Friday, March 23, 2012

Key to my Happy.

Remember a few Saturday's ago when I said it was the best day ever?
That was the day I visited Bauer Brother's Salvage and salivated all over the place.  But the day didn't stop there.  The Cabinet Maker and I stopped for lunch. We had coupons for free Smash Burgers. Yum! Our lunch cost a total of $7.99.  Smash Burger is attached to a mall, so we walked around.  We got in and saw that there was an antique show on that weekend.  

Fabulous salvage, free burgers AND an antique show all in one afternoon?! 
The trifecta of fabulously.   

The cool thing about the show was that it was mostly little old people as vendors. They were all very darling at their tables.  There was tons of vintage jewelry. I've been on the lookout for some small vintage keys. 
I found them for $3.00 - from the cutest little lady.

I've been wanting to make a key necklace. These little guys were just the ticket.
When sufficient inspiration hit, I pulled out my jewelry making supplies. 
I don't store them in the usual containers. Why would i do that?
I have these OLD little metal drawers. They hold my bobbles.

 I take apart costume necklaces and keep the beads in a.....
vintage transferware vegetable party tray.
It's super handy and spins around.

I put on my high powered readers and got busy.
I repaired a few necklaces that needed repairing.
And finished one that needed finishing.
Here's one:

Finally, it was time to get busy with my key idea and make it a reality.
So I toiled and tooled. Put together and took apart. 
Tried on and changed a few things.
I ended up with this:  Miss Key.

Yay! This makes me happy.

And I'll take happy - any day.

xo jeanne.


  1. Fabulous!
    You take tired things and make them new again...
    That's happy :-)

  2. Wow what a great day you had! Love love love the necklace with your key, what a great find! Mary

  3. Jeanne, you make the prettiest jewelry. Your jewelry making inventory is quite impressive too!

  4. how beautiful! I love your work!
    Have a good afternoon~

  5. Lovely necklaces, both of them. I love busy assemblage jewelry. I will check your site again and again.


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