Friday, April 3, 2009

Reclaimed and Recycled

Reclaimed and Recycled
Originally uploaded by lbjonriver
Pretty in Pink Table Jewelry ready to go to Wimberley Trade Day on Saturday...Pink Saturday, that is. I made these sweet pink table favors from old corks. Usually I leave the corks unpainted with their natural colors showing. They add a flashy fun decorative touch to a wine and cheese tray. But the Pink Saturday posts inspired me to do a couple of pink sets. Thank you, Beverly for the inspiration!!!
And the soft color called for lovely quotations to set the mood. And I remembered an old ME calendar titled "Words to Live By" . So I cut out a few dozen phrases, got out the paint and set to work.
First the corks got a coat of pink paint, then a lovely quote was added. Finally they were wrapped with coils of bright wire and multi-colored beads both contemporary and vintage.
I can't wait to set a tea table decorated with my latest recycling project. Stop by Beverly's blog the see this Saturday's list of blogs to visit. I'd post the link, but I'm not that far along in my "Blogs for Dummies" lessons. Somehow I did it last week, but I've slept a couple of times since then and didn't wake up with the memory intact...Have a pink week. Think Pink; it's alovely state of mind. LaVerne in New Braunfels, Texas


My Crafty Little Page said...

I love your post, LaVerne. Great job and I can't wait to have the tea you serve!! Have fun at Trade Days. Love, Nancy

Mimi said...

Ohmygoodness, you really outdid yourself today. I ♥ coming by each week to see what you're sharing with us on Pink Saturday. Your blog is a delight.

G. Bloom said...

I love your post! Happy Pink Saturday!

Smilingsal said...

Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday. Check out my book giveaways!

Come for Blue Monday.

mendytexas said...

Howdy LaVerne!! I am SO excited to meet you at the PC! Thank you so much for signing up for my class! What a beautiful blog you have here!! So colorful and springy. Love your artwork!! :)mendy

Deanna said...

Hi LaVerne,
I so wanted to go and meet everyone in Wimberley today but alas, we had kinfolk come in to town last night. I told Dixie that next time, I will be there!

Loved the cork idea! I'll have to try it for sure!

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday
Deanna :D

Jennifer said...

What a great Idea for a Centerpiece! I love it when you are inspired by everything around you!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Cath's Pennies Designs said...

So festive and pretty! Happy Pink Saturday!

She'sSewPretty said...

That is such a cute idea! Happy Pink Saturday!

someplace in thyme said...

What a wonderful and charming idea. Happy Pink Saturday, I always enjoy coming in here, Char

Claudia said...

A very cute idea and perfect for Pink Saturday!

mbkatc230 said...

Oh I really like these. What a great idea. Hope you had fun at Trade Days. Kathy

HiHo said...

I hope you got to drink all that wine, hehe. Love them, makes me want to plan a party. Heidi

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing!

Happy (belated) Pink Saturday...on Tuesday! X Es X

Amy said...

Wow..those are really neat!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

you are so creative! happy pink saturday & happy easter too

Say It With Roses said...

Texas always has the best of everything! Love this post!
Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Easter, too!

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.