LIFE AT THE COTTAGE

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Time Travel Thursday #2 - All Geared Up


"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 2nd Time Travel Thursday linky party at The Brambleberry Cottage!

Are you ready to share your fondest memories, grandest dreams,
and most creative projects? Great!


As you've probably noticed by now, the Yankee and I have quite a
storehouse of salvage odds and ends. 

Some would call us packrats—
I prefer salvage connoisseurs.  

Hey, why not?!   ; ) 

We're always on the lookout for things that interest us,
even when we haven't a clue what we'll end up doing with the objects we find.

Case in point...
these cogs, farm implement parts, and an old glass insulator that caught the Yankee's eye 
during a visit to our favorite salvage yard.

 

The pieces required a thorough cleaning, and the fabulous rusty patina
was sealed in with one of our favorite products—Deft.  A few of the pieces also
had to be tack welded together to prevent shifting. 


The Yankee knew exactly what he wanted to make with all those vintage thingies
But, there were a few new thingies he needed from
the hardware store to complete his vision.


Though we always make sure parts like these are new, we attempt to use as many
vintage components for our creations as possible.


I even surrendered one of my oldest lamp harps and a
finial for the Yankee's project.


But one more thing was needed to complete this work of art.


Know what this is?  Nope! 
It's not just a vintage brass bucket.


Why, it's a lampshade, of course!


How's that for some savvy salvage reuse?

Now I think we're all geared up to show off the Yankee's masterpiece @
Roeshel's DIY Showoff and Robin's Upcycled Awesome.

48 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed watching that piece come together. HH nor I have ever been into collecting or crafting using those vintage things. Great job.
    QMM

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  2. That is just awesome! And the bucket shade is my favorite thing I have seen in blogs for a long time!! Well done!

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  3. Amazing. I would've never seen a lamp in those pieces. It's so interesting. What an imagination you all have. Very clever and it's a one of a kind for sure.

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  4. This is such a clever project. Love what you did. Thanks for letting me know about all your linky parties.

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  5. Wait til I show this to my husband. He is going to love it as much as I do. Wonderfully creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. That is amazing! I would love to see where you put it. LOVE the "lampshade".

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  7. I also have this fascination with industrial artifacts. See my most recent post about my cog purchase. I love how you used all the pieces to make a lamp and the use of the bucket for a shade is brilliant!
    Take care,
    Sherry

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  8. Oh it's amazing! I am a collector of glass insulators- now you've got my mind reeling with ideas, lol! Happy VTT, thanks for sharing!

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  9. great job + great blog! i better buy something new to age so i can link up!

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  10. Amazing lamp....just my type of project! After this week, I am going to try and link in to one or two of your parties....I am just snowed under this week with a wedding.....happy VTT!

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  11. Wow, it's gorgeous! I love it!

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  12. Great job. I love how it turned out AMAZING! Blessings, Vicky

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  13. This is way too cool.
    Most ingenious, and adding he bucket shade? How perfect!!

    blessings
    barbara jean

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  14. That is very cool!! and salvage connoisseurs, I like it...I think I'll use that too!

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  15. That is sooo cool! I love the bucket lampshade!

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  16. Well, I'll be. That is just the coolest thing! Wish my "Yankee" could do that!

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  17. What an absolutely CLEVER lamp....way creative with the bucket as the lampshade.


    Rose

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  18. Oh my goodness....that's so clever! I love it. Where will you put it? Lisa~

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  19. That man of yours is a genius. I love that lamp, and it was great to see it all coming together.

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  20. Your lamp is absolutely beautiful, I love it! It's very steampunk chic, you did an amazing job!

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  21. What a wonderful lamp! Mr. Comforts of home makes lamps for me too!

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  22. What an awesome lamp! Thanks for inviting me to link up my trash to treasure armoire today.

    Mary Ellen

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  23. Liz...
    Oooooo, I love,love,love the lamp!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is my first time to participate... and I'm showing the wonderful giveaway I won from here.
    To say I loved everything is such an understatement...I believe my favorite piece is the sweet box you and that sweet Yankee man made. It's just gorgeous and I love it... I have plans for some of the other things.. just have to get to feeling a bit better to do anything.
    Thank you for offering such sweet linky parties. I have your buttons posted on my blog, and on the 2 I share with friends..
    Hugs...... CC

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  24. that is the neatest lamp I have ever seen....great job...I love it!

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  25. That is absolutely fantastic!!!!! Love the old parts transformed into beauty. Couldn't be any better.

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  26. Oh my! Be still my heart ♥ that would look fabulous in my greatroom. :0) What a wonderful integration of vintage goodness. A 5 star rating for this beauty!!

    I'm sharing some wildlife that visits me if you'd like to take a peek.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

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  27. Absolutely fabulous!!! I'm thinking this will be the jolt to get my mind buzzing again for my passion of re-purposing! I can only see my dear hubby's face now when I start "collecting" again:) Now to find the perfect project to do with two babies attached to my leg!! LOL

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  28. Wow, very impressive. I was waiting for the shade, too, as I was scrolling down. It's just right for that base.

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  29. What a WONDERFUL idea for old gears and such! The lamp is gorgeous......so clever!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  30. What a fabulous lamp~! And the bucket lampshade is sheer genius!

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  31. cute! Happy Transformation Thursday <3

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  32. I'd add a link to my most recent post, but the quilt top is not transformed - just carefully stored as is. Maybe next week!
    http://viridian61.blogspot.com/

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  33. Awesome! I never would have looked at those old gears and saw a lamp. LOL! Very cool!

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  34. That's so much fun, love it!

    Happy VTT!
    Sally

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  35. I love love love that lamp! Fantastico! Thanks for highlighting me! I meant to have something this week...but got side tracked by roof repairs at my house. I'll be back last week.

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  36. I'm in awe. So original! I love it!

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  37. I want! I absolutely love your work. Its art disguising itself as a lamp. Amazing

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  38. This is just fabulous! I love it!!! You are so creative!

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  39. Wow - that looks great! A wonderfully interesting piece of history remade!

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  40. What a wonderful idea. I just love the idea of using those gears to make a lamp. I wish that I were that imaginative. Great Job!

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  41. This is a truly great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome!
    http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled9 and come back to my blog for Stashbusting-September. I promise it will be worth your while!

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  42. Absolutely stunning. I love it!!

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  43. i had to take a look after seeing this on roadkill rescue. this is so awesome! now i'm on the lookout for old gears and parts. your yankee man is definitely ingenious and who knew he'd be ahead of the restoration hardware industrial decor debut?!

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  44. Yankee not only is a salvage connoisseur, he gets to wear the crown with that lamp. Love it, pinned it.

    ~Bliss~

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  45. This is so awesome it's ridiculous! :) Love it & want to make it. I just don't know where to get these kinds of items... hopefully I can research & find some salvage yards or something!

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