Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A work in progress!

I've missed you SO!!!!
We had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend and
really enjoyed being with each of our families ~
I've been a missing in action I know, but am finally getting back in the saddle
you know I love my blog here and love you as well ~

This is a scan of the sweet little tin type that Lisa gifted me after
the Paper Cowgirl retreat....I knew you would love to have it too!

I've had this pale, aged, pink satin purse for awhile now...
and even tried to sell it all by it's lonesome but to no avail.
So I thought...why not alter it and turn it into a Flea Bag!
You know, a bag you can throw over your shoulder, not too heavy but
holds the necessities when you are at an antique flea market?
Money, lipstick, etc?
Here are the beginning stages:

I'm adding wonderful antique lace and trims.

I don't know if you can see how really pale the pink is ~ it's almost an ecru now!

I wanted to make both sides beautiful ~
Here's one side:

And the other:

NOW. To add a comfortable strap and plenty of embellishments!!!
Antique buttons....maybe a few seam binding bundles....what about a clock face???
I'm in the home stretch now!!!

OH! And look what my husband found for me one day....
Now if I can only make it as sweet as the first one :)
We'll see!!!!

Here are the finished pics from my first treasure box:

I have to share with you this beautiful photo of Clara....
Brent, Emily and Clara traveled to mountains of West Virginia to
Emily's grandmother's cabin for the fourth ~
look at this angel enjoying herself and picking flowers for her mama!!!

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday my sweet friends!!!!
hugs and love,


jennifer768 said...

Love your finished treasure box !The bag is gorgeous too!I can't wait to see what you do with the box your husband found for you.Have a blessed evening.Hugs,Jen

Amy Kinser said...

Your purse is beautiful! Can't wait to see what else you do to it.

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Always Incredible ~ Can't wait to see the End Results.... xox

Leanne said...

Oh! I've been brainstorming something similar to your purse ... I need something to put keys and phone in when I'm wandering around the office and I'm wearing a skirt wot has no pockets... am thinking of a chatelaine thingy though....

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Dawn! Beautiful purse, lovely, lovely! And your box is amazing. It is sooooo yummy. Great job. Hugs, Riki

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh, and Clara is so precious!! Riki

Debra@CommonGround said...

Clara is just adorable! And I just love the creativity of the purse and the treasure box!! so pretty! xoxo Debra

kluless said...

The purse is turning out beautiful. I'm thinking seam binding rosettes and rhinestone buttons - oh la la!

Dorthe said...

Oh Dawn sweetie, your purce is the most beautiful purce ,ever, I think your work is amazingly wonderful, -and I just know your new box will be beautiful and filled with small wonders ,like the first one.
Dearest friend-if yuo don`t hear from me the next dayes, it is because Mathilde is with us, after huge water fall in her parents house surroundings-and a cellar filled 70 cm high with water-so all have to be cleaned and fixed with insurance-
so we enjoy the little sweet here, like you -dear Clara.
Hope your week, will be a happy one, my sweetest friend.
Sending you love and hugs.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great box, Dawn! I love the way your first one turned out ~ a real treasure box.

Sheila R said...

The purse is going to be beautiful! Can't wait to see it when it is done! Boy time sure flies... I remember when you posted about Clara being born. What a cutie. Have a wonderful day.

Susan said...

Clara is adorable! Your purse is so awesome! I can't wait to see what you do with the box your hubby found you!

time worn interiors said...

I sure wish I had time to create things here! Your work is always lovely and inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Nice to have you back, Dawn! Yes - you were missed. Love the ideas on the purse. look forward to seeing the finished product! Always love your site for all the out-side-the-box ideas - speaking of boxes - love the treasure box, too!
Miss Kathy

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Dawn! The purses are really lovely! You are amazing in your talent for turning the tired and worn into something beautiful again!
That little Clara is precious! :)

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

I can't wait to see how the bag comes out, it looks so beautiful so far!

Clara is oh my goodness so precious!!


Vee said...

I had hoped that you were having a sweet time vacationing and celebrating with your family. Excellent!

Love the flea market bag, though I can't imagine that that's all it would be good for. And I know that box is destined for a great makeover!

Theresa said...

Hi Dawn, love that picture of Clara! She is just precious! Love your latest creation and can't wait to see what you do with the new treasure box:) Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Denise said...

Your little purse has inspired me..... I have a couple of little purses that I just have no use for...... I am going to try that....... Show us the picture of the finished product..... Please..

have a great day.......

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

The bag is just great, so pretty. It will be perfect for flea market. Can't wait to see finished piece.
Hugs, Jackie

Lisa said...

Oh Dawn,
That Clara gets cuter with every picture! I just want to kiss her cheeks! I hope Brent & Emily had a good break.
Love, LOVE the purse. I need something like that. hint, hint. LOL It's beautiful. Looks like you are back on the horse.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Ooooh and Awwwe.... is all I can say as I look over this post ~ you create such lovely treasures!
Blessings ~ Katie

Anonymous said...

Love your vintage chic aesthetic, pure and beautiful.
-Jessica & Holly

Sandy said...

Hi Dawn,

It is so good to pay you a visit and see what you have been up to. The finished treasure box is amazing! I am sure you have some equally as wonderful in store for the new box. Love the "flea bag" too! Have a sweet evening!

Barbara Jean said...

LOVE that first treasure box you did, and this one will be just as wonderful I'm sure. =)

Your purse is turning out so sweet already. Cannot wait to see it done.

And there is your little Clara. She is growing to fast!

barbara jean

Denise J. Phillips said...

Dawn, your treasure box is right out of the Victorian Era, and is gorgeous! Your attention to details, and your choices for materials reflects your wonderful talents:) I think it's stunning!
Glad you had a great Holiday weekend!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your treasure box is gorgeous I think I am going to try doing that to the gold jewelry box that I have and for the purse I will defiantly be on the look out for one to alter and carry thank you for the inspiration that is why I love blogging!

Old Paper Roses said...

Wow, your treasure box looks amazing!! So beautiful!
Thank you for sharing the lovely baby image.

Best wishes,

marie said...

First of all ~ your sweet Clara is so precious ~ I love that look on her little face!

Your purse is looking fabulous! What a wonderful idea to create just a little soemhting to carry the essentials around in...that will definitely help in keeping the hands free for treasures!
Speaking of treasures...your treasure box is beautiful and I'm sure the second will be at least as lovely. You have such a wonderful touch for putting just the right things together!!

Rustique Gal said...

Hi Dawn, I love what you are doing to the sweet purse. It looks like a little skirt! I know you will make it just sooo cute! Speaking of cute, Little Clara is just adorable picking flowers in her sweet little dress! Have a great week!

Miss Gracie's House said...

I'm not sure which I love more...the purse or the treasure box...both are just beautiful!

B. said...

I am new to this so pardon if I asked about a topic already covered. How do you attach the lace? In this case, to cloth. Also, how attach to paper? What product used is you use other than needle and thread? Anxious to hear back.


Sandi said...

Hi Dawn! That first treasure box is gorgeous!!!! LOVEEEE IT! You sure do amazing work girl!!
Clara is a little beauty and that photo is just adorable!!

Chenille Cottage said...

Your blog is so beautiful and so filled with vintage charm! I am amazed at the many facets of your artistic talent...You are very kind to share your lovely vintage photos!
Thank you and it's been a joy visiting your blog...and, flickr, too!
Blessings and thanks,


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