Hand Crafted Angels by Ginger

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This was my very first angel I created in 2017.

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. 

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This was in 2018 at the Holly Jolly Market. I went a little crazy but I did use up a lot of my craft supplies and had so much fun doing my first market.

 

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This was at the 2019 Holly Jolly Market.

lockplate angel collage

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.

Compass enjoy the journey Collage

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.

Beadboard Collage

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.

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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!

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Another collection of Angels

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. 

 

 

 

 

Cypress frame for floor length mirror

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.

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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.

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He cut it into two pieces and cut off some of the end pieces to make the frame on each side of the mirror.

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He used a piece of cedar for the top and bottom part of the frame.

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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.

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Here is the finished mirror in our master bedroom. It came out beautiful.

 

 

 

Bench made from Bed frame

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Finished Project – Bench made from Bed frame

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.

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This is the beginning of constructing it. He cut the footboard in half to use for the sides.

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The bench seat was made out of plywood. 

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I stained the new wood with a dark stain. It didn’t matter if it matched the other wood since I’m painting it.  We filled in gaps and holes from screws with putty.

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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.

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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.

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I had it on my patio for a day or two and now it is for sale in my shop.  $250 (includes long pillow and cushions)

 

 

 

Holly Jolly Market at my Church

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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”.

Secretary Cabinet painted & distressed

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The finished Secretary/ cabinet.

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My daughter loves all the drawers for storing small household items and labeled each drawer using a chalk marker.  The back of each door is painted with chalk paint and can be used for memos.

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This pic shows the starting of the refurbishing. (Somehow missed getting the before pic)

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.

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 I wanted it to look like a screen type pattern. It was not an easy task and it took a lot of detail work.  I had to hand paint some of the parts close to the edge.

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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.

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This was on Christmas Day when we gave it to our daughter and son in law.

1940’s Barbershop Scene

set up 2 (2)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)

collage of barber shopThis 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.

 

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little items & furnitureI 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.

gluing process

It was hard for me to finally settle on where everything would go on a permanent basis. I used  regular elmer’s glue which would be easier to remove if I have to later.

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My husband made the covering for it out of plexiglass.  He attached it with screws so that it can be taken apart when needed to add items or to fix anything.

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These are my 2 favorite pics. I love looking through the window and thinking about what it would have been like in the 40’s and the characters that would have been there. I’m sure my dad was thinking of the story of his sister and brother in law running off to get married in the small town of Hahnville, LA. in 1942. World War II was going on and they wanted to get married before he was called off to war. The Justice of the Peace was also the town barber so they got married in the barbershop. He pulled the Bible from under the slot machine and that is why I made sure a bible was placed in this scene – to commemorate this story. The 2nd pic is looking through my dad’s magnifying glass at the barber chair that he created so long ago. I felt as though my dad was looking down on me during this whole process of bringing back to life something that he had a vision for. I think he would be happy with the way it turned out.

 

 

Sandra and I (2)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.

 

 

 

GINGERSCOMPUTER - IMG_4425 (2)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.

 

 

French Povincial Nightstand

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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.

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This shows the painting and distressing process.

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This shows putting the drawer lining in. I already had this beautiful wallpaper type paper that my daughter had given me. It is smooth and durable and can be wiped clean. I usually paint the inside of drawers but I think this works really well to give it that vintage look.

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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.

Vinyl Chair Painted & Stenciled

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.

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My inspiration- The flower stencil and the pillow. I knew the seat would be perfect for this stencil and the color Drizzle matched so well with it.

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It was my 1st time to use a foam pouncer by Martha Stewart. I really liked the way it went on smooth and was easy to clean. The flowers did not all look perfect but that’s ok. I put 2 coats of Polycrylic to seal the vinyl part of the chair. I painted the wood parts of the chair 3 coats, decided not to distress it and used CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax to seal.

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Here it is in my shop. I think this would be a fun accent chair. I’m not sure how well painted vinyl will hold up if the chair is used a lot and probably not animal or kid proof. I think a good name for this chair is “Grandmother’s Doilies”. The flowers remind me of lacy doilies.

Custom painted pieces for a friend’s vacation home

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My friend asked me to paint some furniture pieces that she owned for her family’s vacation home they just purchased.  I don’t do custom pieces too often but I decided to take on the projects.   It was a challenge with the pieces being so massive but somehow it all got done within 2 weeks.   She picked out the colors for all of the furniture and sent me pics of the bedspreads that would be used on both beds.

The first piece I worked on was a King size headboard and footboard. I painted it Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. Then I distressed it, then sealed it with clear and dark wax.  We decided to leave the metal lattice the way it was. I love the designs on the sides of the headboard and how they came to life when distressed and waxed.

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The after picture of the King size headboard

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The footboard was so thick and solid it could stand up on its own. This made it easier to paint because I didn’t have to lean it on anything.

 

 

 

img_2837The next piece was a dresser that my friend wanted to match to the bed even though they originally didn’t go together.  I first planned to paint the entire dresser but as I examined the wood I didn’t want to cover it all. The top was in great condition and had such a shiny varnished surface.  I knew it would be better to leave it alone. The parts of the dresser that framed the drawers were also left with the original wood .  I experimented with leaving the middle panel of wood on each drawer and the cabinet with the original wood but ended up painting that later.  I kept on the original hardware & added some rub on bronze to help them tie in with the bronze accents on the metal lattice on the headboard.

This was what it looked like when I experimented with leaving some wood on the drawers. It was interesting but not what the client had in mind.

This was what it looked like when I experimented with leaving some wood on the drawers. It was interesting but not what the client had in mind.

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Here is the picture of the complete set in her vacation condo. I think the colors she picked really work well with the bedspread.

 

 

 

 

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img_6495_jpgAnother furniture piece was this headboard for another bedroom.  It is a very unique piece and had bamboo inserted in the center ovals. I painted both front and back with Sherwin Williams Viva Gold.  I sealed it with a clear and dark wax.

I was very relieved and happy when I finished all 6 pieces and they were picked up from my workshop, just in time for Thanksgiving.  They were able to set up their condo and enjoy it Thanksgiving weekend.  It is always a learning experience to do custom pieces and it was great to work with such high quality furniture.  It is rewarding to see the pieces in their new home and one day I plan to go see it in person.

 

 

Refurbished Rocking Chair

img_3550This poor rocking chair needed some serious TLC.  I have a friend who sells me furniture and other items. She has been in charge of an estate in North Louisiana and also picks up projects for herself to work on here and there. Months ago she unloaded a trailer full of stuff  that she needed to get out of the way and didn’t have time to get to. She was trying to help her daughter who flooded also. I wasn’t there when she unloaded the stuff into my workshop otherwise this rocker probably wouldn’t have made it into my workshop.  My husband said I should throw away the rocker when I asked him if he would reinforce the seat.  He didn’t want to put the work into it. Well it sat in my workshop for about 5 months taking up space. I kept looking at it and I could see potential in it.  I knew  I couldn’t repair the ugly holes in the wicker part but I figured I could make cushions to cover the back and the seat.  When you sat in the rocker it was sturdy even though it doesn’t look like it in the picture. It has many layers of the wicker.

I  decided that I would redo this rocker for my oldest daughter to put on her porch when she gets to move back to her home that flooded.  She loves sitting outside and drinking her coffee. She lost her two rockers in the flood. One had been given to her as a house warming gift (one of those nice Cracker Barrell rockers) and the other one was given to us as a wedding gift 37 years ago. I had used it in my classroom for many years and gave it to her when I retired to rock her babies in.  She would appreciate the rocker even if it does have some issues.

img_3884img_3886 My 1st step was to put some wood glue on some of the areas where the wicker pieces were coming loose. I painted the rocker with 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Essex Green Exterior Duration Paint. (No chalk paint this time) I already had the paint from repainting the shutters on our rent house.  I knew it would be perfect for using on an outdoor rocker. As you can see the paint really made a difference not only to the looks of it but helped to make the wicker stronger.

Then I made 2 cushions for the rocker. The back piece was made from a piece of foam, covered with a piece of muslin type material that I stenciled a saying on. The seat cushion was made by covering an old cushion I had in my workshop. I made the straps to tie on the cushions to the top and the bottom. This was my first time to ever do that and I really enjoyed the sewing project.  I bought a huge roll of this fabric at the thrift store where I volunteer and it is perfect for making cushions and pillows and does well with the stenciling. I’m hoping it will be durable enough to last on an outdoor project.

The finished Project saved from the garbage dump! My daughter absolutely loves it and I can't wait to see her rocking in it on her porch when her house is repaired.

The finished Project saved from the garbage dump! My daughter absolutely loves it and I can’t wait to see her rocking in it on her porch when her house is repaired.