Sunday, March 27, 2011

Visions of Spring Repurposed Jewelry

We've been getting soaked with rain for weeks now, but it finally looks like we might get some sunshine and warmer temperatures for the next several days. Usually by late March or early April,  I've made several trips to the nursery and color is popping up everywhere.  I do have a couple of geraniums that are still hanging in there, but they're getting more water logged by the day.  Unfortunately, there's not a hint of spring in my yard right now.  So, I went picking through my jewelry stash for a spring fix and put these together....

Yes!  Signs of spring direct from my jewelry stash.  I'll take it anywhere I can find it, and at least these won't die.

Lots of springy pink.  I added vintage pink earrings to the pocket watch and key.

The base on this necklace is a vintage belt buckle I found in an antique store a few weeks ago.  It's blooming with vintage buttons and rhinestones.

I'm pretending the blue earring is a little Forget-me-not.  I wanted to try something different with the jeweled keys, so I used a pin with an attached bail.  This way it can be worn as a necklace or pin.

Until we dry out long enough for the flowers to bloom, these pictures from last spring can remind me of what it should look like around here....




I hope your garden is blooming.  Happy Spring.

I'm linking up with:
A Re-Purposed Life for Studio Sunday,
Pink Postcard for Transformations and Treasures,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays,
Type A Decorating for Anything Goes Party, and
Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday

41 comments:

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Okay, now I'm ready for Spring! Your work is beautiful, and so cool ~ I mean, a belt buckle? Fabulous!

Kathleen

Loretta said...

Nice work on the jewelry. The flowers are verry pretty. Love your work! Luv-Loretta

thecrankyqueen said...

Lovin' the "springy" jewels...Hope you will see spring soon, it is in full bloom in the South. tiff

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love your creations! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers. Our weather went South also. It has been very cool, rainy, gray, and dreary here, so have stayed in the last couple of days. I finished a couple of pieces, but need to get them photographed before they go out the door as gifts. This is a busy time of the year with B.Days, etc..
Have a great week.

Sassy Marsha said...

Wonderful creations!!! I'm so into blingy up keys lately too!!!

Yeah, the sun is supposed to shine tomorrow!!!!! I can't wait for the weather to get nice, I'm jonesing for garage sales!!!

sonya said...

Hi Betsy,
I love your springy blings! They are just beautiful. Now, if we could just put these in our yard!
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs,
Sonya

Delightblog.blog said...

Very creative ideas and all very pretty! They do look springy and bright!
Linda

pamq said...

Nothin' blooming here.........

Oooooweeeeee!!! Have you been busy!

LOVE the key on the left in the first photo especially---perfect earring for the job! And how you put the rhinestones down all the keys---neat touch.

Of course I gotta say I love the rhinestone spacer on the dangle of the buckle---those just always jump out at me!

And those pinback/bails are really cool. I will have to look for those......

Excellent stuff!

Desirée-ScrapDees said...

wowie what a lolvely jewels you've made, so beautiful!

Bohemian said...

I'm absolutely swooning over your Key Creations, Love it all!!!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Crystal said...

Love the keys....they are all pretty....I think the blue is my favorite!!!! Shiny and vintage....so pretty!!

lisbonlioness said...

I'd choose the pink one, it looks so delicate and indeed spring- y!

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

I love the keys! I have tons of old ones......weeeeeee!

mo said...

Hi Betsy,

Oooohhhh!

Love the keys! Especially the first picture the one on the far left and in the last key picture your "forget-me-not" and the AB key.

Just breathless.

I adore how you made it a pin and a pendant.

How clever you are!

*hugs*

mo

Rebecca said...

Hi Betsy
I am wishing for signs of spring too, I saw that my tulips are up about 4 inches... I got excited.
Your jewelry is amazing, I love the keys. Thanks so much for joining Studio Sunday.
Blessings this week
Rebecca

Sherrie said...

Your key jewelry is gorgeous! You certainly have a talent for this!

Tammy said...

These are definately beautiful Spring jewelry pieces. Wow...you know how to work those keys into such wonderful creations. I love the pink one to pieces...
Have a super fabulous week...keep dry. We are raining here today...and I guess the next 3 days. Need it for our flowers and garden. Your flowers are so pretty...
smiles...Tammy

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Im loving the embellished keys!!!

Ido said...

Hi Betsy,
Thank you for your comment on my ballerina bag. I love your blog, you have one more follower!
Ido

Brenda said...

Love, love the pink buckle encrusted with "jewelies". You give me something new to look for at the flea market, every time I drop by.

Coco loves vintage said...

Very inspiring as usual. I adore the key pictured top left covered in tiny flowers and rhinestones, so pretty.

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Hi Betsy
Thank you so much for visiting over at my place and for your lovely comment.
Love your jewelry and your junking finds are just awesome. Beautiful place you have over here.
xo Tina

Bohemian said...

Thanks for stopping by, yes, that triple stack of little drawers would be awesome for Jewelry findings wouldn't they? I can never have too much storage or too many Vintage doorknobs! *winks*

Dawn... The Bohemian

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this type of jewelry...it's my favorite to wear! Love the keys! ♥

Tammy @ Type A said...

wow, these are amazing! i love them. thanks for sharing them at my party, so nice to meet you!

Rachel said...

Gorgeous! I love the pink necklace a ton, but they are all perfect for Spring fun!!!
Visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays over at Savvy Southern Style.... stop by and visit me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

Linda said...

LOVE all your beautiful jewelry pieces, Betsy...you really do lovely work! Thanks so much for your sweet comment about my kitchen vignette!

Diane Writes said...

Hello Betsy! I got your blog from Savvy Southern Style. You greations are wonderful!!! I particularly love the keys. I used to have a key pendant which I wear with a heart pendant too. I love what you did to the real keys, turned them to beautiful pieces of jewelries. I hope we could develop a connection by following each others blogs. I would love that. Wishing you a happy wednesday! :)

♥ Miss Tea said...

what a cute yet beautiful creations!! love the spring flowers too, you're so talented and crafty!

Amanda said...

Your jewelry is gorgeous! And your flowers are so pretty! Thank you for sharing some cheerful spring inspiration with us! I am visiting from Pink Postcard and would be delighted to follow you!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

jewelrygirl said...

Oh, I love the keys! I am going to try that idea. I have lots of keys and old jewelry.

Beautiful jewelry!!

Jenny

Donnie said...

You are very creative. Loved your photos too.

Lucy Designs said...

that whole jeweled key thing is genius...I might have to do that!! love it

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

these are just stunning Betsy!! You really have a gift. Love the detail on these :) Thanks so much for sharing at Transformations and Treasures~

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your determination to have a spring fix paid off. The blooming jeweled treasures are fantastic!

Hugs,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Gretchen said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog post. The JB show is truly a fabulous show and you'd love it for your Salvaged Treasures creations. It's an annual event and coincides with "Where Women Create" annual conference, so maybe plan now for next year? It's always that 2nd week-end of September. Great prices too.
Your keys are great! The additional thought you put into it to make them versatile is so crucial to marketing. Well done my friend.
Gretchen

cyberpunkjunk said...

Was JUST about to throw out some old keys when my gut said.. wait... this might be a project.... now I know!

Grace said...

Wow, these are so pretty! I wish I had some old keys lying around...

Dionne said...

What a fantastic idea! Keep sharing, and we'll keep ourselves posted.

Cheers!

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I awe of you! said...

I just found your blog - new follower. They say things come to you when you need them. We're clearing out mom's estate and I took home 4 shoeboxes full of her vintage baubles.Thanks for the inspiration! Linda

mnoble said...

I just found your site and am definitely going to be poking around for a while. I also make repurposed jewelry and steampunk jewelry so I am loving a few of the ideas I've seen so far. Where do you find those pin backs with attached bails, I have a hard enough time finding bails locally?