introduction and first time post!

March 16th, 2010 in member junk     
curlyrachel curlyrachel, member
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the cubby on the left was rescued (for free!) years ago from a thrift shop in austin, tx.  it was free and used to hold cassette tapes, etc.  now i plan to sand it to get rid of the really rough edges, paint it and glaze it.the mirror on the right (close up of detail on top) i just got today for $12.99 (regular 129.99--WOW!) because the mirror was broken.  im ditching the mirror, painting and glazing the frame, then the possibilities are endless!  i might get another mirror for it, i might turn it into a picture frame or shadow box, or i might put some original art in it!
this is my haul from an estate sale i went to recently. on the left is this great metal case full of reel to reel film canisters, a couple even have the reels in them!  if you have any idea what to do with these, let me know!  im thinking maybe a miniscrapbook, but still not sure.in the middle is the great lamp i bought, complete with aged-looking shade that i love, and needed very badly.  probably will paint it eventually, but for now i like the color.on the right are some of the items i scored in a butter cookie tin for $2.  two old brayers, an old pattern tool, a stamp replica keychain and (my favorite) a old canvas measuring tape.
these are images from two of the many books i grabbed at goodwill not long ago.   im into papercrafting as well, and old books can provide a wealth of material.  these are my two favorites: a 50th anniversary edition of the world book atlas (notice the wood grain embossed liner page in the bottom right picture), and 4 volumes (published in 1948 and 1949) of the childs world which appears to be sort of like an encyclopedia for kids. I just love the image on the top left.  so vintage and cute.
the center image is a wonderful old bell that my father gave me today.  it belonged to my grandfather, and i believe is called an elephant bell.  its beautifully engraved with leaves and flowers and has such a wonderful sound when it rings.the images surrounding the bell are tchochkes i picked up at hobby lobby on clearance for $.80-$2.  ill leave the lantern on the right alone, but everything else will be painted, aged and glazed.  i cant wait!
i also got these at hobby lobby.  i got three of the item in the top picture.  ive taken the ceramic off the wooden backing.  ill paint the backing brown, and the ceramic turquoise with a brown or black glaze.  The same treatment likely is in store for the bottom two items, but ill also take the shadow box apart (i dont have a single o in my name!) and something else fun will be done with it.  maybe a damask image.
the cubby on the left was rescued (for free!) years ago from a thrift shop in austin, tx.  it was free and used to hold cassette tapes, etc.  now i plan to sand it to get rid of the really rough edges, paint it and glaze it.the mirror on the right (close up of detail on top) i just got today for $12.99 (regular 129.99--WOW!) because the mirror was broken.  im ditching the mirror, painting and glazing the frame, then the possibilities are endless!  i might get another mirror for it, i might turn it into a picture frame or shadow box, or i might put some original art in it!

the cubby on the left was rescued (for free!) years ago from a thrift shop in austin, tx.  it was free and used to hold cassette tapes, etc.  now i plan to sand it to get rid of the really rough edges, paint it and glaze it.

the mirror on the right (close up of detail on top) i just got today for $12.99 (regular 129.99--WOW!) because the mirror was broken.  i'm ditching the mirror, painting and glazing the frame, then the possibilities are endless!  i might get another mirror for it, i might turn it into a picture frame or shadow box, or i might put some original art in it!

Photo: rachel slack

i'm a newbie here, and kind of to the "junk" world, but i've loved old things for ages!  i come by it honestly; my dad restores old cars and license plates, and my mom loves all sorts of vintage, aged and weathered things.  she turned me on to this site as a matter of fact!

right now, i'm just collecting with an eye to what i want to make in the future.  i'm redecorating my bedroom, so that's what i'm focused on.  if this is too lame a post, or inappropriate because it doesn't include a project, let me know!  i look forward to learning from all of you!


Pattern or design used: My own design - curly and crafty
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, wood, cottage, frame, bedroom, modern, lamp, mirror, ceramic, 40s, 50s

Comments (13)

BlueBarnBird writes: I have a similar bell. Not sure where it is today? No surprise there.
It sits inside another brass pc. Do you have the bottom as well? Great Loot. Have fun creating Posted: 7:43 pm on March 19th
fellowjunker writes: Welcome to the JMS site....so glad you joined in on the fun! Love all your great treasures!
xojanis Posted: 8:02 pm on March 18th
curlyrachel writes: thank you all so much for the very warm welcomes! and the ideas! i'm so glad to be here and can't wait until i can scrounge up some loot for primer, paint and glaze. and then it's on! ;) Posted: 7:45 pm on March 18th
suewhitney writes: Welcome to JUNKMARKET Style, Curly Rachel!! love all of your junk. Looks like you have quite the collection. Can't wait to see what you make with it. Have fun on the site!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:01 am on March 18th
racers7 writes: Lots of great items...I think you have great ideas and I can't wait so see your redo projects! Melody Posted: 1:16 pm on March 17th
ninnarae writes: GREAT goodies- can't wait to see what you do with them! Glad to have you on the site! Posted: 1:05 pm on March 17th
SantaClaus writes: Welcome to JM - for being a "newbie," you have tons to work on - it won't take long b/4 you're addicted to this site! Posted: 5:48 am on March 17th
CottageElements writes: Welcome to JMS! Have fun with your treasures!

Lani Posted: 12:24 am on March 17th
shabbychick writes: Welcome to JUNKMARKET Style. I know you'll find lots of inspiration, and you've got lots of great junk to work with. Looking forward to what you come up with!

Thanks for sharing your finds!

Kathy Posted: 10:53 pm on March 16th
JunkArchitect writes: You sure do have a great junk start curlyrachel and I can’t wait to see one of your finished projects.

Jim Posted: 10:31 pm on March 16th
chippingcharm writes: Looks like you're ready to have some fun! Welcome :) Laurel Posted: 9:25 pm on March 16th
alicemom writes: Well Miz Curly & Crafty,
Great first post! You have some fun stuff to play with.
smiles, alice

Be sure and come back! Posted: 9:15 pm on March 16th
Prior writes: Welcome! LOVE your treasures, your youth, and your enthusiasm! Go ahead ditch that mirror! Some great ideas on here done with broken mirrors, too! but that's where trouble comes a calling, when you start saving every little thing from the landfill and look out back and realize you just moved the town dump! lol, You will fit right in here! Lezlee Posted: 8:59 pm on March 16th
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