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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Old and tattered to shiny and new

Isn't it funny how you can buy something so insignificant that at the time it's just a little something extra. No reason to think that it will become almost a part of you. Such was the case when I purchased a keyring sometime in the mid 80's!

Molly and I had been doing a round of thrift store shopping and I spotted the keyring in a display case. I think at the time they wanted something like $3.00 for it and I can remember debating whether or not to buy it.

It was just really "talking" to me so I decided to plunk down my three bucks and make it mine. The reason I had noticed it was the turquoise colored beads and the fact that because of its size it wouldn't get lost in my purse.

It was probably handmade by someone....it had a silver heart-shaped concho with long black leather strands and turquoise and silver beads. I loved it.

Well, that keyring has been with me ever since! I have not lost it and in fact the only reason I am telling you about it now is because one of the leather pieces finally broke the other day. Darn!! You would think a keyring would last a little while and not break after only 20 plus years!!

And I guess it may go on for another 20 years because I got the brilliant idea to just buy some leather strips and some new beads and give it an overhaul.

That's exactly what I did yesterday. Here are the old tattered remains and the new refurbished keyring....



I like the purple, green and grey beads that I chose for the new look. Wonder what places I will go with this keyring??

10 comments:

  1. Hey great job on that key ring Janet. You are so creative,,and I bet that key ring will go on alot more adventures with you.

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  2. I love little treasures like this Janet...finding something old...making it brand new! It's tons cooler here...feels great!

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  3. How nice you're able to get still more use out of something you really enjoy.
    (and you made it look so pretty too!)

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  4. It's purty!! :-)

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  5. How fun!! What a wonderful idea. I love the tassles too, I bet it does make it a lot easier to find. I hate having to dig through my purse for my keys! Grrr. It is beautiful. I like the way you changed your colors too. Now, it's truly yours.

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  6. I can't imagine keeping hold of a key ring for 20 years I always lose them and keys. However, a great idea to give it an overhaul. Love xx

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  7. beth - hopefully I'll have a lot of fun adventures.

    vicci - glad you're having cooler temps. Makes life a whole lot easier!

    sue & deb & jessica - thanks!

    rosa - Thanks. Yes, part of its appeal is the ease with which I can find it.

    daisy - I'm the keeper of all kinds of things!

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  8. I love the keyring, both, old and new. What a great way to use beads.

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  9. pirk - thanks! At least it's easy to keep track of it!

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