Okay, Let Me First Say…

I am usually not into revenge, but do like humor and to stand up for myself/home/family/friends/property.

And this is how I Stood Up for my Property…

Passive Aggressively.

Pre-Story (This post is wordier than most of my posts, but I feel I must explain my DIY actions):

We came home one day and found our old orange tree cut down to just the trunk with all the branches laying about the yard.

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I asked around and no one knew who did it, until I stopped the next door neighbor driving away.  I , all 5 Foot 3.5 Inches of me, went up to his huge SUV and asked him if he knew who did it.  He got out of his, all 6 + Foot of him, standing right in front of me.  He told me it was him as he walked past me towards The Hub. He told The Hub that his father owned Orange Groves and that he cut it down so it grow back better.  We know nothing of the orange tree, so we said, “Okay.”  Until we found out what this guy has done before to other neighbors.  And the fact that nothing grew back from that tree…still nothing 1.5 years later.

In the above photo, 6+ Foot Tall neighbor’s yellow/brown house is behind the dead orange tree trunk. As you can also see in the photo, he could barely see our orange tree behind other big plants along the property line.

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I do believe this man is maybe bi-polar and does not take meds for it because he seems to do this sporadically and manically. I feel for people with any kind of health or psychological issues, but not when my property or people are endangered.

And to let you know how far he has gone, let me tell you other things he has done.

1) Killed plants along the fence of his neighbors on the other side of his property.  They no longer have any plants along that fence line.

2) The old guy who owned our house before us would fall asleep with his TV loudly on.  The cray cray neighbor threw something big (I heard a log) into that bedroom’s sliding glass doors breaking them both. The doors are new there.

3)  We live on a court and another neighbor asked him if she could put a basketball hoop on the line that boarders my yard and his yard.  He has a son that could use it too.  He agreed.  Slowly it moved to in front of our side yard, which was fine and dandy with us.  We still would see him and his son out there playing b-ball.  While we were away he took the hoop and dragged it 1/2 a block to the owners of the hoop and threw it on their driveway.  The woman (a tiny woman mind you) dragged it onto MY driveway.  He then went on our property, took the hoop dragging it back to the owners house and again throwing it back in their driveway breaking it.  This 6+ foot guy got into a verbal fight with a 5 Foot Nothing woman about it, using a lot of curse words.  Cops were called, but that was that.  The cops just told the tiny woman to stay away from him.

4) Our once lush hibiscus plants along our back fence that borders his tiny side yard (the side where you would put your trash cans), are now dying along the top…as if someone threw something over the top of their fence to kill them.  We have done several things to bring them back, and they seem to be having a hard time.  I believe the cray cray neighbor is doing something to them while we are away.  It is a good time of the year for them to be trimmed back, which we are having done by a professional, for them to grown back anew.  We will see.

Everyone is afraid of this guy.

I am not, but I am not going to push it to make it harder on the other neighbors or for him to do more damage to our property.

At first, The Hub and I decided to not cut down the dead orange tree trunk in honor of all the oranges our deranged neighbor aborted, and as protest to what he did to our poor old orange tree.

Then I came up with an idea and this is how I am now PASSIVE AGGRESSIVELY getting back at him…

DIY Style!

I needed this…

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Which so happened to be in the Basketball hoop neighbor’s front yard to be picked for free!

I then pulled it apart which used up a lot of aggression and anger!

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Then I cut the pieces up which used up even more aggression!

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I cut them up into arrow shapes!

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Do you Get Where I am Going Yet?

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I then pulled out the paint!

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I did not paint most of the wood…this one was just a mistake.

But I did write things on the arrow shaped pieces of wood!

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Places Where The Hub and I have Lived Together!

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With fun extras!

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Now, Do You Get Where I am Going with This?

If Not, Here You Go!

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There is one extra “Place” and that is all I will say about that!

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This if the view from the side yard close to our garage. It is not fully noticeable from the street.

Yet, I feel vindicated.

In one of the photos, you can see our back patio. I noticed from there you only see the back of the signs.

So next step is making signs of places The Hub and I have visited together that we love.

San Francisco and San Blas signs are already made.

Now Need more Pallet!

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I do not believe in keeping quiet and ignoring bad things/people.

A good way to fight anger and bad people/things is with love, happiness and humor.

There are times we must be creative on how we stand up!

This is How I Creatively, Funnily, Happily, Lovingly and Passively Aggressively Stand!

Hope it made you smile!

I have made other things from pallets and other old items.

Some of them are for sale as well as vintage/antique old things at Our Own Big World!

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It was the birthday of a new friend…

A new picking/antiquing kind of friend.

We have an eye for similar old things.

So I made her something new from my photos of old things.

A small book of old things.

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I first picked the photo, size and then printed them all out!

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Cutting them to size was next!

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Cutting them included nice pretty corners as well!

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I then made the pages of the books.

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I attached the photos with double sided thick tape so they stick up a bit from the pages.

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I attached all the pages together with cute ribbon, yard and a tiny crown!

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And there you have a gift made special for that special someone, new or old, silver or gold!

Some of my photos are framed and for sale at OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you see a photo you would like that is not up for sale or you would like a different size,
Please comment here or on the shop.

Happy Day!

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DON’T MAKE ME TAKE MY BELT OFF!

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Although those days are long gone, I hope….

PLEASE TAKE YOUR OLD BELT OFF AND UPCYCLE IT!

That is what I have been doing…

It started with a chair I did quite awhile ago now. You can see it at BELT CHAIR !

After collecting more belts and having several ideas that I never started.

This rustic chunk of wood came into my life.

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Lovely with all the nails with bits and pieces of material and vinyl of days gone by stuck to them.

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It, too, sat around for awhile.

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Until I decided to paint it, that is.

Which I did not like at all.

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Then I took the sander to it.

I loved it and at first came up with the idea of putting colorful plastic rulers on the top,

Another collection of items I have laying about.

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But the leather belts won out!

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After attaching the top belts, including 2 old western style ones with the names Garrett and Jack on them,

I decided to wrap the top edge with 2 buckled belts.

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And There you Have it!

Even though I love it, I made it to sell. You can purchase it here BELT BENCH! !

Can you guess how I used belts on the piece below?

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Guess before you scroll down!

Okay, Now start to scroll!

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First, I removed the heart “doors” and painted it!

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And then started to add the belts…
Yes, White leather belts!

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I put them across the back and wrapping two around the whole piece.
And as you can see, I played with buckles for extra decor.

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But ended using upholstery Studs instead.

This is also for sale, but comment below if you are interested in it!

What can you make with old belts?

Here is another project I have in the making…

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An Old Suitcase Valet…

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Turned Side Table!

I use it in my own home without attaching the belts.

Any other suggestions for this piece?

If you are interested in seeing what else I make for sale or my old things for sale,

Please visit my online shop at OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Thanks for visiting and now, GO CREATE!
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Summer Loving…

Is a Great Time to Craft!

And Since Summer is Over…

It is a Great Time to Get Back to Blogging, especially since I have not posted crafts in quite a while!

The following projects will have to do with items in the photos from my last past, HOW WE MAKE A HOUSE A HOME OVER AND OVER AGAIN .

I’m feeling frisky, let’s start in the bedroom!

Get your mind out of the gutter, we just needed some storage! I found this, yes without a drawer, for cheap!

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I saw it and had an idea which I had to talk The Hub into, as usual.

Sanding came first…

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And then the painting!

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Have I ever told you, “I don’t like painting.” But it was worth it, especially with my decision to paint this one area red as it goes with the soda crates I am going to use as storage really well!

Next Decision…

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What kind of Knobs?

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Neither one of those…
Something Completely Different!

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My Dresser, craft storage, make-up and hair do-ing area! Done and Done!

Continuing on with the Bedroom…

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The Wall Decor!

Although I have no photos to show how I did this…

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I am confident that you can take a needlepoint hoop, material and do it yourself!

The interesting thing is that some of the material I designed myself. Oh yes, I did!

You can see how I did this in one of my first posts on this blog at WHO KNEW?

Don’t mind the bikes…
They were part of the decor for a while!

Now on to the kitchen and the ever-changing lights!

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I started out with this yoke double light. I just used two small work lights, but took off the pinching attachments.

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I wound the wires around the rings for them to blend in and put the wire in the back of the yoke to hide them there as well.

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And there you have it!

But then I had more stuff and got creative…
Again!

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This is what you do with an old soda shop crate, an old colander, an old dog chain and a light fixture!

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Pretty much straight forward…
Put a hole in the colander, put the light fixture through it and then through the crate and line wire along the center chain.

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And there have it, once again.

Now, to the front porch!

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It all started with this 75 cent table that was falling apart.

Literally, it is made of particle board which was dripping apart slowly!

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I used glue, in the form of Modge Podge and an old book to keep it all together. I decoupaged underneath it where it was also falling apart!

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And I painted it.
Again with the painting!

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It has sat on my front porch for over 4 months and no more falling apart!

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“Awwwwesooome,” if I do say some myself!

The table sits in front of another one of my summer loving projects!

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And it all started with these…

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Which I painted. What is with all this painting?

In the above photo there are pieces of wood in the background which I put across the seats of the chairs.

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On top of the slats I placed lots of pillows (yard sale finds). The seating pillows needing hiding…

So I put a vintage 1970 avocado green round table cloth with fringe on them.

I am sure you are interested in why I went that color and style, right?

Well, it is the only thing I found to match this…

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Which I already had on the front porch!

But, wait…there is more for the porch.

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Look What I did to this thing to match the other things.
Oh so Matchy Matchy…

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But not too matchy matchy, right?

And here are a few more touches!

Plain ugly rug that The Hub insisted on buying….

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Meet Spray Paint and a Stencil!

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Not sure I love the turn out…
But anything is better than that the original fugley thing!

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Oh and Look what I did with the tons of twigs that fall in my yard!

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Twig Garland!

And yes, I added a mosquito net to the Porch Lounger! Love it, Right?

And I know you will love this too…

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So much cuteness mushed together right next to the front door under the maibox…
What a Greeting!

Have fun making your own stuff…
I hope I motivated and inspired you!

GET OUT THERE AND CREATE!

And just to let you know…
I sell old things and things I make from old things!

If you are interested please visit my shop, OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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The GNOME SHACK!

It is a pick storage unit, a craft in action, a never-ending evolving gallery…

BUT MOST OF ALL IT IS OUR HOME FOR NOW!

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WELCOME!

Something that many do not know…

Is when we move, we move with just a limited amount of stuff.

So I pick, thrift, yard sale, flea market, estate sale & auction to make a new place our home.

Photo Details:
1) Picked the pallet the The Hub never took apart…so went through scattered pickings and ended up with the idea of the tar sap cups flower pockets!
2) Picked the galvanized gas can which holds the locally made wood Sweet Vidalia Onion!

Since we have not gone in yet…
Let’s check out my now Beloved Southern Front Porch…
Gnome Shack Style!

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Inviting, eh?
And we are not even inside!

Photo Details:
1) Retro Orange Pretzel Tin Can…it travels with us…for now!
2) Got the awesome never been used 1970 hammock at an Estate Sale in Savannah!

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The Porch Conversation Area!

Photo Details:
1) Got the Porch Swing at the Peaches to Beaches 700 Mile Yard Sale and then painted it!
2) I bought 4 ladder back chairs with very damaged seats and came up with this design for what I love to call my “Porch Lounger”.
3) A 75 Cent Table that I decoupaged and painted!

Now, Let’s Go Inside!

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The Front Siting Room, Which Doubles as a Guest Room!

Our place is small!

Photo Details:
1) Couch was bought at a Savannah Estate Sale.
2) Retro Folding Chairs Travel with us as well as vintage wood/metal boxes
3) My painted framed photography also travels with us…for now.
4) Most on mantel is for sale, except Gnomes!

We do not have an official entry way/foyer, so I had to make one!

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And here it is!

Photo Details:
1) Coat Rack I made from pallet board and thrift knobs.
2) Thrift store Mid Century Shelf turned Shoe Rack.
3) A Men’s valet for keys and extra coats recently bought at a flea market.
4) Sandal bin is vintage enamel pan recently bought at a yard sale.

Two More Views of the Front Sitting Room!

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Vignette Areas…
Or More like Picking Storage Spots!

Photo Details:
1) Vintage suitcase Valet turned side table with painted glass frame turned tray!
2) Picked Very Rustic Wood stool, Thrifted Mid Century Clock & Junk Store found Antique Chimney Screen!

To the Left of this Sitting Room is our Bedroom.

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And there it is!

Okay, it is also a bike, craft, arts and tool supply storage area!

Photo Details:
1) Suitcase night stands and stairs for old cat to get into bed are also used for storage.
2) I recently bought the missing drawer dresser on the cheap, repainted and such, and there you have it.
3) Mid Century Shadow Box / Bar Mirror for my pretty up area.
4) Lights over dresser are yard sale found trouble/mechanic lights.
5) Circle Art are  Yard sale found Needlepoint hoops with some material scrapes and some material I personally designed!
6) Tool, Arts & Crafts Supply Shelf bought at a Yard Sale.
7) I made the Hat Rack out of Pallet Board and Thrift store Knobs

Now Back into the Front Sitting Room! You can go straight through it to get to the Dining area of the very large Kitchen.

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I’m realizing it is very mid-century in there!

Photo Details: 

1) Table we brought, but will probably sell before we leave.
2) Tension Pole Light in corner is very much for sale.
3) Shelves on both sides are filled with picked decor pieces, photos, kitchen supplies and a bar supplies.
4) Beloved Step Stool was picked in a junk shop.
5) Art on wall was picked recently and for sale!

Through the dinning area is the kitchen!

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The Kitchen Side of the Huge Room.

Photo Details:
1) Yes I have vintage hand strainers as wall decor and canvas carpenter bags as recycle bins!

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The Main Kitchen Corner!

Photo Details:

1) I made a light out of a dog chain, a vintage soda shop glass crate, a colander and an Ikea light fixture.
2) The decor on top of the fridge is part of my picked galvanized metal collection.
3) And counter storage is in vintage tin colanders!

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The Other Side of the Huge Kitchen is the Laundry Room!

Photo Details:
1) Old gas stove burner grates for wall decor!

Through the middle of the Large Eat In Kitchen is the Family Room!

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View from the Door…this is where we spend most of our time at home!

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View from the side with Wall of Windows.

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Big Overstuffed Chair The Hub has had for, maybe, 15 or more years!

Still Comfy!

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The Rest of the Family Room!

Photo Details:
1) Wall Decor Over Couch is a piece of old factory life. It states the days that has gone by without any accidents. The numbers can be changed on the back. Picked this as a gift for The Hub…who is a safety freak.
2) Other Wall Art is My Photography.
3) Cat Throne is vintage blue suitcases, an old moving blanket stuffed into the top one and a vintage piece of chenille bedspread covering to make it pretty! And yes, that is our 18-year-old cat asleep, wheezing, snoring away on it!
4) The desk is an old chrome and Formica table yard sale pick!
5) Round Table picked at a Junk shop.
6) Side table are part of my old wood food box collection!
7) Wood piece in corner is the bottom of a mid-century coffee table!

Almost Done Touring The Gnome Shack!

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The Tiny White Bath!

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And the very stained sink!

But this little room holds some of my favorite pieces!

Photo Details:
1) To left of toilet is a vintage galvanized metal miners milk can recently picked
2) To the Right is vintage adult and child’s enamel chamber pots.
3) Under the sink is an antique maple sapping bucket with a recently picked stool and metal box that I have had for maybe 20 years.
4) There are curtains on the wall close to the sink, not because there is a window, but a door.  In renovating, I guess they forgot to take the door out!

That is the Gnome Shack!

It is home for now.

I used to say, “Home is where my Backpack is”
But now Home is where The Hub and His 18 Year Old Cat is.

All the things…
Are just ships passing us in the night.

We help it all find it’s forever home…
If we did not adopt it ourselves!

If you are interested in buying anything you have seen in this post or are interested to see what I do have for sale,
Please Visit My Online Shop…

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you can not find an item in the photos that you are interested in buying, please comment below and I will get back to as fast as I can.

Thank you for visiting OUR OWN BIG WORLD…

We Hope You Like it Here!

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I recently move to South East Georgia…

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And have already fallen in love with the old abandoned buildings, homes, barns, stores, etc.

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So I Stalked Them!

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In My Subaru On the Open Road With a Camera by My Side…

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I Explored and Hunted.

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Sometimes Breaking the Law…

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Sometimes Meeting Nice People.

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Like Grandpa David who owns the above barn and silo.  There is a dilapidated over 100 year old house that his grand father lived in nearby that I would love to explore.  He welcomed me back and I think I will take him up on that.  

Lovely man. The photo below is also from his property.

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I want those things.

Love the curling wood chippy paint of the one below!

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I love wood, but it is not a secret that I am in love with rust…

And love this rust to death!

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Oh, the Rust, Green and Blue of it all!  

Old Brick and Old Wood…

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Nothing Better…unless you added Rust to it!

Welcome, Come Right In!

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Lovely Doorways, sigh.

Old Rust and Old Wood…

If You Threw Old Bricks in There I Would be Besides Myself with Giddiness!

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There is a Story Behind Each One of These Buildings…

And I Would Love to Hear Each One!

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Until Then, I Will Use My Imagination!

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Are there Lingering Ghosts Here?

Maybe.

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The door  shut on its own as soon as I walked up to it.

No wind. I kid you not!

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The Door was Wide Open and it Slowly Closed as I Walked Towards it.

As I Stopped to take Photos, the Door Stopped Closing.

Oh, Yes…That Happened!

Any way, Back to the Bright and Cheery.

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Love the Contrast of Color & Texture!

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The Things I Could Remake with this Loverly Old Wood!

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AND THESE RUSTY BITS OF LOVE!  

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GLAD I SHOT THIS IN THE WINTER AS THE LEAFLESS VINES ADDS A BIT OF LONELINESS TO THIS OLD LOVE SHACK.

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WHAT WAS ONCE LOCKED INSIDE THIS OLD GAL?

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOTS…

A TREE TOOK OVER THIS OLD PLACE.

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LEFT WITHOUT THE BLUE CURTAINS.

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AND THIS CHAIR.

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THE TV WANTED ME TO TAKE IT HOME.

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AND I WANTED TO TAKE HOME THIS CHRISTMAS CANDLE AND BED FRAME!

BACK TO THE OUTSIDES!

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THIS OLDIE WAS NOT LONELY.

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BECAUSE IT WAS RIGHT NEXT TO BUNCHES OF HONEY BEE HIVES!

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I LIKE THE BEE…

AND THE BEE LIKES ME AND MUD!

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LOVE ALL OF THIS.

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LOOK A THOSE INTERLOCKING LOGS!

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YUMMY WOOD.

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TIN ROOF…

RUSTED!

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PAINTED SO LONG AGO…

MAKES FOR NICE PATINA NOW.

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ON THESE OLD BUILDINGS, EVEN FAKE BRICK LOOKS GOOD!

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DO NOT ENTER!

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ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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I HOPE YOU ENJOYED MY PHOTOS…

AS MUCH AS I ENJOYED TAKING THEM!

Any of these photos are for sale…

Just let me know!

And for other photos and items for sale, please visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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We went to Northern California for the holidays!

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And Saw Tons of family and friends!

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And this is what we did with them!

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WE MADE SNOW!

And Tiny Little Polymer Clay Colorful Snowmen!

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Including the above one holding his own head!

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And We Beaded!

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And Beaded More!

Taking a Break from Crafts…

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We Went to the Playground!

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Where There Was This Cool Play-Ride-Thing!

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I Had to Join in On the Fun!

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And it was Uncontrollable Laughter Fun!

Yes, I am the Big Kid Auntie!

Back to Crafting…

Kind of…

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Thrift Store Photo Shoot!

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For Something WE ALL Made Together!

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A VIDEO!

Introducing…

Thrift-mas Shopping!

Starring Mis Sobrinos!

WHAT A FUN DAY WE ALL HAD…

And although the kids seem kind-of tired…
They were not!
Just shy about singing in public places!

The oldest came up with the lyrics on his own too!

And Now Some Winter Activity Fun!

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Ice Skating!

(Not sure how I made it snow in the photo…but I like it)

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On Your Mark, Get Set Go!

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No Falls For Me…
But My Hips Were Hurting!

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So My Big Sister Took Over Auntie Ice Skating Responsibilities!

On to More Activities…

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Bird Feeding with the In-Laws and Friends!

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Little Friends!

One of My Favorite Things…

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Organizing this Hot Mess China Cabinet (I Love Mom In-Law)…

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Into this Nice Display Piece!

While at the In-Law’s I also Decorated the Christmas Tree!

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And Found these Awesome Vintage Pieces!

And the Hub…

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Made Kelicha Cookies with his Mom!

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Yum Yum!

We Also…

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Entertained…

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Held…

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And Fed Babies!

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We also Danced!

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Boy, Did We Dance!

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So Did the Giant Bear!

Never a Dull Moment in Northern California!

Although I did make any items to sell in this blog post…

Feel Free to Visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD! to see things I have made and other items for sale!

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THANKFUL TABLE SCAPE!

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nothing says the Holidays to me…

Like a Good Table Scape!

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Our Thanksgiving Dining Room Table…

Before the Food!

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Bits and Pieces details of it all!

I got the vintage frames from thrift stores.
I dipped into my collection of paper (some of this paper is handmade from over 20 years ago) for the leaf and backgrounds.
I printed out a maple leaf template to use as stencil.
I cut the paper and then put it all together!

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I got the pressed glass cuties from a thrift store…all for 25 cents each.
Two small bowls and 4 cordial glasses = $1.50 !!

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Bag of Fresh Cranberries from the local grocery store!

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Leaves that got caught up in stuff when we recently moved from Vermont!

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Plain plates with clothe napkin wrapped silverware held together by twine surrounded by a few cranberries!

With a mix of vintage crystal wine glasses and vintage cocktail (ahem, water) glasses from our own large collection of glasses.

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And the centerpiece of it all…THE WHEEL!

I know you want to know about it….

Don’t you?

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Since I love old rusty metal things, I fell in love with it at an auction!

But we  had no idea what it was…

As I like to do, I researched it.

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Low and Behold…it was not the antique fly fishing line (made of silk back in the day) dryer that I first thought!

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After some help of an awesome online stranger…

We figured it out!

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Thanks to that logo in the center!

The initials are HW for the Heywood Wakefield Company.  Some of you may be familiar with a furniture company name that is now  hugely popular for it’s Mid-Century furniture. This piece precedes the Mid-Century. Both the Heywood Company and the Wakefield Company were started in the mid 1800’s making rattan furniture.  They merging together in the very late 1800’s., but the name Heywood Wakefield did not take hold until 1921. The main part of this piece is from one of the rattan baby buggies/prams they made in the 1920’s.

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The rest of the story of this piece is based on ideas from photos in a book of the history of Heywood Wakefield.

It is obvious that it is handmade, but it also obvious that it is very well made at that. We believe it was made by workers in the Heywood Wakefield factory to help them feed the rattan into the machines making the rattan furniture.

How cool is that?

Well, we think it is so cool!  That is our story and we are sticking to it!

Until anyone else shares any other info about it with us!

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And now on the Christmas Decorating!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

If you are looking for that perfect decor piece or holiday gift, check out:  OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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I will mostly let the colors speak for themselves!

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Candy Colored Country Drive!

From Candy Coated Fall Leaves Fell.

Just like Leaves Candy Fall from the Trees in VT!

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Peaking Fall.

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Bin Fall Fruit Candy!

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Fruity Colored Trees.

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Looks Like it Tastes Yummy!

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So Sweet!

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Swedish Fish New England Style!

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Looks Good Enough to Eat!

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The Sweet Sweet Staircase.

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5 Second Rule…Eat It!

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Fall Corn…Candy Style!

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Let the Sweetness Fall!

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Where Sweet is Made.

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Sugar Shack!

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Gummy Vermont Bears!

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Where Gummy Bears Live.

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Gummy Barn.

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Going on Down to Gummy-Town!

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Skittles Come in Fall Colors.

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Skittle Yellow #Vermont.

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Skittles Fall from the Sky and slip off the leaves…and this is how they get their colors!

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A SkittleThrew Up on this Leaf.

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Reeses Pieces is the Taste of Fall.

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Where the Pieces Go to Retire!

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Or Here.

And They Work on Farms to Grow…

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Reese Trees!

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The Deep Fall Colors of Chocolate Covered Cherries!

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Dripping Fall Sauce.

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Fall Cherry Tree!

HAPPY END OF FALL!

If you are interested in buying some photos contact me here or go to:  PHOTOS @ OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Yes, I wrote, “Chain”delier!

A Chandelier….

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Made from Chain!

The idea started out with Old Chain.

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But I ran out and added some new chain which added something shiny…

Which this girl always like!

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There was a lot of chain cutting…

Which had to be done in different sessions due to my dainty girl-man hands!

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And then there was attaching…

Triple attaching at that!

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Metal Rings, Glue & Wire…

Makes for a strong Chaindelier!

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And since this girl is distracted by shiny things…

I decided to add more of it!

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Using Vintage Chandelier Crystals…

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And Beads!

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And there you have it!

A Long and fun process.

It does not have a light in it as is, but I have the fixture to put in it at any moment!

I can be yours …  The Chandelier @ OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Some extra shine for your holiday season!

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