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Cubbies for the Craft & Ebay Room!

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The front bedroom is dedicated space to work on repurposing and sewing.  So far, I have this super cabinet that I found at the local RE-STORE.  It measures 80″ tall x 48″ wide x 20″ deep.  It has 42 cubbies that I just imagined would be perfect for sorting all my treasures!  Check out the original color – kind of a pale greenish yellow.  You can’t see it in the picture, but each cubby has a stenciled number (1 … 42 inside) maybe it was for a locker attendant?   It needed some sort of trays, but the thought of buying 42 of anything was out of the question.  I used boxes and repurposed them into just the right size.  Then I printed some cool produce and can labels to cover the fronts of the boxes.  So far, I only have 20 done, but I’m collecting more boxes to finish it off.

Isn’t this a Great Display / Storage for my stash?  Please share your comments; I’d love to hear from you!

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More One of a Kind Bracelets from Repurposed Vintage Jewelry!

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More One of a Kind Bracelets from Repurposed Vintage Jewelry!
Hand Made Bracelet Selection

One of a Kind Vintage Bracelet from Tons of Treasures

Custom Yellow Rhinestone Bracelet

OOAK Bracelet made from Vintage Jewelry

Purple Bracelet with Cameo by Tons of Treasures

OOAK Bracelet made from Vintage Jewelry by Tons of Treasures

one of a Kind Green Rhinestone Bracelet

OOAK Bracelet made from Vintage Jewelry by Tons of Treasures Commissioned Pieces Available!

OOAK Bracelet in Coral Colors with Cameo

OOAK Bracelet made from Vintage Jewelry by Tons of Treasures Commissioned Pieces Available!

One of a Kind Rhinestone Bracelet with Green Rivoli

OOAK Bracelet made from Vintage Jewelry by Tons of Treasures Commissioned Pieces Available!

Latest Creations of One of a Kind Bracelets at Tons of Treasures

Assortment of OOAK Bracelets made from Vintage Jewelry by Tons of Treasures Commissioned Pieces Available!

A Few of my more creative moments resulted in these great bracelets! These and a few more are now available in the shop! … Oh, and YES, custom pieces are available.  Your vintage jewelry can be repurposed into a One of a Kind bracelet… just send a message for details!

Buying Trip to the Pacific Northwest ~ Did I mention that I LOVE Trees and Rivers?

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No wonder my husband is always mentioning how much he loves northern California compared to where we live in so Cal!

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northern California redwood trees along the highway

antique Barn

For the Love of Old Barns

First Elk Sighting in Oregon

First Elk Sighting in Oregon

TREES OF MYSTERY   Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox

TREES OF MYSTERY Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox

 

We just returned from a the Great Shopping Road Trip to the Northwest and it was great!

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Love the names of some of these places!

Redwoods and Rivers are my newest favorite things!

Talk about a truckload of Treasures, we had to come home because we were running out of room!

Loads of New OLD treasures

The GREAT NORTHWEST Shopping Trip

I heard that Oregon was the number one state for Garage Sales and now I understand why!  Every vintage suitcase that we bought was filled with smalls by the time we got home…

Samsonite Marbled Aqua Luggage Set

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I love vintage Luggage … and what better way to travel than with a set of Aqua colored Samsonite Suitcases.

This includes two Suitcases, One Large Round Case and the Matching Train / Cosmetic Case!

All 4 pieces are going to Driving Miz Daisy, the Vintage and Antique Marketplace here in Mission Viejo tomorrow.

It’s a great place to shop early and beat the heat or shop late and get the best deals!

We LOVE it because it is LOCAL!!!!!   Wouldn’t these be darling in the back of a Turquoise Volkswagen Bus?

Marbled Samsonite Luggage

Matching Set of 1950’s Schwayder Brothers / Samsonite Suitcases

Vintage Bracelets from Vintage Jewelry ~ I Just Had to Make My Own! (Tutorial Included)

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Vintage Bracelets from Vintage Jewelry ~ I Just Had to Make My Own! (Tutorial Included)

I Love vintage Jewelry and sell an awful lot of brooches. Many of the pieces that are in the collection have coordinating earrings (clip-on earrings) and they are all great pieces of craftsmanship. Well, many thanks to my friend, Jenifer, for the inspiration and encouragement that led me to finally make these bracelets. I am relieved to say that they actually turned out as good as I had hoped, maybe even better!

Brief Tutorial for making bracelets from vintage earrings:

Supplies: Variety of small brooches and large earrings (OK to use broken pieces here, since the backs are to be removed anyway)
Bracelet Blanks (these are available locally from the Bead Station in Laguna Niguel)

bracelet blanks available locally at the Bead Station in Laguna Niguel

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!


2-part clear epoxy
sand paper
saran wrap or silicone mat
Sorted vintage earrings and brooches for repurposing

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Process: Sort out your jewelry pieces (mine are sorted by metal & stone colors)
Select a combination of pieces that will work with one of your bracelet blanks ie: blue
stones with silver colored settings to use on a silver colored bracelet blank.

Remove pin backs and earring backs from jewelry pieces

Sand backs to smooth (I also sanded the bracelet blanks to give the glue more bite)

Use a Covered Board to Work on

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!


Line up the exact order of the jewelry pieces and the bracelet blank on a saran wrap covered board

Mix the 2-part epoxy and mount the jewelry pieces on the bracelet blank (make sure that the right
side is “up” on the bracelet blank) It will set-up in 5 minutes

Blue Repurposed Earring Bracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Gray Repurposed Earring Bfracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Pink Repurposed Earring Bracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Gold Repurposed Earring Bfracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!

Green Repurposed Earring Bracelet

DIY Vintage Earrings turned into Retro Bracelet TUTORIAL!


First 6 bracelets – many more to come!
Retro Bracelet from Vintage Earrings

DIY Vintage Earrings and Brooches turned into Retro Bracelet Free DIY TUTORIAL!

Allow to cure 24 hours ~ That’s it!

The first half dozen are destined to go into the shop tomorrow ~ Tons of Treasures in Laguna Niguel!

Antique Oak & Glass Display Cabinet with Slant Front

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Antique Oak & Glass Display Cabinet with Slant Front

This 6′ beauty is left over from when we closed our shop. Great for someone with an Antique Space in an Antique Mall or to display antiques at home! Made of Oak with original wavy glass 🙂

Mercantile Display Cabinet

Oak and Glass Antique Mercantile Display Cabinet for Sale