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Topic: Atrocious Wooden Calendar becomes Artsy Display Shelf!  (Read 19612 times)
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« on: December 05, 2009 09:58:32 PM »

Okay, so I'm going to talk fast, cause it's uber close to deadline....
first: teaser pic!


The thrift yielded this NASTY gem: an old-school grandma wooden wall calendar....you change the little numbers and dates every month.  Loads of stickers (vinyl!) and other misc wooden embellishments, as well as needing some glue and TLC:

       

Calendar: $4, including wooden tiles
Scrabble game: $1 (score!)
Bag of beads and misc buttons: $1.50!
Random measuring tapes, paint, ATCs from my own collection.
Sushi eraser, dino and Broken Eiffel tower keychain, .25 cents each.
Easy math....7.25 total spent at the thrift.

A few befores of the stuff I used:
     

I sanded it, ripped off a few shelves, fixed the drawer and gaps, and started in with the paint.  Black and red seem a good choice, for a fun neutral backdrop for all the art I want to put in it.  I painted the number wooden tiles black as well, so that I could later attach letters and inchies.  I sorted through the scrabble tiles, buttons and beads to find enough to spell out a wee artsy phrase "life is art", (which can be rearranged to art is life!).  I had to cut the backs off the buttons with a sharp blade!  I also added in a '1' (from a calculator my 4yo broke), I used it as an 'i'.  The typewriter looking wooden keys are from my stash...I've been too scared to use any!

In progress shots:
    

ALL DONE!
 

And a few close ups for eye candy:
         

It's to hold 4x4 pages, ATCs, INCHIES!!! and other artsy bits (including the important dino eating sushi at the Eiffel Tower....)
All ATCs and 4x4 are by me.  The 4 inchies on the bottom shelf are from trade (red SNARKY was from Altered Mommy, my FIRST inchie!).  This will mostly hold traded items in the future, but figured it should show my own work for the challenge. Smiley

Images are small for easier uploading, but you can see all of them and a few more in my flickr.

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009 10:49:23 PM »

WoW!!!  Shocked What a transformation! I love it!!!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009 06:19:16 AM »

What a neat idea.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009 07:30:52 AM »

this is just amazing.  it really looks like the saying you put on it of "life is art"

if i ever manage to find such an object, would you mind awfully if i remade one inspired by yours?  of course i don't have your style, but i have on occasion been told i have my own (i have also been told i have none, but that was during an argument LOL)

OTOH i have at least one and i think 2 wooden house-shaped shelves in my stash that i could make-over.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2009 01:50:48 PM »

this is just amazing.  it really looks like the saying you put on it of "life is art"

if i ever manage to find such an object, would you mind awfully if i remade one inspired by yours?  of course i don't have your style, but i have on occasion been told i have my own (i have also been told i have none, but that was during an argument LOL)

OTOH i have at least one and i think 2 wooden house-shaped shelves in my stash that i could make-over.
Sure, go for it!  I'm all about sharing ideas.   Besides, the shelf itself isn't necessarily art in itself, but concentrates on my original art; I know you won't copy that, right?  I realized I didn't even show the art I painted on the top part (behind the 4x4 zetti thing).
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2009 02:00:57 PM »

i don't think i have the skill to copy your original art.  i will attempt to copy things that i have in my head, which is hard enough LOL

ETA: awfulbad pun not intended.
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009 04:16:14 PM »

You did a great job altering an ugly calendar! I love it! I saw one of those calendars at a local thrift store and I thought about picking it up but couldn't think of what to do with it.

Keep altering the world ~ it makes it a more colorful place!

Peace & magic,
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2009 08:15:43 PM »

You did a great job altering an ugly calendar! I love it! I saw one of those calendars at a local thrift store and I thought about picking it up but couldn't think of what to do with it.

Keep altering the world ~ it makes it a more colorful place!

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Awwww, thanks so much!  I really am set on finding a few more ASAP, cause I think 3 in a row hung together would look way cool!
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2009 08:26:52 AM »

That's awesome! I love it to bits Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2009 08:45:22 AM »

Wonderful transformation. I love it!
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2009 12:52:49 PM »

so very cool!
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2009 02:26:39 PM »

That's awesome! I love it to bits Smiley

Wonderful transformation. I love it!

so very cool!



Thanks so much you 3!  It means a LOT coming from the papercraft gang! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2009 09:48:11 AM »

Great job!! It is really amazing.
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2009 11:43:05 AM »

This is neat neat neat. I too have seen those ugly calendars and wondered what to do with them.
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009 01:14:36 PM »

Thanks Devilduck for the compliment!

This is neat neat neat. I too have seen those ugly calendars and wondered what to do with them.

See, now you know to buy them and send them to Meeeeee! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2009 03:38:35 PM »

Absolutely fab - I love it!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2009 07:04:45 AM »

Oooo...that really is a great transformation, OY!!!

Love it!
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« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2009 01:16:43 PM »

Oh yeah, congrats to OY! Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2009 03:02:28 PM »

Oh yeah, congrats to OY! Smiley


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« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2009 11:52:59 AM »

Congras OY!!!! very cool!
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Wow! This is great! What a neat idea and nicely done too! I never would have thought of that! Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #21 on: December 27, 2009 07:30:50 AM »

i found an advent calendar in target at half-off and i am going to paint it up!!!  i mention this in case anybody else who wanted to try this but couldn't find a likely object in their thriftshop. 
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« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2009 08:11:13 PM »

This is amazing!  I will have to keep my eyes open on my next thrift store adventure.  What a great idea!
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« Reply #23 on: December 28, 2009 02:40:25 PM »

Wonderful! You've inspired me so much with this piece.

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« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2009 05:52:45 PM »

That is amazing, I love it. I'm curious, and maybe I missed it - how do you attach the tape measures?
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« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2009 05:58:39 PM »

That is amazing, I love it. I'm curious, and maybe I missed it - how do you attach the tape measures?

I just used a heavy decoupage type glue (probably gel medium or mod podge).  They were fabric or plastic, and they've held really well. Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2009 07:29:00 AM »

This is absolutely beautiful! I never would have thought to turn this trash into such a treasure. Congrats on thinking outside of the box!
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« Reply #27 on: December 30, 2009 05:16:48 PM »

I love that you used the word 'atrocious' and I LOVE how this turned out! What a creative mind you have. I'm impressed!
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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2009 07:40:23 AM »

Thanks so much for the kind compliments!  I guess I should find a permanent place to hang it now, lol!
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Wow - amazing job!
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« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2010 11:10:18 PM »

this is amazing, makes me want to go to my thrift stores and look again at the "ugly" stuff, thanks for the ideas... BTW my six year old just asked for one of these for her inchies and other projects  Grin
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« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2010 05:31:22 PM »

Wow...i would have never thought of this...great!!
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« Reply #32 on: January 02, 2010 07:40:39 PM »

WOW!! I love this! Next time I see one of those ugly calendars at the thrift store I will snatch it up. : )
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« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2010 08:37:40 PM »

Thanks for the compliments Crafty friends!  Post pics if you find one and shake it up!

BTW my six year old just asked for one of these for her inchies and other projects  Grin

That is ironic, cause my crafty 6yo said 'Oh Mom, why did you paint it?  I liked it the OTHER way'... ha ha.  She had played with it on the floor for a few days before I re-con'ed it.
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« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2010 09:21:10 AM »

It's awesome!! I like it very much. That wooden calendar it's now a great piece of art!! You are very creative  Smiley
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« Reply #35 on: January 05, 2010 01:46:59 AM »

This is inspiring on so many levels! Gorgeous, original art piece which you can change plus recycling. Love it.
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« Reply #36 on: January 06, 2010 09:57:17 PM »

Wow, you transformed that into an amazing piece of folk-type art. Nice job! Smiley
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