Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Salvage Sights... Re-Run

Portland, Oregon is a city of industrious spirit. The city offers a smorgasbord of vintage, salvage, antiques and thrift stores. Every month as I visit my favorite local haunts, I'll be sharing my fun finds with you. First up: RERUN!

RERUN is a neighborhood resale and consignment store that's been around since 2005.  The owners  envisioned the store as an organic part of the community; offering a friendly place to meet new friends, sell some stuff, and discover the find of a lifetime. 

Fiestaware fun!

Check out this groovy crushed velvet lampshade! It was only $8.00 and is now totally on my DIY to-do list. Stay tuned to see how I transform it.

No wet blankets here! The warm and fuzzy green blanket is a rare non-DIY project score. I like this one just the way it is. It cost a mere $12.00. Snuggling up with it when the rain returns: priceless.

And, of course, it wouldn't be a thrift store adventure in Portlandia if we didn't put a bird on it. This guy was perched atop RERUN, approvingly crowing about my finds, as I packed up the car.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Name My1966 Chevy Pick-up

I have been cruising the streets of Portland with my trusty friend, an 1966 Orange  Chevy pick-up truck for 10 years now. We've scored some serious side-of-the-road treasure. Even at 46 years old this classic turns heads when we're on the hunt. One time while garage saling, I came back to find a man's legs sticking out from under her; he just had to check out her engine!

What I am trying to say here is we've been through a lot and this classic needs a name. Some names haven't stuck (Mabel, Gertie and Gus). Now, dear reader, I turn to you; help me name my truck!

Leave a comment here or on my Facebook page.  Bragging rights could be yours if the name sticks.

Look forward to our monthly "Adventures of (Name of Truck)" posts.

Here are a few photos to help you get better acquainted:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

DIY Top Ten

Everybody loves a good top ten list and I've been a do-it-yourselfer from the day I hit the ground. I've learned which tools and tricks make my life easier.  (light bulb illuminates over head). New to the Shannon Quimby blog: my monthly DIY Top Ten List!

Kicking things off :

Top Ten DIY Tools Every DIYer MUST Have.


    • This is my No. 1 all-purpose fix-it.
    • Use it to hang lightweight artwork, tins and home accessories on the walls. Things stay put, and walls stay intact.
    • Place a pea-size piece under vases to prevent them from slipping off the table or counter. A great solution if you have animals, and I have three!
    • Keeps small area rugs from slipping underfoot.
    • Use this instead of magnets on appliances. Prevents scratching.

     2. T-PINS 
  • Great even for those of us who don't sew.
  • Use to hang pictures and other small items that aren't flat on the wall. (They can hold up medium-weight objects.)
  • Use them for temporary artwork on a wall; the holes they make are so tiny, you can't see them when you rearrange.

3. MR. 7-HANDS
  • All-in-one multi-tool is a screwdriver and flashlight. It prevents headaches, I swear!
  • Tightens door knobs and handles.
  • Repairs small electronics.
  • Assembles furniture.
  • Use to find lost items buried deep in the closet.

  • Writes and repairs.
  • Great to cover up scratches on pictures frames.
  • Hides scratches on furniture.

  • Most women have makeup in their bags; I have a paintbrush.
  • All-purpose quick duster. Spray a little dust cleaner on bristles and dust away.
  • Great computer keyboard cleaner.
  • Dip it in tinted polish oil and dust around chair dowels to freshen and brighten.

  • I buy the biggest roll I can find.
  • Creates book covers. Same solid color looks crisp and clean.
  • Take the lead from restaurants: Use as tablecloths, runners or place mats. Just add crayons.
  • Need to frame a picture? Use paper as the mat.

  • It's small and lightweight. One side is hard yellow plastic, the other black rubber.
  • Use the yellow side just like a hammer; it won't dent the wall the way a regular metal hammer would.
  • Use the rubber side to repair furniture. It doesn't make dents when tapping furniture pieces in place to glue and tighten.

  • No hammer required.
  • Hangs anything on the wall without making holes.
  • No more crooked syndrome. Items are easily repositioned.
  • Great hook to hang kitchen dishtowel.

  • It comes in two stain colors: light and dark.
  • Apply on wood furniture and watch scratches disappear.
  • Use the dark wood stain on new painted furniture to give it a slightly aged look.
  • A quick fix to make table and chair legs look fresh and new.
  • One of our best inventions.
  • Hems curtains. It's ugly from the back but in case of an emergency, such as company coming over, it's a quick fix.
  • Holds up fabric that's sagging under the couch.
  • Covers nails on the back of frames so they don't scratch the wall.
All of these items are easy to find at your local hardware store or can be ordered online. Happy DIYing!

Monday, July 22, 2013

YOLO - Featured Color Collaborator

A big thanks to three of my favorite people--   Janie, Ginny and Puji of YOLO Colorhouse. They  highlighted one of my bathrooms and my latest project, a 1902 remodel on their Featured Color Collaborator page! So cool.

 I've had a great history with YOLO. In 2005 I was a designer for HGTV's My First Place
 and used colors from their No VOC collection and every homeowner on the show was blown away! I am a YOLO Colorhouse gal through and through and so is my house. I've got YOLO in every room.

Thanks YOLO, for creating a healthier environment for us all.

Friday, July 19, 2013

DIY: Extra Outdoor Seating

It's time for outdoor entertaining and inevitably it seems there are never enough seats. Here's a great DIY idea for extra seating from my friend Skaie's blog, Home Jelly

Isn't it the cutest? Skaie shares step by step instructions and a materials list on her site. Have a seat!

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Internet: Making the DIY World a Much Smaller Place

In my world of working with talented editors, publishers, producers, and bloggers, I rarely get to meet them face to face.  All of our communication is done through emails and phone calls.  I still don’t know how to Skype, yeah I know, “L” on the forehead.

But recently, Skaie Knox and hubby, Matt Knox who I have been working with for years, traveled to Portland and stayed with me.  It was the biggest hug ever!  Can I just say…they are the nicest couple you’ll ever meet!  We laughed, we shared stories, but most of all we talked DIY!!!  I was in heaven.
Internet is a good thing, but it will never beat friends standing side by side.
Want to be DIY inspired, Check out Skaie’s blog Home Jelly for the skinny on  everything from design inspiration, to DIY Projects, to Before & After photos, unique product/antique finds and so much more.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DIY All in the Family

My sister, Stephenie, is also a DIY junkie and truly a dumpster diver sister. A while ago we spotted this metal gate in a dumpster.  A total score! The real dilemma? Who would get to take it home? Well, Steph won the flip and I had all but forgotten about that gate until today, when I saw this photo on her Facebook page. Way to go, sis!

Stephenie found the finials at a garage sale for $1.00 each, painted them black, then my brother-in-law Tim,  constructed this awesome one-of-a-kind trellis for their grapes. That DIY blood certainly runs in the family!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Garden DIY: Hose vs. Croquet and the Winner Is...

Here's my latest DIY project for Today's Vintage Magazine. It's a flowerbed protector made from loner croquet parts. I love how it adds color to the garden and stands up to the mighty hose who is notorious for flattening plants!

And Today's Vintage is a super duper mad for anyone who is part of the Antique World. Whether you're a dealer, a retailer, a shopper or just plaine love antiques, you should grab one. It's FREE!

Want a copy? Contact the Publisher, Linda O'Connor at 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Pencils Become Art

My mom sent me images of these incredible teeny, tiny sculptures made from the tips of pencils. Man, my mom knows me well. I just love them! It might be the ultimate example in making something from practically nothing. When I sent the images to my manager Nicole Curcio she loved them too and had to find the source.

Being a native of Bridgeport, CT and having recently returned from a trip to Brazil, Nicole discovered the artist, Dalton Ghetti, was originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, and currently residing in Bridgeport, she went a little crazy researching his work!

Here are a few snippets:

If you want to know more about Dalton's work you can visit his site or watch this video about him. He is an inspiration to me, Nicole and I am sure, you too.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blue Jean Banners- DIY

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cridland
For 4th of July d├ęcor, instead of spending money on some flimsy plastic banners that will eventually tear and become garbage, grab some worn-out jeans, scissors and start cutting. Add red ribbon and glue and you’ve renewed your old Levi’s into celebration salvaged decor that will never go out of style.


  • Three or four pairs of old jeans
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Red ribbon, 3 inches wide by 9 feet long
  • Glue (used Liquid Stitch, a permanent, clear-drying adhesive)

Photo courtesy of Stephen Cridland
1. Cut the legs out and then cut up the side of the seam to let the fabric lie flat.
2. Iron the fabric.
3. Trace out a triangle pattern piece from the fabric. Using your pattern as a guide, trace as many triangles as you can (20 is ideal), making sure not to trace over any seams.
4. Cut out the triangles.
5. Glue the outer edges of the two legs of the triangles and then press them together and let dry.
6. Repeat until you have 10 single streamers.
7. Fold the ribbon widthwise in half and iron.
8. Apply glue to both sides of the top edges of the triangle and slip the fabric in between the folded ribbon. Press the ribbon down so it covers both sides of the top edge of the triangle. Let dry.
9. Repeat the gluing process, spacing the triangles approximately 2 to 3 inches apart.
10. Let dry and hang. Voila!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Handmade Jean Quilt- Happy Fourth of July!

I love fourth of July. It's a time when family and friends gather and celebrate America's independence. And one tradition I have, is pulling out my red, white and blue quilt that my grandma Peterson made for me. It's made from all my old blue jeans from childhood. When I lay on it, I can point out "those were my Jordache jeans. This patch: pair of old levis..."  Yes, it always puts a smile on my face.

My grandma worked hard her whole life for her independence. She taught me "waste not, want not" and every year on the 4th of July I am reminded of the importance of family and that we have a choice on how to live our lives. Grandma, I am who I am today because of you. I love you.

A cozy quilt for cold weather and a perfect picnic blanket in the summer.