Sunday, December 23, 2012

Displaying Vintage Glass Christmas Ornaments

Whenever I see old glass ornaments, I have to snatch them up. My collection has expanded over the past few years and I am always trying to come up with fun and unique ways to display them.

Using apothecary jars, wire baskets, colanders, wood bowls, tiered serving stands, cloches and old worn tool boxes create unique holiday displays.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Vintage Buttons

I just acquired these wonderful vintage buttons from a friend at work. He came across them and thought of me. That was so nice of him!

The variety is spectacular and I used some of the buttons to make button key rings (will be listing on Etsy very soon). The remaining buttons are currently in a vintage mason jar – waiting to be used for my next craft project.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

How to Make Vintage Spool Jewel Ornaments

Step-by-step tutorial of the original spool jewel ornament as featured in the 2011 Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine.

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Vintage Spool Jewel Ornaments

• Vintage thread spools – approx 1 1/4-inch in height
• Mother of pearl self-shank buttons – approx 7/16–11/16-inch diameter (shank cannot be larger than whole in spool)
• Vintage sheet music
• 20-gauge crafts wire, 18-inch length
• Pearl beads – 1/4-inch diameter
• Pearl beads – 7/16-inch diameter
• Crafts glue
• German glass glitter
• Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
• Paper trimmer
• Needle-nose pliers
• Toothpicks

Remove all thread from spools and buttons, and wipe clean.

Wrap Sheet Music Around Spool:
Using a paper trimmer, cut sheet music into 4-inch strips. Height will vary depending on size of spool. Wrap the strip around spool clockwise, leaving the music clefs visible. Place a thin strip of crafts glue on backside, 1/8-inch from short end and spread to outer edge with toothpick. Press firmly, smooth paper and blot any excess glue.

Add Wire Hanger:
Cut a 6-inch length of wire. Run wire through shank of button, leaving 1/2 inch on one side of shank. Bend both ends upwards, leaving the short side slightly angled allowing it to fit tightly when placed through spool.

Feed long end of wire through the bottom of spool. Before pushing short wire end into spool, add a bit of hot glue to button shank and snap in place.

Add Pearl Beads:
Thread large pearl bead, then small pearl bead onto long stem of wire. Holding beads firmly against the top of spool, bend wire at a 90-degree angle. Firmly press wire around a round form, approx. 1/8-inch diameter (a neck of a bottle works perfectly) to create circular hanger. To finish, bend tip inwards using needle-nose pliers.

Run a bead of crafts glue along bottom edge of spool and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry and repeat for top. Place ornament, button side down, on a flat surface while drying. This will allow the glitter to dry evenly. 

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Different variation with swirly hangers and rusty jingle bells :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Our Cat Likes To Lay Around

Through the years, one of our cats, Paddywack, has found many objects to lay around in. It's amazing how she can conform to the different shapes. She is so loving to my husband and me, however she gets nervous around other humans. When she sees someone new, it's like her eyes pop out like those in the old Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Here's another image...