Old Farm Charm – a Farmhouse Industrial Water Pump Salvage Hanging Light

One of the wonderful things about living in farming country, is finding wonderful relics from old farmhouses.  A few months ago, I brought home 3 fabulous salvaged metal pieces.  Can any of you recognize what they originally were?  If you live in farm country, you probably have seen them attached to a water pump, like this one.  These were used to draw water from cisterns or ponds,  Our old farmhouse in Missouri had one in the enclosed porch, that had {Read More}

Salvaged Wood Display Shelf

Yawn…I must be getting old, because I used to work on projects until the wee hours of the morning, but lately I can barely keep my eyes open until 10.  I’m hoping once the daylight starts lasting longer, I’ll have more energy, because I am a night owl by nature, and can’t seem to accomplish much lately.  That has absolutely nothing to do with today’s post, it just explains to you why if you notice me posting less frequently, it’s because {Read More}

Repurposed Antique Sewing Machine Stand Wall Bins

I resisted the urge to go to the auction last weekend, so I could focus on working with all the stuff I already have.  Junk can breed quickly if you aren’t careful, and my stash of junk has been reproducing all over my house.  I’ve had a pair of cast iron legs that were removed from an antique sewing machine table for several months.  They’ve been leaning against the wall in my entryway, and have fallen over several times, so {Read More}

Antique Silverware and Things to Do with It

A few weeks ago, I brought home a big box full of antique silverware.  If there was a legal limit of how much antique silverware one person can own, I’m pretty sure I’ve reached it, but I can’t resist myself.  If the price is right, it’s coming home with me.  I love things that were utilitarian, and used daily in homes, and they show the evidence of that use.  I sorted through all the pieces in the box, and grouped {Read More}

Barn Wood & Bread Tins Wall Bins

Being snowed in for the last several days has given me lots of time to be productive and I’ve brought home bunches of “stuff” from auctions & thrift stores recently, including a plank of antique barn wood and a bunch of antique bread pans.  I love turning bread pans into wall bins, and the barn wood was the perfect backing to connect them to. PIN IT! It is classic barn red, and the wood is wonderfully aged. I  love the {Read More}

Antique Ceiling Tile Dried Flower Display

A friend of mine from church is a florist and I was in her shop one day and spotted a vase full of flowers that were past their prime that she had culled from her stock.  I asked her what she does with them, and she replied that she throws them out.  If you know me at all, you know I don’t like to throw things out – especially something as pretty as dried flowers.   She let me take {Read More}

Repurposed Sewing Machine Table Creations, a Tip to “Age” Painted Wood, and New Year’s Resolutions

Last month I brought home an antique sewing machine on a stand from an auction.  The stand was badly damaged and one of the drawers were missing, but I could see a lot of potential with the various parts, so I bid on it and won.  My husband disassembled it all, and I started brainstorming projects I would make with the pieces.  I haven’t come up with uses for all the parts, but I thought I’d share a few I’ve {Read More}

World Travels – Repurposed Antique Suitcase & Map Pages Mixed Media Wall Art

During the summer, when my sister and her 4 kids came for a visit, I showed you the bounty of “junk” my nephew had found near his house and brought for me (here). One of the things he brought, was the tattered remains from a small antique suitcase.  The only thing left was the wooden edges and metal corner brackets, and just a bit of the original cardboard. I loved it  – especially the brackets and wanted to come up {Read More}

On the Workbench & Mama’s Boys

I hope you all aren’t sick of seeing my tiered stands, because I have several more to show you – it’s what my husband and I worked on last week. I had a waiting list of people who have requested them through my shop, so my husband and I have been making them as quickly I come across the right components to make them.  I love the patina on these kitchen colanders paired with the white spindles.   I generally design {Read More}

Mixed Media Photo Frames – {Rising Up from the Broken Remains}

I break glass. About 50% of the time it’s intentional – like when I need to remove glass panes from old windows. The other 50% of the time – it’s because I’m a total klutz. In my house, I’m famous (can you be famous in your own house?), for accidentally breaking glass.  It would be funny, if it wasn’t so pathetic how often it happens.  My workshop overfloweth with junk, so I have an old chair hanging by 1 large {Read More}