Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vintage Costume Jewelry Rescue

Hello friends!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I couldn't wait to share my most recent estate sale find with you!  I'm sure that the folks watching me walk away from the sale with this thing tucked under my arm must have thought I had some kind of retro/eclectic style going on!
Although I completely respect the idea of bejeweling a lighted cross, and I commend the time, thought and effort put into this crafty project, I couldn't wait to dismantle it!   And I thank the clever crafter who put it together for using her trusty hot glue gun and not some kind of permanent epoxy!

Yes, all of these lovely vintage blingy blings came off of that blessed cross!
 One of my favorite pieces is this rhinestone studded crown...which fits perfectly on this little prince's head. 
I also adore this little gold basket filled with pearl "eggs."
Lovely purple rhinestones!
Pink and amber!
Royal blue, emerald green and aqua!  It took some time and work to pull these pieces away from where they had probably been stuck for the last 40 years...but it was so worth the effort!  And although I am having great fun just sorting through and looking at my new little treasures, I do have big plans for using them in some future projects!  In fact, I've gathered some great inspiration from Pinterest!
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Fun stuff!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

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  1. I love the bookmark idea. Do you have a link to a direct tutorial? Or perhaps a knowledge of what piece they used at the end to fiish off the bookmark and attach the jewlery? I would LOVE to make some of these!

  2. Oh what a treasure trove you found...I will have to think twice about some of the things I pass up... That little crown is Adorable along with that Pearl Basket...

  3. What a great post, and what a great find..I love old jewelry...Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  4. You lucky lady to have gotten all these jewels at the same time. Love the way you transformed them.

  5. Oh, you lucky girl! What a find! Good for you to look beyond the current state that cross was in, and see how you could use those jewels in future projects. They are beautiful! (I would have dismantled it, too). :)
    I love your blog header!
    Take care,

  6. WHAT A FIND! I can understand why the Cross art piece was not so loved... it may have been better off with a nice natural look!

    But those baubles and beads are awesome for other projects. Good job!

  7. Fabulous find! It WAS a treasure trove! I hopped over from 2805 and love your blog...I am a new follower!

  8. A treasure you indeed did find.. such pretty gems and looks like you are well on the path to finding a use for these exquiste goodies

  9. How awesome! All the beautiful blingy jewels came from that (excuse me) tacky cross? Isn't it great when you can see the potential in things that others would go "what the???" I love it! Can't wait to see what you decide to make with it all! Have fun! xo, Leena

  10. You have a great eye, Amanda, to be able to see past the unusual cross to see only the beautiful vintage jewelry pieces! You will have a lot of fun creating with these lovely pieces!

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post and your creative ideas at Potpourri Friday!

  11. Fantastic ideas! Thank you for linking it with Home Sweet Home!

  12. Accessorizing is an important part of every woman's dressing and ensemble. And jewelry is the key element to making one look attractive, elegant and gorgeous to name a few adjectives of beauty.


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