Friday, April 29, 2011

Recycling Again

Another  garage  sale  find  from  last  year--


I   guess you  would  call  this  a  shadowbox  that  just  happens   to  be  in  the  shape  of  a  house--which  is  perfect  for  anything  art-related,  especially  for  me.   Houses  are  one  of  my  favorite  themes  to  work  with.   The  minute  I  saw  it,  I  knew  what  I  could  do  with  it.

First,  I  just  covered  it  with  book  pages  and  then  stamped  it  with  this  great  numbers  stamp  that  I  have--


After  that  it  was  easy---I  have  so  much  stuff  here,  it  was  a  little  overwhelming  on  which  pieces  I  could  use.   I  decided  on  going with  a  little  bit   steampunk  again--
























And I added a great vintage photo. I decided not to make a copy like I usually do and to use the actual photo. I have so many old photos now, so why not use the original. I don't know what I'm saving them for.



She was the perfect finishing touch for my altered shadowbox house!





And I'm looking forward to tomorrow. The weather is looking good for garage sales ( my first ones I'll be going to this year)! I love going to garage sales and finding more art supplies. I wonder what people think when I buy some of their "worthless" junk---I wish I could go back when I'm finished to show them what I do with their trash. : )













37 comments:

Heavens2Betsy said...

Beautiful shadow box house. It looks like a shrine to the Lady of the House. Good luck at the garage sales. I love seeing your transformations. Penny

Lucy said...

Beautiful house, lots of inspiration for me, as I have one similar just sitting in my cupboard for a few years!
Lovely!
Hugs Lucy

Diane Writes said...

Hello Diane! The shadow box turned out so BEAUTIFUL! I love it!

Connie said...

I really like this. Very inspiring. Love the lacy stuff you used to back it with.

Buffy said...

I love seeing how you change something thats plain and ordanary into something so beautiful. This piece is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you get at the garage sales.Have fun!

Healing Woman said...

You are really good! I think I remember that it was you who went to the largest running garage sale in the country wasn't it? I think it is around Kentucky somewhere.

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Fabulous shadow house, just adore the lady at the top. I love seeing what you do with what you find :)

Theresa said...

So very cool D! Love seeing the evolution of your yard sale finds. Happy hunting this weekend!

NatashaMay said...

You did an awesome job with your find! :)

bes53913 said...

Love this! I am also a huge fan of houses - what a lucky find!

rebeca trevino said...

Diane!
love how the 'lace' background lets the light through! and the folding ruler, nice touch! very fun.

so this is your first GS this season? i have already had a few good weekends . . . in fact, the weather is so good, we are having our own this weekend . . . gotta make room for new kool stuff.

keep creating!

Me and Bis said...

Love the house and what you did with it, especially covering it with book pages and the large number stamps. Can't wait to see what you find next!!! Have a great weekend!

Geri Centonze said...

Love this...you are so creative!

Lisa D. said...

I love this Diane! I think you have given me some ideas on how to play with my wood cut out house : )
Have a great day!

Kay said...

super!!! I really love this one.

Marilyn Rock said...

You are an artistic magician! Whatever you touch, turns to gold. I love this!

kluless said...

Love watching you work your magic! Good luck with the weekend "junking". They are saying we will FINALLY turn the corner this weekend and looking forward to an entire week where the high temps are above 60 degrees. About time!!

Ophelia said...

Wow Diane!! So very beautiful!!!

Marlynn said...

Holy Cow - this piece is fantastic. I love what you did. I almost got inspired to do something close to it but .... don't you love that word, but. Someday I will try it, just out of my comfort zone so it would be good for me to do it! Enjoy your garage sales! Rob Rules.... yes, it would be great to see Russell show up on that jury!

Ms. Lucy said...

I have been following your blog for a few months now and I am always amazed by your talent. You create such beautiful work. Stunning piece. Thanks:)

Cori Lynn Berg said...

I really like the sheerness of what you put behind each "window." It really makes it nice. I could see it sitting on a shelf in front of a window. Lovely!

Lisa said...

What an awesome little shadowbox house! I love the steampunk theme. I like to go to garage sales and estate sales too, sometimes you find the best junk when you least expect it!

Emelie said...

You put stuff together so well, I love stuff of all kinds, isn't that the most charming photo? Just right. It seems like this piece went togethr with the greatst of ease.

will be thinking of you as you garage sail, so much fun, and then you share the finds with us, and then you share the art with us later.

Tammie said...

Diane,
I love how creative you are. This turned out wonderful!

Dorthe said...

Oh it is beautiful, dear-love the lace behind-aand the stamped home- for all the gorgeus finds.The beautiful lady in her window-and all the other pieces. this is so very special, Diane.
xo,Dorthe

Lesley said...

What a transformation! Stunning piece of art and with the photo at the top it's as if it's a memory box. It all fits together beautifully.

wanda miller said...

omg, what a transformation! i wish the previous party could see it too! i loved it the moment you first touched it with your numbers and such...you have such a fantastic creative illusion(s) sitting in that brain of yours all the time, diane, honestly...i'm tapping in this morning :). xo

sanda reynolds Mullingar,Ireland said...

Really wonderful, Diane!
Hugs, Sanda xoxo

sharon said...

Garage sales are the best, wish I was going with you!
This piece is great Diane, and I personally love the black and white! The numbers are a favorite of mine too!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

This piece is just amazing, Diane!!!! It is truly truly stunning. I love it. I am getting the urge to start going to tag sales and flea markets - it's definitely the time of year. Theresa :)

WrightStuff said...

Diane - I am so inspired! I have a similar find that I've had in the shed for about 2 years waiting for me to do something with it. I finally started work about a week ago and prepped the surface with a view to collaging over it. But now, I think I'll take the simpler approach - book pages and stamps.... Hmm.... sounds intriguing.... Watch this space!

Marlene said...

This if fabulous, such fun to make over Trash into such beautiful items.

Rosie said...

Great fun, and I love the result!

Cameron said...

They'd probably buy them back....they're so fabulous!!

Kristin said...

This is SO FAB! I love the transformation - I recently got some of those vintage yardsticks at a GS too - love what you did with them on the roof of the house here ;0 xoxo

Deb Harvey said...

I love the way your 'House' turned out! The antique photo is a perfect addition!

Have fun at the Garage sales!

Artzy Heart said...

This piece is lovely! It's so much like an idea I've had rattling around in my head...only so much better! Your shadow box bouse is really and inspiration!

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