June 4, 2010

Twinkle, Twinkle...

I've been playing around with the super macro feature on my camera
and I found the perfect subjects for yesterday's photo shoot.

I have a collection of Handsome's aunt's vintage costume jewelry pins.
They're really beautiful, and these are just a few of them.
I really love the flower pin in the first picture.
The colors of the stones are soft and subtle, and goes with everything!
Aunt Eula really loved bling, and her personality was
as flamboyant as her jewelry. She was a true one-of-a-kind.
This pin is really brilliant!
I think the blues and lavenders are especially vivid.

I don't wear them as much as I'd like to, but I just
found something that will make them even more versatile.
Simply open the pin mechanism and slide this on. Then, close the pin.
Run a chain through the loop and you can wear your pin as a necklace.
Isn't this a great idea?
I found this when I was in my favorite bead shop in Sarasota.
I got a couple of extras, so if you leave a comment today,
you'll be included in a surprise drawing for one.
Tell me if you'd prefer silver-tone or gold-tone.
I'll do a drawing on Sunday to pick one lucky winner!
DRAWING CLOSED (11 pm Sunday Night) THANKS!!!

27 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

DeeDee said...

Morning Donna...

what a great little find you have found...love youe pin/necklace collection...

I think I user my macro shoot on my camera more than anything else..I love macro shooting...you did an awesome job with it,,,

enjoy your weekend...thanks for letting me in the swap.....got my idea down I think

Denise said...

Oh Donna,
What a great idea! I have never seen one of those. I have my grandmothers collection and wear them from time to time but because many of them are so big, they need to be worn on a hat, scarf or overcoat which pretty much limits the useage (for me anyways). I do wear a necklace everyday. This would be great. Thanks for the tip and sharing Eulas gems.
Have a great weekend.
PS. Either or, I have both!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

The broaches from your Aunt Eula are just beautiful. And the pin converter... brilliant! What a fabulous idea. Now these pins can be turned into splashy works of art around our necks. I'm looking for this!
Your needlework is stellar! I was so enthralled by all your art!
Such a lovely blog!
Please visit, I am having an April Cornell giveaway.

Jane Carlstrom aka Glorious Hats said...

As always was enjoying your post while reading it in reader. The brooches are fabulous, I too most enjoy those that have come to me via family.

Then got to the transformer -- and got even more excited - thought I'd head over and google to find some to buy.

THEN - wha hoo read about your impromptu giveaway- YES! Actually came out of reader to come over and comment with hope to win one.

Thanks so much. Jane

Michelle May said...

How cool is that! Those are beautiful pieces. I have a few from my great grammy.
Have a fun day!

Shirley said...

Those are so pretty and I love the atc card that you had in the previous post. I have been reading, but not having time to leave the post that I want to do. I am anxious to see your bonnet for the little one. You will post pictures of the little one in their christening outfil I hope. That is such a special time. Have a wonderful day. Color doesn't matter I like both. Your Missouri Friend.

Jo said...

What a great idea! and love the pins

Sandi said...

Wow! Never knew those existed. Love it. Love the pins more.

Put my name in the giveaway. I have lots of pins I could do this with.


Debby said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, great photos.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Wow - I love the macro on your camera. I don't know what I'd do without mine. So very useful in taking photos of jewelry and especially flowers. :) Have a wonderful weekend! Theresa :)

Marydon Ford said...

Awesome 'A Day In The Country' Donna ... you will never cease to amaze me. Your work is beautiful.

Love that second piece of jewelry. How neat the 'clip'.

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Deb said...

Love that jewelry. I received quite a few of my grandmother's pins when she passed away. My grandmother was into bling too! And I've never seen that Pin Converter before. What a great idea!! I have so many pieces, that either silver or gold would work.

The French Bear said...

Donna, I was stopping by to say how much I love your ATC cards and I wish we were closer so I could learn how to make them.....you have such a lovely touch making them. Then I saw these beautiful sparkly brooches....oh my so pretty......and now they can be a necklace. That is so cool, I think that is an awesome idea!
I was just telling my co workers yesterday about the gorgeous things you make and how you made that cover for your sewing machine.....they are all in awe of everything you do......and I wanted to share their praise with you!!!!
I also told them and showed them my little half finished project and it made me want to get to work on it!!!! You do inspire me my dear!!!
Okay, I am off to do some serious work!!!
Have a happy weekend!
Margaret B

Claudia said...

A perfect way to wear brooches as a necklace. Love these beautiful pins, Donna. Thanks for sharing them with us!


Cherrie said...

Your vintage pins are beautiful

MosaicMagpie said...

I have so many pins that I would love to wear as a necklace. I am so glad you found these, are they something new? Did you have any advice on the ATC's?

Stacey said...

Your pictures are great! I think our camera might do that too..but I've never read the book. Isn't that terrible! I need to get that book out. :)

Nancy said...

What a great gadget. I have a lot of pins that I don't wear, but wear a necklace almost everyday. I would prefer the silver tone one. That was a beautiful ATC that you received.

Vintage Sandy said...

Donna your pins are lovely I have a few that were my mother's and that unique little gadget would be just the cat's pajama's thanks for the chance to win one gold would be my preference....

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

What beautiful pieces!

Krisann said...

Aunt Eula sounds like my kind of gal ;~) What a find this finding was! xoxo KA

Jan said...

Aunt Eula and my Grandmother Bess must have shopped at the same jewelry counter! I have some very similar brooches.
I inherited a couple of diamond brooches from my mother-in-law that were created with converters on the back. I do wear them as pins or pendants. I had wondered if a jeweler could do the same with my costume pieces, but this is much more simple! Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

Soggy Sunday here in the Northeast...
Maybe one day I will figure out how to take great pix like you do. You've inspired me to round up all my Gram's vintage pins. Nice rainy day project!

Faerynuff said...

Hello - I found your blog through Andrea's at Indigo Blue. I love th Christening bonnet you've made, so precious!

Ali x

Nishant said...

what a great little find you have found.
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The Lone Dollier said...

I hope I'm not too late! A silver one would be perfect. I have several old pins that this little do-hicky could make into gorgeous necklaces.


The Rustic Victorian said...

Oh what a great thing to have! What a great invention. I'd say you are doing well with figuring out the camera, I have thought all your photography was wonderful.
Have fun!


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