August 11, 2015

The Salt Shaker that Became an Eye-Catching Pendant

If you are interested in upcycling and repurposing, you most likely know Betsy and her blog
 My Salvaged Treasures. In case you do not, I can tell you that Betsy is super creative and comes up with the most amazing ideas to assemble beautiful and useful treasures from discarded items. She turned a vintage radio speaker into a night light, a rusty rake into a picture holder and a vintage camera into a vase, just to mention a few of all her wonderful projects. I also adore Betsy’s jewelry made from all kinds of objects, like watch parts, small hardware pieces, and silverware handles. When she showed some necklaces created from tiny silver salt & pepper shakers last year, I put making one on my to-do-list and there it stayed. Recently Betsy was so sweet to remind me by posting another batch HERE. :) This time I did not procrastinate but went to work right after reading her blogpost. Thankfully dear hubby knew where I had stored the cute little salt shakers that I had bought lots of years ago during a vacation in New England. We had used them maybe twice or three times in all these years. Therefore, it did not feel bad to give at least one of them a new purpose.

Silver Salt Shaker turned into pendant by Vintage with Laces

I chose turquoise and white beads because these colors go well with most of my clothes. I am happy how the pendant turned out. Thank you very much for the great inspiration, Betsy!

The salt shaker pendant will hop over to these great parties:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

July 31, 2015

Sweet Mail

May I trade the months of July and August for an additional May and September each, please? I could easily do without these hot and humid summer months, served with lots of mosquitoes as side dish. With each degree exceeding 77 °F/25 °C, my list of enjoyable activities gets shorter and shorter. At 97 °F/ 36 °C outdoors and only little less indoors, there are very few things left, I like to do. Besides taking a shower, eating ice cream and watching our cats, there is only one more fun thing to do. Opening mail from sweet friends that is :).

A package from my dear Marie from Lost Bird Studio is a treat at any temperature.

Beaded Bracelet  
Marie made this gorgeous bracelet for my birthday. I love everything about it.

Clasps

She had become a pro at making s-hook clasps. She gave me three fabulous sets along with some lovely bought ones to create jewelry with and a pretty metal number tag.

Beads1 Marie also sent me some beads and other bits.

Seeds
She was so sweet to fulfill some wishes I had and bought seeds for me that are difficult to find here (lavender, endive, cilantro, thyme and cornflower), a pair of black espadrilles and some packages of gelatin powder.

Pretty Packaging
Marie enjoys gift wrapping and her packages always look so beautiful. Thank you so much, my friend! I love your gifts!

A fabulous flower card came from my dear Dorthe over at Den Lille Lade.

Birthday Card

I love the colors and the great textures. The leaves on the flower are real dried ones. Thank you very much, dear Dorthe!

If you guess that I am off now to take a shower and then have some ice cream while watching the kitties, you are absolutely right :).

Have a great weekend! I will be back soon with a necklace that was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers.

July 16, 2015

Summer of Color Week 6

For this week’s Summer of Color challenge, Kristin chose two oranges and one blue. This combination just screamed rusty assemblage to me. I glued some vintage book pages onto a wooden board and painted them with diluted acrylic paints and water-soluble pencils. I sanded some areas down. After some stamping, I rummaged through my boxes of rusty smalls and constructed a pendulous object. The upper part is fixed from the back with a screw.

Assemblage "d-pending"  by Vintage with Laces

I named this assemblage “d-pending”.

Assemblage "d-pending"  Detail by Vintage with Laces

Assemblage "d-pending"  Detail by Vintage with Laces

This was the last week of the challenge. I did have a great time with Kristin’s weekly color prompts. Thank you so much, Kristin! I was a bit out of my comfort zone here and there but that is the point of a challenge. It is good to be pushed in another direction from time to time. I already miss the challenge and hope it will be back next year.

Summer of Color 2015 by Vintage with Laces 
Here is a recap of my “SoC” projects. I am happy with all of them but my favorite is today’s assemblage. I am a rusty girl, what can I say :)?

Summer of Color

“d-pending” will join these great parties:

Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice
Vintage Inspiration Party at Organized Clutter