Saturday, June 5, 2010

{gathering bits & pieces}

a handful of thrift market treasures
....for next to nothing
what simple projects would you make
with these pretty baubles?
tell me...tell me...tell me
please
xxx

44 comments:

Susan said...

Sweet finds, Koralee! My first thought was garland for your Christmas tree! Clasp one to another and voila! Unique, beautiful,and easy peasy lemon squeezy!! I've been gathering pearl necklaces for mine. :)
Blessings!

Anne Marie said...

I have been toying with the idea of making garland for Christmas out of old jewelry strands such as those.........

or how about around mason jars with votive lights inside for your patio?

oh the possibilities Koralee!!!

Silver Strands said...

I have various jars filled with little treasures I've collected from beaches and hikes ... I'd decorate these jars with those lovely beads!
oxooxox
Denalee

sarah-jane down the lane said...

adorn the bathroom mirror!
hope you having fun with your girls,

Sarah x

Elizabeth said...

How cute! Well I think some of those together would look pretty cute with a summer dress!!!
I love some of the ideas above!!!! How cute is the mason jar with a votive!
Lovin' the thrift store finds!!!!!
Elizabeth

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Hi Koralee, I might use them to dress up my curtains or to decorate the mirron on my dresser.
Rebecca

Becky said...

I like the idea of decorating curtains in the bedroom.You could almost do just about anything with those, they are so pretty.

Becky

GardenofDaisies said...

I know someone who makes mosaics from everyday items. Light swtiches, mirrors, mailboxes, etc... She collects all sorts of bits and pieces to include in the mosaic design.
I do like the previous commenters idea of decorating a Christmas tree with old jewelry.

Sewn With Grace said...

I would drape them all over the dress form I have to just enjoy them as they are. Have a great Saturday!

erin said...

great finds! how about napkin rings?

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Pretty little treasures. I'm not that creative, so I'm anxious to see what you come up with :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Elyse said...

i would drap them all around a pretty dress form, like the birds in cinderella! :)

happy weekend

xo
elyse

Rizzi said...

HI KORALEE,
THEY ARE LOVELY JUST THE WAY THEY ARE. YOU COULD TAKE THEM A PART AND MAKE A LOVELY VINTAGE LOOKING PIN, OR COVER A TINY WOOD BOX WITH THEM, I DON'T REALLY KNOW, BUT THEY ARE PRETTY. RIZZI

Terra said...

Pretty to decorate a small rosemary Christmas tree with, or entwined with pine boughs on a fireplace mantel.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

For me, it's an easy question - I'm a crazy quilter so I would take them apart and sew them onto whatever I'm working on. Vintage jewelry is a great source of beads you can't afford to otherwise own.

red ticking said...

oh ... you are probably downtown... how fun on such a sunny day! we will get together next time... hope you enjoyed your day... simply amazing... xoxoxo pam

m.e (Cathie) said...

i love the idea of adding them to things, sewing them on to something or glueing them to make a brooch.
such fun, enjoy playing arund with them, or just wear them as they are ...beautiful!
happy Sunday sweet Koralee

Kerry said...

Hi Koralee. Good scores. I use jewellery to dress the base of candles when the candle is a bit too small for the candle plate. I did a post on it if you're interested. It was heaps of fun! http://tranquiltownhouse.blogspot.com/2010/05/simple-solution-for-small-annoyance.html
Hope you're having a lovely weekend, and lovely shout-out to you from Jackie too!

FrenchBlue said...

Dear Koralee,
I would little bugs using this vintage jewelry:) My friend solder's together little bodies with wire and metal. I find little vintage jewels or pieces of quartz to put on them, they are very special and most loved. I sell them to a shop called Bliss~
XO

Libbie said...

Okay...those turquoise beads! GORGEOUS! Forget making someting...I would just slap those babies on & be gorgeous!

Rosie said...

Oh Koralee...Libbie is right...It's church tomorrow...just wear them all...pick ANY bag...and Any shoes...cause nobody will be lookin' at them..."you be stylin' sista"...
...smile on Rosie...XOXO...

RosieP said...

Lovely Koralee.

Hugs RosieP x

Karen said...

Gasp! I would bead up a picture frame, cut down into napkin rings, convert one into a bracelet, and then go to bed and see what inspiration my dreams provide!! Have fun with your new beautiful baubles....and a wonderful weekend too! :>

Zaira said...

Hi Koralee! thank you so much for passing by!! I see so many nice things here, i will visit you back!! xoxo

Kellie Collis said...

Id pop them on a gorgeous cushion! Hope you have had a fabulous weekend! xx

Luiza said...

Wonderful pieces!!

Hope you had a wonderful time in Seattle.
I was thinking of you =).
You say postcards, well, I´ve been thinking of that =).

Have a lovely day, sweetie.


Hugs/
Luiza

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I would simply hang them around the neck of a dress form!!!!Lovely finds Koralee, and how lucky to find your signature blue!!! HAVE FUN! Anita

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

How about dressing up a {wooden} mannequin? That's what I did with a couple of pretty baubles and some pretties to cherish for ever. A small mannequin that fits in my cupboard... Hope Seattle was Super!
Wishing you a lovely Sunday, sweet friend. xx

hometown girl said...

i think i'd make a few collage style necklaces! hope you are enjoying your weekend!! hugs, susan

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Koralee!
What a cute blog you have!! I MUST follow :-)
How about using them for curtain tiebacks? Also I like to drape crystal beads from my chandelier!
Lots of good ideas your ladies have!!
Hugs and Smiles,
Lynn

BEAR's Mom said...

KORALEE...SO MANY BAUBLES...SO LITTLE TIME!!!
i loved the memory of Cinderella and the birds draping the beads over the dress form :D
years ago i went on a christmas house tour and in one gorgeous home there was a large framed wallhanging with a velvet background and lovely broaches, bracelets, and necklases were formed into the shape of a christmas tree. i'll never forget how lovely it was...and how much i wanted it :D
~victoria~

Catharina Maria said...

These are great together around a mirror !
♥LOVE ♥RINI♥

The Garden Bell said...

I would de-bead.
Throw in a big pot
Grab and hand full of a new mixture
Restring into a fun pair of Reader/Sunglass holders for around my neck.

I'm always lossing my glasses. How's about you?

Toodles,
Kate

Bead on!!!!!

Vanessa said...

I would probably repurpose them for different jewelry. Or maybe use them for trim on picture frames.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I think I might add them to some lamps. Either around the top of the base, or around the shades. Or perhaps hang them from a spot just above a mirror so they'd be reflected. Beauty is wonderful when you can see the image not just once, but twice!
Brenda

caretakingcouple said...

Oh, I love the Cinderella image - takes me back to the magic of the story for me when I was little!

I think I would keep collecting them until I had enough to hang from the door frame (yes I was a child of the seventies : )

My Aunt used to have wooden beads instead of doors and I loved them - and these would be even more magical, methinks...

Creative Carmelina said...

Hi Koralee...
those baubled strands would make wonderful handmade purse handles....wired of course for stifness...but how great would that look on a handmade bag?

i'd sport that, anyday!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

tinajo said...

I would make some kind of wire creation and dress it with the pearls. :-)

Hope you had a great weekend, hugs! :-)

curlysusieQ said...

I would use them on some calligraphic apron, wall hanging, thanks for the idea:)

Herself said...

K, Thank you for checking in on me while I was away. I appreciate that so very much, as it was a difficult trip. I intentionally left my comp behind, knowing that family business would not allow for time to write or blog, but I missed keeping in touch with you all! Thank you for taking the time to leave me a note of encouragement. Much love, C

charmaine said...

hi Koralee,
thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. your blog is beautiful! so colorful and happy! lets see, what would i do with these beads? i know, i would probably hot glue them to some summer sandals or a simple picture frame. have a lovely week!

God Bless,
Charmaine

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Oh what fun treasures! I would use them to make fun hair clips :)

Martha said...

fill them in jars...or decorate candles...or hair clips are a great idea too...how wonderful!

Shell said...

If your in a daring mood, you can reconstruct one of the beads to make earrings and bracelets. Whatever is left over can be glued on combs to make them sparkle.