September 25, 2015

Wooden Tote Makeover

When you like to create and decorate with found objects and discarded items, it is great to have someone who keeps an eye open for things you can upcycle and repurpose. In my case, it is my husband who always watches out for objects I might be able to use in some way. When he spotted an old wooden tote that someone had thrown away, he knew I would be happy to give it a makeover.

Wooden Tote Makeover - Before and After by Vintage with Laces

Wooden Tote Makeover by Vintage with Laces

My little helper Barney had his own opinion what the wooden tote could be used for. I am sorry, my sweet furry friend, our ideas are similar but this piece is not for you.

Wooden Tote Makeover by Vintage with Laces

While I like a bit of rustic wood, this thing was just too battered to leave the wood exposed. I filled the larger holes and cracks and painted it gray.

Wooden Tote Makeover by Vintage with Laces

It is years ago that we spent some wonderful vacations in the South of France but we always think back to them with great pleasure. Therefore, I chose to hand paint the name of an imaginary bar/café in St. Tropez on the wooden tote. The most time consuming part was to decide which fonts I wanted to use. I finally went for “Callie Hand” and “Chocolate Box”. They just talked French to me :) .

Wooden Tote Makeover by Vintage with Laces
So far we have used it to carry drinks and snacks into the garden but I think of filling it with glass jars and use it in the kitchen.

My wooden tote will serve some drinks at these great parties:

Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time
Before and After Wednesday at The Dedicated House

September 02, 2015

Upcycled Denim Fish Published in GreenCraft Magazine

I know, it is a little bit late to show you something rather summery but this can happen when you deal with some adventurous fish, slow international mail service as well as internet and computer problems. Let me explain. Some of you might remember the neutral colored linen and lace fish I sewed two years ago. I still like them but this year I wanted blue ones for my summer decoration. I picked some old jeans from my stash of used clothes and made six denim fish.

 Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces
While the three fish above stayed with me, the other three decided they would need a little adventure. They hopped into the Adriatic Sea not far from here and swam all the way to California, using the Panama Canal as a shortcut. As the fish were made from used materials, they thought they might have a chance to be published in GreenCraft Magazine. When they arrived at the beach near Laguna Hills, they met a nice mail man who brought them to the office of Stampington & Company. So or similar the story goes :). I am very happy to see my upcycled fish in the fall issue of one of my favorite magazines, along with lots of other fabulous upcycled and repurposed projects.

Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces in GreenCraft Magazine Fall 2015

Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces in GreenCraft Magazine Fall 2015

When I received my copy, it was already mid of August and since then we had internet connection and computer problems. With the internet going on and off several times a minute, it was difficult for me to read blogs and impossible to post. At least the internet problem seems to be solved for now and so I am finally able to show you my fish.

GreenCraft Magazine Fall 2015

Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces
Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces

I can hardly believe that it is September already. I have not decorated for fall yet. It is still so hot here but next week the temperatures are supposed to come down a bit. Maybe that will get me into the pumpkin spirit :) .

My denim fish will swim over to these great parties:

Your Turn to Shine at Anderson and Grant
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House

August 11, 2015

The Salt Shaker that Became an Eye-Catching Pendant

If you are interested in upcycling and repurposing, you most likely know Betsy and her blog
 My Salvaged Treasures. In case you do not, I can tell you that Betsy is super creative and comes up with the most amazing ideas to assemble beautiful and useful treasures from discarded items. She turned a vintage radio speaker into a night light, a rusty rake into a picture holder and a vintage camera into a vase, just to mention a few of all her wonderful projects. I also adore Betsy’s jewelry made from all kinds of objects, like watch parts, small hardware pieces, and silverware handles. When she showed some necklaces created from tiny silver salt & pepper shakers last year, I put making one on my to-do-list and there it stayed. Recently Betsy was so sweet to remind me by posting another batch HERE. :) This time I did not procrastinate but went to work right after reading her blogpost. Thankfully dear hubby knew where I had stored the cute little salt shakers that I had bought lots of years ago during a vacation in New England. We had used them maybe twice or three times in all these years. Therefore, it did not feel bad to give at least one of them a new purpose.

Silver Salt Shaker turned into pendant by Vintage with Laces

I chose turquoise and white beads because these colors go well with most of my clothes. I am happy how the pendant turned out. Thank you very much for the great inspiration, Betsy!

The salt shaker pendant will hop over to these great parties:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Share at Coastal Charm