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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A Beaded Beauty ~ Part 2 ...

Hello my dear friends,

... here is part 2 of my "A Beaded Beauty" post.

I am happy to share that little old beaded flapper handbag I had found with all of you toady that is now transformed. I worked very hard on repairing it and giving it a new meaning and life and I hope you will enjoy what I have created.

Like I said, my thoughts went with Autumn, oak leaves and acorns and in my eyes it was the perfect way to go with this piece. I made the leaves just like I make my singed edge pumpkin leaves.

This time I picked a vintage velvet in a lovely shade of brown to work with.

And this is what I found in one of my drawers, that made me choose the theme I went with. I had some brass acorn caps hiding away since I think a year now ...

... and it was finally their time to come out again and shine.

I hand stitched the actual acorns again from vintage velvet in a harmonizing color but that wasn't the end of it. I searched and found more neat bits and pieces that I thought would be just right for this creation and now you can see for yourself how everything looks!

And here it is ...

... my "A Beaded Beauty".

Hidden away is that nasty dark stain under one of the two velvet oak leaves that I have hand sewn to the bag.

The drawstrings now have little brass and velvet acorns as their decorative pieces ...

... and the little bag now also has a new lining sewn from satin in a harmonizing color.

But this is not all ... there is more!

Not only have I repaired this lovely piece but I have also given it a new meaning and life. This little flapper bag is now filled with lovely bits and pieces that makes it something really neat. It has now become a beautiful sewing kit ... just take a look!

There is a vintage compact lined with velvet, that can hold many needles and pins.

A little old thimble is also there to ensure fingers wont' be pricked.

A pincushion made from an antique pocket watch casing is there to help when sewing and another little acorn, this time stuff with crushed walnut shells will sharpen any dull and blunt needle or pins.

And last but not least there is a pair of vintage embroidery scissors, that live in a velvet pouch embellishes with a oak leaf, will lend a helping hand when needed.

All together they make my newest creation just right and ...

... I am so happy with the way it has turned out. It is just like I saw it in my mind.

My "A Beaded Beauty" sewing kit is now listed in my Etsy shop.

Thank you so much for visiting me again here today at Todolwen and I hope you have enjoyed your short stay.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. Oh Karen, oh my goodness this is gorgeous! I was so thrilled to see your latest creation! I love the imagination that transpired here; turning your beaded bag and 'scraps of this & that' - into this beautiful and useful sewing kit! Looove it! You amaze me~ Enjoy your week-end ahead friend! loving hugs, karen o

  2. Karen: Beautiful transformation.


  3. I just knew you would turn that bag into something amazing and you definitely didn't disappoint! Not only did you make the bag into something special but to add all the accompanying 'bits' just puts it over the top.