I have been rediscovering the beauty of vintage hardware recently. The back door to our garage had an old doorplate that had been covered in many many layers of paint. I recently found out that it’s very easy to remove paint from small pieces of hardware like the door plate. All you need is an old pot, something that you will not be using to cook food, and a little baking soda. You just put a few tablespoons of baking soda in your old pot, fill it three-quarters of the way full with water, pop in your hardware, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes. The paint just lifts right off. This piece of hardware had many layers of paint on it, so I did repeat the process about 3 or 4 times before all the paint came off. I love how it looks now that’s back to the original finish.
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This year I started what may become a new annual Valentine’s tradition for us.
On Zakka Life I read about a simple and awesome way to turn envelopes into heart pouches. For weeks now each time I got something in the mail I trimmed down the envelope to make it into a little heart pouch.
On Valentine’s Day I numbered each of the heart pouches. Co-incidentally I had made enough to have 1 for every year of my Sweetie’s age so there were 39 in total. Then I wrote out scavenger hunt clues, famous quotations on love, and flirty little notes. Each heart got a slip of paper and then were placed around the house in scavenger hunt fashion. The only rule being to find the hearts in numbered order. From 1 to 39.
I started off by putting the first several hearts in plain site in our entry way on the stairs. The note inside Heart #1 said “Roses are red, violets are blue. See if you can see #2.” Of course Heart #2 was on the next step up so it was easy to find. Heart #2 said “I love your hazel eyes, use them to find #3”. After he saw that Heart #3 was just on the next step up he said, “oh these are easy”. Ha ha. Little did he know they were about to get more difficult to find.
After I had initiated the game with easy ones the next 10 hearts became progressively more creative with the clues and the hiding places. By the time he got to Heart #20 I had changed it up by putting a little chocolate in the heart pouch. For #21 he had to find me and give me a kiss to get the next clue.
After that the rest were either quotations on love or flirty notes and compliments from me to him. The were hidden around the house Easter Egg hunt style, partially hidden in plants or under a magnet on the fridge. A little bit of effort required but relatively easy to find. The final heart pouch had a clue to find a heart shaped box of See’s candies.
We both had a lot of fun. I could see that he enjoyed the scavenger hunt and that he was really touched by the effort that I put into it. He told me that his favorite quote was “Age does not protect you from love but love, to some extent, protects you from age.” by Jeanne Moreau.
And the only materials I used in the entire thing were envelopes that were already on their way to being recycled, scissors to cut the envelopes and the little pieces of paper, a red pen to write down the notes and a red marker to number the hearts. It was also really great using the recycled envelopes because it diminishes the sense of obligation to keep the hearts. We used them, enjoyed them in the moment, and now feel free to keep the memory and release the stuff.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
OMG! OMG! OMG! I am soooo delighted with my new iPhone case.
Sorry, this post is not about repurposing, it’s all about new product love.
I read about this site, getuncommon.com, where artists load their artwork and you can select a piece that you like and turn it into your own custom iPhone case. You even get to center and crop the photo on the case just how you like it. Completely out of character for me I bought one right away. Usually I shop around, look for the best deal, etc, etc. This time I couldn’t resist. And it’s worked out perfectly for me. I’m in love. I love the artwork I chose. It’s an illustration by the incredibly talented Christopher Lee. The case is beautiful. It’s nice quality, feels good in my hand, all the buttons function just right and best of all it’s mine, all mine. I chose it. I customized it. I love it!!!!
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