Saturday, May 7, 2011

Find the Light

Do you ever walk through an IKEA store or even one of those highly sophisticated shops that charges a butt-load of money for an item and say, "Hey, I can make that!" Well my friends, you can. I decided to dedicate this particular post to various ways of vamping up everyday items into a nifty and unique lamps. I was first inspired by this idea during a random stroll in Austin, Texas. I stumbled upon a interesting lamp shade piece that was completely made of bottle caps. Unfortunately due to my recent moving process, I haven't been able to get going on it as fast as I would like. However, I have found many other pictures and ideas to help fuel the creative process. 

Let's start out with my future project- The Bottle Cap Lantern

This is a lamp from a unique store in Austin, Texas called Tesoros Trading Company. I have hundreds of unused bottle caps just sitting, waiting to be made into something awesome and this is the perfect project!

Candle lit Lanterns

One can also find a cool use for all those Campbell soup cans by making string lights or just plain candle holders. The will offer just enough light for any kind of outdoor fiesta!

I like the rustier ones better, but beggars can't be choosers.

Going off of the tin light ideas, one cannot forget about the piece of tin that already has hundreds of wonderful holes punched in it......the famous "cheese grater". I found a good picture from to show the grater's alternate purpose. 

I found this next item from my absolute favorite website (and book) If you haven't bought this book yet, DO IT NOW!
Anyhoo, these type of vintage tins can be found in any thrift store or junk pile. Just pick out one that has a unique pattern and color scheme and buy a lighting kit from any department store. Here is what junkmarket did...

Love, Love, Love!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vintage Trailer Galore

Is it just me, or have vintage trailers been making a come back? Just me.....oh...ok well anyways, I have been exploring the vintage trailer world and the possibilities of what to do with one are endless. If you like decorating with vintage and odd items like I do, then maybe you have also experienced a "now what" moment. I have bought my trinkets, I put them around the house and now I officially have no more room. So I have discovered one way to keep my decorating going and give it another purpose. I haven't found my dream trailer yet, but I know she's out there waiting.  Here are a few ideas of what people have done to revamp their run down trailers.
**The pictures above are of my favorite camper of all time. This is a camper that is available for rent from a company called snail trail. This would be my ultimate inspiration when I find one for myself. 

** These are pictures from the Sisters on the Fly website. I ordered this book a few weeks ago and these women have thought of some amazingly unique ideas for their campers. Check out the site for more pictures and ideas. Who knows? Maybe one day I will partake in the Sister on the Fly tour :)

 ** People also take vintage trailers to add a twist to the average food stand. This stand known as fliphappy crepes is located in Austin, Texas. I love what they did with their airstream trailer. The venue has a few picnic tables for people to kick back and enjoy some fresh crepes.

These are just a few of the many ideas for vintage campers/trailers. I will keep you posted on the progress of my trailer searching!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011


still understanding how to design my blog. Bare with me.