Tuesday, March 22, 2011

spring and silver, a great combination...

A while back I made this metal cone/ tussie mussie out of an old screen, I liked it a bunch but there was just something about it that I thought needed a bit of tweeking. So I pulled the ribbon off of it that I had used to cover the raw edges and the construction bits and as soon as I did I knew that was the problem... less is more!

Oh and I took off the ribbon that I had used as a hanger and added this silver chain instead.  I dusted it with a bit of glitter and when the glue dried and the glitter stuck it looked a bit like sparkling white paint. 

 and now it hangs in the kitchen on the china cabinet with a little primrose giving all who see it a sign and hope of spring and I just needed to share it with you!  I just adore it and will definitely be making more, I just needed to work out the kinks :) 

I have also been soldering again, and I had my brother Wil over to play last week, these are almost finished, I just need to add the jumprings.

These are the backs, I made my MIL a bookmark out of one for her birthday and I plan on doing the same with these.  I will show you again when I have them finished ~  consider yourself warned!

I made another one with a bit of crochet trim enclosed inside, they are a bit trickier but I do love the results.

Have I ever told you I have a thing for older men?  I do!  I can't help myself, I see these old pictures of a man in a suit and his lil hat and I just NEED to create something with him!  I have put a piece of a dictionary page behind him from the letter O... original, just because you just know he was one!

And last but not least, just in case you thought my sewing machine was sitting idle, Danielle was going on a whirlwind trip to TX. for a comedy festival ( which is why she was missing from the b-day trip pics) and she asked me to make her a small tote to have with her at the festival.  You know I can't hardly say no to my kids, so there I was as she was packing to leave,  sewing and ruffling her new bag :)  She found the graphics and I ironed them on.  This one was really quick and simple, even the handle is made of drop cloth, we skipped the rosette,  and no snap (only because she already had one foot in the car!)

So there you have it... I wanted to assure you that I haven't been sitting on my duff watching the world go by!  
O.k. o.k.... I've been doing a bit of that too :)

I am linking up to White Wednesday, Wow Us Wednesdays, and Link Love... 

what can I say, I'm a creature of habit!

Thanks for stopping by!
Theresa xoxo


  1. Theresa ~
    Ohhhh girl I LOVE everything you
    created !!!
    They are all beautiful!!!


  2. Good to see that your creativity has not been hindered by the traumatic experience of the kidnapping! Ha!

    I did not know you were a Michigander. (Well, I'm assuming you are, thinking your kidnappers wouldn't take you across state lines!) I grew up in the UP in a tiny town, Carney, just 100 miles NW of Traverse City.....across Lake Michigan.

    You guys look like you had a blast!
    Happy Belated Birthday!

  3. I like it all. Everything you made, but I really like the old dude. I'm afraid I might have to borrow the idea. I'm trying to figure out an arrangement of old family photos that's not just boring, old family photos. Something along those lines just might work for a long gone relative.

  4. Very cool! Love the little tote bag. I wish that I had been as productive as you.

  5. Love all your creations, Theresa! You are so creative!

  6. hey girlfriend, what is the big idea of getting so much done in so little time? i feel like a sloth this week..oh yeah right..you are still a young spring chicken and I am an old ( very tired) grey mare..lol


    everything is wonderful chickie : D

  7. Hi Theresa!
    I love your sweet cone, so pretty.
    Keep creating beautiful things, I love looking at them.


  8. Love your creations!!! Especially the tussie mussie.....it's great!

  9. Just found your blog and absolutely LOVE your header! Also love your soldering! I make the soldered charms/pendants also...they are great.

  10. Theresa, Your imagination put into action is always so dee-lightful! Those tussie mussie's from a screen are just the best! Love them and your soldered charms, and old men! Thanks for always being so inspiring! Xo, Sue

  11. Looks like you have been busy. I am working on a couple of soldered pieces too. Love your religious soldered pieces. They sure would look great all together.


  12. Your creations are so cute!thats amazing!
    warm hugs


  13. ...LOVIN' that screen cone!!!
    You just have a way of taking ordinary materials and making them lovely!!!

    xo, Rosemary

  14. Theresa,
    You always have so much fun over here. Love your sweet little cottage that you lived in. All alone. I don't know that I would have been that brave. Perhaps alone brave, but outhouse brave, not so much... And I can for sure say that Lib is definitely with me on that one.

    Ever since I saw your screen tussie mussie, I have been dreaming of it. I am so glad it is inside in a place of honor. It is adorable. I saw some gold screen at a flea market this summer, I was tempeted to purchase it so when you and Cheryl come for a visit, you can make some more... Isn't that tempting? And did I mention the Mall of America? :)
    Your birthday weekend looked like so much fun. Glad you did have a blast. You have earned it. And I love Danielle's bag. Wow! You have been busy! Have a great weekend! I have a great big stack of books this weekend, and not many plans. I can't wait! And hoping Lib somehow goes into labor early. Not really much chance, but I can still hope for her.


Thank you so much for visiting me here at The Old White House, your comments make my day! ~ Theresa xoxo