Posts Tagged ‘repurposing’

Holiday Jar Lantern Class

October 14, 2011

I’m really looking forward to teaching a Holiday Jar Lantern class at Ruffles & Rust Square on November 5, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon.

Learn how to create your own sparkling lantern using glass jars, some wire, and crystal chandelier drops.  You’ll learn a few simple wire work techniques while we have fun adorning these jars.  They also double as beautiful hanging vases, and are wonderful gifts for your friends and family for the holidays.  All materials will be provided.  Please bring your own pair of round nose pliers.  Class size is limited to 12.  Cost is $30.

To register, please call or drop by Ruffles & Rust Square in Snohomish, 360-217-7557.

And in the meantime, be sure to visit the spectacular Ruffles & Rust Vintage Market October 21 & 22 at the Monroe Fair Grounds.


Ikea Chandeliers

July 25, 2011

I got these two chandeliers from Ikea a couple of years ago, and never found the right use for them inside the house.  Then it finally occurred to me they would look great outside in the garden.  This chandelier is resting atop a hollowed out floor lamp base.  I attached a small section of threaded rod to the lamp fixture, and the threaded rod goes inside the lamp base.

The smaller chandelier simply is balancing on top of a tall candle holder.  The simplest install ever.  Both pieces are adding pockets of sparkle to our shade garden.  And I can see both pieces from inside our house!

Dang! The Peas Took a Dive

July 15, 2011

The old metal plant stand was doing a tiptop job as a pea trellis until yesterday.

Here’s the plant stand on the left, looking snappy with all those promising pea plants surrounding it.

Even just a few days before, all was looking so promising.  When I took this picture for a status report shot, I didn’t worry about the leaning thing that was going on. 

Here’s a close-up of the plant stand base pulled out of the ground.  No worries – Raoul and I will heave our peas upright, point them closer to our strong fence, and reinforce our plant stand with some rebar stakes.  As a novice veggie gardener, it’s all part of the learning curve.  I’ll use the plant stand for some other more delicate plant when pea season is over.

Live and learn!

My $38 Photography Light

March 31, 2011


I am determined to take better photographs!  I’ve got my big girl camera off of the automatic setting.  Thanks Julie!  I also learned so much about photography specific to blogging from the splendid Blogging Your Way course I took from Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring recently.

Our guest bedroom is serving double duty as my new photography studio.  Instead of forking over triple digit bucks to buy a light on a tripod with a reflecting umbrella, I created this assemblage to do the trick.  I was inspired by this really useful post by local food blogger, Matt Wright. 

I started with a vintage floor lamp that had been gutted, which I already owned.  Attached a clip-on light from Lowes ($8) and a genuine light reflecting umbrella from Glazers ($30) with an extra clamp I had on hand.  The darn thing works well!

The Daily GOOD

March 11, 2011

I’ve recently discovered The Daily GOOD, and would like to share it with you too.  It began with our builder and friend, Martha Rose, sending me a link for the above Project:  Take a Picture of Something Repurposed.  Of course I had to look into that because this picture of a cement lightbulb living another life as a wall hook was just my deal.

So I submitted this upcycled creation of mine, a candleholder fashioned from various lamp parts.  Thanks to my talented friend, Julie Sotomura, I had this photo.

The Daily GOOD received a substantial amount of submissions, readers chimed in on their favorites, and this snappy idea  received the most applause.  A really striking lighting assemblage. 

I am enjoying my daily doses of good news from this website!

I Can Shrink Anything

January 17, 2011

Who says you can’t shrink a sweater in a front-loader washer?!  I felt bad wrecking my husband’s sweater in our new washing machine.  He was a good sport about it.  I was then happy to cut it up for some projects.  The bottom is going to be an endless scarf.  The collar I am going to fool around with – maybe add some other felted wool pieces to make it a top or a dress.  Perhaps trim it some, embellish it and have it be a scarf/neck covering of sorts.  The sleeves became these wrist warmers.

I’ll be more careful about what I put in our new washer.  Poor Raoul is down one nice sweater, but I’ll have toastier hands.

The Revolutionary Yardscape

January 5, 2011

The Revolutionary Yardscape is a terrific book!  I just received it yesterday, and have done a quick scan.  I am excited to read it cover to cover, and start trying some of the projects out in our new garden. 

I am even more excited to meet the author, Matthew Levesque, at the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Feb. 23 – 27.  We will be judging the Funky Junk competition at the show, which should be great fun and right up our junk-loving alleys.

Here’s a small excerpt from Matthew’s book:

“Hunting for and gathering materials and then saving them for that perfect project involves some measure of what can best be described as hoarding.  No one sets out to be a hoarder; it just creeps up on you when you’re not paying attention.  As a charter member of the Over-Gatherers and Collectors of North America Society, I know this from experience.” 

Then Matthew goes on to share some really useful advice and wisdom for keeping this tendency organized and under control.

For more information about the seminars given by Matthew, and one by me, please visit The Northwest Flower and Garden Show’s website.


Laundry Basket Holiday Vignette

December 3, 2010

Besides decorating our new home, I now am decorating it for the holidays.  Fun on top of more fun!  My arrangements are simpler, with more organic components.  I still have a soft spot for sentimental family things, and have found room in our small sunroom for my traditional red and green gems.  I’ll show pictures of it one day soon.

In our great room, I created this side table from a vintage laundry basket.  When the sides are folded down, and a glass top added – it makes a sturdy and just-the-right-height table.  And I can’t get enough of a vintage, industrial metal look these days.  The lamp is new – from my friend Lisa’s shop – Elegant Details in Mill Creek.  A couple of hand crafted Santas, a few natural elements, and a vintage wood box from France. 

I hope you are finding some time to enjoy some holiday traditions and activities too!

Summer Memory #3

September 10, 2010

These garden art flowers made from thrift store odds and ends looked so swell in Sue and John’s gorgeous garden!

Summer Memory #2

September 8, 2010

It was so worth it to be near the front of the line at the July 2nd Saturdayz Sale, because I was rewarded with this neato-torpedo bag hand-crafted by Bob of JohnBob Cool Junk!