Monday, April 28, 2014

The Making of a Cloche

I've been playing with my recently organized stash of treasures again.  I know I keep saying this, but I'm so happy that I took the time to organize all the junk that was taking over my garage.  It was such a mess out there, it's no wonder I never saw this cloche before.

So simple with just five main ingredients.

A vintage clock face, the top from a sugar bowl, and a stray drain cover.

A tarnished chafing dish base with the perfect amount of tarnish and a very heavy glass light cover.

It was meant to be.  The clock face is a perfect fit inside the chafing dish base.


My first pair of baby shoes are peeking out from under the cloche.  My grandmother had the shoes professionally preserved many years ago probably with some type of clear resin.

The bottom needed something extra, so I added a floral frog with a black and white photo.

Here's a close up of my little shoes out from under the thick glass.  I just love those sweet
little hearts.

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38 comments:

  1. There you go playing matchmaker again!!! The fit is perfect and those little shoes are the sweetest!

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  2. When you can get that many elements to come together so sweetly...it was meant to be! Your baby shoes are so adorable. Did you epoxy the lid to the vase?

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  3. So cute!! Love this display, and those little shoes are just adorable!! Everything looks like it fits perfectly too, very nice! Happy new week!! xo Holly

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  4. Adorable! You should put a baby/toddler picture of you on the bottom!! I love the clock face being the base!

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  5. Fantastic! I love seeing your creations.

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  6. Super idea! And the shoes are precious, too! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  7. Look at those precious little baby shoes. Are first I thought it was a salt shaker with tiny shoes. What a neat project that turned out beautifully! Enjoy your week! I went to the old thrift store this morning so I'm on a thrifting high this afternoon! heehee! Hugs!

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  8. What a perfect combination! (Love those little shoes.) I just used a clock face as the base under a cloche...great minds! ;)
    Susan

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  9. Adorable baby shoes!! Love the cloche...it is so pretty!!
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  10. Perfect ! Like someone else suggested, put your baby on the frog if those are your shoes.
    My cloches are way past due for makeovers.:/

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  11. What a sweet piece! Love the little shoes and this is a perfect showcase for them!

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  12. This is the sweetest thing I've seen!!

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  13. Betsy! You never fail to amaze. I will never look at a vase again without imagining it as a bell jar. I had two real big old ones for sale in the shop last month. They sold so fast - and they are so hard to find. They give every thing displayed beneath a life and importance. With this idea, I can make some for display.

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  14. Omg ... your little baby shoes are so cute! And your cloche creation is beautiful!!
    Love every bit of it.
    Hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  15. What a mixture! The clock face as the floor of your cloche is ge-e-e-nius. Look at thoe itty bitty shoes, wow, how are they so vintage looking? Because you are still a spring chicken. I think your mom picked them out with the 1920's in mind.

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  16. Oh, this is so special - I love all the sweet elements, and those little shoes deserve such a beautiful display. xo Karen

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  17. Love it Betsy!!! I MAY go Friday to the barn, not positive though . . . as it gets closer I'll let you know!!!

    xoxo

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  18. I can't believe what you did with all those parts!

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  19. I am certainly glad I am not the only one with treasures filling the garage! What an adorable little vignette!

    ~Trisha

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  20. Precious little cloche for your beloved heart shoes. Blissful Joy...

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  21. I am SO glad you ventured out in to your garage and found these pieces just wanting for your Betsy love. Perfect!

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  22. Very cool, Betsy!!! All the single items just waited for you to bring them together. Your garage is a real treasure trove and you have the right vision to mix and match elements. I love how you think :).
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  23. What a great idea for the chafing dish base. I see those at thrift stores and would never know what to do with one. I can't help but think I'd like to be left alone in your garage for an hour. With a big box to fill... :)
    PS Will be at Alameda again this Sunday!

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  24. This set is just beautiful. I would clean if I could find these kind of treasures. Thanks for sharing! Hugs,Terri

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  25. amazing....Your mind is just amazing...it is such a gift to look at a bunch of stuff and think I will put this together and magic....Make something amazing!

    Carol

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  26. How perfectly sweet. I have my Mom's fist shoes from 97 years ago. I want to make one of these for her little sandals. Thanks for the great idea.

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  27. Can't believe how cute that is, I am pinning for sure.

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  28. Great imagination went into this project. I love it.

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  29. A perfect marriage, Betsy! Don't you just love it when a piece comes together like this? Wonderful!

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  30. So sweet!

    I love the idea of a clock face on the bottom of the vignette. Hmm! Where can I use that great idea?

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  31. Is it really your own shoes? Woah! I love the way you have to showcase and preserve it. As always, it's creative, classy and never fails to amaze me.

    Have a great weekend Betsy!

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  32. Oh my gosh! Brilliant Betsy!

    I am so sorry I haven't been around - been busy packing, cleaning and moving my parents into a retirement home. It is so good to finally be back blogging!

    Now to catch up on everything I missed!

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  33. Love all the elements! You are DO creative! May I ask what was done to preserve the baby shoes? TYA

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