August 28, 2015

Improved with Paint

My Mom gave me this plate shelf she had for years.  Even though I like old vintage looking things, the dark brown did not match my kitchen at all.  I decided to sand it, and then paint it white.  I like how it came out.  Sometimes to improve or change items, just slap on a little paint.




August 23, 2015

Back Roads Treasures


It took a while to get back to doing crafts for my Etsy shop, but I finally added more stuff.  My shop is a mixture of handmade items from things found on the back roads and antiques.  Take a gander at my items and hopefully you will see something that you might want to order.  I am in the process of creating more stuff for the shop.  Hopefully, I will be adding them soon.  When I do, I will post about it.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/JulesBackroadsCrafts

New in the shop:





August 20, 2015

Glendale: Vintage Emporium and Antiques

On my recent trek to historic downtown Glendale, I checked out a couple of vintage/antique shops.  Glendale has several to be noted:  http://www.antiquesinglendaleaz.com/

Evening Shade Antiques & Gifts
7015 N 58th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301
(623) 931-1783


Zola Bell's Vintage Emporium
Located in a historic two-story building across from the park, is Zola Bell's Vintage Emporium.  The notable structure has wood floors and metallic ceiling which lend to making the place a bit eerie.  The place is filled with antiques, fine art, collectibles, and one-of-a-kind items.  Be sure to slowly browse around the store so you don't miss anything.


The Apple Tree


Country Maiden
Featuring primitive country home decor, Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, FUSION Mineral Paints, Radiance Lighted Canvas, & unique one-of-a-kinds.  (Picture and description are from their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thecountrymaiden)


A Lasting Impression Antiques
Photo is from their Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Lasting-Impression-Antiques/158547010842922
5746 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301
(623) 435-1008

August 17, 2015

Car Battery Frame

I found what I thought was a frame for a license plate, but I found out from my husband it was a top piece for a car battery.  It held the battery in place in someone's car.  I saw it as a frame and decided to make it one.  Since it was for a car, I decided to frame a photo I took of an old rusty car.  I think the final product turned out great.  It is now found in my Etsy shop: Rusty Battery Frame





August 14, 2015

Rusty Canteen Vase



I found this rusty canteen at an abandoned trailer park.  It was filthy, but I saw potential in it becoming something else.  I took it home, cleaned it up and had to remove the material from one side because it was a mess and falling off.  After I wiped down the rust, I sprayed a sealant over it to keep the very cool rust look.  For the side without material, I added a black and white picture I took at a cemetery which I thought was perfect for a canteen.  I added a chain for hanging it and flowers.  This item is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop:  Rusty Canteen Hanger