Have I told you how much I love living in New England?? Mostly for the reasons you could imagine - but also for some reasons that only a crafter would consider :)
One of those crafty lady loves is trash day (and old houses).
Yes, I was rather giddy when I picked up this beautiful old window from the side of the road on trash day. I now have about half a dozen in my basement - one other with a full, unbroken pane of glass like this one - others with 6 panes of glass - all with beautiful rough, shabby, peeling edges that make a girl like me swoon!
I have some ideas milling around in my head for the windows with multiple panes of glass, but this huge window with a big blank piece of glass (25" x 19"!) was just begging to have vinyl put on it (and of course, the vinyl can come off if I ever want to do something different).
I chose to put a sweet definition of family on the window...
And here it is propped on top of my piano (which I use pretty much like a mantle since I don't have a fireplace).
It is nearly impossible to photograph since the wall, frame and vinyl words are all white - but it looks beautiful, shabby, old, and it really makes me smile!
So, I am curious, how many of you live in towns that have unlimited curb side trash pickup like we do, and just can't help but pick up "treasures" from the side of the road?? (Much to my husband's chagrin, even my 5 year old daughter hollers out, "Mom, a treasure!" when she sees wooden goodies on the road on trash day...I've trained her well :) )
What kinds of things do you look for and pick up?