I have finally had enough free time to check out auctions recently. I just switched jobs, so took off a week in between. Can I tell you how much I love them? I do. They are the best. Not only do I get to listen to the hypnotic voice of the auctioneer, and the excitement of the bidding, I also get to score great things for the brand*eye home shop. Here is some of what I have found lately. You can find these great things at the Clover Market April 9th in Chestut Hill (Facebook invite HERE), and the Craftery Market May 15th in a barn in Quakertown (Facebook invite HERE). I will also be at the Clover Market in May 21st in Bryn Mawr.
mid century modern wall lamp (I may need to keep this)
My Bounty from one day of two estate sales and an auction
woodblock print, watercolor and wood carving
Wood block prints, glass vase, and watercolor
And this was today’s bounty. The rug runner is HEAVEN on earth!!!
Two rugs, one is a large runner
Orange mid century modern chair
This chair is great for short people, because it’s low to the ground. But you could easily add taller legs to it to add some height.
Also heaven on earth, is the new (used), perfectly worn, black leather jacket that I scored at a thrift store yesterday. Dave and I went to a 70’s themed 40th birthday party last night, so I had to get a costume. I ended up also buying this perfect leather jacket for a steal, along with a few other things for the shop. I also apologize for the chronic bitch face photo 🙂
Art is something that can be tricky to find, especially if you have a tight budget. Sometimes you need to think outside of the box and you will be surprised with what can be turned into art. I had an old (2004) Andy Warhol planner that was just sitting around taking up space, so I decided to frame the photos to make affordable art. You will see where they are going in a couple of weeks.
Here is the original planner.
One of my favorites, a half finished paint by numbers.
And some technicolor camo.
All you have to do is take out the pages, trim the edges to fit a frame, and frame it! Michaels and AC Moore are great places to find very affordable frames. If you don’t know which frame to get, just go with black. It’s classic and will match anything. And you can frame a bunch of random artwork with all black frames and they will instantly match.
Cutting the pages
I used a roller blade and stright edge, but you could also just use scissors
The finished product.
The framed art work
What do you have sitting around taking up space that you could turn into artwork? If you can’t think of anything, you could just buy a calendar and frame the pages.
I have wanted a wall hung staghead fern for an eternity. I don’t remember exactly where I was when I first saw one, but I know over the years I have seen them everywhere. I’ve gazed upon a lot of them at Longwood Gardens and have seen them in magazines and blogs and of course on pinterest. Most recently I was going to buy one at the Philadelphia Flower show on Sunday, but then saw the plant by itself for less than 1/4 of the cost of a wall mounted one. Knowing that I was staring down a week of “me time,” I knew I had to DIY it. I googled and found these wonderful directions, which is basically what I followed. I ended up using floral wire instead, but it’s the same technique. The directions are from Gardenista, and if you haven’t read this blog yet, you’re in for a real treat!
-wood to mount your plant to (I used a wood slice from a craft store, but you can use anything)
-hanger for the back of the wood (or two nails with a hanging wire)
-floral wire, or fishing line
- I found it easiest to start by adding the hook to the back, so you’re not trying to do it with the plant hanging on one side. Add the hook according to directions of what you are using. I just needed to nail in the two small nails that came with the hook.
- On the front side, mark a round shape that is about an inch and a half larger than the plant base, on add sides, with a pencil.
- Nail the nails around the circle. I used about 8.
- Take the plant and slip it out of the pot. Then untangle the root ball to remove some of the dirt that is around the roots. I removed about half of it.
- Place a small amount of dirt in the middle of the circle and place the plant on top. Move the dirt around so that it is making a mound of dirt.
- Cover the plant base (dirt, roots and some of the bottom flat fonds) with moss. I wanted to use moss from my garden, but there is a few inches of snow and ice out there, so I bought some at the craft store.
- Wind the wire from one nail, up and over the plant and secure around another nail on the opposite side. Wrap it around each nail a couple of times and then move across to another nail. Keep going until the plant is secure.
- Place the plant and wooden board in a container of water and submerge. Let it fully dry.
- Hang it up on your wall to enjoy. From what I read it will need a weekly soak, but be sure they dry out between waterings.
Let me know if you try this DIY project and how it turns out!
I have been helping my friends update their East Falls Philadelphia home over the past few months. We still have to find artwork to finish up the living room and dining room, but this weekend we hung the DIY artwork that we made for the entry and stairwell.
We used their collection of black and white photo strips to create a gallery wall for the stairwell. It’s their tradition to go to the photobooth at an arcade in Ocean City, NJ each summer. We just had to buy frames, photo corners, and card stock in colors that coordinate with the rug. Don’t you just LOVE these genuine black and white photos? Now that everything is digital it’s hard to find an actual photo anywhere.
The rug and mirror I scored at an estate sale in Ambler. The secretary desk I picked up from craigslist for $40. The light bulb lamp and dog figurines are all from Homegoods and the frames are Ikea.
Entry with Secretary Desk
Looking down the stairs
Looking up the stairs
Photostrip close up
This area cost a total of approximately $160! I definitely know how to stretch a budget. There will be more photos to come once we finish the living room and dining room.
Give me a shout if you are looking for any decorating help.