25 Apr 2012


Helloooooo everyone long time no blog, I had decided to take a break from blog land when I caught a virus and couldn't shift it, then other health problems came along which meant an even longer break than I had originally intended, I have popped by from time to time to see whats going on and notice  blogger has made some changes which I am trying to get my head around......

I have a little heart hanging to share with you today, my inspiration for this piece was taken from a tin of buttons and bits and bobs that Mum was about to throw out .......OMG throw out buttons I think not... so the tin and all its contents came home with me, when I opened the tin I squealed with delight at the bounty within, Mum made all her clothes from quite a young age and I don't think she has ever thrown away a button or fastening since!!!!  Not only does the tin contain some fabulous bounty but evoked so many memories of my childhood as I found buttons I remember on certain clothes and could picture them as if it was yesterday.......I also found packets of fastenings which must date from about 1950's........what a treasure trove.  I had better show my project before this post turn into an epic....lol2

The heart was cut with Sizzix Heart album bigz die from mountboard and I swiped Old Paper Distress stains all over I then stamped with Tim Holtz stamps in Archival Ink coffee, the image is from a sheet from Crafty Individuals mounted in a frame I found in my stash, I rubbed Inka Gold around the raised design, the watch face at the bottom was found in my tin it is a lovely mother of pearl effect which if you zoom in you may see, the buttons were from the tin I just scooped my hand in a went with this collection or I would have been there all day just looking and stroking........, lace and ribbon from my stash, the piece of ribbon with the jewelled brad turned out to look like a butterfly I thought.....or is that just me that can see that!!lol. 
I love this finished piece and every time I look at it I know lots of memories are going to be there too.  Mum thought the tin contained rubbish and couldn't understand why on earth I wanted  it...I knew it contained treasures...... no doubt there will be more projects coming from this tin, lol.

I am also linking this piece with the following challenges as it's been a while since I have played along with a challenge and I have missed the ........challenge!!!

The Artistic Stamper - Ribbons and Lace
The Stampman challenge- Shabby Chic
Art with No Boundaries-  Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie challenge blog - recycle

Items Used
Sizzix, Tim Holts Stamps, Distress Stains Ranger Ink, Crafty Individuals Image sheet,

It is good to be back blogging my projects and I will be back soon
Bye for now


  1. This is really beautiful Maggie and how lovely to have found some vintage goodies to play with.
    I have my Mum's button tin and some old dress patterns and findings so I know how great it is to have stuff like that.
    Sorry to hear you've been so unwell and glad to see you back again.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  2. Lovely heart Maggie, and I can understand your joy over the treasure-tin! Glad you feel better; nice to have you back again! Hugs, Valerie

  3. Maggie, I love your little story about your Mom's buttons almost as much as I love your creation, both are truly beautiful. Thank you for playing along in our Anything Goes challenge at Art With No Boundaries and hope you will pop by and play with us again.

    Your piece would also be perfect for the new Recycle challenge at:
    If you decide to join us for that one too, don't forget to enter the bonus round.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  4. Welcome back Maggie, I hope you are feeling a lot better now.
    Loving your shabby chic heart and thats a fab story to go with it. Annette x

  5. Beautiful heart hanging you've made! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries!
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  6. So sorry to hear you were sick. Hope you're feeling better now.

    Love your piece! Gorgeous! Welcome back :)

  7. Hi Maggie! So good to see you back, I hope you're now fully recovered from the virus!
    This is such a beautiful project! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge!
    Alison xox

  8. Hi, Maggie. I'm so glad you were able to save that button collection. What special meaning it has to use pieces like that in your creations. Thanks so much for joining us at Frilly & Funkie!

  9. This is a beautiful little hanging Maggie with a gorgeous image and lovely shabby elements. I have alot of bits from my Mum too.
    Thanks for linking to The Stamp Man shabby chic/distressed challenge.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  10. This is just darling - I really love the soft shabby color palette and that sweet image. Lots of wonderful bits and bobs too. What a lucky score with that button box - one man's trash is another man's treasure - how totally true is that? So happy to have you joining in our re-purposing fun this time around at Frilly and Funkie! Hope you will be a regular with us!

  11. Beautiful hanging Maggie, how wonderful to use items that have such lovely memories attached. Well done you for rescuing the button tin too ! Glad to hear you're on the mend. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and The Stamp Man. Sue C x

  12. Beautiful hanging Maggie, how lovely to have all those memories attached to it as well. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and The Stamp Man. Sue C x

  13. love your wall hanging,
    you covered the ribbon & lace theme perfectly,
    Thank you for joining in with this months challenge over at The Artistic Stamper creative team blog,
    Kat X.


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