I have to start this post by thanking Amy from Mittens for giving me some fresh inspiration to alter something again... Thanks Amy! I sat this morning at my worktable (freshly cleaned off- but now looks a mess again, but a happy mess!) and took the time to make a couple of little creations. One out of the book cover like her upcoming party inspired. Now that I'm on a roll I figure I can have another one or two for the party :) Hers is absolutely beautiful, like everything she creates, you can just sense the soulfulness in her work. If you haven't met Amy yet do yourself a favor and get on over there, she is fabulous!
So here's a closeup of the couple that inspired this piece. They look to be celebrating their anniversary, see the cake and flowers on the table and the happy celebration faces? I just love this photo, whenever I find one of these I can't help but think how much simpler our lives are, physically anyway, than what it took for these people to get through their "daily grind". So even though I jest about their happy faces please know that I admire their strength and fortitude.
So I thought that Robert Browning's poem was perfect for them, and of course a little bling! The girdle/nylons strap hook was just so lonely so I added a little tape measure with 50 and 51 . Now mind you I don't know what anniversary they are celebrating but it's at least 50 right? Unless their newlyweds ;) a white chippy key hole from a dresser was also added.
As well as one of my last skeleton keys. I'm gonna tell you a little secret... that one might actually be from our porch doors, I'm not sure, but I was on a roll I tell you and well this piece really needed a skeleton key. Sooooo if it is well, I better find us a new one soon! Shhhh, Duane doesn't know yet!
All of this plus a corner of a vintage hanky and some cotton lace trim covers an old book cover.
Then I pulled out this photo of a family gathering in front of their home. There is a baseball game going on. You can see the players are under the piece of glass from a broken pair of old glasses. Another key... hmmmm no wonder I'm out, I just love these things!
Here's a close-up of the players and the words under the key... a house built of... I wanted to highlight with the key. All this and a grungy flag on a silver platter. I really enjoyed the process of putting these together, the places that the paper, the photos, the little extras take me, I swear when I'm working on this kind of stuff I'm in another world all together.
Just to let you know I haven't stopped making flowers, well here's one of my latest flowers. Not a rosette exactly but a wool felted mum or dahlia of sorts. I put this one on a purse my sister Molly made for me. Don't you just love the rhinestone closure and the rhinestone belt buckles on the handle? The yellows don't exactly match but I wanted to see it on a bag and this one is beautiful.
I've been working on a post to show you all some of the goodies I've found in the past few weeks. I'm still in the process of taking the pics of my goodies. I haven't gotten out to sales like I used to and keep trying to tell myself to use up some of the treasures I am already hoarding before adding to the piles but every once in a while I do get out and find things that I. just. have. to . have. really. Is anybody else out there regretting that their families (or maybe even yourself) ever even saw the show Hoarders? :)
Well that's it for now, I'm going to link up (kinda late) to Silver Sunday and see what the others are sharing today. Thanks for hosting Beth! Have a fabulous week!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Theresa xoxo