Thursday, January 07, 2010

thrifted :: holiday gifts

5_thursday

the title of this post is a little deceiving. this week my thrifty finds images are not of items i thrifted, but of items i made from thrifted materials.

several years ago i was at a church sale (those are the best! lots of old people's vintage things! if you're looking for genuine vintage, church sales are the way to go!) anyway, i was at a HUGE church sale. they had an entire room full of craft supplies. i happened upon a gigantic box of vintage lace, trim, etc. it fills a huge rubbermaid tub now. i can't remember what i paid, but i honestly believe it was under $5 for the entire box. i had no idea what i was going to use all of it for, but i couldn't just pass it up!

i brought it home with me and it sat in my craft storage room for several years until this year when i decided to make handmade christmas gifts. i found the perfect project to showcase all the fantastic designs....brooches.

vintage lace brooches

here's a photo of just a small selection of the brooches i made. i tried my best to match each brooch with the personality of the person i was giving it to. it was a harder process than i anticipated!

vintage lace brooche

a close-up of a purple trimmed crocheted lace brooch which ended up finding a home with one of my god-daughters.

vintage lace brooche

and another close-up of an eyelet trim brooch.

i still have an entire tub full of the trims/laces. either i need to find another project to use it all or go into business making brooches!

6 comments:

Alissa said...

Well, if these just aren't the cutest, chicest and most beautifully presented bits of old people's vintage goods than I don't know what is! I'm sure each recipient loved their gift!

Cassie said...

I was just thinking last night what your handmade gifts turned out to be! Beautiful! Love love love!

Molly said...

They are beautiful Lori! What a lovely gift.

amy @ switz~art said...

wow!!!! i love, love, love it! great work!

daisy janie said...

What a beeeeeautiful, thoughtful idea!! Good for any time of year!

Julie said...

Wow! I had no idea you made so many - I can't even imagine the time that went into these. Lucky recipients! ;-)

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