Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wine Cork Key Chain

Do you lose your keys?
Everyone in my household loses theirs--just about every day!

My husband's head is always on his next orchestra piece, big band chart, theme song...
My son's head is always in his next optical laser computer something-or-other and 
how to solve injustice in this world...
And my head, well... between art projects and work, is on the typical things we women have to be concerned with, like cooking and shopping and laundry and dust and Weight Watchers and vitamins and exercise--you know the sort of stuff...

So "somewhy," -- the term my son coined at 3-yrs-old--
we ALWAYS lose our keys!!!!

So one day this week, I just got sick and tired of it, and decided at least I would know where MY keys were if I made a really big key chain.  Here's what I came up with:

The pieces of this key chain actually have a lot of meaning to me
(besides, the cork feels great in my hand).

I had saved the cork from a special bottle of French wine
that was brought over recently by a famous person in Hollywood with whom my
husband was working--a very nice guy and a very good bottle of French wine--a heck of
a lot better than the "Two-buck Chuck" we drink from Trader Joe's.  :-)

The top button is a vintage one from my mother's collection that I played with as a little girl. 

The bottom button that attaches the charm is bone that I got on a trip to
Indiana with my friend, Jean and my cousin, Cathy.

The French glass charm was from an outing at the Topanga 
Vintage market-- a nice Sunday out with my husband.

And the metal tag that says "Inspire" 
just reminds me that I do and need to continue to inspire
 those around me to tap into and explore their own creativity. 

I am loving this new creation, and plan to make quite a few more. 

And now at last, I can find my keys!



PetraB said...

This is brilliant, such a wonderful idea and piece!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks for sharing this thrifty idea at my party this week.


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, WOW what a wonderful creation. I love this keychain and all the awesome details.
Your story to go along with it is heartwarming too. I love the new word your son coined, Somewhy!! too cute.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Wishing you a blessed Easter.
Hugs, CM

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I have never seen a wine cork look so pretty, Laura! I love this idea. I have been saving all our wine corks, for what kind of project I don't know. I do keep a cloche filled with them near our wine cabinet. I'd love to try something like this. Any chance of a tutorial on how to attach all the pieces? Happy Easter!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

I'm always loosing my keys! Well, recently made a little area just as we walk in our back door, so not so much now. This is such a creative way to use a cork...it is charming! Love how everything you used has a special meaning!
So happy your sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Hi Laura,
You've been featured! Hope you'll come join the party again!

Laura Turner said...

Thank you, Cindy, what an honor!

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Tea in the Library said...

I love both the key chain as a whole and that each element is part of a special memory. I'm enjoying browsing back through some of your past posts.

Joel Richman said...

Hey Laura,

Just started following your blog. Love the jewelry you make, especially the vintage pieces you've done here. I often auction similar items at London Gallery Auctions You might be interested in some

Francezca Christine said...

You are creative! Very informative blog and useful as well. Your writing skills match with your creativity. Definitely, Cosette Micheline is beautiful! Looking forward to more blog posts. Thank you!