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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Demise of the Fleamarket (as I knew it)!

I am sure fleamarkets have all sorts of reputations by the people who frequent them. This is just mine... I have visit them from time to time in my life. As a child my father would make and sell Soulful Christmas music at our local market. There would be someone selling perfume/incents, another selling cast offs from an estate sale or home clean out. Almost always somebody had a large barrel grill cooking the best ribs you have ever tasted.

I now visit fleamarkets more often than before. You see, I redesign jewelry and small furniture items and accessories. So the fleamarket, thrift store, garage and yard sales are where I can find some of my best buys. Of course curside shopping is the absolute best bargain because it is free!

Anywho, now all I see at the markets are dollar store items! Everything is cheap. Whatever happend to the vintage clothing, tchotchkes, mixed tapes, they old guy selling used hardware and tools? Where's my local farmer selling vegetables and fruit.... Now all I see is junk....and DEFINITELY not the good kind!

During one of my recent trips to a once reliable fleamarket it was SO crowded, I couldn't even find a park. This was in the middle of the day... don't these people work?! LOL

Right off the back I was hit with designer knock-offs of every kind!
 All sorts of stuff... Even things bought in bulk and sold individually... HA! What a rip!
 More socks than you can shake a stick at....(whatever that means..I think I'm getting old)
 Turning-skin-green jewelry.
 But the people were there in full force. Good for the vendors I suppose...bad for me.
 These are cute...but I'd rather buy them from a handmade jewery artist... and the handmade ones are not that expensive... $10-$20.... definitely comparable.
 Loads and loads of stuff... some would say too much stuff..... but nothing for me :(
 Cheap fashions anyone?
 Ah... such a disappointing trip. However, there was one small glimpse of joy on my way out... partially buried deep in the dirt, I found this little gem. Most folks would walk right over it.... but not me. This is what I love to do.... Find old grungy, discarded items and make them neat and interesting!
 So I cleaned that baby up. Sprayed with a clear coat as not to damage anyone's clothing...added a few jeweled letters and a suede cord & silver finding...and...
 Voila! A piece of Found Item Art.
No I understand that this isn't everyone's thing... but it's mine. It's the way I help beautify this earth... one recycled item at a time.

That Girl, Ang

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

ALERT: One Of a Kind Necklace Contest IS OVER!


WHERE? On my other blog Usable Art!

WHY? Because I want to:
1.) Introduce my blog Usable Art for Sale! It's a way to share my collections & creations.

2.) Introduce my Mission: Adorning life with jewels of the past & treasures of what's lost and found: Upcycled Art, Accessories, Housewares, Vintage and much more!

Come Join The Fun! Please tell your friends!

All the best!
That Girl, Ang

Friday, September 03, 2010

Reversible Remixed Jewels

I call them reversible because I made them large enough to slip over (the average sized) head LOL - they are about 32" so it shouldn't be a problem.... Anywho, since there is no clasp the necklaces may be turned to adjust the design to your liking.

I'm having so much fun making jewelry that my larger projects are getting jealous! I gotta get back to them. Yikes, I have a show this October!


Usable Art - A store page for my creations. Look out for the giveaway next week. I will pick a name from a hat. All you have to do for an entry is leave a comment on the giveaway page post and become a follower!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Keep on Truckin' Earrings!

What do you get when you pair Swarovski crystal beads, sterling silver findings and vintage Hess Truck toy tires? Great pair of Truckin' earrings! The 1st pair I made was couple years ago...after thinking about them for quite some time. I sold them at a show to a man who's niece was turning 13...and who's father a collector of Hess Trucks.... Uh-oh.. Hope they didn't cause a problem.

Well if there are any purest out there.. please note my dad always bought 2 trucks for my kids... one to store...and another to destroy..through play. I couldn't bare to through them away..... so I came up with this idea after thinking about my childhood tire swing. LOL Enjoy your memories!

Swarovski Capri Blue and Garnet Hearts!

Topaz and Siam...

More Topaz and Peridot.

Have you ever used toys in you junk revamps? Add a little fun to your ventures.... After all... if it's not fun... Then why do it?

That Girl, Ang

PS - These may be purchase at my etsy store.

Friday, August 27, 2010

K is for Keys, Key Plates and such!

KEYS glorious keys! What's not to love? Keys signify authority, opporitunity... Key plates signify a door way to the known and unknown. Over the years, I've collected many, many keys.. unfortunately I've somehow hid them from myself. However, I did find just enough to bring you a delightful display. Enjoy!!

Most of these keys came from a great little spot in downtown Greensboro, NC... I forget the name. The key hole plates I got from eBay.

Look at the cool detail.

The piece is unique in it's own right. It is labeled "Bert"

These keyplates (it that the right name?) are just devine. I could only find 2 of my stash.. they'd make great necklaces!

Ooo look! Lovely key plate jewelry.

This key I bent in the spoon bender I purchased off of eBay. I drilled a little hole in it and.....

Voila! A key bracelet!

They compliment each other very well.

Do you use Keys or key parts in your design or art? If so, what do you make? If not, why are you waiting? LOL

That girl, Ang

Please check out my byABPryor Etsy Store.... or my new blog Usable Art for Sale! for unique, fun gifts! Thanks

Monday, August 23, 2010

Remixed Jewelry - Upcycle Recycle Style

I've been busy making jewelry over the past week. They were refashioned out of beads, vintage jewelry, liquors labels, belts, purse chains, skeleton key part, and key hole plate. The most unique part was my use of a destroyed vintage Christian Dior suitcase. I call these pieces I redesign the findings for a unique outcome.
Please enjoy!
The Bourbon Street Necklace. I paired beads, a birdie charm, a metal liquor label and crystal lettering to make this goreous piece. The chain is from a vintage Art Deco purse clasp (the purse part had been removed).

The Elegant Long Black Velvet Purse Necklace. The tiny purse from the doll section of the craft store was paired with a very long vintage necklace. This is quite the conversation piece; simple yet elegant.

Two of my favorite; The Key Part Necklace and the matching Key Plate Bracelet. The necklace was fashioned out of 2 vintage necklaces. I added a skeleton key part and chandelier crystals. The bracelet is a mixture of 2 necklaces, (one of which was used in the previous design) a keyhole plate and a bead. Many common everyday items can be transformed into beautiful pieces of art.

This is one of my most unique pieces of work. Iwas created using 5 different parts. I used 2 non matching chains (one is beaded), a barrette, an earring and a bead. I love how it all works together.

Finally, I made my 1st bib necklace. I call it the Floral Bibster. It's base is made from the Dior bag I cut up (only after it was alread maimed), silk flowerers, rhinstones from a broken vintage bracelet, velvet ribbons and a very eighties gold chain belt. The final reulst is a cute lightweight necklace.

Just for kicks I created this piece for the love of Jimmy Fallon's song.. "The Jet Blue Song: The Ballad of Steven Slater". I don't condone what the former Jet Blue Flight Attendant did... but the song was funny as heck! LOL HIS & HERS "get two beers and jump" Resin Necklaces.

Although I LOVE to create.. these items are for sale as well. Please check out my byABPryor Etsy Store.... or my new blog Usable Art for Sale! for unique, fun gifts! Thanks

That girl, Ang

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ruined Bag turned Good!

About 2 years ago, I purchased this LOVELY apple green bag on eBay. It was vintage and it was new...still had the tag attached!
I was as happy as a Lark. I loved it so, it inspired me to do a photo shoot with it and one of my vintage dresses in 2009!However, I was careless and did not store it properly. Unfortunately, it was ruined. I tried to clean it with acetone.... BAD MOVE!So I pondered... what could I do to fix this fiasco! How could I be so careless?! Then I thought ah-ha! FLOWERS... I have tons of flowers... maybe I could accessorize.... SO I got my handy glue gun and this is the final result.
I actually love it even more! What do you think?! Well if you think you want to buy it... hop on over to Usable Art for Sale!

That Girl, Ang

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

J is for Junk! Now selling my JUNK on my Usable Art blogspot!!!

I have a few things for sale now... so please visit me here.
and in my Etsy Store.....Usable Art byABPryor
Thanks so much for your support!
That Girl, Ang

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I is for Inspirational Ideas....

Everyday, I look around to find different ways of doing things. Now, I know, I know...there is nothing new under the sun..or so they say... but look at these inventive creations and tell me if they inspired you..the way they have me! (Click the links to read the stories behind the stories!)

1. A TP Holder - I know some of you are thinking "How can that be inspirational?" But hold on, and check this out. Sue Whitney of the fabulous came up with this marvelous idea to make a toilet paper holder out of a brace. Go figure?! I owned one of these and was going to copy the idea but decided to pass my brace along in a junk swap. It will be fun to see what my partner makes with it!

2. Silver Lights -I was so inspired by this next project I made a whole slew of them. I will go more in detail when I get to "N" for nightlights! Janis Gurney of Rust & Ruffles blog made these wonderful lights out of teapots and crystal. Aren't they beautiful?!

3. Mirrored Tree House - This is not your norm craft, but, nevertheless it is incredible! When I saw this I became completely enthralled by the very idea. What could I make using this technology....hmmmm We will see....(insert mad scientist laugh) I wonder if the birds really do fly into it....hmmmmm.

4. Unusual Frame - No really, I've seen almost everything turned into a frame.... well take a look at this baby. This is what you get when you blend together a light fixture, 2 door knobs, some silver paint and an adorable picture! Sue Whitney of has done it again. This lady never ceases to amaze me. You take a look and tell me what you think? Inspiring right?!

5. Family Reunion Heritage Tree - This 5th and final project is from yours! I hope this inspires you as much as it has inspired me. This started from a junk swap I participated in on the board. I sent out a large box of junkaliciousness and received a box full of goodies in return. One of the pieces was a rusty white plant stand. After turning the piece to and fro...upside down and around, I decided on my final project. Hope you like it!

This concludes Inspirational Ideas. I hope this post was (hee-hee) Inspiring! Please tell me what you think.

That Girl,