Vintage Soda Crate Re-Do

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Sorry for the lack of blogs lately, I was so burnt out after Christmas I am now finally getting back to making a few things here and there.  Last week, I was sick of my vintage soda crates b/c the cubbies in them were so dark, you could barely see what items I had in them.  I had an old copy of Alice in Wonderland I had found at a library sale and everyone knows how much I love it!  So I took the pages out of it and glued them to cardboard from cereal box and put the cereal box in the back of the soda crate. They turned out so cute!

I like the crates so much better, you can see the colorful decorations I have in them even better.  I actually made some changes as well.  I have a ton of old wooden thread spools and to give them a pop of color I wrapped embroidery floss around them so they look original!

I also took some scrap fabric I had, ripped into into strips and wrapped it around some of the larger spools I had.

The heart shaped lock below is one of my latest finds at an antique shop in Lake Placid.  It is in working condition and has a great decorative key!  I love old locks, I am always on the look out for them!

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New Shop in Potsdam: The Oddball Emporium

There is a new little shop in Potsdam, called the Oddball Emporium on 17 Maple St, right near the Ace Hardware.  Yesterday was their grand opening and of course being interested in all things odd I had to check it out.  I arrived a little before noon and the owner was still setting up but allowed me to take a look around and I found this darling little toy tin phone.  I love tin toys and tea sets and basically any of that old metal stuff.

It is slightly rusty, but still in working condition and makes an adorable display piece and priced well at $20.  It is currently on one of my end tables, but I am hoping to create more display space with a project over my Christmas break!

Stop by and check it out!  They had other interesting pieces and I’m sure more to come.  It has been added to my regular shopping stops in Potsdam. I was actually approached back at the Upcycled Show about putting some of my own creations on consignment there!

If you are looking for a unique gift, I will be at the Christmas Vendor Market at the Old Phil’s Florist Shop in Downtown Massena this Saturday, Dec 17th from 10 – 2!

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Vintage Soda Crates Re-do

Everyone probably remembers my old soda crates I found at North Country Neighbors.  I got a Coca-Cola and a Pepsi one for I believe $15.   The Coca-Cola one still had all the bottle slots, but I had been having a hard time find things small enough to put in them so I removed some of the sections to create bigger cubbies.  I rearrange the remaining spaces in the Pepsi crate to a similar size.  Then I filled them with all kinds of wonderful things.  The cutest little oiler, a turquoise enamel cup, a band-aid tin, a scotch tape tin, little bottles, vintage museum vials and loads of other great stuff.

I have so many buttons that I use for my projects.  I sorted them into mason jars by color and now they have a decorative purpose as well!

Love the band-aid tin, found that this past weekend at the Waddington Homecoming Antique, Flea Market and Craft Show

Found this little jar with the zinc/glass lid for $2 at Dillon’s Used Furniture and Antiques.  I filled it with my old wooden spools :). 

The tiniest oiler I have ever seen was found in my grandfather’s items while cleaning out their house :).  I also have a larger version I haven’t cleaned up yet.

I purchased this adorable turquoise cup this past weekend for only $3.  I love it!

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has a good weekend!  I have an exciting buy to share next week.  The BF is going to hang me but it will be amazing storage at the incredible price of only $10 :). 

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Wedding Wednesdays: A Springy Willow Blue Cupcake Holder

The blue willow china pattern will forever remind me of my grandmother and what a great way to incorporate your family’s random china into your wedding!  The pieces I used below actually came from my grandmothers.  They do not match my kitchen and are not a full set, but I would love nothing more than to be able to use this when I get married!

Basically, it is a dinner plate, a salad plate and bread plate that have been glued to large springs.  I am still working on making it entirely level.  The best part is it still wobbles slightly so it gives it a whimsical feel!
Instead of using springs candle holders or wine glasses could also be used.  Be Creative! 
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Thanks Everyone & my Latest Flea Market Finds

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Massena Heritage Festival and checked out my new stuff.  I had a great show and made some more great contacts!

I have also been slacking at showing you my latest finds at North Country Neighbors in Potsdam.

I have fallen in love with old colored tin.  This 1950s flour swifter is a great addition to my kitchen for only $5!  I also purchased an old working padlock with both keys.  Right now it’s just lying on an end table for decoration but I’m still working on other uses.  It was so cute and rustic I couldn’t pass it up for only $6!

My flea market search will continue when we go to Myrtle Beach in a little over a week :).  I hope to find something like these: 
Toy Tea Cups, Set of 5 vintage tin in pink, blue & yellow, Instant Collection.
Toy Tea Cups by OldTymeNotions
If not I can always order them off Etsy!
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Junk Picking – My Latest Finds & Chalkboard Mail Holder

Remember how I find the board for my Springs n’ Things Sign, well I also found some other interesting objects.  My grandmother used to run an antique shop out of that section of the barn and I think these were some of the leftover items that have since gotten a little rusty and dirt!
Rusty Coffee Pot, Wall Holder, 3 Insulators (1 clear, 1 blue, 1 turquoise), Atlas Mason Jar, and a Rusty Grater, 2 old locks

I already love any kind of mason jar, they can be used for so many great things.  Check back for projects using the others!

 I decided to work with the wall holder first b/c I currently hate the box holding our mail and needed something smaller so I would be forced to clean it out sooner and it wouldn’t get out of control.  To add a little pizazz I decided to create a chalkboard label using chalkboard paint of course.  I cleaned up the wall holder a bit and lightly sanded it to get a little of the rust off.  I then, using blue painter’s tape, taped off the rectangle I wanted for the label.  I put a heavy quote of white paint on for my base layer and then 2 layers of chalkboard paint. 
I let that sit for an hour or so and then I removed the tape.  
It had to for at least 24 hours to cure before you can write on it, but here is the finished product: 
Not only can this be used in your house for mail but by having a changeable label it can be used at parties and weddings!
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Junk Picking – My Latest Finds & Chalkboard Mail Holder

Remember how I find the board for my Springs n’ Things Sign, well I also found some other interesting objects.  My grandmother used to run an antique shop out of that section of the barn and I think these were some of the leftover items that have since gotten a little rusty and dirt!
Rusty Coffee Pot, Wall Holder, 3 Insulators (1 clear, 1 blue, 1 turquoise), Atlas Mason Jar, and a Rusty Grater, 2 old locks

I already love any kind of mason jar, they can be used for so many great things.  Check back for projects using the others!

 I decided to work with the wall holder first b/c I currently hate the box holding our mail and needed something smaller so I would be forced to clean it out sooner and it wouldn’t get out of control.  To add a little pizazz I decided to create a chalkboard label using chalkboard paint of course.  I cleaned up the wall holder a bit and lightly sanded it to get a little of the rust off.  I then, using blue painter’s tape, taped off the rectangle I wanted for the label.  I put a heavy quote of white paint on for my base layer and then 2 layers of chalkboard paint. 
I let that sit for an hour or so and then I removed the tape.  
It had to for at least 24 hours to cure before you can write on it, but here is the finished product: 
Not only can this be used in your house for mail but by having a changeable label it can be used at parties and weddings!
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Flea Market Finds: Primitive, Rustic Strainer

On another visit to North Country Neighbors I found some more great finds and things for upcycling, but one of my happiest finds was an antique strainer for $5.  I’m using it as a bowl on my coffee table, I put a bunch of springs that I have for future projects around it and put a jar candle in the center.  It has a great rustic vibe, and I just love the springs :). At least they don’t have to be stored in a drawer until I find a use for them!

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Flea Market Finds: Primitive, Rustic Strainer

On another visit to North Country Neighbors I found some more great finds and things for upcycling, but one of my happiest finds was an antique strainer for $5.  I’m using it as a bowl on my coffee table, I put a bunch of springs that I have for future projects around it and put a jar candle in the center.  It has a great rustic vibe, and I just love the springs :). At least they don’t have to be stored in a drawer until I find a use for them!

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Is it spring yet? A cute bud vase!

I have been searching for something that would work as a bud vase in one of my springs.  I took a chance and ordered 2 vintage pyrex glass 50 ml centrifuge tube from Etsy seller trampoline (ethanollie) who specialize in vintage industrial pieces.  Well my risk was worth it because the tubes worked out better than I could ever dreamed!

bedspring, with centrifuge tube and rosettes.  Bow
is made from scrap lace tablecloth!
Watch for these, they will probably be joining my etsy shop!
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