August 25, 2017

Upcycled Tea Bag Fall Leaves

This morning I could feel that fall is around the corner. The night had been cool and the morning air was crisp. My naked feet got cold after walking and standing on the tile floor for some minutes. Cold feet never felt so good. The summer had been extremely hot with temperatures up to 113°F/45°C, and sometimes humid. I had really tried to take pleasure in my two least favorite months July and August but I was just happy when another day was over. It will still get pretty warm for at least 2 weeks but the worst for this summer is over, yeah!!!

I'm going to celebrate fall with upcycled tea bag leaves which I had made some months ago. For most of my life I hadn't been much of a tea drinker but last fall I started to drink more tea. Mostly black tea but also green tea and fruit teas. The used tea bags were saved because I knew I could do something with them.

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

I dried the tea bags in a bowl together with some rusty parts. The gray areas and spots you see on some of the leaves were caused by the rust reacting with the tannin contained in black and green tea.


Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

My bases for the leaves were crumbled pieces of brown paper bags from bakeries. I used double-sided fusible web to adhere tea bags to both sides. The leaf veins were free-motion embroidered.


Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

I like how the leaves look on that rusty piece of metal. They would as well look great hanging on a branch though.

Have you decorated for fall already?

The wind will blow these leaves over to the following great parties:
Sweet Inspiration at  A Crafty Mix
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
Waste Not Wednesday at Raggedy Bits
A New Life at Rostrose
A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market

July 13, 2017

Our Dryer Caught Fire and a Driftwood Vignette

Our dryer had already been repaired several times over the last 5 years, when it had a malfunction again some weeks ago. I was still able to use it but the sensor didn't work anymore, hence the dryer wouldn't stop automatically when the clothes were dry. I had to set an alarm on my phone to remind me to turn it off manually. That worked well ... until I forgot to set the alarm last Thursday. The dryer overheated and started burning. It was a chain of lucky circumstances that we detected the fire in the bathroom just in time and my hubby was able to extinguish it with a garden hose. There was an awful lot of smoke and the bathroom was a black mess from floor to ceiling. Due to a lack of storing space in the house, there weren't only the typical bathroom items in that room but also shelves with books, seasonal decorations etc. Amazingly, neither my wicker laundry baskets nor the books caught fire. The fire was hot enough though to melt not only the dryer's door but also some plastic containers and bowls that weren't even close by. The smell in the bathroom and the hall was disgusting. In the meanwhile everything is cleaned and painted. It will probably take some weeks though until the smoke smell will be gone entirely. Some things couldn't be saved but we were very lucky. It could have ended so much worse.

When we take a walk on the beach, my eyes always scan the sand for driftwood, sea glass, rusty items, pretty sea shells and whatever else might catch my attention. I used some pieces of my driftwood collection for a little summer vignette.




Coastal Decor: Driftwood pieces embellished with stamped fabric scraps

I like the look of plain driftwood but this time I wanted to add a soft touch. I stamped some nautical motives onto cream colored fabric scraps and glued them to the wood. A simple and quick project.


Coastal Decor: Driftwood pieces embellished with stamped fabric scraps




Coastal Decor: Driftwood pieces embellished with stamped fabric scraps

We're not even half way through July and I'm already looking forward to fall. I'm just not enjoying temperatures above 82°F/28°C and we had up to 100°F/38°C over the last few weeks. The ventilators are running day and night. 7 weeks to go or more until cooler weather will bring back my energy. How is the summer in your neck of the woods?


My driftwood will be washed up at these great parties:
Sweet Inspiration at  A Crafty Mix
DIY Salvaged Junk Projects at Funky Junk Interiors
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
A New Life at Rostrose
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time

June 23, 2017

Denim Belt Loop Cuffs and Some Tags

I don't even remember when I last bought a piece of jewelry or hinted to my hubby that I would like to have a certain piece from one of those fancy jewelry shops. I don't care about precious metals and diamonds anymore but prefer handmade, one of a kind jewelry instead. For many years now, I've been making my own necklaces, bracelets and earrings and I also wear beautiful pieces created by artistic blogging friends.

Upcycled Jewelry: Denim Belt Loop Cuffs by Vintage with Laces

When I sort out, receive or buy an old pair of jeans for upcycling, I first cut off the belt loops and collect them in a bag. One day, when I removed the belt loops of some used jeans, I got the idea to turn them into cuffs and came up with three varying styles.

Upcycled Jewelry: Denim Belt Loop Cuffs by Vintage with Laces


Upcycled Jewelry: Denim Belt Loop Cuffs by Vintage with Laces

I tried different kinds of buttons as embellishments and finally decided to use bold metal ones with an antique silver finish.

GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2017




Upcycled Jewelry: Denim Belt Loop Cuffs by Vintage with Laces published in GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2017


Upcycled Jewelry: Denim Belt Loop Cuffs by Vintage with Laces published in GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2017

 I'm very excited that my cuffs have been published in the Spring 2017 issue of GreeCraft Magazine.


Upcycled Denim Tags by Vintage with Laces

 
Upcycled Denim Tags by Vintage with Laces in GreenCraft Magazine Spring 2017

When I sent in my submission to GreenCraft Magazine, I attached some sewn denim tags to the cuffs with my contact details inserted in the pockets on the back. The tags made it into the magazine as well which was a lovely surprise.

Currently, I don't have any denim projects in the works but I will turn to my stash of old jeans again sooner or later. It's such a sturdy and versatile material that is suitable for all kinds of creations. I just love to work with it.

The cuffs and tags will attend these great parties:
Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
DIY Salvaged Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
Waste Not Wednesday at Raggedy Bits
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
A New Life at Rostrose

June 09, 2017

My New Found Object Sculpture Is A Very Rare Birdie

It doesn’t happen often that a vulture and a peacock fall in love but it occurs from time to time. When Pea Cocktail’s vulture mom and her peacock dad met, it was love at first sight, believe it or not. It didn’t take long before they started to build a nest and after a hatching period of about two months, a little girl got out of the only egg.

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

The offspring of such a mixed relationship has features of both species. When a girl is born with a vulture head, she always has the big peacock tail feathers that among purebred peacocks only the males get. Just in case you’re wondering. 😊

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

Here you see Pea Cocktail in her natural habitat. She loves a garden with lots of wildflowers and all kinds of grasses.

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

Sometimes she runs into a turtle but they usually ignore each other.

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

The idea to make this bird started with the legs. Long time ago I had bought a metal bird and never used it for decoration. The body wasn’t well made and the colors were rather ugly. What was I thinking? Some months ago, I took it apart and only kept the legs. For the tail I used a valve feeler gauge. Isn’t that a cool thing and just perfect for a peacock tail?

Found Object Sculpture Bird by Vintage with Laces

Pea’s body is an old wooden hotel keychain and her neck is the metal part of a light bulb. When it comes to her head I have no clue. Does anyone know what kind of cone(?) that is? It must have come to me in a flower arrangement or Christmas wreath some years ago.


Found Object Sculpture Birds by Vintage with Laces

Some of you might remember Pelican Joe. He had been looking for a girlfriend for the last three years without success. When he met Pea Cocktail, he suddenly had butterflies in his tummy. He asked her out and look, he brought a bunch of flowers to their first date. Isn’t he a gentleman? I was told they had a fabulous evening hopping through the garden together and they’ll meet again soon. We might have a couple of lovebirds here. 😊

Miss Pea Cocktail will fly over to these great parties:

Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Vintage Charm at Our Hopeful Home
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time

May 19, 2017

Unexpected Kittens

I didn’t intend to be away from my blog for so long. The time just flew by. I tried my best to decide what kind of creations I should focus on in the future but the harder I tried, the more ideas popped into my head and wanted attention as well. The result was that I didn’t accomplish anything for months which was rather frustrating. It seems that I will just continue to work on many different kinds of projects. Limiting myself doesn’t work for me. At least not at this time. I have some junk people in the works and you’ll also get to see some summer decorations and mixed media art soon. Today I have to tell you about some cute furry babies though.

On Good Friday someone left four 10-14 days old kittens in front of our gate. I guess I’m known as the crazy cat lady in our area. Unfortunately, it’s common practice in the South and East of Europe to drown unwanted kittens or to abandon them somewhere in the wilderness where they either starve to death or get killed by predators. It’s so unbelievably cruel and I’m glad that these four didn’t have to suffer such kind of fate. The first two weeks I had to bottle-feed the kittens every two to three hours day and night. In the meanwhile they drink kitten milk from a small plate and eat kitten food as well. I have to get up only once a night now.

Tricolor Kitten by Vintage with Laces


This little girl is Gracie. For some days we thought she wouldn’t make it because she threw up kitten milk and food and she lost so much weight. It seems that she has a very sensitive stomach. She’s doing pretty well with the food she gets now and she gains weight again every day.

Kitten with a ball of wool by Vintage with Laces


The second girl of the litter is Pixie. She is the smallest of the four and extra clumsy which is so cute.

Kitten by Vintage with Laces


Smokey started out with less weight than his brother but he's now the biggest of the siblings.

Kitten by Vintage with Laces


This is Cosmo. He was the first to use the litter box when he was just under three weeks old. Amazing!

Wrestling Kitten by Vintage with Laces


We do have a winner in the Greco-Roman kitten wrestling championship. The gold medal goes to Smokey and we better give it to him right now or he’ll wrestle us down as well. 😀


Kittens by Vintage with Laces


Izzie was about 5 months old when someone left her in front of our home a few days before Christmas. She was still too young to take care of herself, so of course we adopted her. We had her spayed in January. However, she feels motherly towards the kittens. She licks them and even helped with the bathroom business when they weren’t going to litter box yet. We have to take her away after a few minutes though because then she gets too rough with the kittens.

Three Kittens by Vintage with Laces


It’s so much fun watching the little fur balls play with themselves, with each other or any kind of toy. Yesterday evening I laughed tears when Cosmo shoved an empty egg carton around in circles with his nose for some minutes. It’s so cute when they chase each other around the food stool or when such little kittens arch their back before playfully attacking a sibling. We haven’t laughed as much as in the last several days for a while. We hope we’ll find good homes for the kittens but I dread the day I have to part with them. I know there will be tears involved. I remember how hard it was to let go two kittens of the litter we had 5 years ago.

The kittens will check out theses great parties:

Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market