During the frenzy of crafting and creating for my Etsy shop this Christmas season, I took some time one rainy Saturday morning to make a Christmas gift for myself.
Back in the 80s when brooches and pins were all the rage, I asked both of my grandmothers for any brooches they no longer wore. Each of them gave me a few with quite a bit more vintage necklaces and baubles.
Sadly, some of these precious pieces were lost over the years, but I still have several very special pieces from each grandmother.
Both of my grandmothers moved to Heaven years ago, so these timeless treasures are far more precious to me today than the day they gave them to me. I’ve been thinking about different ways to display them for quite a while.
This vintage cameo brooch belonged to my mother’s mother. All her grandchildren (and everyone else that knew her) called her Memaw. For Memaw’s cameo I decided to make a “shadow box” of sorts. I’ve had a couple of vintage metal frames (I picked up one at a yard sale and one at a thrift store) that I’ve just been storing for the past few years.
I used cardboard, foam board, decorative papers for the background, tacky glue, and E6000 glue to bring it all together.
I am so pleased with the results! Right now, I have it sitting on a table in my study, but soon I want to hang it in my bedroom next to my dresser. I think this display is absolutely beautiful!
Alisha Gratehouse is an artist, art instructor, minister’s wife, and homeschooling mom of three. Her days are filled with creating, painting, writing, drinking lots of tea, laughing with (and at) her family, and spontaneously bursting forth into song. Alisha is the author of several books including, A Life That Flourishes.