It's Getting Frosty Outside

December 9th, 2009 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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The skates and ornaments were found at an estate sale in Vermont.

Notches were cut in old dominos to create stands for the skates.

Hand carved and held together with iron pegs. The slots are for the old leather straps to pass through.

Beautifully forged skate blades.

Vintage ornaments add to the holiday feel.
It just feels so much warmer inside.

A box of tiny vintage candle sticks found at an estate sale.

Wouldn’t you just love to know the history behind these skates?

The skates and ornaments were found at an estate sale in Vermont.

The skates and ornaments were found at an estate sale in Vermont.

Photo: Jim Healy JunkArchitect (copyright 2009)

This beautiful pair of antique skates, little vintage candle sticks and dominos create a Christmassy glow on a cold stormy night in New England.

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy JunkArchitect (copyright 2009)
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Comments (21)

TutusStuff writes: Jim, What a beautiful job with wonderful finds. I'm sure all of the rest of us want a pair of skates like those. I'll be the first to admit it. Thanks for sharing. Posted: 2:23 am on December 15th
alittlebitvintage writes: Very cool display! Love the vintage skates! Posted: 4:16 pm on December 14th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Wow! Never saw such a thing before! Such an unusual and lovely display.
Candy Posted: 7:46 am on December 13th
chippingcharm writes: So very, very cool! Amazing display, knotching the dominoes was so clever! Laurel Posted: 8:37 pm on December 11th
DownHomeDIY writes: The skates rock! I was bidding on some at a local auction and lost. I am soo mad now. Love your display!
Posted: 11:42 pm on December 10th
birdcolor writes: Those skates are amazing! What a great idea to use them in a tablescape. Love, love, love this! Posted: 11:10 pm on December 10th
suewhitney writes: Jimbo....

I took the red eye to your hometown last night all dressed in black from head to toe. I googled your address, jumped in a cab, and made my way to your house through the winter storm. When i arrived I quietly slipped into your home, stole your skates, and high tailed it out of there. I'm back in Minnesota now and I can't tell you haw great these skates look in my house. Thanks for the present. Ah, hahaha! Where does my mind go sometimes? As you can probably tell...I LOVE this project!

Be Well and sleep with one eye open,
Sue Posted: 10:05 am on December 10th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: jim,
Well you outdid yourself this time. What a beautiful setup and what you did with them skates.Man you have talent.You have some amazing ideas.That is a beautiful christmas piece.Thank's so much for sharing.Have a nice day. Robert. Posted: 7:30 am on December 10th
NDJunkGirl writes: Jim, I am lovin' the skates - they are way too cool! This whole set up you have here would be an awesome centerpiece - just add wine and appetizers and you'd be all set! Andrea Posted: 9:28 pm on December 9th
fellowjunker writes: UNBELIEVABLE JIM!!!!! I am so glad you were the one that found these vintage skates as you have created the absolutely most perfect (I really do know that is bad grammar!) display with them. An absolute WOW-ZERS!!!
xojanis Posted: 8:55 pm on December 9th
bluebucket writes: You always find the coolest "junk" and do gorgeous projects with it. Like everyone else, love the skates.
yours in junking, doreen Posted: 6:24 pm on December 9th
georgiamoon writes: Wow Jim , Are you MR CHRISTMAS or what? These skates are awesome and what you have done with them is so charming. When I look at these photos, I imagine a couple skating smoothly over the ice, arms entwined, with long fur lined coats and rosy cheeks....romantic huh? I guess triple jumps and pirouettes would be out with just leather straps to hold them on but I like the old fashioned image I have better anyway! Great display as usual my friend. I love this season so we can all see the great Holiday projects you do!!!Fantastic! Love, Georgia Posted: 2:48 pm on December 9th
suewannabeinkc writes: Very festive with old-world charm! I'd love to hear the stories those skates would tell too! This is beautiful, Jim! Posted: 1:48 pm on December 9th
CraftingWendy writes: What a wonderful display! I love the combination of the skates and candles. Great estate sale finds. (If you need someone to accompany you on your next treasure hunt, holler!) Posted: 1:12 pm on December 9th
CottageElements writes: I love a guy that can create a tablescape with candlelight :) Hubby, take note! LOL! But I have to agree with everyone else. Those skates are amazing and perfect for candles. You done good, Jim!

Lani Posted: 11:48 am on December 9th
MakinItHappen writes: A fantastic way to use something old and keep them on display. Great!!! Posted: 11:38 am on December 9th
RustyDiva writes: I'm with the others ~ awesome skates! I can't imagine how tightly one would have to pull the straps to keep them on. Great pics ~ love the candlelight glow! Posted: 11:28 am on December 9th
alicemom writes: OH Jim,
Those skates are outstanding! I wish they could talk. Just think of the stories. The candle holders are the icing on the cake.
smiles, alice Posted: 9:29 am on December 9th
shabbychick writes: Jim - AMAZING find. I haven't seen anything like those skates either. Such a wonderful vintage display! (great pics)

Thanks for sharing!


P.S. I'm anticipating a lot of jealous junkers out there - ha ha! Not me though...well, maybe a little! ;) Posted: 9:26 am on December 9th
SnowmanHill writes: I agree- OMG - those are the best skates I have ever seen! You can put anything together and make it look fabulous. I just love your work, you inspire me. Thanks for sharing this wonderful project.

Have a great day!
dana Posted: 9:22 am on December 9th
monakent writes: OMG - the skates are "the best." I have never seen anything like them. They must go WAY back... You got yourself some wonderful finds, at that estate sale, Jim. LOVE what you did with them. Very classy, in a vintage way. Wonderful waking up to this gorgeous project. Hats off to you and your creative mind!!! gailmarie

Posted: 9:13 am on December 9th
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