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Monday, December 21, 2009

Pick me, pick me! Craft 7

I recently made some festive picks using vintage sheet music.



The larger leaf and blossom style ended up on my tree.



A few now grace a couple of gift bags.



It's funny how ideas come to you. As many of you know I create corsages using new and vintage elements. One of things I do is snip off bits and pieces of new picks to add onto the corsages.

(The black and silver corsage was a custom design for dear Jaimee Rose, but there are similar corsages in my Etsy shop and for sale at Hollywood Regency.)

After one such craft making session as I was cleaning up I scooped up the pick "skeletons" to place them in the trash and hesitated for a moment to admire the now bare stems.


It came to me that new life could be given to such a stem if leaves were added. In another clean up pile were scraps of sheet music leftover from another project. Hmmmmm... so I grabbed a pencil and sketched the outline of a leaf and grabbed my decorative scissors.



I kept sketching and cutting until I had a leaf for each stem.



Everything is better with a touch of glitter right? So out came the Stickles.


I made enough picks to place on my tree and to nestle on top of a few gift bags.



Have you ever recreated something from scraps destined for the landfill?
Go make a beautiful mess and be blessed.

55 comments :

Kass said...

Just beautiful!! Love the snow falling on your site as well. Merry Merry and God Bless

Red Door Home said...

You are so clever. What a great idea. I have so enjoyed all your crafting projects.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very clever, Laura! What a nice touch to your gift bags! I took the scraps of scrapbook paper I had and did a clothes pin project this weekend with them.

Sue said...

Oh, I like these!! Now why oh why did I throw away my bare naked picks?! *grin*
Merry, Merry!
Sue

Gail said...

Love this idea! Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, I love how you so often incorporate sheet music into your creations. These picks are very special!

Frippery said...

Absolutely wonderful. So pretty, and from "almost trash". Thanks for sharing this.

Willow said...

That was a fantastic idea.

Whenever I get ready to throw something out I always take a second look at it and think to myself " Is there anyway to still use this for something else?"

If I can't come up with an idea I than toss it or give it to a charity shop.

Willow

Polly@MakeMineBeautiful said...

How very clever! I love this idea! This could be used all year in various decorating projects.
thanks for posting.

Lorrie said...

Great idea! My problem is that I think I can come up with an idea for some scrap of craft supply and hate to throw anything away. Then, when I do think of an idea - I can't find the material.

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Stopping by from Met Monday. You are so creative and talented!!! I'm a new follower, I vow to try to do a couple of pretty craft projects! :)
~Amy

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):)

Jill Elaine said...

Wow. Loving this one! Gonna have to put that in my 'idea file' for next year:)
Blessings this Advent season,
Jill

Mimi said...

HI LAURA!!!!!
Oh gosh you are so creative!!!!I don't think I have ever come up with something from something else I was working on!!!! And most of my creative ideas are really not my own, I get them from magazines!!!! I can only think of a few things I have done on my very won!!!!!haha
Thank you so much for all your sweet comments lately!!!! I have been so busy with Stacie being home and having 2 Christmas's now and a big party at our house!!!! So now we can slow down and really enjoy our time together!!!!!
I have been talking with LIZ, she is an AZ blogger as well, you may know her real well, anywho, I suggested a MOM and daughter luncheon, for the few of us that have daughters --so maybe after the first of the year and before you head back to school!!!! Good for you, NO GREAT for you!!!!! To be a student, wife, MOM and all you do and finish up school!!!! CONGRATS to you!!!!!
I wanted to wish you and Your family a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!!!!!
love and hugs,
jamie

Tammy said...

Love this idea! Very pretty! These would b great for a piano or music teacher!

Tamara Jansen said...

They look fantastic! I love the music theme....it's my favorite.

Lisa @ akawest said...

Wow, you are brilliant! Most people would have tossed the pick skeletons (great term, btw), but you found a way to create beauty.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That is so beautiful!!! What an "eye" you have to envision that!

I loved the comment you left about my son and your daughter! Too cute!

LuLu Kellogg said...

What wonderful ideas!!

Merry Christmas Laura,
Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

Marydon Ford said...

Laura, you amaze me. These are fantastic!

May your celebration be joyous ...
Merry Christmas,
TTFN ~Marydon

Blondie's Journal said...

Excellent idea. They are too cute!!

Happy holidays, Laura! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Merrie said...

Oh, where you and this wonderful idea last year when I couldn't come up with a gift for the girls vocal coach? How perfect and adorable!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

My goodness, these are so sweet! I may have to give that a try for next year to mix in with my silver picks in my tree. I have saved a lot of scraps and bits and pieces, you just never know when inspiration will hit.
~Michelle

Miss Mustard Seed said...

This idea is so pretty and simple. The "branches" look stunning tucked into a gift. Beautiful job!

xinex said...

How very pretty and very creative, Laura!...Christine

pk @ Room Remix said...

You are so crafty, Laura! Very pretty...

Lisa said...

Very pretty. Great way to recycle scraps!

Leanne said...

Those are so gorgeous. I love this idea and it turned out beautiful. Thanks for the visit and kind words. Merry CHristmas!

Jane said...

Gorgeous!

ApachesPrincess said...

Those are so pretty! I love the corsage! Very creative!

Jane said...

Wow...you are super crafty, love it! Thanks for sharing!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a great way to recycle old music! I am a piano player and have stacks of old music that I can't bring myself to get rid of, but would love to create some of your inspired projects. Merry Christmas. Linda

The Stylish House said...

Laura,
Thanks for sharing this clever idea. Wishing you a Joyous Christmas!
Cathy

April said...

oh, how sweet! you are so creative. now i only wish i had seen this BEFORE i wrapped the gift for the kids' choir director! i love the vintage sheet music ideas. beautiful. hope you and your family have a beautiful Christmas!

randee said...

i love the music leaf picks! & i always forget about using my stickles!

merry christmas!!

Lou Cinda said...

Laura, these are beautiful! What a creative mind you have! And the glitter? Oh yeah!!!

I hope you have a Wonderful Christmas!!

Lou Cinda

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

What a great idea!! I love anything with music and I had not seen anything like these leaves. I will have to try!! Also love the fabric bags for gifts!!! Thanks for coming by and please come again!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

So clever! These are beautiful!

Darlene said...

Hi Laura,

Those music picks are BEAUTIFUL!! I browsed your blog and you make some gorgeous things. Everything looks so lovely. Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas.♥

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

oh my gosh, these are so wonderful!!! wow, so creative :)

Laura Horne said...

I really like all of your crafts, but these picks are especially awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Little Lovables said...

what a lovely idea!!

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

A joyful holiday to you my dear. Thank you for sharing your brilliant eye and taste with me. Every happiness to you and yours.
Sincerely,
Simone.

Joanna said...

Laura, this is such a clever and beautiful idea! I love anything done with vintage sheet music:) Thanks also for your comment on my blog:)

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love to revive scraps, and for this reason, I rarely throw anything away! My husband has a few issues with this...

Heidi said...

Hi Laura,
Those are so pretty! What a great idea, guess you could use any kind of paper (old letters would be good, or book pages). I will steal this one from you, okay?! :)
Thanks for visiting, hope you'll come back soon.
Have a very Merry Christmas.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

What a fabulous idea!!! And they turned out so cute! Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment on my Christmas decor.

Tanya said...

I love these. What a great idea!

Fifi Flowers said...

That is a lovely creation!
Merry Christmas... ENJOY!
Fifi

Kathy said...

You are so clever, Laura! I love your sheet music picks. It's been a while since I've visited you and I've enjoyed refamiliarizing myself with your beautiful blog.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas and new year.
xo...Kathy

Lady Dorothy said...

I love them!! I threw away my bare sticks and picks! :-( I definitely won't next time!

Merry Christmas!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Great idea! Those turned out perfect.

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Ooooo....I love these. Beautiful!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I'm a little late stopping by to visit, but oh my how adorable are those! I LOVE the sheet music!

Sonia said...

Hi Laura, you probably wouldn't have time to read this, but your blog is adorable, and I love the rhythm with which it goes further!!
I totally love this tutorial too, for I know how much fun and satisfying at once it is to have recycled something into a beauty. Thanks!