Entries in Etsy (7)

Monday
Aug132012

Photographer Turns Vintage Tools Into Wall Art

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Vintage Promotional Yardsticks

'Our Father's Tools' is the name of a wall art collection that pays homage to gold old American ingenuity.

Danny Hurley is a Dallas based photographer with a passion for vintage tools that were made here in the U.SA. But not the ones that run on batteries or electricity. He collects and shoots gizmos that are powered by elbow grease.

His collection of prints currently on sale at Etsy, includes familiar midcentury tools that our fathers and grandfathers own, like old wrenches, saws, and hammers. Each image has a painterly quality that emphasizes each item's unique shape and texture.

Hurley's extensive research on each tool's history is what makes these photos really nifty. Hidden in the background of each print is the name and description of when and where each instrument was made.

My favorite photo is of vintage promotional yardsticks. I wonder if any of the businesses still exist?

You can view what is currently available for purchase on Our Fathers Tools.

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Monday
Jul092012

Decorate Your Walls With Retro 20th Century Icons

Now you can show your love for 3 of your favorite retro icons. Judy Kaufman is an illustrator based in Barcelona, who (as stated in her own words) likes to draw animals, people, houses, cars, trees, and everything repeatedly. Her illustrations are sweet, clean, and wonderfully childlike. Right now you can purchase your choice of 3 out of 9 prints of famous artists for $68 (normally they are $25 each). Each print includes a quote from the famous icon and is hand signed by Kaufman. Our picks include: Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, and David Bowie.

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Judy Kaufman's: Icon - Frida Kahlo

Judy Kaufman's: Icon - Frieda Kahlo
Judy Kaufman Artist, Judy Kaufman Artist Icon, Judy Kaufman Artist Andy Warhol Icon Illustration

Judy Kaufman's: Icon - Andy Warhol

Judy Kaufman's: Icon - Andy Warhol
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Judy Kaufman's: Icon - David Bowie

Judy Kaufman's: Icon - David Bowie
Monday
May072012

Repurposed Vintage Monday: Stuff We Spotted on Etsy 

Etsy rules. Sure we all like to poke fun of the site (hello Regretsy), but it is stuff like the following that keeps us coming back to the online marketplace on a regular basis.

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ReAcoustic's Vintage Gramophone

Yes, it is possible to hear contemporary tunes played on a vintage gramophone, or at least through its horn. ReAcoustic has unplugged the traditional music dock by creating acoustic speakers for modern music devices without the use of batteries or electricity. Simply place your iPhone in the slot to hear your tunes in living vintage sound.

I heart this vintage wooden crate pet feeder. First is it elevated so it is not just sitting parked on the floor. Next it does double duty as a puppy toy box. Just open the top to store a few of your pet's items. Lastly, the wood is treated with a non toxic water resistant coating that protects the crate's paint and patina.

Dog Bowl

Shabby Chic Vintage Dog Bowl

Shabby Chic Vintage Dog Bowl
Victorian water heater stand table

Victorian water heater stand table

I am a sucker for vintage cast iron so the moment I saw this repurposed Victorian water heater stand table, my heart went pitter pat. This freshly painted item is beautifully detailed and is marked, "Monitor Iron Works, NY". Table Measures 22.25 inches tall and the top has an 18 inch radius.

Monday
Apr092012

DIY & Repurposed Monday: Vintage Bottle Cap Art & Shabby Chic Weddings

When the subject of bottle cap art or shabby antique-y weddings pop up, we cringe. There are enough bottle cap earrings on Etsy to fill several landfills. And vintage props like typewriters and rustic chalkboards are so over done at pseudo-quaint weddings that we believe moving forward, all future nuptials need to adopt a space-age theme

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Fossil's Bottle Cap Art

Fossil's Bottle Cap Art

Well don't put on your moon boots yet! Thankfully we came across a few things online that redeemed bottle cap art and the idea of a vintage inspired wedding. First up is a post that popped up last month on the accessory site, Fossil ( of all places..who knew they posted pretty nifty diy projects?). The Fossil design team reused vintage bottle caps to construct a piece of folksy Americana wall art. The final result has inspired me to start socking away soda caps.

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Modulation Jewelry's Vintage Brooch Bridal Bouquet

Modulation Jewelry's Vintage Brooch Bridal Bouquet

Yuppers wedding season is here. If you are on your way to becoming a bride, listen up. You only need one something old at your nuptials and this is it; the vintage brooch bridal bouquet made by Modulation Jewelry. Each arrangement is one of a kind and even comes with a keepsake box. Just tell the bridesmaids to spread the word at the reception that you will not be tossing this pretty bouquet.

Monday
Mar122012

Happy Monday! Vintage DIY & Repurposed Weekly Roundup 

Yuppers, it's Monday, time for a heaping serving of vintage DIY and repurposed awesomeness. We base our choices for our weekly round up on the following: 1) all projects need to repurpose or upcycle a vintage item and 2) there is a slim to none chance that anything we select would be confused with a hand-crapped item on Regretsy.

First up is one suitcase with two DIY ideas. Do you prefer the suitcase side table (left) or the suitcase bathroom organizer (below)? You can post your thoughts and find steps on how to create either project here.

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Repurposed Vintage Suitcase into an awesome Side-Table

Repurposed Vintage Suitcase into an awesome Side-Table
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Vanity Topper: Great interior lining saved!

Vanity Topper: Great interior lining saved!
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Repurposed salvaged wood make cool headboards

Repurposed salvaged wood make cool headboards

Sweet dreams are made of projects like these! Salvaged wood headboards have been popping up everywhere the last year or two and we still have not had our fill! We are particulary fond of the headboard above spotted on House Tweaking.

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Repurposed Water Piping into a Shelf

Repurposed Water Piping into a Shelf
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Repurposed film into shelf

Repurposed film into shelf

We are in the midst of putting up shelves we made from salavaged wood so lately any project that puts a new spin on shelving has my full attention. The ‘Filmantes Hanging Shelf’, solves the problem of what can you do with old 35mm reels of film..

Old industrial piping has been getting alot of play lately as lamps and even furniture but we never saw them reinvented as shelving before. What a clever idea! You can see more configurations on the designer's Etsy page, Stella Bleu Designs.