Thursday, August 16, 2012

On the Road Again License Plate Necklaces

Black, green, cream, and lavender.  Oh, I was so happy to find some more of these sweet miniature license plate frames so I could make up another batch of necklaces.  I don't see them too often in good shape, so when I spied these in an antique store recently, they had to come home with me.

Great teamwork!  The old keys are a perfect backdrop to the mini license plates and vintage typewriter keys.

Do you remember these?   They were issued  from the early 1940s through the mid 1970s by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) for you to carry on your key chain.

I'm thinking they look much better on a necklace chain.  You can see what I did with the last batch:  California, Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin and New York in my Road Trip Necklaces post from August 2011.

Coming soon to an Etsy shop near you just as soon as I get on the road again and return from my mini vacation early next week.

Land of Lincoln, Illinois 1963 and 1964.

The Beef State, Nebraska 1965
Missouri, June 1959
Massachusetts 1958

Wouldn't it be fun to find the full size matching license plates?

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  1. These are great, Betsy. I love the combination of the mini license plate with an old typewriter key! You had better find some more minis... these will be gone as soon as you list them!!!

  2. The mini license plate with the key is a perfect match. I remember when you made them before - so cute!
    Hope you are enjoying your trip.

  3. Those are wonderful, Betsy - glad you were able to locate more of them!


  4. Awesome Betsy!!! I have never seen mini's like that!!!!

  5. These are just the cutest! I needed a cord for my car key...the real walk on the beach the other day. I was wishing the keys were smaller like these old ones! lol

  6. Betsy,
    I remember those.I think we had one.Maybe from my Grandfather.LOVE what you did with yours!

  7. I love these! Yes, I do remember them and haven't thought of them or seen one in years. They are perfect with the keys and typewriter keys. Gosh, you have such a good eye for spying out the good stuff!

  8. Okay, I have a few of these on my work table since like forever! I just ordered the ball chains to go with them. Yours look totally perfect with keys and tw keys! Long story on the festival, needs its own e-mail, I,ll be in touch!

  9. Oh My Gosh ~ I love the one with the M and the Mass 1958 plate. First of all, my name - Marianne and I am afraid to say 1958 - the year of my birth ~ is this for sale? Please e mail me

  10. Just love your jewelry! Greetings from Denmark!

  11. Betsy these are gorgeous!! So clever :-) I adore the typewriter keys!

    Emily @ Design and Nonsense

  12. These are so darn cute. I do remember them ..what a blast form the past! License plate bracelet cuffs would be cute to make with them :)

  13. Fabulous, Betsy!!!!

    Pleasanton is around the corner!!!


  14. I sure do remember these. They look great and what a prefect match to the keys. I saw them recently at a flea market. I'll check out your shop. Thanks - Lisa

  15. These are adorable, Betsy! Thank you for sharing your charming project at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  16. I love those little licence plates, so cute. Have never seen anything like them. The complete necklace is delightful too.

  17. Thanks for coming by my site. These mini license plates are so cute. Really different, and a great place to have your key.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  18. I love those little license cute! Great necklaces!

  19. Oh, my gosh! My sister had one of these when I was a kid. I had totally forgotten they existed. Love it!

  20. I love these! I do remember those little license plates. My dad has had the same license plate most of his life. He had one of these on his key ring. I wonder whatever happened to it? :o)

  21. how fun! I love that little "jump" ring (?) is that what it's called...that you have holding it on the chain.

  22. Double C! For being the Cutest and the most Creative. I love it :D By the way, if it's not too much to ask, please check my recent beautiful sunday post. I found an antique shop and I remembered you :)

    Have a great week!

  23. love those old license plates, i remember those!!

  24. Oh, they are lovely Betsy! I recently used one of those tiny plates in a fabric book, but I don't normally find them in quantity!!


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