The Ugly Ducklings Become Swans - Editor's Challenge #4

September 6th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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This all started from....
This!!! Who recommended that we do an Editors challenge? Take a look at this combo. Im sure that I am the only one crying while the rest of you are having a good old fashioned hoot fest over this. Make sure to use spray paint for plastic...believe me I know.
Off to the races to get something to work with. Opposites attract...or so they say!
The focal point of a bridal shower (other than the bride-to-be) is generally the floral I started there. I spray painted the wire basket, lined it with moss and then lined it with  a plastic bag. After that I dropped in a piece of floral foam and set the flowers in place. Those of you who know me might be shocked by my flower of choice..the dreaded carnation. In this case, when they are tightly bunched together they are actually quite beautiful. The color is drop dead gorgeous. There is indeed an exception to every rule! Oh, yes as you might imagine this basket was a bit lopsided. I set it on a floral frog for stability and then atop an Ironstone plate.
The beaters that I was given were actually perfect to hold the candles in place in the floral arrangement. Can you beat that? Hahaha!
Anyone up for doing the mashed potato?? Seing that I created a kitchen bridal shower in my mind, I thought the potato masher would be the ideal gift table sign. After spray painting it I tied a clip on with ribbon and attached the pretty little card.
Every kitchen has a bottle or two, right? Every wedding shower should have the same. Im a big fan of wine tastings at festive occassions. I used decorative paper, paper trim, ribbon, and a wedding ring charm to decorate the bottle and hide the label at the same time. If I were really doing a wine tasting I would have several bottles wrapped identically, but bearing different charms related to the wedding shower theme. Oopsie, doops almost forgot the cork screw. Just painted it whited and added a W for wine.
Okie, dokie, dominokie....this part of the plastic corkscrew is a doozzie indeed! I spray painted it, put a slit in the top, and slipped a placecard in it. Im pretty sure you should be able to find these little gems in free piles making it easy enough to find enough to set the whole table.
Here is the whole family. This is only a start of what I would do for a wedding shower., but this gift of junk got me started down the path! Thank you!
P.S. Oofdah..Im glad Im done with this one! Youll notice that there were two pieces left unused. No worries... theres always tomorrow!
This all started from....

This all started from....

Well, hello...this was the biggest pile of mess I have ever seen. People often ask me if there is stuff that is better off just left  behind. I woud have said that this stuff was that stuff. But guess what? I got it so I had to do something with it. It intrigued me because this is the junk that will be coming our way on a more regular basis. Plastic is difficult to work with, particularly when it is blazing orange. Who ever said orange is the new pink wasn't talking about this shade of orange. Any hoo, when I find myself in a pinch I tend to look for a theme and that's exactly what I did here. Most of the junk was kitchen related so I went for the kitchen wedding shower theme.

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Comments (16)

RustyDiva writes: I just don't know how you do it!!!!!!! It would have taken me years to come up with those ideas, if at all. Looks beautiful and just goes to show that absolutely ANYTHING can become something else with enough imagination.

Kenda Posted: 11:18 am on September 8th
JunkArchitect writes:
Sue, I’m getting this feeling that everyone LOVES your project. You did take an impossible bunch of junk (I’m being nice when I call it junk) and turned it into a BEAUTIFUL creation. Has anyone ever told you that you’re really good at this junk stuff.


Posted: 11:51 am on September 7th
DownHomeDIY writes: Today you shall be named Copperfield for you truly pulled magic out of a hat on this one!
~MB Posted: 8:55 am on September 7th
LuAnn writes: Sue: You are definetly cleaver--what a transformation. If you don't mind I may "snitch" some of these ideas. Daughter is getting married next year and her 2 maid of honor's are throwing a shower and I get to help!! Thanks for the inspiration.

LuAnn Posted: 8:09 am on September 7th
LadyCatherine writes: one word.... WOW! Posted: 6:35 am on September 7th
Collquest writes: We're not worthy...we're not worthy!! Goodness that's awesome! Thanks for sharing! Posted: 2:37 am on September 7th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
After I saw this and I wasn't surprised what you can do. Only God can give you a talent like that. Put all that together and come out that beautiful.Ypu are truly NO(1) in my book's I just got back from a show and I shared with the ladies what a talent you have.God has truly Blessed you. This is a fine example what you can really do.You are truly a blessing to many. ROBERT. Posted: 12:32 am on September 7th
georgiamoon writes: Only you my dear, only you. Could possibly make ANYTHING out of that pile of...rubbish. You can find that stuff at any thrift store in the country and we ALL pass it up, and will continue to do so. Someone was really thinking they were gonna get one over on you...HA! You showed them. This is simply incredible and amazing and so very clever! Sue,you got your Mojo workin'!!! Geo

PS make sure and let us know if you find out who came up with this wicked prank!!! Posted: 11:29 pm on September 6th
alicemom writes: Good Honk!! Sue! That is totally genius (person with superior JUNK intellect)Just incase you need a definition!!
really big bang.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:55 pm on September 6th
chippingcharm writes: Seriously??? I just know I never would have gotten past the "blazing orange thing" are good! I love these just proves what we all already truly are the Junk Master :) Laurel Posted: 10:07 pm on September 6th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Ok, I'm going to have to use one of your phrases with this one, Sue. This is too cool for school! I mean, really. Who else could have come up with such a fab idea? I hope the person comes forward who sent these items to you. I'm sure they are as impressed as we are.

Nice going, girl!
Candy Posted: 9:34 pm on September 6th
CottageElements writes: Love reading all the comments on this one, Sue! I think everyone probably had this "I can't believe it" look on their faces! You really out did yourself on this one! Who'd of thunk you could come up with this from what you started with. Bravo, bravo! Don't think we'll be able to stump you, girl!

Lani Posted: 9:16 pm on September 6th
shabbychick writes: BRAVO!! I can see it's going to be hard to stump you on these challenges... AND I'm thinking you might want to thank the person who started all this fun... ;) (ha ha)

Sue, I think the kitchen bridal shower idea was genius! It's all beautiful - and I love the beaters being used for candle holders!

Well done again - my friend!

Kathy Posted: 8:57 pm on September 6th
WhisperWood Cottage writes: Okay, really? You are freakishly...good freakishly, but bordering on eerie freakishly...talented at this junking thing. Seriously. I can't even explain the expression on my face right now. Part awe, part "how the heck did she come up with that?" Brilliant!! Kudos to you, my friend!!


Posted: 8:19 pm on September 6th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: Beautiful, Sue! I love the floral centerpiece with the candles. And you did a terrific job of making that wild orange disappear! Posted: 8:06 pm on September 6th
junkermidge writes: Oh, YOU ARE GOOD!! How you pulled THAT out of your hat I'll never know, but it's incredible. That certainly did look like it was a challenge, but as always, you rose to the occasion. Way to go!
Midge Posted: 7:57 pm on September 6th
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