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Big Projects Launched! What Could It Be!

GadgetSponge & Muddy Water Resurrections have a couple of big things up our sleeves!  Stay tuned!


Barn Junkin' Trip

Hey folks!  Last weekend, my buddy, Justin (Muddy Water Resurrections), and I hit the road with a trailer in tow on a lead from a good friend.  Her great uncle, Mr. C. D. Finley, had a small barn structure that he used to keep all his this and thats along with all the usual stuff to take care of cattle and the acreage.

We ended up getting a lot of great boards in varying degrees of excellence.  

Lots of this wood will go toward a couple of Little Library projects for two cities here in North Louisiana that you'll see in progress very soon, right here on GadgetSponge.  What's left will help create lots of cool other creations.  Look at that wood!

We also got to pick through all the stuff that was still there.  Is there anything better!

Check out this awesome electric fence control box.  Can you say lamp!  

Lots of small knick knacks to spice up all kinds of future projects.

What do you do with a vintage vacuum head?  I don't know but I had to grab it.  It's way too cool to pass up.  The sea shell was wired as a lamp.  How about that!

Mr. Finley had a knack for cutting out these amusing little characters and hand painting each.  


I'm always looking for booth props to keep things interesting.  This will make a great booster seat for something else.  This was originally created by Mr. Finley.

How about this galvanized sprayer and large canary cage!

And here's some things I picked up recently at an estate sale and other places that are recent prized possessions.



EXTRA!! EXTRA!! GadgetSponge Featured in the Shreveport Times!  

Kathie Rowell did a fantastic job on the article she wrote about me and my creations!  Thanks so much Kathie!  I couldn't have asked for a better article.

You can also read the online version (HERE).  The side images online kind of come and go.  The digital ads knock  off the bottom images on the side.


Repurposed Chrome Shelf Squares - Into Trays!

Hey friends!  I've got some new creations fresh from GadgetSponge Garage!

A couple of my good friends had an accident while moving a glass and chrome shelf unit and things went to pieces.  They showed me the chrome square support rings and I grabbed them thinking they might work out one day.  While looking around in the garage, it finally hit me.  Turn them into breakfast trays!

Each piece starts with custom cut wood to serve as the base for the trays.  The artwork was either decoupaged or nailed to the wood and then I used different pieces for the feet of each tray.

I created the one above with original vintage illustrations from a Dick and Jane book that I had three copies of.

I used a piece from some vintage retail wrapping paper that features illustrations of fishing lures.

This one features a map of the larger New Orleans area.

With this last one, I used vintage metal letters, some metallic blue paint and vintage metal roller skate pieces as the feet.

BUY THEM NOW!  In my ETSY SHOP (HERE).  Or at Timeline Antiques & Collectibles Mall in Shreveport, LA.


Repurposed Water Ski Beer & Soda Bottle Opening Station - "Beer 30" #2

Howdy folks!  I've got another one of my repurposed vintage water ski bottle opening stations fresh from the garage.  I've made a lot of different ones in the past year, but they are just so much fun with their own identities and parts/pieces.

I've made a "Beer 30" one before but it flew off the shelf and I dearly missed it (HERE).  This one has a different bottle cap/trash basket and a few other different modifications and pieces.  The most fun is picking the vintage water ski and deciding what I'll use for the bottle cap/waste receptacle.  

This one was perfect with the Mustang artwork on it.  And the addition of the water ski fin at the bottom.  Great for a man cave, game room, garage, patio, deck, kitchen and more!