Wednesday, February 15, 2012

~~~~~A BAG LADY TRANSFORMATION~~~~~ French Chic Clothespin Bag

 ~IT'S IN THE BAG~

Today I'm linking up with Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE being part of this linky group and hope you'll check out all the other gals and their sweet offerings when you have time!

Now...a couple of weeks ago I visited a junky little haunt in Oklahoma City were I always find the most amazing things.  Years ago my momma-in-love would tell me to dig deep 'cause the puppy's at the bottom'
and she was right! (Even though I truly have no idea WHERE that expression came from OR what it means!).  Anyway, tis true, tis true!  The deeper I dig the more fabulous my finds.  I think I'll go most anywhere for a great deal on vintage junque!  You know it's my passion, right?

I'm just sayin'.... :)
 
~SWEET VINTAGE GRAPHIC~

In this case, however, this ever charming vintage clothespin bag was just hanging on a nail in a ratty-trap space that was full of rusty farm equipment.  Oklahoma has it's perks!  Wanna know how much it cost?
 ~INCREDIBLE VINTAGE CROCHET LACE~

  Yeah...I know you do!  So...I'll tell you!  FIVE BUCKS!  And that included the thirty-six wooden clothespins on the inside!
 ~ONE-TWO-THREE....THIRTY-SIX~

Now peeps...Miss Bag Lady was pretty NAS-TEE when I found her.  Looked like she hadn't had a bath in about, um..., let's say 75 years!  Argh!  First thing I did was bring her home and remove her old wire frame.
 ~TOP-STITCHED LACE IN PLACE~

Then I gave her a good soaking for two straight days in Oxy Clean.
 ~LAYERED THE LACES~

When she was finally air-dried she had this fabulous creamy white coloring and boy did I have big plans for her!
 ~I'M LA-LA-LA-LA LOVING HER~

Now...at first I was going to burnish some vintage soap-related something or other on the front of Miss Bag Lady's body, but I hit a little snag!  My Mr. AGPMan had to go out of town unexpectedly yesterday (yep...had to reschedule our Valentine dinner) and my computer isn't hooked up to the printer  needed for that kind of project (wrong ink!).  So...being the totally impatient person I am I decided to use my main Epson and print something out directly onto fabric. 
 ~OLD SHEET MUSIC~
Great Graphics

I scrounged around in my files and came up with an amazing graphic of vintage sheet music.  I've had it for years and decided to re-scan it and clear out the background.
 ~OLD MILLINERY FLOWERS/BUTTONS~

I printed it out onto fabric and then tacked it to the front of Miss Bag Lady with a few vintage shell buttons.
  ~ALTERED GRAPHICS~

I gave her a little petticoat made of some fabulous vintage crochet lace, added a few old millinery flowers and some aging ribbon and now my new favorite girl is dressed to the nines! :)
 ~SWEET AGING HAT~

Now...one last thing.  Last week my hubbs and I went to a new  thrift store here in my town.  I can't even remember the name but it's on 2nd Street and Kelley in Edmond, OK, if you want to visit it.  Anyway...I picked up this sweet wicker hat for $5 and it still had the original $34.00 price tag from a store called STREETS.  The store closed about 20 years ago and I was excited to find it.  I removed the old black grosgrain ribbon and replaced it with some vintage faille ribbon in soft white.  I am LOVIN' HER NOW!

 Thanks for visiting me today.  I'm continuing to work on new product for my AGP Shoppe that is on a little hiatus and I'm also selling off a bunch of overstock on eBay.  I've been a busy girl, but I'm excited about what I'm doing and where I'm going!

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day...have a great Hump-Day, too!

Love to you...
 

24 comments:

EllenaElizabeth said...

'That beautiful home of the rose', how delightful! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

I am in awe of your talents! Love what you did with both pieces but especially the bag!

Theresa said...

What a transformation into a beauty! Love it, great makeover on that bag! Have a blessed day dear Rebecca, HUGS!

okihusker said...

Wow baby, I can't believe what you did with that old bag. Well, yes, I guess I can considering everything I have seen you do over the years. You never cease to amaze me though.

Now, about the impatient part......
Well, I'm just sayin. LOLOLOL

Moving along, I miss you terribly and can't wait to make up for our missed Valentine dinner. I am so lonely here in my hotel room, like always.

I love what you are doing with your site and your products. You are definitely the most talented person I know.

I love you and hope to see you tonight.

me

elizabeth said...

I am lovin your whites : ). I remember Streets.....That brings back memories!

Sherri B. said...

Oh, that has to be the prettiest clothspin bag around! I was drooling over it and then came to your print out of the sheet music...Portland, my hometown, is the City of Roses and the beautiful Rose Parade every June. How special to see that sweet sheet music. You have made my day! xo

Christine said...

I'm amazed how you find these sweet little dittys. I would have probably passed it up thinking what a nasty little thing and wouldn't have given it the time of day. Love what you did to it.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh my goodness...I love that clothespin bag....gorgeous!

Butterbean Row said...

Hi Rebecca,

I love your blog ...it is so pretty and soft.

Love your bag...wish you had more close-ups and would tell us how you made it. :O)

♥charlotte

Debby said...

Wonderful clothespin bag and magnificent hat (you know,I love them)!! You have always wonderful objects!! Have you received the mail I wrote you a few days ago? Debby from Italy ^_^

Carolyn said...

Hi Rebecca! Wow!! Love the old clothespin bag!! Can just envision the pretty little owner wearing the straw hat as she pins her clothes up & keeping the sun off her little nose & cheeks!! :)

Have an awesome day!!
Hugs! Carolyn

Les Trois Jardins said...

Great pictures!
I love lace, it is so feminine.
Happy day!
Jacoba

Julie Marie said...

Oooh Rebecca... I love, love love that clothespin bag!!! I have an old one, now I want you to make it look like yours!!!... as for the saying "dig deep, puppy in bottom"... that is an old Native American saying... has to do with cooking and it means just what it says I am sad to say... xoxo Julie Marie

Nezzy said...

What a beauty you found in that old clothespin bag. 'Just goes to show ya what a person can do with a little vision and alotta talent!

It's just beautiful sweetie...and $5.00...unbelievable!!!

God bless ya and enjoy new found treasures my friend! :o)

chateau chic said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. You sure made a score with that laundry bag. Love how you accessorized it to make it into a lovely item!
Mary Alice

Mari said...

Hi sweetie, I just adore your gorgeous bag lady, what a swan you have turned her into.....
Ohhhhh wow I pray you get your new friend for your dear sweet mollie, I sooooo want another furbaby for my Mia monster, please keep me posted...my tender hearted friend ;)

Love u~
Mari

Rebecca said...

What a beautiful tranformation!!! Love it!!!

sissie said...

Hi Rebecca,
What a great find! I love the transformation and the graphic that you chose. Love that sweet hat too.

hugs
Sissie

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow this did turn out pretty with some Oxy clean. lol
You always find the best pieces.
Hope your well and that you had a great Valentines
Love
Maggie

romance-of-roses said...

Well I think you were extremely lucky to find such a treasure with Miss Bag Lady. She is beautiful, I remember when my mom had a clothes pin bag and she had hand embroidered it, so pretty. The straw hat is also lovely. Thank you so very much for visiting my blog. Hugs...Lu

Barbara Jean said...

Oh it is always so beautiful here.
lovely bag sweetie.

blessings
barbara jean

Shannon said...

What a beautiful blog you have! Thanks for stopping by mine. I'm now following you.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my gosh Rebecca that is soooo beautiful!!! I cannot wait to see your shop!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Ooh la la! Now, that's a find... and aren't you the patient girlie to work so hard on it to save it. It's just darling......

Huggies and lovies too!!!

Spencie Girl... :-)

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