In May of 2021 I decided to do a project with some of my Girl Scout Memorabilia from the 1960’s. I already had the shadow box frame I had picked up over 10 years ago to use for this. My husband made a new board for the back piece but everything else was in good shape. I am at a point in my life where if I don’t find a way to display the stuff from my childhood then I need to get rid of it. We are fortunate to have a country style restaurant with vintage items and antiques all over for decorations so we can easily display it there.
The history of the dresser: My friend’s parents got this dresser the year they were married in 1939. She remembers growing up with this dresser in her room. Her fondest memory is of mornings sitting on the vanity stool while her mother fixed her hair into a ponytail. She will put a framed picture of her on the dresser for her granddaughter to preserve this special memory.
The dresser was pulled out of a storage shed where it had been for 20 years awaiting its revival. It needed to be fixed in some areas but overall in good shape for an 82 year old piece of furniture.
In 2017 I decided it was time to clean out a lot of my craft items and hoarded objects. I had collected a few boxes of vintage jewelry over the years and it was time to get rid of it or use it for something. I had a few of those angel pins that people wore back in the 80’s. As I was trying to decide what to do with them the idea popped up in my head that maybe I could put together objects such as jewelry and make angels. The picture above was my first one. I showed the angels to my sister in law and she wanted to buy them. So that’s how it all started. This all happened around the time of our first craft market at our church which got me to thinking how much I’ve always wanted to do a booth with crafts. So right then I decided I would make angels and other crafts and save them for the following year’s market.
The angels put on vintage door lock plates are the most popular. (The lock plates are hard to find & sometimes pricey) I get lucky every now & then.
These are ones made on wooden plaques. I like to decoupage a background on many of my angel plaques. These angels had compasses so I put maps and added “Enjoy the Journey” with cricut vinyl lettering.
The pink bead board has a ballerina angel. The wings are handmade with plaster wrap and then decorated with jewels. The one that looks like a bird has the saying, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” The body is made with vintage bakelite. I kept this one and have it hanging in my bathroom.
These are made on canvas and all have heads made with watches. The one on the bottom left was made for my sister and I used her watch to make it. I always like it when I can use something personal on my creation for the person it goes to. I recently made one for our nephew’s wife after we attended their wedding at the beach. I used shells found at the wedding and a Costa Rica charm and put a map of important places that had to do with their relationship as the background. We gave it to her for Christmas.
This shows a variety of angels. As you can see there are endless ways of making them. Sometimes I have a theme such as the Girl Scout one. I was able to use some of my memorabilia from my Girl Scout days. Two of these (top left and bottom right) were gifts for my sister in laws after our trip to Venice. Pieces of Murano glass were used for the center. The angel on the bottom left has homemade wings made with modeling compound in a rubber mold. Some wings are homemade, some are purchased from a craft store, and some are made with objects or jewelry that look like wings. Some of the angels have parts that move such as beaded hair or shimmering gold pieces such as on the angel to the bottom left. Some have hair, halos, crowns, or hats. Each one is unique!
I love making angels out of old rusty hardware, springs, screws, keys, – whatever I can find that can be put together on a plaque. The one on the left a friend bought for her camp. (I added the name of the camp on it and added the fish) The center part is an old door plate. The one on the right is on an old rusty tray.
I always put a handmade tag with my angels that have a saying on it that goes with the angel. Sometimes I have a saying or Bible verse on the actual plaque or as part of the angel on a charm. I want my angels to brighten someone’s day or give a person hope. Many of my angels have gone to people who are experiencing hard times such as going through chemo or grieving over a lost loved one. I feel like the creations are inspired by God. I also feel like my dad is looking down on me and smiling from heaven. He was a self made artist and he created figurines out of balsa wood or modeling clay. He knew so well how to do the features on people and the body proportions. I certainly can’t carve like he did but I’ve always had the desire to make 3 dimensional art and mixed media art in some way. I was always drawn to collages made with old things. I love making them as gifts for people and to sell at the market & my shop. It is at least a 3 or 4 day process & I do about 8 at a time. It takes a lot of work with many rooms of my house taken over with craft stuff but thankfully my husband is patient with the mess and he even helps at times with the process of making wooden plaques or using his tools to take jewels apart or make something a different shape. At this point in my life this is a great craft to do because it helps keep my mind active, it does involve a lot of movement because I have to get up and look through many containers, boxes, bags, etc. to find just the right piece I need and it’s fun which of course helps relieve stress.
Sorry about this post being so long but wanted to share about my angel making and how it all came about. I’ve been wanting to post about this for 2 years now and it took a quarantine to give me the incentive to get it done. I would love to hear feedback/ comments. Let me know if you’ve ever created something with jewelry.
I mentioned to my husband that I needed a floor length mirror to put in the bedroom. The cheap rectangle (door type mirror) that we used to have broke. He said he thought he could make me one. So we looked up some pictures of floor mirrors to figure out the measurements. Then he went to his workshop to see what kind of wood he had.
He had this beautiful and unusually shaped piece of cypress from his brother’s land in Mississippi. It was hard for me to envision how this would work but I knew he had a plan and could do it.
He cut it into two pieces and cut off some of the end pieces to make the frame on each side of the mirror.
He used a piece of cedar for the top and bottom part of the frame.
We purchased the mirror for around $50 from a local glass store. He attached a piece of wood to the back with a hinge to make it a standing easel type mirror.
My husband loves to make these benches out of a Headboard and Footboard. This one has such a nice design on the back and the blue color worked so well with it. I haven’t done one in blue before and wasn’t sure I would like it.
I bought the cushions from Lowe’s. I painted the first coat green which did go with the cushions but I just didn’t like that for the final color.
I put a light coat of the CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax, let it soak in and dry some and then painted the blue chalk paint. Then I distressed it lightly with 150 grit sandpaper and then went over it with a fine sandpaper block to smooth it out. Then I put a few coats of varnish to seal it.
Last year I participated in a market at my church in November. So last year’s goal was to get to some of those projects that I had been putting off and to clean out some of my craft stuff and hoarded items. Well I did just that! But I spent so much time making things that I didn’t take the time to do any posts on my website. So I just wanted to let people know why there were no post or current pictures added. I was still doing lots of projects. Every now and then I would post pics on facebook but I took a break from the blogging and the use of my website. I’m now trying to get back into it so you’ll see many blogs in the next couple of weeks about what I’ve been up to. My booth was a success at the market (my 1st time to do this) and I will be doing it again this November but won’t showcase as much. I had way too much stuff and that’s too much work to set up and break down. I have a shop at my restaurant so there is no need for me to go that overboard. The handcrafted angels on plaques are what sold the most so that will be what I will concentrate on. I will do a blog about my handcrafted angels soon. So keep checking in to see what’s happening with “Ginger’s Attic”.
This Secretary/ Cabinet belonged to my in-laws many years ago and had been kept in a garage for the last few years. It was not in good shape and very musty. I had to spend a good deal of time cleaning it and knew I would have to do some kind of stenciling to cover up the damaged places on the front of the cabinet doors. My husband had to put a new frame around each cabinet door.
This piece had a lot of drawers. I cleaned each one and painted both the drawers and the shelves that hold the drawers to freshen it up. I also lined each drawer with a piece of decorative felt.
This Barbershop scene was started by my dad, Bennie Day, around 1955 before I was born. Recently I got it out of storage and decided I would finish it in honor of my dad. Bennie was a wood carver and loved making scenes that represented Americana. He completed a football exhibit with over 100 figurines that featured a Sugar Bowl game in 1950 with LSU and Oklahoma, a Western Saloon scene, and an old time Country Store. He didn’t complete the Barbershop scene – life with 5 children and a full time job made it difficult to get to his hobby of woodcarving. I tried to make it look like a 1940’s Barbershop by doing some research on the internet. If my dad had completed it everything in it would have been hand crafted including the figurines of people that would have been there. Unfortunately I couldn’t do that but did get my siblings involved and we all handcrafted something for it. (some items will be added later)
This is what it looked like at the beginning of the project. He had the walls already painted green, the checkered floor painted, the cabinets, shelf, and sink were done. The barber chair was handcrafted by him but not put together yet and was in about 15 pieces. So that was the biggest challenge – to figure out how they all went together. He ended up having all the pieces to it done except one – the part to connect the leg rest to the bottom of the chair. Thankfully my husband was able to attach a piece of wood for that part. The chair has a base with a small rod and it actually swivels. The window and door had been completed back in 1955 also, they just weren’t glued in yet. I love the sign he painted on the window along with the lettering that he so carefully placed on both the door and the window.
I bought miniature objects to put in the scene from Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and ordered some from “Mary’s Miniatures” online. Some items I had to change or paint but most came ready to use. My favorite items were the shaving kit with a mug, brush, and razor. My sister and I made the aprons & capes. We have some other items that will come soon from my siblings who live away.
The Barbershop Scene is now on display at our restaurant. We happened to have an old Barbershop cabinet that we used for storage and that works well to display it on. This is my sister and I on the day it was put out. We love sharing our dad’s work and are so proud of him.
Here is a picture of one of his other scenes – the Country Store. This shows what a wonderful carver he was and how he captured the scene so beautifully. Bennie never worked from pictures, but preferred carving from a memory of what the scene should be like.
I found this French Provincial nightstand while antiquing in North Louisiana. It brings back memories of my childhood since I had a large set of this type bedroom furniture in my teenage years and I saved it for my children to use for a while. The top of the nightstand has the melamine surface so I left that alone since it was in good shape. I painted the rest of it with a white/primer paint. Then I painted the front of the drawers with Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. I painted one area above each drawer with some enamel gold paint. I distressed lightly some of the areas where the original gold was. I love the way the gold looks with the Drizzle color. I put CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax on everything but the top. I replaced the beautiful original hardware on the drawers. My husband replaced the gliders to the drawers since the original ones were messed up. I purchased a drawer track guide kit at a hardware store.
Here is a close up of the finished nightstand. I will put it in my shop today and I don’t think it will be there for long.
I love working with vinyl furniture! It is so easy to paint. I used Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. I used Sherwin Williams Dover White for the chair legs and for the white flower stenciling.