Finds of the Week #38: Wind Chime Wannabes


This past Saturday John and I were able to go out for breakfast again. We usually do this every Saturday, but hadn’t been able to for the last two weekends because of other things happening.

Going out for breakfast is one of my favourite things to do, and I have to say that I really  missed it. After a busy work week it’s nice to get out and just spend some quality time together.

And it doesn’t hurt that we usually go to the local flea market afterwards. 🙂

And it also doesn’t hurt that the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the Salvation Army thrift store are at the same location as the flea market. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Homan Plate 5 pc set 1

I was so excited when I found this six piece Homan Plate tea/coffee set at the flea market. It’s nickel plated and has a lovely hammered finish.

I swear it was calling to me from the other end of the room (T-u-u-u-u-l-a… T-u-u-u-u-l-a) because I was drawn over to that corner… like a moth to a flame. And then I saw it and I felt warm all over… but touching it didn’t hurt a bit. 🙂


Homan Plate 5 pc set 4

Here’s a close up of the finish. Isn’t it fun?

It didn’t take me long to realize that these pieces were not just wind chime wannabes, but definitely wind chime gottabes. 🙂

Now I do have to say that I pretty much see wind chimes in practically everything, but I don’t make everything into wind chimes.

Even though it might not look like it I do exercise some restraint at times.  A teensy weensy bit anyway. lol.


Homan Plate 5 pc set 2

I  see two wind chimes here. Love these pieces! I can’t wait to match them with some vintage necklaces from my necklace window valance.

I assume the taller one is a coffee pot and the shorter one is a teapot… or maybe both are teapots… or maybe both are coffee pots. lol.

It doesn’t really matter… they’re both fabulous!


Homan Plate 5 pc set 3

And I see three wind chimes here… the covered sugar bowl, the creamer, and whatever that open bowl is. These will be fun to work with too.

What is that open bowl anyway? Another sugar bowl?


Homan Plate 5 pc set 5

And even though this silver plate tray could make an amazing chalkboard wind/door chime it’s not going to be because it’s far too large… and heavy.

See… I can exercise some restraint. lol.

But it will make a fabulous silver tray chalkboard. I think writing might look pretty cool on that hammered finish.

That’s it for finds for this week. I’m being pretty picky about what I bring home these days, but it’s just as well. These wind chime gottabes are still calling to me… (T-u-u-u-u-l-a, T-u-u-u-u-l-a)…  and I’m answering by getting busy fulfilling their wind chime destinies.

Thanks so much for reading and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    What a great find.
    The open bowl could be used for sugar cubes or sugar packets or even put unused tea bags in or used as small candy dish

    1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

      Oh, you are right about the coffee and tea pots as the coffee pot is the larger one.
      Another use that open bowl could had been used for was individual creamer packets

      1. ColleenB.~Texas says:

        The open bowl I found out is called a waste bowl

        1. Thanks so much for all the info Colleen! I was wondering what that was.

        2. Leslie McCoy says:

          I’m so glad you knew what that bowl was!

  2. Can’t wait to see them done! These pieces are just fabulous!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I’m really looking forward to making these.

  3. Leslie McCoy says:

    what a gorgeous set! I love the hammered finish and the art deco style, too! I can’t wait to see the finished products. By the way, I have no idea what the open piece is for! I hope someone else knows!

    1. Thanks Leslie! They are wonderful pieces, and I’ve already started turning one of them into a wind chime. I’ll definitely be sharing them all here when I’m done.

  4. When I first saw this, I thought it would be something you’d sell on Etsy! Even considered how it would look on my dining room table! But they would be much more appreciated, by more people, as wind chimes! I might even be in the market for another one in the near future!! As a matter of fact, the purple one I purchased is still hanging in my craft room! I’m in there so much more than outside!!! Beautiful. Great find and great restraint, girl!!

    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your purple chimes Dona. They were a pleasure to create, and I’m so looking forward to working with these beautiful pieces. I’ve already started one. I’ll share them all here when I’m done.

  5. These pieces will make fabulous chimes, Tuula. I enjoy mine so much. Mine hang inside, too. I can’t have a squirrel run off with one of the shiny bits! They are so unexpected and fun that I want them inside.

    1. lol. Oh those pesky squirrels. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your chimes Tina. That makes me happy. 🙂

    1. Thanks Cecilia! These pieces are so perfect for chimes that I’ve already started one. I was so excited to couldn’t wait!

    1. Thanks so much Kathleen! This set was a lucky find. I’m so looking forward to getting some newly made chimes into my shop.

  6. Darn it! We just don’t have flea markets on a regular basis where I live. I love them. Oh, well, I saved money again. However, I’m wondering how I missed one of your previous posts with the necklaces. I’m gonna do some of that on my living room lace curtains. Great idea.

    1. Thanks very much! I’m so glad my necklace valance has inspired you. I think necklaces will look lovely with lace curtains.

  7. This almost hurt reading how you were going to use these, I think they would be beautiful on display just by them self’s.

    1. I agree with you… they certainly would look beautiful sitting on a shelf. How could they not? 🙂 If these were valuable antiques then I might keep them as they are, but they’re not. They are definitely vintage treasures though, and I turn pieces like these into wind chimes and garden art. That’s what I do… and I love to do it. I can’t explain it except to say that it’s almost a creative calling for me. It’s something I feel the need to do, and I believe my pieces give those who purchase them a lot of pleasure… and that makes me very happy. I certainly do appreciate your opinion, and I thank you for stopping by. 🙂

      1. I would love to see how they turn out.

        1. Thank you. 🙂 I’ll definitely be sharing them here when they’re done.

  8. What a fun way to spend the day…breakfast and junkin’. Love the set you found, so much potential or perfect as it is!

    1. Thanks so much Betsy! I can almost hear them chiming already. lol.

  9. What an exciting find at the flea market, the tea/coffee set was beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing the wind chimes when completed.

  10. Betty Collins says:

    Tuula, I have a problem of rust. My husband made this planter and all the key rings, spoons and holes he drilled have rusted. What can we do? He was going to make some for our friends but the same thing would happen to them. Help We live in Mich. in summer and it didn’t rust till we came down to Florida for the winter. Sincerely Betty

    1. Hi Betty! I’m so sorry to hear that. Depending on what the parts are made of some wind chimes need to be hung in a protected area so they’re not exposed to the elements or they will rust. Different weather environments will certainly have a different affect on the metals. Perhaps Florida has more salt in the air and the rain. I myself don’t worry about it because I like a rusty look, but for those who don’t there is spray polyurethane that can be used to protect metal when it’s outside. I can’t remember the name, but I’m sure every spray paint brand has it. Just ask at your local home improvement store. This may work for you, but since I’ve never tried it myself I can’t guarantee it. I hope that helps. 🙂 Tuula

  11. Dana Estes says:

    I wish I was your neighbor! You and I think quite a like. I love to see what you have made and it is fun to follow your thought processes.
    Please keep creating. There are people out here like me, who really enjoy seeing what you come up with.
    Thank you,

    1. Thanks so much Dana! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying my projects. I will keep them coming. 🙂