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



August 11, 2015

The Welcome Paddle

I took an unpainted paddle, added paint and other items to make a cool "Welcome" sign for a house or any other place you want to welcome your guests.  This item is ready for purchase in my Etsy shop:  Welcome Paddle Sign

The first coat is a Cerulean blue.  I printed the welcome sign and another backwards to decoupage to the board.  I will use four corks from wine bottles as hooks.  (I love Moscato!)

The top coat is white.

I painted the corks white and found a shell necklace I may or may not use.

After decoupaging the Welcome, I used water to rub off the back of the paper until the sign came through.  I like how the letters look old and worn.  I sanded the board and letters to give it a more weathered look.

I added hooks on the back for hanging and the cork hooks.  Those are attached with screws and glue to give them strength to last a long time.

I like how the final project came out.  It is perfect for hanging your hat, sweater, scarf, jewelry or any type of art.

August 8, 2015

Picture in Mirror Technique


I like to try different techniques with my crafts.  My friend Sharon did these awesome haunted mirrors and are selling them in her Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadamCurio.  I wanted to do my own version using abandoned places or other photos.  I chose the New Point Comfort Lighthouse for my first attempt.  I bought 5x7 frames at Goodwill for 97 cents to see if I can do this.  This is how it came out:

The materials used: 5x7 glass, photo, Mod Podge and squeegee. I also have a can of Krylon looking glass paint.

I added black paint to the gold frame and then white over that to give it an antique look.

I glued picture faced down on the glass.

With water, I started rubbing on the back of the paper.  You have to be careful not to rub hard or the entire picture will come off.  This method can be messy, but worth it in the end.

You keep rubbing until you get a see-through look.  After that, you spray the back with the looking glass paint.  I realize that not much of the mirror came out and decided to start over.

Round two started the same as the first round but I only used a portion of the picture.

Again, the rubbing method.

After I rub the photo until it was see-through, I sprayed the looking glass paint on the back.  I sprayed water right after the paint to give it an old/antique look.  Not bad for my first try.  I think I will choose a different picture for my next attempt and hopefully I like the results better.  I love this technique, I just need to practice doing it more.

August 5, 2015

Historic Hangout



I hung out and partied at this place in the late 70's and early 80's.  Yes, I am dating myself, but I don't care.  I had many fun times at Mr. Lucky's and great memories.  I am hoping that someday the building will open its doors once more and let the music ring loud throughout the establishment.
Here is the post I did on Mr. Lucky's:  http://above-the-norm.blogspot.com/2010/04/mr-luckys.html



August 2, 2015

They Have Taken Over!

CATS!!  PEACOCKS!!  They have taken over the grounds at Sahuaro Ranch Park.