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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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Friday, April 3, 2009

a saver

Well, it's Friday...that means I am off to work tonight. Before I lay down for my nap I want
to show you something that I saved from the trash this morning. Yesterday, while I was
cleaning... I was looking at this thing:



Anyone else have one of these? I think I bought it at Michael's about a million years ago.
Anyway, it just doesn't float my boat anymore and I very nearly tossed it into the garbage
can. But then I thought...just maybe...I could remake it into something I might love. So,
this morning I pulled out a linen runner that I had, my laces, one of my tattered books, and
some glue. Trash became this:




After I assembled it, I went over it with a paintbrush dipped into tea:




Then I glued on some of my vintage buttons and some text:




Inside, I tucked a card that my sister gave to me a very long time ago, and one of my
button cards. I really do love it now. I think it is lovely.




Have a Beauty Weekend!

58 comments:

TattingChic said...

That's very sweet and so "in"! :)

dollybelle said...

Totally Gorgeous! I love your work!
xoxo
Dollybelle

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

Well that just shows that you should never throw anything away. That heart is gorgeous!

Tiedupmemories said...

Look at you! Very clever! I love it! Thank you so much for your post.We shall see tomorrow. At least I have Ann-Marie! Lol! I'm leaving on vacation on Sunday but would like to send you a little something. Leave me an address on my etsy convo if you would please. I'll send it when I get back. Thanks again!
Tracy

lorhen82 said...

I think I have one just like it in a box somewhere. I never thought to alter it!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

It is LOVELY! You are so good at altered art. Love seeing what you do!

marie said...

Wonderful transformation! It's really beautiful!

paperbird said...

Very pretty and creative. Thank you for visiting my blog. I love having visitors!

Michelle (Shell) May said...

That's the BEST "almost" trash to treasure I've seen! It's so fabulous!!!
bunny hugs,
shell

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Lori, love what you did with the heart - beautiful!

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh Wow! That is gorgeous!! I lov the lace and the buttons!

Diane said...

I love how you transformed that old tin heart, it sure has a more vintage appeal to it now, very nice. Take care at work.
Hugs, Diane

Joy said...

Absolutely perfect makeover!

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Lori!!! Everything becomes so beautiful and so YOU in your hands! xoxo-Mel

TinyBear said...

It´s beautiful Lori.
I love how you have changed it.

sandra said...

oh my goodness, Lori, that's so beautiful! who'd thought! Love all those laces.
Hugs,
Sandra

The Feathered Nest said...

What an amazing transformatin Lori!! I just love it! It's so neat to remake something that's so average into a gorgeous keepsake!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Lori ~ xxoo, Dawn

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

Awesome makeover!!! Love it!

LiLi M. said...

From trash to treasure! I love this! You must be happy to reconsider this heart just in time. I don't throw away much, but when I do...I have a great idea next week, you know, after having saved it for a billion years.

Ok, I'll keep my breath with the lovely spring weather in and breathe out on Monday. I knew you were working weekends, but I didn't realize that you were always working weekends, I thought it was one on, one off or something like that. Save my other wishes until Monday too! xoxo

cindy said...

I used to have one of those as well! Great minds! :D What a lovely remake! So pretty! And thanks for the heads on up TUIM, will try and make it over there!

-c

Secondhandrose said...

You are a genius Lori! Now can you come and do that to my family room? Please!

karen

Stephenie said...

Lori, That is just the prettiest thing...I just love how creative you are...Everything you put your hand on, turns out beautiful..
Stephenie

Mary Wadsworth said...

Lori you are so creative, it is beautiful!!!

Mary

Sandy Michelle said...

Wow Lori! You can definitely turn trash to beautiful treasure!

Sand xox

twinkleshabbystar said...

Lori! OH MY!!! I have the EXACT same heart IN MY HOUSE NOW!!! It's kinda hidden in my living room cabinet because it looks kinda "clunky". I CANT get over your "re-do". It went from DRAB to FAB!!! Can I send you my heart for a makeover. tee! hee! XO,Jenn

KarenHarveyCox said...

I love how you can take something and create magic! I will have a peek at that link to her party. I agree that trash to treasures is a wonderful notion, but with you talent it's really special.
Karen

Mermaid Queen said...

Wow what a transformation! It turned out beautiful Lori.
Take care,
Martha

Marie Antionette said...

Hi Lori,Its beautiful,and you put alot of work into it.I love it.XXOO Marie Antionette

Jennifer said...

Lori,I love what you did with that heart it looks wonderful!Looks so victorian looking.Love it.Have a wonderful and safe weekend.Jen

Marina Capano said...

I love your work!That's very sweet !!!
congrats!
visit me anytime...

Elyse said...

awesome. iLove it and hooray -- my iMac is back!!!

hope you are having a good weekend at work. remember: aaaaaaaayyyyy!

xo

Carol said...

Oh what a yummy lacey heart you have created Lori! I love it!
xoxo Carola

Mr Lee said...

Oh,so much prettiness.Hope your all doing well.welcome to my blog
http://china-cutter.blogspot.com/

Beth Quinn said...

amazing !! that is soo gorgeous lori!
xoxo,
beth

Andrea said...

Absolutley gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

How clever you are to revamp the metal heart! I love it's new pretty face-lift! I used to have one of those myself - I wonder where I put it?
xo
jeanne

Nancy Lee Malay said...

To think this beautiful creation was almost trash....wow, it's just lovely, Lori!

michelle sylvia said...

Lori!!

You have such a gift!!! LOVE your creation!!!

Hugs,
Tink

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Lori
Thank you so much for your kind & thoughtful comments on my blog. It was very much appreciated!
Those hearts are so beautiful! Also very much like the gifts that you made for your friends. You are so talented!
Isabelle x

Jeanneoli said...

I can't believe what you made! I may never throw anything away again...beautiful.

Little Pink Studio said...

I love it Lori!
Unfortunately that is what keeps so much stuff in my studio though, I keep thinking "I can fix this", "I can remake this". LOL
xo, Cerri

madrekarin said...

Total trash to treasure! It is just beautiful, Lori!

Robyn said...

as always clever thing...

tiffany~shabby scraps said...

Lori! I love what you did with this, just beautiful!!
xoxo, TIffany

Gina said...

Oh my goodness, you are a magician, it is gorgeous now! It is so sweet and pretty, WOW!

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Amazing transformation! ;)

jillian said...

OMG!!! I just donated a tin heart that was exactly like that! Now I'm kicking myself cuz I LOVE what you did with it and wish I could make one for myself. It turned out so beautiful!!
XOXO
Jillian

Mr Lee said...

Thanks for your visit.We will add something about the works to the blog.Look forward to your coming usually.Your blog is wonderful.

Jennifer said...

That's so funny Lori...I have that heart and yes...from years ago. I think it's in my attic somewhere...now I have to go find it! XOXO

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Hi Lori,

What a great save! It's gorgeous now! Such a sweet added touch with your sister's card.

have a great day,
Kitty

Jade Creative said...

Very creative! Love the make over.
Please come to visit tomorrow April 7th. Kari and Kijsa and myself are having a "Doors to Adore" party.
Have a great day!
Darlene

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

I think it is lovely too!!

Naija said...

hi

i added you to my bloglist..happy easter

Jamie said...

I am sorry that I missed Tracy's Easter table! At least she has wonderful picsto drool over:)

You are killin' me! It looks perfect and I love the words you used. I am coveting those red button cards!! That's "all" she found she says. Stinker! Love, Miss Texas

Pinkie Denise said...

Oh Lori,
This is just amazing! I love how it turned out, you did good! Pinkie

Cathy said...

Lori,

YOU GO GIRL. I LOVE IT. Before I read the rest of the post I was going to say, DON'T THROW IT AWAY!! send it to me, I'll do something with it. Never throw anything that cute away you silly. Look at the awesome creation you made with it. It's so darn pretty.

Just love it!

xo Cath

Karen ~ Cider Antiques said...

So talented you are :) You did a wonderful job with your make-over. So sorry I missed the Spring Tables. I will have to go over now and have a look at all the wonderful displays.

~ Karen

Rose Garden Romantic said...

OH MY!!! It's fabulous!! I almost bought that heart a couple years ago or whenever they had those at Michael's! I liked it, but didn't love it. If I had had any thought that I could make something this charming out of it I would have snatched one up!! Love it!! You always create the prettiest treasures, Lori!!!
Michelle

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