Altered Notes Holder

Here is a true junking altered project. I found two old metal graters for 50 cents each. I wired the two together, and then I started layering on bits and bobs I had in my stash.
One side has a mini notepad held in place with a large clip. I tied a piece of measuring tape printed ribbon to the clip. I added “NOTES” with Scrabble letters across the top, and then tied on a beautiful brown bow from a scrap a ribbon.
The other side is my favorite! I dangled a chandelier drop from the metal at the top. I layered a vintage crochet doily behind an old photo of two sisters. I held these on using a clothespin that I embellished with some text from an old school book. My intent is to change the photo out when I want something “new.”

Then I added the feather that I found in my yard and a velvet...

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Bird Nest Necklaces

I made three wire bird nests the other day. They are pretty easy to do, once you get the hang of holding that little wire in place while weaving.

The copper nest has turquoise jasper eggs. I added a turquoise ribbon as the necklace to match the eggs. They stand out so well against the copper.

The sterling silver nest has peacock fresh water pearls. These are my favorite color pearls. I’ve used them in some pearl strand necklaces in the past and they look stunning.

The small silver metal nest has light blue fresh water pearls. This pendant is smaller for a child.

Each pendant has a loop for stringing on ribbon, a ball chain, or whatever necklace you prefer.

I’m hoping to make some larger nests to use on my altered projects… Stay tuned!

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A Busy Weekend

We had a busy weekend! We took our Little Brother to Six Flags on Friday night and had a great time. We spent all day Saturday at the Canton flea market. If you’re ever in TX during this once-a-month market, it is a must see. Here are a few pics of my loot.

I bought an old chippy door to try to fashion into a headboard for our bedroom remodel and a metal box that appears to have been used as a ballot box at some point. Now it’s holding books and magazines in my living room.
I found a few little bits – some rhinestone buttons and little bells – that will eventually find their way onto some project.

Tomorrow I will post photos of the bird nest necklaces I mentioned last week. I also have another altered project to share.

Spring is a great time to be creative – winter is slowly c...

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I’d rather be an April fool…

…than a year-round idiot. That’s my bit of wisdom for the day.

It appears that Spring has finally arrived here in North Texas. We’ve seen some glimpses of it for a few months now. But I’m hoping that the hail storm we had the other night was our official signal of the end to winter.

We had a little sparrow couple build a nest in our birdhouse this past weekend. Soon, we’ll have baby birds calling their mama for food. The birds inspired me this week – I’m working on some wired birds’ nest pendants that I will share with you later in the week.

For today, I have another altered art piece. This one was very easy. I found this old photo still in the display card while junking in Oklahoma. I added some vintage lace pieces, wired on some beads, and added the letter charms to spell “FAMILY...

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New Altered Art

Again, in lieu of having the storefront up, I have a couple more samples to share with you.

Today I’ll show off my cutie little Welcome sign that is adorning my entry way. I found a metal sign holder (there is stand that extends below the part in the photo) while out junking in Oklahoma one weekend. I finally put it to use when I found this adorable image. Isn’t she sweet?

For the background, I used some great 7 Gypsies paper, then started layering on distressed and inked papers and images. I made the Welcome sign by simply writing “WELCOME,” and then cutting out the letters and gluing them to a scrap of embroidery floss.

My hope was to change the piece out seasonally, but she may be difficult to get out now that I’ve put so many layers on it. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

Th...

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