Monday, January 4, 2016

Thrifted Purse to Re-Loved Shabby With Vintage Trims, Doilies and Antique Buttons

I hope you are all looking forward to 2016.
I can hardly believe it's here. 
Though my 2015 was not a "fly-by" year.
Last year was a turning point for me for learning to
live in the moment.
If I was pressured to think about the future or tasks ahead
too much, I realized that I was trying to fit too
much in.  It was a helpful gauge for
keeping me within realistic boundaries.

And in working to stay true to that,
 it increased the quality of my time and focus. 
It also slowed the passing of my valuable time. 

Don't you love learning new things? 
I sure do.
CHEERS to 2016 
and all that we will learn
and be the richer for!

Today, I'd like to show you this really cute purse 
that I found at a thrift store.
As usual, I don't have a before photo.
I had one but have misplaced it.

This is the first purse I have re-loved.
 The color and style caught my eye and I thought it
would be perfect for a project.

It was so fun thinking it through and dressing it up 
with vintage trims, doilies and antique buttons!
 Here, I added a bit of chain for interest.
The flowers are made from a cotton, thrift store shirt. 
I thought the detailed stitching 
on the purse added a lot.
 I have a few of these tiny antique metal buttons.
It was just what I was looking for!
I so enjoy finding treasures that I
can re-love and use or find new homes for.

What do you enjoy doing?
I'd love to hear about it.
Life is so interesting.

Thank you so much for coming by.



Christine said...

Hello Tamara & a happy new year to you!
I really love how you've transformed your thrift store find & made it into something so lovely! It sure looks like you had fun making all those additions!
Have a wonderful week!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh My Word Tamara this is gorgeous!
I am scanning the side bar to see where your Etsy shop link is! : ) LOL!
That purse/hobo bag, would be gone today: ) I just love love transformations like this~ Thank you for sharing. You had so many unique and beautiful ideas to make this re-dressed bag a One of A Kind treasure. Hope your week goes well. Blessings to you, ~Karen O

Tamara said...

Hi Christine..
Thank you! It was A LOT of fun adding some special touches. Best wishes for a lovely week :)
Hugs to you.

Tamara said...

Thank you Karen.. And no I don't have an Etsy shop. I'm thinking about it. ;) I'm just waiting to see where some situations land in the next couple of months! I'm so glad you like the bag. I did sell it at the Christmas Market. Have a wonderful week.


Stephanie said...

Oh Tamara, I so love a bag with lace and doilies {{smiles}} They are a weakness of mine. Your bag is stunning, my friend, and every little embellishment is perfect!

I have often wondered if you would open an Etsy shop and I am very happy to read that you are thinking about it. Your items are so beautiful, Tamara, and I have no doubt that they would sell like hot cakes! :)

Blessings to you, sweet friend. Hugs!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love your embellished purse! This makes me want to go out and hunt down some thrift store possibilities. Beautiful!!

Tamara said...

Well Thank you Stephanie! That's encouraging. I have often wondered if my work would sell in an Etsy. I appreciate your vote of confidence, especially considering your success in your Etsy shop. Have a wonderful weekend, Dear friend :)


Tamara said...

Thank you so much Betsy :) The hunt surely is fun and having seen your work, I'm sure you'd make it VERY cute and creatively done!

Best wishes for your day.

Sylvia said...

Hi Tamara,I am learning to take it slower and enjoy the moments. I moved the Saturday before Christmas and still trying to get settled,but I an learning to stay within my boundaries to.
That is a lovely purse.
Have a good weekend.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow, this is amazing!!! You are so clever!!!

Shabby Royale said...

Hello Tamara,

Thank you so much for visiting, and for your prayers !!
I also have learned a lot about boundries last year...
A very good, peaceful and Blessed New Year to you too !
Your purse is beautiful. Isn't it fun to hunt for lost treasures.
This word "re-love" you use, is so to the point, I love it :).

Many Hugs to you, dear friend,

Jann Olson said...

Tamara, this is darling! Love all of the wonderful details you added and that stitching is perfect!! Now I'll be looking more closely at purses at the thrift store. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Donna Wilkes said...

Love the mixture of textures you added. The lace is a delightful detail for reloving the purse.

Art and Sand said...

I am so impressed with this fun transformation. You made the purse so fresh and fun.

And, good luck with the prioritizing what needs to be done to make your life run smoothly.

Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Tamara, I love your redo. I will be sharing it on SYC Thursday. Have a great day. Jo

Tamara said...

Thank you Jann!
It was a lot of fun.. and it was my first time re-loving a purse. I hope to find more. Have a wonderful week and thank you for coming by..


Tamara said...

Thank you Wilma..
I'm so happy to see that you are back! And yes it's very fun finding those treasures. I have to limit myself or they will take over my home..
Blessings to you dear friend..


Tamara said...

Hi Jo..
It's so nice to meet you.. And thank you so much for featuring my purse project at tomorrows SYC! I feel very honored. Best wishes for your week.

Tamara <3

cynthia lee designs said...

Just found your blog...I love what you did to the purse, it is so pretty. I have bunches of lace trim and it makes me want to decorate up one of my purses.