Junky Christmas Tree, Oh Junky Christmas Trees

Junky Christmas Tree, Oh Junky Christmas Trees how I love thee.

  While visiting the thrift store this week I spotted a group of glass globes stacked on each other and thought how they looked like a little frosted Christmas tree.

It was a light bulb moment for me and I tried different combinations of glass globes to make my tree.  Here are the four globes for my Christmas tree.   The four glass globes, graduated in size, were half price so a thrifty project too.

This one has little tree like shapes around the bottom of the globe.

The glass globes I picked are all frosted glass and look like a flocked Christmas tree.  Once stacked I had to decide if I wanted to glue the glass globes together.  Yes, it would make it more stable but I like the idea of being able to use them for another project.  Plus with the glass globes apart they are easier to store.  So no glue for me, but if you want more stability you can certainly glue the globes together.

Now, for a topper.  I went through my vintage brooches looking for a star or snowflake.  No luck but I remembered a set of Christmas clear bubble lights I found thrifting a while back and they make the perfect topper.

They needed a little something more.  I found some tiny tinsel in my stash and wrapped it around the neck.

I love my Junky Christmas Tree so much that a trio of trees seems like a good idea.  Four glass globes from a ceiling fan I took down a few years ago that were ghosts in a past life are now transformed into two small Christmas trees.

A Trio of Junky Christmas Trees!

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Please Join Me at the Delightful Fish Art Gallery

The whole time we were on Tybee Island my daughter and I kept seeing this group of  shops fronted on the main street by a store called Fish Art Gallery.

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  We finally made it there to look around the day before we left.

Flying Pigs and More

Fish Art Gallery is an eclectic assortment of junk creations by Ralph Douglas Jones.  Many of the creations are fish but there is so much more to see and buy.  In addition to the junk creations he also has antiques , collectibles, and a bit of junk.

Angel Wings

The angel wings were so pretty but I passed on them but now wishing ….

Upcycled Water Fountain

Love all the junky pieces in this water fountain.

Pizza and Plate Ladies

What fun pizza pan and plate lady faces.

Fryer Basket Man

Fryer basket face

Junkman Face

Sifting pan face

Fish tail and Face

Tray face

Fire Extinguisher Man

Fire extinguisher man

Basin Face Lady with big lips

 Basin lady face

Pizza Face Lady

Feminine pizza pan lady face

I did make one junk purchase which I will share with you later.  Thanks for joining me on a visit to the Fish Art Gallery on Tybee Island to see the amazing creations you can make with junk.

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How To Give a New Wooden Bowl A Vintage Look

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I wanted to experiment on a wooden bowl to see if I could give it a vintage look. 

Wooden Bowl

   A thrift store bowl seemed the perfect candidate to experiment with.  I’m sure you can see I forgot to take a photo of the bowl before I started. 

Painted Wood Bowl

First, I painted the wooden bowl cranberry on the outside.   It took two coats to give it a rich cranberry color.

Wooden Bowl Half Stained

The wood on the inside of the bowl is pale so I wanted to give it a deeper more aged look.  So out came the Minwax Special Walnut stain.  I wiped stain over one half the inside of the bowl so you could see the difference.

Distressed Wood Bowl

I finished staining the inside of the bowl and distressed it on the outside a bit.

Stained Wood Bowl

Then I stained the outside distressed areas.

Waxed Wood Bowl

Next I applied clear wax and buffed slightly.  I wanted the bowl to keep its chalky look.

Wood Bowl Complete

I’m pleased with how it turned out!  This one is going to the booth and I plan to redo a larger bowl I have to give it a vintage look.

Side view of vintage chalk painted bowl

My inspiration for giving a new wooden bowl a vintage look was my friend Diana at Adirondack Girl @ Heart.  She painted and aged a vintage wooden bowl.  Her bowl is gorgeous.

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Just Some Junky Christmas Trees

These junky Christmas trees are not original just my interpretation and presentation.

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Enjoy.

Mason Jar Christmas Tree

Green Mason Jar Tree 

Ornaments in jars

With Vintage Ornaments

Tiny Bottle Brush tree

Tiny Bottle Brush Tree in Cork

Flower Frog Tree

Flower Frog Christmas Tree

Flower Frog Tree 2

In A Forrest of Thermos

Funnel tree

Funnel and Strainer Christmas Tree

Altered Christmas tree on jadeite

Funnel and Strainer Christmas Tree on Jadeite

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FTT Week 64 – Vintage Finds

Today I’m sharing the haul from my shopping trip at Treasure Hunt Antique Mall last week.

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I was in a junkaholic mode as you will soon see.

Vintage Minnow Bucket

I’ve been on the lookout for a minnow bucket.  When I saw this one with a bit of faded red writing and a star on top it was love at first sight.  

Minnow Bucket Star

Afraid to see how much it cost I gingerly lifted the price tag.  Hallelujah, it was a great price so I took it to the hold table at the front of the mall.

Funnel 1

Funnels were on my list of wants.   After I placed the minnow bucket on the hold table I asked the two young men working the front counter if they knew of any booths that had funnels.  These two young men work at the mall, have booths there, and are extremely familiar with what is in the various booths.  Of course, they both had ideas where to look but one of them took off and returned quickly with this funnel.  Perfection, just what I wanted.

Funnel 2

Based on the advise and my knowledge of the mall I went back to shopping still looking for funnels.  Then I found this one and it was also perfect.  It is a bit dirty but I can deal with a little greasy dirt.

Fruit Strainer

 As the hunt continued I spotted this apparatus.  Fortunately for me the price tag told me that it was a berry strainer.  I had never seen one before and it was love at first sight.  So I was off to the hold table again.  I really should have gotten a shopping cart.

Karo Pitcher top

I wasn’t looking for anything aluminum but this little syrup pitcher caught my eye.  Karo marked on the top synced the deal.  Yes, it is a tiny bit dirty so I’m going to clean it up.

Karo Syrup Pitcher

One source dates the Karo syrup pitcher to the 1940’s which is plausible since Karo began marketing their waffle syrup in 1938.  I grew up with Karo syrup always in the pantry. 

Folding Ruler

When I saw this folding ruler my collection grew by one more since it was such a great price.

Star Ruler Minnow Bucket

Of course I immediately folded it into a star.

Liberty Grater

Did I need another grater? No, but I bought it anyway.

Chicken feeder

I’ve wanted a galvanized chicken feeder trough since I saw one at the Country Living Fair a couple of years ago but could never find one that suited me both in looks and price.  So when I saw this one at a reasonable price and just the right amount of rusty goodness, it had to come home with me.  It needs a through cleaning and now I’m thinking about removing the spinning handle.  Opinions?

I also bought a tiny artificial Christmas tree but my daughter who was visiting for the weekend scooped it up as soon as she saw it.  Then she went looking for a teacup to put it in but found a Santa mug instead.  It turned out really cute but I neglected to get a photo.

Two Funnels

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Got To Love A Junky Owl

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 I found an unusual metal piece in the thrift store kitchen section last week and the first thing I thought of was an owl’s face.  Unfortunately, I forgot to make a photo before I began putting my junky owl together.  It looks like a coffee pot strainer top except for the unusual shape.

Junky Qwl

The owl face went home with me that day and I started searching for other bits to make a junky owl.

Mr.Googly Eyes

My owl needed googly eyes and sink drain stoppers fit the bill.  I didn’t have any extra stoppers so off to the Dollar Store I went.  The stoppers led me to name my junky owl Mr. Googly.

Mr. Googly Eyes 2

A vintage stand grater became his body.

Mr. Googly 3

A bit of bending and shaping the vintage grater handle gave Mr. Googly some funky owl ears.

Cotton plant limb

Short pieces of bendable wire became Mr. Googly’s claws.

Mr. Googly with lights

The last step was adding a string of orange battery operated lights for those spooky nights.

A few metal bits and pieces, some glue, a vintage stand grater, and a string of battery operated lights come together to make one cool owl aptly named Mr. Googly.

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Join Me At the Treasure Hunt Antique Mall Today

My booth needs a bit of fluffing so I’m bringing you along for a visit.

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Sometimes I go dust and fluff the booth quickly and I’m out the door but today we are taking some time to visit.

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This lovely coastal display greets you at the front door.

BWH Treasures

My little booth space is pretty full but I bet a few more Blue Willow House Treasures will fit.

Paint by Number

These paint by number lovelies were around $18 each.

Mantiques 2

 A mantique booth, in fact

Mantiques

there are several mantique booths.

Favorite Booth

Favorite Booth 2

Ironstone and Bottles

Baby Shoes

The four photos above are from one of my favorite booths – Vintage Fication.

Couture Paint

The Paint Couture line of productions and painting classes are available at the Treasure Hunt through Vintage Fication.

Colors of bottles

Vintage bottles are abundant.

Good Junk

Good Junk 2

Cool Junk 3

This booth always has a great variety of rusty crusty stuff.  I keep watching for an interesting door or fancy window.

More Ironstone

Though you can’t see it in this photo, I am so in love with a French bread board in this booth.

Jordan Hill

Weathered Charm

I love the look of these two booths.

Iron Bed

Who wouldn’t love this gorgeous iron bed?

Burlap Heaven

Olive Bucket Light

Sand Jars

The above three photos are from a very classy booth which is always styled with lots of burlap and natural colors.

Drawer Upcycle

Making one of these display drawers is on my “to do” list.

Red White and Blue Star

Lanterns are so popular now

Laterns

and this is such a clever way of displaying them.

Blue & White Planter

Cow Creamer

OK you guys know how I feel about blue and white.  So you know I’ve got my eye on these last two blue and white vintage goodies.  Like I’ve said before I’m sometimes a better customer than vendor.

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A Southern Bottle Tree

Do you know the legend of the Southern Bottle Tree?

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   Legend has it that empty glass bottles placed outside, but near, the home can capture evil spirits keeping them away from the family.  This legend evolved into hanging colored glass bottles in trees especially blue bottles which are more powerful in attracting evil spirits or so the legend goes.  Evil spirits captured during the evening cannot escape and the morning suns destroys them forever.

etsy bottle tree

ETSY

These days you can buy metal bottle trees to place in your garden or yard

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  Of course being a true Southerner I have a bottle tree but mine is in my sunroom and assembled on a French bottle drying rack.

Green Jug

 You may remember the story of how I came to have the green gallon jug, if not read about it here.

Bottle Colors

The bottle collection evolved over time from wine I served and thrift stores.

Bottle Tree

I also have a clear gallon jug that I place on top when the green jug is in use somewhere else in the house.

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I love the dazzling colors!   Come spring I plan to move the bottle tree to the deck.

A selection from one of my favorite southern short stories –

“Then coming around up the path from the deep cut of the Natchez Trace below was a line of bare crape-myrtle trees with every branch of them ending in a colored bottle of green or blue.  There was no word that fell from Solomon’s lips to say what they were for, but Livvie knew that there could be a spell put in the trees, and she was familiar from the time she was born with the way bottle trees kept evil spirits from coming into the house – by luring them inside the colored bottles, where they cannot get out again.”

Livvie, by Eudora Welty

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TTT Week 20 – Vintage Ironstone and More

One of my favorite thrift stores was a virtual treasure trove this week.  They had a lot of white ironstone.  Most of it was Johnson Brothers in swirl patterns.

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  There was so much ironstone I had to restrain myself from buying too much because storage for my ironstone obsession collection is becoming a bit of an issue.

White Ironstone

This the white ironstone haul except the small plate which is bone china.  All the ironstone is Johnson Brothers.

White Ironstone Platter

This platter is Johnson Brothers Athena pattern, made in England.

Ironstone Serving Bowls

One bowl is a keeper since I collect white ironstone and part of my collection is in this swirly pattern.  I am trying to get a service for at least six.  The other bowl is off to the booth.  Now I must decide which one to keep.

Johnson Bros Bowls

These bowls are Snowhite Regency pattern but have different marking on the back.

Ironstone B&B Plates

These six swirly bread and butter plates are going into my collection too.  One plate had the JB mark rather than a crown.  There was a good bit of white swirly ironstone at the thrift store but a lot of it did not have a maker’s mark at all.

Portman Hotel

This tiny plate caught my eye because of the red pattern. It is from the Portman Hotel.  It is Wedgewood Bone China – Hotelware, Made in England.  There is a Portman Hotel in London and I would like to think my little plate is from there.  I’m looking for Valentine items for the booth and the small plate is perfect.

Cheese Shaker

When I saw this cheese shaker Pinterest immediately came to mind.  I knew there was a pin out there showing a creative use for a cheese shaker so I put it in the shopping cart.

Blue and white cup

This cup is a keeper too.  I’m adding it to my blue and white collection from Not Your Mom’s Mug Tree.

Gray Royal Typewriter

I love this small grey Royal typewriter.  It even has it own case but I already have my beloved blue one so this one is going to the booth.   Hopefully someone will love it as much as I do.

Blue speckle enamelware strainer

This rustic white with blue speckled enamelware strainer is going to the booth, but if doesn’t sell I have an idea of how I will use it at my house.

Red Ladder

The red ladder was in the back of the store leaned up against the wall and at first I thought it belonged to the store but after further inspection I saw a price.  I plan to use it in the booth for Valentine’s then I’m going to use it on my deck.  This ladder is perfect to fit with shelves for a nice plant stand.

All I can say about this thrifting trip is that the white ironstone got me started then a red ladder and grey typewriter finished me off.    It was a really good day.

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Top Ten Recycling and Repurposing Posts for 2014

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It’s that time again when all bloggers review their year and determine their top posts.  I went about it in a slightly different way this year.  After reviewing the last year I picked about twenty recycling and repurposing posts for my first category (there are a couple more categories yet to come).  Then I researched their popularity and the most viewed posts made the top ten.

Here are my favorite recycling and repurposing posts in their order of popularity.

Junk Wreath

A Junk Wreath for Christmas

Cabinet Vignette 3

TST Upcycled Cabinet Door

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Pottery Barn Inspired Spoon Shadow Box

Globe Bowl on table

TTT Wk. 9 The Globe Bowl

Painted Bucket in use

TST Painted Wooden Bucket

Scoop Decor 2

Ten Minute Rustic Scoop Décor

Toolbox centerpiece

TST A Rustic Tool Box

Jello Mold Wreath at the BWH

Quick and Easy Jello Mold Wreaths

Milk Paint Tray 2

Upcycled Cabinet Door

Basket Beautiful Swan

TST  Basket Love

I loved doing and sharing each of the projects above.

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