LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Time Travel Thursday #1 - Back to the Future


"We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams."
~Jeremy Irons~


Welcome to the very first Time Travel Thursday linky party at the Brambleberry Cottage!
Are you ready to share your fondest memories, grandest dreams,
and most creative projects? Great!

Then brace yourself, as we travel back in time and into the future with our
wonderfully creative projects!


I shared these cute little beadboard boxes with you before

The Yankee and I had removed a good supply of these beaded boards
 from an old Victorian that was being torn down
 in our town.


After making a number of boxes—like those above—
this is what we had leftover.

Should we have tossed them out?  Not a chance!

If you're a crafter of any sort, you probably do
as we do here at the cottage...
save everything! 

You just never know when you might need it.  Am I right?


Though we still had a pretty good stockpile of boards in one of the barns, we
knew those wonderful old chippy-paint beauties 
were hard to come by. 

And, we just weren't willing to waste one bit of that vintage charm.


So...
when we discovered this terrific old window sash,
we had an idea of how to bring the past into the future.

We pulled those bits and pieces of beadboard out of storage
and began creating a mosaic of sorts.


Of course, the board pieces had to be measured and cut
for this project.

Have you figured out where this is heading?


Yep...
right where you thought...
into the old window sash.

With the addition of a section of mirror—purchased from
 our local Lowe's—our Time Travel project was complete.


Our pretty time traveler rounded out this vignette perfectly—at a
recent antiques and collectibles show.



Next time you're tempted to toss those itty-bitty bits and pieces, remember...
waste not, want not!   ; )

I'll be linkin' up to these terrific parties, while you're linkin' up to mine:
and Fawnda & Jeannine's Show Off Your Stuff.

60 comments:

  1. This is beautiful, Liz! I love all the colors of those scrap pieces and that window is great! Together with the mirror they make a wonderful cottagey look. Great job!

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  2. This is great! What a wonderful idea.

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  3. That is just beautiful...and great with the lamp too!!

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  4. Oh how very cool this mirror is! Love all the colors and the chippiness.
    Sue

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  5. How fantastic Liz! I love that you were able to use the scraps from another project!

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  6. I love your mirror! It makes me think of stained glass. What a great way to use up all of those wonderful wood scraps! Good thing you kept them! :)

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  7. it's wonderful! lucky you to find all that fabulous trim!

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  8. That window sash is gorgeous and the renewal is fabulous...

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  9. Great idea! Love the look.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  10. That is an awesome piece! I love the picture with the lamp next to it. Thanks for stopping by, I did link up one of my recent spray paint projects.

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  11. I love this project!! How great would that be in a little girl's room?!?! I know I would love it for MY little girl's room. :)

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  12. Very pretty project. Youdid a great job. Very unique!

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  13. wow! you are so creative! love the idea of having a mosaic mirror. the mix colours just add charm to the cottagey feels! thanks for sharing.. have a good weekend!

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  14. Charming, every single shabby chic piece.

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  15. What a wonderful way to use up those precious little bits!!

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  16. OH MY! I am in love with your new mirror. Great job.

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  17. You have such wonderful ideas! The window sash is amazing!

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  18. INCREDIBLE! I think this is my favorite of the week! I hope you will not mind that I share again in my recap tomorrow. AWESOME!!!!! So glad you kept all those charming pieces!
    Thanks for participating in Thrifty Thursday this week! Well done, my friend!
    Hugs!
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    wwwlbratina.blogspot.com

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  19. I LOVE that mirror! It's so pretty and chippy and GORGEOUS!

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  20. Hi Liz....
    I love,loved,loved your project. The colors in the boards was just perfect for the sweet frame. Ohhh my!!!!!!!!! How very talented you are. Happy Time Traveling..and Happy VTT. Have a most lovely weekend.

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  21. My goodness I absolutely love this!!! So happy I stopped by ~ thank you for the inspiration!

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  22. wow that's a great mirror!

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  23. Oh what a wonderful idea! As a collector and "reuser" of old windows myself, this is definitely something I should try at some point in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Your mirror turned out lovely, thank you for sharing it!

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  25. What a fabulous idea and project. That is very cool!

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  26. OM goodness, I am in love--with the colors, the look, all of it!! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

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  27. The vintage window was beautiful to begin with, but the bead board additions to the trim were genius!

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  28. SUPER cool! Glad I saw it @ beyond picket fence

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  29. There is no way to "treat" boards to truly duplicate an original vintage finish. Your bead board frame on this mirror illustrated that beautifully, and it is truly unique and beautiful!! First time to your blog, first time to your linky party. I'll be back!

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  30. Aw Liz, Thanks so much for inviting me, but I missed posting for Time Travel Thurs.
    Well Next week I'll try to be on time
    I absolutely love that window redo and the vignette you have with it. This is a neat meme you've started.

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  31. What a great mirror! Now that I know about Time Travel Thursday, I'll be back to post next week!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  32. Wow Liz! I love, love, love this mirror! Actually I think I love everything you guys create! :) I'll be joining the party next week.

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  33. My gosh..you are soooo clever! Love that mirror!!!

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  34. The window frame is beautiful, and you turned it into a lovely mirror.

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  35. Oh my word - that window turned mirror is gorgeous!

    I love your tag, I'm following, and I can't wait to see more!

    Have a blessed weekend!

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  36. I love that you are making new pieces from old architectural bits! So glad that you are saving these pieces from being thrown away!!

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  37. What a fabulous idea- And those boxes look so fun!

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  38. Truly an inspirational post!I love old weathered window frames and your creative touch..stunning!

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  39. Great project and great ideas!!!

    Travel back in time...hmmm, nice meme idea. I'll have to give that some thought. I tend to mix the old and the new.

    I'm starting a new weekly meme "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU! Do you do certain crafts in the summer that you wouldn't do in the winter? I think it will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with. Hope you can join us.

    - The Tablescaper

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  40. THis is beautiful! I would love this for my house! I am featuring it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

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  41. That turned out so beautifully! What a great idea and I'm so glad you saved all those little bits. Now, what will you do with the leftover bits from the original leftover bits? :)

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  42. Love the lamp- it would be perfect in my bedroom!

    Happy PS!

    Maggie@
    Do These shoes match this purse?

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  43. That was great. Lots of wonderful projects going on in here and it's all good. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

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  44. Hi Again!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your nice comments! Yes, simple pleasures are the best! Watching the birds in our backyard, hummers at the feeder, baby swans, flowers, my little dog. these all make me happy!

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  45. Oh my, that window redo is fabulous, I love all the colors thats painted on the wood.

    Melissa

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  46. that is AWESOME!!! i could not love it more!

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  47. What a fantastic project! I love whoe that turned out! Very creative!

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  48. What a great project and a wonderful use for leftover wood. I love this!

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  49. Wow wow wow!! How genious of you! Love it :)

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  50. Ok - love that! Come plant your creative seeds at my blog party on Fridays: Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions. So glad to have found you!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  51. You are brilliant, clever and creative!

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  52. That is a most gorgeous mirror...how unique!

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  53. I LOVE this!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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