Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Fob"ulous Necklaces

When I bought two boxes of keys at a flea market a few weeks ago, I didn't even realize that these old hotel keys and fobs were part of the deal.  I took a quick look, saw a ton and a half of keys, paid the vendor, and off I went.

You can tell a lot about someone from the keys they collect forgot to return.  Souvenirs from business trips and vacations to New York, San Francisco, Connecticut, Virginia.  Then there was the one nighter at Hardman House Motor Inn, Carson City, NV. 

I picked out a few of the smaller fobs and started decorating them.....


This one was borrowed from Room 31 at an unknown hotel in Arlington, VA.
I added a page from a French dictionary and rhinestones from an old bracelet.

Room 225 from Villa Poncana Hotel in San Diego.
The pocket watch face was a perfect fit, and a little extra bling never hurts.

Whaler's Inne out on Route 1, Mystic, CT
Should I drop this in any mailbox and see what happens?

Room 43, The World Famous Olde English Inn, Victoria, BC.
Decorated with some vintage sheet music and part of a rhinestone necklace.

I'm not sure where Room 209 originated.  It's now decked out with some sheet music, an antiqued filigree, and a vintage earring.

I really can't remember the last time I used  a real key in a hotel room.  Do you think they had to change the lock every time someone "forgot" to return the key? 
I still take the pens.


I'm linking up with these awesome parties:
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday,
Boogie Board Cottage for Masterpiece Monday, and
Keeping It Simple for Motivate Me Monday


32 comments:

Linda said...

These are sure fun, Betsy! Great find and the necklaces are wonderful!

Shanda said...

Very nice!! Unfortunately most hotels have gone to card keys. WE have a ton of those around but they don't hold the mystic as the old fashioned type!

Susan said...

What wonderful fun jewelry! They are antiques now because all the hotels are using cards now.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I'm in awe, as usual!!! These are great! I wish I had one from the old Pinehurst Hotel here in town. I would send it to you and let you bling it up!!!

kpaints said...

Those are just fab...wouldn't they make great tags for your luggage? YES!

Sassy Marsha said...

Fabulous, Betsy!!! Just love your creativity!

Oh, girl, I went to Paris Flea yesterday! I am HOOKED on that place!!!

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!!

xxoo
Marsha

Pam said...

What wonderful jewelry you have made from the old room keys. Love them all. So creative you are!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love what you did with the keys and fobs. I have a feeling if you dropped that one in a mailbox, someone would claim it as their own, because it is so pretty now that you made it into a necklace. :D It has been MANY years since I have used a real key at a motel/hotel.
Hope you had a very enjoyable Mother's Day.

d e l i g h t said...

Those are really clever! Who would have thought something like a hotel key fob could be so pretty!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

WOW! Why can't I find stuff like that at my local flea markets? You really turned them into something special and absolutely one of a kind! Did you do anything with the bell shaped one?

Happy Mother's Day!

xoxo
Kathleen

Jill said...

I love seeing what you make with all your fun finds! These are beautiful! :)

Sarah said...

Cute idea. This is certainly unique. ~ Sarah

poindextr said...

Hi Betsy, these are wonderfully clever. You're right, the return postage stamp is almost too fun to resist. You have the most stylish imagination!!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Those necklaces are so wonderful. What a great idea.
xo Tina

Tammy said...

What a fun project to make jewelry out of hotel fobs. I like how you put them all together uniquely.
Have a terrific week!
smiles...Tammy

Outofmymind said...

SO FREAKIN" CUTE!!!!!! I LOVE them. Thanx for sharing!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

these are all so pretty! I like the music one with the hearts best :)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This was such a fun post!! I remember keys like that from the hotels in Wildwood NJ. It was true, once upon a time that you could drop them in the mail boxes that used to be on so many street corners and they would find their way back to the hotels. I love what you have done with them!

Ido said...

Wow! Lovely, I love keys and necklaces!
XXXX Ido

kimmykats said...

These are so unique and wonderful! Love the bits and pieces. I just came across your blog so now I have lots of reading to do! Wonderful ideas!!!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

These are SO awesome!! I especially love the blue one that you kept the hotel information showing and added the embelishments! Adorable!!

SavannahGranny said...

I always enjoy seeing what you are going to come up with next. Where do you get the ideas? Have you always been this creative? I really like the use of the dictionary and the sheet music. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for visiting me on my day in the Azores. Bob and I still laugh about the cows. Hugs, Ginger

Linn said...

Love these creations...

Lululiz said...

Brilliant! Such a clever and fun idea.

mo said...

Hi Betsy,

I adore Room #43!

It is amazing. Your narrating is so amusing. Love the part where you ask, "Should I drop it in any mail box and see what happens?".

*hugs*

mo

Michelle L. said...

I think I'm going to weep. You are too cool for words. These are genius! I love how you have taken these rubbery/plastic-y eyesores and made them delicate and artful.

abeachcottage said...

They are really cute. Love what you've done with the keys especially the room 209 key :)

Stampin' D'Amour said...

These are so cool! I love seeing the results of altered things! You have an eye for re-purposed treasures.

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-pamela :)

Barbara Jean said...

wonderful!!
blessings
barbara jean

Mary said...

Hi Betsy, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your creations on Masterpiece Monday, and let you know that I featured you on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" this week at Boogieboard Cottage. Have a nice weekend, Mary :O)

Brambleberry Cottage said...

These necklaces turned out so cute, Betsy! I guess some people "forget" to return their hotel keys the way some people "forget" that the towels they're taking from the hotel don't belong to them. lol

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

Daniela@isreview1 said...

Oh what a super fun idea!!! LOVE these hotel key necklaces!!