Monday, July 26, 2010

my weekend project ~ framed jewellery

A quick and easy project this weekend...but you should see the looooong list of others on my radar. Oh my, I need a month of Sundays!!
Sometimes we have beautiful pieces of jewellery that we don't, or can't wear. In my case, these (a bracelet and a necklace) were stuck in a drawer for different reasons and I wanted to do something with them.
This bracelet is kind of a family 'heirloom'...I remember this as a child and I'm not sure how I managed to end up with it, but I do know I've had it in my possession for a long time.
It's been in the 'treasures drawer' for know the one...alas, far too small to fit around my wrist. 
It's made of Australian threepences spanning the WW2 years, so it has some significance because of my view anyway. I phoned my mother to ask where it came from but unfortunately she doesn't even remember it. I find that a bit sad. So I called my older sister who lives in Perth and she certainly recalls it. It seems we were both enthralled by it when we were young. She thinks it was given to our mother by our grandfather, who had it given to him by a mate. But as neither of our grandparents are still alive, and mum doesn't recall, that's a bit of conjecture. Still, in sits well with the dim dark recesses of my childhood memory, so perhaps it's right.
And this fabulous choker was given to me by my wonderful friend Chris (who shall now be known, for forever and a day, as the chandelier fairy). Alas, I loaned it to someone who didn't value it as I did and so the chain that was attached to it got broken and it can no longer be worn...but I think it looks rather lovely framed as well. Like something from an archaeological dig!
For the moment they're living in my bedroom and the study. But once I've painted the bedroom (now that the plastering is done...hooray!) they'll find a place on the gallery wall that I'm planning there. So a very quick and easy project...two pieces of jewellery, two box frames, two pieces of fabric...and voila!
Thanks so much for all the very lovely comments last week about my beautiful daughter. And all the others, especially, the ones that made me laugh out loud (these were invariably about the knitted dishcloth...oh you're such a funny lot!!). And Jules you cheeky monkey...Sibella so would knit one if she could...I'm sure of that :))
Have a wonderful week everyone.
all images by me


  1. What a fabulous project, they look great, and it is a concept I really want to recreate in my own home! :) Hazel

  2. Dear Kerry, From the sublime to the sublime...knitted dishcloths [goodness knows what one might use one of those for] to framed jewellery [paintings seem suddenly so 2009]. You have been busy in my absence.

    And, what of Buffy?

  3. Very clever idea Kerry! And the red fabric makes both pieces stand out so much. Might have to steal this idea. Been away so haven't been commenting. Great post on Friday. I laughed about your knitted dishcloths. I knit some in a different pattern - they work great! Have a good week! Mary

  4. They look really great! You're an inventive lady, aren't you?
    I'm not even going to start on the plastering that you have managed to get done whilst my plasterer (no more) is AWOL. Ugghhh, so over it.
    Have a great week Kerry!

  5. These look fantastic! Very clever, but that comes as no surprise at all. What's next I wonder - ooh, maybe framed silver-leaf dishcloths?!?!? K xx

  6. What a brilliant idea. So much better for them to be out on display than to languish in the 'treasures drawer'.

  7. Very clever of you and it looks great. A nice way to display an heirloom rather than having it stashed away in a drawer.

  8. I love ideas like this! Thanks for showing us what you've done. Shame your friend didn't treasure and care for your necklace as much as you would have. But now you have some special and unique pieces for your wall. Hope you enjoyed catching up with Kerri.
    X Briohny.

  9. Fabulous - such a good idea... and love that pink fabric. So much better to get things out and up on the wall...

  10. Well done, great project and they look fantastic

  11. Fab Kerry. I love your use of bright colours - especially here aginst the dull aged brassiness of those necklaces. I'm such a scardey-cat when it comes to living with colour though I adore looking at it and you always use it just right.

  12. Your jewellery art looks gorgeous Kerry! You are so clever and creative! I love the colours you have used and I am looking forward to seeing the whole gallery wall when it is complete! xx

  13. This is such a great idea and looks beautiful as well!

  14. What a great idea Kerry. They look fantastic. I'm going to dig in the dark recesses of my drawers and see what I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. These came out great, you are so talented!

  16. Linking? Far out, I'm such an amateur, crappy blogger! I barely have time to visit everyone I love! The bracelet in that frame looks wonderful, what a great idea..Rachaelxx

  17. Love this idea! A wonderful way to save a piece of jewellery which would otherwise remain hidden in a drawer. Thanks for sharing x

  18. What a fabulous old bracelet. No wonder you were fascinated by it as a little girl. It looks great framed and out where you can see it and remember it everyday. And what a special post you wrote about your lovely girl. I hope my girls and I will always have that sort of relationship too. Xx

  19. hehehohohaha. ...buuut might i point out i didnt play the silver leaf card like young kerri just did!

    love the jewellery displays darl, that's so cool and so nice to have them out where you can enjoy them! have a tops week xx

  20. wow. i absolutely love this fun and interesting!!!!!

  21. A month of Saturdays and Sundays can be nice to have (sometimes, anyway).
    Your idea with the framed jewellery is incredible good !! I like it a lot and even more. Please, may I steel your idea ? :)


  22. I must have been knocked out by paint fumes, as I missed this post. I love the necklace and bracelet framed against the bold pop of colour. They look like they are in a very chic jewelry store.

  23. I love this idea and they turned out beautifully!

  24. Gorgeous! What a brilliant idea! I have some lovely vintage pieces - heirlooms from my grandmothers and I don't want to wear them but this is just the perfect way to have them out and appreciated.

  25. Wow - I love this idea - in fact plan to do it this weekend. Thankyou for your inspiration. By the way I love that necklace.


  26. That is a wonderful idea. Hope you will share your bedroom with the gallery wall. Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend, Sherry

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