Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Silver Sunday Project

Welcome to the 4th Silver Sunday hosted by Beth @ Gypsy Fish.  I love silver in all shapes and forms so this party has been a lot of fun.  Please be sure and link back to Gypsy Fish to check out all the wonderful silver pieces on display.  I'm also linking with Karen @ The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday.  Karen generously posts wonderful graphics for use in our projects and crafts.  If you're looking for any type of graphic to use in a project make sure to visit The Graphics Fairy.

This week my Silver Sunday contribution is going to be a gift for my sister.  I found this circa 1920's button hook at an indoor flea market last week during one of my lunch hour shopping excursions.

What got me so excited about this button hook was the J.C. Penney embossed at the top of the hook.  My sister has worked in management at J.C. Penney for almost 29 years.  For the past 15 years she has worked at the corporate office in Plano, TX. 

I knew this would be the perfect little gift for her but the hook by itself didn't pack much punch.  I decided to get out my scrapbooking supplies and make a framed piece using the hook. 

Using the button hook and this image I found at The Graphics Fairy I began to piece my project together.



The button hook was also embossed with "312 Stores".  I researched J.C. Penney and found out that the 500th store was opened in 1924.  This helped give me an approximate date for the button hook.  I searched for a 1920's J.C. Penney logo to keep my project as historically accurate as possible and printed out the one and only logo I was able to find.  The red and black color of the logo dictated the color direction for the rest of the project.  Here's the piece before framing.

I have several vintage frames I have purchased at thrift stores, flea markets, etc.  I found a wood frame with a silver paint finish that worked perfect for the project.  I liked the distressed, worn look and left the frame as is.


And here is the finished project.  To my sister, if you are reading my blog, please act surprised when you receive your gift.


And see this gorgeous silver drink server behind my project.


I found it this week at a thrift store!!  I absolutely love it and plan on showing more pictures for next weeks Silver Sunday.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Jane

84 comments:

  1. What a gift! Your sister is very lucky. I love finding items that seem to scream a persons name. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love this...I have some shoe hooks, but I also worked for JC PENNY. What a wonderful gift...she is going to love it! Happy SS!

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  3. If you aren't creative ~~~ I don't know who is! FABULOUS gift and great find!

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  4. What a wonderful gift! Aren't you glad we don't have to button our shoes? Love the drink server. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Jane:
    What a perfect and thoughtful gift for your sister. I'm sure she'll really love it! Enjoy your Silver Sunday. I'll be back soon.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  6. Jane,
    Oooh...I love your neat idea for the button hook...your sister is going to LUV it!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. Jane,
    I knew before you even said what what it was that it was a button hook! What a wonderful silver find! I love the simple shape and elegant lines. Your framing makes it all the more special!
    Dee Dee

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  8. Jane~~You are a wonder!! I can't believe the creativity that went into that frame. The button hook is awesome and makes such a great gift for your sister...but how you framed it is fabulous!! You truly are talented!! I love it!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  9. What a wonderful gift! Your sister will love it. The pitcher is beautiful too!

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  10. What a wonderful idea! You are so talented.

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  11. Now that's a beautiful, thoughtful gift! What a nice sister.

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  12. Jane I am blown away by the creativity in this project! You showcased the button hook so well and created a treasure for your sister.

    Wouldn't you like to adopt another sister... say one who lives in Alabama? :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  13. Your sister will be thrilled! What a fortunate find and perfect gift. You did a wonderful job of displaying the hook too.

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  14. Oh so fabulous! Your collage is really wonderful, and your sister will be so pleased. Adore your latest thrift find and look forward to your next post. Thanks for visiting me today! ~ Angela

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  15. What a fabUlous button hook and the collage is perfection! Your sister is going to be thrilled to pieces!!

    Thank you for stopping by.

    ((Hugs))

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  16. An absolutely darling project that you created for your sister. Well done!
    Happy SS!
    xojanis

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  17. Lucky sister, you are so talented. I love it!!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  18. Oh Jane, that is such a wonderful gift! You did a great job, it looks beautiful and all the research you did makes it even more special. What a find you got with that drink server too. I love it. Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  19. Wow, what a lucky sister! Can't wait to see what you come up with for your other sister!!!

    Have a great day!!

    Fatty in Frisco

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  20. OMGosh what a great gift, you dressed it up to look FABULOUS! Your sister is going to love it...

    Hugs,
    Melissa

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  21. I love the gift for your sister. How neat it is!!

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  22. Jane, How lucky is your sister...this is such a thoughtful gift for her. You collage is just perfect!
    Have a great Sunday
    Gale

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  23. What a super thoughtful, GORGEOUS gift!!
    Will you be MY sister, too? ;-)

    Have a blessed Sunday!
    Anne

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  24. HI Jane
    Thats some beautiful and personalised gift you have created there... Lovely... yes I think I want you as my sister too... haha Have a great day and thanks for stopping by... Oh and I love your last post also... fab clocks... Julie

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  25. Oh Jane, What a gorgeous and thoughtful gift for your sister! She must be very thrilled! The drink server has been a wonderful find!
    Have a great Silver Sunday!
    xoxo,
    Julia

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  26. Oh how adorable! I love how much time and effort you put into it. That always makes a gift extra special. Happy SS

    Rebecca

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  27. What a fantastic gift you have made! You are super creative to put this together,it will be a perfect keepsake for your sister!

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  28. What a fab idea. You know we should be sisters. This is weird cause I pulled out my button hook just yesterday and thought about what I should, would, like to do with it. :)
    Appreciate your sharing,
    Cindy

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  29. You are soooo talented...your sister is sure to adore her gift.Thanks for coming...see you next Sunday!
    {{gypsy hugs}}
    Beth

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  30. Jane, what a beautiful present for your sister! She is going to love it I'm sure, so much thought went into it, researching the date was brilliant, I know I would have just put it together without that part, thanks for the tip for doing that. You had some really great finds this week... can't wait to see more. ~ Theresa

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  31. What a beautiful gift! I would absolutely love to be on the receiving end of this gift. Jane you do such beautiful work.

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  32. OMG, Jane! You did a fantastic job on this! I love it and what a thoughtful gift for your sister. I'm sure she will get a kick out of it. Love the colors and the frame; the frame just works perfect, what with the hook being silver, too.

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  33. Well that is just cute as a button! She is going to love it.
    Sunday Blessings ;-)

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  34. That is a fine piece of art with a lovely story. Your sister will be thrilled. What fun you nust have had. Have a great week...julie

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  35. Your sister will be thrilled. First of all it was a great find, perfect for your sister with her employment at the store, with everything all made even more special by the presentation. I am so impressed! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  36. Great find and project! You are so clever! You sister will be tickled, I'm sure.

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  37. Jane, you are marvelous! That could not have come together any nicer! However you managed to find that button hook -- certainly not by chance since your sister has worked for JC Penney for so many years. The research you did for the project makes it even more special. I just love it! and of course, your sister will be over the moon. And that silver drink server -- I would have snapped that up in a heartbeat. Gorgeous! Look forward to next week's post. Blessings! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. :) Tammy

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  38. OMG, Jane!
    You really did such a fantastic job creating that button hook piece! It tells quite a story now!
    Thank you so much for visiting my last post, I must admit that I'm a bit nervous too, because writing has never been my strong point. This is going to be quite a challenge, as I'll be posting weekly on STLiving... but I'm soooo up for it~ and I'm soooo excited!! Wish me luck and keep your eyes peeled!
    Happy Sunday... the sun's out, Jane! YIPPEE!!!!! :)
    OXOXOXOX
    Christina

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  39. Such a great and thoughtful gift! Your sister is going to LOVE it! And that silver drink server..great find....I would have followed you around the store hoping that you might put it back on the shelf and then I would have snatched it up!

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  40. She is going to go crazy when she see it. I already am and I'm not even the lucky one to receive it. Super post!
    xo,
    Carole

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  41. I KNOW your sis will love the button hook!!!! What you did to finish it was amazing. It packs so much more punch & will be a wonderful display for this treasure. I mean this versus opening a box with just the button hook in it????? No comparrison! Good job! Happy Silver Sunday. Charlene

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  42. Jane, oh my gosh, this is such a special gift!!! I love how you've put everything together and the fact that it all has such meaning for your sister...well...that is just about the sweetest thing I've ever seen. Your sister is going to LOVE it!. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Sharlotte

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  43. What a cool find, and I love the way you framed it up. Your sister is going to LOVE it! Did I tell you that my husband worked down the road from JCP at Cadbury? We lived down the road in the opposite direction at Stonebriar. :-)

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  44. Jane,
    What a fantastic gift you made for your Sis. Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Love your project!!!!!
    smiles, alice

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  45. Wow, what a great gift! Can't wait to share it with my friends at work. I love that you got all the creative "genes" in the family...but then again I get to reap the benefits!! Love you.

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  46. Jane, what a thoughtful and creative gift! You need to link this to Metamorphosis Monday as well. I see that your sister just commented above. I agree that you must have some great "creative genes". This project is absolutely one of the cleverest things I've seen. It is such a special personalized gift. Thanks for sharing! ~ Sarah

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  47. Jane...great idea..might I suggest you make a color copy of this and send it to the Head Honchos at JCPs....I could imagine this being a great company note card - or even their Holiday Greeting Card...fabulous gift for your lucky sister!

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  48. My goodness Jane, that is so clever. Just that you bought the button hook for your sister is great, but your researched it and your presentation of what you found out is so clever. I love the little silver stud things at the bottom too.
    The silver drink server is a great find too. My to do list includes thrifting for silver....soon.

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  49. Hi Jane,
    You know that if your sister see this she is gonna want the silver piece behind the beautifully frame and artfully created piece I know my sister would!
    What a lovely gift that you created for her.

    Hugs
    Sissie

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  50. What a neat find, and what a great gift! You have one lucky sister! You did such a wonderful job with that!
    Mary Lou

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  51. What a fabulous gift. Your sister must absolutely love it.

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  52. I Love the Art work You did for Your Sister, sure makes a Statement & Really Love the Tall Drink Pitcher ~ What a Find.....

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  53. Your sister is going to love her gift. I know she will love it!

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  54. What a great gift idea. I'm sure your sister will love it. She is very lucky to have you for a sister!!

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  55. Oh Janie - that is such a neat creation - I love it - you know I wear granny underwear that you can only buy at JC Penney's... Your sissie is going to love it!

    Susie from Des Moines

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  56. what a lovely and thoughtful gift! that button hook is so cool, what a great find.

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  57. Jane this is absolutely the perfect gift. She will LOVE it! I think it was pure serendipity that you came across this little hook. Meant to be!
    hugs

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  58. What a clever gift! And I love your other silver piece -- so tell me, where do you find such treasures in the city?

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  59. This is just so neat! How clever of you to put all of this together. It turned out beautifully! Such a thoughtful gift, and oh, that drink server looks beautiful too. laurie

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  60. How thoughtful and do you know I have never seen a button hook?

    This was a wonderful post.
    Laura

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  61. Jane~
    This has got to be one of the most loving and thoughtful gifts! You did an awesome job ... your sister is going to LOVE it!!

    Lucky you ... getting to go thrifting on your lunch hour ... that's my perfect lunch date!

    xo
    Jill

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  62. Jane, this is absolutely gorgeous! Your sister will love it - how lucky she is to have a sister like you. I hope you submitted this for Graphic Fairy Brag Monday..

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  63. Wow Jane, this is fabulous!! Your sister is sure to love this gift, especially considering all of the thought and research you put into it. I wouldn't be surprised if J.C. Penney's hires you to do a serious of art for their corporate office!!!
    Thanks so much for linking this one up to "Brag Monday"!
    Karen

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  64. Your sister is lucky to have you! I love the old shoe hook and how you made it personal for her. I have an old hook from my great grandmother that also has an ivory shoe horn on one end. I'd love to have it out where I can see it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I'm hosting my first Mcklinky party on Wednesday, I'd love to have you link this up!

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  65. Wow! Your sister is a lucky gal. Gorgeous collage!

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  66. I only have one thing to say about that.....WOW!

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  67. What a beautiful gift! It's just amazing--love the way it is all put together--so professional and striking!

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  68. Wow--just gorgeous and totally fabulous!!!
    Wonderful job and an amazing idea!
    Hugs, Cindy Adkins
    www.recoveryartist.com

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  69. Absolutely beautiful..bet your sister will love this :)

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  70. Sorry my Sunday Silver visit is so late but I do love your silver post! Fabulous drink server!
    xoxo...Kathy

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  71. Awesome gift......love the colors and your style,,, I wany a sister like you.......yahhhhh

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  72. jane, That is the perfect gift, your sister is going to LOVE your creation. You must let us in on her reaction. You did a lovely job. And yes I am going to love my Camera, it is a bit smaller then what I am use to but they pack a lot of punch in these things. My hubby is a professional Photographer so he really did a bunch of research on this one. oxox, Diane

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  73. What an awesome gift for your sister!! Not JUST the button hook (which is awesome within itself) but the way you displayed it!!

    I SO love this!!

    Lou Cinda

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  74. I'm sure your sister will be pleased with the gift. You've done such a nice job!

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  75. You never cease to amaze me Jane! That was a great find and you turned it into a fabulous gift. She will love it, even if she's not surprised!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  76. creative really should have been your middle name! love it!
    did you do anything with the door from your dad's old house yet?

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  77. What an inspired and beautiful gift. Love the old image of the boot. Thanks for stopping by and helping me reach my goal. Happy early Birthday to you!
    xox
    Pam

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  78. What a terrific, thoughtful gift!!! Your sister will love it. Beautifully presented!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  79. Hi Jane!

    these are gorgeous silver finds! What a lucky sister you have!! How you put together the button hook in the frame is just lovely!

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  80. OOOHHHH!! Wish I was your sister - - - that is beautiful!! Thanks for your sweet comments on my garland and pillows!!

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  81. Jane, what a beautiful and creative gift,your sister certainly is lucky to have a thougtful and talented sister like you!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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