Didn't everyone's grandma have one of these little leather coin purses back in the day? And making a necklace using these coin purses is nothing new. A few years back, I found a double sided one, horribly dried out and brittle. But I finally got the leather conditioned back into a somewhat sublte state.
It's shabbiness is perfect.
Today was spent on making things just for me.
A lovely day spent with special little pieces I have set aside.
Special treasures like this vntage coin purse, Betsey Johnson skull pendant and some crazy beads.
The black and white spiral bead at the bottom of the coin purse reminds me of Tim Burton.
The respone to my necklace from my family after the laughing stopped was "I suppose there is some eccentric person out there who may buy it, like that guy downtown." Seriously, that is exactly what was said.
They were informed that this necklace is for me and that brought on some eye rolling. I don't care, I love it. As a matter of fact, I am wearing this necklace as I type this post and wearing it makes me happy.
Family! Sometimes most of the time, they just don't get it.
And that "the guy downtown" is one of my favorite people.
Thanks for all the emails asking about my plans if Isaac takes it's path towards me.
It's a fact of life to have hurricane plans in place when living along the tropical storm super highway. Actually multiple plans and scenarios are in place.
The choice is always hard regarding what gets left behind, what goes and the mode of transporting family, pets and irreplaceable items.
Sunday, I will know more. As it stands now, if you purchase something from my Etsy shop, my last mailing day will be Friday. All orders after Friday will be held until Wednesday of next week to ensure safe delivery.
I don't know what type of natural disaster is preferable... the one that comes on suddenly and takes you by surprise or the one you watch for days. It's kind of like pulling the Band-Aid off slowly or fast.
What would you take if you were limited to only what could be stowed in the trunk of a car?
in my tiny cottage the rooms are small The largest bedroom is where I have my studio. My storage units have to be effective and sturdy. I love these shop pieces. I also have a large wall unit and a rolling cart. It's nearly impossible to get pictures because the room is so small but I could have tried for better focus....next time.
Below are some sweet spots an old wall box that holds small vintage journals, notebooks and camel kuchi lamp with a charm shade a tin box that holds old lace, I added the cute little hand print paper to the inside of the box lid a little blue bird that holds a vintage sewing machine light bulb a favorite white metal parts cabinet some of the my personal jewelry and bangles hang on the side behind them are a couple of altered books
Don't you hate it when you find junk in the yard, especially broken glass! There is a bucket by my potting table that collects all the bits and pieces of junk that gets unearthed while gardening or after a heavy rain.
An otherwise wicked piece of ancient broken glass becomes a focal for a found junk collage. Silly isn't it when a fragment of glass is too interesting to toss in the garbage. I backed this glass which has a slight curve with a piece of tin and soldered the edges. It is a perfect frame for a favorite vintage (copy) photograph of a little girl and her dog. I have named them "Sally and Roscoe". The original photograph was black and white but I digitally colored the copy. -Wood is from a haphazard lean to that I torn down a while back, the nails were already in the board, love that. I just hammered them down and flat on the back. -Old piece of chain for hanging -found piece of thin rusty metal while hiking -a tattered scrap of lace that was just perfect -another piece of old wood from the tear down -a chunk of metal my lawnmower found, complete with chippy red paint -old chain -fragment of a religious card -old ledger page -scraps of old text pages -piece of vintage trim
I lined the inside and a bit on the outside of the metal chunk with pieces of old text to give it some interest. Since both the image from the religious card and the metal chunk were a bit flaky, I coated the inside and dapped the outside with some resin. The resin gave it a bit more gloss shine that I may have liked, but it gives some contrast to the old wood. I glued the metal chunk to the wood and glued on some trim. I cut and punched an old piece of ledger page and added it to the bottom.
my work table today's task: sort through and organize the spray paint stencils stencils that have long forgotten the memory of spray paint days I had a large stack of stencils and masking paper that I knew I would not be using again. Instead of tossing this stack, I started layering the stencils and paper, both thick with layers upon layers of paint Far too interesting to throw away gluing and stitching to be used in other projects like the vintage rolodex sprapodex and I like repurposing stuff
Between moving to a smaller house and closing my scrapbook store, I have tons of great stuff, far more than I can ever use.
I decided to have a be destash sale and I have filled medium flat rate postage boxes full of good things. Each box will be slightly different but all will include:
a big bunch of ledger paper vintage photographs bag of beads rubber stamps Basic Grey ribbon spools rub on transfers fragment of an old quilt paper old poloroids a mix of paper napkins (great for semi-transparent layering) and a lot more.
Some of the items are new/old stock and some are lightly used but all items are clean and from a smoke free studio.
Each box will be packaged full and the price is $25.00 plus medium flat rate postage.
I have made 12 of these boxes and have them listed on etsy.