Anyway, back to Erica and the antlers. I told Erica that I had been dying to make an antler chandelier for ages.
Something like this
or like this
How hard could it be?
Well, a lot harder than you would think.
I couldn't find antlers anywhere.
I figured they would go great with my bear head.
I have been looking for antlers for at least a year, so when I stumbled upon a whole garage sale full of antlers not even two days after our little e-mail exchange I was dumbfounded.
Turns out the people selling all of these antlers were from Montana. Here in Washington visiting family.
I immediately called Erica, but she had already found some antlers on Craigslist (doh, why didn't I think to look there???).
I left the antler garage sale and didn't buy a single antler. Not because I didn't want to, but because I started to have some mental anguish.
Would having a bear head AND antlers seem like too much? Would my little taxidermy addiction start a PETA intervention?
I immediately turned to pinterest to see if I could find the answer to my burning dilemma.
Turns out antlers are kind of a hot trend right now.
There's antlers on top of armoires
and antlers in fireplaces
and antlers as wall decor
antlers being functional
antlers above the bed
antlers above the fireplace
Or on the mantle
I finally think I convinced myself that I HAD to have some antlers. I NEEDED some antlers. I WANTED some antlers.
So the next day I headed back over to that antler garage sale hoping they still had some antlers left. Because seriously, after all my pinterest browsing I was sure that everyone else knew something that I didn't...just how awesome antlers were, and how essential they were to modern decor.
Well, my dear friend from Montana was just starting to pack up when I walked up to her garage sale.
She did still have some antlers left, but the moose antlers were gone, and several of the skulls with skin and hair were still left (however, I wasn't bold enough to go there...yet!), but she still had lots of deer antlers.
I was standing there trying to decide how many I should get, when she told me that instead of the $5 each price tag, she was willing to give them to me, three antlers for $5. I was already set to pay $5 each, but with my negotiating tips in mind, I asked if she would take the four I had in my hand for $5 plus throw in a dog chew toy.
Did you know dogs love to chew on antlers?
I only knew that because the upscale dog store I go to sometimes has small fragments of antlers for around $15 a piece.
So yep, she threw in a dog chew antler and I had in hand four deer antlers all for $5.
Here's what I did with them. I put a few on my coffee table tray.
I tried a few in a large mouth vase
and I put a few on my mantle in a fun tangled mess.
So what do you think?
Do you love antlers as much as I do now, or is it a bit too rustic?
Do I need a PETA intervention?
My next collection that I have been working on for just as much time as my antler collection (since last year's garage sale season), is my gear collection.
There is something about the rustic industrial look of gears that I just love.
I love these gears on the buffet table
These gears on the wall
This gear art
which sort of reminds me of my gear art that I made for my son's room last year
I love these gear candle holders
and this gear clock is pretty cool
I found this large gear like shape that was mounted on some reclaimed wood at our new Home Goods store (love it! How did I ever live without one?!) and I paired it with a few of the gears I have found at garage sales. O.k. maybe one is a wheel, whatevs.