I found solar lights at Walmart that were pretty much the same size as the top of a canning jar. I bought a box of a dozen clear generic canning jars at Walmart. And I bought bags of flat florist gems at the dollar store.
I removed the cylinder with the ground spike from the solar light and put a thin line of clear silicone caulk around the outside of the jar ring then put the light on top. After the caulk dried attach flat florist gems around the jar ring and around the little edge at the bottom of the clear shade of the solar light. Then I threw in about 50 florist gems inside the jar for stability outside along my wall. I wanted to use red gems but they didn't have any. Next trip to the Dollar Store :)
I ran across these great wood arch-designed panels that were probably from an armoire or some older piece of furniture. I had been trying to think of different ways to reuse vintage
sewing machine drawers and came up with this matching pair of panels.
I cut the sewing drawers in half and mounted them. And also used the small swivel drawers that you find on most vintage and antique sewing machines in the center as the base drawers on my new pieces. Some old locker numbers individualize each halved drawer and a vintage drawer handle accents the top. I used old hinges at the top for mounting from old sewing machine cabinets also. The silver paint is Modern Masters Metallic Silver. The stretched ruler tape is from a very old cloth/canvas measuring tape spool.
When you are known for repurposing old stuff like I am, friends and neighbors become your salvage allies. Nothing like an "emergency call" to rescue discarded goods from a garage, basement or estate sale.
My latest project I have been working on is the Sundries Sign to hang over my pantry. I have been meaning to make this sign for a while now and I finally got around to making it this
week.~I knew I wanted a vintage sign for my kitchen, but I wanted something unique. We moved to North Carolina five years ago and in those years we have explored all the different areas around Charlotte numerous times. Every now and then on one of these excursions I would see a sign for Sundries. Now I am originally from Florida and I have never seen or heard of a Sundry Store and had no idea really what it was. Basically it means miscellaneous small articles, details, or items. Kind of like a small General Store. I thought it was very unique idea for a sign for my pantry!