Wednesday, January 18, 2012

(Not Even Close To) Wordless Wednesday

Back in November, I posted asking for suggestions on what I could do with little bits of cool metallic fabric called "tissue lame" (and that last E needs an accent mark on it, but I have no clue on how to do that on Blogger!) that were too pretty to throw away. 

My Aunt Marsha suggested I put them into fancy glass bottles, and well, it was following up on that suggestion that led me down the path to a crafty (supply) powder room:

Technically, I started with the plastic jars (from the cashews my husband gets at Costco) on the left, then the salsa bottle on the far right. But then I started looking at some of my other craft supplies and wondering why I was hiding them all away. So I decided to use the glass jar that Ellie had gotten some candy in a couple years ago for the holidays (William-Sonoma uses the cutest curvy bottles!) for some rhinestones. After all, they're so pretty, they ought to be on display. 

Then I started looking for glass jars in a variety of places and finding that I had lots of stuff to display! The round jar, second from the right above, holds my felt "spaghetti," strips of felt that I glue on hair clips to cover the metal. 

And, well, I had to expand past that one shelf:

An Appaloosa pony Ellie made at camp last summer guards the jewels.
On the top, I have beads, fancy rhinestone buttons, regular buttons, a tall jar of spools of thread, small jars of 15mm rhinestones, and a ginormous jar of different kinds of hair clips waiting to be transformed.

What do you think? I kind of like using my supplies as decor ... although I'm not sure how inconvenient it's going to be to have my thread collection up in that jar. We'll see! (Thanks, Aunt Marsha! :)

Meanwhile, the super secret project that created most of those snips of fabric that inspired all this? I made roughly 100 butterfly and dragonfly magnets for family members for holiday gifts:

Inspired by the kanzashi butterflies from Diane Gilleland's book Kanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give


Anonymous said...

I am so un-crafty it's funny. Those magnets are so pretty that I would have never guessed you made them. I love the idea of displaying all those pretty little things in clear jars. Very unique!

Penelope said...

I love the pony! Whimsical art has a serious place in my heart and in our home.

Aviva said...

Penelope: :-) I love it too!