Salvage I Never Thought I’d Never Find a Use For!

It’s finally warmed up enough, that I ventured out into my junk shop (which would be a workshop if I ever get it cleaned and organized, and started rummaging through my stockpile of salvage.

I’m still trying to get my  creative mojo groove back, and repurposing junk usually does that for me.

I spotted a piece of salvage that’s been taunting me for a long time.

Do you know what it is?

sewing machine salvage -

If you guessed it’s an piece from an antique sewing machine stand, you’re correct!

See that piece under the table top, but above the treadle?  That’s what the piece was – the cross brace.

Singer antique sewing machine table

I kid you not, I’ve pulled that thing out at least a dozen times and couldn’t figure out what to make with it, but I decided that this was the last time.

I was either going to figure it out or pitch it!

I studied it for awhile.

The top and bottom  were sort of semi-circle shaped, so I rummaged around more for something that shape and found an old enamelware bowl.  It had a bunch of holes in the bottom, and that got me thinking …

rusty enamelware bowl salvage

I had an idea now, I just needed one more thing, so I headed back in the house where I knew I had a few of these…

fishing stringer hooks - Knick of Time

So, I put them all together, and what do you think I made?


A rusty junk salvage hanging planter!

Repurposed Salvage Planter -

None of the stores have anything but indoor plants right now, so I bought some ivy to put in it, but as soon as all the flowers start appearing in the garden centers, I plan to fill this up with some pretty blooms.

I’m hoping it’ll look as pretty as this hanging planter with lobelia by Organized Clutter.

lobelia in bucket and frame

Come on Spring!

signature today's post

Repurposed Chair Flower Planter

repurposed chair porch planter

Here’s something I think you’ll love!

Vintage Seed Packet Flower Sack Towels

Vintage Seed Packet Flour Sack Towels

Vaya con Dios,



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  1. stephanie adams says

    You are so so clever! What was that Item from?

  2. Perfect! Glad you’re getting your mojo back.

  3. What a great idea. I love it

  4. Margaret says

    That is so cute! Love it! Have a lovely day, Angie!

  5. Wonderful idea! Love it and looks like you got a little mojo back!

  6. I love it! Perfect way to use both those pieces. Awesome job.

  7. sandi magle says

    I love the use of the cross brace…but the frame is so cool…lol, but maybe it’s cause I’m a sucker for the blue flowers…either way great ideas! Sandi

  8. mare williams says

    I beg your forgiveness but I think “Viya” is spelled “Vaya.” My aunt’s a Spanish teacher, I asked her, she said yes, “Vaya” is correct. And, I simply LOVE your imagination and what it comes up with regarding the sewing machine part!! Your ideas couldn’t have been better 🙂

  9. Naomi S. says

    That cross brace made a wonderful plant hanger, Angie! But one question: What are those clips you used to fasten the rope or whatever you used to the cross brace? They make it really unique. Good going, girl!

  10. Great idea Angie. You can make something out of the most unusual junk! Love it all!

    xo Dianne

  11. Charlotte says

    I have been through many different phases of home and yard decor, antiques. old junk, primitive and now vintage. I love them all…….. and have saved them all. I just cannot throw anything away and a lot of times pick up what other people discard! When I see your ideas, I just go “shopping” around my own place!! I truly enjoy your blog! Charlotte aka MsJunquequeen

  12. Hi Angie! I allways read your blog, i admire your hability to make wonderfull things with simple objets.Sorry about muy english!
    Have a hice day!

  13. This is so creative! I love it when an idea finally comes for something you’ve been saving awhile. Have a great week Angie!

  14. Very clever Angie – love it – pinning it!

  15. Well that is sure clever, Angie! Fun project!

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