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Vintage Drilling


As you probably know y now, I love old vintage things.  Anything from furniture, tools, industrial pieces, and home decor.  One thing I’m always drawn to is the old hand tools.  I’ve always thought the old hand drills were pretty neat, and I love to check them out.  I wanted one, but I just didn’t know what to do with it.  Then I stumbled upon Funky Junk Interiors, and got the idea from her.  She does some pretty amazing things.  With God on our side, I had a coworker/friend who gave us her dad’s old hand drill.  How nice is that? Here she is with our son at his graduation a year ago.

Patdrill                             HandDrill

I took the inspiration from Funky Junk Interiors, some old fence boards, and got started on it.  I measured the drill to determine how big the crate would be, and  from these measurements I cut all the pieces with a miter saw.


The next step was to use the finish nailer to build the bottom box.


Next I needed to drill holes in the top of the sides for the drill to slip into for the handle.  The actual handle part had to have a slit cut in the wood so it would slide down in to it.  The other end was just screwed together once it was through the hole.  Then it was all nailed together with the finish nailer.

Don’t be jealous of my mismatched work clothes.  Apparently I didn’t match my Garanimal tags.

sideholesdrill    slotdrill    Nailitdrill

Here is what the finished project looks like.  I love it, and so did my friend.

finishdrill            finishdrill2

Here is a close up of the handles inserted into the ends.

handledrill      enddrill

If you have any old family tools, gather them up, and look at them from a different perspective.  Who knows what you could build with them.  Just get creative.


Seed the Deal


We have seen, drooled over, seed bins at many flea markets over the years.  They were always really long or big enough to be a kitchen island.  Every time we would see one we would try really hard to figure out how it would work, but in the end we would leave empty-handed.  Until while in Austin, TX, we stumbled upon one.  Smaller, check, good shape, check, wouldn’t stick out too far from the wall, check, and reasonable price, check.  After a little happy dance, we seized the deal.

We loaded it up, brought it home, and went to work cleaning it up.


I cleaned it up using just plain ol’ soap and water, and a shop vac.  (Excuse the HUGE mess in the background, Operation Shed Clean Up is being planned as I write.)  Then I went over the wood with Old English furniture oil in the lighter color.

This bin has an original decal in the lower right corner drawer!  Nothing like a little piece of history still remaining.

Next came the hunt for some vintage looking seed packets that didn’t cost a small fortune.  I finally found some cute vintage looking ones at Lowe’s.



I just taped each seed packet to the see through window.  I thought about pouring seeds and beans in the front portion like they used to, but then we decided open seeds equals bugs here in the country.  Yuck!

I now use this to hold cake decorating stuff (cupcake Liners, milk bottles, and a few other odds and ends). I love the look in our house, the extra storage, and the old farm country look.  Now we can check that item off our list!  I just have to keep from using it to hold my purse, keys, and mail when I walk in the door.

Spoon-it Again


Sorry it’s been a while since I last posted.  I’ve been super busy helping my daughter with FFA stuff as she runs for District Officer.  Along with gathering old airplane pictures my son has taken to send to him in college for a research paper. Talk about a walk down memory lane.

Well, this project took us a few days to complete because we have been so busy.  So once again we took our Warrenton finds (you can read about our trip there here), more spoons and an old belt.


Step 1 was to cut the buckle end off the belt, then take it and measure the length around her wrist.  You have to allow an overlap to accommodate the snap that will close it.  Once you cut the appropriate length, just sit it aside while you work on the spoon.

The beginning process of the spoon is basically the same as the necklace we made.  You can read about it here.  We flattened the spoon, and then cut the handle off with a zip cut right where it attached to the spoon part.  Then we ground that edge to make it follow the curve of the spoon.

I have to digress here a minute and explain that our daughter is in high school, and is at that time in her life where she is trying to find her place.  She is trying different school activities trying to find what her passion is so she can choose a career that she will go to college for.  Also in high school comes the peer pressure issues and drama with friends and classmates.  All this led to her in choosing the words to stamp into the spoon.  She chose “Follow Your Arrow”.

At this point we cleaned this spoon with a very fine steel wool and then stamped the words in to the spoon. I chose a curvy line for the word “follow” to illustrate going down a path.

BraceletWool     SpoonPunch

I bought a snap kit and rivet kit from Hancock Fabrics to assemble the bracelet.  We also added a concho I already had on hand. To add all of this you have to use a leather punch to punch holes in the leather so the snap and rivets will go through the belt.  I also had to curve the spoon and concho to the curve of her wrist.

Here is the finished project.

Bracelet  BracletArm

You can see here on the back where the rivets and concho were screwed in.  You can’t even feel it when you have it on.


I think it turned out really cute, and I know my daughter will get lots of wear out of it.  I will probably even be borrowing it!

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We were really busy this weekend with finally cleaning the house (it was in desperate need), doing the first mowing of the season, spraying the weeds, and finally starting on our projects from the goods we bought on our trip to Texas Antiques Week.  Click over here and you can read about our trip.

Here is one of the purchases we made for $3, a vintage spoon with great patina.


We were looking for these because our daughter wanted a necklace that was inspired by all the spoon art we were seeing there.

First, we took the lace I had purchased at Hobby Lobby, and put in some tea to give it a vintage stain.


As the lace was brewing, her dad flattened out the spoon and bent the handle to make a loop for the necklace.  Then I went to work punching a saying she had chosen.  (She obviously has the dandelion spring fever like me, as you will see in the finished project.)


This is a metal punch set I bought at Harbor Freight awhile back (if you go get one make sure you take a coupon).  You have to punch on a firm surface, and only hit firmly once so the punch doesn’t move.  You don’t have to be perfect on your letter placement, because everything we saw in Warrenton wasn’t perfect.  That’s what gives it some character!  She also wanted a little bling, so we glued on a small strip of rhinestone to the top.

Here is her finished necklace.  She loves it and is picking out the perfect outfit to wear it with!  Not bad for our first attempt.

spoonnecklaceblue                                   SpoonNecklace2

We love the vintage look of it, along with the hand stamped letters.  It has so much character and love in it.

If you are interested in the process of flattening out the spoon, leave me a comment and get back with you.

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Texas Antiques Week


This past weekend we made the trip for opening weekend of Texas Antiques Week.  We mainly spend our time in Warrenton because we seem to find the better deals there.  There is just so much to see, that we pick different areas to shop each trip.  We spent two days there walking around, and then headed back late Saturday night to make mass Easter Sunday.


No trip is complete without visiting Zapp Hall!  To listen to a little live music, and also to purchase your $5 tea glass for endless refills while your shopping.

We found all sorts of cool stuff, and enjoyed looking at a few gypsy wagons that booths had for part of their set-up.  We had to grab a few family pics while in one of the wagons.  They are the coolest things.  I mean check out the chippy paint and old bead board.  AWESOME!


Of course NO trip to Warrenton can be done without hitting up the girls of Junk Gypsy! G and I had to grab our ritual pic in front of their tent.  I could just camp out in their tent for the week.  Those girls do the coolest styling in there.


We had lots of fun and bought LOTS of stuff we didn’t even know we needed!  You will be seeing it in upcoming posts as we have some great projects planned for all our findings.

I’ll just leave you with some fun pics of the weekend.  Thank goodness our son is cool with being the purse holder on potty breaks, haha!  Our daughter always finds some funny thing to do with the goods people have for sale.  It was also her idea for the clown pics below. 

     brack                                              rev clown

Happy Junkin’.  Hope you can make it to Texas Antique Week this weekend.