Friendship Necklaces from a Pair of Vintage Clip On Earrings

Friendship Necklaces from a Pair of Vintage Clip On Earrings

When I was growing up, lots of little girls wore “Best Friends” necklaces. They consisted of a single heart charm that was “cracked” in half, and each girl would wear one of the halves. Fast forward a few decades to today, as I reinvent the idea of friendship necklaces (or mother daughter necklaces). But instead of a heart charm, I upcycled a pair of vintage earrings into matching pendants!Read more ›

How to Make Custom Jewelry with Upcycled / Repurposed Supplies

How to Make Custom Jewelry with Upcycled / Repurposed Supplies

Designing and creating my own custom jewelry from any number of vintage or thrifted items is one of my favorite pastimes. In fact, I can’t even recall the last time I bought fashion jewelry at a big box store! I love the feeling of wearing cuff bracelets or cute necklaces that are one-of-a-kind to me.Read more ›

Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

With a lengthy textile history, it’s no surprise that antique malls across North and South Carolina are often filled with cotton mill relics- spools, and spindles, and bobbins, and looms! They range in size, shape, condition, and price, but the question always remains:

What can I do with these??” Read more ›

Thriftique-Chic Vintage Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

Thriftique-Chic Vintage Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

Anyone who does any sort of crafting/upcycling or spends time on Pinterest is well aware of fabric-wrapped bangles. It’s not a new idea by any stretch! BUT…my dainty hands and wrists (quite literally the only dainty body parts I’ve got) put the “bane” in bangle, because I never find any that fit well.Read more ›

Making Coin Jewelry / Boho Jewelry from Metal Buttons

Making Coin Jewelry / Boho Jewelry from Metal Buttons

I love old coin jewelry, but it can be expensive and difficult to make. But what about using vintage buttons – specifically metal buttons – that have been flattened on a blacksmith anvil? Trust me when I tell you that they look like Pieces of Eight or other old coins, and then are wonderfully upcycled into fun accessories, such as a coin necklace or coin bracelet.
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Miniature Book Pendants from Repurposed Book Pages

Miniature Book Pendants from Repurposed Book Pages

Two facts you should know about me: (1) I love old books, and (2) I love miniature ANYTHING. My bibliophile tendencies date way back…in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a genetic affliction. And now that I think about it, my obsessions with all things dainty is just as genetic.

So, why not combine these two loves and add in a third obsession- DIY Upcycled Jewelry?Read more ›

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

People tell me constantly that they have no idea how to “get into” upcycling- and they ask me how I come up with all of my ideas. I wish I could tell them that I’m the Sorceress of Repurposing, but the truth is, I’m not- I just enjoy finding a different use for something, regardless of what that “something” is.

And yes, upcycling is trendy and hip and all the rage, but really, we’ve been doing it for generations. Did your mother ever store leftovers in empty margarine containers? If you grew up in a cold climate, did she ever slip plastic bread bags over your feet before stuffing them in your snow boots? That, my friends, is upcycling in its most simple and purest of forms.

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Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

When I found these itty-bitty pulleys way back in February 2014, I knew right away they were the perfect jewelry-making component. But months- nearly a YEAR!- went by before I thought about making them again. Well, my friends, the time has finally come.Read more ›

How to Make a Pin Holder or Pin Display with Cotton String

How to Make a Pin Holder or Pin Display with Cotton String

I’ve made a lot of jewelry organization projects in my time, but this is the only one specifically for vintage brooches. It’s a play off an idea I saw at an antiques store that used cotton string (straight from the hardware store) as a pin display or pin holder. And I knew right away I wanted to recreate my own version!

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Vintage Curtain Tie Back Holiday Necklace

Vintage Curtain Tie Back Holiday Necklace

Once of the first treasures that I purchased at the 2014 Country Living Fair in Atlanta, GA were these two curtain tieback pins. They probably date back to the ‘40s or ‘50s, and at the time, I really didn’t know what I’d do with them.Read more ›