2 REVAMP IT DIY projects and a small GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Natasha's Revamp It Party!

Thank you Natasha for hosting this fun party! It really got my creative juices flowing. I look forward to visiting you all and seeing your revamps.

Before we get to the projects, here's the small giveaway I'm having. Revamp it No.1 an old decrepit jewelry box. When I found this gorgeous box with it's tiny mother of pearl button, it was falling apart. With a little paint and decoration, it's now fit for a Mermaid Queen.

All you have to do to win this box is leave a comment here on this post and, if you like, let others know about Natasha's Revamp It Party. If you don't have a blog make sure you leave me an email where you can be contacted. I will pick a winner next Thursday, September 30th. Please read below to see how I revamped this old box.

Then read on to see my second revamp it. I turned a vintage doily into a ladies reticule.

Revamp It No.1

It all started with this torn up box. It was the button that caught my attention. I couldn't let it go to waste.

I love the texture. How about that pearl button?!

The inside velvet pad was ruined. I stripped off the old velvet and replaced it with a piece of hand dyed silk. I dyed the silk in beet juice! It might sound weird, but beet juice is a gorgeous color. The silk is now a gentle pink purple. It lends an elegant feeling to the inside of the box. Sorry, it didn't photograph well.

Here is the finished inside of the box, pretty and clean now.

I took out all my bits and bobs for this box, including my shells.

The top of the box has white coral, a vintage porcelain flower, miniature seashells and antique rhinestones from France.

Again, if you would like to win this box, leave a comment on this post and a winner will be announced next Thursday, September 30th.

Revamp It No.2

A Ladies reticule . . .


1. Doily

2. Silk

3. Regular needle and thread

4. Embroidery needle and ribbon. (Thank you Kate)

I laid the doily on the pink silk and cut a large circle shape around the doily.

I then took embroidery ribbon and sewed the doily onto the silk.

I had some leftover drapery rings . . .

I folded back the lip of the pink silk and sewed on 8 of the plastic rings.

I then folded the silk back over the rings and tacked the silk down. I did this for all 8 rings.

I found some beautiful antique ribbon in my ribbon stash and threaded it through the rings.

I tied loose knots at the end of the ribbon.

Voila! A pretty and simple project.

You can put anything you like in it. I put a long strand of vintage pearls (that belonged to my mother) in mine.

I hope you all enjoyed my Revamp It projects and that you feel inspired to create. Now you all know what to do with those old doilies sitting in your cupboards. I might make a few of these into bridal bags. Please visit Natasha's blog for more Revamp It fun! Click HERE to visit.


Pearl Maple said...

Gorgeous, love the little mermaid chest.

shabbyloft said...

Hi I would OHHHH so love to win the little box. Thanks, Stanna

Marina Capano said...


I love it!

fantastic revamp it post!


Unknown said...

Cute revamp and I love the bright colors. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Great projects Nancy! The little treasure box is so sweet... please enter me in your drawing. I adore making things like these, thanks for sharing your creative talents!


Pink Princess said...

AAWWW that is such a sweet and pretty box! And the reticule is awesome, nice for gift giving too.


LiLi M. said...

Ah that box has started its second French youth, I love it! Good that you saved it, it is just gorgeous, just like the reticule! Have a great day partying!

Natasha Burns said...

oh they're both wonderful, Nancy! Thanks for the gorgeous photography {as usual!} and for the great instructions. They're truly beautiful pieces!
Thanks for joining in Revamp It 2010!

PS. I worked out how to delete the extra link, don't stress!

rochambeau said...

Dear Nancy,
FINALLY I'm here!! Yipee.
Listen, I've never seen a crocheted doily look so beautiful and fine!! The shocking pink fabric back background is perfect to make this your Ladies reticuler come completely alive! Is just right.
On to the matter of your fabulous treasure chest. It looks like a little throne! You did a great job!

I adore your recreations! Before and afters ~ It's my favorite way to create using found stuff!!

Have fun seeing all the wonderful revamps!


LW said...

Nancy, both items are absolutely gorgeous!
I love the sea box; it would be a perfect thing to put into a mermaid’s trousseau chest.
Please add my name to the list of hopefuls.
I also Love the reticule; I think I may try this in miniature for Miss Thomasina.


Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Oh my gosh, Nancy, both of your projects are simply stunning! The reticule is so dainty, pretty and practical, and that mermaid queen's jewelry box is incredibly gorgeous and luxe! p.s. I can't believe you are willing to part with that revamped treasure - lucky us!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! That box is to die for! I can't believe you're giving it away! How generous!

Glenys said...

The box is so pretty. Nice shells. The doily is such a great idea.

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Oh my GOODNESS nancy! that box is just exquisite!! I love your projects to much... and the little reticule would be the loveliest way to give someone as gift inside too!

You are so talented! I always love seeing what you are up to. xoxo

June said...

Heart be still! The box is perfection Nancy. You can take anything and make it a thing of beauty. I will have to cross my fingers now. Thank you for the beet juice tip. I think that is such a lovely hue.
I will definitely be trying my hand at the little bag. I love things like that to put my jewelry in when I go to visit my sisters or other family. But I love yours hanging there looking so pretty, so my jewelry will have to live in it all the time and just hang out.

A Treasured Past said...

Hi Nancy, thanks for stopping by, what wonderful makeover ideas. I love your little box at the top sitting on a french bridal stand, gorgeous! The bog is a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing, Tamara x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Revamp is my middle name. It is my favorite thing to do to a piece that catches my eye, and this is a lovely example here; gold leaf always makes me smile!!!! LOVE YOU! Anita

Blessed Serendipity said...

Oh my goodness what a beautiful box you created! Your doily purse is pretty also.


Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

oh my...i am on creative overload...what a great idea for an old box and a doily...i am off to find what treasures i cam remake today!!! thanks for sharing

mimi said...

I love this box! Thank you for also including how you made it. You have inspired me to make my own. Would love to win this one!!!!


Michelle L. said...

Hi! You write amazing tutorials with amazing closeups. So much work, thanks for sharing your process. I LOVE the reticule, and I just read the butterfly post and love that too!

Fleur de Bee said...

What a little work of art Nancy! That box is beyond amazing!! I love how you always pay so much attention to the details be they big or small. Makes all your amazing creations even that more special!! That bag is so beautiful. What a lovely way to store your crown jewels!

xo Molly

Recycled Rita said...

It's soooo pretty Nancy! I would love to win this! karen....

Auntie Cake said...

Both your projects are absolutely stunning! Who knew a doily could be so beautiful? And your box is truly fit for a mermaid princess. I adore using beets to dye eggs at Easter, I will have to branch out to fabrics, thanks for the hint!

Have a beautiful fall,

Kate Tracton said...

You're so welcome, Nancy. Great job on the revamps... love, love, LOVE that jewelry box!!!



Diana Brito said...

Ooooo Nancy both projects are so pretty. Please toss my name into the virtual hat...

Diana Brito

Lori Garbarino said...

Oh My! Lovely work, I just loved both revamped projects. I especially love the pink reticule, and dyeing in beet juice! Amazing.... You are always inspiring Nancy, Thank You

Lori Garbarino

Anonymous said...

Both of these items are very unique.
Its such a pleasure to see something turn from old to new. I love these ideas! thanks for sharing them.