I have an Etsy site.

After lots of photo uploading, description writing, and shipping research, SCaVenGeR deSigNs finally has an Etsy site!!  Please pay it a visit at https://www.etsy.com/shop/1ablescavenger.

Scavenger: Maribu stork

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A Little Catch-Up

Please forgive my absence here on short for molybdenum.  It’s been a busy few months!  That’s not a great excuse for not writing, but I intend to make up for it by enlightening you on what exactly I’ve been up to…

So let’s see, this is what happened in MAY 2013:

1.) My last Handmade Market in NC.  The traffic wasn’t as great as the holiday market, but the enthusiasm was plentiful!

2.) The BIG move back home to Colorado!  That meant completing our North Carolina “bucket list” and saying goodbye to our wonderful friends there.  We enjoyed farm dinners, barbeques, and finally made it to the Outer Banks.

3.) My unforgettable bachelorette party

Happenings in JUNE 2013:

1.) Trip to Idaho.

JULY 2013

1.) Prepared for our wedding (Party favors, centerpieces, guest sign-in piece, flowers, programs)

2.) Got married!  (Wedding day photos courtesy of the amazing Amanda Kopp http://www.amandakopp.com)

3.) Went on a “Minimoon.”  Took a little road trip, starting in Crested Butte, CO ending in Driggs, ID.  Hikes, a 14er, camping, and love.

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1.) Westernaires Alumni rides.  Dusted off my cowgirl boots and revisited my riding days.

2.) Farm Dinner at Ollin Farms (thanks to my cousin, Erika!)


1.) Moved into our new home in Fort Collins, CO

So here we are in October.  So far the biggest news is we adopted a puppy (finally)!  His name is Vincent.

Thanks for tuning in!  Please keep your eyes peeled for a look at some of my new creations, as I prepare for the next craft show, the SUGAR PLUM BAZAAR, November 31-December 1!

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Handmade Market: This Saturday, May 4 2013!!

Handmade MarketI am super pumped to be at the Handmade Market again!  This charming indoor craft fair features work from over 50 very talented artists!   And just in time for Mother’s Day!!

Here’s some info about the event:

When?  This Saturday, May 4th, from 11am until 5pm

Where?  Cobblestone Hall (City Market / Moore Square) in downtown Raleigh

How much?  FREE!  If you’d like to have first dibs, early bird shoppers pay $5 cash to start at 10 a.m.!  Also, arrive early to receive one of the 500 free tote bags!

For more information about the event on Saturday, including directions, parking information, and interviews with participating artists, please visit TheHandmadeMarket.com.

Now for a sneak peek of what you will see at the SCaVenGeR deSigNs booth…

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WhAt’s nEW: Unique flower holders

The WhAt’s nEW section highlights some of my most recent creations.  This time, I’ve been busy making…

Flower holders!

Who doesn’t love flowers?  Why not display them in unique and interesting ways?  Well, those were the questions swimming through my head when I began making various kinds of flower holders.

Here are a few of my creations:

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Find of the Week

A life of scavenging has its shabby, less appealing parts: rusty nails, moldy wood, paint chips–yikes!  But on occasion, a priceless gem emerges from the heap.  The Find of the Week features some of my favorites.

Abandoned doors

old doors and shutters

old doors and shutters

They're begging to be repurposed!

They’re just begging to be repurposed!

Besides the many that I have cut up to make various pieces of art, I also transformed this beaut by attaching brackets to the bottom to make a free-standing display piece.

From door to display piece

From door to display piece



Recognize the backdrop?

Recognize the backdrop?

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WhAt’s nEW: Hand-painted reminder blocks

The WhAt’s nEW section highlights some of my most recent creations.  This time, I’ve been busy making…

Reminder blocks!

What’s a reminder block you ask?  Well, if I had a nickel for every time I forgot my lunch, or forgot to take out the garbage, or… I hate to admit… turn off the stove… well, you know how the saying goes.  That’s why I started making these cute and very useful pieces!

Check ’em out!

They are small enough to hang wherever: at your desk, by the door for right before you leave the house, or anywhere else you can think of.  Oh!  And I got a lot of these ideas from family and friends, so please keep reminder ideas coming!

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Find of the Week

A life of scavenging has its shabby, less appealing parts: rusty nails, moldy wood, paint chips–yikes!  But on occasion, a priceless gem emerges from the heap.  The Find of the Week features some of my favorites.

Dumpster drawer knob

I used this cutie to adorn a combination flower and coat hanger.  Voilà!

Combination coat hanger and flower holder: SOLD

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Dtown Holiday craft show… Saturday, December 15!

For those of you haven’t heard, the all-time favorite holiday market around these parts, Rock and Shop is canceled!  But fear not!  The Dtown Market is hosting another holiday market in its stead, and get this: on the SAME day, and at the SAME location!  What does that mean for you?  You can still come by and shop til your heart’s content!


What:  dtownHOLIDAY-style

  • over 50 local artists/artisans
  • food trucks: Ko Kyu, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli
  • puppet slam
  • gift wrap/DIY re-style station ($5 entry fee to cover cost of materials)
  • local music: Jeremy Blair from Effingham, Jordan and the Sphinx, and Collier Reeves

When:  Saturday, December 15th, 12 pm-6 pm

Where:  @ Motorco and Fullsteam Brewery

Why:  There will be tons of awesome vendors (including myself) selling lots of cool stuff, just in time for the holidays!

For more information, check out the Dtown Market page.

Me at one of the Summer DTown Markets
Me at one of the Summer DTown Markets
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Now for a little explaination…

Short for Molybdenum??  What on earth?  I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… For some, “Molly” is a nickname for Margaret, sometimes Shakespeare referred to prostitutes as “Mollys,” and based on my 29 years of experience, I would venture to say that about 40% of all Labrador Retrievers are named “Molly.”  In my special little case though, Molly is short for Molybdenum.

Well… that’s at least what I thought for a long time after my parents nonchalantly mentioned that one day.  But you know when you tell someone a joke, and at the end of it if the poor soul is gullible enough to continue believing you, and for the sake of that poor chump who will inevitably begin spreading rumors about the false information, you usually end with “Just kidding!”?  Well, I’m pretty sure my parents failed to “Just kidding!” that joke until many years later.

I mean, it made sense to me!  My dad used to work in a molybdenum mine for Lord’s sake!  And my middle name is Bridget, so my nickname, Molly B. really isn’t too far of a leap to make from molyb-denum!   So, yeah, I/this chump believed them.

Anyway, no hard feelings guys.  If anyone can appreciate a good joke, it’s me.  And look, now it’s made a good story, and I’m even not too scarred by the incident to go ahead and name my blog after it.

So, that’s the story.

The beautiful molybdenum

Molybdenum, in case you’re curious

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Back in the saddle again

What with a 6-month stint in Tanzania and an unforgettable sojourn in France, it’s kind of hard to beat a year like 2011.  As it turns out though, 2012 has also proven itself noteworthy.

Last year, Brian and I kept a blog that covered many of our observations and experiences while living in Tanzania, East Africa.  I enjoyed writing it so much at the time and have missed it since, that now, with a whole other–exciting for different reasons–year almost behind me, I thought it’d be a good time to dust off my keyboard and once again enter the blogosphere.

The main purpose of this new assignment is provide a fluid account of the happenings of my business, SCaVenGeR deSigNs, which took flight earlier this year, as well as to relay some interesting “scavenger” stories.  I don’t have an official website yet, so this will help fulfill that role too for the time being.

This year has been full of new gardening adventures, more travels, and ♥love♥ abound, so this blog will also serve the purpose of capturing (and sharing) some of the more banal, yet inspiring aspects of my quaint little life.

So whether you’re here to peruse my product line, get an update on my life, or browse for inspiration, I hope you enjoy short for molybdenum.

p.s.  I actually started this a while ago, so get ready for some retroactive posts!

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