Sunday, June 14, 2009

Goodwill Hunting

Here are some treasures found on my lunch hour at the local Goodwill. The picture frame was $4, the glass dragonfly photo holder was $1 and the silver tree was $6. The photo frames on the tree are going to be removed and I plan to paint the tree and the picture frame. The frame will be made into an earring holder.

Here is what I did with the old wooden frame. I put strips of ribbon across the back and pulled them taut and stapled them. I then put a piece of mat board behind the frame. I bought the wooden easel at Michael's when they were 40% off. I think this easel ended up being $20.

I removed all the mini photo frames from the silver tree. I used alcohol inks on the tree trunk and base to tone down the silver. I wanted it to be more earthy looking. I had no clue how to use the alcohol inks - I have had them for years and never opened the packages! I was pleased with how this turned out because I knew if I messed it up, I was only out $6. (note to self - wear gloves next time when using alcohol inks - my fingernails were green for 2 days!)

Here is an image from the back side of my booth where you can see the silver/green tree in use! I used the branches to display earrings and bracelets.

I used the glass dragonfly clip photo holder to display a bracelet made with lavender and green lampwork beads. Looked very pretty but I didn't get a picture of it close up!

How fun to make something cool from upcycled junk!


Kellibeans said...

OMG! I think that is a GRAND idea! You are a craftisan after my own heart. =)

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

You are so creative!!!! What a great job you did with your finds and looks lovely! Your presentation of your products and packaging is by far the best I've seen! Will have to email you...I've been up to eyeballs with junk...called work...and my kids with summer just I havent been on the computer much at all and when I have its been a quickie post....I hope all is well!!!!

ChezChani said...

I love what you've done with those fabulous finds! I'm a big fan of Goodwill too. Last time I popped in I found a great Etienne Aigner purse, a great cup for measuring my resin and perfect pair of Sketcher sandals for the summer. And best of all, I got an extra 25% off with my casino employee ID!! I had no idea that ever had that.

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Wow! What cool finds! I would have never thought to use them that way :)