Gadora_Wilder

Stephanie Lewis, Austin
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Gadora Wilder (wīld-er) was the sobriquet my BFF and I long ago labeled our favorite thrift shop. An expanded acronym with a secret twist…a high-school spiel to conceal our love of vintage. Those were the ’80s, we didn’t always fit in.

With a desire to express my creativity and armed with an insatiable adoration of shoes, Gadora (under a separate persona altogether) fashioned a ten year stretch in the footwear biz and publishing industries. Faced with interesting economic times, Ive begun a new journey ~ Gadora Wilder.

It was my Grandmother Velma who made long use of seemingly ordinary objects. She’d store puzzle pieces in an old Pringles can. Her quilting squares were neatly stacked in boxes long since crisp. In her care, bottles found new meaning. Everything had it’s purpose and in her world, almost all was re-purposed. Without even intending to, but by living by design, she taught Gadora the fine art of refashioning the things around me. Without even trying, but by living by example, she taught me to find joy in my surroundings.

Grandmother didn’t live in a time when green buzzwords were apropos: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. She JUST LIVED this way.

Gadora Wilder is my little way of remembering her.
Every day.
By the way I live.

Stephanie
(Lady Gadora)

Gender: Female

Member Since: 05/25/2009


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Contributions

Sweet new beginnings for Mayo jars...

Giving new life to something otherwise considered trash... is SWEET! Get glass jars ready for their next life with some chalkboard paint, and a lil imagination. Because Valentine's Day is around the...

Twigs Turned Jewelry Display (pt. 2)

Remembering the first jewerly display Gadora completed, a friend alerted me when his Sage bush would be pruned. Straight vertical limbs were saved for this project, as were the twisty and spindly...

Bottles and a basket turned into a beaming lamp…

An easy project, once all the pieces were complied: turning a box of bottles and hanging wire basket into a lamp. For the HOW-TO deets, please check out my Gadora Wilder...

Piano bench-turned child creative center

A quick and simple redo, thanks to Rust-oleum's chalkboard paint. The piano bench was sanded, with several coats applied (with a light sanding in between each). Inside, wallpaper was decoupaged for...

Wallpaper side-table...

While not technically junk... this table had long lost it's charm. While in someone's possession ~ they shall remain nameless ~ a thick and drippy shellac was slathered across the entire piece. Ewww...

Xray lamp...

Extra Xray sheets (both human and canine) ~ rather than the looming holiday ~ prompted a redo for this Mid-century modern ceramic Kron® lamp. Besides, the paper shade had seen better days. Using...

Not a flighty occasional table...

Gadora scored this 24" round table at a recent garage sale for a song... Remembering the triple roll of vintage paper in the garage, the occasional table began to take shape. Oh so pretty. Now it...

Twig jewelry mobile...

Super easy project! A fallen tree in the neighborhood provided plenty of branches to choose from. I removed most of the imperfections, all of the leaves, leaving only specific knots and "wishbone"...

Red HOT Kindel vanity REDO

Orginally, Gadora had in mind a complete decoupaged top for this piece, with the legs detailed in the same ocean blue. But after the beginnings of a red hot summer, RED was the ONLY way. Its...

Let there be light...

At an otherwise lackluster Estate Sale, Gadora spotted several dusty lamp bases and parts. What will YOU give ME to haul these off, I thought. We inked a deal and off I went, knowing of the 6...

Snap. Crackle. Now they Pop!

Gadora commissioned a piece for Shoe String Interiors, outside of Ft. Worth, Tx. The three pieces needed to match, not be too dainty and speak to the new homeowner who was to pair them with a...

Chop your own wood...

Gadora needed a quick and easy way to organize her jewels until her "jewelry chest" arrives. Fashioning a vertical display from a spare 2x4 remnant and standard nails, this does the trick. There are...

Shabby Chic table and chairs ~ REDO

Gadora Wilder commissioned a table and chairs REDO. Each piece was sanded thoroughly, a taupe undercoat was applied, then top coat of bright white, then sanded again, then a light polyurethane clear...



Recent comments


Re: eat your way around the globe lamps

Adorable! Great way to repurpose a globe! =)

Re: Sweet new beginnings for Mayo jars...

Thank you JMS for the email shout-out! I REALLY appreciate it!

Re: MORE COLORFUL, JUNKY, KITCHEN

How am I just now seeing this? LOVE! What a snappy job you did. Makes dish-washing loads of fun I imagine. I'm loving that Rustoleum more and more, thank you for sharing. Happy Eating.

Re: Sweet new beginnings for Mayo jars...

In response to "itsnotjunk2me"... I thought the egg cartons was a great idea too, until I looked underneath the lids. They need to be sprayed on a FLAT surface to avoid the extra step of removing any sprayed paint underneath. BoooOOOoo. Sure makes for a fun picture though, doesn't it? (I have an all together different idea for those egg cartons... some day.....)

Re: Mosaic Table

It was the perfect table to work your mosaic magic on!

Re: Wall Hanging Made With Multi-Colored Springs

I love this so much. Want to hear them make some noise! Could also be a lofty room divider... adore!

Re: Old Door Coffee Table

It's something else. Beautiful job.

Re: What's New Pussy Cat - Contributor Challenge

LOVE it! Freals!!!!
I carted a whole mess of vinyl to Austin with me recently... The Three Suns — what a floor lamp they would make! So happy to have stumbled onto JunkMarketStyle. Sincerely,