Sunday, September 12, 2021

Vintage Costume Jewelry Tree Of Life : Creative Upcycling With A Personal Connection

A shadow box display of a loved one's jewelry can make a sweet memorial - just as all of the other ideas we looked at in my blog post from 2012 entitled, Vintage Costume Jewelry: Upcycled & Repurposed.

Once I shared the images from that post, the reader comments and photos poured in - especially on one particular project: a "vintage jewelry tree of life" framed, collage-like display of a collection of vintage jewelry. 

Whether you use your own vintage jewelry odds and ends that may have been passed down to you from your mother, grandmother, aunts or other relatives - or you use old jewelry that you've picked up here and there at thrift stores or flea markets - the final result is beautiful. 

Intricate, colorful, and full of different textures and shapes, I am sold on these vintage jewelry trees. One thing that really impressed me with these is how the folks below used innovation and creativity to each add their own little touches to their trees to really personalize them and make them their own. Be inspired! 

This jewelry tree was created by Lynn Racz. Lynn says, "Most of my jewelry on this means something to me. I went to garage sales and found a lot that I cut apart."
So pretty Lynn!



Jewelry tree by Linda Spitzer who said, "I used heavy cardboard...and a quilting hoop covered with leather!"
Great ideas Linda!


For this tree made by Terry Grochola, Terry said she started with a tree of life that she purchased at a craft store and used that as a base to build her design upon.
I love your use of pearls and the Victorian flair Terry!



 Jewelry tree made by Loraine French. Loraine said she used an aluminum circle as the base and covered it with cardboard so that she could adhere the jewelry to it. She also painted the aluminum green and covered some areas with real tree bark she found in her backyard and painted it as well. Great use of items you had on hand Loraine!



This pretty tree was made by Clarina Talarico who adhered her jewelry bits inside of a picture frame. She said it is "a living tree for her sister." Lovely!



This jewelry tree made by Valerie features a different perspective and dangling beaded drops.
Creative and eye catching!



Wendi made this tree and said, "I love this! I turned it into an embroidery project and mounted it in a shadow box frame. So many sentimental pieces that I will never wear but can now enjoy seeing on a daily basis!"
Wendi I love your embroidered details!



This jewelry tree of life was made by Bonnie Brinks who said, "I made a keepsake tree of life with my mom's jewelry in a shadow box." I love the watchband tree trunk Bonnie!



This jewelry tree was made by Anna Starks. Anna said, "This is my take on a tree of life. It is in a shadow box. I love love this type of art" Anna I love how you used chain and buttons and the little touches of the butterfly in the sky with the stars and hummingbird!


I hope you enjoyed this creative inspiration and maybe you will want to create your own jewelry tree of life. Send me a great photo of your project and you could be featured on Dishfunctional Designs blog! 











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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Dreamy Bohemian Garden Spaces IIII

 

Add a bit of magic to your garden spaces with some beautiful, creative - and sometimes upcycled - inspiration. Now quickly, before summer slips away...

Enchanted dinner party from Johanna Holmgren

I imagine you could create this effect using salvaged windows.


Amazing garden shower from

I think this would be a great project to use up leftover landscaping stones and bricks.

Magical moss covered home via 



A castle-like cathedral created with lots of stones and lots of patience! 


When overgrown equals beautiful.




Colorful garden from Pinterest

A collection of old and charming, color and texture.



Add a hanging decoration to your garden like this one from Happy Gardens 


Sometimes it's the small details and little touches that can bring magic to your garden. Think about how you could create something similar yourself materials you might have on hand! 











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Sunday, September 5, 2021

DIY Cottagecore Floral Decoupaged Pumpkins

 


Hey friends! I have a brand new video on my YouTube channel so be sure to check it out! 

This craft is not only quick and easy, but it's super inexpensive too, and the final result packs a big punch! So head on over to my YouTube channel and check it out! 

Here's sneak peek...






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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Salvaged & Upcycled Telephone Booths

Old English phone booth restored and turned mini-library in Coopersburg, PA 

Did you ever think that phone booths would be one of those unique things that would be salvaged and upcycled into something new and different? 

Well some clever and creative folks decided to do just that when faced with the opportunity of transforming an old phone booth into whatever they desired. 

The results? How about a library? Check out these cool telephone booth transformations and maybe you'll be inspired to think about how you would transform one yourself.


Phone booth turned mini-library



Phone booth turned fish tank via Bitrebels.com



Old phone booth turned beach shower booth



Old phone booth turned bar



Phone booth turned wine storage via DIY network



Phone booth turned toilet in the woods



Here a old phone booth has been turned into a defibrillator station - smart idea!


Phone booth turned mini art gallery


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