Monday, February 27, 2012

Easy and Cheap Way to Polish Brass

Somehow I've developed a keen sense of brass...if there's something made of brass at an estate sale or thrift store, I'm drawn to it.  As a result, I end up spending more money on Brasso than I am on these items!

I found a GREAT replacement for Brasso and other costly brass polishes in an intensive web search which gave me everything from KoolAid to dirt...but this one I tried and it works (I would say better than Brasso; however I think that's just because I'm not having to use it sparingly!).

What you need:
Vinegar
Salt
Flour

That's IT!  Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into 1/2 cup of vinegar and then add enough flour to make it into a paste.  Smear it onto your brass...wait ten minutes...and wipe/polish off!

Remember to wait ONLY TEN MINUTES (lesson learned the hard way) because the flour/paste will harden and be a real pain to get off!

pretty sad looking BEFORE
Coated with the Paste Mixture

Wowee!

Random Find of the Day - Vintage Hair Accessories

So last week, I stumbled upon a combination liquidation sale/estate sale up here in Jasper.  The big fun was for Vivian, since they were trying to get rid of everything, she could utilize her "inventory" skills (i.e. removing everything from shelves/hooks, etc.) with little repercussion...so we went every day for three days!

One of the crazy and interesting finds of the day was an old set of hair curlers.  As I found random things, I often googled them to get more information, etc. but these I haven't found anywhere.  My initial thought was to use them for art projects...but rethinking this since they seem to be pretty rare.  Of course, I got them for practically nothing so it's no big deal if I do use them for something else but I'm going to try to find out more information first...

Along the same line, I also managed to acquire an antique metal and wood hair dryer...and since there are more of these "Eskimo" hair dryers out there, I'm probably going to be using this to make something and cleaning it up a bit.


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Easter Bunny Racket!

So during Christmas, I found a tennis racket at the dumpster in my community (not like I'm diving in like a crazy bag lady or anything...but actually, if I saw the right thing in there....).  So I've figured out that if you look in the right place you can pretty much always get old tennis rackets for next to nothing at thrift stores.  Given that Easter is coming soon, I thought I'd get crazy and creative again with an old wooden tennis racket and made this:

I LOVE this even more than the Christmas racket and by the way, is it racket or racquet?  I've always spelled it in the latter way but I'm refocusing my alternatives in spelling to ease and understanding (meaning, given the choice between two variations, I'm gonna shoot for the easy one from now on!) but I digress...

This was not a very difficult project once I put together the MacGyver aspect of it in my head...and I think it's just about the cutest easter decoration EVER.  I'm going to make more and sell them on Etsy!