Tuesday, September 9, 2008

{ReNew}

I decided that my antique booth needed a name instead of just a silly number. I used old dictionary pages to put the name on an old mirror. I like the way it turned out. I am also stamping the name on all of my price tags.

Isn't this plastic shelving pitiful? I just didn't have anything else to use - especially at the last minute. It will have to do for now. I'm on the lookout for a wooden bookshelf or cabinet. But you know me - it's got to be cheap! So far, no luck.

Here is the stadium chair being used as a shelf. After I took the picture I added a boy scout book. Looks kind of bare as it is. The blocks spell out "Live. Laugh. Love." I've already sold a set that spelled "Dream."
This is an old silver scoop. It was not in great shape, so I decided to decorate it. I used shredded music for the "nest" and then added some little eggs, a tag and some antique lace.
Here is a plate I dressed up. I have no idea if these things will sell, but I enjoy making them.
I also made up some "embellishment packs." Again, fun to put together and not sure if they will sell. I've actually accumulated quite a lot of vintage lace, ribbon and trims lately. Much more than I can use anytime soon. I love it and hope others will, too.

Webster's defines renew this way: 1. Revive. 2. Begin anew. I love that. With a little care an antique can be revived. With some imagination an object can begin anew; perhaps with a new purpose. Here is an example of renewal from this week.

I'm calling it my flea market bag. It is quite large - great for holding newfound treasures! Can you guess what it was before I "renewed" it?

A chair slipcover! Not this one exactly, but you get the idea, right? It is a linen fabric. I cut it off just above the ties. So, what would have gone over the back of the chair became the bag. I also removed the ties and used them as the straps. So easy because I didn't have to do any hemming. The small pocket with the embroidery was cut from the bottom of the slipcover. The large floral pocket is from a vintage handmade valance.

I used the same fabric as a band along the top, inside of the bag. I didnt want to line the bag, but wanted the top to be neat. I sandwich the straps between the right sides of the two fabrics, stiched around the whole thing, turned the floral print to the inside and pressed it. I should have taken pictures, because I'm not sure what I just typed makes any sense to anyone but me. Sorry.

Enough for tonight. I have laundry that is waiting to be folded. I'd rather keep blogging.

{"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10}

7 comments:

Catherine said...

i liked your use of newpaper on the shelves when i was at the store the other day! really cute idea!

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Brooklyn said...

LOVE the name and the mirror looks amazing! I would not mind one like that myself but I am not NEAR as creative as you!

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

Wow, you are very talented! Love your new store name and the lettering, {ReNew}. Wish I lived nearby, I'd hang out in your shop just to watch you work magic transorming the old to new!

chomp chomp...i'm tired and i'm eating chocolate cake fresh out of the microwave. it really needs vanilla ice cream on top...but i ate a bowl of that hours ago........ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*Heidi*

Molly said...

You could have had the white shelves I had in my booth! You've really done well with the plastic shelves and they don't look bad. How'd you attach the letters to the mirror? I really love that mirror! (Where'd you get it?) The name of your booth is perfect. I guess all of us are in a continual state of renewal.

cindy said...

Cute booth! Don't you love having a spot? Love the ladle with eggs and plate with birdie!

c

Don and Dixie said...

Your booth looks very inviting! Will be anxious to get back down and visit it. Keep the creative juices flowing!