Crate-style Picture Frame

Awhile back, my family decided to take advantage of a deal that a local photo studio had on old fashioned pictures. The kids were all dressed in vintage clothing and hats. They used a somewhat blurry background of the interior of an old house with a staircase and some really cool props. Things like crates and old suitcases. Right up my alley! I would’ve liked to take some of them home!

Anyway, when I got the pictures back, I wanted to find a unique way to display them. They didn’t really fit with my photo display in my dining room because of the more sepia tones of the photos. When I found an old prune crate at GW I bought it, not necessarily for this project but just because I like old crates and they are very versatile!

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At first I thought I would just prop the pictures inside and hang it on the wall, but it just wasn’t right. There was too much dead space above the pictures and you couldn’t see them real well. So I took some twine – my friend! – and used thumb tacks to tack it along the back. I made two separate “lines” to hang the pictures from.

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Then I used small binder clips to attach the pictures. I then removed the wires from the front of the binders so they wouldn’t get in the way of the photos.  Here you can see the binder wrapped around the twine with the front wire removed.

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And this is what the final product turned out to be!

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Right now, it is above my armoire against the “tree” wall! I like how the rustic “frame” goes well with the “old” style photos.

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So – another fun use for old crates!

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Funky Junk Copy Me Post

I had a lot of fun this morning putting together a bunch of things that I thought replicated Funky Junk Donna’s style for the Copy Me challenge. Some of these things are used in different places in my house and some are “new” stuff I found around our farm. It definitely wasn’t fun digging in below zero temperatures though! Maybe that is why I’m so late with this post! I procrastinated until the last day. Anyway, here are a few things that reminded me of Funky Junk Donna.

Flannel – some old tools, barnwood frame, greenery and a metal basket!

A twig wreath…

Curtain on an old hanger…


Some old glass insulators turned upside down and placed in canning jar lids for stability – holding utensils.

A star with some old jars and clothespins…

A hand-painted sign – and a little birdie!

An old crock with a number also…

I found the glass  jars in the loft of an old shed on our farm – they even had rusty lids to go with them. I really like the pattern on the square shaped bottle.

An old wire basket…I just had to add the flannel touch!

An old 6′ ruler that belonged to my husband’s grandpa.

The boards over the ladder – the “desktop” are pallet boards, complete with the bark and all!


The crate is one I made out of pallet boards. The ivy plant is real – but it should have about 3 other plants with it so it would look fuller!


Here it is as a whole. I think I am more happy with the parts than with the whole, but all in all – not too bad

I tried out the curtain hanger on my shutters in my bathroom also and I really liked it. I may have to make that a permanent thing.

This is one of the pulleys I used in the crate – I was just messing with my camera and thought this picture was interesting.

Here is the curtain with ladder as used in my bathroom for hanging towels. The light effect from the window made for a cool glow.

Anyway – that is my “copy” of Donna’s style. I could never do her style real justice, but I had a lot of fun putting together a few things I had around. Maybe I’ll use some of the treasures I found in a new way around my house. Thanks for the inspiration Donna!

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Rustic Crate Storage

I haven’t been able to find any of the cool storage crates around my area, so – what to do?!?! After finding a crate made from pallet board on Ana White’s website – I knew I could make my own.

As you can see – the wood I found was VERY rustic! It is left over from the last people who lived on our farm. It has great character.

I added the SUGAR words – because I make and decorate cakes – so there is ALOT of sugar in my house and life!

I’m using it to store some magazines, papers right now, but it would work great for blankets and lots of other things. A very versatile piece!

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