Re-purposing second hand treasures.

A while ago I posted a dollar day do over challenge where you all had a chance to vote for what my next project would be. I can’t seem to find some of those items you voted on. I had them in a box and now I can’t find them. Everything is pretty much organized in our extra bedroom/shed right now, as we took everything out and repacked everything and got rid of a lot of things to donate, so their not in there.

I believe some things may have been either donated or repacked, but I don’t believe my little second hand remake items were packed to keep. I never really keep them once I make them..

I came across some other projects to finish and I also find some of those other project eventually…here are just a few of what I was able to re-purpose last week. All for fun, like working on a puzzle.

First project was this chicken pin cushion that I bought for .25 cents at a tiny thrift shop in a small town up north. I believe it’s from the 80’s and has a primitive style about it. I like that it isn’t just a nick knack…it has a purpose to be used as something else as well.

And here it is finished. I decided to make it really colorful and add more features to it, like eyes and a beak. I painted over the fabric.

Next project was this little wooden frame I bought from a huge rummage sale we have every year in our city. It was .50 cents. I believe it’s from the 70’s or 80’s. A souvenir from California. We get a lot of those here in Arizona.

I painted it white and added some fabric trim to the top.

Then I added some tiny baby cacti from my garden to it.

This next project was a wooden block house, paid $1 on dollar day. I painted it all white like I do with most projects when re-making them. I like to start everything plain and then work from there, a blank canvas as they say.

I decided to turn this house into a sewing center. Pin cushions, pockets to hold things and Velcro ribbons to hold threads of spools.

I used some of my vintage fabrics that were donated to me by a neighbor. Tiny flowers everywhere on the fabric prints. I also had some modern and recent fabric I bought that I added.

This house was my favorite project to work on in all the projects. It took me a couple of days as I added lots of detail and had to sew up little pincushion pillows.

My final project was just a little wooden frame I bought at the rummage sale for .50 cents.

I decided to turn this into a Christmas hang tag for a gift. I will add the names to the inside of the frame later, then hang it from a bag with a big red bow.

There is one more project that I’m still working on. It was made from this pile of glass from a really cool lantern we had in our garden that fell to pieces during one of our Summer Monsoon storms.

I really liked that lantern and the pretty glass was etched. I thought I would turn it into a glass candle holder and maybe even paint a little flower design on one of the frames with glass paint so colors reflect through it. This is what I have been able to do with it so far.

That’s it for now. Do any of you like re-purposing old items, little things you find second hand. I really enjoy doing things like this instead of watching television.

Anyway, hope you get a chance to update some second hand treasures yourself. Find a good book, a good friend or family member to talk with (No texting), or something to do where you use your hands like gardening, cooking, drawing, writing and my favorite…crafting. Just stay off and away from those screens as much as possible, especially your little ones. Happy crafting everyone.

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  1. Just love the way you give new life to old, dull things 😀

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      1. Thanks for the follow 🙂

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      2. You’re very welcome and thank you for stopping by for a visit too.

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  2. You are very creative. I really liked the little planter box. Good job! 🙂

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  3. You are very welcome. 🙂

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  4. All cute & creative!

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