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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Upcycling

What do you do when your brother gives you boxes of your mother's things that he saved from her house when she died? Well... sort it out of course...keep what you can use...keep some things because you can't bear to throw them out...sell or give away the rest right!!

I found lots of broken necklaces and other jewelry, lace doilies, crochet collars, and other items I thought might be used on my cards or ...

Here's the first creation, a nice sized Messenger Bag with extra features like a cell phone pocket on the outside and a place for pens, business cards and check book just under the flap and a full, large interior.

I love the Egyptian motif with the eyes. But the flap needed something more. A broken black bead necklace from my bead box plus some old buttons I also found in my mom's things were added at random on the lower left side. The gold pins were also a find among my mom's things.

There are 5 buttons and the rest are black beads - maybe glass mottled with white.

I have used the purse for a while now and think I'll add some more beads but I'm not just sure where yet.
The top pin is part of a  larger piece  but was intact as a separate unit. It is pink gold. I sewed it on the back side to prevent it from coming loose. The bottom pin is yellow gold and is complete. Since they were so similar I decided to use both of them.
What suggestions would you make?

5 comments:

Kath said...

I think the color scheme you have going is good. May be doing some gold shadowing above the eyelid to tie both corners to the center.

Pussyfoots said...

Good idea. I've even toyed with the idea of taking off the gold and replacing it with a black feathery vintage pin I got at the flea market a couple weeks ago.

Kath said...

NO...leave the gold on and run the feathers up towards the gold pins and still do something gold on the eye area. It will make it all flow in that angle direction and would look awesome!

Lee Ann said...

I love this concept! Awesome. :-)

Pussyfoots said...

Thanx for the input Kath. I'll let you know how it turns out.