There is just something fascinating to me about old keys. They instantly bring to mind visions of their former lives. What were they used for? Who held on to them? Who were they given to as an extension of trust? What did they treasure?
There are so many questions one can ask when it comes to old keys. They just seem to really hold a story. And the cool thing is...even though they all seem a bit the same, when one looks deeper, it is quickly discovered that, indeed, they are not the same. Each is forged in a unique manner rendering it a solitary treasure. I just love that. My old house actually used an old skeleton key for the front door. Our house key was actually one of those long, dramatic things! LOL! It was fabulous!
These are some old keys that a friend sent to me. They are a bit thinner and smaller than the one that secured (HA!) our front door. I think these were perhaps meant to lock secrets inside of small boxes. To secure treasure in an ornately decorated coffer. I don't really know what they went to, but I do know that they are fabulous for crafting!
I created this tag from an old hoodie that was beyond wear. I simply cut the fabric to size, folded the top and added the eyelet and chain. I misted the fabric with Glimmer Mist to give it a vintage color and a bit of shimmer to play on the magic of it all. I stamped the Santa Clause figure using CTMH Archival Black ink and then I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink along the edges of the tag. I smudged some Distress Stickles along the edges in Old Linen to give more shimmer. I love that! Then I stitched on the large red ribbon and the key accents. I added the 'jinglebells' by stringing them together on embroidery floss and then stapling them to the tag.
This is yet another thing I love about vintage stuff! You can totally create new stuff that looks vintage and incorporate the new and old together! My rusty vintage keys were absolutely perfect for this project!
This post is a part of Vintage Thingies Thursday at Colorado Lady. Check out her blog for a great list of participants with some WAY cool vintage stuff!!! Click on the image below!