Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Life For an Old Tool

I found this old concrete trowel made out of wood about 1 1/2 years ago at a church rummage sale in Oklahoma.  It reminded me of a piece of driftwood and it had the most wonderful patina.  I call it patina, the woman I bought it from called it crust.  She said that her father made his own tools and used this for many years.  Imagine all the patios and sidewalks this beauty helped create......

I thought about a towel holder, but the crust patina wasn't going to come off.  I stashed it away and completely forgot about it until I saw this post from Jane at Mamie Jane's.  She made a magnetic picture holder out of a grout trowel.  I immediately had to find my long lost trowel; not an easy job in my messy garage.  Maybe I'm not as disorganized as I thought I was because it was in the first place I looked.

After years of use, this worn out old handle must have been a perfect fit for the hand of its maker.  After I bought it, I noticed the stamped words on the side of the handle:  HARRINGTON, L.A. CALIF. I guess he might have worked for that company, or he added the wood bottom to the metal plate.

The handle holds it up when turned on its side.  All the rhinestones are shiny, but some look a little dull in the picture.  Since it reminded me of driftwood, I thought COTTAGE would be a good word to spell out with the bits and pieces of old jewelry. 

I'm linking up with:
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday,
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


Michelle L. said...

*gasp* That is stunning and wonderful. Arrrrggh. You make me crazy! Also, I am still laughing at 'crust.'

The Polka Dot Closet said...

The glamour of rhinestones against the crusty wood...Fabulous! I am running so low on rhinestones, I have got to be looking for some soon


Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Oh My I love your new use of an old cast-off piece ...!!!

I love the use of the old jewelry for the lettering too ..

What a Great marriage of vintage finds ..

Blessings ..Sara

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a cute idea.

Linda said...

Betsy...this is wonderful! Such a nice contrast and rustic and bling...perfect!

Erin said...

Love that cottage sign!!!!

Pam said...

Love the sign and such a great story to go with it. Thanks for sharing.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Beautiful!! What a great idea...hmmm where did I put my Dads cement tools??
Yes we are fogged in too...makes everything so depressing. Hoping for a day of sun but I hear we may get rain this weekend, which we need.
Have a great weekend!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Great idea, love how you created that great cottage sign, it's so unique!! love it!
Thanks for linking up with VIF!

grace said...

What a clever cute idea. I will have to keep my idea some old tool to put some of my rhinestones on.

Elsie said...

Hi Betsy, I found you on Cindy's "My Romantic
Home". I love your trowel, that is really neat.
"Crust" that is so funny. I love patina, it just sounds better. I have a trowel I bought back in the 90's at a craft show that has
chickens painted on it and I love it. I still
have it in my kitchen. I do love yours with it's
bling. Maybe my chickens need a little bling too.LOL. I will be back to visit. This Louisiana girl loves your blog.

Miss Gracie's House said...

Now this is CUTE! so glad you were able to find it:)

Pam said...

That is such a cute sign. Glad you could find the trowel when you needed it. Mamie Jane's blog is just a wealth of inspiration.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Another masterpiece, Betsy! That really was a cute idea to use vintage jewelry to spell cottage. ;)

Thanks for linking to the party each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage