Repurposed: Decanter Turned Flower Jar

A long time ago on What Would You Do Wednesday, I asked what you would do with the decanter jar I have. See the original post

I really wanted to get a Beta fish, but then wasn’t sure if I could remember to feed it. But, wouldn’t that have been cool on my dining table?

The dear friend who gave me the jar gave me some flower sprigs at Christmas this year, and I knew it was time to do something with the jar.

I assembled my materials. I didn’t have any regular or floral clay, but I had some old paper clay that need using, so I got that out. I decided to put an arrangement inside the jar so it would be easy to clean. The clay would help me get the flowers to stick. The paper clay wasn’t ideal, since it didn’t want to stay put int he bottom as I worked, but I flexed with what I had on hand.

 Next, I pulled the stems apart. Gasp. I know, it seems like ruining it, but each type of material in a bunch is taped together at the base into one cluster. I pulled the cluster apart.

 I used a kitchen spoon handle to push some clay in the bottom. Um, you can see the clutter on my table. Please excuse the mail.

 I carefully inserted one cluster at a time, until they were all in there. I had to use a wooden spoon handle and some skewers to get everything poked where it looked best. 

Then, I added some clear marbles that I also had on hand. These covered the clay. I know, you can’t see much here. The picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

Marbles. Some days, I’m losing mine, but this time, I think I came up with a pretty nice table arrangement.

 Tried getting a good picture, but when you create something late at night, the lighting doesn’t cooperate. You get the idea. Perhaps this angle is a better picture.

 I love that it stays dust-free!


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Upcycled Cabinet Door to Serving Tray

I’m going through some reader mail ideas that I have saved in a folder. But now, I have realized there were a couple that I never shared. Shame on me! I’m so sorry to those readers who shared their cute ideas and I neglected to share them. Ugh. 

For example, isn’t this a great idea? Kunika from the Pretty Homely blog [that’s the title of her blog, not my description of her blog] turned an old kitchen cabinet door into a serving tray by giving it a fabulous finish and adding handles. It’s that pretty?

I could do this! I have a kitchen cabinet door that I had painted like a flag. And I have some leftover handles too.

The only problem with mine is that it’s a little big, and it’s pretty heavy. So, i’ll save the idea for the future. Thanks for the inspiration Kunika!


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Pallet Shelf Idea

I love these pallet shelves featured by the Real Housewives of Bucks County. Wonder if my husband would miss a few if I took some pallets off the burn pile. Would he notice if I brought more junk in the house?  Hee hee.
You’ll have to hop over to the Real Housewives of Bucks County blog to get the full tutorial and all the pictures.

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Junking in Princeton, WI – You’ll Find a Treasure

In August, I spoke at a writers conference near Princeton, Wisconsin. On my way home, I stopped at several of many great trash to treasure gold mines in the town. If you’ve never visited, consider adding it to your summer stops next year. Every Saturday, the town becomes a big flea market and in between, the town features cute shops on the main street as well as some hidden gems up and down the side streets.
Right now, many shops are closing down for winter or at least decreasing their hours, but it’s never too early to plan ahead for your trip next summer. 
At my first stop, I dropped in Huser Daddy Antiques at 800 State Road 23 & 73. The ladies working at the desk were sweet and gave me permission to take a few pictures to show my readers.
 They have an amazing array of salvage items!
 I love the frosted etched doors.
 You never know what you might find.
 The have a lot of stock outside too. I kept wandering through rooms and there was a lot of stuff!
My next stop was at Daiseye on 525 West Water Street. This was such an awesome shop! And Angela was delightful and kind enough to let me take a few pictures to show just how unique her shop items are. Most of the inventory has been made by Angela and other local artists and that’s their claim to fame. The artistry in this shop is amazing.
 The shop features frames and mirrors made from old barn boards as well as from wood trim salvaged from homes.
 Some of the rusty metal objects are just plain awesome! I love these recycled tin pieces.
 Daiseye also features glassware made from recycled bottles. It’s so classy!
 I loved these pieces made from ceiling tin.
  Daiseye also has some unique art made from retired highway signs.
 …and some fun salvaged watering cans, oil cans, and gas cans.
 Angela made these really cool photo holders herself from rusty tin. She’ll spend the winter creating art to add to next summer’s stock.
My last stop in Princeton was at Kate’s Closet Boutique at 524 West Water Stree. Kate has resale and consignment  merchandise and her shop is classy. 
I asked if I could take a picture of her shop door because she had such a creative handle. Don’t you love how she turned this garden cultivator into a handle for the door?
Well, that’s just the beginning of Princeton’s treasures. I stopped at a few smaller shops too. I hope you’ll find some time to visit. It’s a little town, but so charming. I’d like to give a big thank you to the shop owners who allowed me to take pictures on my visit.
If you’re looking to make a longer stay of it, check out nearby Green Lake (another charming town) and Ripon, WI too.

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Another Fab TP Roll Makeover!

I’m amazed by what people come up with. Not long ago, I showed you what another blogger made with empty toilet paper tubes. Then I ran across this one. Wow!
Over at Suzy’s Artsy Crafty Sitcom, she made this wall art that looks like wrought iron. She’s included step by step instructions for the project so you can make one too. Start saving your TP tubes and paper towel tubes!
Photo belongs to Suzy’s Artsy Crafty Sitcom
And, check out Suzy’s other post where she created this beautiful filigree frame from the same materials. Again, she included a step by step photo tutorial.
Fabulous Suzy! There are a zillion great projects on your site.

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Recycled Art With Door Knobs

I came up with this project when I was looking through some odds and ends stored in my craft supply closet. I had a 2-foot section of wallpaper left from my kitchen. (Yes, I know, it’s really country. Don’t tune out now if you hate country. You can use whatever wallpaper fits your taste.) I don’t have the step-by-step assembly, but I did take it apart again so that you could see all of the elements.
Frame 5  Frame 4
In my supply stash, I had a box of door knobs that were taken from my grandparents’ house when it they were tearing it down. For sentimental reasons, my sister scavenged them all for us.
Among the goodies, I found a rustic barn frame that I had purchased for something else and never used. An idea began to take shape and I looked through my stack of matt board (all free from Hobby Lobby’s scrap pile).
First, I had my husband help me attach the door knobs to the bottom front of the picture frame. Then cut the matt board to size and I wrapped the scrap of leftover wallpaper around the piece of matt board. You can affix it with rubber cement, wallpaper paste or glue stick. Or you can just pull it tight and tape it on the back.Frame 2Frame 3   Then I slid the matt board with the wallpaper into the frame. If you have multiple pieces of matt board and leftover wallpaper, you could make seasonal pictures and change them out periodically.
Frame 6

As you can see, in my hurry to get it reassembled and back on the wall. I may have missed a tack in the upper right corner that holds the matt board in. But you get the idea.
I’m linking up this week on some of my favorite sites and some newly discovered sites:


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What to Do with Enamelware?

Enamelware-More than Just Cookware

I love enamelware! Most of mine I’ve picked up from garage sales or from family members who were parting with pieces. I use mine for decoration, not for cooking. Here are a few examples of how I’ve used enamelware.

The white pot on the counter top is perfect for hiding cell phone chargers and other clutter. If you’re wondering what the cheese grater is for, see my post about Cheese Grater Luminaries.

My mother-in-law had a box of enamelware lids in her basement when we cleaned it out. No pots, just lids. I’ve used some of them on my plate rack.

I picked up the painted pot lid at a craft show and the little black pot was a yard sale find. I hung them up in my kitchen.

This large pot lid was perfect for a tripod plate stand. Someday, I need to clean that sticky tape residue off of it!

I use my enamelware coffee pot as a flower vase for silk flowers. If you want to use real flowers you’re worried about rust, just set a glass vase inside the enamelware.
So how have you used your enamelware? Post a comment below and if you have a picture to show, leave a link to your website. And don’t forget that Friday is “Follow Friday” where you can link up to your favorite post of the week.

I’m linking up today to Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Reinvented. Stop by and see the other projects.


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A Not So Cheesy Luminary

Here’s a “Grate” Idea for You!

What do you do with a rusty old cheese grater? Make a luminary.

If you’ve seen the rusty kitchen utensils at flea markets and yard sales, you’ve probably also wondered what to do with them. Many are too rusty for food grade use. I purchased my rusty cheese grater at a tag sale and the lady at the checkout stand asked what I planned to do with it. I said I planned to put a candle inside and make it a luminary for my kitchen counter. She laughed and offered to refund my quarter and keep the grater for that purpose. I kindly declined. Seriously, I’m not heartless, but a sale is a sale.

Making a cheese grater into a luminary is a simple as putting a jar under it with a tealight candle inside. It can be any sized jar as long as it fits under the grater. I tied raffia and some dried berries on mine, but make sure that the decorations are well out of way of the flame. Using a tealight assures that the flame is low and small.

If you are at all concerned about the surface getting too hot, just stand your candle jar on a piece of marble or ceramic tile.

After I made one cheesy luminary, I made a second one to stand on top of the wood pellet stove. It’s a “grate” conversation piece when it isn’t lit. People always want to know what the grater is for.

See this and other fun projects on Flea Market Style Magazine’s “I’m a Flea Marketeer Link Party.

And also on Beautiful Life Friday at The Inspired Room.


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