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fix it february: boots and baubles

Week two of “Fix It February” is all about accessories. Saving boots from the trash bin and necklaces from the scrap heap!

Project #1: boot heel healing

This is one of my favorite pairs of boots, but the black color on the plastic heel had worn down from driving. I’ve tried shoe polish and heel stains before, but nothing stuck to the plastic. So this time I tried black electrical tape. *Hopefully* it sticks this time!

Total time: 15 minutes

1. Clean and dry plastic surface.
2. Cut strips of black electrical tape and place vertically on heel, starting from the center and working your way outwards.
3. Trim extra tape with an X-acto knife





Project #2: fixing some favorite accessories

Each of these pieces needed just a few minutes of attention, but I had been letting them gather dust instead.

Before: broken chain on a vintage purse, broken chain link necklace, and earrings with a missing crystal piece




How to fix crystal earrings: Gorilla Glue. Nothing works better. Just remember that it expands a bit when it dries, so you can’t use too much in small spaces.

How to fix gold link chains: needle-nose pliers and a patient hand. For each of these chains, I used the pliers to first open a chain link at the break site, and then to re-attache it to its neighbors. The round-nosed pliers can be slippery on metal, so you might find ridged pliers easier to use.

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Total time: 10 minutes


find your prize

Fellow home blogger and college friend Meredith and I visited Hunt & Gather (famous for “find your prize”) yesterday … to celebrate her new house!

I found a new (old) crystal drawer pull for the desk in my dining room, some Valentines’s Day cards, and about a hundred other things I sadly couldn’t bring home.

I also picked up some pillow forms at JoAnn’s for my other new favorite things … Pillow cases from Zara Home. I found them when I was in Paris for work last November and they’ve been mocking me from their folded perch on my bedroom chair ever since. It was time to put them to good use, brightening up my living room couch on this icy, snowy weekend.

Prizes found.

Junk Bonanza

This was in town this weekend. They say it’s the largest juried junk/antiques show in the Midwest. I’ve been hearing about it for months, and when Megan and I saw discounted admission tickets on Groupon last weekend, we snatched them.

That’s how we found ourselves drinking Bloody Mary’s and sorting through bins of old buttons, stamps and puzzle pieces at 10:30 am on a Saturday.
But oh was it ever worth it.
Hydrangeas – and good ideas – everywhere we looked. (Really – I lost count of how many sellers had dried hydrangeas out. And they were gorgeous.)
And I came home with a few prizes, too. First, a pair of knives that are an almost-perfect match to my current set (I’ve given up on matching them exactly). I just adore wide knives like these. So hard to find at reasonable prices, too.

Then, a fun little Wedgewood bowl (just larger than a teacup, and infinitely cuter because of the two handles). It’s already at home in my bedroom, patiently holding the jewelry I cast off as I went to bed last night. I’m guessing that won’t ever change.
A key/coat hook made of old trim (the kind that is in most houses built c. 1900, but for some reason, not mine.)

And, last but not least, the coolest bud vases I’ve ever found:
Made of old silverware and suction cups, I immediately pictured them in my kitchen window.

Where they now happily reside with some Black Eyed Susans from the garden.

Overall, a great day at the Junk Bonanza. I’m so excited about the things I found even though they’re just odds and ends. If I’d been in the market for a handmade dining room table, antique chandelier, beautifully distressed dresser or one-of-a-kind buffet, I could have done some major damage. But luckily for my wallet, my house is much too small for any more big furniture 🙂 So, small things it is. But I still hope it comes back next year….

– LG