Hey, I bet you know someone who loves to tinker with car engines.  What if you could make that wonderful person a gift that doubles as an auto mechanic's tool?

Here's a necklace version and a keychain - check them out!

That interesting-looking base is a mechanic's tool called a spark plug gap gauge.  I am told that it gauges spark plug gaps.  (Me, I have my doubts.  I think it's some kind of secret decoder disc.  Definitely espionage-related.  Shh.  Don't spread it around.)

Anyway, isn't it cool looking?  I would wear one myself...take a peek at my pretty, girly, steampunk-esque version:

But it's not about me!  It's about that mechanically inclined individual who is super hard to buy for.

Here's a sweet and simple wire ornament stand that you can make in 2 little minutes.  The best part: no tools needed!

Feature a favorite ornament on your mantel, or make a whole bunch of them as a different style of table centerpiece.

I used some garden wire that was in a big tangle, 'cause I was going for rustic.  (But you can use any wire, 22 gauge or thicker.)

Ready?  Let's make it!

Cut 1-2 feet of wire.

Here's a reverse mystery for you!  Look at these strange tiny objects, made with two big beads.

What are they for?  They are a much loved little invention of mine, a contraption I've been making and using for years.

Puzzle your head for a few moments and see if you can guess!  Then scroll down to see the answer.




Check it out...bing!

Just tuck some recycled cardboard between the two beads, and voila, earring display stands!  Yep, they stand up on their own.

Hello!  Look what I have been making!

These 'icicles' are light as a feather, and look awesome on a chandelier.  Or strung on a garland across a mantel...or hung in a tree...

True story...the day before yesterday, I was helping my husband with a cable pull, in which 1400 feet of electrical cable needed to be fed through 350 feet of underground conduit.

Okay, here's an organizing and storage idea that (I hope) will make you smile.

I rescued a huge bag of unwanted, old-fashioned plastic hair rollers, and have been working out ways to use them.

As one with naturally curly locks, I knew I'd have to repurpose the dickens out of them.  After giving them a bleach-and-water bath, I started playing around with ideas.  My previous post showed how I turned them into some offbeat jewelry:

As well as a sweet little Christmas ornament.

Ready to play a round of Guess The Mystery Thing?  See if you can guess what I used to make these open-structured little pendants:

Here's another version, done up as a flower:

The Mystery Things are the curvy coral-pink shapes.  What are those mysterious items?  Something you've seen before?  Something you have never met in your entire life?  Or something from another dimension in time and space?  Hmmmm...I wonder how many of you will get this one.

You know the rules.

Hi!  I wonder...how do you like the effect of these ruffles on my vintage thrift shop chandelier?

The 'Before' looked a little naked:

So, instead of buying mini-shades, I tried a very Mich upcycle:

Am I nuts - or is this actually really pretty?  Doesn't it sort of go with that flared crystal centerpiece?  I feel as if it enhances the vintage-ness of the chandy.

As you have guessed, 'tis another project in my ongoing quest to recycle the Sbux cups that accumulate in my life.

Hi, lovely people!  Today I have a small finding idea to share.  Check out the filigreed fun:

During a play date with some random jewelry findings, I found two filigrees which, aligned a certain way, fit each other precisely.  Added jump rings and ear wires to create these mixed-metal pretties:

Quite nice!  Simple and classy.  I wanted to keep going, mix things up.  But as I stared at the silver filigrees, I wished they weren't so dang shiny.  I am not a huge fan of metal with no patina.

Hiya!  Have a look at this necklace...doesn't it have a bit of a Victorian feel to it?  But with a mod kind of twist, thanks to the distinctly non-Victorian fused glass cabochon focal.

I thought you guys might enjoy seeing where this concept came from.  I took a class on fused glass cabochon making, and here's some of what I created.

So yummy.  There's just something about glass.

Hi, guys!  Here's a cute little furniture upcycle to try.  A starry, starry side table, made from an old unwanted drawer.

The backstory: I saved a bunch of naked vintage drawers from the demolished kitchen of my old adobe fixer-upper.

I've been daydreaming for a year about ways to use them, and these little side tables are the first project I've actually completed.

My favorite thing about them is the reverse-stencil effect, which shows some of the natural wood.