Sunday, September 07, 2014
My creation ‘Fruit Bowl Elstar’ never sold on Etsy, even though it attracted thousands of visitors. Probably it was too expensive to ship overseas because of the weight. I used almost two complete trashed XL T-shirts to make it. But at the Dutch craft shows nobody even looked at it. As I feared the colours would only fade from bringing it outdoors over and over again I decided to keep it for myself and decorate my kitchen table with it.
Because I’m not a fruit eater it now stores onions. Even though the colours don’t match as well as with the apples I’m quite happy with the picture.
My table is another late night pick-up from in front of my own door. It must be very old, at least from before 1940. It’s funny that years ago I put out my dining room table, but I had to have this one. Being quite narrow it just fitted in my kitchen. It’s very practical to have the extra surface there. The stained and scratched top tells me a long story of families and children having sat at it. The wall and the cupboard on the left hide damage on those sides. Though I’m not really a fan of the curly style of the thick legs, that completely matches with my dresser and my coffee table and I think it’s growing on me!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I picked up these awesome boots over twenty years ago, but only wore them a few times because they were a bit too tight. Then kept them in a box because I just loved them too much. Finally last year I put them on line. It took a while before I found a buyer, but the girl who got them was thrilled and wrote me she was going to cherish them as much as I did. And hopefully wear them often!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Yes I dragged in more chairs… But they are cute, seriously vintage and I love that simple style that I must have seen in farm houses in my childhood. With one set still waiting for a buyer I wasn’t too pleased with myself but I had good hopes they would go quickly. And they did. Young girl obviously furnishing her student room came with daddy to pick them up.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I picked this thing up because the design attracted me. Then my antique loving friend came by and said: Oh, that’s pretty, what is it?
No idea to be honest, though obviously it had been the support of something. But I was happy she approved of my rescue.
So I listed it as ‘a pedestal or something like that’. Two days later a young artist picked it up who told me he was going to use it for one of his concrete sculptures. My friend was thrilled when I told her that.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Have a look at my first trash-to-treasure project ever! The stenciling is a bit simple and not perfect yet, but I’m quite happy about it.
This is what the chest looked like before. The Man dragged it home years ago, and as I can always use extra storage it served to stock my yarn for a long time. Then, replaced by something prettier I decided to get rid of the heavy clumsy thing. But waiting in vain for a buyer I almost re-trashed it.
Glad after all I didn’t. From where I usually sit in my room, my vintage dresser almost disappeared out of sight in its dark corner behind a new chair I picked up recently. As I took it home for the pretty glass door and the lovely woodwork I want to be able to see it! Solved that problem by raising it using the drawers as a support.
Maybe it’s a bit strange to pile up furniture that way but I’ve always done that. Now also the extension socket is off the floor which I find safer and I don’t have to duck down so deep to switch it off. And of course I have again more storage space.
The lamp, for once, was not a curb find. I picked it up at the giveaway shop.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Last year, for six months I had a spot at a pop-up indoor market place where I offered my handmades of course, but added curb found second hand and vintage to my table to help cover the costs. Especially in the beginning when we didn’t have a reputation yet that was necessary.
Looking for something to display my crochet cuffs on, Patrick, a fellow vendor gladly lent me his doll’s arms that I saw sticking out of an old bucket in his corner.
As he wanted to keep his bucket, my black oval terra cotta vase turned out to be a perfect replacement as a base.
One day I was happily surprised as I walked in and found the arty owner of the shop had picked up my display and placed it on a table in the middle of the entrance room. First thing the visitors set their eyes on!
When we all packed up in December Patrick was so kind to leave me his arms. I know he found them in the trash anyway, but as he then showed interest in my collectables guide of course that was my return present to him.
The vase never sold so now the display serves as a fun decoration in my home reminding me of all the sweet people I met at the project and the great time I had. Apart from that I use the arms every now and then as a photo prop for my Etsy shop.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
My friend rescued these from the trash in her part of town and gave them to me because one of the hooks was missing. Easy fix, simply attached two used but matching fish wires. Then listed the earrings on Etsy and sold them within a day!
Here’s another pair that I recomposed from two single cast out earrings. I had them on Etsy but you had to see them in person to fall for them, which one lady at the car boot market did.