Friday, November 23, 2012

Spool Necklaces

I've been working on replenishing my jewelry inventory for my final show of the year on December 1st and 2nd.  So far, so good, and I think I'm finally ready to go.  My stash of vintage wooden thread spools was still sitting on my desk staring at me, so I decided to make up another batch of spool necklaces since I haven't had any in my inventory for well over a year.

A fluted cake mold holds my supply of vintage wooden thread spools.  It was getting a little crowed in there, so I grabbed a few naked spools and started decorating them.

I love you still
I cut out the words from a few pages of sheet music and applied them with Mod Podge.  This was the first time I tried glitter Mod Podge, and I like the way it adds a bit of sparkle to the necklace.

April in Paris
heart of mine
 La, la, la, la

Group hug.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Anyone brave enough to be out there
on Black Friday?

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  1. ~Lavender Dreamer~November 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    I'll answer you if you promise not to laugh....I went to one store this morning! The Hospice Thrift store! lol They had a sale, too and I found a few pretties. I love your cute wooden spools! What a sweet idea! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. SharonNovember 23, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    I just found your blog and I love your work ~ the spool pendants are beautiful!

  3. Periwinkle DzynsNovember 23, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    love the spool pendants!

  4. MaureenNovember 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Very pretty as always Betsy! I love the way you can make anything lovely... hope you have a wonderful restful weekend!

  5. sandyNovember 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Such sweet necklaces! Love them!
    We're just staying in and having a relaxing day. No Black Friday shopping for Me!
    sandy ;)

  6. Glenda/MidSouthNovember 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Those are adorable - they should sell fast!
    I stayed in and attempted to do a bit of decorating - and I do mean a bit. Should have worked on some gifts. :/
    Enjoy your evening.

  7. martushaNovember 23, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Очень красивые вещи!

  8. Roxanne ReinhartNovember 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    They turned out great!! I love them.

  9. Linda @ A La CarteNovember 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Love your spool necklaces! The mod podge glitter is really pretty! I did not shop today at all. It was a nice day so the Mr and I took a ride in the car with the top down! FUN!

  10. Coco loves vintageNovember 23, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Such a cool revamp of vintage spools x

  11. Angie @ Knick of TimeNovember 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Those are adorable, Betsy! I have a bunch of old wooden thread spools too, but just haven't been motivated to do anything with them yet - might have to go get mine out and tinker with them!

    I did go out today, but well after all the good sales had passed. I'm just not that driven to get up early!

  12. PamNovember 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Love the spool necklaces. I must check out the glitter mod podge. It looks great on the spools.

    We asked our friends to join us on a day trip to a remote town called Crown King in the mountains outside Phoenix. 27 miles on non-paved winding roads but it was worth the drive. We discovered a quaint little village where we had lunchaway from all the hustle and bustle of Black Friday.

  13. TrishaNovember 23, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Marsha @ Tattered ChickNovember 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Fab! I did this with white Christmas music sheet for my trees. Nope not shopping today but did pull the tree and decorations out of the closet.

    Hope you had a great turkey day!


  15. Rosemary@villabarnesNovember 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Sweet designs, Betsy. No Black Friday for me. Full, and exhausted after Thanksgiving. Gotta get to work on Christmas too. Hope you had a great turkey day.

  16. AnneNovember 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Betsy love these sweet little spools! What a cool idea! I know you will be busy making all of those.I had to work today :-( .But I can rest up tomorrow!Have a great weekend!

  17. Tammy's in LoveNovember 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Super cute gift ideas! No shopping, it's DECORATING DAY, the holiday the day after Thanksgiving at our house!

  18. Charm Bracelet DivaNovember 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Hey Betsy, these are darling. I love using vintage sheet music in my jewelry designs. No Black Friday for me. E.V.E.R. I'm on the road with chickadee number 1 at a Mid-America Irish Dance Competition. Wish us luck! (And good luck to you on your upcoming sale. And you're all ready? I'm impressed!:0)

  19. cynthia lee designsNovember 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Love your spool pretty! I have one that has a wire bird's nest hanging down from the spool.
    Hope you have a great show.

  20. Faire NotionsNovember 23, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    There are absolutely adorable! I'm sure they'll sell fast. Ya, we snuck out for Black Friday but waited till dinnertime to do so. Still a mad house. Good luck on your show. Lisa

  21. Jody and StanNovember 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Your spool necklaces are gorgeous! Great design!


  22. Laurel@chippingwithcharmNovember 24, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Great idea!! Funny thing...a lady came up to me at church last week and said "What would you do with a lifetime of saved thread spools?" Think I need to tell her about this :) Thanks Betsy!!

  23. The Rosegarden in MalevikNovember 24, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    Hi Betsy
    Woow......I must say this is cool :)
    and do not miss.....




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  24. Lady PamelaNovember 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Positively gorgeous!

  25. fantabulouswomenNovember 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I love your style and your goodies, so glad to have found you! I love these necklaces, especially the glitter! Will make great gifts for music-lovers! Black Friday, my in-laws and I always go antiquing, this year in downtown Gilbert, AZ. I got vintage ice skates to go with my vintage sled I scored last month--I also got boots for 40% off, I am a hapy girl! :)

  26. Joselyn @ The DIY SpotNovember 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    They're adorable!

  27. Barbara JeanNovember 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    adorably cute, and beautiful.....

    mp black Friday for me...=)


  28. Diane WritesNovember 25, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    How I wish I acquired a droplet of your DIY and repurposing talent Betsy. I would have been happier haha I never imagined that these spools would turn to a great accessory.

  29. Kathy Shea MorminoNovember 25, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  30. ~ Liz ~November 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Oh gosh those are cute! I was thinking of you as I cleaned out all my old jewelry the other day and how you can think up something to do with just about anything.

    I didn't do Black Friday shopping, nor did I go out shopping Saturday or today. I think I'm going to give the online shopping thing a whirl just for fun. I haven't even started shopping and don't have a clue what to get anyone. :( Guess I better get working on that!

  31. LauraNovember 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    these are lovely!!!!!

  32. Manuela@A Cultivated NestNovember 25, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Those are just gorgeous! LoVe!

    No I didn't venture out. There's nothing that I want that badly to brave all the craziness on that day!

  33. Ana LopesNovember 26, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Amazing and lovely idea!!! Love the music paper! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Happy week !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  34. Sherry@Back2VintageNovember 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I see a wooden spool and think "what a neat wooden spool." You see a wooden spool and think "this will make a cool necklace." Sigh!

  35. The Polka Dot ClosetNovember 26, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Betsy, those are adorable! I did not even know glitter mod podge exhisted...I have got to try it!!


  36. Mary EllenNovember 26, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Betsey these are so adorable! I do like the glitter and might have to try that glitter mod podge on something. do you ever have to unwind thread from the spools to make these and if so, do you do anything with the thread?

    4 rooms down and 6 more to go to have Christmas done here-

    bee blessed

  37. W-S WanderingsNovember 27, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    These are FABULOUS! Beautifully done. And the possiblities are endless. Oh how I love repurposing things!

  38. KathyNovember 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I missed this post and these are so pretty. I have a pile and I'm not talented enough for jewelry but might just try my hand at a few as ornaments. Of couse, that implies I am going to stop procrastinating and get the tree out!

  39. Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm GirlNovember 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I love this! New follower here. Please come share at my weekly Farm Girl Blog Fest.

    I would love to see you there!
    Fresh Eggs Daily

  40. Mindi@MyLove2CreateNovember 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    I LOVE these! I just came over from MRL! I am now following you! You have such great ideas!

  41. Accidentally WonderfulNovember 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    These are awesome! I love the music notes =) I'd love it if you'd share this at my linky party!

  42. Karen TraversyNovember 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I "pinned your spool necklaces-they are cool!

  43. Michelle L.December 1, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Wonderfully sweet necklaces! I love that your bowl was getting too full so you HAD to make them!

  44. Kaysi @ Keeping it SimpleDecember 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Those are beautiful! I love how they look

  45. ConnieDecember 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Oh my gosh I love these! Please stop by and link this post up with me at Wow Us Wednesday on Wednesday

  46. Danni Baird @ Silo Hill FarmDecember 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    These are stunning! I love them and I can't stop looking at them! Awesomeness!

  47. I am Koogle...December 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    These are SO pretty! ~Brilliant idea. :)

  48. DoreenDecember 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Hi Betsey,
    Hope you aren't tired of these comments, 'cause here's one more: Love-love-love your spool necklaces. Really creative and beautiful.

  49. artclubblog.comDecember 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    These are so pretty!

  50. Angela AlvinDecember 14, 2012 at 8:41 PM

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  51. Christina at I Gotta Create!December 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Love!! Pinning to copy cat someday ;)

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  52. penguinstamperSeptember 25, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    These are the most adorable things I have ever seen! Is it the jump ring that keeps the eye pin from coming through the hole of the spool at the bottom?

  53. penguinstamperSeptember 25, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Never mind! A response isn't necessary! I realize you've used bead caps to keep the eye pin from slipping through. I am inspired! THANK YOU!


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