Friday, April 3, 2009

BURIED TREASURE Ideas: Secret Garden Ornaments

When I was little, I always dreamt of a far away place enchanted by nature and my own little secrets. In reality, this surreal place never came true, but I always ventured to my father's house for the next best thing. I had cherished the finer things in life, like my clubhouse and mud pies. All are just memories now and days but I often get reminded by relics I find here and there. Today's Buried Treasure Ideas are an ode to little girls everywhere, especially the ones who dreamt of secret gardens. Here are some lovely ideas you can use to create your very own enchanted adornment.

~ VINTAGE FINDS: Last weekend, I attended the Intergalactic Bead Show that comes around a couple times a year, despite all the lovely things I found, I went way over budget as usual. On a good note, check out this unusual vintage brass key I snagged that folds open. Skeleton keys are so mysterious, where did they come from, what did they unlock? Inspired by spring, I also picked up these beautiful assortment of glass beads, I can't wait to use these for earrings, especially the pink ones.

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~ FRESH FLOWERS: Finding unique floral ornaments can add a special touch to your Secret Garden creation. The special thing about vintage finds is aged color and lovely craftsmanship, like this Spring Has Sprung vintage brooch from Carmen and Ginger. Finding a unique brooch like this, can easily be transformed into a gorgeous pendant. One of my two favorite tools for turning brooches into pendants are a screw two hole punch and a battery operated manicure set for smoothing out the back and giving newer pieces a shabby chic look.

~ CHARMING: A blooming flower can always use some love and affection, this lovely Oxidized Brass Watering Can Charm from Glamour Girl Beads, would be a perfect match for a vintage flower pendant. Charms can add a touch of whimsy to any creation and even tell a story, for example you could match a vintage clear chandelier tear drop crystal with a petite umbrella charm; how about that for April Showers!

~ INSPIRED: These two pieces look as if they have been taken from the novel The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. These Secret Garden Vintage Butterfly and Coral Earrings from Alfie Jewels, are truly exquisite and timeless. The carved bone has lovely detailing of flowers and a butterfly in a simple ivory color. And this Engraved Fairy Flower Brass Locket looks like it has been brought from the past, right out of Mary Lennox's hands. The unique thing about this locket, is that it has been kissed with an original drawing and then engraved; this is truly original and has an adorable ribbon to swoop your neck. You can find more whimsical engraved lockets from Star Creations.

I hope you've enjoyed these Secret Garden ornaments, use these ideas or if you have any ideas of your own, don't be shy we'd love to hear them! Stay tuned next time for more Buried Treasure Ideas when I talk about Girly Girly Frosted Delights!


Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

stunning x

Tony Destroni said...

Hi good day ! very interesting article you have and it was impressive. Thank you for sharing this i've learned a lot and i think this will help me and other garden lover .As for now im into garden accessories such as wind chimes , crystal twisters and wind spinners .They were perfect and very impressive . Some of my guest were much delight and amaze on this , the color and designs are very perfectly contrast with my garden and its theme . Im happy that i visited your site and i hope that i can read more articles from you . Thanks a lot .

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