I am a scavenger. A gumshoe for garbage, a rescuer of refuse and a hunter of treasures in the trash. People toss out the most incredible things and a lot of them just need a little TLC to bring them back to their new found reincarnation. From furniture and frames to chairs and chandeliers – a lot of the most interesting pieces displayed in my love shack were once rejected relics.
Take this table – great legs, a secret drawer and a surface just longing for its story to be revealed. A little circa stripper, a kiss and a promise of paint and a lot of snipping and clipping of mischievous fairy finds lead me to unfold an entire new realm for my magic making friends to play in. Perfect for the sunroom at the cottage and just a hop over the bridge to their fairy circle.
Grab a seat – none of them match! All the chairs in my house were once kicked to the curb only to be liberated and re-loved with inspiration from Nordic whales in James Bay, smiley elephants in Nepal and lucky ladybugs chillaxing in the grass.
This window once opened to let the sunshine in – abandoned roadside with nothing but earth worms vying to lift her spirits. Abracadabra – a little glue, wrapping paper, stickers and invocation and now it hangs happily, open to new possibilities every day.
From Lola Bunny’s fairy food cabinet and Dad’s old fishing box to my lamp shades and shutters – seeing the invisible beauty is the first step to bringing out the joy in someone else’s junk. It’s an exciting mode of self expression and it doesn’t cost a cent to create an invaluable treasure and best of all you’re keeping the karmatic cycle of rebirth going!
Next project… a letterpress drawer with 89 square slots that I plan to fill with found trinkets, then secure with a fitted glass top. The whole piece will then be attached to the top of my latest find – a 1920’s vintage walnut coffee table. The theme…one day at a time…one slot every day for the next 89 days! Photos to come!