Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Heirlooms on Display

I have a collection of brooches and pins that belonged to my mom, my grandmother (my dad's mom), and to me. I enjoy wearing them, but they are really too pretty to keep in a drawer. So, I found this beautiful frame at T.J. Maxx that already had a mat with four openings in it.
I took the glass out, then I glued batting onto the cardboard piece that was inside the frame, and then covered the batting with a creamy brocade fabric. I pulled the fabric around to the back of the cardboard to hold it taut, and glued it. (I don't have step by step photos because I made this about 3 years ago). Then I put it all back together. The batting serves as a sort of cushion that the pins can stick into. It hangs in my bathroom. It makes a unique decorative piece with great sentimental value, and provides a practical place to keep special accessories right on hand for that perfect finishing touch to whatever I might be wearing.

8 comments:

Maxine said...

This is a great idea & so pretty! I think I'm going to do that. I have several pins that belonged to Mike's mother and a few of my own. I don't wear them often, so if I put them on display, everybody will be able to enjoy them.
Thanks!

Vickie said...

You're welcome! I'm glad you like it!

Betty said...

Ditto to Maxine's comments. Since I've seen it in person, I can tell you that it is beautiful. Fabulous idea!

Anonymous said...

Vickie I think it is beautiful also & so convient right there in your bathroom so we can all enjoy it when we come to have our fun party's. Aunt Peggy

Anonymous said...

OOPS I MISPELLED CONVENIENT.

Vickie said...

Thank you!

Amby said...

I did something similar to this however there are some problems. 1) Mine falls off the wall a lot. Often waking us up.
2) I only have about 5 pins on mine. I think someone is hogging all of the heirlooms. I'm just saying.

Vickie said...

Maybe it's a good thing there aren't alot of heirlooms on yours since it keeps falling off the wall.