It was a fruitful few weeks in April and May, with lots of inexpensive goodies found. I got a full set of silver chargers for tablescaping, and originally I thought I would paint them, but when I found the silver snowflake dishes, I changed my mind. I’ll keep them silver for now. The card making elements will make wonderful cards for Safelight when the next project time comes along.
No matter, at another store on another day, I snapped up this set of 6 gold chargers with a gold tray for just $6! Of course, I couldn’t resist the little placecard holder vases. My mother had a set of those that I let go in the estate sale and regret that I didn’t keep. The little wheelbarrow has a lot of potential for tables or maybe out on the veranda.
I will nab these plastic drawer units whenever I see one. The hat became will be another makeover soon, I just need to decide what to do with it.
The bins now hold all the sewing stuff that was all over the tables and sewing machines, cleaning up the space. One drawer contains just my cutting tools!! The other rolling drawer unit was also a thrift store find a few months back. Between them the space around my sewing machines is a lot clearer, and I can find things a bit more easily.
This candle holder has potential. I have some red votive holders that will fit the cups, so will have to see how I can use it on a tablescape. I might have some clear ones too, I’ll have to dig them out to see. I’ve been snapping up these clear plastic jars as well, to keep flour and baking ingredients, along with rice and other dry goods. They look a lot better in the pantry, and they keep things from spilling out of torn packaging.
This super find is a mandolin. Wicked sharp, I’ve been using it a lot to make thin slices of veggies for steaming and serving raw in salads, or onion for cooking.
It is rare that I find clothing to fit my shorter frame, but this top was a treasure. It was priced at $3.99, and that day was 50% off clothing! The petite sizing fits my short frame nicely, and the hat was just $2. I already remade it into a spring flower hat.
So, onto the projects with some of these items. I had to clean the tray and give it a fresh coat of gold metallic paint as it was pretty dinged up under the chargers.
Then I set up the gold chargers on the potting bench with paper to paint them, like I did the ones on this post.
Several coats of lilac color spray paint later, they are ready for a coat of varnish.
They go pretty well with this hydrangea. I hope to find blooms of this color when it is time to do a table with them.
While we were in London, I put my arm on an armrest not noticing the wad of chewing gum some jerk left there. Dang it, this is my favorite spring sweater! I pulled off all the gross, sticky mess I could that day. When we got home, I put the entire sweater in the freezer to try to break off as much as possible. Didn’t really work that well, and there was still a sticky mess of gum embedded in the sweater yarns.
An internet search yielded the advice to use a solvent on whatever was left. Several were suggested, and I thought that Goo Gone would probably do OK, without damaging the sweater yarns like some of the others might.
I didn’t have a lot of hope here, but tried it anyway. There was nothing to lose if it didn’t do the job. To my surprise, it worked pretty well. Now all I had to do was wash the sweater to get the Goo Gone residue out. This stuff is amazing.
So, I did that, blocking it on the dryer. The spot was on the right sleeve, and it is all gone now.
Another recent find, more yellow chargers with a lovely cut-out design on the edges. So, now the ones I painted yellow can be painted again in another color. I’ve already done a new treatment on the open weave hat, but I’ll share that later.
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