Wednesday’s Whip Up: Vintage Spools

Back in July, we took a trip to Folly Beach, near one of my favorite places – Charleston, SC. Hubby and I used to live there and I never get tired of the history, architecture, food and shopping!
While there my sister-in-law, Ilke, and I vowed to do some antique shopping. We took one afternoon and hit as many as we could in the ares outside of downtown. {Downtown’s antiques are WAY over our budget!} Here are some of my finds…

I found several vintage handkerchiefs, ribbons and lace. I had no idea what I would do with them, but I had to have them!

And I am a sucker for vintage spools.

Originally I was going to leave the spools the way the were and use them as candles sticks. But I had an idea the other day while I was trying to figure out where to put them.
I decided to wrap them in burlap and then use the vintage ribbon and lace on top of the burlap.

I used hot glue to secure the burlap on the backside. I did the same with the lace. The ribbon I just tied in a knot, tightly enough that it would not slip down.

I frayed the top and bottom of the burlap by pulling some of the horizontal threads out.

And that was it! Just something I whipped up on Wednesday!

Replacing the Old Cork Board

Sneak peek of today’s project. . .

Guess what I’m doing this weekend? I can hardly wait for Saturday because my sister-in-law and I are heading back up to Cline’s Junk Antiques! Eek! So very excited! What is Cline’s? In case you are a new reader to the blog, let me introduce you to Cline’s Antiques,or, as I like to call it, a little piece of junk heaven!

Look at all that rust and furniture waiting to be refinished!
Last time I visited Cline’s I scored some great windows for only two bucks each. Yes, $2! Here is one of them.

reclaimed window

Yes, it’s dirty. Really dirty. You see, Cline’s has tons of windows waiting to go home with someone like me. The downside is that the windows, like almost everything else at Cline’s, are just piled up in the yard.
No biggie, a squirt of the hose and a little elbow grease cleaned it up nicely!
So, this window has been sitting in my garage since that shopping trip. I finally have put it to use! I got tired of looking at the cork board in the hall near my kitchen. It gets so cluttered with cards, artwork, invitations, etc. It had to go. I’ve also been wanting to create a chalkboard somewhere near the kitchen to jot down reminders. This window was the start to a perfect solution!

cover glass paint

 I masked off the glass with some plastic bags and painter’s tape. And spray-painted it a pretty gold/yellow color.

paint window

No paint project of mine is complete without a little distressing! I used my new favorite color Distress Ink, frayed burlap, around the edges and on the faces of the wood.

distress ink wood

So my dirty old window was now clean and had a pretty coat of paint on it. Time to make this baby into something special.
I had this great Gallery Chalkboard Vinyl Decor from Stampin Up! It was $25 but I got it for free with an order I placed! So I attached the vinyl to the window.

chalkboard vinyl

Next I needed somewhere to hang things that I typically tack onto the bulletin board like photos, cards, invitations, artwork, etc.
I had this burlap ribbon and baker’s twine that I got from Pick Your Plum. They were perfect for this piece!

bakers twine burlap ribbon

I used the burlap ribbon to add a big bow on the corner of the board.

burlap ribbon bow pick your plum

I wrapped a piece of chalk in the baker’s twine so I could attack it to the board.

hanging chalk bakers twine

And also draped the baker’s twine across the top and bottom of the window. I used hot glue to attach it around the back. Then I added little clothespins that I also got from Stampin Up!

bakers twine hanging line clothes pin

This was the perfect  replacement for thumbtacks and cork board!

And with that, the board was complete!

family command center

And because I love to do things on a budget, I’m proud to brag that this piece cost less than $5! Remember, the window was $2, I bought one can of spray paint, the chalkboard vinyl piece was free and the ribbon, string and clothespins I already had in my stockpile.

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Reinventing an Old Milk Can

I told you I had something to share today! I finally took a little break from the favor boxes lsat week to regain my sanity with some other type of creativity. Unfortunately that break {and my allergies} have now caused me to be way behind!

Anyway. . . I finally made good use of this old milk can. Actually, I’ve had it sitting in this spot since Christmas {I put long pine branches in it} but it wasn’t finished.

You might {or probably don’t since it was ages ago} remember on my trip to Cline’s Antiques Junk Yard I picked up this rusty old milk can. You might think it looks hideous, but I was in love! Not long before I had featured a blogger had painted her house number on a milk can for her front porch. So I was thrilled to have found one, no matter what condition it was in! Nonetheless, I think I only paid $8 for it.

Even though I like rust, this piece was a little too rusty for me. So I spray painted it with one of my favorite colors. Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.

I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut stencil vinyl {I’m sure regular vinyl would work fine}. I did “No. 4 “for the number of people in our family.

After cutting the vinyl, I peeled the outer piece away from the backing carefully, leaving the cut image behind.

Then stuck it on the milk can. Because the milk can surface was textured from the rust and spray paint there were some areas of the vinyl that didn’t quite stick. Plus the font was pretty intricate and I couldn’t quite get it placed right. So I had to modify my original idea of using a stencil blotter brush because I knew the paint would bleed through.

Instead I used a fine tip and painted carefully inside the stencil. Two good coats.

When I peeled off the vinyl, there was still a little bit of bleeding, but I went back with my fine tip and traced over the letters one more time which helped cover it up.

The final result! I tied a strip of burlap around the neck and filled it with long branches of greenery, cherry blossoms and my cute little sticks with lighted tips.

Oh how I love junk! And reinventing fabulousness from junk makes me happy! Now back to the favors! Have a great weekend y’all!

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The Stockings Were Hung. . .

I shared this tutorial over at Seamingly Smitten last week, but wanted to share it again just in case you missed it. After my post about my trip to Cline’s JunkyardI had a lot of questions about what I would do with these. . .

I had a handful of old rusty door knobs that I picked up along with some other rusty hardware. I didn’t really have a clue what I was going to do with them, but I knew I could use them for something. And I was right! So I started wit a piece of scrap wood from the garage {I have a huge pile of scrap wood in my garage. you name it, I got it!} and my four rusty old door knobs. 

This first step was fun. The wood was too perfect, so I took a hammer to it. What a great stress reliever! I just banged it up a bit to round the corners and rough up the surface. 

Next I used a dark stain in these crevices and around the edges. This is because I plan on distressing the paint I’m about to apply and the dark stain looks better than the light wood.

A light coat of primer spray paint and one heavy coat of white latex paint. 

While the paint dried I pulled out my brand spankin’ new Silhouette Cameo to use for the very first time. Sigh, it’s amazing! You gotta get one of these! I used red vinyl for this project.

If you are not familiar with the Silhouette or any other digital cutting tool, you create an image on your computer and then let the machine do the rest. 

The best way to transfer vinyl is to use contact paper. Once the image is cut, place the sticky side of the contact paper on top of the vinyl while it is still on the mat. Peel the contact paper away from the sheet of vinyl and only your cut letters should stick to the contact paper. (Unfortunately the insides of the letters also stuck. I removed them with a tweezers after I adhered it to the wood.)

When the paint was dry I used some low grit sandpaper to give it a distressed finish.

My sweet hubby drilled holes in the wood to just large enough to fit the knobs.
And then he squeezed them in. I thought we would have to use wood glue to hold them, but they stayed just fine without it.
And because I can’t leave anything alone, I used my distress ink to make it look more worn. To do this you just take the ink pad and brush it across the edges and corners and in small spots along the surface.

Now back to the vinyl. Place the contact paper gently on the board. Once it’s in place, where you want it, you can press down on it to keep it in place. Use a scraper or other flat edge to smooth over the vinyl, eliminating any wrinkles or bubbles. Then peel back the contact paper slowly.
The contact paper removed some of the paint, but was okay with me! I love a distressed look!

I wrapped and tied a fat grosgrain ribbon on one side and then hung our stockings. I’m thinking about either adding an initial to the knobs or writing our names in black just above the knobs. But that will be another day. Like I said, I can’t leave anything alone!

But for now it’s perfect! You know I love to brag about how little I spend on my projects so. . .
This one cost about two bucks! Actually, it was free for me to make that day since everything I used, I already had lying around. But if you want to count the purchase of the knobs, this project cost me only $2! Even if you don’t have a digital cutting machine, you can use a stencil to paint the letters. Inexpensive hooks can be purchased in place of the door knobs if rusty junk isn’t your style.

How can Christmas be in just ten days? The stockings may be hung, but I’m not sure Santa has what is supposed to go in them!

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A Little Piece of (Junk) Heaven and Silhouette Secrets!


A couple of weeks ago, my sister-in-law, Ilke, and I discovered the most amazing place on Earth – Cline’s Antiques in Mt. Pleasant, NC. I’m not really sure “antiques” is the best word to use to describe this place. Yes, most of the stuff is old, but most of it is just a bunch of junk. Ilke and I were aware of this as we made the hour drive to Cline’s. What we didn’t know was how much junk there actually was waiting for us.
We walked through the gates and I was off. There were rows and rows of shelves filled with random rusted metal pieces. In the grass there were piles of glass bottles and jars.
Piles of old headboards and random metal pieces were lying in just about every direction I could see. I’ve never seen so much rust in my life! Nor did I realize how much I loved it!
There were rows of trailers filled with stuff and piles and piles of random junk!
old antique wooden furniture desk chair
There were a lot of buildings on the property as well. Large buildings that were full. Full of furniture, full of old signs, full of stuff.
old woven baskets
I was in junk Heaven! I hadn’t seen Ilke in a while and when she finally called to see where I was, I was WAY out back in knee-high grass, digging through boxes and piles!
polka dot rain boot
Luckily I wore my rain boots! Ilke eventually found me. Thank goodness because I had quite a pile to drag back up front.
picker sisters vintage metal carts
Have you ever seen Picker Sisters on Lifetime? It’s one of my favorite shows! Anyway, on one of the episodes the girls pick up a couple of carts like the ones above and transform them into some amazing benches. I was SO tempted to grab two of these, but had no idea where I would put them. Maybe next time.
vintage antique buggy wheelchair
These are a few of my favorite pieces that I saw, but didn’t buy. Coincidentally they are all forms of “transportation.” I’m kicking myself for not getting that sleigh. Grrrr.
vintage cash register
This vintage register was really cool too. But the piece that captured my heart, the one I was willing to empty my wallet for was this one. . .
vintage medicine cabinate
 I found this metal display case in one of the first buildings I walked into at the junk farm. I fell in love with it. I thought about it for the rest of the morning. As I stumbled upon other pieces of furniture that would serve the same purpose, I dismissed them because I knew I wanted this one. By the end of our shopping trip, I even knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I was giddy. Now I just had to figure out how much it was. I really was prepared to spend a couple hundred on this piece – seriously. But when I inquired about it, I found out that it {along with the rest of the “display cases” in that building} were not for sale. NOT FOR SALE? My love affair was over. I was devastated. He said they use them to display items. Do you see anything displayed in this case? Ugh!
Anyway, I plan on going back soon and when I do, I’m going to ask again about this case. Maybe making them an offer would be a better approach. We shall see. Are you ready to see what I bought? Luckily I removed the seats from my car because Ilke and I filled the entire back!
A few old windows {with and without glass}, a vintage wooden ironing board, a fan, a watering can, metal file drawers, and an old wooden sled.
antique thrift vintage finds
A milk can, some baskets, bottles a rusty tray and some other random pieces {door hardware and knobs, etc}. I also bought one of those rusty old headboard/footboard sets. I’ll show you those later.
I cannot wait to go back! I’ll try to keep you posted on what I do with these items, but you know me. Many will probably sit in the garage for a while {with my other “junk”} before I know what I’ll do. Stay tuned. . .
Oh, and I have a secret to share with you! This Friday, otherwise known as Black Friday, Silhouette is having a sale!
That’s right, anyone can get 30% off from the 25th throught the 28th but if you use a special code at checkout, you get 40% off your purchase!
So be sure to stop by Silhouette online on Black Friday to do some shopping and don’t forget to use the  use the promo code SPATULA at checkout to receive the additional discount. Plus, all Silhouette shapes are just 50 cents each!
But that’s not the only secret. I have access to a secret page, the only page, where you can find the new Silhouette Cameo in stock!!
Have you seen this thing? Of course you have! Do you want on as badly as I do? I love my Silhouette SD but this new Cameo can do so much more! I plan on buying one first thing Friday morning! You can’t use the code above for the discount, but I’ve been told that Silhouette is offering a very nice discount on the Cameo that day. But you have to go to the secret site to get it and it won’t be available to you until Black Friday. I just wanted to give you a heads up! Here is the the link, but the special will not be posted until Friday.
Happy shopping!

Lots (and Lots) of Thrifty Finds

Y’all aren’t going to believe it, but everything I’m about to show you was purchased/inherited in just one week.  One week! Why am  I making such a big deal? Because it’s a lot! So much that I restricted myself from going to any thrift stores or garage sales for the past three weekends!
Now I said all this purchasing took place in a week, and it did, but it was actually a few weeks ago. Sorry to withold these beauties from you for that long! 
Get ready. . .
On our way to Fripp Island we drove through Beaufort, SC, a lovely, historic little town. We passed by several antique stores/thrift stores and I just had to stop. 
I only came home with three things, but I was happy as a clam! A beautiful old blue shutter {which hubby grunted at and said it must be full of lead paint}, a Ball jar and a cool hat display stand.  
Monday and Tuesday are re-stock days for my favorite Humane Society Thrift Store, so Wednesdays I’m there first thing! 
A silver platter, a cute side table and a birdhouse, a church, ummm {??}.


My sister-in-law and I headed up to The Depot, an antique mall in Concord, NC. One Saturday a month they have a public yard sale in the parking lot in addition to the ridiculous square footage of space inside. Good thing I had to leave early for a party or I would have probably emptied our bank account!
I got a neat little mirror, beautiful bottles and jars, a vintage glass insulator, vintage spools, a couple books, an old wooden shoe form and a vintage crochet doily.
That’s not all. . .

An old framed print of a sleeping girl, a grain sack, a wooden crate, 2 very rusty buckets, a vintage sewing table drawer and some old wooden blocks. 
But that still not all. . . .
Two black shutters, a telephone table and this old rusty fireplace screen {??}.
Oh, and one more thing. . .
This navy blue hat! Perfect to place on my “new” hat stand!

And if all that wasn’t enough. . . 
We went to hubby’s parents’ house for dinner. My mother-in-law had a few things up for grabs. 
I don’t know what it was about his lamp, but it was calling my name! And I loved the little table too!

Phew! I told you it was a lot of stuff! It looks like my car will remain in the driveway, rather than in the garage, for a little longer! I’ve got a lot of work to do! 
{Don’t get your panties in a wad, Diana! Just kidding, you crack me up!}
Let me show you what I’ve done with a few things so far}
I promise, for real, that I will post more updates on my thrifty finds, even those from weeks back, soon!

Thrifty Finds

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you my thrifty finds. I’ve hit up many garage sales, thrift stores, Goodwills and even a couple antique malls over the past few weeks. If I were rich, I’d have come home with so much more. Like the adorable antique stroller/riding toy. I don’t know what I would have done with it, but I hearted it! And the furniture. I could have bought it all! But I’m still pretty excited about what I got. 
I just discovered a little antique mall {very close to my house} inside a local flea market. A lot of stuff was pretty pricey, but I did walk away with a few vintage cookbooks, a nest and 
this silver serving set. It needs a little polishing, but how cute for $5!
Now onto my new favorite place in the whole world. My sister-in-law and I visited {for the first time} the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall. 55,000 sq. feet of antiques, collectibles, furnishings, etc. I was totally unprepared and totally overwhelmed! We are going back next weekend! I told you it was my new favorite place! Like I said, I was overwhelmed so I didn’t get much.

A little antique clock and some vintage velvet gloves.
Yay! An old kitchen scale which I’ve been on the hunt for. I know to some of you this looks old and rusty, but it is beautiful in my kitchen!
And, this lovely old tackle box. Complete with fishing gear inside too! I just loved the color {and the rust, of course}. I think I might use it for a new sewing box.
A caned chair in pretty much perfect condition from Goodwill for $7.99! But you know it won’t stay like this. Stay tuned . . . 
And finally, from the Restore
a silver serving platter 
and an oxidated, rusted basket. 
Boy do I love other people’s junk! 
Tomorrow is Friday! Whoop whoop!