May 05, 2016

The girl who likes to bake

I grew up with cakes that were bought in a bakery or a supermarket. Given the fact that neither my mother nor my grandmothers ever baked, it’s pretty amazing that I became such an avid baker. This is a good thing because the cakes and pastries we get to buy here in Albania are usually super sweet and not really after our taste. I still have some baking recipes I cut out of German women’s magazines several years ago but most of the recipes I use, come from American or German food blogs or other food related websites. My favorites to bake and eat are all kinds of apple cakes, cheesecakes, muffins, brownies and cookies. Our local friends enjoy these kind of desserts as well and some suggested that I open up a pastry shop. I’m pretty sure that this would take the fun out of it for me but a new friend of mine stepped in. Please meet the passionate pastry chef Miss Abby Sugarbaker. :)

Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces



Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces

  Abby’s head is a glazed speckled egg I found among my Easter decorations. All other body parts are flea market finds I had for years. I don’t know why I bought the tiny beater at that time but it sure came in handy and Abby wouldn't want to miss it. :)


Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces

It was fun for me to sew a baker's hat and an apron for her.

Found Object Sculpture: Pastry Chef Abby Sugarbaker by Vintage with Laces

These are some of today's sweet treets. I constructed the easel chalkboard out of craft sticks and a piece of heavy cardboard.

Do you like to bake? What is your favorite kind of cake, pie or cookie?

Abby will offer her sweet treats at these great parties:
Vintage Charm at Thrifty Rebel Vintage
A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market
Sweet Inspiration Link Party at The Boondocks Blog
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Talk of the Town at My Salvaged Treasures
A New Life at Rostrose

April 22, 2016

Upcycled Denim Quilt

Jeans are my favorite clothes to upcycle. The fabric is durable and can be used for practical things like hand bags or pillows but also for decoration items like the denim fish I made last year. The material can be treated with all kind of techniques and it’s easy to sew. I started to collect old jeans over 15 years ago. Back then I cut them up and only kept the leg parts without pockets, seams etc. Nowadays, I never throw away all those wonderful pieces. Seams and belt loops are my new best friends among garment parts. :)

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces
   
For this small art quilt I used a lot of those pieces along with some rusty finds. The inspiration came from the mixed media collage “d-pending” I created last summer for a color challenge. I  liked the combination of blue with rusty orange and wanted to make something with this color scheme again.

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces

Don’t the belt loops make a great fringe? As you can see one of them was a little rebellious and wanted to show its back. :)

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces

I wove some inside seams in a piece of rusty mesh. The metal grid was then sewn onto the quilt by machine.

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces

The striped fabric is from an inside jeans pocket. I dyed it to match the color of the thread that was used for the seams and belt loops.

Have you ever upcycled an old pair of jeans? What did you make out of it?

I will send the quilt over to the following great parties:

Sweet Inspiration Link Party at The Boondocks Blog
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
Off The Wall Friday at Creations by Nina-Marie
A New Life at Rostrose

March 14, 2016

The Accidental Bunny

I had no intention to create a bunny. I was working on another project and had cut two teaspoons to use the upper parts. The leftover handles were laying on my worktable side by side and they just looked like a pair of bunny ears. I tried to continue my work on the other creature but those ears just screamed at me. All I could think was B-U-N-N-Y. Well, yes, I get distracted easily. With Easter being just around the corner, I had at least a good excuse to bring that bunny to life right away. :)

His name is GrEgg Hopper.

Found Object Bunny Sculpture - Steampunk-Bunny by Vintage with Laces

I found a pocket watch case in my stash that had the perfect size to become the head. Once he had a head, GrEgg started to have a mind of his own. He wanted a nose piercing. Can you believe it? Personally, I’m not a big fan of poking holes in other body parts than ears but I wasn’t able to talk him out of it. Here you go, bunny.

Found Object Bunny Sculpture - Steampunk-Bunny by Vintage with Laces
 A paint brush was certainly mandatory. GrEgg went to work instantly and painted some eggs to live up to his name. I’m so glad he helps me decorating for Easter. :)

Found Object Bunny Sculpture - Steampunk Bunny by Vintage with Laces

 GrEgg will hop over to these great parties:

Show and Share at Coastal Charm
A New Life at Rostrose
Talk of The Town at My Salvaged Treasures
Vintage Charm at Thrifty Rebel Vintage
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Dishing It & Digging It at Life and Linda