My preparations for The Junk Ranch are in full swing. I have been gathering things, making things and thinking of new ideas for displays. I want to take less display items and more FOR SALE items. That sounds logical, but I really need display shelves and tables for my smalls. So, I am working on that as well as new ideas for things to sell. I gave myself this week to make things out of old things to make them new things again. Got that?
Project #1: I bought these old puzzles on Etsy from my friend Beth's shop. I used the pieces and made magnets out of them. They turned out super cute. I have them displayed on an old magnetic ABC chalkboard.
Project #2: I scored a big bag full of novelty print feedsack scraps recently so I wanted to make a new batch of feedsack pendants. I needed to order larger glass domes for these bigger prints. I am sorely tempted to keep
most a few of these, but I know I can always make myself more later. I did keep the pink rabbit at the top because, well - it's PINK and it's a BUNNY so, there's THAT. My sweet friend Jennifer purchased a good amount of my feedsack necklaces to put in her Shoppe in Nappa Valley California. I am beyond excited about that! The money is nice, but the confidence in me and the fact that someone else appreciates what you do and wants to share it with others is SUCH a nice thing. It's just the best. :)
Project #3: A new batch of glittered cookie cutter ornaments. I used glass German glitter this time. I added a little vintage tingly bell and a piece of green ribbon to each one after I took this photo. They really glisten with that good glitter on them.
Project #4: Vintage Yearbook Photo Magnets. I had more fun making these fun magnets. Each cellophane pack has a couple larger magnet and a few smaller ones too. I added names to the photos - but not the names that actually went to the correct photo. I only used fun 1950's names like ELMER and EUNICE and MILDRED. I think these are fun too.
Project #5: I saw a photo on Pinterest of one Jello Mold spray painted orange to look like a pumpkin. I thought it was cute, but also thought it could be better. I noticed that if you put two Jello molds together it looks JUST LIKE A PUMPKIN! I added a stick, green ribbon and gold wire with chandelier crystal leaves for added sparkle. I wasn't quite happy with it, so I consulted my crafting guru Heidi who suggested glitter in some capacity. I decided to just glitter the whole darn thing and that was the perfect solution.
Project #6: Huge gallon jar snowglobes. Now these will either be a huge hit or no one will want them. I can't decide. I think they are fun and would be great on a table or on the mantle. I have two more in the works and then I will move on to my last project - teeny tiny snowglobes in those wee little jars that you get at Christmas with jelly in them.
Here is one I made last year. I am always on the hunt for these teeny jars. I like the red gingham lids the best, but this plaid one worked perfectly for Christmas. For some reason, they make me insanely happy.
My theory on all of these things is that I can put them in The Junk Ranch for two days and then I can put them in my booth. So, it's not like I am not going to sell them if they don't sell in those two days.
In the midst of all this craziness, Lara sent me a message that she got a small space in a different flea market in town. She was worried about filling it up and keeping it full, so heard myself say, "Hey! I will split it with you!" and just like that - we had a new booth. I've never even been to this flea market but it is relatively new, does a good business and it is close to the University. I will have one or two shelves depending on how we decide to set it up - so it's not that much space to be worried about. I am going to put in variety of my handmade things and some vintage things once I get a feel for what sells there. The rent is super cheap plus we are splitting it, so I know we will both make some money. I am so lucky to be in this ever growing world of junking and to have found friends like Lara and The Junk Ranch family. I feel like I am finally fitting in and doing what I love. Now, to just make a living at it. Wouldn't that be nice?