September 02, 2015

Upcycled Denim Fish Published in GreenCraft Magazine

I know, it is a little bit late to show you something rather summery but this can happen when you deal with some adventurous fish, slow international mail service as well as internet and computer problems. Let me explain. Some of you might remember the neutral colored linen and lace fish I sewed two years ago. I still like them but this year I wanted blue ones for my summer decoration. I picked some old jeans from my stash of used clothes and made six denim fish.

 Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces
While the three fish above stayed with me, the other three decided they would need a little adventure. They hopped into the Adriatic Sea not far from here and swam all the way to California, using the Panama Canal as a shortcut. As the fish were made from used materials, they thought they might have a chance to be published in GreenCraft Magazine. When they arrived at the beach near Laguna Hills, they met a nice mail man who brought them to the office of Stampington & Company. So or similar the story goes :). I am very happy to see my upcycled fish in the fall issue of one of my favorite magazines, along with lots of other fabulous upcycled and repurposed projects.

Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces in GreenCraft Magazine Fall 2015

Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces in GreenCraft Magazine Fall 2015

When I received my copy, it was already mid of August and since then we had internet connection and computer problems. With the internet going on and off several times a minute, it was difficult for me to read blogs and impossible to post. At least the internet problem seems to be solved for now and so I am finally able to show you my fish.

GreenCraft Magazine Fall 2015

Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces
Upcycled Denim Fish by Vintage with Laces

I can hardly believe that it is September already. I have not decorated for fall yet. It is still so hot here but next week the temperatures are supposed to come down a bit. Maybe that will get me into the pumpkin spirit :) .

My denim fish will swim over to these great parties:

Your Turn to Shine at Anderson and Grant
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House

August 11, 2015

The Salt Shaker that Became an Eye-Catching Pendant

If you are interested in upcycling and repurposing, you most likely know Betsy and her blog
 My Salvaged Treasures. In case you do not, I can tell you that Betsy is super creative and comes up with the most amazing ideas to assemble beautiful and useful treasures from discarded items. She turned a vintage radio speaker into a night light, a rusty rake into a picture holder and a vintage camera into a vase, just to mention a few of all her wonderful projects. I also adore Betsy’s jewelry made from all kinds of objects, like watch parts, small hardware pieces, and silverware handles. When she showed some necklaces created from tiny silver salt & pepper shakers last year, I put making one on my to-do-list and there it stayed. Recently Betsy was so sweet to remind me by posting another batch HERE. :) This time I did not procrastinate but went to work right after reading her blogpost. Thankfully dear hubby knew where I had stored the cute little salt shakers that I had bought lots of years ago during a vacation in New England. We had used them maybe twice or three times in all these years. Therefore, it did not feel bad to give at least one of them a new purpose.

Silver Salt Shaker turned into pendant by Vintage with Laces

I chose turquoise and white beads because these colors go well with most of my clothes. I am happy how the pendant turned out. Thank you very much for the great inspiration, Betsy!

The salt shaker pendant will hop over to these great parties:

Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

July 31, 2015

Sweet Mail

May I trade the months of July and August for an additional May and September each, please? I could easily do without these hot and humid summer months, served with lots of mosquitoes as side dish. With each degree exceeding 77 °F/25 °C, my list of enjoyable activities gets shorter and shorter. At 97 °F/ 36 °C outdoors and only little less indoors, there are very few things left, I like to do. Besides taking a shower, eating ice cream and watching our cats, there is only one more fun thing to do. Opening mail from sweet friends that is :).

A package from my dear Marie from Lost Bird Studio is a treat at any temperature.

Beaded Bracelet  
Marie made this gorgeous bracelet for my birthday. I love everything about it.


She had become a pro at making s-hook clasps. She gave me three fabulous sets along with some lovely bought ones to create jewelry with and a pretty metal number tag.

Beads1 Marie also sent me some beads and other bits.

She was so sweet to fulfill some wishes I had and bought seeds for me that are difficult to find here (lavender, endive, cilantro, thyme and cornflower), a pair of black espadrilles and some packages of gelatin powder.

Pretty Packaging
Marie enjoys gift wrapping and her packages always look so beautiful. Thank you so much, my friend! I love your gifts!

A fabulous flower card came from my dear Dorthe over at Den Lille Lade.

Birthday Card

I love the colors and the great textures. The leaves on the flower are real dried ones. Thank you very much, dear Dorthe!

If you guess that I am off now to take a shower and then have some ice cream while watching the kitties, you are absolutely right :).

Have a great weekend! I will be back soon with a necklace that was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers.