Flea Market Find: Vintage Jelly Jars & Bed Springs


With nothing better to do on lunch yesterday I ventured down to one of my favorite local shops, North Country Neighbors.  Not really searching for anything in particular, I had been on the look out for vintage jelly jars for at least a year and I finally found a set.  I got a set of 4 for $3.00.  I had seen them on Etsy, but the cheapest was $8 for a set of 4 with normally $10 shipping.  It just didn’t seem worth it to me and I knew they would pop up somewhere eventually.

The reason I wanted them so bad, is they fit perfectly inside a bedspring!

The uses are endless!

A cute vase….

or an interesting candle holder…

I am hoping to post more and more, so be prepared.  I think I am back in recycling mode

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Dr. Pepper Rose Wreath at the Oddball Emporium


Today, I am dropping off a few wreaths to go on consignment at the Oddball Emporium in Potsdam.  One of the decoration sets that will be available there are these cute Diet Dr. Pepper can roses!  They are larger than my original roses b/c I am now creating them using my die cutting machine!  Definitely a unique Valentine’s decoration.  Stop by the Oddball Emporium and check them out as well as a few of my other sets!

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New Decoration Sets added to my Etsy Shop

I’ve added several great decoration sets that some of you probably have seen at shows before to my Etsy shop.

Check them out:

Sheet Music Pinwheels/Flowers with Wreath – $30
Just the Decoration Set – $10
Sheet Music Pinwheels/Flowers with Wreath – $30 
Just the Decoration Set – $10

Book Page Snowflakes with Pearl Centers with Wreath – $40
Just the Decoration Set – $20

If interested in any of the sets above and you are in the Massena, Canton, Potsdam area please send me an e-mail at themadrecycler@hotmail.com and we can arrange to meet up!

I will also be at the Christmas Vendor Market this Saturday, Dec 17th at the Old Phil’s Florist Shop in Downtown Massena from 10 – 2 with a whole selection of decorations and wreaths.

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Almost 6 ft Bed Spring Christmas Tree

As many of you already know this past weekend,  I went down to Clopman’s Furniture to setup my largest bed spring christmas tree yet!  Towering at almost 6 feet tall and using over 290 springs, this has been my largest achievement yet.  It is decorated with all recycled soda can ornaments and a recycled soda can chain.  It has been entered into the Massena Chamber of Commerce Window Decorating Contest, which I believe the judging will happen tonight.  The tree will be up through christmas so stop in and check it out, or if you are driving buy look in the first set of windows!

As I have already explained photos of bed springs are really hard to take and this looks much more impressive in person!

I will also have mini trees for sale at the St Lawrence County Chamber Craft, Food and Wine show this weekend at Cheel Arena at Clarkson University, Friday from 12 – 8 Saturday from 9 – 5!

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Recycled Canada Dry Can Snowflake Decoration Set

I had been trying to come up with a good snowflake design for the past month and finally altered one of my previously done flower designs to work as a snowflake and I think it turned out great!  I used canada dry diet ginger ale cans, since they have the most white on them and a little green and red for the Christmas season.  

This set along with other similar ones including a set made from teal and white Arizona cans will be for sale, this Saturday December 3rd from 10 – 2 in Massena at the Old Phil’s Florist Shop, stop by and check them out in person, they are beautiful!
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Recycled Soda Can Bow

Nothing says Christmas Time more than a wreath with a big bow.  I love the simplicity of the bed spring wreaths plain, but adding the bow adds a tough of holiday flare.  Created from 3 soda cans, they are actually pretty easy to make and I hope to have time to write up the tutorial before christmas, basically each side of the bow is one can, that is rounded down on the ends and glued together in the middle.  The ribbon ends that hang down are cut from another can as is the center piece to cover the section that is glued together.  I then attached a magnet to the back so they will stick anywhere on the wreath!
This one I spray painted gold:
This one I spray painted a nice glossy red:
Lastly, this one I left un-painted: 
I am currently gearing up for shows, as I have one every weekend until Christmas, please check my upcoming events if you want to find a unique christmas gift!  
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Bed Spring Wreath with Magnetic Book Page Flowers

book page poinsetta

Another Christmas Decoration Set, now available in my Etsy Shop.   Some of you may also remember this set from my last show!  Created from squares cut from an old book, featuring a center cut from a cereal box, painted and glittered.

Check back tomorrow for my first post on a Bed Spring Christmas Tree!  Down the road I also hope to provide a tutorial on how to make these lovely flowers, I just haven’t had the time!
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Recycled Candy Cane Decoration Set

With Halloween over its beginning to feel a little like Christmas time.  We haven’t seen any snow yet up where we live which is shocking, but I’m sure it won’t be long.  In preparation for Christmas I created this cute candy cane magnetic decoration set for my bed spring wreaths.

Created by twisting and shaping strips cut from a soda can!

I am honestly trying to work on my photography.  That is going to be one of my goals for the new year!  This set will be with me at the North Country Department Store this Saturday, November 5th in Philadelphia, NY at the Indian River School. 
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Bedspring Banner w/ Magnetic Decorations

Last week I began creating banners out of almost all recycled materials.  Remember the “Autumn” Banner and the little “Boo” Banner, I did not like attaching these to plain string and also they weren’t dynamic enough.  So I cam up with a recycled banner using the round tops cut off the top or bottom of bedsprings!  Then I just connected the circles with the smaller springs and voila a banner that can use the same magnetic decorations that my wreaths use, so it is even more versatile.  Very easy and quick to change the look of.  For example, I took all of these photos within a few minutes.  

I am going to offer 2 different sizes a small which will be what is show which is about 10 or 11 spring tops (I haven’t decided what I like best) and a 15 or 16 spring top version.  These and the letter sets will be available at my next show, this Saturday September 10th from 12 – 5 in Downtown Massena for the Harvest Festival!
Check back later this week to see what I do with the middle part of the spring leftover after cutting off the bottom and the top!
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I just couldn’t wait any longer! Halloween Bedspring Wreath

Yes I know it is still August, but Fall is my favorite season and Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  The BF said I could not put up any fall decorations before labor day, but I think we may have to negotiate for September 1st b/c I just can’t wait :).

The decorations for this wreath are phone book flowers dyed orange and a mini boo banner created by stamping letters on punches from a coca-cola box and attaching them to music note pinwheels.  It is so cute!

I’m gearing up for my next show September 10th from 12 – 5 at the Massena Harvest Festival.  The show takes place on main st in Downtown Massena.  I will have a bunch of new Halloween and fall decorations for sale so stop by and see me!

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