Spring season fun has begun! Yesterday, our little group took off on a short road trip to Fairfax, Iowa. There, the owner of Simply Iowa (aka The Mad Hatter) was hosting her spring opening at the “rabbit hole”, a special on site place that does kind of make you feel like Alice entering a magical, peculiar land where unexpected treasures can be found. It is suggested that you wear grubbies, and bring a truck, which is very sound advice.
I’m often asked what type of places I look for and/or go to for gathering unique pieces. Well, the rabbit hole is a favorite spot, so I thought I’d share it with all of you. If you’re near, you may want to visit.
A ton of pictures have been narrowed to 13 which will still give you a good idea of what it’s like. There’s stuff on stuff, in front and behind, and high and low. I usually go around at least twice so as not to miss anything that was peeking out at me on the first round. Enjoy!
What did you think? Curious place, huh? Simply Iowa is on FB and has a blog if you’d like to follow.
I kept myself in check and only brought 5 small pieces home.
Oops, sorry, make that 6. I spied this as I was walking to the car.
No judgments please, lol. I usually have a thought in mind when I choose things and they’ll probably be shown in some way later.
I have my first tiered tray finished and will be posting on it in a few days. If you get the chance, please, stop back by and give it a look. Thoughts are always welcome; good ones preferably. 🙂
Couldn’t resist making one more fun piece for my garden before getting on to things I should probably really be doing. 🙂
I’d like to attract more birds, and thought a small feeder in the garden would help.
An old metal chicken feeder has been hanging in my garage for several years now, so why not put it to use.
Of course, what fun would it be to hang it just the way it was?
I found a pair of silver plated flower votive holders that had been sitting around for a long time too. Aren’t those petals gorgeous? And, they were simply put together with a small nut and bolt.
After drilling a hole, two of the flatter petals were attached to the feeder with the small nut and bolt. To cover the bolt, the top of a decorative metal bead was painted silver, then indented on the backside with a screwdriver tip and a quick whack of a hammer. Adhered with JB Weld.
A rectangle of thin scrap aluminum was flattened and cut to make a top. The sharp edges were filed where needed and the corners were notched. The fold lines were scored on the backside with the tip of a screwdriver before bending.
That’s it! One afternoon! This may be one of the quickest and easiest upcycles I’ve ever done. I did let the JB Weld dry overnight before hanging it outside. Isn’t it cute? It’s perfect for my garden.
We’ve got a local vintage market coming up this Saturday, Dysart’s Back Roads Vintage Markethttps://www.facebook.com/events/422893409128982. Can’t wait to get there. It’s been awhile since I’ve been out #treasurehunting, I’m hoping to bring home lots of good stuff!