Thursday, July 19, 2012

Makeshift Cloche

I've been looking for more glass shades for the longest time.  When I discovered this pretty vintage cut glass shade last week during a junking adventure, I knew it would be the perfect candidate for a cloche.  Once upon a time, I had several of these in various sizes and shapes and turned them into cloches by covering the holes with glass stoppers from antique liquor bottles. The stoppers I have in my stash right now are all too small, so I tried a few other pieces to get just the right look....

A white plate with a leaf pattern and a vintage crystal doorknob for the top. 

A quadruple plate butter dish that's part of a set my great-grandparents received on their wedding day.  One of the three other pieces I have is engraved: Curren Oct. 24, 94.  That would be 1894.

A pretty rhinestone buckle makes a perfect picture frame.

A little tacky glue on the center bar holds the old picture of my cousin, brother, and me.  The vintage salt shaker makes a sweet vase for the silk roses.

Just the right size to fit under the cloche.

Another version topped with a silver lid from a sugar bowl.  I saw a silver lid used on a glass shade on Pinterest that was pinned from JunkMarketStyle.  Unfortunately the link didn't lead anywhere and I can't find the original source.

I like this version best because of its sentimental value.  This one is a keeper.



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46 comments:

Connie Mercer said...

You think of everything!!! another fabulous post!!

Loretta said...

This is lovely Betsy...I love it!
Hugs

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Definitely would consider it a keeper - very pretty. Added plus, family treasures are included.

Kathy said...

What a great idea, and so beautiful.

Anne said...

Betsy,
That is so pretty and chic!
xx
Anne

chateau chic said...

These ideas are too cute!! Love both, but who would of thought of a sugar bowl lid for a topper? Perfect!
Mary Alice

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I like the silver lid, too! Very unique! The picture in the rhinestone buckle is just the best!!!

cynthia lee designs said...

I love it...so pretty!! Love the rhinestone buckle frame too!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Cute, cute! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

Judy said...

I love all of your cloche designs! I am a cloche addict and always on the look for either a cloche or a new idea for something to place under it. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathy said...

I have been looking forward to your cloche project. The glass knob looks great but the silver lid is unexpected and looks PERFECT! Great idea, like everything you do - high five!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I always start smiling when I visit, Betsy, cause I'm so tickled by your creativity. I love this vignette.

outjunking said...

It looks like a million buck. I would have never known it was a lamp shade, and that buckle to smart.

House Revivals said...

Gorgeous! Not sure what my favorite part is -- the ingenious cloche or the belt buckle frame, or the clever "handles"!

SavannahGranny said...

I agree, I like the last one best, however they are all great. The last one, of course, has more meaning. Love your old family picture. I also loved seeing the old car in the background. So neat, and perfect under the cloche.
Hugs, Ginger

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

So clever. Beautiful glass. I love the buckle/mini frame!!!

Into Vintage said...

I see those glass shades all the time and this never occured to me! Brilliant. And I'm also loving the sweet little buckle frame.

I think you should write a book ... just sayin'. :-) I would buy it!

Into Vintage said...

I see those glass shades all the time and this never occured to me! Brilliant. And I'm also loving the sweet little buckle frame.

I think you should write a book ... just sayin'. :-) I would buy it!

Into Vintage said...

I see those glass shades all the time and this never occured to me! Brilliant. And I'm also loving the sweet little buckle frame.

I think you should write a book ... just sayin'. :-) I would buy it!

Into Vintage said...

I see those glass shades all the time and this never occured to me! Brilliant. And I'm also loving the sweet little buckle frame.

I think you should write a book ... just sayin'. :-) I would buy it!

Into Vintage said...

I see those glass shades all the time and this never occured to me! Brilliant. And I'm also loving the sweet little buckle frame.

I think you should write a book ... just sayin'. :-) I would buy it!

marie said...

The cloche is very pretty...and I LOVE the buckle photo frame!

Dawne at D Magazine said...

Okay, this is just too cool to pass up!

I love this as I'm a cloche lover myself. I'll have to do one of these....or more. (;^)

Tuula said...

This is so lovely. You have an amazing attention to detail. Love that buckle frame! :)

Ginger said...

Gorgeous! A fabulous idea--I'm pinning!

Stephanie said...

You have no idea how many of your ideas I have copied! I pick up all these odd pieces of stuff and they just sit there until I see what you have done with the same things. You are making me look good when my friends see what I have done. Keep it coming - I love your style.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Betsy: My first time to your blog, and I love it! These are such beautiful and clever ideas--I am definitely going to be on the lookout for these types of items to give it a try myself--thank you!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh this is absolutely unreal. I love this. The "cloche" is stunning and you are so creative. I am hosting our Summer Cloche Party this coming Tuesday on 7/24, I do hope you will join the party and link this stunning piece. www.astrollthrulife.net.

Hope to see you there, Hugs, Marty

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a beautiful creation...and the idea for a cloche is genius! I have to do this!

Annmarie Pipa said...

I love the frame..wow!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love this look! Adore the frame! Awesome as always! Hugs, Linda

Peggy said...

Genius!! Love the use for the old doorknob. It turned out pretty and another way to display family treasures!

Diane Writes said...

It is indeed a keeper Betsy. I love it and for some reason, I find this artwork very dramatic and special.

Please don't get tired of making this kind of pieces, where you showcase part of your family to your work. All the more it becomes special even in my eyes :D

Have a great day Betsy!

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...

Clever girl! It took me reading this post a couple of time to register what the cloche was...duh! But thanks for the info. Very informative and wonderful! I'm inspired, if a little slow!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Oh, what a sweet sweet photo, Betsy!!! I am having a V8 moment, why didn't I think of that!!!!

What a wonderful way to use family momentos and treasures :)

xoxo

~ Liz ~ said...

What a great combo. You have such a good eye! And that's amazing about the date inscribed there...so cool, talk about being green with envy...that would be me!
Liz

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the vintage frame idea. I have a few old buckle and will borrow that idea. That picture is so cute too. Thanks for sharing, Laura

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Thanks so much for linking up. I think this is stunning. Hugs, Marty

Olive Cooper said...

Really elegant and beautiful. I love what you did with the buckle. I have two of them and I am going to borrow this idea.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

I totally love it! It looks so pretty.
~Clara

Liz said...

Ok! Smarty! How clever is that!? Just darling! :)

~Liz

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Lovely, Betsy! The sugarbowl topper is my favorite. The silver with the glass is a great look!

Toodie said...

Wow, I really love how you put this together! Not only the sentimental aspect, but it's such a beautiful arrangement!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Betsy!! I love this- so charming!! You always have such neat ideas! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Connie said...

Whoooooaaaa, sugar, you've just given me an idea for 2 candle covers I've had for a couple of years and just sit on a tiny china cabinet doing nothing but waiting for me to get inspiration for them. You've just got a new follower! Always looking for ideas around our "forever" home. Thanks!

We moved from your area (SF Bay area actually) to Idaho 20 years ago but have friends in Tracy. Nice to meet you!

xoxo,
Connie

Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit said...

Ijust found your blog thru google. Looking cor some salvGe jewelry supplies! I love all hoir stuff, so unique! What type of glue do you use on metals and such to add pieces together? I am just starting fo play around with pitting some pieces together and I was wondering.
Thanks so much, im now a follower!