I’ve always loved a good rub-on. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right, does it?
But seriously, I’ve been in love with these things since the 70’s. I think they went out of vogue for a couple of decades, but they came back when the scrapbook craze started to take off.
Two of my favorite brands are Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsies.
I have had hit or miss luck finding these in craft stores. Hobby Lobby used to have a good selection of the Tim Holtz brand, but they don’t seem to any longer. Meanwhile, Michael’s currently seems to have a large section devoted to the Tim Holtz line, but a small selection of his rub-on’s themselves. Ever since my favorite scrapbook store went out of business, I haven’t been able to find the 7 Gypsies brand anywhere except online.
I’ve always been a little bummed that these designs are so small, obviously meant for small paper crafts. That’s why I was so thrilled when I discovered the Iron Orchid Designs Decor Transfers, which are basically rub-on’s that are sized for furniture.
Adding rub-on’s to vintage pieces, big or small, is a quick and easy way to give them a little extra pizzazz.
You saw me do this a little while back with the vintage graters that I turned into photo holders.
But first, what is it? I don’t actually know. Perhaps one of you does? Those pieces on the side flip out to become a sort of handle.
Now, before you guess some kind of campfire cooking pot, I know it’s hard to judge size from these photos. This thing is only about 1.5″ deep and 4.5″ across. It’s way too small to cook in, it’s even way too shallow to be some sort of campfire coffee cup.
But whatever its original purpose, I think it would make a great little container for any number of things. Hairpins? Jewelry? Nuts and bolts? Spare change?
Or perhaps stamps.
I’ve suggested that with my choice of rub-on’s for one side, but on the other side I went more generic with just some numbers.
I added a little something to the top too.
It’s just a fun way to add some interest to an otherwise plain container.
So if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, get yourself some rub-on’s and see what you have lying around that needs a little pizzazz.