Sunday, August 17, 2008

Trash to Treasure

I share a dumpster with the mini mall behind me. In the mall is an alterations shop called Valentina's. This woman does beautiful work and is known all around town.

About a week ago when I took out the trash I found the most beautiful scraps of fabric on the top of the dumpster. The fabric was all from beautiful beaded evening gowns. I carefully picked them out. I had no idea what I would do with them but I had to rescue them.

I have been cleaning and organizing my supplies. I found the scraps the other night and this is the idea I came up with. They are not finished but I thought I would give you a preview of what I have been working on.

I'm making greeting card with matching gift tags. I have made some satin gift bags and these will complete the sets I hope you enjoy them!

This Pink Friday is "Bling" it should be an exciting event and sparkling things all around!

The last thing I would like to share is a great piece from my vision board. This was created by my favorite altered art artist, Carrie of Noelle Garrett Designs. I have written about her before. Her work is elegant and detailed. She sees in a way that is special and all her own. This tag is a gift I cherish. She is a lovely lady and has become my friend. I can't wait till we meet and I can give her a big hug. Check her out at Make Mine Pink!


Carolee Crafts said...

what can I say, speechless, just beautiful. A very lucky find what an idiot to throw these out, heh! your gain and sued to such lovely effect.

Lisa said...

Lilli ~

All your new creations are awesome. What a fantastic find. You never know what you will find in the dumpster. I'm lucky to have a few tags from Carrie too, they are fantastic.


Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Wow, what a lucky find! I love all your new treasures, everything is so pretty. Hope you have a wonderful day pink sis!

Susan said...

They are great...why don't you ask to have their scraps? Or is it more fun to dumpster dive? LOL!
Susan *dutchrose*

Carrie Gonzalez said...

You are just the sweetest thing every. I can't wait to meet in person too. You have been and continue to be such an inspiration to me. (((())))
Now, your cards are just amazing! They have to be some of the most beautiful I have seen. What an amazing find, I would ask them if they have any scraps they don't want. I can't wait to see what else you come up with. Have a lovely week, you just started mine off with a smile and warm fuzzies dear friend!

Inka Thomas said...

Lilli, I love dumpsters...lots of goodies to be found! Your cards are great and I also am a fan of Carrie's work.

gail said...

Wow Lilli, I LOVE what you have done with the scraps of beautiful lace and trim. What a great idea. Cant wait to see more. Happy creating...luv,gail

Brandie said...

Wonderful! Why can't I ever be lucky like that;)

Silena said...

Only someone with a huge amount of talent and a great eye for beauty could make such a transformation from someone else's throw-aways! You did good, good, good. And, yes, bravo, to Carrie...I think we all just love her and her beautiful work!!

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Lilli, Those scraps are to die for and so beautiful on your cards and tags! Wow! Thanks for sharing.
Pink hugs, Karen

Michelle M. May said...

Lilli I have to say that being the fabric junkie that I am, that is the best dumpster dive ever! You lucky girl!

Love your new creations. So elegant and lovely.

Susie said...

Wow Lilli! Now that is what I call trash! What a find. I love what you did with your stash And as for Carrie, I think I am President of her Fan Club! (?)
The Polka Dot Rose

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Lilli,

You are absolutely a darling to rescue the beaded fabrics. You have an eye to know how to use them! And the vision board tag that Carrie did for you is just beautiful!

Have a great week!

Pei Li

Patricia said...

Lilli, that was one spectacular find and you performed magic with them. Just beautiful. You should ask the owner of the shop if she will throw the scraps in a box and you'll pick it up once a week--that would be a great supply.


Debbie said...

Hi Lilli....I love those cards you made! Isn't it wonderful how you see something and can visualize it being used to create something else. You are very talented. :)

Pink hugs,

Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

Well you CERTAINLY rescued those scraps and put them to good use! Can you believe someone threw out perfectly good ribbon? What are people thinking? It's so great that you had a vision for them. Really cute!

sita said...

Those are lovely! Great job!