Vintage Cupcake Pic

Vintage Cup Cake Pics Holder in Foam Core

By Janet Hickey / January 10, 2015

I don’t love everything I make.  Sometimes I have an idea I have to get out of my head AND once I do I’m good to move on – not trying to make it perfect. For example: I must have gotten a bag of vintage cup cake pics at a yard sale for a $1…

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Tool Storage

By Janet Hickey / April 16, 2014

Tool Storage This a quick post… This is an ice tray used for making ice that fits in small mouth water bottles.  I’ve gotten three of them so far at thrift stores for $1 – $2 each.  New, they sell for about $4 at hiking and athletic stores. 10 1/4″ w x 3 3/4″ d…

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Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed

By Janet Hickey / March 18, 2014

Unfinished Wood Boxes repurposed The second installment of repurposed bedroom furniture… Supplies: Two wood storage boxes purch online at – $30 ea with coupon TTL w/shipping $60 Four glass blocks used for bases (2 per base) – purchased at Lowes – $5 ea Total for both night stands:  $80 Finished Product: I couldn’t find…

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Privacy Screen repurposed into a Headboard $0

By Janet Hickey / March 17, 2014

Privacy Screen repurposed into a Headboard $0 First things first – two finished products (headboard and night stand)…. I just finished making the side table from an unfinished wood box – that’s the next post. I absolutely adore the color we painted our bedroom – Palladian Blue (look the color up on – they…

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Cutting Board Storage

By Janet Hickey / March 16, 2014

Cutting Board Storage I’ve been busy trying to get the house comfortable. The remodeled kitchen is almost complete.  We selected backsplash tile this past weekend and hope to install within the next few weeks.  I’ll post before and after pictures when we’re finished. In the meantime I needed a place to store my cutting boards…

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Recycled Eyeliner = Fine Line Travel Paint Brush +1

By Janet Hickey / December 26, 2012

Sometimes I just can’t help myself.  When I get some clear head space, no TV, no Radio, no people, no books (usually in the shower, brushing my teeth or driving) – ideas just start popping.The latest is this.  I was thinking about the collapsable box.  If you took two of them with you when you…

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Repurposed Lemony Snickets – Greek Binding

By Janet Hickey / August 16, 2012

OK – I didn’t want to use my wood covered book to experiment making the Coptic Endband so I took two Lemony Snicket books that I dug out of the library’s RIP box to make a book to experiment on. This picture shows the covers separated from text block andthe front sides already trimmed back. I…

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Wood Book Cover from Hardwood Flooring

By Janet Hickey / August 15, 2012

At the next Atlanta Book Arts Collective’s monthly meeting one of our members is teaching us how to make Coptic Endbands.  The word went out that we needed boards. Picture a spinning top that has swirls of color – that was my mind.  Never mind what the intent was – I heard boards.  To me,…

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TA DONE! Bird Watcher

By Janet Hickey / August 9, 2012

A year ago this week I blogged about my foray into the longest yard sale, showing my “treasures” – go here to see why I chose to repurpose the wall pocket … Irene – Bird Watcher. One serendipitous moment led to another and my wall pocket was joined with Irene an amateur Bird Watcher. This…

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Collapsible Box – Great Storage

By Janet Hickey / August 8, 2012

This is a great container when traveling for a class.  It folds flat so it doesn’t take up much room and assembles in seconds.  It looks great when you take it out at class to hold your supplies while you work. A very long time ago my Mother’s best friend Muriel gave her a vintage Asian…

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Beach House Book from Drink Coasters

By Janet Hickey / July 26, 2012

This, with a bottle of wine, would be a cute hostess gift. 4 5/8″ from floor to peak of box 5 1/2″ high at the center of the house with book inserted 6″ wide from roof edge to roof edge Materials: 2 Coasters – 4″ x 4″ thick cardboard coaster (restaurant kind) Empty tea box –…

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IPad Stand using a Book Cover Repurposed #2

By Janet Hickey / May 23, 2012

PART 2 – A Rewarding project.  IPad Stand:2 –   1937 / New Standard Encyclopedia Volumes IV and V (I bought 6 volumes at a yard sale years ago)        The covers are a very nice, embossed, burgundy cloth.Scraps of Chipboard 3 –     Silver Grommets15″ – 1/2″ black elasticPVA Glue TIP: The stand could also be made using…

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IPad Stand using Book Covers – Repurposed #1

By Janet Hickey / May 23, 2012

Having a hard time separating myself from the books that don’t have a “near future” purpose and don’t have much of a redeeming value that anyone else would want them. To reduce the length of the post I’m sending this in two posts. #1 shows the finished project. #2 shows the process. Stand as assembled. The elastic serves…

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Book Repurposed – Fast and Way Too Much Fun

By Janet Hickey / May 12, 2012

Having finished the portfolio I was feeling pretty good about getting back into cutting and gluing stuff together again and wanted to get right back into another project. I save scraps – can’t help it.  Some time ago in an effort to clean out my side of my husband’s garage I started to throw out…

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The Past IS My Present

By Janet Hickey / April 24, 2012

Another one of my gifts (to myself 😉 was a weekend art class… A serendipitous search of the Internet led me to a weekend class being taught by Sandy Webster ( only 1 1/2 hrs away from my home at The Creative Arts Center in Dalton, GA.          “Building Boxes:  Creative Spaces for Small Collections”    Two…

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Metals – I’m just playin

By Janet Hickey / February 17, 2012

These are projects I made for the Bonnie Art Tools at the recent Stamp Festival (the black display cards are made from pre-cut chip board (same boards used for the Flower Press).  Black paper was glued to one side and then edged with various paper tape, holes were drilled, grommets set and ribbon inserted to use as a hanger): Frame…

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Vintage Ballerina Music Box – Renovated

By Janet Hickey / December 18, 2011

Renovating this Music Box was a lot of fun.  In the next few days I’ll post the Tu Tu, Dress-Up Trunk and Tiara Box that were made to go with the music box (some days it a very thin thread for me 😉 Spark (more like an explosion) of an idea: My granddaughter loves to…

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13 More Sleeps Til Christmas

By Janet Hickey / December 12, 2011

A lot has happened this month… My long list of “firsts” without Mom is at an end (first Birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc).  She passed away December 3rd, 2010.  I could hear her talking to me as I was lamenting my need to make this year’s Christmas cards.  First she would tell me how pretty…

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IT’S OFFICIAL (I’ve seen it with my own eyes)!

By Janet Hickey / November 22, 2011

My book is featured on page 57 of the Premier Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors “PAGES” magazine.  Woo Hoo!! The book featured is my SmARTaleck Studio book made from a vinyl store banner.  I use it to sketch sculpting ideas and take notes in class.  It’s a little worse for wear – schlepping it back and…

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Ideas I haven’t Shared Before

By Janet Hickey / October 31, 2011

I picked up the Flea Market Style magazine at the hardware store. Holy Cow! There were some really neat ideas in there. Below are pictures of some of the things I’ve done with “other” things.1958 Chevy fender wings ($1 ea at a car swap meet) = coat, bag hanger Fireplace Mantel ($8 at garage sale)…

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