Saturday, January 11, 2014

Repurposed First Finds of the Year


I finally finished up some earrings I was putting together from the little treasures I found out at the Alameda Antique Faire last Sunday.  I got a little sidetracked in the middle of the week when I was called in for jury duty and had to spend two full days down there before being dismissed.  Darn, I couldn't even catch up on my reading because I was immediately called into a court room from the holding pen.  Anyway, I didn't have time to clean or photograph the rest of my haul, but old boxes and rusty storage containers were the theme of the day.

The watch faces are still waiting to be transformed into brooches and necklaces.

Buttons were hard to come by this time, but I'm happy with the ones I found.

Aren't these the cutest little tatted rosette thingies?  The dealer I bought them from had a booth full of beautiful textiles and all kinds of interesting trinkets.  She told me they were made to be attached to vintage lingerie.  I'm still trying to figure it out, but it was an interesting explanation.

I knew immediately they were destined to become earrings.

I love finding old metal buttons that match.

These glass buttons aren't really very old, but I thought they were pretty and so feminine.

I really like the detail on these door knob and key hole covers.

Wish I had bought more of those cute little boxes.  I think I'll fill them up with little pretties
and make necklaces.

Lots of plans for the rest of the pile too.







39 comments:

Keith@ Vintage Crab Jewelry said...

You got a really great haul and I love your earrings. Looking forward to seeing what you create with the rest!

Kathy said...

Oh Betsy, what a haul!! It has been a wasteland around here lately so I am envious. I adore what you did with the tatted "thingies".

Loretta Thomas said...

Hi Betsy, those earrings are adorable...love the ones you made from the glass buttons! I know you will create more beauty from the other things. Waiting patiently to see. Thanks for the share and Happy 2014!!
Hugs,
Loretta

Loretta Thomas said...

Hi Betsy, those earrings are adorable...love the ones you made from the glass buttons! I know you will create more beauty from the other things. Waiting patiently to see. Thanks for the share and Happy 2014!!
Hugs,
Loretta

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

you are a bundle of creative my friend. Love it all

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

you are a bundle of creative my friend. Love it all

A Paris Flea said...

Nice haul! Love those little tatted bits!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Soooooooo many possibilities with your haul. Have fun creating. The earrings are beautiful, btw.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I just love the clock faces...but I just don't find them around me....great finds! off to a great start in the New Year!

Cindi said...

Didn't even finish reading the post, went and bought a pair of the tatted earrings. Thank You!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The little touch of crochet sure looks pretty on these earrings. I know the necklaces will be beautiful, too. You are so talented my friend! Hugs!

Art and Sand said...

I love clock faces so I can't wait to see what you come up with for them.

Your earrings are amazing. I imagine I will some of them on the cover of a magazine soon like some of your other earrings.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

So many pretty finds - the tatted, button earrings are just darling! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of your pretties. xo Karen

Pam said...

All your finds are lovely. I especially love those little tatted circles. It would be interesting to see then actually placed on the clothing. I can't picture how they would be used but I'm sure someone knew because they spent lots of time making them!

Laurie said...

Betsy I love it all! I just love all the same colors/tones/textures you do so every post of yours like this is a "be still my heart" moment!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! Very nice haul! Love the earrings - you will do real well with them. The really unique/pretty vintage buttons are getting harder to find and when you do around here, the dealer wants a ransom.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

I love what you have there! And those small tattered rosettes are very pretty for earrings, and i'm sure light weight too! ~and that is an interesting explanation for them! Lol. Love the watch faces too! I just love to see your jewelry transform, so many possibilities! Have a great rest of the week! xo Holly

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Those little rosette earrings are so sweet! Love to see your creations!
hugs,
Linda

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Great stuff! After knowing you for so long you'd think I'd remember to look for watch faces when I'm out thrifting, they're such a great repurposed jewelry idea. But no, I forget until I see them again on your blog! The earrings are so pretty, too.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your repurposed-first-finds-of-year...and I love the earrings that you made!! My sister and I made a couple of jewelry pieces yesterday. Hmmm...that was my first pieces of the new year. :-)
hugs,
Cindy

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

You have such great ideas Betsy!!!!

Xo

Dragonfly Treasure said...

ooo, what fun Treasures!! Great job with the earrings!
*hugs*
deb

UPON A HILL said...

Betsy,
Such sweet finds & beautiful treasures that you made!

Barbara Jean said...

fun finds.
great buttons, and love anything metal

blessings
barb

Maureen said...

Wonderful finds Betsy! Wow, those earrings made from the buttons are amazing... you do such incredible work. Love anything with a clock face, so I can't wait to see what you do with those.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

You found some great pieces to create jewelry with, Betsy. All your earrings turned out fabulous!
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs,
Julia

must love junk said...

Betsy, ohhh, what treasures! I'm lovin' those clock faces, and your earrings-outstanding! :)
Susan

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I love your creative vision! Earrings made from vintage tatting...Wow! I love those little keyhole covers, too. Looks like your trip to the Alameda Faire was well worth it!

Bohemian said...

Well, you got an Amazing Creative Start to the New Year... Terrific Treasures that will become even more Beautiful and Transformed with your Magic Touch!

Happy New Year from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

20 North Ora said...

Love your earrings! Really pretty and so vintage looking. Wonderful job!

Judy

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful eye candy, Betsy...love all of your gorgeous earrings!

Belladonna said...

This a true feast for my eyes!

Robin Johnson said...

Gorgeous! You are so talented.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Love the fabulous earrings you made with them, they are so pretty a feminine.
Hugs,
Patti

GSGreatEscaper said...

In the old house I grew up in we used those 'little tatted thingies' on the ends of window shade pulls....

Cindi said...

My earring arrived today. Thank you, I love them.

Cindi said...

Oops, that should be earrings! Yes, there are two.

Sylvia said...

Cute Trinkets! I just bought some watch faces from the Mt. Dora Antique Extravaganza and plan to make some jewelry out of it too. Looking forward to your pictures.

Sylvia
My Trinkets

Little Miss Maggie said...

Hi Betsy, I love all your buttons and watch faces. You do the cutest things with them too. Happy New Year.