Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A bit of luck?

I have a little thing for horseshoes. A horseshoe above our front door for luck, a vintage pair of rhinestone horseshoe earrings, maybe a postcard or two. So I thought that while I am waiting on the sewing machine (yes, nearly a month now for them to make a VERY small repair) I would make some horseshoe ornaments to hang on my wire tree.
I made a dozen of them, but now I think I might make them into a garland. They were time consuming, but so fun. I could have gone on and on, covering each one in a different material.

It was a good excuse to use up some bits and bobs that have been collecting too.

This one doesn't photograph very well, but it's my favorite, covered in an old velvet ribbon from a cheesy floral arrangement.
This one is covered with some old paper ribbon that is printed with a florist's name and address. I have a giant spool of the stuff and never know what to use it for.
Soft fuzzy yarn on this one, with a special old button.
I love this one a lot too, tiny old lace, with some velvet millinery leaves and velvet flower from an old hat. I love how the edge of the lace made a delicate ripple as I wrapped it around the mat board form.
And this one is what I thought I would do with them all at first, glass glitter.

Maybe they will bring me a spot of luck? I could use it right now.

I will try and get the rest of them onto Flickr.

42 comments:

  1. Oh Sarah! I am in complete love! I have a huge thing for horseshoes also-but never thought about altering them! I'm thinking it's time to take them down from over our doorways and pretty them up! If these don't attract luck, I don't know what will! Thank you so much for the inspiration! xo-Mel

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  2. They are beautiful!

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  3. Love the lace one! Beautiful!

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  4. Great horseshoes! My cousin gave me a horseshoe that actual belonged to a horse that belonged to my grandpa. She had some put a bow and some other prettyies on it. Glad you are hanging yours the right way. At first I hung mine with the opening at the bottom and my mom quickly corrected me saying that way my luck would all run out.

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  5. Ooh, I love them!

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  6. Great idea. That group shot looks so good!

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  7. ooh, i love your horseshoes! they are so precious!

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  8. Darling. How clever of you!

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  9. WOW, these are fab!! what a fun project, sorry the sewing machine is still in the shop. So annoying! I need to get mine serviced, but am afraid of being stuck without it for too long!

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  10. These are adorable. My daughter, who would like to just move into a horse barn instead of living with us, would love these. I must try a few ... wow!

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  11. what a great idea!dk

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  12. The glass glitter one is my favorite. My parents put a horseshoe on each of our doors growing up. I haven't even thought of them in years until this post. I can still hear the sound they would make as I closed my door.

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  13. what a wonderfully clever idea!!! love them:)

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  14. The lace covered one is gorgeous!

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  15. Wow, these are gorgeous! Would you mind if I borrowed the idea for christmas ornaments? I have a feeling my mom would love them :) And thanks for your nice comment on my blog!

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  16. These are so cute! Maybe they will bring your sewing machine a bit of luck? :)

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  17. They look amazing! I love them as a garland too.

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  18. Those are really cute!

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  19. What a great idea! Can't wait to see them in use!

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  20. Very cute Sarah -- and very vintage looking!

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  21. I love your horseshoes... they are bound to be lucky for you! Look at all the comments already!

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  22. What a great project! They look amazing.

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  23. So pretty! I'm having a hard time picking a favorite...but I think I'm leaning toward the fuzzy yarn. What a great idea.

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  24. Those are great. You should make a batch and sell them on Etsy...I'm pretty sure they would sell like hotcakes.

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  25. these are SO adorable! I LOVE that second one.

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  26. Sarah, I really love this. Such a fun idea. Clarice

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  27. These are so cute!

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  28. I just got caught up on your most recent posts, and I must say...you always make me want to create something!! I love all your projects, and I also love your frugal side. I love making and buying things for next to nothing...now I just need to get my rear in gear and get moving!!

    Linda

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  29. What will you think of next? These are so cute!!

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  30. Love your horseshoes. Much safer than the metal variety should they choose to hop off one day. The first time I hung a horseshoe I poured all my luck out. Who knew? Now I know the right way and keep my luck with me! :-)

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  31. Oh my gosh they are darling. I'd never have thought to do that. What a sweet idea.

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  32. These are beautiful! You've made them so modern & lovely - you're so clever!!

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  33. Love, love, love! The glittery one is especially great!

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  34. Love these! Add looking for horseshoes to my list! Who couldn't use more luck!?

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  35. I love the velvet one and the lace, too.

    My sewing machine really needs to go in for service, too. But, I can stand to be without it for a week or more. :(

    I hope you get yours back soon!
    Kimberly :)

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  36. I love your horseshoes. I painted mine into santas for a christmas ornament.

    Irma :)

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  37. what a great project - they are lovely! I'm in love with the fuzzy yarn one.

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  38. Very cute! Are the horse shoes made from card board? Love them all but I think my favorite is the velvet one, too. I've been a lazy sod this week and have created nothing! I'll be hauling out some projects thie afternoon, though. Send me some of the luck, lol.

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  39. Holy moly those are adorable. they really speak to my Arizona roots!

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  40. Wow! Absolutely, hands down, the cutest horseshoes I have EVER seen.

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  41. karin@creativechaos11:13 AM

    Those are so adorable!!!

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