An "Industrial" Look In the Kitchen With Aluminum and Tin

I have a pretty extensive collection of vintage aluminum and tin kitchen items, including funnels, sifters, cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, Jello molds, etc.  

I think that aluminum and tin kitchen utensils have an industrial feel, especially with a little aged wood and burlap.

An Industrial Look Kitchen with Tin and Aluminum Utensils
For example, here is a small wood crate with a couple of old sifters and some stacked funnels.


Holiday Decorating 2013 Recap Part 1: Valentine's Day - 4th of July

I think I hit most of the holidays with either decorating or crafting or both!   Here is a quick recap of the first half of 2013:

Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day Mantel


A Book of Facts About the WAC (Women's Army Corps Booklet 1944)

While my blog is usually about crafts, decorating, junking, re-purposing and flower gardening, I do post about of nostalgia too.  After all I am a baby boomer and vintage collector too.

I recently came across this little Women's Army Corps Booklet from 1944.  It is in excellent condition.  I enjoyed paging through it, and I thought maybe you would too.  


My Top Five Vintage Finds of 2013

Without a doubt my top four finds from 2013 were items I found for my junk gardens!  

1.  What Have I Bought Lately?  (posted June 3, 2013)
My Top Five Vintage Finds of 2013
I bought this awesome barn door from a local antique/consignment shop owner for $30.  Worth every penny and more.


My Top 5 Junk Garden Posts of 2013

We had a great Christmas here!  One of the best ones ever!  I hope you all did too.

Time to start reflecting on some of my top posts for 2013 at Organized Clutter.

All five of these top junk garden posts are not only in my top ten list of popular posts for 2013 but my top ten posts ever!

1.  My Garden Junk Clipboard Has Grown (posted April 7, 2013)  
My Top Five Garden Junk Posts of 2013
Back in November 2012, my Hometalk Garden Junk clipboard had only 81 followers and 211 likes.  


Vintage Christmas House Tour 2013

Keeping it a little real on this Christmas tour, you will see my home as seen by my Christmas guests.  The dogs' blanket on the chair, and our televisions and television remotes, and a bit of every day life will be visible.

A Vintage Christmas Tour 2013
This is my junky, rustic front door vignette.


More Christmas Vignettes 2013

I am hoping to get my Christmas tour 2013 posted Sunday or Monday.  Yes, I am running behind schedule!  

Besides being a vintage lover and a junker, I'm a little bit country.  Here are some of my country Christmas vignettes.
These vignettes are all in my family room/den:
Rustic Christmas Vignettes
Jars of buttons, vintage Christmas ornaments, candy, and marbles, and a vintage look Santa in an old crate.


My Re-Purposed Ornaments & The Tale Of A Christmas Tree in a Crock

On November 3, 2013,  I made and posted my first re-purposed Christmas tree ornaments.

Re-purposed Christmas Tree Ornaments & a Small Tree in a Crock

The ornaments were met with a good response on Pinterest and on my blog, so I decided then to continue to find cheap items to re-purpose  at the thrift shops, and start a blog series.  I also challenged myself to decorate an entire Christmas tree with re-purposed ornaments.


Rustic Christmas Vignettes in the Den

In October, I posted a new junk gallery wall in my den, above my sofa.

Junk Gallery Wall
If you want to see the closeups and the entire wall, click here.


The Nativity & A Stacked Bible Christmas Tree

I have a Home Interiors' Nativity set from the early 1980's.  I love the white bisque figurines against the rustic stable that I have had about that long too.

I almost always display my small Bible collection in a "Stack" on top of my china cabinet.  Today, I stacked the Bibles in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Stacked Bible Christmas Tree & the Nativity Set


My Vintage Toys On the Christmas Mantel 2013

I actually started this mantel several weeks ago but never finished it until today.

Vintage Toys Christmas Mantel
The theme for this year is vintage toys, mostly from the 1960's.  Let's take a closer look.


Creating a Vintage Style Christmas and a Linky Party!

Welcome to Creating Christmas!  

I am starting the party off today with my collection of vintage Christmas figurines!  
Vintage Christmas Angels & Figurines
This grouping is situated on top of my vintage washstand along with an old vanity mirror, a vintage Christmas tea towel, a mismatched snow village, and a couple of ceramic trees, one with a tea light at the rear.

Rustic Funnel Christmas Trees

I have been picking up funnels since last Christmas!  I love them in the garden!  I love them in vignettes! I just LOVE THEM!

And I especially love them as Christmas trees!

Rustic Funnel Christmas Trees
This one from last Christmas was made with a wooden candlestick and four funnels.  A glittered star is poked in the hole on top.  The bottom funnel is actually a canning jar funnel.  Just stack them up.  Sometimes I have to bend them just a bit to make the trees more stable.

 I used two of the white candlesticks and these candlesticks that I purchased for a dollar a piece at the thrift shop.


A Junky, Rustic Christmas/Winter Covered Patio

Today I am participating in a huge Christmas junkfest with 14 bloggers from Junkers United and the Twelve Days of Christmas Party.  The project I have chosen to include in the party is my covered patio vignettes, between my front door and the attached garage.

After you have viewed my post, please continue down to the links to other party participants and the linky party!  Happy Junking!

Junky, Rustic Winter Covered Patio Vignette


Hose Nozzle and Other Alternative Christmas Trees

I recently found 3 older brass hose nozzles.  All three at once.  An instant collection.

Hose Nozzle Christmas Trees
They are not exactly shaped like a Christmas tree but I think you get the idea.  I stained a small square of wood and pounded in three large nails.  The hose nozzles balance on the nails.  You could stick a little piece of fun tack or double sided tape to make them more stable if they are wiggly.  Then I wrapped one nozzle with jute and another with wire and bells.  All three have flat metal stars stuck into the nozzle tip hole.


Black Friday Shopping 1964

I looked on the internet to see when the term "Black Friday" originated, it has some history dating back to 1869, but was really not coined until the 1960's for the day after Thanksgiving shopping.  

I have a "Picture Magazine" insert to the Minneapolis Tribune from November 22, 1964, and I thought it would be fun to look at the advertising.  

Pre-Christmas Ads 1964
Christmas Decor from Dayton's to "Set Christmas Aglow".


Grubby Button Christmas Tree

Do you know what grubby buttons are?

These are what I call grubby buttons.  Usually metal, some are wood but a lot of the paint is worn off.  I used to make primitive snowmen with these grubby buttons.


Clipboard Crazy Christmas

I have to admit, I have a thing for clipboards recently!  

Framed Photo Clipboards
First there were my framed photo clipboards.


A Rustic Christmas Shadow Box

Last year I had just found four Santa mugs at the consignment shop, so I worked them into my shadow box display here.
Vintage Christmas Shadow Box
A little bit kitchy and vintage!


Shabby Angel From Re-purposed Towel Stand

What was at the thrift shops yesterday for me to repurpose into Christmas ornaments?

Just a countertop hand towel stand, made of wood with a metal bar.  Pretty boring...

Thrift Shop Wooden Letters and Junk Wood Become a Christmas Sign

I love to try new ideas that I see on Pinterest and on blogs.  When I saw Becky's rusty ornaments from the Beyond the Picket Fence blog, I knew I had to try her faux rust technique.

These rusty, white metal-looking ornaments actually started out as felt ornaments.  Click on the link or photo above to see Becky's felt ornament transformation.  The papier mache deer also got her rust treatment.

My sign project begins with these wooden letters purchased at the thrift shop for $1 each.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Frames and Buttons

Today I have three more re-purposed tree ornaments made from picture frames that I already had stored in a drawer.

This framed is from the Dollar Tree.  I painted it white a few months ago for a project that I never completed.  A fail!

Repurposed Christmas Ornaments Made from Frames
 I tried a rusty metal textured paint technique on this frame.  (I will give you the details on this technique in my next blog post, but for now I will tell you it's Becky's technique from Beyond the Picket Fence.)  


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Clipboards & Bulldog Clips

The idea for a re-purposed clipboard Christmas tree ornament came from Funky Junk Donna.

Funky Junk Interiors Christmas 2012
Yes, I was inspired by Donna's clipboard on her White Christmas Tree of Gratitude.  Donna used a full size vintage clipboard and displayed a black and white Christmas photo of her parents.

I wanted to use a smaller version of this idea so I purchased a cheap clipboard from Kmart for $1.69.   The new clipboards are much more flimsy, lighter in color, and have a different type of clip than the older ones.
As you can see, the clip has been cut off and the board cut into fourths.

A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Vintage Ekco Flipper Lifter Spatula

I still haven't run out of re-purposed Christmas tree ornament ideas.  I just can't run out yet, or I won't be able to do a whole tree!

This is a vintage Ekco Flipper-Lifter spatula, or pancake turner.  When I saw it at the thrift shop, I thought snow shovel.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Biscuit Cutters

Repurposed Biscuit Cutter Snowman Ornament
If you are a regular reader of "Organized Clutter" I bet you can guess where this easy biscuit cutter Christmas ornament re-purpose is going!


Vintage Christmas Finds & a Christmas Party Announcement

Do you collect vintage Christmas decorations?  I used to collect just little angel figurines from Napco or Lefton that I remembered from my childhood, but now I pick up other vintage decorations as well.  

Today I'm sharing some of my recent vintage Christmas finds.  These items have never been in any of my previous Christmas posts.  

Even if you don't collect vintage Christmas, I think you will remember some of these old Christmas collectibles, or some like them.

Vintage Santa
A vintage cloth and plastic Santa from the 1960's.  8 1/2" tall.  Maker unknown.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Miniature Listerine Bottle

I hope you like my re-purposed ornament series.  Today I re-purposed a miniature Listerine bottle.


From Framed Lobelia to Framed Christmas Greenery

I love it when some of my decorating props can be used for different seasons!

Barnwood Framed Lobelia
Yes, I'm talking about my most viewed garden post of 2013.  The barnwood framed lobelia bucket.

Temperatures here in northern Minnesota are dropping, and we have a little of the white stuff on the ground.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - More Salt Shakers

One of my very favorite Christmas re-purposes from last year was the Anthropologie tree in a salt shaker with faux snow.

There were many Anthropologie "inspired" pins on blogs and on Pinterest last Christmas.  Isn't this fun?


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Vintage Jello Molds

Continuing my series on "re-purposed" Christmas tree ornaments, today I remade Jello molds.

First an individual star Jello mold, (used in my Kitchen Fairy Garden  last summer)


A Junker's Re-Purposed Yardstick Advent Calendar

Hoping to think of a great project to make with yardsticks, I bought three last month at an antique shop.  They were $3 each.

Re-Purposed Yardstick Christmas Tree
Last year I made this Christmas tree out of a yardstick, jute and a metal snowflake.

The first step in my new project was to cut the yardstick off at 25 1/2".

A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Crystal Salt & Pepper Shakers

In case you haven't been following along here, I have challenged myself to decorate my Christmas tree with all re-purposed items this year.

To bring you up to speed, you have missed...

Re-purposed Christmas Ornaments:
1.  Zinc Jar Lids
2.  Teaspoons
3.   Ice Cream Scoop

Today, Christmas tree ornament number four in my challenge is a re-purposed set of crystal salt and pepper shakers with silver plate covers and tray.  I have had this little set for sale in a consignment shop for over a year.  No takers.

Re-purposed S & P Shaker Christmas Ornament


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Ice Cream Scoop

A vintage ice cream scoop picked up at a thrift shop for $1 is the next item to be re-purposed as a Christmas tree ornament.

Re-purposed Ice Cream Scoop Christmas Ornament with Snowball
This is the scoop.  I forgot to take a "before" photo.  As you can see I already have a strip of sheet music Mod "Podged" onto the handle.


A "Re-Purposed" Christmas Tree - Teaspoons

This year I am going to challenge myself to decorate my Christmas tree with second hand items I find thrifting.  Since I find a LOT of kitchen utensils and kitchenware, it's likely a lot of my repurposed ornaments will be made from utensils.

I have already posted the zinc jar lids here.  They will be the first repurposed tree decorations.

Zinc Jar Lid Ornaments
Repurposed Christmas Tree Ornaments #1 - Zinc Jar Lids

Repurposed Teaspoon Christmas Tree Ornaments


A Framing Project with Vintage Lartz Photo Mounting Corners

Today I am using another of the photo gallery quality frames that I purchased at a consignment shop, here.  This one was $4.

A Consignment Shop Frame & Photo Mounting Corners


A Shopping Trip to "No Place Like Home Again"!

My favorite antique shop just moved to a new, larger location.  No Place Like Home Again now occupies an old renovated church building.  The girls did an awesome job getting the new location ready to open today, November 1.

Here is what I bought:

Bone Buttons in a Jar
First this old jar of bone buttons.  I love using jars or bowls of buttons in my vignettes.  



Repurposed Grater Jack o'Lantern

Here at Organized Clutter, I am constantly looking for ways to decorate and repurpose with vintage finds in my home and flower gardens.  

My project today is for junior junkers.  Everything is magnetic so the Jack o'Lantern's face can be changed over and over with other junk drawer items.  Obviously not for children under three, but older children may like creating new pumpkin faces and expressions with magnetic junk.

With kitchen ware and utensils in steady and ready supply inexpensively at the local thrift shops, I was able to re-purpose an assortment of junk pumpkins this fall.


1972 Partridge Family Comic Books

Are you a baby boomer?  If you are, chances are you remember the Partridge Family and David Cassidy.

Partridge Family Comic Book
My Aunt bought some old comics at a rummage sale recently, and three of them were Partridge Family.  This issue from Charlton Comics is dated January 1972, and the price was 20 cents.  (I was in tenth grade in 1972.)  I know I watched the show faithfully but I don't think I had any Partridge Family comics.


A Re-Purposed Breadboard Clipboard

Re-Purposed Breadboard Clipboard
Last April I found an old breadboard for $2 at a thrift shop here.  I still remember the clerk saying to me at the cash register, "I wouldn't cut bread on it".  I didn't intend to cut bread on it either.  But I loved the breadboard's primitive shape and warm worn patina.

Re-Purposed Breadboard Clipboard
At the very same thrift shop just last week, I found a baggie of old Bulldog clips for $1.  This one had a nice aged patina too.