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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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31 December 2013

2013 re-purpose upcyle projects in review

As 2013 comes to a close and I have neglected my blog during the busy holiday season, I am playing a bit of catch up on some of the projects I worked on this last year that I never posted about.  I love the thrill of the hunt finding treasures that can have a new life. Some of these I sold on my website, but most I kept for myself!

Starting with the pic below, this is a big haul that I made at a farm sale last August. Most of these pieces came out of an old barn and were literally rusty, dusty, dirty but truly vintage treasures! That little yellow watering can my granddaughters loved to use it as it was just their size!



Starting with the spools, I cleaned them up, painted, added some vintage sheet music, some cup hooks, lace and a soft pink rose~viola, a jewelry tower below.

Vintage spool Necklace Jewelry tower Shabby French Cottage

The banana rack below was a simple project with painting, water slide decal
and a bit of distressing for  great retro cottage charm


Retro French Farmhouse cottage style wood banana rack Apples, distressed chippy shabby and chic ECS

You may have seen these other pieces incorporated into my fall and summer porch decor, the rusty scale (I love this, it fits so well as a decorating element))


 
The plant rack I painted yellow

worked great for both summer and fall decor


I think my best and simplest find was the wood carrier as I did nothing to it except fill it with seasonal charm! Below are the fall and Christmas displays I used it for.



at Christmas another purpose



Then the vases...those were for the glass bird feeders. these were so fun and they sold well both locally and off my website.I collect the pieces for them all year. Tutorial coming in the spring on these too.

 
A picket wood piece I picked up at yet another farm sale


A simple fix of "flipping" it upside down, painting, lettering and distressing gave it a nice "frenchy" appeal 

Paris Marche' French Market wood picket sign Shabby chippy chic distressed garden decor

 I never did get to the ladder in the top pic, it is intended to use as a garden junk element. So when the weather gets nice, I will put my thinking cap on. I also have this chair back I am excited to work on.
I would love to hear your suggestions on this piece!

Whew! Now it starts all over again...the thrill of the hunt, and the vision of something wonderful for 2014!

Happy New Year to all my Junkin friends!





2 comments:

Kathy said...

I loved seeing all your creative projects. I never give those banana stands a second look but might be thinking differently about that now! Wishing you a very bright New Year!
Kathy

Melody Brown said...

Happy New Year Debbi!
Thanks for comin to Rednesday.
Love all the vintage finds. THat chair back would make a great shelf.
I added some parties to come at ECS
and a few morw later.

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