Adventures in Repurposing and Upcycling

When my old birdfeeder fell apart I enlisted a weathered old candle lantern that was originally a roadside rescue and had done its duty in the garden for a year.

When my old birdfeeder fell apart I enlisted a weathered old candle lantern that was originally a roadside rescue and had done its duty in the garden for a year.

  Table Lamp Cake Stand

I try very hard to observe the principles of the 100 Mile Diet - and bananas don't grow within 1,000 miles of the West Coast of Canada, so I think I need to make one of these for myself.

I try very hard to observe the principles of the 100 Mile Diet – and bananas don’t grow within 1,000 miles of the West Coast of Canada, so I think I need to make one of these for myself

I have wanted a trumpet planter for some time, but it had to be an instrument that was beyond repair - and didn't cost a fortune. I had all but given up when I found this little sweetie in my local thrift shop - just $20 bucks.

I have wanted a trumpet planter for some time, but it had to be an instrument that was beyond repair – and didn’t cost a fortune. I had all but given up when I found this little sweetie in my local thrift shop – just $20 bucks.

Mailbox on garden bench

About 17 years ago I went to a local antique auction to deliver some papers for my uncle. As I walked in the door a pair of these lovely cottage kitchen chairs were going up for bid. 10 minutes later I was paying for them. The family friend I delivered the papers to later told my uncle

About 17 years ago I went to a local antique auction to deliver some papers for my uncle. As I walked in the door a pair of these lovely cottage kitchen chairs were going up for bid. 10 minutes later I was paying for them. The family friend I delivered the papers to later told my uncle “there were only 2 real antiques at the auction and she bought them.” They were solid black – not from paint, but most likely from soot from sitting in front of the wood stove or fireplace. Sadly, this one was broken by horrible movers a couple of years ago, so it’s new home is in the garden.

This old lawn sprinkler was in a garbage pile at a local construction site when I rescued it. It holds a tapered candle beautifully

This old lawn sprinkler was in a garbage pile at a local construction site when I rescued it. It holds a tapered candle beautifully

This wonderfully rusty iron wall planter adds a rich dimension in the bathroom where it holds extra hand towels for guests

This wonderfully rusty iron wall planter adds a rich dimension in the bathroom where it holds extra hand towels for guests

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Sugar bowl wreath

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away and I am already thinking of fun, pretty ways to mark the occasion

Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away and I am already thinking of fun, pretty ways to mark the occasion

I'm Linking to Vintage Bliss link party

See how pretty junk can be! a couple of candy tins and an antique collander filled with masses of flowers...

See how pretty junk can be! a couple of candy tins and an antique collander filled with masses of flowers…

Repurposed antique dessert forks suggestive of arrow feathers

Repurposed antique dessert forks suggestive of arrow feathers

the frame for the heart-shaped wreath came from the base of a stripped lampshade. Strips of torn white cotton were knotted onto that, and a white silk tassle that I bought at a sidewalk sale for $1.75 finishes it off

the frame for the heart-shaped wreath came from the base of a stripped lampshade. Strips of torn white cotton were knotted onto that, and a white silk tassle that I bought at a sidewalk sale for $1.75 finishes it off

This is a gift for friends who have a sheep farm and have hospitably welcomed my friends and I every lambing season for the past several years. I used a transfer image from the Graphics Fairy and I used the same image on both sides of the rock

This is a gift for friends who have a sheep farm and have hospitably welcomed my friends and I every lambing season for the past several years. I used a transfer image from the Graphics Fairy and I used the same image on both sides of the rock

This white candle holder was an ugly gold iron lampbase. Painted white, it served as a beautiful centerpiece for my staircase container garden in summer

This white candle holder was an ugly gold iron lampbase. Painted white, it served as a beautiful centerpiece for my staircase container garden in summer

a mailbox rescued from a nearby teardown makes a pretty and whimsical planter. A bricklayer's tool added to the front for texture and a vintage rolling pin for signage.

a mailbox rescued from a nearby teardown makes a pretty and whimsical planter. A bricklayer’s tool added to the front for texture and a vintage rolling pin for signage.

 voilaAntique Wine Crate Bookshelf

There were a number of crates behind the barn, many had broken and/or rotted over the years.

There were a number of crates behind the barn, many had broken and/or rotted over the years.

I painted the shelves a dusty rose but left the crate with a natural finish (a 50/50 mixture of shellac and turpentine, applied in several thin coats with a rag, allowed to dry completely and between coats sanded with 000 steel wool.)

I painted the shelves a dusty rose but left the crate with a natural finish (a 50/50 mixture of shellac and turpentine, applied in several thin coats with a rag, allowed to dry completely and between coats sanded with 000 steel wool.)

  Clock Case Hanging Planter

  Christmas Time: alarm clock Christmas ornament

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