Friday, March 18, 2011

Gorgeous old lace + a little glue = a feeling of major accomplishment!

Good grief!
It doesn't take too much to make me happy!!
I worked at the soap shop today helping to fill a few orders...
didn't have to cook dinner (ALWAYS LOVE THAT)
then finally drifted into my studio.

I have a HUGE amount of gorgeous old lace
so I looked through and found a few snippets
to add to my treasure box.

I had these gorgeous pieces of wedding lace ~
they weren't quite "aged" enough for my taste so I took
my two favorite ink pads and used a makeup sponge
dabbed on each ~ one is a little redder brown, one is a little blacker brown
and I love the brown they make together :)
I blot off much of the color then
gently dab around to achieve the perfect "old" look.

Here's my favorite glue again...
It is wonderful and you know the very best part?
It dries to a matte finish so you can't even see
where I used it!
If you don't have any of this stuff,
don't can use good ol' Elmers glue too!
It's thinner but dries to a matte finish.

I simply paint the medium all over the back of these pieces.

Then painted it around the sides ~

So I could add more old lace...

Here's my progress so far!!
I'm still not quite finished though ~

I've been lining the inside as well ~
Don't you think it will be perfect to store gorgeous
old jewelry pieces and baubles?
I should have it in my shoppe in a day or so!

I've got to show you a recent gift I received!
Two sconces adorned by old crystals ~
I need to clean the crystals, add a few more from my stash...
add the candles and hang them!

Plus, we're having a giveaway on the Facebook Shop Fun Soap page!!!
First, "like" our page...
then "suggest" your friends on Facebook like our page too ~
The person that sends us the MOST friends will win a package

I'm linking to sweet Debra of Common Ground's

Wishing you an AMAZING Friday dear friends!!!
love and hugs,


Beverly Sager said...

Dawn, your newly added lace looks wonderful! As does the entire project - looking forward to seeing it finished.
PS: Wish I had friends who bring sconces...

trash talk said...

Gorgeous! Wish what I was working on was as pretty and not just dirty!

Vee said...

The box is shaping up nicely. You always have an eye for the details. What a nice promotion you are having with the soaps, too. Continued success!

ThereseMarie said...

Your treasure box is sooooo gorgeous. Thank you for sharing, can't wait to see the finished box.

Vicki said...

I love how that box is turning out! Those lace pieces are gorgeous.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks so beautiful, Dawn! What a great box to use for keepsakes or love notes, too.

Blessings from Cindy said...

Your box is really beautiful!! Great job!

Theresa said...

Beautiful and looks finished enough for me:) Thanks for sharing the tips for us "craft-challenged" folks! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Joy Lett said...

Dawn- I have been selling the egg soaps and all the blue ones are gone. I may have to get some more- I'll know after this weekend. Love the box. I've been crafting too and working in the yard. Love Spring!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dawn, it's getting prettier and prettier with each item you add!
Hugs, Diane

Neusinha said...

Dear Friend
My sympathies, comes through an award. I show the Japanese people of my concern ... for now is my little drop of water in a small bird's beak incedio in the forest, but is the part that fits me. See on my blog, put in your if you wish.

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Hey Dear Friend ~ Love the Treasure box & Thanks for sharing the source of the Matte Gel.... I am so missing being on the computer, can't wait till I have Internet again at My House, it has been almost 3 months now & I am going a bit Nutz! Can you believe it has been 1 years since my trip to Georgia, I will always Treasure those Memories of us at the Scott Antique Market ~ Fun Times...
Miss Ya xox

Jann said...

Gorgeous--I LOVE the lace, and thank you for sharing a few wonderful tips on how you do this!!!!! I hear it's going to be very warm in your neck of the woods today--have a great weekend!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your treasure box is beautiful!
And what a great find on those sweet chandy's!!


Dorthe said...

Hi dear girl-
Oh it is getting more and more beautifull, I love how you aged the laces,thanks for showing sweetest friend---and the inside is so lovely, with that fantastic old wall paper, Dawn.----- And I would love to hang those sconces ,in my home- they are gorgeus, sweetheart .
I wish you a sunny, and happy week-end dear lady,
Love and hugs, Dorthe

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Dawn,
What a great idea for aging the lace. I love it. Your box is so pretty. I love the inside too.


Shopgirl said...

As always Dear Dawn you have made a treasure. So beautiful. I am constantly looking for old lace...not easy to find. The baby shower for kayla was so much fun and she loves the quilt. And now her little girl will sleep in the cradle that her grandpa made 21 years ago. She will be naming her "Annabel Marie" I love it...they may call her Bella:) I love the old names that the girls are going back too.
So how is Dawn, are you loving your new house? I know you have been in it for awhile now, I just know you have made it your own. Big Hugs, Mary

Karen B. said...

Hi sweet Dawn,
your box just turned out so beautiful!!
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Curious Sofa said...

What a great little box you created! I love the look of using fabric instead of paper. (can I borrow this idea?!)

LADY JANE said...

Dawn...You are AmAzInG...ok...she works at the soap shop...she usually cooks(yeah for a night off)...she creates...she dreams of future projects...she sneaks away to create and inspire...
AND...she has time to take pictures AND share tips with us! Really Dawn you amaze me!
I so hope you can take a second to visit...Jalina's costume is done and there are pics up of her!

Unknown said...

Beautiful Dawn and the style I love the most, I have that lace and have some from my own Wedding dress from 1961 what was left over as a friend of my Mom's made my dress for $50, now if you saw my dress you would say, (somebody made That for $50) but is was a lot of $ back then, I have used your technique before and I have also used Tsukinek antiquing solutions diluted down and they go really far as they are so intense in color. You probably know this all but I share anyway, have a wonderful weekend! By the way this type of lace can still be purchased where I live there is a store that has it and they charge about $30 yard.

Suz said...

That is such a beautiful box. Thank you for the recommendation for the matte gel. The one I get is a little expensive!

Lady Em said...

I love what you did with that box! It is gorgeous!!!! I can't wait until Clara can start creating with you in your studio, right now she just wants to take everything out and spread it around and make a giant mess! Thank you for posting about the Shop giveaway! Love you!!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Dawn....such a beautiful project, it looks done to me.
I have LACE ENVY !!
I have not ever worked with that medium. Does it dry clear...and hard as a ROCK ?
I have recently heard of a product called PowerTex..have you heard of that ?
I will be taking a class..( if she gets enough students signed up ) at the end of this month and she will be using PowerTex..she said it is like "playing in mud".
So I am sure it will be messy.


Debra@CommonGround said...

ohmygosh Dawn, I'm so in love with this beautiful box. the inside is just as gorgeous as the outside! Thanks for the tip on the glue, I need to find a better one for my projects. Thanks so much for linking up with all your loveliness!!
big hugs,

Barbara Jean said...

Oh Dawn, It is truing out so beautiful!
Each step just adds that one more special touch.

How wonderful to have all those fun embellishments to work with.

blessings and have a great week.

barbara jean


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