Because I found myself with so much time on my hands (you know, what with the persistent morning sickness, yard sale, Vintage Bazaar, beginning of school, and nursery planning) I decided to do a few projects that I’ve had stacked up on my to-do list for some time now, mostly with an eye towards offering them at the Vintage Bazaar.

First, let me say that I have gotten over my fear of spray paint. Ya’ll, I’m spray painting anything that doesn’t run away from me, which, in this heat, could include one of my particularly lethargic cats. Here’s the first project.

I have a few of these mirrors — I’m sure you’ve seen them at yard sales; they’re plastic, and usually a lovely shade of gold. I had intended to leave the mirror as is but then I BROKE IT. I am a highly superstitious person so I am left wondering how the bad luck will manifest itself. I’ll only make $12 at the Vintage Bazaar? The yard sale will be rained out? Only time will tell. Since it would be way too expensive to have another mirror cut, I decided to go the bulletin board route, which I’ve been meaning to try anyway. I really like the way it turned out and it was pretty easy.

I have many vintage earrings that are orphans and widows and/or broken, so I’ve been wanting to try this out for a while as well:

I really like the way they turned out. I just snipped off the back with my bolt cutters and used regular thumb tacks, glued on with epoxy — the kind you mix yourself out of the two-channel gun thingy. What a mess I made of that, by the way. Almost glued my watch to my wrist after putting my arm in the glue mixture about thirty times; if my children are born with two heads, LOOK NO FURTHER. It is the fault of the epoxy.

August 10, 2010 - 9:23 am

Ord-Red Ugh. Your cleverness is too much!

Those kids may be born with two heads, but then that’ll just make them twice as smart.

August 10, 2010 - 9:05 pm

Marsha Nagib When I saw you today I forgot to mention how creative I thought this is! The earring pushpins are genius! What a nice bulletin-board idea! Once you figure out how to do the epoxy without gluing yourself together, you’ll be OK.

August 10, 2010 - 9:45 pm

Leilani ooo I’m always excited when I see craft projects involving clip earrings– I see so many pretty ones but they pinch my ears so much and I can’t wear them. 🙁 I bet these will sell well at the Bazaar!

August 11, 2010 - 7:51 pm

janie hightower You have outdone yourself on this one! I don’t see how you get all this stuff done!

August 13, 2010 - 8:08 am

Shannon I absolutely LOVE this idea! So creative! Hopefully you have more than one of these to sell because this one will go quickly!

August 16, 2010 - 1:14 pm

Kelly Fox Another idea in this same vein: cover foam-core board with fabric pulled taut and use exactly the same way as your lovely bulletin board here. Bonus points for vintage fabrics! 🙂