Farmer’s Market Booth Display

This is a little side project that I did for our friends who own a blueberry farm (Hunter’s Moon Organics). They are going to participate in local farmers’ markets and were in need of a display table, shelves and pricing sign for their booth. Using salvaged materials, this is what I made:

Table:

This is very similar to the tabletop we covered with dictionary pages. See that post here.

This table needed to be portable and easily dismantled, so to keep it light, the table top was made with a hollow core door from Second Use Building Materials. The legs are old metal saw horses, with glue-laminated beams uses as the supports. It all comes apart easily.

The top of the table is covered with cut-up brown re-enforced mailing envelopes and are glued them down with Mod Podge. The farm’s logo was printed large (in sections) onto the brown paper and positioned so only part of it appears on the top of the table. The outer edges are framed with flat bar metal and secured with galvanized lag bolts/washers. The top is coated with 2 coats of exterior Verathane, for easy cleanup.

Tiered Blueberry Display:

The tiered displays are made from old fence wood, sanded, and finished with Profin.

Pricing Chalkboard:

This will display the pricing and upcoming events at the farm. It’s made from an old school chalkboard, found at a yard sale. The “Local Harvest” type is printed on old magazine paper and Mod Podged onto a yardstick and secured with nails top/bottom.

These pieces will be used in combination with a canopy with banners with the farm logo. Can’t wait to see how it all looks together – we will keep you posted!

To see more of Heidi’s artwork, visit her at Old Stuff. New Stories.

 

 

 

Functional Art

Lately I’ve been spending all my free time in our basement making functional art from recycled/salvaged materials. Sometimes I even come up and make my family dinner. (They would beg to differ – they’d at least question the quality.)

I dropped off the new work at Matter Gallery in Olympia. They feature artists who work with recycled/sustainable materials. Visit their website to see lots of cool art.

Olympia is not that far from Seattle – I love exploring all the galleries, shops and cafes. To make it easy, Matter has great recommendations on their site of interesting places to visit – check it out!

Our Class at Second Use Building Materials

We had our class a couple of weeks ago at Second Use Building Materials and it was so much fun to meet other people who are excited about using salvaged materials. There was a good turn-out and we only saw one person in the back row drifting off to sleep. So, we consider our first class a success.

At the end of the class, we had a little “participatory exercise” where we invited folks to go out into the store and pick out cool things that were priced under $30. The idea was that we would review, examine, and select one item that we’d take home and use for a salvaged project of some sort.

This is what people brought back:

We had to make a choice and pick ONE THING. What would you have chosen? We deliberated and debated – the blow torch was super cool, but we felt it was already art and tough to improve on. The light fixture was very affordable at $1.00, but the 1970’s vibe was a little challenging. The old drill was awesome, it sort of fell into the same category as the blow torch – don’t need to do much to it, it’s already cool. The porcelain knobs and the little lock plate were very nice, those were very strong contenders.

But in the end, we went for…

(wait for it)

…the big “e”.

So now our job is to use the “e” in some sort of project. Stay tuned and check back to see what we come up with. Hopefully it will be soon, although sometimes we have been known to mull over things for months. Hey, beauty and quality can take time! :)

 

Recycled Art Show Field Trip

We stopped by the Laura Frost Fine Arts Gallery in Ballard to check out the Recycled Art Show sponsored by RE Store. It’s a great show – lots of local artists using a variety of salvaged materials. Check it out if you are out and about. It runs through May 7, so you don’t have much time.

The details:

5805 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206-783-5314
Open Tue-Fri 11-5, Sat 10-6,  Sun 12-5

Here’s a preview:

To see more of Heidi’s artwork, visit her at Old Stuff. New Stories.

Seattle RE Store to Close

Update. Ballard Re-Use has taken over the business, same location, same great people. You can visit them online here, Ballard Re-Use. Hurray!

We just learned that the Seattle RE Store is closing on May 31. They’ve posted a brief statement on their website that says they are going to focus on their Bellingham location.

This is really sad news – they are a great organization doing really good things in the community.

Some reasons we will miss them:

  • An in-town treasure box, packed with local history to pick through and incorporate into your home (flooring, lockers and slate chalkboards from a demolished high school; cabinets and freestanding closets; classic windows, doors of all shapes and sizes; long, long, long old growth planks of beautiful wood from the bygone days.)
  • Their staff with a good sense of humor are willing to help with finding just the right thing.
  • A near-by place to take used building materials rather than throwing them in the landfill.
  • Knob, hinges and hardware for just about anything.
  • A fun outing if you are obsessed with sustainable and functional art.
  • The cats lounging on the cabinets.
  • The weird and wacky restroom, decorated with weird and wacky objects.

In memory :(  here are some projects we’ve done with pieces from the RE Store.

See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.

 

Hammer Like A Girl Class at Second Use Building Materials

We are excited to announce we are giving a class about designing with salvaged materials at Second Use Building Material on Sunday, May 18th. See details below. We hope you can join us, it should be a fun time!

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DESIGNING WITH SALVAGED MATERIALS WORKSHOP
Sunday, May 18th | 11-12:30 | Presented by DIY Blog Hammer Like A Girl | FREE

Second Use Building Materials  3223 6th Ave. S.   Seattle, WA 98134   206-763-6929

Do you wander through Second Use wondering and wishing you could re-purpose some of the awesome stuff into your home or life, but end up leaving it all behind for another day – AGAIN?

Heidi, Monica and Mary Jean, will be at Second Use Building Materials to share some of their projects and tips to help you envision and then reshape salvaged materials into unique home improvements and functional art. Their projects range from transforming a discarded old car jack into a light fixture, to reusing multiple materials collected (sometimes stored for years) into a bathroom remodel.  Come join the fun and take away some inspiration!

RSVP to Mary Anne Carter

Email Mary Anne

Handmade Holiday Market

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We are excited to announce that we will be participating in Second Use Building Materials’ first-ever Handmade Holiday Market. It will be held Sunday, December 1st from 11am to 4pm at Second Use (3223 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA). Come visit us and see what we’ve been up to! We’ll have lots of holiday gifts and home accessories made from salvaged material – framed art, memo books, wrapping paper, lighting, tables, cupboards and more.

See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.