Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You've been framed.


 A few weeks ago, two of my friends and I went thrift store hopping.
None of us found anything that was blowing our skirts up and came away empty handed.
We decided to stop at this little tiny junk store at the last minute.

They have lots of cool stuff, but it's generally expensive for the shape that it's in.
Plus, you really have to dig around in this store.

But, I spotted this little sampler in a broken frame.
I am partial to samplers so I hung on to it, even though I couldn't see a price tag.
I didn't want to pay too much for it as it was dirty and yellowed.
 
It cost $1.
Bargain.
 I figured for a dollar, I wouldn't be too hurt if it didn't end up working out.
But it cleaned up real nice and I put it in a frame I found at Goodwill for $1.99. 
I spray painted the mat red, then fine spray of black over it.
Now, I love it!
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I had been given some "old" things in a box a long time ago. In it were some old sticks of gum.
Well, I thought they were so cool,
but they were always hard to display and a couple of them got broken into tiny bits.
 I didn't know what to do with them, until one day, I got the idea to frame the last remaining pieces.
This is a 5x7" frame so you can see that the pieces of gum are much bigger than they are now days! :)
You can see where the bottom piece is broken, so I had to find a way to preserve them.

I got this frame at the dollar store and it was already painted black and had distressed edges. I didn't have to do one thing except cut the paper to fit the frame.
I think it's a fun little conversation piece, don't you?

Go on over to Kindra's blog and see what kind of fun she's having!


8 comments:

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

Steal deal on your sampler! I like how you have it framed. The gum made me smile! The sticks are huge!
Enjoy
Mercy

rachel said...

Both pictures turned out great! And what a bargain! :)

cori said...

I love both of these items! You inspire me!

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

That sampler was a steal - I am so glad it cleaned up well! The framed gum is so unique - cute idea!!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I can't believe those are pieces of gum! My gum obsessed 7 year old would of enjoyed those. LOL I think they look neat framed like that. And the sampler frame looks like new with you paint magic. Great job! Thanks for linking up today!!

Jen said...

Wow thats a great buy! The sampler looks great! and the gum framed is very cool, I love that :0) Thanks for stoppin by my blog to! Have a great weekend~Blessings~

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Sorry I haven't been by in awhile. I just read your post about Mark coming home. Hurray!!! He looks so handsome, and you look so happy :-) I'm sure you're enjoying having him there.
Loved those little framed gum sticks too. What a great idea :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Gettysburg Homestead said...

All I'm saying is LUCKY!!!!! LOVE the sampler.

Mary