Friday, August 22, 2014

Salt & Pepper Shaker Necklaces

Remember the plate of salt and pepper shakers I shared last week?  This is what they look
like now.....

All dressed up and ready to be loved again.

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law gave me these tiny salt and pepper shakers that belonged to her parents.  No one in the family was interested in them, so she offered them to me knowing I'd be able to do something with them.  It was impossible to remove all the dents and tarnish, but I think it just adds to their character.

Decorated pearls and glass beads hang from the wrapped loops on the bottom. 

The tops had to be well dressed too, so I added some bling and beads.

I added decorative flower connectors to these two.  The one on the right had a lid that I thought was smashed beyond repair, but I didn't give up on it and eventually got it to screw back on.  It must have been through a few wild dinner parties.

I mixed and matched different chains and clasps. 

Seven of the shakers are marked sterling.

One is marked S. Pewter S.C.

I added a small bead cap between the shaker top and bottom to prevent the head pin from pulling through the hole in the soft silver.  I had good intentions of doing this as a full tutorial, but these things were so difficult to photograph.  I finally had to give up on that idea if I ever wanted to finish them.

Hmm, I'm thinking they'd also make mighty fine Christmas tree ornaments or lamp pulls.

I told my sister-in-law that I wanted her to have one for herself and for each of her two daughters.  They chose #2, #6, and #7, then I chose #8 with its rescued lid.  I know they'll be worn with love and fond memories of where they came from.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Link Party



vin-tage (adj.)  1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc.  2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.

I want to thank everyone for sharing their vintage treasures at last week's first official Vintage Inspiration Party.  When you link up with Vintage Inspiration Party you get triple the exposure because your link will also be seen at Knick of Time Interiors and Beyond the Picket Fence.   It was really difficult for me to choose the features from last week because there were so many creative and inspirational links.  Here's a small sample of what caught my eye: 


Laura from Paint Scribbles shared a tutorial on how she transformed this antique secretary.  The color is so yummy!

Diane from Adirondack Girl @ Heart took us on a tour of the Shaker Heritage Society.  This post is full of interesting history.

Audrey from Timeless Treasures shared these three gorgeous stained glass windows that are hung in front of a large window in her home.  Stunning!

Connie from Crafty Goodies tells us how she prettied up a plain old galvanized bucket.  I love the embellishments.

How clever is this?  Faye from Wild Rose Vintage used an old box spring to display photos and other vintage treasures.

Sally from Salmagundi shared some of her vintage sewing collectibles including this sweet toy Singer sewing machine that was given to her years ago.

We can't wait to see your vintage inspired links!!

Vintage Inspiration Link Party Guidelines
-  You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired.  This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale.  If it's been around awhile or just looks that way...share away!!  No food links please.
-  Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog.
-  Be sure to have a visible link to My Salvaged Treasures (text link is fine) within your post.
-  By linking up with the Vintage Inspiration Party you agree that your photos and links may be shared on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites.  You may be included in a round up to promote the party or individually with a link back to you.  We love what you share and the extra exposure is a benefit to everyone.

Let's get this party started!


Friday, August 15, 2014

Another Batch of Vintage Silverware Necklaces

I've been busy cutting, filing, drilling, stamping, polishing, and decorating some of the silverware that I've hoarded accumulated over the last couple of months.  I finally finished at least two dozen necklaces and some stamped silverware plant markers after a little mishap with the hacksaw and my finger.  Ouch!

Do you recognize any of these patterns from your childhood? 

I'm almost positive that the Queen Bess pattern on the left is the one my parents had when we were growing up.  I'll have to check with my mom about that because it looks so familiar.  

These were decorated with flower charms and part of a vintage sweater clip.

Bits and pieces of salvaged jewelry and a sweet little starfish charm.

I have plenty more that never made it in front of the camera or to my Etsy shop, so they'll be coming with me to my next show in September.    

My next jewelry project involves these sweet little salt and pepper shakers.  All they need is a little polishing and a lot of love, then they'll be good to go...dents and all.

What's on your workbench these days?




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Link Party #150


Welcome to the first official Vintage Inspiration Party! 


I'm so excited to be a co-hosting the new Vintage Inspiration Link party along with Becky from Beyond the Picket Fence and Angie from Knick of Time Interiors.  We are so happy you are here to share and to be inspired by all things vintage!!  

vin-tage (adj.) 1.) used to describe something that is not new but that is valued because of its good condition, attractive design, etc. 2.) used to describe something that has the best qualities or characteristics of the things made or done by a particular person, organization, etc.

We can't wait to see your vintage inspired links!  Becky chose some wonderful and creative features this week.....

Creating a Life repurposed a chippy table top.


Revisionary Life shared her living room--so many lovely things to see.

I love how Simply Country Life updated this vintage medicine cabinet.

A yummy, shabby coral dresser from D.D.'s Cottage.

Redoux Interiors shows us how to create a French inspired paint finish.

Vintage Inspiration Link Party Guidelines

-  You are welcome to share anything vintage or vintage inspired.  This includes yard sale finds, repurposed and upcycled creations, family heirlooms, and even vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale.  If it's been around awhile or just looks that way...share away!
-  No food links please.
-  Be sure to link up your specific post, not your blog.
-  Pin away, but please be sure to pin directly from the original source, not from my blog.
-  Be sure to have a visible link to My Salvaged Treasures (text link is fine) within your post.

Let's get this party started!!!  




Monday, August 11, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Link Party

I'm really excited to announce that I'll be joining forces with these amazing and creative bloggers to co-host the new Vintage Inspiration Link Party (formerly Knick of Time Tuesday).  The party will start every Tuesday evening at 5:00pm PST beginning on August 12th.


Please join me along with Becky from Beyond the Picket Fence and Angie from Knick of Time Interiors.  When you share your vintage and vintage inspired treasures, your link will show on all three blogs!  That's triple the exposure and triple the fun!!  We'll see you at the party on Tuesday evening.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

Road Trip Finds and a Blogging Friend Visit

We finally had a break from our triple digit temperatures this week, so I was able to get out to the garage and go through the treasures I brought home from my trip to Southern California with the girls.  I found a few keepers, but most everything will be following me to Mes Amis Vintage Antique Show next month.   

I'm loving the color of the 18" metal box and the long legs on the aluminum pot.

More metal containers that could be planted or prettied up for holding more treasures.

Something about this sweet cross stitch spoke to me and I'm sure it was trying to make me feel guilty.  FYI:  I do not like to cook.  Once upon a time way back in the old days I was a happy cook.  I learned from my mother, from a book, and by trial and error.  Then something changed.  I don't recall ever setting the kitchen on fire, but there was a point where major burn-out set in.

These 7" x 9" Paris fashion prints are just about the same color even though one looks darker.

This 12" x 16" framed silk isn't something I would normally buy, but I thought it was interesting.  I'd love to explore behind those doors.

It's nice to have a little history because I can't read the signature on front.

 I didn't find a lot of jewelry bits considering the number of piles available to pick through, but I'm happy with the quality of what I found.  The four antique cut steel buttons on the card are now earrings.

This time I filled an old glass rolling pin with vintage lace instead of buttons. 

You must be sick and tired of seeing pictures of silverware, so I'll just show you the handles, lol.  I picked up a piece here and a piece there, then all of a sudden a new pile was born.

I usually like my silver with a little tarnish, but the spotted champagne bucket was a little too much.  It's looking a lot better now.

An odd combination, but they were stashed in the same bag. 

How about a platter full of vintage glass door knobs, salt & pepper shakers, and cookie cutters.  

Giant diamonds.

I've never seen salt and pepper shakers that unscrew from the bottom. 

These little pretties are marked Royal Doulton Flambe on the bottom.  Unfortunately one of the cups has a small chip probably caused by the sewing hook thing.  Anyone know what these are officially called, and should those hooks be there?

Smile.

Last but not least, I have one more treasure to share....
Linda from A La Carte.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting up with Linda for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in San Jose.  Linda has been in town visiting her daughter and we didn't want to miss getting together this time.  We've been blogging buddies since just after I started my blog four years ago, so it's no wonder we talked for 3 1/2 hours and could have gone on and on.  The picture was taken with my phone and it was a little dark in there, but you get the idea.  We had such a fun time!! 
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No junking adventures for me this weekend.  I'll be spending the next three days helping my sister and brother-in-law move into their new home.  It will be a fun time with lots of friends and family members helping out.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.