Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thrifty Treasures, Sweet Valentines and other Delights

A thrifty find for display at the store:
Will be cute wiht old bottles or sewing treasures in it.

Vintage metal suitcase.

Any guesses what i will be doing with the inside?
Those of you who visit me all the time will know. =0)

Here are some little red Valentines I'm working on.

And this is an easy way to jazz them up.
Make a litle pocket to put them in.

take a square paper doily and fold sides in as shown.
(a bit of an angle, Kind of see where they need to
be so center will fold up and cover them.

Then fold middle up, and glue onto side pieces.
You can use hot glue, glue stick. or those roll on tape glues.

Tuck in alittle Valentine, add words, a bow, little jewelry etc.
This one is not done. She gets a little heart or bow,
and i usually spray them all with fine glitter.
(sorry for blurry)

this can be done with a round, or heart shaped doily too,
or even lace.
I saw this idea last year in blogland but sorry i do not remember where.

(and don't miss out on the tutorials on my side bar.
making nests, and making a vintage baby shoe.)

Some outdoor colors popping out.
A few crocus...

Primroses, wilty, but color none the less.
(we'll take all we can get on gloomy Oregon rainy days.)

And a winter Pansy starting to bloom.

A little cream vignette.

And some cream I need help with.

I made this, and it needs something....

Then I made this....

And here they are together....
I like it, but think it is too much for the purse.
Maybe just a piece of jewelry instead?

What do you think? Be honest. =0)

and penny pinching....

is using old tea bags to make roses.
Tutorial almost done.

see them on the corners?

(and don't miss out on the tutorials on my side bar.
making nests, and making a vintage baby shoe.)

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BellaRosa said...

Barbara jean amor, what beautiful ideas..thank you for sharing them with us all :) I also wanted to thank you for the lovely birthday wish, you and the other wonderful ladies made me smile all week! Thank you! Besos, Rose

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Oh my goodness Barbara Jean ~ I love your little purse just like it is ~ the rose is beautiful on it :)
thank you for sharing your yummy things with us ~

The Feathered Nest said...

Barb, I just love it here!!! You are always creating, always sharing!!! Those tiny tea bag roses are so sweet ~ and I love the little peeks of spring....such an simple idea for the Valentine but gorgeous! Have a wonderful Wednesday dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wonderful ideas, I love the valentine pocket! Cindy

Dragonlady said...

Well, I just love the valentine holder, but, I have never seen a square doily, wherever did you find it?

Love the look of the tea bag roses and looking forward to the tutorial.

just like to say, I love you and your blog, you are so talented..and so sweet to share your how-to's with all of us..and I love when you share your morning walks in your other blog too.
Thank you!

Barbara said...

Barbara Jean, Thanks for the tip on making the holder from a doily.

Have a great day.

Bevie said...

Hi Barbara it's so nice to meet you!! Visting your blog was a real treat. Can't wait to see the tutural for making roses out of old tea bags! Amazing how nice they looked in the corners...
Am now a follower so will be back often!!! Blessings,

ClassyChassy said...

Yep, that big flower is too over powering for an embellishment...perhaps a small touch of color instead, yes, something small! and....Great valentine pocket idea!

Terri said...

Barbara Jean, I love everything you made! They are very elegant looking. You asked for suggestions on the purse. I like the flower you made for it, but perhaps a tinier version of it would look better? I'm not sure. I still like it!

Nancy Jo said...

Hi Barb,
What cute ideas. You are so clever.Had fun looking at all your stuff.
Nancy JO

Lululiz said...

I love the rose you made for the purse. Yes, it is big, but I think the purse can take it.

I'll miss your posts for the next week or so, we are off to France, but I'll catch up with them when we get back.

Its So Very Cheri said...

What a cute little POCKET for the Valentine. you are so crative Miss Barbara.


SueLovesCherries said...

Barbara, Primroses in January - not fair! I probably won't see mine until April! They're my favorite flower!

I like that little envelope idea. I think the rosette looks perfect on the purse - very old-fashioned!

~~Carol~~ said...

I love that little pocket that you made for your valentines! Now to find some square doilies. I've only seen the heart-shaped ones. You always have the best ideas and projects here, sweetie! Thank you for the tutorial!
Happy REDnesday!


Just love how you put things together and they look so Awesome!!!Can't wait to see the tea bag roses...as hubby and I are big tea drinkers and now I can learn how to make roses out of them!
Sure wish some flowers were trying to spring up around here...nothing but SNOW and COLD!!!
Good idea with the paper doilies.
Deb :)

Vicki said...

Hi, Barbara Jean,
I love the idea of making a pocket for the Valentines! I really love the beige rose on the purse!! I think they look perfect together and not too much at all. My bulbs are starting to peek out of the soil, too. I am so longing for spring. Hope you are having a beautiful week, sweet friend! Vicki

Lynn said...

This is one of my favorite spots to visit! You are so clever!

Lisa said...

WOW! Thanks for the how to on the folding! I have some of those doilies and I will LOVE doing it!! You have a jam packed Wednesday!!
Hugs, Lisa

Collected Treasures said...

The valentines are wonderful.....and I absolutely adore the purse you made....I'm studying it to see what you did to make it the shape you did...also I am trying to keep my husband from throwing away my tea bags as I am drying them for 'roses'.......lots of great ideas...thanks for sharing...xojana

Shopgirl said...

The Valentine holder is really sweet. And the little bag is perfect now. I love this, Mary

Roslyn said...

I ADORE your display case it is wonderful-is it going in the store? Or too sweet to sell...........

Maggie B said...

Hi Barbara Jean,
The Valentine holders created from paper doilies are so lovely and your tutorial was so easy to follow, even I could make them.
Happy VTT

B : ) said...

What a lovely blog! Can't wait for the teabag rose tutorial - that should be outstanding. BTW, my eldest sister's name is Barbara Jean : )

Why don't you come on over to my blog and visit a while

Gail said...

I just LOVE everything about your blog! You're such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

This is an FYI...I took a Cricut class at our local JoAnn's and it was AWESOME! I learned alot. If you're interested, I could email you a guide sheet they provided on Cricut Cutting......blade, speed and pressure for fabrics, vinyl, cardstock.....etc... Just let me know.

Leslie said...

Barbara Jean,
I always have said if I didn't decorate in Prim, I would probably go with something Shabby Chic...love the things you have been making :) I also love that little cupboard you found! Too cute!

Have a great day :)


GardenofDaisies said...

I can't wait to see how you make tea bag flowers!

Barbara Jean said...

I accidentally deleted your comment.

Sorry and thanks for coming by


barbara jean

CC said...

Such beautiful things..I love them all. Your little envelope is adorable,and the bag is gorgeous with the roses. You have the most wonderful ideas. Happy VTT, have a lovely weekend.

Bea said...

Love the Valentines. The folded doily is such a cute way to deliver them.

~~Carol~~ said...

Well, you're going to "prettify" that suitcase, of course! That was an easy one!
Happy VTT!

GardenofDaisies said...

Popping back in real quick to say thank you for following my blog! :-)

bec4 said...

All so sweet--love the folded doily for a valentine--might use this idea with my preschoolers for their parent valentine.

Leann said...

Ohhh Barbara Jean

I love the new little cubby - can't wait to see what you've got in store for it.


Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

That little purse you made is GORGEOUS!!!! And the suitcase...LOVE it too!
Great work!

Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!


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Jane said...

Great ideas! Loved them all. I am definitely going to go find some square doilies to make those little holders for the valentines. Thanks!

Lori said...

Everything is so beautiful! You did a great job!!!

Thanks for joining my party Get your craft on Thurs. I hope you join me next week. Mr. Linky disappeared for a while tonight I thought I lost all of my guest, but it finally came back. I will not be using Mr. Linky anymore!

Coloradolady said...

everything is great! sorry I am so late, I want to throw my computer in the street.....Happy VTT!

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Barbra Jean,

What a cute little cabinet. Love your idea for the Valentine pocket. I have to look for some square doilies now.


Jonny J Petros said...

Barbara Jean Hi, I love that little pocket with a paper doily I will definitely use that idea Thank you so much for sharing it, best wishes. Jonny

Jen said...

I need your creative brain. We are trying to clean out my 99 year old grandmother's house now that she has moved to a rest home and she has tons of antique stuff. Old TV trays, suitcases, etc... I know there is something great to do with it all, but I'm not sure what.