Saturday, June 7, 2014

Scrap Magic

Saving fabric scraps can be worthwhile.
Leftovers from a favorite project.  Remnants from an old dress. Various scraps can be pieces with lovely potential.

Recently, a customer brought me her pair of raspberry velvet Magnolia Pearl bloomers and asked me to make a rosette to match them.

While searching through a basket of garment scraps, I came across a skirt my daughter wore when she was about four years old.  I probably should have donated it long ago but the fabrics were too lovely not to save. With its beautiful raspberry velvet hues and trims, it was a perfect match!

I tore some of the ombre lining and used the strips along with velvet, crinkle ribbon, crochet lace, vintage lace, a rhinestone center and a snippet of tea stained doily to complete the pin.

What are some of your favorite projects you have made with unexpected scraps?

Thank you for visiting!
xo ~ Heidi

Monday, June 2, 2014

Feathered Friend Altered Journal Class

Hi friends!  I hope everyone has had a lovely start to their summer.
I am excited to share pics for the a new class I am teaching at Sweet Southern Salvage which is also hosted by Laurie of 42nd Ave. Antiques.  Both are located in the Broad Street Mill antique mall of Griffin, Ga.

Recently, we were watching a cardinal bird couple snapping up bugs and feeding them to their almost grown chicks.  This inspired me to make a feathered friend journal.  I love the vintage image of the chaffinch and its beautiful melange of colors.

We will have the opportunity to play with some paints made especially for paper, inks, ephemera and all sorts of fun bits!

Additionally, I have a stash of some lovely speckled feathers to tuck behind the swag of Prima blooms.
If you have some feathers or trinkets that you have gathered and would like to include, bring those too!
Adding elements that are meaningful to me makes a project all the more special.

  The class is scheduled for Friday, June 27th at 6pm.  It will be a fun evening of crafting and fellowship.  I hope you can join us!

Thank you for visiting!
xo ~ Heidi

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vintage ephemera ATC swap

 Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff hosted a vintage ephemera ATC swap.
Given my love of vintage paper, I happily signed up for it!

We were asked to submit three ATC's using vintage ephemera.

In return, I received wonderful, tiny pieces of art.

The first is from Maggie Raguse.
I love the darling image she used.  My favorite element is the paper rosette - beautiful!

Next, was a sewing inspired ATC by Sherry.
Sewing is one of my loves so I was very tickled to receive this one.
Sherry even used a sheet of vintage sewing instructions to make the envelope.

Lastly, I received a french inspired ATC from Liz.
I love the charming graphics and tiny rosette.

Thank you ladies for your wonderful, tiny works of {heART}!

Kimberly is a sweetheart of a hostess.
She sent each of us this beautiful tag with charms.
Thank you Kimberly for hosting a fun swap!

Here is one of the ATC's I had submitted. 
Unfortunately, I did not snap pics of the other two.

I enjoyed working with vintage wallpaper and ephemera bits.

Here is a shot from the "Constance" vintage adornment class I taught.
Sorry the pic is so grainy - it was a quick iPhone pic

One of my favorite parts of teaching is to see how different elements inspire people differently.
Everyone had a great time creating their own works of art.
Thank you Laurie and Brandy for hosting a fun event!

Thank you for stopping by!
Happy creating ~ Heidi

Friday, March 7, 2014

"Constance" vintage inspired adornment class

I am excited to announce I will be teaching "Constance", a vintage inspired adornment, at Sweet Southern Salvage in Griffin, Ga, also hosted by 47th Ave Antiques!

Frothy millinery and soft laces add a romantic feel to this piece.

Of course, I will have some glitter and mica flakes on hand for those of you who like an extra sprinkle of sparkle.

Class fees are $18 and which includes the materials needed to make the project.  A small supply list will be given for a few items.  Join us for a craft night Friday evening, March 21st at 6pm or a craft break during the day on Tuesday, March 25th at 11:00am.

Contact Sweet Southern Salvage at (770) 229-2019 to purchase.
Seating is limited.

Hope to see you there!

Thank you for visiting!
xo ~ Heidi

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A soft spot for hardware

When I am looking for hardware bits, patina is one of the characteristics that captivates me the most.
Even though there are many products on the market which can alter or enhance patina, finding a piece of hardware with decades of authentic patina developed onto it holds its own special magic.

These are some of the interesting bits of hardware I found on a recent antiquing trip here.  The shop had bins, boxes and trays full of hardware treasure.

I went looking with the intent on finding fresh vintage components for jewelry making.  However, some might eventually be used in other repurposing projects.

Check out the oxidation and style of this keyhole plate.
Isn't it grand?  I don't think I will change the patina a bit.
The one to right definitely needs some cleaning so it might be a fun piece to experiment with painting and altering.

I love the bits of paint on some of the pieces.  
For the pieces which have peeling paint, I like to give them a gentle cleaning and use Krylon matte sealer to protect as much of the original patina as I can.

A quick share of the simple vignette I made using the cabinet card found in the above referenced post.
I am still tinkering with it so I am not sure this is how it will stay for now.
That is the fun of it, isn't it? :-)

Thank you for visiting!
xo ~ Heidi

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Josephine assemblage necklace

The Josephine assemblage necklace was a fun piece to work on.
Some of my favorite materials were used - amazonite, freshwater pearls and vintage beads.
The focal piece is a beautiful rhinestone brooch (pin hardware still intact) with a pale blue czech glass bead, rhinestone rhondelle and vintage, repurposed Miriam Haskell pearl.

Bits of smoky quartz, milk glass, freshwater pearl, glass pearls, amazonite and crystal make a magical mix.

Approximately 22 inches long, brooch dangle 3 inches long.
Romantic for winter soirees or springtime gatherings, it is listed for sale here.

Thank you for stopping by! ~ xo Heidi

Monday, February 10, 2014

Unplanned plans

Recently, my sweetheart and I went for a day of junking and antiquing.  We had no particular plans other than to have a day open to no plans. Whatsoever.
This may sound pretty mundane.
Gloriously, yes it was.
In the hustle and bustle of life, a day with nothing on the calendar except an open road, hand in hand and full tank of gas is heavenly.
I am very blessed to have a husband who loves antiquing as much as I do.  We like vastly different things and lookout for items the other may enjoy.
Here are a few things which I decided to take home that day:
First, was a simple etched perfume bottle.
I have seen interesting jewelry made from vintage perfume bottles.
This one has potential for such a project.  Whether or not it does is no matter.  I love its simple style.

Second, the lace doilies under the bottle where lovely enough but the nifty price and unique pattern sold it for me.

Third, a milk glass Watkins jar.  I am not sure what this vessel held.  Face cream, pantry items??
Anyone know?
It was the etched lid that really captivated me.
So begins its new home with my other milk glass pieces.
Lastly, a cabinet card of a young lady with very soulful eyes.
It is always interesting to look at cabinet cards and note the fashion, jewelry and hair styles of the period. 
What do those things tell you about that moment frozen in time?  Was it a wedding, a funeral, a graduation or an everyday family gathering?
One may never know but it is interesting to think about.

I picked up a few more smaller items for jewelry and junky projects which I will share soon.

Sending good junkin' mojo to all of my fellow junkers out there!
Thank you for visiting! ~ xo Heidi