Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Cool Invention I Made From a $1.99 Thrift Store Find

Okay, first...who can tell me what this use to be originally? I'm dying to know. I saw it at the Thrift Store and was intrigued. I thought for sure I could do something worthwhile with it. I tried all sorts of different things but nothing really worked until I came up with this idea I'm going to share with you.
Oh...I also taped it to the glass pedestal you see here, just to give it some more height.
I took some moderately thick wire and twisted it on so it would make a big circle all the way around.
Next, I took some clips with grips (after Christmas sale), and used those to hold my little supplies in my Studio/Guest room.

I also used a couple of Tag hangers.





Silly me...I've used the same idea above my crafting table as well. I found this do-dad at Ross. It's meant for drying your dainties in the laundry room, but I use it as a way to hold my future project ideas.
And then I just had to show you this PERFECT tall flower I recently found at TJMaxx. I always refer to my Studio as the Yellow, White and Blue room. AKA, the happy room. So when I found this yellow, white and blue flower that said PLAY...who could resist? Not me!!! : )


25 comments:

Lamp Tramp said...

The pedestal is great, you are so imaginative and creative.

The Queen Of Re said...

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Eclectic Pink Rose said...

You're so smart!!! I think it looks great as an art piece too, dual purpose there. I've missed your blog, but I'm back, and yes yes yes I am very interested in the sachets. ;) Hope all is well with you.
♥ Teresa

Kim's Treasures said...

Very cool!!!

MamaTina said...

The flower is practically perfect in every way! I haven't been around in a while, we've been in the job search and are just now resettling. I hope that you are having a great week!

Darlene said...

Oh Mary Lou,

You are so creative!!! No clue what that used to be but it is perfect for holding your crafting do-dads (does anyone even use that word anymore...hehehe). Congrats on the posie pin. It looks adorable on Sara's purse.

Hope you are having a wonderful week.♥

mysteryhistorymom said...

I love what you have done with your finds, Sweets! And that flower that says "Play"- how precious! I love TJ Maxx and you certainly hit the jackpot! I'm so glad that Sara found a special place for the posie. It looks great with her purse! Thanks so much for the sweet words, dear friend. You are just the best!:) Lori

Small House said...

Great IDEA!!! I just love the little ballerinas.
AND LUCKY YOU! Love the giveaway you won.
Have a great day.
Sandra

Carrie said...

very good idea! Love the pin

Amy said...

I have no idea what the first do-dad is supposed to be--but what a genius thing you turned it into!

marie said...

I do believe the original purpose of your thrift store find was to just hang out at the thrift store until someone whimsical found it and turned it into something quite wonderful ~ I'd say it's purpose has been fulfulled! Pretty cool!

Love the "play" flower so much...I may need to create one similar to it!
Have a wonderful day!

Annabelle Bulat said...

It looks like maybe a wine bottle holder? Anyway, I love what you did with it! I also love the flower...just perfect for your studio!

Mimi said...

HI M.L.!!!
Oh what an imaginative person you are, I never would have thought that up!!How useful and organized it all is, I use my huge pantry to store my craft supplies, and right at this moment it looks like a bomb went off in there, I need to photograph it and blog about my mess, if I don't see it all the time, it doesn't really bother me til I write about it, now it's starting to bug me!!!haha
awww, another time, baby will be here soon!!!!
love,
jamie

Jenny S said...

WOW!! I love the red and white purse!! hehehe!! I think that first item is a candle holder of some sort. You put a tall candle into the middle and I bet there were pots or something in each of the holders around the edge!!

marmielu said...

I can't imagine what that was at first, but you certainly have made good use of it.
That pin does look great on the purse, which is really cute all by itself!
Mary Lou

GRAMS said...

oh you clever girl. I just love it and I love my necklace. It came yesterday. Thank you so much. Janis

beckaboots said...

You are so creative and inventive! I am so impressed and i love love LOVE it!

Mimi Sue said...

CUTE idea! You know what that thing looks like? One of those liquor bottle holders that hold the bottles upside down. I don't know if that's what it is but maybe. Love that blue and white and yellow flower. I've got to get to TJ Max, it's been awhile since I've been there. The posie pin is cute! Too bad we don't gamble. We could meet up in Vegas and win a fortune! Woohoo! Mimi

MiMi said...

i have neber been to tj max! how bad is that?
i know...
anyway, cute stuff you made, how do you even think of this stuff? i can never think of anything good.
:)
macey

Susie Homemaker said...

my vote is wine bottle holder with stemware around the outside? But, now I would say it is FABULOUS!!!

Blessings,
Susie

My name is PJ. said...

God broke the mold after he made your brain, girl! Wow, are you ultra visionary,or what? If I didn't know better, I'd think you dropped a bunch of acid in the
70's.
I know what it was originally: It was a display set on a tiny plant stand-sized table. A naughty child was placed in each "bracket", head above, neck and body below, left to dangle as a warning to others. Weight distribution for the display was key to keeping it upright. There! How'd I do?!

My name is PJ. said...

God broke the mold after he made your brain, girl! Wow, are you ultra visionary,or what? If I didn't know better, I'd think you dropped a bunch of acid in the
70's.
I know what it was originally: It was a display set on a tiny plant stand-sized table. A naughty child was placed in each "bracket", head above, neck and body below, left to dangle as a warning to others. Weight distribution for the display was key to keeping it upright. There! How'd I do?!

Molly said...

No clue what that was originally but your repurpose is fabulous!

Shelby said...

That's great! I would never have thot to do that. But I love it.

Christina said...

Love your invention. ; ) What a perfect holder w/personality. It is always so much better when you can see what you have. Mine gets tucked away and I forget about it.

Love the purse too. Contrats!