Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Paperweights

I recently treated myself to this new book by Kaari Meng. I was inspired to have a go at making the paper weights that she suggested were very easy to create.

I found these two glass weights in a charity shop for 50 pence each. I carefully peeled away the old photographs from the underside.

I had a look through my collection of vintage fabrics and found some old French Toile de Jouy. I have a passion for cherubs, so these two images appealed to me.

All that was required was a small amount of glue around the outside edge of the fabric, once it had been cut to size, to secure it to the base of the weight.

I also gave the little glass trinket box (left) the same treatment, using a vintage floral fabric and the two small jewelled frames hold other fragments of pretty fabric.

29 comments:

  1. Wonderfully pretty! How talented you are. You must have an enviable stash of vintage treasures from the looks of your blog! =)

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  2. Oh my gosh those paper weights came out so cute! I will have to keep a lookout for ugly paper weights to make pretty.
    I have that book and love it, what great pictures, I tell everyone to buy it.
    Going to try and make myself a scrapbook-paper area today. You know how that goes, move everything, and then move more because you moved something, then move everything back when it doesn't work. Just have to wait and see I guess.
    NANCY JO

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  3. I love that book, too, it's part of the inspiration behind my new craft/sitting room. And the paperweights look so good! Happy crafting!

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  4. Hi Niki, I have that book too! I really love your paper weights and that gorgeous little trinket pot, the choice of fabric is delightful! And what a great quick, no-sew project! Clare x

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  5. That book looks gorgeous. Definitely one for the Amazon wish list. The paperweights and frames look so pretty. I will be on the lookout for some to re-vamp myself now.

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  6. Oooooh! Those are so pretty!

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  7. I love checking your blog Niki, and finding a new post..!
    These are wonderful, especially since I am a huge fan of toile in all it varieties..though the cherubs are really special xx
    I think I may have to get this book.
    Thank you for your help today..xx

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  8. I just discovered your blog and I enjoyed browsing through it very much. I see that you enjoy vintage items, and your new sewing machine reminds me my aunt's one and my grand mother's one.I'm French but my blog is both in French and in English. I wish you a very good evening.

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  9. I love them! Don't you just want to try all of those projects? Jen

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  10. Niki,
    Thought I would let you know that I found an old boring paper weight and put the cutest little picture in it, thank you so much for the great idea.
    How often do you put new things on your site for sale? I check all the time to make sure I don't miss your newest items. Everything is so cute.
    NANCY JO

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  11. Glad you had fun making a paperweight, Nancy Jo!
    I add new items to my website roughly every fortnight, but occationally every week. The mailing list is there for anyone wishing to know when new items have been added - thanks for your interest!
    Niki.x

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  12. Hi Niki - Can you believe I've just taken SIX paperweights to the charity shop which Mum decided she didn't really need any more!!!! How infuriating. Yours look fabulous - of course!
    Suex

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  13. Well I guess you have got us all rushing off to the charity shops looking for glass paperweights now!
    Yours are lovely.

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  14. You have so many wonderful ideas and I look forward to your nevt post. The paprt weights came out wonderful.

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  15. Gorgeous paper weights. You did a great job on them.

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  16. I love The French Inspired Home. I love the wrapping paper and it still sits on my desk wrapped. When I want to have a look I unwrap the paper have a read then wrap it back up again... carefully of course.....like it was never opened.
    I am such a sad case sometimes!

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  17. Oh I wanna get that book too, ever since I have ordered something from French General last year and saw it on their website. Lucky you! Love your paper weights and how cool that you found some old paperweights for such a bargain price!

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  18. What a fantastic idea! I never come across those paper weights but I do come across the trinket boxes. I never thought to change the fabric in the lid!

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  19. I got the book too and hadn't decided on exactly which project to do! Now I know and I'm just such a copycat...you know the rest...

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  20. Oh my! Your paper weights are beautiful, as is the trinket box. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some old paperweights I can refurbish. :0)

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  21. NIKI,
    I had a good day at the thrift store if you want to take a peek.
    NANCY JO

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  22. Stunning...I'm all about those angels...will be looking for that book.

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  23. wowee, they are wonderful :-)

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  24. Lazylol9:41 am

    Oh my...they are gorgeous!

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  25. Hello again, and Happy new Year. I havent visited for a while, my computer has been poorly. I see you have collected lots more lovely treasure. I like the idea of re making the paper weights, think I will keep an eye out for some now.
    Penny.

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  26. Years ago I made one but never used it in anything. Now I have an idea where to use it .Thanks
    The pressed creamers as candles and the pink color and chamber pots with the hyacinths are all lovely ideas.
    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

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  27. Isn't that the greatest book! I love it & your blog photos are just the best!

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  28. I have just discovered your blog and it is absolutely delightful! I look forward to following your posts daily!

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  29. Anonymous2:19 pm

    Hallo,

    Thank you for the tip !
    Tomorrow i am going to order the book, the french inspired Home.
    I can`t hardly wait !

    You make really pretty thing !
    I do get inspired from your site.

    Aina
    http://www.moderncountry.blogspot.com/

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