Vintage Velvet Pumpkins

Vintage Velvet Pumpkins
Made from vintage velvet and recycled wool. Click the photo to see more...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Remnants of remnants ...

I'm excited to share with you a new design that's been added to my Etsy shop, Simple Joys Paperie.
If you remember, I make my paper wreaths and other paper art from vintage papers and books that are damaged in one way or another. I do purchase them, but they are usually books that no one else wants and therefore are left on the shelves after all the good ones are chosen.

After I made the wreaths, I had lots of book covers remaining, and I just couldn't bring myself to throw them out.

A few weeks ago, while looking through some remnants, I saw one of the book spines and thought what a shame for it to go to waste and began thinking what I could do with it ... make something from the remnants of remnants, if you will.

Then I thought of a cuff! They are not for everyone, I suppose, but I just love them!

I use a metal bracelet blank, then choose a book spine and coordinating fabrics to create each unique piece of jewelry. The themes are endless! I have cuffs for brides, mothers, lovers of all things French, someone named Susan, a math teacher, a reading teacher, etc.

Some are whimsical, some are a bit worn and distressed, and some are mod and trendy.
I have listed a few in my Etsy shop and I will be listing more over the next few days.
Two of them have already sold today!
Thank you! :)

So you see, something can be made from the remnants of remnants.


I just signed up with Kim at Everything Etsy for an I Made It Thursday Blog Party.
Be sure to visit and see all the other participating blogs.


Thanks for dropping by!
Take Care and God Bless,


  1. love these....brilliant i hope you have some for xmas in future

  2. This is, as Chris already said, a brilliant idea!

  3. What a neat idea. Very green. You are the queen of repurposing. Besides that they are stunning.


  4. Creativity at it finest! That is really neat... Hmmmm, I have a linen black skirt with a turqouise(sp) embroidery design, that is done for, but I can't throw it away becasue I know SOMEONE (not me) could figure out something to do with it - this post just reinforced it :)

  5. These are really beautiful. I love that you used every piece you could of your salvaged book pieces. Truly lovely, Stan

  6. Sooo creative! Thanks for joining us! :)


  7. wow! such a cool idea. i think you got a winner.

  8. Lana, please visit my blog, I have a surprise for you! Susan

  9. Lana,
    so thankful for your visits...I am in love with your art and the cuffs are great! wish I had thought of that :)

    I will have to spend much more time over here picking up on what next piece you will create or blog :)

    Visit often love your company :)

  10. Lana these are so incredible! I love your work