Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

Suncatchers in Upcycled Picture Frames

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

Giuseppe models the suncatcher.

Something new—suncatchers! And Giuseppe stepped in to model while his mom was having a nap. I think he did pretty well!

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

“Peaches and Peonies” suncatcher.

Remember all those annoying little metal frames we used for our photos, 3-1/2 x 5, 4 x 6, 5 x 7, thin, cheap metal colored gold or silver? I would see boxes of them at estate sales and yard sales and think, “I have to think of something to do with those, imagine how many are thrown away all the time!”

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

“Great Spangled Fritillaries” suncatcher.

Well, I did! I use the same vinyl labels I use for my votives to make suncatchers for another in my line of repurposed, reused upcycled old stuff.

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

“Stained Glass Cats” suncatcher.

I often add another finish to the frame itself, usually in a color that matches the artwork, though that’s difficult to see here.

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

“Bloom Where You Grow” suncatcher

I’ve also been incorporating text into some of my designs this year, as you see above, especially with photographs. From my photo blog “Today” the titles are often the first thought I had when I saw the scene and was inspired to photograph it, as with this photo from 2016. You’ll see more of these on suncatchers as well as votives, magnets and more.

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

“Late Winter Sunbath” suncatcher.

To further reuse materials that would otherwise be sent to a landfill, I use chains from old jewelry to hang them, even using the jump rings and catches sometimes. When I do the final photos for these you’ll see all these details.

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

“The Garden Gate” suncatcher.

But these are just one style. I also have handpainted suncatchers! The hooks I use to hang things on my windows wouldn’t stay in place, so I had to improvise. I’ll get those photographed as soon as I can, but the sun went down before I was done today.

Suncatcher in recycled picture frame

“Summer Living” suncatcher.

I’ll get these up on my website as soon as possible!

More like this

I will build a new page in my Handmade Gifts Gallery just for suncatchers, and I’ll post about it here so be sure to check back.

Join us for an Open House!

In person or virtual, you’re invited to our Autumn Open House, October 3 to 10! You can shop either in person or online, which means if you are nowhere near us you can still choose from all the stuff AND get the 25% discount I always offer at my open house events. For in-person attendees, it’s a week long so that people can spread out their visits and we can socially distance. I’ll have things set up in my house as well as my front and back porches and at least one of my tents in the back yard, and for our friends at a distance I’ll photograph or video the setups.

I’m celebrating this year too—can you believe it’s been almost a year since my hip replacement? What a year it’s been! I’m celebrating my hip surgery, my recovery as well as surviving this past year with patchy income and limited ability for part of it, following two years of even more limited ability and more patchy income. You can’t take me down too easily! And it’s also had to believe that October 19 is my 30th anniversary of the day I closed on this house! Thirty years, I never intended to be here this long but here I am, and it’s another thing to celebrate.

I won’t have as much as I had planned since I’m still settling out my studio spaces and finally receiving things I’d ordered, but I’m also planning at least one more open house in November, December, or both.

If you shop in person, I give you a 25% discount on your entire order. If you shop online, you need a discount code. Either way, you need to sign up for my Open House notifications so that I can email you the information, or send a snail mail post card, whichever works best for you.



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