Been working on New post office money boxes this week……Here’s one that is finished and in the Etsy shop……It’s called: Chester Mannly Silver Studded Swirls Steampunk Post office Box Piggy Bank with Silver Door
Antique Wall Cabinet Tiger Oak with Original Artwork Back……Using 100% reclaimed materials
26″ x 18″ x 6 3/8″
Beautiful antique wall cabinet/cupboard with 2 adjustable shelves
14 different heights for the shelves (Although the top 12 and bottom 2 would be really small)….The adjustments are roughly every 2 1/2″
At the moment they are set at top: 9 1/2″ mid: 6 3/8″ and bottom: 7 3/4″
Found this piece at an estate sale in Berkeley California.
It was missing the door panel or glass in the door so I replaced it with some vintage rabbit wire that I found at a garage sale in Nevada city……It’s not rusty at all but it has dabs of rust colored enamel paint to give the impression of rusty.
It has all original hardware and screws and nails (Except for the staples holding in the rabbit wire)
The shelves were also missing when I found it, so replaced them with reclaimed wood.
The shelf braces on the side are original
The shelves inside measure: 17″ x 5″
I was going to replace the backing as some of it’s veneer had come off, but it is so solidly on there that I decided to leave it and paint over the shabby-ness with acrylics bought from a garage sale.
Painting is original work by me ……….Art Nouveau Tree
Find the listing here on Etsy
There’s a funky shed space on the property I live that has many separate spaces. One spot is for my storage and just outside of that I have built a work bench from all recycled materials. It has a great view of the woods, which makes it a nice place to work and create.
Storage shed……………Opposite the work bench
The view into the woods………There is a stream and a small waterfall that you can hear running in the rainy season.
The view from the outside looking in.
This is the oldest part of the whole shed……..Dating way back to the days of the gold rush. This was a miners cottage……..2 rooms behind, one of which is my storage and this part was likely the porch…….No doubt lots of whiskey was enjoyed here.
Another thing I can’t seem to resist at sales are antique and vintage boxes, crates and trunks. I like selling them, and they sell really well. It seems there are others out there who can’t resist buying them too! I also like having them around in my house until they sell. They look great and you can store things in them or use them until they sell. Here’s a few that I listed today on Etsy:
Small nik nak boxes sell well too. I Found a lot of koa wood small boxes on Maui and they sell fast at top dollar……you just have to make sure the boxes you buy to sell have a lot of character or are made really well or both.
Happy hunting 🙂
Decided against decoupage and opted for original artwork on the second one. It’s art nouveau meets chakra birds!
Personal Alter made from reclaimed refinished redwood fencing.
Sanded and stained with red stain.
12″ x 12″ x 5 1/2″
Original artwork of Art nouveau tree and multi colored birds in acrylic.
The wood, paint, stain, plywood back, hooks, nails and screws were all yard/estate sale finds
7 Chakras are represented by the birds.
Crown – Spiritual – White bird in top middle – All Elements
3rd Eye – Perception – Green bird top left – All Elements
Throat – Expression – Purple bird top right – Ether
Heart – Love – Red bird middle right – Air.
Solar Plexis – Power – Blue bird bottom left – Fire
Sacral – Sex – Yellow bird bottom right – Water.
Root – Survival – Brown bird bottom middle – Earth.
Back stamped: Hand crafted by Old Country General….Feb 2016 and has the list of chakras as above.
Here’s the listing on Etsy.
Here’s the original Personal Alters post
Bonanza is an online market place like Ebay except there are no auctions, just “buy it now” with “make offer”. When you sell there, you sell from your booth, not a shop, like on Ebay. It does not have anywhere near as many members/buyers as Ebay, but having a booth is free, no monthly charge, no per listing fees. You just pay them a fee once an item has sold. The coolest thing is that you can easily sell everything that you have in your Ebay store on Bonanza as well, and it’s really easy to sync the stores. Once synced, when one thing sells on one, it is removed from the other, and every time you list on Ebay, it also gets automatically listed on Bonanza. It only takes about 20-30 minutes to set up a booth at Bonanza, and it will do all the work in transferring all the items from your Ebay store, into your Bonanza booth, and you can forget about it until something sells, then they send you an email and you ship it out as you would with Ebay.
Copied from the website:
No setup fees, no contracts
1. Free listings It’s always free to list on Bonanza, and listings never expire.
2. Low fees Sold an item? You keep about 97% of the money.
3. Free distribution Every item you post is sent directly to Google and Bing.
4. Customer service We have been a seller-centric, customer-first marketplace since day one.
5. Checkout options Use PayPal, Checkout by Amazon, or both.
6. Bonanza-only features Every store has built-in chat and customization available.
7. Relentless simplicity We obsess over “the small stuff” to keep selling painless.
There really is no need to go to the post office at all when you print your own labels from home. you can schedule a pick up the evening before and the postie will pick them up from your doorstep.
You can also order boxes and envelopes etc and they will drop them off at your doorstep. Saving you time to get on with your day. Of course some people love the social aspect of going to the postie. For me, the saving of time, gas and wear and tear on your vehicle…… The daily pick up is the way to go.
When I left Hawaii, I sold a lot of stuff, including my personal alter that I had fashioned from an old wine crate and covered with images that struck a chord with me. I had cut out many images from magazines from all kinds of beliefs and backgrounds, including christianity, buddhism, neopaganism, new age ceremonial magic, dia de los muertes and much more. This alter was covered in some great imagery, very colorful Decoupage-ary. I had built some shelves into it which housed nik naks, candles, pot of gold, bell and dorje, flowers in a vase, photos of loved ones and much more. It was a place where I would light a candle for a friend in need, make wishes for the future. Health and happiness for all and on occasion request a little cash kick back for me and others. It was a place that held my hopes, dreams, wishes, desires and requests from the Universe/God/Higher power. I loved it. And now I’m gonna make some more. They are about half the size of my original alter, but it’s a start, just to see if there is some interest in them. They also, conveniently fit perfectly in a USPS priority large box. I’m gonna make them and then put them up for sale on Etsy, and while they are still with me, I am gonna use them and charge them up with some good juju.
Here’s what I got so far :
They are both made from reclaimed redwood fencing and the backing from plywood that I found at a yard sale. The one that is almost done is just raw, natural, weathered. The next one has been sanded and I’m not sure if I am just gonna stain it or put a coat of paint on it and then sand it again and then stain it?? We’ll see. They will both only have the decoupage on the back. The first one is an alter for someone who feels a connection to the earth and all things, and maybe feels an awakening with them to become the best them they can be and strive for that on a daily basis………..The second one will have a different feel to it…..Check back and see!
I did mess up on the gluing part of the pictures on the first one!!……They have a few bubbles in them……Will be more careful on the next one.
Here’s some close ups:
It has five hooks to hang whatever tickles your pickle and the alters will come with all kinds of nik naks that I find out in the world, definitely including a vintage bottle that can be used as a vase.
Check it out here on Etsy.
It’s been 13 months since I temporarily shut down my Etsy store “Old Country General”.
I reopened it today with some things that I shipped from Hawaii and that have been sitting in storage for over a year.
Ready for business………Right here.
I will be changing it up as we move forward, coz I will only be using the materials I find in the waste stream. No more being able to pre order from a photo. Only finished items, all unique, one of a kind pieces.
Add On: Wow!….3 days later and the brown chalkboard sold….Woo Hoo!