repurposing salvaged and vintage materials into usable art

private workshops - bridal and baby showers - wedding decor and favors - custom orders

Saturday, December 13

Male by Paul

Rather heteronormative, Male by Paul, but then again, this was the 50's.  Not a lot of women wearing ties back then.  I'm thinking vintage-looking button earrings with these gorgeous ties, picked up at Loot yesterday.  

And speaking of Loot, I'm now selling yardstick business card holders and croquet mallet candlesticks there!  Great news for Franklin County....

Friday, December 12

finding creations new homes

It's the best feeling to sell my creations and wonder about the new homes they will have.  I'm especially lucky when I sell to friends, because then I know exactly where they go.  

Exhibit A, "Massachusetts" business card holder, now appropriately residing at the University of Massachusetts.

Thursday, November 20

a mechanic's creeper in your living room

Several months ago, I posted about the kind of New England fall day where you feel like you are in a Yankee Magazine article.  We headed up to the Ashfield Fall Festival, where men proudly wear tee-shirts emblazoned "eat more kale" and kids decorate pumpkins and eat maple cotton candy (ok, adults, too).  We stopped at a tag sale that was held inside a covered bridge.  Right?  

I spied not one but two service station creepers.  Along with the creepers (two for the price of one!), I learned that the guy who sold them to me used to have long hair, which got stuck in the creeper wheels when he worked at the now defunct Norm's Service Station in downtown Ashfield.  That story just increased the value of my creepers a million fold.  And made me think I really needed to remove the head rests.

I did just that.  Removed the head rests.  Gross.  Here are the befores:

smash proof
a good thing in a creeper

an untuned car is trouble

sweetest fall festival ever

These creepers were gorgeous, but they had seen the underbellies of a lot of cars.  Hello, epoxy!  I gave them a gorgeous layer of epoxy which gave them a smooth, clear and thick layer of cleanliness.  A good and unusual thing in a creeper.  

Then, for the legs.  The sexy skinny Don Draper era legs were salvaged off of a gross, bright red table top rescued from the side of the road.  The sexy curvy table legs were purchased at a local tag sale, to the curiosity of many. 

The wheels, the very essence of the creeper, stayed put.  You can see the wear and tear and imagine all of those enormous gas guzzling cars of the 50's and 60's getting all fixed up at Norm's.

And voila, the most beautiful and unique tables you could ever wish to have.  And if you have car trouble, you have a creeper.

And now, I offer you daytime creeper table and nighttime creeper table.  Enjoy.  

vintage yard sticks = business card holders

These yard sticks turned business card holders are a perennial best seller, and with my new miter saw, they look better than ever.  

A perfect gift; so many shuttered local businesses. Northampton! Easthampton! Springfield!  Holyoke!  Greenfield!

vote Republican!


vote Republican!

vote for the coroner!

Dial ALpine!

flowers and test tubes

Yes, of course, flowers and test tubes.  What else would I do with test tubes?  Science?  So many test tubes, so many ways to show them off.  Here are a few, all are for sale at Maker's Market this weekend!  

salvaged partial table leg

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