Friday, May 31, 2013

How Reclaimologists And Other Crafty Chicks Started

I have been thinking for two days about this blog post and what I was going to share with you.  Well today it hit me!  I thought I would share how the Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks came about.  

Last year at this time on this day as a matter of fact I was at Primary Children's Hospital with my 14 year old son and had been there for a week.  A month and a half earlier he lost his ability to walk and we had no answers.  Frustrating? Scary? YES!  It changed our entire lives.  When we went to the hospital we really did not know if he would walk again and neither did the doctors.  After intense therapy, prayers and determination last year on May 31st my son walked again.  A week later he came home.

When we got home we realized as a family it was very important that I be home and available for him.  At the time I was in a business partnership and had to make a decision.  We chose for me to quit and stay home with my family.  It was so scary!  We just went through 2 months of acquiring huge medical bills and I just quit my job on top of it.  I was not sure what I was going to do to replace that income but I knew I had to do something. 

I have always been a crafter and it has always been my go-to place for extra income for our family.  A couple weeks went by and I found the indoor yard sales on facebook.  I bought an end table set, made it pretty and sold it on the yard sale to Amy.  I had always know Amy but never gotten to really know her.  We immediately became good friends and talked about how we should come up with a page that has the coolest of stuff.  By that I mean the stuff we love.  A few days later the Reclaim-ologists page was born.  It immediately took off and then one of my long time friends Mandy joined us.  I could not think of two better friends to have started this out with.  

That was it from there we kept looking for the best crafters and they joined us.  We could not believe it!  It has grown into the 20 amazing crafters, collectors and artists that our page is known for today.  

In all of this I think back to what had to happen in my life for this wonderful opportunity to open up.  Sometimes it does not make sense why things fall apart or happen but I truly believe if you are open to the process there can be better opportunity right around the corner.  Our little idea and page has helped our family stay afloat financially this past year.  It has given me the opportunity to be home with my husband and children.  I have gained friendships that are priceless and met some of the most amazing people.  The excitement I have each day in all of it is so much fun I cannot even begin to tell you!

The Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks page has become a part of my heart.  It has been healing.  I know without a doubt none of this would be possible without amazing customers and friends.  I hope you really know how much I appreciate each of you.  
Thank you!

Today do me a favor and walk somewhere.  It does not matter where just walk, enjoy every step just because you can. 

XO Shannon 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Summer Outdoor Furniture Tips and Ideas

Summer is upon us!!!  
I LOVE this time of year!  I love shopping my favorite store...what else?  Home Depot!  I love the colors, the plants, the flowers, the weather...

I love everything about it and this year being on a tighter budget then other years, I've had to come up with inexpensive ways to decorate my yard & porch...I'm gonna let you in on a little secret!  You can reclaim almost anything!!!  My favorite tool is spray paint...the color are amazing and it holds up on any type of furniture, especially metal outdoor furniture!  

the plants above are in a metal file box I found at a thrift store...spray then sand for great chippy effects

pop your favorite color on any old chair, give it a sand on the edges and toss a throw pillow insert into a fun pillow case...add some ribbon and you have a comfortable outdoor chair...the more the weather beats on this chair, the more I will come to love it...

My $5 wicker chair find...YES!  You can find inexpensive projects to reclaim...added some lagoon spraypaint, a chair pillow from last year and some throw pillows from inside the house...makes you want to grab a cold drink and relax a bit...

These chairs were reclaimed from a neighbor who was throwing them away...there are parts that are broken but you can't see them because the plants cover them...our puppy & chickens seem to want to eat or chew EVERY plant I've put into a pot so I had to become resourceful and find a way to keep the plants away from the animals...these chairs are hung by nails and keep the plants up out of the dog & chicken's reach...there are only two chairs here now but more will be added as I find goal is to have a variety of chairs all along this fence line...

these are last years find...they stayed outside all winter...I bought a table and 6 chairs for $25 at a yard sale...they go great around the I get extra money through the summer they will be fitted with comfy pillow cushions...

This little find was a dark brown...a coating of "Seaside" spray paint gave this a whole new look...this table is one-of-a-kind in style and so it will be used indoors & outdoors this summer...

Continue to find different & unique ways to pot your plants...old pots, metal mailboxes, baskets, anything to bring interest & color to your yard...have a wonderful summer...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Are You Getting A Good Deal?

Hey, it's Jeff.  Are you wondering,
Hmm...Am I getting a good deal? 
It never hurts to do your homework!

Do some Research.  Look for similar items on sites like Ebay, Etsy or even Google and take a look at other crafty things that are out there.

Look at other local boutiques or furniture shops to see what others charge.

Look for vintage items, that have yet to be reclaimed.  
See what they're worth in their unfinished state.

Now consider Unlearning what you've seen on "Reality TV". 

On shows like American Pickers, they love to show you how much money they "made" buying a vintage item, and then turning around and selling it.  You may have learned about this in High School accounting class. 
This is called a "Gross Profit". 

They kind of forget to include the costs of driving to the "pick" and home again, and all the other costs associated with making something neglected into something re-claimed!  
And if expenses include filming a TV show and paying a camera man, and everything else, you know they're NOT making their money "pickin' and sellin'"

OK, back to the Deal-io. Some of our expenses are:

Transportation. Crafters have to drive around just like everyone else, at about 3.59 for a gallon of gas, to pick up finds, pick up supplies or deliver the finished product.  

Supplies. We have to Purchase materials in order to paint, repaint or repair whatever we're working on.

Labor: Well, let's pretend we actually have to pay someone a wage to 
re-claim an item. That never happens, but if it did forget about it!

The Unforseen. Sometimes the color is wrong, the finish didn't work out right, or some other disaster happens, and then we have to start all over again!
Deduct all these expenses from the asking price, and now you have a better feel for  the "Net Profit".

Anyway, you get the idea!  Although it's true that everyone at Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks is in business, it's usually a don't-quit-your-day-job kind of business!  

Thank goodness we love what we're doing, and we're passionate about it!

So yeah! You're probably getting a pretty good deal!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Winner Winner Winner!

We have a winner of this weeks Giveaway!

Jennalee Taylor

You have won this fancy little suitcase made by Shannon!

Please email us at 
or message us on our facebook page to claim your prize. 
Thank you once again for participating everyone!
Please check back monday to see what our next giveaway is.  
Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Are You Connected To My Favorite Things?

One of my most favorite things to do is browse on Pinterest. I am a closet Pinterest addict but I am freely confessing my obsession to you today. They say that is the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, right? To be totally honest I don't think I want to recover from the addiction, Pinterest is one of the greatest places to seek inspiration and share your creativity. 

Did you know the Reclaim-ologist and Other Crafty Chicks
 pin on Pinterest?

 If you have ever wondered how to locate a photo of a piece you were interested in that someone in the group created you can find it by following the link below. If you follow us on Twitter you will get immediate notifications of new items for sale & of course Face book my other online love, get all the groups latest chatter there! 

You should totally follow us on Pinterest, Twitter & Facebook. 

You know you want to do it.... Come join our group of addicts, it is a sweet addiction for sure!

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Thanks and Muah!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How Color Makes Us Feel

Hello everyone!  This is Kristin again. :)  I have noticed that in the last few years, various shades of blue, red, yellow and green have become very popular colors for painted furniture.  Why is this?  I believe that a splash of color in our homes can make us feel cheerful and invigorated. Personally, I would never paint all the walls in my home turquoise or fire truck red, but I do enjoy a bright red bookshelf, or a turquoise end table or dresser.  While researching the subject of color's relation to mood, I found this great article from
Lisa Bryne gives some great info about how our favorite colors can make us feel.

Red is associated with high energy and power. It is the color our eyes are drawn to first in a room, so a little can go a long way. Red signals courage, ambition and strength. It promotes alertness and speed, and connects us to our physical self.

Yellow is the color of optimism, brightness, cheery attitude and mental clarity. It promotes creative, clear, upbeat thinking and decision making. Yellow can be helpful in easing depression and encouraging laughter.

Green is a tremendously pleasing color. It has many positive qualities — invoking renewal, balance, refreshment and peace – which provides a calming influence and stress reducer.

Blue promotes rest and calm and is a very popular color (the majority of people will respond that their favorite color is blue).  Blue can be very effective to help ward off insomnia and promote a deep relaxing sleep. It can help balance hyperactivity in children, and promotes imagination and intuitive thinking.

Lisa  suggests that before we bring color into our homes, we should do a little personal assessment of how color impacts us. Sometimes a color may generally impact people one way, but for you, it brings out entirely different moods, feelings or emotions.
Write out each color on a sheet of paper (perhaps use a set of crayons or colored pencils to shade in a space of color on the page) and write down any words that come to mind. Don’t analyze it, just let it come out stream of consciousness.
After jotting down your knee-jerk feelings about each color, review it and see if you feel drawn to certain colors — or resistant to others. Use this as a guide as you think about ways to bring color into your world.

How do these colors make you feel?  If you get a few minutes,
please try this exercise and share your results with us!
Here are my results-
Red-Energetic, Busy
       Yellow-Happy, Optimistic
   Green-Life, Motivation
 Blue-Comfort, Sanity


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Photo Covered Magnet Board and A GIVEAWAY!

Hi!  Alese here!  One of the crafters from Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks and Creative Blogger at 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt.
A couple years ago my sister had a birthday right before she headed off to college.  I knew she was going to go to college and make new friends, become more independent, and probably find a boy to marry (She got married last June!)  But amid all that fun stuff, I didn't want her to forget about her big sis!  So I knew I wanted to make her something to remind her of our friendship, and all the fun times we have together.  So I came up with this magnet board.
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To Make the Photo Board:
I ordered my prints from online photo department.  The ones that were too close to be cropped I ordered in wallet size.  They were a perfect fit for the board.  I got my magnet board unfinished from the craft store.  I painted it red.  I laid out all the pictures, and trimmed them to fit perfectly. Then I used Mod Podge to put the pictures on. I bought some cute magnets to go on the board.  And WAL-LAH!  It was done!

Here is another fun thing you could do with Mod Podge!
A vintage suitcase with vintage postcards!

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Leave a comment here and share this on Facebook to win this suitcase! Make sure you like us on Facebook too!  Winner will be announced on Friday May 24th.

*Suitcase is located in Genola, Utah. Winner will need to pick up prize in south Utah county within 7 days of winner being announced.

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Winner winner chicken dinner...well actually a really cute chair!

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And the winner of the super cute porch chair is Taylor times!!! Wahoo you won, congrats! Your chair will be ready for pick up Monday May 20th. You can email me for my address
Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways and remember we do giveaways on Facebook too!

Removing Wood Veneer

 Howdy Folks! It's Jamie again. Isn't this buffet awesome?? It's one of my dreams to find one of these babies at a yardsale or the DI but really who would ever willingly give one of these up? Not me, I had a hard time giving this one back to it's owner:) Anyway, one of my clients brought this awesome buffet to me to refinish, it's a family heirloom and was in pretty rough shape. I was originally just going to wood putty the damage but then realized it was far too damaged and needed the thin layer of veneer removed. I was NERVOUS! Yes, even us Reclaimers get nervous.

 After some helpful tips from my fellow Reclaimers, we went about  attempting to remove the veneer. First we laid some damp towels on the top. It's amazing what moisture will do to wood. It didn't take very long for the entire top thin veneer piece to just start curling up everywhere.

 Using mostly a putty knife the majority just came right off, we then used a heat gun to get those last stubborn pieces off.
 See what gorgeous wood was under all that age and water damage, LOVE it!! The client wanted it a beautiful two-tone with a light glaze. I think it turned out awesome and it's one of my favorite pieces that I've ever re-done. I hope it stays in her family for many more years and that they enjoy it as much as I did. I'm totally jealous of anyone who gets awesome family heirlooms handed down!
This piece was a learning experience for me and it turned out awesome! So go tackle that piece that's been making you nervous, you can do it! 
Have a great weekend everyone and do something crafty!

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

It's a tough job but someone has to do it...

Hair tucked up tightly in our hats, we are on our way.  "Shannon, do you think we will hit the jackpot today?" My mind starts to race with anticipation!  What will we find? 
What if we don't find anything?  It's killing me!

First stop and the excitement sets in.....

Carts ready we race to the back of the store to see what we can find, at first it looks grim, but never fear, we keep looking, then just like that one thing after another starts catching our eyes.  We put things in our carts, we take some things out.  We love to talk to people and then there are people that like to talk to themselves, it's always an adventure and the day has just barely begun!

The pile has begun, we hop in the truck and voom off to our next destination, laughing and singing as we go.  The interaction with our other crafters is so much fun we have really built a strong relationship with most everyone, and we LOVE to tease.  Well we were teasing one our very talented crafters Erica, Shannon texted her and her spell check on her phone ended up asking her if she was prehistoric..
Well that struck us sooooo funny!! We laughed until we cried!

Well we arrived at our destination, and sat there until we could compose ourselves and began our work again, this time we struck out.A little disappointed but not heart broken we gathered ourselves up and got back in the truck sweating from the heat and dying of thirst and exhaustion just for you .. hehe!  We were on our way to another stop and it was like a golden ray that fell from the sky shining on a little narrow street beckoning us to come forth.  We heard the picking angels singing, so we followed the light.  It was paradise, the streets were paved with golden treasures, we literally were picking through garbage but it was sooo worth it!  A little timid at first but by the third item we found we were pro's.

A few more shopping stops, seeing a high speed chase, wittnessing two full size horse statues some mexican food and a whole lot of interesting conversation. We were beat!  So what do we do now you ask?? Well we go get Slurpees of course, we needed a pick me up for our last few stops!

Do you like Pina Coloada's.... I do!

A 12 hour day of hard labor just for our awesome customers!! ... We had a very FUN and interesting day for sure, and ended up with a whole truckload of treasures just for you!

Hope you enjoyed our behind the scenes post!
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We hope you are all enjoying this warm weather!


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