Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Treasure Hunter Necklace

This adorable little bottle necklace was inspired by my love of treasure hunting. It features a tiny glass bottle that I have soldered shut. Inside the bottle is a vintage map remnant, an itsy bitsy skeleton key and tiny gold and pearl colored beads. I hand soldered the links and connected it to a cream colored sari silk ribbon. Makes ya wanna head out for a hunt doesn't it??? Find this necklace for sale at Farmhouse Inspired. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bottle Hunt

My first memory of treasure hunting was of antique bottles. When I was a kid I used to play in the alley with my brothers. I remember one of our neighbors was doing some excavating to the hill on his property that backed up against the alley. One day while playing I noticed something sticking out of the freshly moved dirt. Of course I had to inspect it closer, and when I did, I discovered an antique bottle. I was fascinated by the bottle and began digging there almost daily looking for more treasure. This didn't last long as the homeowner did not appreciate this and chased me away several times. Ha ha. Recently a good friend told me about all the bottles on his property that used to be a mink farm. We decided to go bottle hunting and I found several adorable little bottles. They needed a good cleaning. In fact, one of them was an ant home. I don't think the ants appreciated me uprooting them. In honor of my favorite holiday Halloween, I decided to turn them into mini poison bottles using images I turned into self adhesive labels from the The Graphics Fairy. They still need a little tweaking. I'm going to add different twine and ribbon to each and find some more little corks for stoppers. Pretty cute huh?
Here's a few we found

All cleaned up

I'm digging this old cigar box with the bottles

Top view

The min labels

Ha ha Lucky snuck in

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Clock Key Necklaces

Just sharing a few recent creations. I made these out of vintage clock keys and chain with hand formed and soldered links. Find these for sale at Farmhouse Inspired (formally Tags). Hope everyone is enjoying their September.