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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What Do you Do When you Have to Move…

and Need to Downsize Tons?

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And No One Wants to Buy your Hoopty 50′s Style Hill Billy Front Porch Picnic Table?

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You Fix it Up and Five it to a Young Adult for her First Apartment!

But First, I Had to Access the Situation…

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The Top Was Good!

Schwew!

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The Trim was Not!

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Nor Were a Couple of the Legs!

So I Started with…

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Removing All the Trim.

And Then I had to Figure out What to Put There?

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But Before that… I Painted all the Wood White.

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Looking Good!

Oh Boy, I got Creative with the Trim!

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Oh, Yes I Did!

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After I Sampled it!

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And Decided it Would Work Perfectly!

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And It Did!

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Around the Corners…

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And Close Up!

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The Drawer Even Got Purdied-Up!

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Tea Time!

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It is So Cute, it is Making the Hill Billy Front Porch Look even More Hoopty!

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It Looks So Good Now…

You Forgot about the Legs!

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Although I just painted them, you could use a wood putty to re-shape them.

Next Time…

When I Have More Time and Less to Do.

Like Pack. Sigh.

To See More Purdy Things, Please Go to:  OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Life is Too Short to Just Put Paintings on Our Walls…

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Or Books on Our Shelves.

(You Can find this wall art at Vintage Gas Stove Grates)

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(You can find this Cooper’s Hoop Driver Folk Art at Folk Art Tools)

How About Books On the Walls…

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This Book Cover Art Works for Me!

(Found in a cafe in San Juan, Puerto Rico!)

And this So Very Beautiful Thing…

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Would Match This Cool Industrial Wheel Folk Art Rather Well!

(The Above Piece Could be Found at Honey Blossom Studio)

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How cool is that?

(Found at a MA Auction)

And how about Blossoms that Bloom all year-long?

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Rusted Railroad Screw Spikes and Up-cycled Vintage Brass Curtain Tie-backs make an Awesome Bouquet!

And for more color…

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How about this Bundle of Fun up-cycled colored metal!

(This piece can be found at Industrial Bloom )

And speaking of color…

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How about a mini croquet set to snazz things up a bit?

(This piece can be found at MINI CROQUET)

Vintage Sporting Goods and Color?  The options are limitless!

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Fun old pool balls in a cool old box!

(This piece can be found at Fish Legs )

And for less color…

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Love the feel and look of an old baseball, and a basket of them is even better!

(The piece can be found at Chaps and Rascals )

Staying with the old in mind, but moving away from sporting goods…

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And going Industrial!

Like an old tool box, or even better, a vintage Votive Candle Mold Folk Wall Art!

(The candle mold can be found at Rusted Metal )

Metal of another kind!

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Pots, Pans, Strainers…are all cool wall art!

(These items can be found at Enamel Ware )

Let’s saunter away from metal.

(Because metal is just too cool to walk away from…sauntering seems right and make sure look over your shoulder at it before it goes away.)

Take a deep breath…

More fun to come!

Let’s linger around another cool idea!  

The re-use of a useful item of days gone by for decor!

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A 1800′s Dough Bin to hold throw blankets, pillow, magazines, games…

Whatever you need to store…

It will look Oh-So-Loverly in an Old Box of any kind!

(You can find this particular one at OLD WOOD )

 To finish up, let’s go circular!
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Vintage Chenille in Vintage Metal Needlepoint Hoops!

OLD MY!

(The can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

And for a Modern Turn…

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So Cute!

(These can be found at JoeMomma )

And if you want curtains that are NOT curtains….

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Then these are for you!

(They can be found at ARTS, CRAFTS & THINGS )

NOW GO PUT A STICK ON YOUR WALL…

AN OLD METAL PIPE ON YOUR SHELF…

OR A PIECE OF HISTORY ABOVE YOUR MANTEL!

Thanks for visiting!

To see more of our UNUSUAL DECOR SUSPECTS go to OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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That’s my Motto…

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Even on My First Ever Market Selling Day!

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It was a fun experience, even though I have to shed product for a move we will be making.

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Like Our Creel Mailbox!

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And These Cool Things!

We do not know where we will be moving to yet…

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But as always, we follow the husband’s work!

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Always exciting, always interesting, always an adventure….

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NEVER BORING!

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No, The Husband Was Not Bored!

Neither Was this Piece, as it Was the Favorite Piece of the Day…

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It Got so Much Attention, and It Is Still Available!

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As Are These Weigh Cool Scales!

It Was a Beautiful Day…

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And the Colors are Just Starting to Change!

Beautiful, Just Like Our…

Favorite Customer of the Day!

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93.5 year old reading up on how to make empanadas!

As the Day Wound Down, I Took a Break From Yelling,

“FREE GIFT WITH EVERY PURCHASE!”

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And Put My Feet Up On a Cool Little Stool for Sale!

We Shed Some Product…

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And Enjoyed a Nice Day Outside and Together!

Good Day!

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And Good Night Everyone!

If you see something you like in these photos please visit: OUR OWN BIG WORLD !

IF YOU DO NOT FIND IT THERE, PLEASE COMMENT HERE…

As it may not be up on the site yet!

THANKS FOR VISITING…

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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Our bed is now…

That is!

This project has history and of course, chatty me has to tell you about it!

But I will make it fun…

I swear!

It All Started with This:

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Oh, Yes It Did!

The huge white shelves on the right in the garage came with the house when we bought it.

For some reason, the husband, had to tear them down and they were monsters!

Mind you, there now are metal shelves exactly where these used to be? Don’t ask me!

Anyway, they were monsters because each section is at least 7.5″ long and made of at least 1.5″ thick plywood, with little pieces of woods attached to both sides (to place shelves)!

Can you say super heavy and awkward?

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What is worse, the husband would not let the contractor take them away!

So my mind went to work!

What could I do with these???

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Aha! We did not have a bed frame!

So, I decided I could use the Monsters for a Platform Bed Frame!

The husband nixed this idea for almost a year!

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But I finally went forward with my design vision!

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Yes, we are in our 40′s and our bed is now sitting on cement blocks, or should I say…

Cool Industrial style legs!

After cleaning…

I sprayed painted!

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And kept on painting! Those suckers are big, even if I did not have to paint the full sides!

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After painting, had to transport the monsters to the bedroom.

Huff Puff, Ouch, Oooh, Wait, Okay, Got It!

For some reason these monster garage shelves had trim on them, who puts trim on a garage shelf?

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I had to take some trim off (or shall I say, “The husband had to take the trim off), to use it for the end to make for a more finished look.

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I thought those funky little pieces of wood that stick out (which I like to call “nobbies”) would make the Monsters look cool as a Platform Bed Frame.

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And I was right! It does look cool!

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But I have to admit…

The vision of this whole bed was kind of like this:

What I forgot is that we have a box spring!

Which makes ours just, ha, a tad bit higher!

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But I still like it!

There needs to be some tweaking on the end part that sticks out at the end.  Tweaking,  not to be confused with twerking (which by the way that area is perfect for dancing on top of, you know).

In my design mind’s eye, it was supposed to be a seating area, but now we lovingly refer to it as “The Diving Board!”

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Picture this…running through the house, sliding around the corner into the bedroom trying not to lose speed, continuing toward the bed stepping up with one foot up on that end part, giving just the right thrust to DIVE into the bed!

Yes, we really are in our 40s!  And ahem, we have both tested the diving board and my platform bed frame is that strong!

But no, I am thinking a long thin bench style cushion for that area in complimentary colors would make for that nice low seating area I had in mind.

Do you have any other ideas I could do with that area (maybe steps for our aging cat)??

If so send me some suggestions in the comment area please!
I can’t wait to read them!

Okay, I should have made sure the bed looked a bit better for these photos, but you get the point!

PS…Even though the husband was not into this particular design idea, even with the nay saying, he kept on helping out! I now thank him for the trim removal, trim adding, monster lugging and block carrying help he did provide! We are kind of getting good at The GnoMAD PAD team projects! Click here to see our House Number Team Project: PROJECT FOR TWO!

I make other things besides bed frames. If you want to check them out, please visit OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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BRASS FLOWERS!

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

When life gives you lemons,

Make Lemonade!

When you buy two old brass curtain Tie-backs,

Make Flowers!

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And I started to glue to set them in place!

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I could have cut the screw part of the tie-back, but I do not like to change items like that unless they want to turn back into their original use one day!

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Twin Twirling!

I used more glue to set the twine too!

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One Down One To Go!

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Look at Those Cute Little Lovelies!

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Shine On!

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I have been so busy buying, photographing, editing and putting items up for sale, I have not been doing that much in the arts and crafts department, so taking the time to do this quickie was really fun and appreciated!

To see more of what I make and sell check out my online shop!

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!
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