Monday, August 8, 2011

Is it something? Does anyone know what this is???

Hey, Froggers (Friends who are Bloggers)!
I was so excited with my great purchases on Saturday! However, I bought an item that I had no idea what it was. It was so cool that I couldn't pass it up, especially since it was only $2.

It appears to be made of wood, and the scalloped parts are metal, which leads me to believe that it was used more for cutting or making impressions than printing. I'm hoping that it's a Medievil artifact that the Smithsonian has been wanting for their collection. You know. Kinda like "the missing link"? I'd love to be seen on Antiques Roadshow and find out that it's worth a million dollars, and that the market is hot for it right now, and that I'll pretend that I will NEVER sell it because it's so unique, knowing fully well that if it's gonna pay for my daughters' college educations, it's SO last week!

The back has some kind of handles with which to use it.

And here's another view. It's about a square foot or so.

So, what do you all think? I'd love some input.

And, here's my latest project. The image is from the Graphics Fairy. I imported it into my Sure Cuts A Lot and cut it out in vinyl. I placed the vinyl in the center after I painted over the wood in black. It was a little tedious, but I love the process. I painted over the vinyl with Old White Chalk Paint, then lifted up the vinyl. The key to a lovely finish is to sand well (distressing if you so desire) and apply wax. I used a mixture of mostly clear Briwax with a small amount of oak Briwax, which is my new fave.
I adore this finish, and I'm going to have a hard time getting rid of this one.

I think The Graphics Fairy is the bees' knees. She has such beautiful graphics for projects. She ranks up there in my book!

As always, thanks bunches for stopping by. I hope I've inspired some of you to craft on!
Fondly, Tami
And, I'm linking up to
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Beyond the Picket Fence 
House of Hepworths 
Fireflies and Jellybeans


  1. Love your sign....thanks for stopping by and visiting me.

  2. Interesting piece. I'm sure I would have picked it up too not knowing what it was for.

    I don't even have a good guess as to what it was originally for. Good luck, hopefully someone will know it is.

  3. Tami, I have no clue what this piece was used for but it is really unique and wonderful! Your sign is lovely and I adore the Graphics Fairy too. Thanks for joining the Open House party this week.

  4. Absolutely fabulous !! Love how you did this ... and, you *know* this is one of my favorite images from Graphics Fairy !! I thank you and appreciate your comment about my stools with this image on them, as well.

  5. Hi Tami! I don't know what that first piece is, but it has potential, doesn't it???!!!

    Love your work with the GF graphic. Very nice!

  6. Hi Tami, I don't know what it is, but I'll buy it from you:)! I love the key table, great work!

    Bliss Farm Antiques

  7. Hello Frogger- (haha!) that's a new term I learned today, thanks to you! I love your sign/tray, not sure, but love the graphic you chose and that exquisite paint job. Happy Brag Monday!

  8. Beautifully done, fellow Frogger! lol! Where would we be with Karen and her graphics???? :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. i love the sign its so beautiful xx

  10. Your sign is gorgeous!!! I love that you used the vinyl as a custom stencil, so smart!!!
    As for your mysterious object, I believe it's an antique Print Block, that would have been used to print onto fabric or wallpaper, in the old days. My girlfriend collects these, they come in all sorts of beautiful patterns!

  11. Love your sign- it is darling. I love the graphics fairy too!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  12. Hey Tami, just stumbled on your blog today and loving it! As for your "mystery item", I agree with the Graphics Fairy, it's a print block. They are still widely used in India and Thailand and were used in Europe and the US at one time for various items like paper, fabric and wall paper. If you look at Indian papers, many of the designs you see are block prints...the ease of them is that they often are carved with repeating patterns so it was easy to just keep stamping rather than having to measure or line up anything. Great job on the sign! Thanks for sharing!


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