I’m not going to lie. When Jen from the blog Jennifer Rizzo asked me if I’d like to take part in the “She Sent Me WHAT?” blog hop, I was nervous to say yes. Jen asked a bunch of us if we’d be willing to go to a thrift store, buy an item, and mail it to a fellow blogger who would then need to use the item creatively in her home. I am ALL for making over second hand finds, but what if someone sent me something like this?
Actually, if you spray painted that dinosaur a fun glossy color, stuck decorative paper napkins in his head, and placed him on a styled dessert buffet he would be quite the conversation piece. Okay, maybe this challenge won’t be so bad!
Jessica from Four Generations One Roof was assigned to send me an item and she went very easy on me! In fact, she totally blessed me with a gift! Just look at this gorgeous vintage gold tray. I adore the shape and the floral pattern on the inside.
Isn’t it lovely? I didn’t need to do a thing to alter it. It is perfect just the way it is!
I decided to use the tray as a little drop zone for my jewelry. I can never seem to get through an entire day with my jewelry on :).
I wanted to corral the decorative items on my desk within a tray but didn’t have one large enough on hand. Nothing a trip down to the basement couldn’t solve! I found this old IKEA frame and decided to make it into a large tray. I popped off the back, traced the back onto some gold faux bois wrapping paper, cut the paper out and placed it in the frame. Voila! Instant tray.
Thank you Jess for sending me something I love! I look forward to using this tray in some upcoming decorating vignettes, so I’m sure it’s not the last time you’ll be seeing it.
Want to see what I sent Kim from Today’s Creative? I definitely didn’t go quite as easy on her as Jess did on me. Remember that napkin-head dinosaur? 🙂 Ha! Just kidding. But this item did come from the same thrift store and pickings were slim! I’m excited to see what kind of makeover Kim was able to pull off. Click here to find out!
You can see all of the posts from the participants in the bloghop below. There are some amazingly creative transformations in the bunch!
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Today’s Creative Blog
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Makely School for Girls
East Coast Creative
At Home on the Bay
At the Picket Fence
Not Just a Housewife
lovely use of what looks like a vintage pickard dish. agree, nothing needed to be done to make it functional and eye appealing. bravo.
Thanks for stopping by Cherie and for pointing out the origins of my tray!
Teri O says
So glad you didn’t change it and thank-you for the brilliant tray idea! I’m going in my garage now and pulling out some frames. I happen to have some fabric I think I’ll use. Thank-you for the inspiration!!!
You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by Teri :).
Emily Maldonado says
Love this challenge!! It’s definitely inspiring me to hop around to all of your blogs!
Thanks for stopping by Emily!
Debra @ MsMoozys Open House says
Perfect the way it was, fits right in there. Thanks for sharing today. 🙂
ashley @ the handmade home says
So fun! Great job, Beth! ;}
Erica @fortheloveofdecorating says
HA! I have the SAME EXACT wrapping paper and that vase! I love TJ Maxx 😉
Well, then you must have very good taste ;)! I found the vase at Marshalls years ago (it’s actually a candle holder and I took off the top part) and the paper at HomeGoods–so all in the family of TJMaxx. Love them too!
Erica @fortheloveofdecorating says
Too funny! Mine is identical but came as a vase. I got it on clearance just last week for $5. Maybe they saw yours and decided it worked better as a vase 🙂 LOL
Melanie @ Carmel Moments says
What a cool idea, to swap and craft.
You did end up with a great gift. I love the vintage tray.
Have a blessed day Beth!
kim- Today's Creative Blog says
You got off easy missy! But I’m so glad you didn’t alter it! Love the framed tray!
Melissa Michaels says
I laughed out loud at the dinosaur pic…haha! I love this little tray! Perfect use for it! xoxo Melissa
Love it Beth! I’m looking at it thinking that would be a hard one to turn in to something completely different. The dinosaur on the other hand I can see many things… My boys would probably have army men climbing out of it’s head or something crazy like that… I like your napkin holder idea, myself!
Jessica @ Decor Adventures says
So pretty! And I love the paper in that frame.
At first I thought she sent you that dino and my first thought was …. spray paint it!
Funky Junk Interiors says
What a perfect use! You’re right, it’s cool just the way it is!
LOL! I’m with Kristen! I was like what is she going to do with a dinosaur. 🙂
Happy day friend!
Stacy Risenmay says
You lucked out big time! That tray is beautiful! And can we just chat a sec about your new site design?! I LOVE it!!! SO fresh and clean and new 🙂
Pat @ LifeAtLydiasHouse says
I am so glad you didn’t paint it! It is beautiful and you styled it perfectly! Absolutely beautiful!
OMG I thought for a minute you really got the dinosaur, not that there is anything wrong with it. tee hee. Love the tray for your jewelry, perfect!
Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says
Lucky you to get something perfect already! I would not wanted to have changed a thing about it either!
Love it!! Jeanne was super nice to me too – such a fun tour to be a part of!
I would not have changed that beautiful tray either. It’s perfect for capturing jewelry.
Laura @ Finding Home says
So cute Beth – you lucked out with a beautiful tray – but then you styled it even better!
Jennifer Rizzo says
It looks perfect there you lucky duck! So cute too! Thanks for being brave and joining the party! 🙂
jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof says
Love it! I was thinking of using it for the same thing……..because I almost kept it 😉
I’m not sure I would have been able to part with it either! Thanks for the gift :).