A while back one of my fellow Reclaiming Beautiful vendors stopped by and she happened to admire the yardstick shelves that I have in my living room.
After she left I realized that it had been a while since Ken and I teamed up to make these shelves. So I dug through my stash out in the carriage house and I found six random yardsticks (I tend to grab them when I see them at garage sales).
I thought both the red one and the one with the green writing would be perfect for Christmas. But the other ones needed a little something more, they didn’t have any color or that aged patina that I love so much.
So I decided to fake it with a little stain.
I just used an old t-shirt to wipe on a little Early American stain, and voila! Aged patina.
Next I sent the yardsticks over to Ken to be added to some old bead boards to make shelves. I shared all of the details on constructing these back in this post …
So be sure to go back and check that out if you want to make some for yourself.
Once the shelves were made up, I was trying to decide what sorts of things could go on the red shelf to give it a holiday look. Santa and some green bottle brush trees give it a traditional look.
Then I remembered the really cool clock that my sister purchased at last year’s Holly Jolly Market. I decided that I could replicate it using my Cricut machine, some red vinyl and one of my own vintage alarm clocks.
I want to reiterate that this clever idea is not my own. I wish I had gotten the name of the vendor that my sister purchased her clock from so that I could give them credit, but I neglected to do that.
But I love the Christmas clock paired with the red yardstick shelf. What a unique, vintage look for Christmas decor right?
Since I had the Cricut out, I decided to make up a 2nd clock to bring to Reclaiming Beautiful.
If you’re not so into red for Christmas, the plain yardstick shelves can also be dressed up for the holidays.
This monochromatic look is a little more ‘me’. I purchased these little houses at my local Bachman’s store a couple of years ago. They look great paired up with some bleached bottle brush trees. I was hoping to add another to my non-collection (because I swear I don’t collect anything) this year, but when my sister and I stopped in there on Saturday all we could find were much bigger, more elaborate (and more expensive) ones. So I guess I’ll just stick with the three that I already have.
I love the clever little sayings on some of the yardsticks like the “Full Service is our Rule” above. These must have been fun customer giveaways back in the day. And now they make unique shelves for displaying your non-collections!
I’m planning to head in to Reclaiming Beautiful this week with the clock, the shelves and a few more Christmas goodies that I threw together yesterday (unless our weather decides not to cooperate). If any of you locals want to do some shopping over Thanksgiving weekend, please note that they are closed on Thursday but will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.