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Friday, May 27, 2011

My latest projects...repurposed trays

Just wanted to take a few minutes to share some of the projects I've been working on lately.

I've been having lots of fun finding and altering vintage trays. I loved how shabby this pretty tole tray was and thought it would be perfect as a memo board. The reticulated edge was perfect to add a chain for hanging!
I made these magnets using an old earring and a carved ivory brooch. I will be including these old photos with it and plan on listing it on Etsy soon.

This old silver tray did not have an open edge, so I had to drill small holes and add wire and chain for hanging. It must have been silverplated brass or copper so magnets would not stick, so I decided to do a collage instead. I started with a french dictionary page as the backdrop and added other vintage paper ephemera to dress it up!

A folded sheet music fan embellished with an old Valentine die cut.

I love this pretty die cut frame and the sweet little dove too...all old embellishments that I've been saving!

I also found this old tole tray painted with lovely pinks and blues!

It's now complete with magnets I made from buttons and bits and pieces of vintage bling!

Recently I purchased an old table top mannequin on Etsy and I plan on decoupaging it with old pattern pieces. Hope to get around to that soon and will post pics when I get it finished.

I think it has good bones and should be perfect for jewelry display!

I bought this cute little shelf a couple weeks ago at a sale and have big plans for this too. I already have the inside done, but am adding more embellishments as I go. More pics to follow!

My husband and I are planning to go to our lake cottage this weekend. Our 34th anniversary is Saturday and plan on lounging around and taking it easy! That is after we get all our yard work and flower planting done! I'm sure we'll go out for a nice dinner and enjoy the weekend!

Wishes to all for a special holiday weekend! Be safe and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Julie - these are absolutely gorgeous. That die cut frame is so pretty! Love the magnets you created and the collage. Enjoy your time away and anniversary!

  2. You've been a busy girl. I love your tole trays and the little magnets with all the bling. Great idea for the mannequin, I'll look forward to the finished product. Hope you have a wonderful anniversary and Memorial Day weekend.

  3. Julie~ Happy anniversary and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Love your trays and magnets to go with them. I can't wait to see your table top mannequin when you get through with it.

  4. Great magnets & trays...love that your are re-purposing. Pop on over and enter my giveaway. Drawing is May 29th. thanx for sharing.

  5. Happy Anniversary! Although I think it may have been illegal for you to have marry so young!

    Your trays are cute and the magnets even cuter. Looking forward to seeing your completed decoupage projects.

  6. Happy Anniversary! I hope you had a very relaxing day.
    You found some really pretty trays. They make great memo boards and the earring magnets are perfect!

  7. I love your altered trays, Julie! Really lovely! Happy anniversary!


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