Posts Tagged ‘Upcycle art’

Picking.    Picking as in finding things for a way low price.

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My super power is Second Hand Picking.

Got this on a cross country trip where everything I could fit in a good size box was $1.00. Not one dollar for each piece, but $1.00 for the entire box of stuff!

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My #1 Back Up Super Power is Making Things/Art/Decor out of old stuff.

Like my belt art above.

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My #2 Back up Super Power is the ability to fix things up.

I buy low, fix it up, and then eventually sell it for a handful more.

This the Vintage Homecrest set was all just my Super Picking Power. The price was so low, I got it even though at the time I did not have room for it.  I made room for it!

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Until I had to sell that too.

We move a lot. I use my Picking Powers to furnish yet another new place.  Shine it Up, Fix It, Use it and then Sell it.  I could make a living off of it, but we move too much.

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Ok, Some things I just pick because I think they are cool. I usually sell sooner or later before a move like at a yard sale, or the sometime Antique Fairs, or I have even been known to rent a booth in Antique Malls.

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We do have a home, so some stuff does get to live there, but this nice leather suitcase did not because we have enough vintage suitcases there.

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This would be one of my projects that I did not get to do.  I also do projects to sell.  Take a look see at a previous blog post about my Upcylced Bars:  https://ourownbigworld.com/2018/11/28/a-bit-bar-cart-crazy/

All this one needed was paint. I even already paid my nieces to sand them!

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This was part of my set up at an Antique Market.  I love stuff and glad I am not attached it all.  All above sold, even those funky Clown Shoes!

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These two I saved from selling and they now have a FURever home in our Gnomad Pad.

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In our last place, this was my work room, a game room and where most of the stuff for sale lived. It has all moved on now, living a 3rd, 4th or 5th life.

The only Picking I do now is from the beach.

20190301_191149Where we live, doesn’t have much for my Super 2nd Hand Picking Powers…so I am Relying on My Other Back Up Super Powers to Turn things like these into other stuff.

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If I figure it out, I will share with you.

Until then, thanks for visiting.

And just so you know, I get to pick a lot back where my Gnomade Pad is when we visit.  So if you are looking for that something special, ask me and I will keep an eye out for it for you!

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We moved closer to the In-laws and I developed a hang up for a pile of old fence boards that have sat on their side yard for ever.

I finally got brave and asked if I could have some and then My Big Hang Up Started.

Okay it started with this…

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I picked up this cool piece of wood and then made this necklace holder from it over a year ago

I make art from old leather belts, so I have a lot of belt buckles hanging around.

And then I made this out of the other half of the wood.  Rack4 (2).jpg

I realized I like making hanging racks out of interesting and unusual bits and pieces.  Although hard to tell between my cool old kitchen gadgets, the rack is made from old metal water facet knobs and big butterfly screws.

So once I had the fence boards…The Hand Ups Began!  I started to dig around in my widgets, gadgets, screws, hooks and thingies.

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I went first to my mass amount of belt buckles and made a couple of my mini necklace holders.

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I have been noticing mermaids a lot lately because my older sister who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer last year loves them.   So, I have mermaids around and made this beachy themed key and coat rack.

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I dug deep and found these huge screw things with a nuclear-ish symbol on the ends.  I loved them and finally found a project for them!  They would make great “hooks” for a coat/jewelry rack!

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I had more wood but was running out of ideas, so one day I really dug through my stuff and I did not even know I had these little red hooks.  I love the bright color against the awesome worn wood grain.

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This one makes a Great Industrial Chic Necklace holder!

I ventured out from just making racks, I made some signs too.

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Vintage and Ready for Sale.  Original Handmade Art Things made from Vintage Stuff!

Easy to Make your Own and Easier to Buy from Me!

My Favorite sign is the one I made for my brother for sales we do together.

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I Introduced my brother to the old fence board and now he has his own line of cool things.  Come to one of our sales!

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I hope to open up an online store again soon too.  So you can shop directly from the comfort of you home!

Thanks for visiting and Come Again!

Gnome

 

 

If You Have Seen Any of my Other Posts, You May Know I Like using Od Leather Belts in some of my Projects.

DON’T MAKE ME TAKE MY BELT OFF!

And

BELT CHAIR

Well, I have Not Stopped.  Actually, I have bumped it up some.

We moved from a house in rural Georgia to a tiny apartment in the Loop in Downtown Chicago.                                 I could not bring many craft or art supplies.  I grabbed what I could, and that was belts.

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You can Take me Away from All my Supplies, but You can’t Take Crafting Away from Me!

We Moved into said Tiny Apartment with No Art or Decor on the Walls.

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What is a Craftsy Artsy Girl to Do?  Make her own Decor and Wall Art Pieces!

And All I Had Was Belts!   So Belts I Used!

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There are the Buckets for my Jewelry!

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And the Bathroom Cotton Ball Bucket!

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But all These Buckets Did not Help Decorate My Walls.

So, I had to Up My Belting Game!

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Bam!   Belt Art!

The Above One for the Living Room.

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And This One for the Grey, White and Black Bathroom!

Oh yea…I Was on an Old Leather Belt Art Hot Streak.

So Don’t Stop Me Now Lord!

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I Needed something More Flowing and Organic-like to hide the spread out holes in the Wall.

I Put my Mind to the Test and This is what My Mind Did…
With the Help of some Recyclables!

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Two Belts and Cut Up Toilet Paper Rolls!  

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My husband LOVES this one. I Love the Other Two Wall Pieces.

And I am Not Done There.

Yes, More Belt Decor!

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This One Has a Purpose!

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One Day I Got Sick and Tired of My Knotted Tangled Up Necklaces.

I Had the Wood Board already, but Could not Find the Right Hooks, that Weren’t Hooks.

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And Then It Came to Me!    BUCKLES!

I Have Lots and Lots of Buckles!

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My Necklace Problem is Solved.

And I No Longer have a Blank Bedroom Wall!

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Although It Seems like we are Crowded with Belt Decor…it is Spread Out enough Not to be Overwhelming.

This is Now how the Couch area Looks, Minus the End Tables and Lamps that have been Added!

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Not a Belt to Be Seen!

Mind You Guests do Not Miss the Old Leather Belt Theme We Got Going On Up in Here!

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I am not Done with My Leather Belt Upcylcing Art Extravaganza!  No, I Am Not.

There were Bits and Pieces of leather Belt that I Did not Want to Waste…
So Here Is What I Did with Them!

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Yes, Greeting Cards. The Above is My Dot Dot Dot Collection.

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And That is My Dash Collection of Greeting Cards.

And with that, I will Now Sign off…
But Before I Go, I Must Inform You that All of This is For Sale.
And If Anything Above is Not on my Etsy Shop Yet, Just Let Me Know!

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Good Day to You.
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I have been using food jars to store my crafting and arts bit and pieces….

but could no longer handle the glass not being clear and the branding on the tops!

SO…FIXED THAT!

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I went crazy with the yellow, Yes…

But yellow IS awesome!

That was after I soaked and removed the labels and then used “Goof Off” to take off any date stamps and left over label glue!

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I know the trend is to paint the item glued on top too…

But I like the my toppers in the NUDE!

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And some of the toppers even have meaning to me!

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Okay, just one!  

Like the green VW Bug is a gift I gave my husband as a joke, because we play “Slug Bug” all the time!

Note: We only do old bugs & buses…other wise we would be too bruised!

But I do have to say I LOVE the doll hands….funky in a creepy way!

Truth…

I am keeping 3 of them, and I decided to put the two with old knobs in it in my shopito to see if I can sell some old inventory that I haven’t used! Paint it, shine, put it in a fun bottle…and maybe it will sell!

NOW…

The below piece I did not dedicate a whole post to because I did not photograph it along the way.

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It all stemmed from making the “flowers” for a wreath I made in a previous post.

Click below to see my “How To!” post!

Upcycle Wreath!

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Cutting, folding and rolling magazine paper flowers takes a lot of time!

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But the work was well worth it because…

I love with swirly, whirley, twirly look to them!

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I had a wood photo piece that  needed a punch of texture…

So, added felt & magazine paper loves on it!

Completing my Swirly, Twirly, Whirley Bundle of Fun!

Click below if you want to see my Wood Photo “How To!”

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Now, to my shopito to add, move around, and hopefully sell the hell out of…

My Old Things, Cool Stuffs, Funky Art, Clever Crafts, Upcycle Pieces, and of course, Loverly Antiques!

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