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Playing in the Studio

Today I gave myself the gift of time.  Time to play in the studio and create using some of my most favorite treasures.  I wanted especially to use some of the wonderful materials I picked up from A Gilded Life at the Spellbound Event last November.  I purchased several of their “Bundles of Joy“, which featured some wonderful pieces of fabric, some lace bits, flowers, bead trims, etc.

For project number 1, I decided to make myself a lined zip-bag.  The outside fabric is a glorious raw silk woven with gold threads.  For the inside, I used a bit of floral Shabby Chic fabric.  The lace on the outside came with one of the luscious bundles from A Gilded Life (as did the raw silk).  I used a vintage zipper from my stash, and then finished the bag off with a raw silk wrapped rose embellished with a painted vintage button.  I added a milk glass bead to the zipper as a pull.  I envision using this to store sewing supplies on my next trip to CA (Spellbound in November 2013!!).

Project Number 2 is in process.  As this project was mostly glued, it is still drying as we speak.  Once again, I dipped into my Bundles from A Gilded Life.  This pink rosette fabric has been calling to me, and finally I figured out a way to showcase it.  Using old book covers as a base, I created a cover for a journal, adding one of my favorite vintage photos, printed onto fabric.  The cover is embellished with antique lace, a wonderful rosette and cut steel applique, and some silver lace on the front edge.

Finally, I finished the day creating some simple earrings with bits from my jewelry stash.  I believe the pearl drops came from Accessories of Old and the cut glass crystal bits I found on Ebay.

Acquiring beautiful bits and pieces to create with is such a pleasure, however you then have to use them.  There is no point to having such lovely materials if they just sit tucked away in a box somewhere.

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