean.                                  
TODAY was that kind of day !!!
Just look at that like new splint oak basket for 50¢ ...!
Don't know what the spools/rollers are
but they are pretty neat and 50¢ for all six.
Hole goes all the way through.
Research reveal that these are textile spools.

 Cute little cutting board ... likely a brush for hanging wallpaper (25¢) and unusual scissors ... 

I believe this is a display shelf that would have been used in a convenience store.              There is a bracket at the top that may have held a sign.                                           This was reasonable at $15.00.                                                                                 I plan to paint it and use it for towels when we get our bathroom remodel done.

 Nice metal bird bath ... for my daughter. $35.00
I might just restore this one. 

 Step stools or small
ladders are always needed around our house.

Good time-worn condition and a real steal at $2.00. 

Just look at these cool black silhouettes ... thin wood.               
All seven for $5.00.               
Will be used on signs or used for patterns.

Maybe even a pig cutting board pattern ... really primitive.


This old rooster will be perfect for a long awaited project on my to-do list.
 For a sign in a little boy's room.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Hope you will let me know you were here.

Audrey Z. 

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