Vintage Child’s Sled Holiday Garden

 One of the challenges I’m experiencing as a new blogger is having junk to provide constant new material for the blog without living like a hoarder in my tiny apartment. My antique dealer uncle has become a Godsend by allowing me to borrow items every now and then that I can return to him shortly after a project. Additionally, his occasional auctions (he’s semi-retired) provide an opportunity to sell off project results without the overhead or commitment of a mall booth or etsy account.

  Mind you the reverse is also true: I love old gear and when I used to work at my uncle’s auction I would spend my entire pay cheque and then some at his auctions.

 I borrowed this vintage child’s sled for holiday décor, but predictably I will be leaving an absentee bid at the auction it goes for sale.

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Thanksgiving Sign from Repurposed Antique Mirror

  I bought this antique mirror from a neighbour’s moving sale. The frame is quite badly damaged. That was great. I would have no regrets about painting it.

 I wanted to make a sign, so I painted the whole thing, not just the frame. I used white homemade chalk paint. The Plaster of Paris helps the paint adhere well even to the glass. Two coats did the job.

  I used this paper on a birdhouse I refinished and loved the result. And since I have so much of it, I hauled it again.

 I tore off strips of the paper and modge podged them onto the sign, both glass and frame.

  I distressed the sign (did I mention that I lettered onto the glass the words Give thanks). I distressed the paper heavily using coarse sand paper.  Frequently sanding right through the paper, giving the look age would produce.

Thanksgiving Sign

Thanksgiving Sign from Antique Mirror

Thanksgiving Sign from Antique Mirror

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