Friday, December 30, 2011
I am constantly raiding my closet and always second guessing myself as to why I bought stuff. Like the bright orange pullover or the way too tight pants...Seriously Shannon what were you're thinking. Anwyay, the clothing goes into three piles. Donation, Garage Sale, and DIY.
One fun DIY project I created was this organization board from six different sweaters. Jeeze, I didn't realize how many neutral colors I have. It's a true sign of living in the Pacific NW.
I grabbed an old window, some pillow stuffing, upholstery tacks, cut the sweaters up in rectangles and stuffed and hammered each sweater to the inside of each pane. So now my closet and office are both organized!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
One of my favorite magazines is Natural Home & Garden. It reaches so many topics of sustainability, recycling, and eco-friendly solutions to better our planet. I love it! Recently, Jessica Kellner, the Editor posted one of my DIY projects on their website. It's my burnt out light bulb wreath. And even though it's painted red for the holidays, all you need is a can of spray paint and in minutes you can paint it a new color for the new year! I also want to thank Jessica for providing magazines for Design Sponge's Portland Bazaar. They were a big hit. And last but not least, cause she's my Best Friend. In this issue, a wonderful spread of Joanne Palmisano's book, Salvage Secrets. Woo Hoo!
Friday, December 23, 2011
We came, we puzzled, we glued, we made the best holiday wreaths ever at Design Sponge's Portland Bazaar! It's amazing what scrap wood (lath) some red paint and glue can create. Add a little personality from a group of fabulous people and my DIY class walked away with a wonderful holiday memory. Thanks to Grace Bonney of Design Sponge for asking me to be a part of the Portland Bazaar. Hope to see you all again next year!
Posted by Shannon Quimby at 8:38 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Time to wrap presents! Here's fun idea. Decorate new paint cans. You can buy them at any paint supply store. My source is Powell Paint Centerwww.powellpaintcenter.com in Portland Oregon.
Also I just want to give a shoot out to Steve Cridland.
He never asks. He never questions. He's the perfect man, right? Well, in my little world of salvaging junk, he is the perfect guy. I am talking about my good friend and photographer extraordinaire, www.cridlandphoto.com Steve Cridland.
All of my published DIY projects for magazines over the years, Steve has been behind the camera. Steve, thanks for making all my crazy DIY ideas look amazing!
Posted by Shannon Quimby at 4:06 AM
One of my favorite books is called Joseph Had an Overcoat. It's about a man whose only coat started to fray and fall apart. But instead of throwing it away he made it into something else.
At the end of the story the last piece of coat ended up being button and it finally popped off and left Joseph with nothing. So what did he do...he wrote a book about it.
I love that book. And it's my inspiration for my belt mat. I had a favorite leather belt, but it finally kicked the bucket. But instead of throwing it away, I made it into to something else.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Come spend some Girlfriend Time with me at Design Sponge's Portland Bazaar!
We will have fun making this scrap wood wreath, plus a book signing of Salvage Secrets, tons of fun DIY goodies to take home to help check off your holiday gift list. Or what the heck, keep it all for yourself. There are only 15 seats available so sign up fast!
Sunday Dec. 11th 3-4pm at Sandbox Studio. Click on the link below and grab a spot.
See you soon!
Monday, December 5, 2011
You are looking at raw materials of the scrap wooden wreath we will be making! Below is the description of the class on Design Sponge and here's the link to sign up. Only 15 spots open!! Plus I have decorating goodies (paints, Tomboy Tools, Hope bags, this list goes on and on) for all who attend too! This is going to be a blast.
3pm-4pm: DIY Wooden Wreath-Making with Shannon Quimby ($20): What do you get when you combine local Salvage DIY Decorating Gal Shannon Quimby, scrap wood, a blow dryer, glue and paint? Lots of fun and super stylish, upcycled, one of kind, decorative wood wreath that will stand the test of time. Class attendees will leave with their own wreath and a couple surprises from Shannon. Shannon will also be signing copies of her book, Salvaged Secrets. Your class fee covers all materials. SIGN UP HERE
Posted by Shannon Quimby at 2:02 PM
Nothing fancy right now, but a quick note...here's the link to sign up for my class with Design Sponge's first Portland Bazaar!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
What do you think this photo is of? Well, it's a sneak peak of the class I am teaching at Design Sponge's www.designsponge.com first Portland Bazaar! www.portlandbazaar.com Spaces are limited so sign up fast. Dec. 11th 3pm. Wait there's more! A book signing of Salvage Secrets, by Joanne Palmisano. I snagged some books for you, perfect for holiday gifts!
OK...I will spill the beans about the photo. It's a wreath made out of burnt out light bulbs. At the Portland Bazaar, I will be showing how to make this, and you will get to make my latest salvage DIY project, a scrap wood wreath!
Be there or be...empty handed.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I thought...why not do the same table top decorating for the holidays. It's simple, it's cheap and you can eat it too. Total holiday colors of red and green apples. Just poke a hydrangea or any other flower that is in season in your neck of the woods into the top of the apple. Have fun.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Furniture made from century old salvaged timbers of the Sellwood Street Car Barns here in Portland Oregon. The furniture will debute at Endurawood and at a Fabulous Pop Up store called BOYS FORT www.boysfort.org. Grand Opening Nov. 3rd witht the Mayor of Portland arriving for the ribbon cutting Nov. 9th at 1pm PST. These are just two designs of a selection of seven. Own a peice of history! Even the railroad spikes were salvaged by a sweet friend of mine, 13yr old Gabrielle. Cheers! Shannon
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I need your help! My loft bathroom has been chosen as an entry for the 2012 Apartment Therapy color contest! The original flooring, scrap door wind window trim, the beer bottle recycled glass counter tops, the green NO VOC paint! It goes on and on! http://community.apartmenttherapy.com/contests/color/2011/entries/3253 You can choose your favorite (please be mine, please be mine) through noon (EST) on November 21, 2011. The top rooms (receiving the highest number of "favorites") in each of the National divisions (North, South, East, West) will become our Regional finalist winners and will move on to the next round of voting to determine the Grand Prize winner. The top room (receiving the highest number of "favorites") in the International division as of November 21, 2011 will be our International winner. Help me spread the word of Sustainable color, and design. I don't win anything other than a HUGE pat on the back, which we all know once in a while that feels pretty darn good! Feel free to let the world know Shannon's Natural Salvage Room about your entry through email, Facebook and Twitter. Ask your friends, family and coworkers to help out by "favoriting" my bathroom, sharing it on Facebook and tweeting it to their followers to help my room make it to the final round.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Posted by Shannon Quimby at 10:54 PM
Saturday, October 22, 2011
As soon as my best friend Joanne Palmisano steps off the plane here in Portland Oregon (she lives in Shelburne Vermont) the camera starts flying. Even on the way home from the airport, she does the Dustin Hoffman Rain Man shots. You know, the snapping photos randomly while the car is speeding down the road. It never stops, just like Joanne. But in her flurry of photos and never ending of seeing beauty in the simple things of life, she captures some moments that most of us miss. One of my favorite shots she took recently is of my little lamb sitting pretty on my fireplace mantle. And if you want to see more of her amazing work check out her just released book! Salvage Secrets. My little lamb isn't in it, but many other parts of my house (The REX Project) are and I am so proud to be a part of it. And yep, you are seeing double, that's Joanne's twin sister Rosanne Palmisano (Joanne is in white) hanging out by my outdoor fireplace.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Posted by Shannon Quimby at 8:33 AM
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Posted by Shannon Quimby at 4:19 PM