Monday, October 22, 2012

Thrifted Goodies and Jewelry Makeover

My sweetie and I went out for breakfast on Saturday and of course, we went to a couple of thrift stores. Our Goodwill is my favorite. I came home with 2 pair of shoes, a Carol Little skirt and a London Fog Bright Green Jacket for me. I bought a Leather Coat and a pair of pants for handbags. I also found some odds an ends pictured below......two necklaces, piece of silver chain, belt with a neat buckle, gold buckle and the neatest belt with 3 metal pieces. I guess they are supposed to be the sun. I have absolutely no idea what to do with them, but just had to have them. I am sure they will sit in my stash for a while.

I have already fixed the dark red corded piece. Some of the knots were too small and the beads would not stay put. I painstakingly took it completely apart and re-strung it. I added silver wood beads to the large beads so they wouldn't slip through.

Next, I took the clasp off the black necklace and added a length of the silver chain to make it longer. My next task was how to make a leather flower. After lots of trial and error, I checked out some You-tube videos and finally made one. It was pretty easy, once I figured out how to do it. I will do a tutorial soon. I used a vintage button from my stash for the center and love how it turned out.

Close-up of my "Rose"
That was my weekend project. I love being retired, am sort of dis-organized..........but never bored.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thrifted Frame Before and After

I purchased this frame at a Thrift Store a few weeks ago......
Definitely not my decorating style or color.
It was priced at $3.00 and as it was Seniors Day, I got 25% off for a grand total of $2.25. There has to be something good about being a Senior.....

I dismantled the frame, painted the mat and frame in a Off-White Paint and then lightly distressed the frame. I added graduation photos of my 3 older granddaughters, Lauren, Lyndsay and Alyssa. Three sisters and all are special in their own way.
I rarely buy anything new and have a house full of Thrifted Finds that some would call junk, but are treasures to me.