Friday, July 10, 2015

2015 Tour of The Vault

Hello friends and fans and welcome to the Vault 2015 tour! First off a big THANKS to Karen over at My Desert Cottage for hosting this blog hop every year. This year The Vault has expanded and I think I have finally found the best working area for all my treasures! If you follow my blog you will see I recently posted about a new work bench I made. So, one side of The Vault is where the bench is located. I do all the metal work, soldering, etc on that side now. The other side still has my little work table which is more for bead work and gawking at all the treasure -ha! Enjoy the tour!

I made this chalkboard awhile back. It's at the entrance to The Vault

My new work bench I handmade. It's already stocked with supplies. 
This is an up close look at my work bench. I keep my Dremel and other tools on it. 

The pegboard wall! In previous Vault tours this was used to hold chain for repurposing. Now it holds all my tools. 

Here's a stash of different kinds of wire for wrapping and soldering. I like to use vintage muffin tins for storage. 

This shelf holds several vintage jewelry boxes filled with -jewels of course!

Up close view. 

One of the vintage jewelry boxes with gemstones and crystals. 

Here's the 2015 wall of chain. It's pegboard that I covered in vintage wallpaper. Most of this chain is used for parts and re-purposing. 

Here's a closer look at the chain 

Oodles of chain!

This is the view from one side of The Vault. 

I got this shelf from a friend. Turns out it worked perfectly in The Vault! Thanks Gena!

There's Mr. Louie taking a nap on the little couch sitting area. He loves sleeping there. 

Cubbies and a vintage dresser 

Beads beads beads!

You will find all kinds of creatures in The Vault

Even ones you thought were extinct 

Jars of metal buttons. I heart metal 

Jars of beads. I got a lot of these vintage beads last year in NYC

Remember the giant bird cage? Got that on the 100 mile garage sales one year. Used to use it as a jewelry display in a store. Now its holding a large vintage owl

Saints row has clearly expanded thanks to my mother always buying me Mary statues -I think she secretly wishes she had a collection ha! 

Shrine to one of my grandmas. She made that box for me when I was a baby 

Shrine to my other grandma. That's her in the pic at one of the grottos  

Remember this display I made for one of the shops I used to sell at? It's now holding my vintage rosary collection 

Old printer tray filled with charms, metals, keys and more 

Some of the vintage and antique keys 

I could probably go on and on with pictures so I won't keep you guys from all the other fun blogs you have to visit! Thanks for visiting!

New Work Bench

A short time ago, I decided to move things around in my basement. I felt I needed a large work bench for my studio and for metal work. Well one thing led to another and suddenly The Vault is now the whole basement ha. It's the perfect area as it's unfinished and really won't matter what kind of messes I make. So I set off to build a work bench having zero carpentry skills. I watched a lot of YouTube videos! I'm satisfied with the results and so far it's been useful. After it was constructed I didn't like the raw wood so I added a dark stain and stenciled some green diamonds around the sides for a bit of flair. Stay tuned for my next post which will be the 2015 Vault Tour!

The very beginning-clamping
Start of one side
I used a hand saw for some parts-seriously

Getting there...

Almost there

Decided I needed a lower shelf
Stained dark walnut

Added some rough diamonds for flair

side view
hey nice anvil! Its set for work