Sunday, March 27, 2011

Visions of Spring Repurposed Jewelry

We've been getting soaked with rain for weeks now, but it finally looks like we might get some sunshine and warmer temperatures for the next several days. Usually by late March or early April,  I've made several trips to the nursery and color is popping up everywhere.  I do have a couple of geraniums that are still hanging in there, but they're getting more water logged by the day.  Unfortunately, there's not a hint of spring in my yard right now.  So, I went picking through my jewelry stash for a spring fix and put these together....

recycled keys with vintage jewelry
Yes!  Signs of spring direct from my jewelry stash.  I'll take it anywhere I can find it, and at least these won't die.

repurposed vintage jewelry
Lots of springy pink.  I added vintage pink earrings to the pocket watch and key.

vintage belt buckle necklace
The base on this necklace is a vintage belt buckle I found in an antique store a few weeks ago.  It's blooming with vintage buttons and rhinestones.

brooches made with vintage jewels and keys
I'm pretending the blue earring is a little Forget-me-not.  I wanted to try something different with the jeweled keys, so I used a pin with an attached bail.  This way it can be worn as a necklace or pin.

Until we dry out long enough for the flowers to bloom, these pictures from last spring can remind me of what it should look like around here....

I hope your garden is blooming.  Happy Spring.

I'm linking up with:
A Re-Purposed Life for Studio Sunday,
Pink Postcard for Transformations and Treasures,
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays,
Type A Decorating for Anything Goes Party, and
Elements Interiors for Whassup Wednesday


  1. Charm Bracelet DivaMarch 27, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Okay, now I'm ready for Spring! Your work is beautiful, and so cool ~ I mean, a belt buckle? Fabulous!


  2. LorettaMarch 27, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Nice work on the jewelry. The flowers are verry pretty. Love your work! Luv-Loretta

  3. thecrankyqueenMarch 27, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Lovin' the "springy" jewels...Hope you will see spring soon, it is in full bloom in the South. tiff

  4. Glenda/MidSouthMarch 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Love your creations! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers. Our weather went South also. It has been very cool, rainy, gray, and dreary here, so have stayed in the last couple of days. I finished a couple of pieces, but need to get them photographed before they go out the door as gifts. This is a busy time of the year with B.Days, etc..
    Have a great week.

  5. Sassy MarshaMarch 27, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Wonderful creations!!! I'm so into blingy up keys lately too!!!

    Yeah, the sun is supposed to shine tomorrow!!!!! I can't wait for the weather to get nice, I'm jonesing for garage sales!!!

  6. sonyaMarch 27, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Hi Betsy,
    I love your springy blings! They are just beautiful. Now, if we could just put these in our yard!
    Have a wonderful week.

  7. Delightblog.blogMarch 27, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Very creative ideas and all very pretty! They do look springy and bright!

  8. pamqMarch 27, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Nothin' blooming here.........

    Oooooweeeeee!!! Have you been busy!

    LOVE the key on the left in the first photo especially---perfect earring for the job! And how you put the rhinestones down all the keys---neat touch.

    Of course I gotta say I love the rhinestone spacer on the dangle of the buckle---those just always jump out at me!

    And those pinback/bails are really cool. I will have to look for those......

    Excellent stuff!

  9. Desirée-ScrapDeesMarch 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    wowie what a lolvely jewels you've made, so beautiful!

  10. BohemianMarch 28, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    I'm absolutely swooning over your Key Creations, Love it all!!!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  11. CrystalMarch 28, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    Love the keys....they are all pretty....I think the blue is my favorite!!!! Shiny and pretty!!

  12. lisbonlionessMarch 28, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    I'd choose the pink one, it looks so delicate and indeed spring- y!

  13. Jerri NeddermeyerMarch 28, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    I love the keys! I have tons of old ones......weeeeeee!

  14. moMarch 28, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    Hi Betsy,


    Love the keys! Especially the first picture the one on the far left and in the last key picture your "forget-me-not" and the AB key.

    Just breathless.

    I adore how you made it a pin and a pendant.

    How clever you are!



  15. RebeccaMarch 28, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Hi Betsy
    I am wishing for signs of spring too, I saw that my tulips are up about 4 inches... I got excited.
    Your jewelry is amazing, I love the keys. Thanks so much for joining Studio Sunday.
    Blessings this week

  16. SherrieMarch 28, 2011 at 6:53 AM

    Your key jewelry is gorgeous! You certainly have a talent for this!

  17. TammyMarch 28, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    These are definately beautiful Spring jewelry pieces. know how to work those keys into such wonderful creations. I love the pink one to pieces...
    Have a super fabulous week...keep dry. We are raining here today...and I guess the next 3 days. Need it for our flowers and garden. Your flowers are so pretty...

  18. Sherry@Back2VintageMarch 28, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    Im loving the embellished keys!!!

  19. IdoMarch 28, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Hi Betsy,
    Thank you for your comment on my ballerina bag. I love your blog, you have one more follower!

  20. BrendaMarch 28, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Love, love the pink buckle encrusted with "jewelies". You give me something new to look for at the flea market, every time I drop by.

  21. Coco loves vintageMarch 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Very inspiring as usual. I adore the key pictured top left covered in tiny flowers and rhinestones, so pretty.

  22. Tina @ TinyBearMarch 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Hi Betsy
    Thank you so much for visiting over at my place and for your lovely comment.
    Love your jewelry and your junking finds are just awesome. Beautiful place you have over here.
    xo Tina

  23. BohemianMarch 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Thanks for stopping by, yes, that triple stack of little drawers would be awesome for Jewelry findings wouldn't they? I can never have too much storage or too many Vintage doorknobs! *winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  24. ~Lavender Dreamer~March 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    I love this type of's my favorite to wear! Love the keys! ♥

  25. Tammy @ Type AMarch 29, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    wow, these are amazing! i love them. thanks for sharing them at my party, so nice to meet you!

  26. RachelMarch 29, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Gorgeous! I love the pink necklace a ton, but they are all perfect for Spring fun!!!
    Visiting from Wow Us Wednesdays over at Savvy Southern Style.... stop by and visit me at

  27. LindaMarch 29, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    LOVE all your beautiful jewelry pieces, really do lovely work! Thanks so much for your sweet comment about my kitchen vignette!

  28. Diane WritesMarch 29, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Hello Betsy! I got your blog from Savvy Southern Style. You greations are wonderful!!! I particularly love the keys. I used to have a key pendant which I wear with a heart pendant too. I love what you did to the real keys, turned them to beautiful pieces of jewelries. I hope we could develop a connection by following each others blogs. I would love that. Wishing you a happy wednesday! :)

  29. ♥ Miss TeaMarch 30, 2011 at 3:06 AM

    what a cute yet beautiful creations!! love the spring flowers too, you're so talented and crafty!

  30. AmandaMarch 30, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Your jewelry is gorgeous! And your flowers are so pretty! Thank you for sharing some cheerful spring inspiration with us! I am visiting from Pink Postcard and would be delighted to follow you!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  31. jewelrygirlMarch 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Oh, I love the keys! I am going to try that idea. I have lots of keys and old jewelry.

    Beautiful jewelry!!


  32. DonnieMarch 30, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    You are very creative. Loved your photos too.

  33. Lucy DesignsApril 1, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    that whole jeweled key thing is genius...I might have to do that!! love it

  34. Denise at PinkPostcard.April 2, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    these are just stunning Betsy!! You really have a gift. Love the detail on these :) Thanks so much for sharing at Transformations and Treasures~

  35. Brambleberry CottageMay 18, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Your determination to have a spring fix paid off. The blooming jeweled treasures are fantastic!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  36. GretchenAugust 24, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog post. The JB show is truly a fabulous show and you'd love it for your Salvaged Treasures creations. It's an annual event and coincides with "Where Women Create" annual conference, so maybe plan now for next year? It's always that 2nd week-end of September. Great prices too.
    Your keys are great! The additional thought you put into it to make them versatile is so crucial to marketing. Well done my friend.

  37. cyberpunkjunkOctober 20, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Was JUST about to throw out some old keys when my gut said.. wait... this might be a project.... now I know!

  38. GraceDecember 23, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Wow, these are so pretty! I wish I had some old keys lying around...

  39. DionneAugust 17, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    What a fantastic idea! Keep sharing, and we'll keep ourselves posted.


  40. I awe of you!April 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I just found your blog - new follower. They say things come to you when you need them. We're clearing out mom's estate and I took home 4 shoeboxes full of her vintage baubles.Thanks for the inspiration! Linda

  41. mnobleSeptember 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I just found your site and am definitely going to be poking around for a while. I also make repurposed jewelry and steampunk jewelry so I am loving a few of the ideas I've seen so far. Where do you find those pin backs with attached bails, I have a hard enough time finding bails locally?


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