A Thimbleful of Thoughts

Mar 07

My love of vintage stretches far and wide — from the timeless wisdom of Mary Brooks Picken and the Woman’s Institute to the repurposing trends in fashion and home decor. I love discovering artisans and entrepreneurs that use vintage in their own work, and I’m even more excited when I can share them with you in a fun way…

Brenda Schweder uses vintage objects to create stunning jewelry pieces that are modern and unique. I met Brenda at the Creative Connection 2011 and got to see some of her fabulous work myself. Look at this amazing bracelet made out of vintage rings!

She’s also the author of three project books with step-by-step instructions on how to create your own vintage jewelry masterpieces. Everyone’s got a box or two of junk jewelry lying around somewhere, right?

Steel Wire Jewelry features projects made out of affordable and easy to use steel wire. Junk to Jewelry guides you through creating new treasures out of finds from, “the hardware store; the jewelry box; the sewing basket; even the sportsman’s lodge”. Vintage Redux: Remake Classic and Collectible Jewelry focuses on utilizing old jewelry from all different decades to craft a modern design that retains the original vintage appeal.

Brenda was good enough to sign a copy of Vintage Redux for me to give away on my blog, so now I have the pleasure of introducing her to you! For your chance to win a copy of Vintage Redux, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’d most like to make with your own “junk jewelry”.

Comment by Wednesday, March 14, 11:59PM CST for your chance to win. I’ll randomly select the winner and will announce him or her on Thursday, March 15.

Good luck, vintage-lovers!