What a crazy past month it has been! For starters, almost two weeks out of the four I was in China to celebrate my anniversary with my boyfriend. Yup! China. It was our first international trip which a lot of the people we met seemed to think that took some guts but we survived. Truthfully, we had a great time and I would recommend it to anyone. More on that later.
Right now it is all about the vintage trays for me.
You see, I fall into phases.
There was my Native Americana phase, my chair phase, my gold phase (still have my toes sunk in on this one), and now I find myself in a tray phase.
Am I the only one that goes through something like this?
I find it a bit odd to fall in/out of love with so many different things in a matter of months. But, there is a part of me that is grateful for all these different phases because that’s just a part of my brain that is finding the beauty in just about anything. That’s right folks: these phases are as if I am rediscovering the items all over again and seeing them with a different eye. It’s a wonderful thought to look back on.
This new found love of trays and the versatility they have to offer have also reflected in both of my Etsy shops: Then Meets Now and Thrival. Some of the most recent items in both shops are trays.
From Then Meets Now:
The trinket tray that you can find on Thrival is one I am especially proud of. I found this neglected lid at a salvage sale of all places. The space belonged to an old rug company here in Los Angeles. Sadly, the company went out of business and the building along with it was abandoned. A man bought the property with every intention of demolishing it and creating an apartment building as income property. Luckily for me and for many others that visited the sale, a woman convinced him not to junk everything and to hold the sale.
I found some great pieces there such as the brass and glass lid (at least that is what I believe it was). At first, I didn’t even have a clue as to what I would use it for! There was something intriguing about it. Not only because it had this beautiful detailing but the mystery behind the item made me interested in learning more about it or at least becoming more acquainted with it.
I knew I wanted to breathe new life into the piece and when I haphazardly placed one of my disco ball succulent planters on it so that I can figure out just where to put everything- that proverbial light bulb turned on. “I’m going to make it into a tray”, I thought.
Now, I didn’t know what I wanted it to look like but I knew I wanted it to be glam. I was juggling with the idea that perhaps I should do some pretty typography with a gold paint pen I have lying around but couldn’t figure what would be best. Instead I used some spare specialty paper I had wanted to use for some coasters but let’s just say, I ran out of most of it before I had enough.
Now, it is what it is and I am so proud of it.
Sure! I love the other vintage trays. They are lovely enough to stand on their own without me having to change a thing. But, there is just something about breathing new life into an item that was destined to be thrown in the trash.
I think for next year that is what I want to keep expanding on. Pushing my creativity and trying to see items I come across for more than just face value. What can they become?
I dare you to challenge yourself too.
Is there an item you were able to give new life to?
I’d love to hear about it.