Thrift Shop Challenge Accepted!

Thrift shop challenge loot 1

You all know I love op-shopping and will go any chance I get, so when I saw that John and Sherry of Young House Love were hosting The Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge I knew I had to get involved! For those of you who haven’t heard, Macklemore have come out with a song called Thrift Shop and it is my jam! Go and have a listen!

Macklemore-Challenge

John and Sherry had 3 steps to this challenge:

1. Go to the thrift shop with $20 and take a photo;
2. Spend that $20 on whatever you like and photograph your spoils;
3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.

I'm gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket....

So with $20 in my pocket I headed to my local Savers…

And here is what I found:

I found a lovely old blue book with gold writing for $1.99

The Moon and the Bonfire

A small brass vase for $1.99

Little brass vase

A vintage French drinks tray for $2.99

Vintage French drinks tray

And the pièce de résistance… A 1930’s Sparklets Seltzer Bottle! (We call seltzer soda water her in Oz). Ok, confession, the soda bottle was $24.99 but I couldn’t resist. I’ve never seen one for sale in an op shop before and I knew it would be a fab addition to our bar cart in the sun room. So, yes, I overspent and therefore I cheated. But that’s how I roll.

Sparklets vintage seltzer bottle 2

For step three “Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic” I found the Dookie brown leather jacket.

Dookie brown leather jacket

I also found something amusing that wasn’t mentioned in the song. An old book with a lovely birthday card glued to the inside with a not so lovely message “to my loveable, lazy, little sister”. Lazy? Errr…thanks for that Marcel…

Sweet card inside a gifted bookNot so sweet message inside the card...

I was very happy with my spoils today. I love the blue colour of that book and actually wore a dress of the same colour to a friend’s wedding last week. I love the little brass vase because I am going through a massive gold/copper/brass phase (more on that here) and I love the Sparklets bottle because it’s just awesome and I like to imagine all the glamorous 1930’s cocktail parties it has witnessed. Most of all though, for some reason the vintage tray is my favourite thing. I think it’s all those lovely pastel colours and the fact that since it’s come home with me it now has a new life as cheerful art to adorn the sunroom walls and there is no place more fitting for a former drinks-tray-turned-art than above the bar cart. Happy days.

Vintage drinks tray as art

Sparklets vintage seltzer bottle up closeVintage French drinks tray up close

Thrift shop challenge loot 2

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How to fake an oil painting

This is possibly the most genius thing ever. Yes, ok, they put a man on the moon but did they create a masterpiece with the push of a button? No? Exactly.

I, on the other hand, did. Purely by accident. Or rather, by my warped sense of curiosity which popped up when I was photocopying a document and about to eat a pear. A little voice told me to photocopy the pear. I obeyed and look what I made! Doesn’t it look just like a little antique oil painting? If you squint?

I can’t even give a tutorial for this because it’s too easy. Seriously, the hardest part was trying to photograph it without a reflection of me in the glass.

Choose fruit. Photocopy it. Frame it. Tell a friend.

Here is a slightly dustier version (ooops!):

Geometric ‘Art’

I was a tad unwell recently and confined to the couch for about ten days. Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a hard time being idle so rather than spending all (just some) of my time watching my guilty secret TV show which I will not disclose for fear of ridicule (*cough* Gossip Girl), I used most of that couch time to trawl through my favourite blogs, picking up ideas and getting inspired. Sounds nice right? Well it would have been if I was able to put that inspiration into practice. Unfortunately when one is couch-bound it’s quite hard to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into a project. I did try to crochet a granny square but it all went pear-shaped. Literally. I crocheted a purple pear by accident.

By the end of the week I was unable to sit there any longer so I hauled my sorry sick self into my craft room with a vague idea of doing something to add a pop of colour to the fireplace mantle. The same mantle that I had been staring at for ten days straight. The same mantle that desperately needed something to tie in the hints of orange and bluey-green. By the 9th day, the mantle was mocking me and I had to take action. I made art. Well, in my pain-killer induced state I called this art. My Dad called it something else.

For someone who could only really use what was in reach I think I did ok. It’s kind of neon, it’s geometric and it’s DIY so judging by all the trends I have been seeing everywhere, this masterpiece is practically the hippest thing going around.

Anyway, it made me feel good just creating something. Something other than photos of heart shapes made out of M&M’s to send to Dave.

You too can make this geometric wonder!

What you will need:

Mod podge (I used gloss)

Brush

Canvass in any size you like (my was a small cheapie from a cheap shop)

Scraps of paper. I used metallic tissue, gold wrapping paper, paint chips and antique sheet music

Scissors

Cut your paper shapes and play around with the layout until you are happy. Take a quick photo with your phone or camera so you can remember the position of the shapes. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire canvass and start laying out shapes. If you are layering your shapes like I did you will need to figure out which ones need to go down first. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles (note to Mod Podge newbies (like me!) tissue paper is delicate, especially when covered in glue so be careful when smoothing). Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the entire canvass and allow to dry. Repeat until you have a total of 3 layers.

Display in the most prominent area of the house and wait for the admiration and invitations to exhibit your work to roll in.*

And there you have it. Some may call it ‘scraps of paper glued onto cardboard (here’s looking at you, Dad!) but I call it art.  And nobody can argue with that because then they would have to answer the eternal question ‘what is art?’ And they would have to explain Jackson Pollock to me.

*Bizarrely, as this post goes to press I am still waiting for that gallery invitation…

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