Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vintage Inspiration Party

Welcome to this week's Vintage Inspiration Party.  This is the place to share anything old, treasured, passed-down or tattered, but you can also share projects that were made to look old, including repurposed and upcycled creations.  We're so happy to have you here and we're really excited about our new co-host who is joining us this week for the first time:  Marianne from Songbird.  Your party links will now show up on all four blogs!!


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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.

Let's take a look at some of the awesome treasures that were shared at last week's party. Thanks so much to Marianne for choosing these wonderful features:

  Paris themed hutch makeover
 I love that wallpaper!  What a great idea to repurpose a hutch for a little girl's bedroom.  Paris Inspired Hutch Makeover by Simply Vintageous  

  Teenage girls bedroom makeover
 This is an amazing room makeover, you won't believe what she started with.  From painted furniture to homemade artwork, there is so much to see in this teenage girls' bedroom makeover by Far Above Rubies.  

  Sette makover in Toile
   Paint and fabric, the miracle workers of the DIY world.  I am sure you will marvel at this settee makeover in toile by The Heathered Nest.

                                 Cutting Board Signs
   From the kitchen for the kitchen. What a lovely repurpose!  Cutting boards turned into signs by Denise on a Whim.

    Decorating with vintage trophies 
   If you can find a vintage trophy you are in luck because they are so versatile.  See how Kathleen uses trophies in her vignettes, and some other great uses around blogland too.  Check out how to decorate with vintage trophies at Charm Bracelet Diva.  

  From bed to sofa   
 What do you do when you find a great bed, but nobody wants it because of its awkward size? Well, repurpose it of course. This project from bed to sofa was done by Crafty in Canada.

  Hutch makeover Coffee bar
 Oh, I love this makeover too. The hutch is great to begin with, but in this lovely blue it
 truly shines. As a coffee station it will just brighten everybody's kitchen.  Hutch Makeover
by DIY Beautify

Let's get this party started!!  Please take a moment to look over the guidelines.

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 (party button or text link) to My Salvaged Treasures 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.       

 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Then and Now: 103 Years Later

It was two years ago today when I published this post One Hundred and One Years Later featuring an August, 1911 issue of The Designer Magazine and an August, 2012 issue of InStyle Magazine.  I had so much fun going through these two very different, yet very similar magazines, so I thought I'd re-share it today and re-name it Then and Now: 103 Years Later.
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I was going through some my antique fashion magazines recently looking for just the right pictures to fill a few old frames.  I was lucky enough to find an entire suitcase full of these antique magazines at a yard sale last summer and I'm still having fun every time I go through them searching for interesting graphics.  This issue of The Designer caught my eye when I noticed it was from August 1911 - one hundred and one years ago.  

My mission for finding some interesting pictures to fill the old frames came to an immediate halt when I got the urge to get out my August 2012 issue of InStyle and do a little 
comparison browsing.

I was hooked as soon as I had this current issue of InStyle and the one hundred and one year old issue of The Designer side by side. Then I thought it would be fun to put a few collages together showing similar beauty products, accessories, clothing, and poses.  It was a good thing I had other projects on my to-do list that day because I could have gone on and on....











Our style has changed over and over throughout the years, but we're still trying to be the best we can be. We still want our skin to look younger, our hair to be healthier, our bodies to look thinner, our clothes to be stylish, our lingerie to look good (without the non-rustable corsets), and our shoes and accessories to coordinate.  We still need our sweet desserts, a refreshing drink, and of course, a little romance too.
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Don't forget that the Vintage Inspiration Link Party starts here every Tuesday at 5:00pm PST.  When you join the party your links will show up on all three blogs: My Salvaged Treasures, Knick of Time, and Beyond the Picket Fence.  We'll also be adding another blogger as co-host next week!
 We'd love to see your vintage and vintage inspired projects, finds, repurposed creations, family heirlooms, and vintage or vintage inspired items you have for sale.
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I'm looking forward to a relaxing birthday weekend away.  How about you?  Any fun plans?
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Labor Day holiday.

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?