Sunday, February 27, 2011

Jewels with a New Life

I was able to put a dent in my jewelry repurposing projects this past week.  Lately, my little work space looks more like a very unorganized assembly line.  Bits and pieces are stacked up in trays, and each tray is in a different stage of life: clean, design, glue, assemble, photograph, price, post on blog, list on website, etc.  Sometimes the last two steps never get completed and everything ends up getting packed away for my next show.  Wouldn't it be nice to have an extra couple of hours in every day? 

The little rhinestone flowers on top of these two necklaces came from a vintage bracelet I picked up at a yard sale. 

I bought all of these watch faces from Barbara Jean at Treasures from the Heart.  My supply was running low and Barb had these for sale.  Good timing!

I added  old watch parts and vintage earrings to these enamel pocket watch faces.  All of these have a bail attached to the pin so they can also be worn as a necklace.

The clip on earring is attached to a piece of old drawer hardware.

I found some bits and pieces of broken rosaries at a flea market and used them for this necklace and matching earrings.  The beads on the bottom of the earrings are new, and the focal point on the necklace was a vintage clip on earring.

 I recently purchased a baggie full of these little crocheted flowers not knowing exactly how I'd be using them.  Isn't that what we all do?  I glued one to an antiqued silver filigree and topped it with some bling.

The base of this necklace started life a shoe clip. I covered it with three vintage earrings, two buttons and a few stray rhinestones. 

A huge THANK YOU to everyone for stopping by to enter my giveaway. 
 It will be open until 6:00pm on March 6.

I'm linking up my jewels with:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday,
The Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday



lisbonlioness said...

Whow, the blue stuff really speak to me!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Betsy, these are just stunning as always. I love how you reinvent and transform things.

Barbara Jean said...

Love them all, of course, but how cute and unique (I love unique!) with the watch faces behind.
And, those with the crochet flower. Sweeet!

barbara jean

Barbara Jean said...

PS Thanks for the link to my place. =)

more blessings
barbara jean

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You have been busy and everything is so pretty. Like how you used the watch faces. I pulled out some pieces I made long ago and never did anything with, and may redo them.
Enjoy your evening.

Mindy said...

Gorgeous. I love, love the pieces with the watch faces, but everything you have here is just remarkable.

Tammy said...

Just amazing...really. I am so enjoying seeing what you create. It amazes me to see what you create. Beautiful pieces!

poindextr said...

I adore the jeweled wristwatch faces! You are so imaginative, these pretties are so fabulous.

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

i love the way you used old watch parts with other jewelry! I have a lot of them, so mayby i triy it by myself, it really looks great, i love it!

mo said...

Hi Betsy, What a lovely way to make use of the broken rosary beads.

This is fantastic.

To make jewelry from broken rosaries that you can actually wear next to you is wonderful. What a great "keepsake" this makes.

As always, love it.


A Cottage Muse said...

I just love your jewelry! I couldn't pick a favorite!

Susanne said...


I'm afraid if I had extra hours in the day I would waste those as well. Ha!

Karen said...

Your jewelery is so beautiful. Thanks for visiting. I'm now following.

Bohemian said...

Oh what magnificent creations! I have become a supporter of your beautiful Blog today, so much inspiration and the things that capture your eye and Heart are so similar to what captures mine... discovering kindred Spirits in the Land of Blog is always such a Joy.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Simply Debbie said...

Good Afternoon Betsy,
Thank you for dropping by and becoming my friend today. Sarge does not like to have his picture taken, so we don't have as many pictures of him but he is a beautiful cat...huge fluffy tail and mane around his neck.
The Flora Doora bag did not take 3 years....I was referring to not changing the date on my camera. Jane is the sweetest lady and takes such pride in her work...I think it arrived in less than 4 days...since I live in Oklahoma and she lives in Florida.
Once again I have thought about your give away and your jewelry all day...your jewelry is so of a kind and I see some very famous people wearing your necklaces and earrings. I THINK THE lORD IS SENDING THE RIGHT KINDRED SPIRITS TO YOUR BLOG AND YOUR BUSINESS WILL SET SAIL WITH CUSTOMERS.
Have A Sugar Sweet Day
Simply Debbie

kpaints said...

Fabulous! So fav...the last necklace..adorable! Keep them coming! :)

Bohemian said...

Thanks for the info on the thumbnails coming and going, I thought perhaps I might have inadvertently done something that I needed to "undo"... but when I checked my settings it all looked fine?? At least now I know its likely a glitch and will go away in due time.

Yes, when I saw that Ferris Wheel image I just had to do a Post on it... captivating... an abandoned Amusement Park in a lush setting, how cool is that!!!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness these all are so beautiful! You are so very talented.I am new to your blog and I am so glad that I found it! I have never been to Tracy but when we lived in the Sacramento area I used to hear people talk about Tracy so I don't think it was extremely far from Sacramento. We loved living there.

pamq said...

Ooooo, Oooooo, Ooooo!

What awesome creations!

Especially love the pieces made from the broken rosary! I am always on the look out for rosaries---broken or otherwise.

The shoe clip piece is pretty darn cool, too!

Can I come over to your house and play???

Beckey said...


I am really enjoying your wonderful creations. Such great ideas. I have amassed a bit of items that I would love trying something like this. Everytime I think about it and get the stuff out, I chicken out. I am going to have to take the plunge one of these days.

Thank you for sharing.

jewelrygirl said...

I love your jewelry. It is quite beautiful!


Tammy said...

That last picture with the necklace that started out with a shoe clip is fabulous...Your work is just awesome...I still can't believe how you create such lovely pieces out of antiques. I would have never thought of doing that and now it is on my mind everyday since your blog. I have been telling others about you too and what you mouth opens wide when I see what you come up with. May your show be a total success as your creations are definately worth it.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Betsy, You have created such beautiful pieces. Your jewelry is not only gorgeous but also very unique.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Lovely little treasures you have created.


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Betsy! Such gorgeous pieces...and so unique! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Katie Burke - Bella B Designs said...

Absolutely stunning! I came across your site via a link party (forgive me, I can't remember which one) and I adore your creations! I have a jar full of old jewelry I have been wanting to "play" with and you have done it in such a unique way that it is inspiring! Do you mind telling me how you attached the pieces to each other? I was thinking about using E600, but wonder how durable that would be. Any suggestions are appreciated!


High Street Cottage said...

Hi Betsy your jewelry looks great! Very very pretty and have such a vintage feel. Well done, xoxo tami

Brambleberry Cottage said...

You are so right, Betsy. Most of us buy not knowing what we'll use the piece for at the time. Thank goodness inspiration eventually comes!

Your newest creations are gorgeous. Of course, that's no surprise to me - they always are!

Thanks for linking to my parties each week. I hope to see you this Friday for "Funny Faux Pas Follies," as well.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Brenda said...

Just found your blog surfing around the web. I simply love it! Your header is lovely and so are the pieces you showed last. Now I have the joy of looking back at older entrys and seeing all your beautiful creations.

Brenda said...

Oh, I forgot to say I put your button on my blog. Now I need to update it!

thecrankyqueen said...

Your re-purposed jewelry is beautiful! Love it... You are oh so talented!
Thanx for sharing. Tiff

Something Special said...

For some reason, I could not view all of your pictures. It was really strange, but I am one of your newest followers and I think we have a lot in common. come say hi if you have the time.

Michelle L. said...

Finally had time to catch up with this always, I am enchanted. the shoe clip one is so fab! And those deep purple beads on the rosary earrings are rich and delicious. Thanks for another dose of eye candy!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

i just love the way you put these together!

Jeanna said...

These are so beautiful. I'm in love with all of them. Great pictures of the necklaces also. All I can say is awesome job.

Jeanna @