Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Shop in Potsdam: The Oddball Emporium

There is a new little shop in Potsdam, called the Oddball Emporium on 17 Maple St, right near the Ace Hardware.  Yesterday was their grand opening and of course being interested in all things odd I had to check it out.  I arrived a little before noon and the owner was still setting up but allowed me to take a look around and I found this darling little toy tin phone.  I love tin toys and tea sets and basically any of that old metal stuff.

It is slightly rusty, but still in working condition and makes an adorable display piece and priced well at $20.  It is currently on one of my end tables, but I am hoping to create more display space with a project over my Christmas break!

Stop by and check it out!  They had other interesting pieces and I'm sure more to come.  It has been added to my regular shopping stops in Potsdam. I was actually approached back at the Upcycled Show about putting some of my own creations on consignment there!

If you are looking for a unique gift, I will be at the Christmas Vendor Market at the Old Phil's Florist Shop in Downtown Massena this Saturday, Dec 17th from 10 - 2!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Decoration Sets added to my Etsy Shop

I've added several great decoration sets that some of you probably have seen at shows before to my Etsy shop.

Check them out:

Sheet Music Pinwheels/Flowers with Wreath - $30
Just the Decoration Set - $10

Sheet Music Pinwheels/Flowers with Wreath - $30 
Just the Decoration Set - $10

Book Page Snowflakes with Pearl Centers with Wreath - $40
Just the Decoration Set - $20

If interested in any of the sets above and you are in the Massena, Canton, Potsdam area please send me an e-mail at and we can arrange to meet up!

I will also be at the Christmas Vendor Market this Saturday, Dec 17th at the Old Phil's Florist Shop in Downtown Massena from 10 - 2 with a whole selection of decorations and wreaths.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vintage Folding Ruler Star

A Big THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by and saw me at the Craft, Food and Wine show this weekend at Cheel Arena.  I had a great time and got lots of great feedback!

Today I have to share this cute ruler star.  I purchased this ruler for $3.00 at North Country Neighbor in Potsdam a while back and came across it while putting my christmas decorations out.   I was trying to figure out a way to display it b/c it is aged wonderfully.  So as I was unfolding it, I thought it would look  neat as a star, and so it does!

It needs a little more decoration so I'm going to try to make something or maybe I will find something today at North Country Neighbors!

For my last show of the year, I will be at the Christmas Vendor Market at the Old Phil's Florist shop in Massena, this Saturday, Dec 17th from 10 - 2.  Stop by for a unique gift!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sparkly Recycled Soda Can Snowflake

I made a new set of decorations for my bed spring wreaths.  I previously posted about soda can snowflakes but I recently made a set of bluish ones out of Bud Light cans (yes i know how redneck of me, but they are a nice blue).  I then sprayed them with adhesive and sprinkled them with epsom salt.  After I sealed them with a regular clear sealer.  They sparkle and glisten like real snowflakes!

Labatts Blue Light cans look even better but I only had enough of those to make 1 set for a custom order! So Bud Light it will have to be!

This set along with several other new ones, not seen on the blog will be available this Friday and Saturday and the Craft, Food and Wine Show!  Stop by and check them out.  I am in the "Our Place" area upstairs at Cheel!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Almost 6 ft Bed Spring Christmas Tree

As many of you already know this past weekend,  I went down to Clopman's Furniture to setup my largest bed spring christmas tree yet!  Towering at almost 6 feet tall and using over 290 springs, this has been my largest achievement yet.  It is decorated with all recycled soda can ornaments and a recycled soda can chain.  It has been entered into the Massena Chamber of Commerce Window Decorating Contest, which I believe the judging will happen tonight.  The tree will be up through christmas so stop in and check it out, or if you are driving buy look in the first set of windows!

As I have already explained photos of bed springs are really hard to take and this looks much more impressive in person!

I will also have mini trees for sale at the St Lawrence County Chamber Craft, Food and Wine show this weekend at Cheel Arena at Clarkson University, Friday from 12 - 8 Saturday from 9 - 5!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Flea Market Finds: Jadite Bowl

Yesterday I visited one of my favorite North Country shops, North Country Neighbors, and found some great finds at incredible prices!  Their Holiday Open House is this Saturday, so stop by and find some great buys!

Vintage Jadite Bowl - Originally $18, one sale for half off only $9.00, similar ones listed on Etsy for $40!
5 Vintage Candy Canes - $1.00 similar ones on Etsy $7.00
This wasn't  a super deal but I have wanted it for weeks so I finally bought it, floral strainer $8.00.
Stop by the Holiday Open House, Saturday December 3 in Downtown Potsdam.  I am going to try to stop by after my show in Downtown Massena from 10 - 2 at the Old Phil's Florist Shop!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Recycled Canada Dry Can Snowflake Decoration Set

I had been trying to come up with a good snowflake design for the past month and finally altered one of my previously done flower designs to work as a snowflake and I think it turned out great!  I used canada dry diet ginger ale cans, since they have the most white on them and a little green and red for the Christmas season.  

This set along with other similar ones including a set made from teal and white Arizona cans will be for sale, this Saturday December 3rd from 10 - 2 in Massena at the Old Phil's Florist Shop, stop by and check them out in person, they are beautiful!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Time to share a great crock pot recipe!  As you may have noticed, I am now booked for the entire month of December and have already warned the BF that cooking will be limited!  If I can find more great recipes like this he may not starve!  Super easy and delicious, from Rita's Recipes another great Pinterest find!

Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

I followed Rita's recipe exactly, except I added only 1 tsp of cumin and some shredded cheddar cheese at the end.  Served it over rice and it was amazing!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Recycled Soda Can Bow

Nothing says Christmas Time more than a wreath with a big bow.  I love the simplicity of the bed spring wreaths plain, but adding the bow adds a tough of holiday flare.  Created from 3 soda cans, they are actually pretty easy to make and I hope to have time to write up the tutorial before christmas, basically each side of the bow is one can, that is rounded down on the ends and glued together in the middle.  The ribbon ends that hang down are cut from another can as is the center piece to cover the section that is glued together.  I then attached a magnet to the back so they will stick anywhere on the wreath!

This one I spray painted gold:

This one I spray painted a nice glossy red:

Lastly, this one I left un-painted: 

I am currently gearing up for shows, as I have one every weekend until Christmas, please check my upcoming events if you want to find a unique christmas gift!  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bed Spring Wreath with Magnetic Book Page Flowers

Another Christmas Decoration Set, now available in my Etsy Shop.   Some of you may also remember this set from my last show!  Created from squares cut from an old book, featuring a center cut from a cereal box, painted and glittered.

Check back tomorrow for my first post on a Bed Spring Christmas Tree!  Down the road I also hope to provide a tutorial on how to make these lovely flowers, I just haven't had the time!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recycled Soda Can Poinsettia Decoration Set

My first Christmas wreath of the season, similar to the Recycled Book Page Dahlias, except made out of Diet Cherry Pepsi Cans!  I made two different size flowers just so they don't overwhelm the wreath.  I hope to make a bunch more in this style, in several different colors throughout the seasons!


Enjoy!  Someday I might share this tutorial  right now I'm keeping it a secret b/c it is a lot of work :).  

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Recycled Cereal Box Star Tutorial

A lot of you must remember the Sheet Music Star Decoration Set from last week, well here is the tutorial on how to make your own recycled stars.

Cereal Box or other food box (soda can boxes work great too)
Decorative Paper (Scrapbook paper, sheet music, the funny pages from the newspaper)
Butter Knife
Star Templates (I used and printed them on cardstock)

Step 1: Trace your start template on the back side of your cereal box. Cut out your star.

Step 2:  Trace the star you just cut out onto the back of your decorative paper and cut out.

Step 3:  Glue your decorative star to the backside of your cereal box star.  You may need to do a bit of trimming with the scissors an exacto knife to neaten up the stars edges.

Step 4:  On the cereal box side of the star (the back side) mark the center of the star with a marker. (it just needs to be approximate).  Get your butter knife ready!

Step 5:  On the back side of your star, using your butter knife, score a line from the point of each star to the center point.  You should do this 5 times, try to be as exact as possible.  The score line is going to be wear your fold your stars. It should look like this: 


Step 6:  Repeat the above process but do it from the angle in between the star points to the center.  This step should leave the back of your star looking like this: 

Step 7:  The final step!  Carefully fold each star point on the score line with the decorative side up, to get the 3D look and then fold each crease on the score line in between the star on the cereal box side to make it even more 3D!  The front of your star should look like our first image and the back side of the star should look like this: 

Give it a try!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Recycled Sheet Music Stars

I am really trying to work on my photography skills.  To make my photos a little better on the blog.  They still appear to be a tad dark but I'm getting there.  I have had no time to right up a tutorial on this one but expect it soon b/c they are super easy.  Basically I cut out a basic five point star from a cereal box and glued  the same size star cut of sheet music to one side of it.  On the other side, I used a butter knife to score from each point of the start to the center as well as in between each point to the center to make the star fold nicely and give it a three dimensional feel!  Check it out!

This decoration set will be with me this weekend at the North Country Department Store at Indian River Middle School Saturday, November 5th from 9 - 4!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Recycled Candy Cane Decoration Set

With Halloween over its beginning to feel a little like Christmas time.  We haven't seen any snow yet up where we live which is shocking, but I'm sure it won't be long.  In preparation for Christmas I created this cute candy cane magnetic decoration set for my bed spring wreaths.

Created by twisting and shaping strips cut from a soda can!

I am honestly trying to work on my photography.  That is going to be one of my goals for the new year!  This set will be with me at the North Country Department Store this Saturday, November 5th in Philadelphia, NY at the Indian River School.