small stories studio

" In contemplation of created things, by steps we may ascend to Heaven."

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pretty ladies

I have quite a collection of tin-types of women and have been experimenting with different ways to use them. I had this idea for awhile of making little purses-cell phone holders that could be worn whenever you don't want to lug around a big purse. So I combined that idea with the tin-types and here is what I came up with!

I used some of my vintage fabrics, laces, flowers and trim for each one. They measure about 3-3/4" x 5-1/2". Each one has been stitched by hand on the sides and I stitched on all the lace and embellishments. Even the photos have been sewn on. I find sewing by hand to be so relaxing even though it is so time consuming!
I decided to give each lady a name, here is Clara..

Eliza Jane





Hester Sue

I gave them all pretty long straps made from vintage trims and laces so that they could be worn over the shoulder as modeled by my daughter Callie!

or they straps could be knotted or trimmed to make them shorter to wear around the neck.

To see more photos of each and to get pricing info just take a peek here.

Now what else can I use these tin-types for......the possibilities are endless!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Golden arches

No, not the kind where inside there are fries, burgers and shakes! (though I could eat some of those fries right I found this pair of brass arch-shaped frames and loved the graceful slope they had and here is what I created with them. I love the photo of this young woman, it looks like she is waiting to meet up with her one true love!
This arch frames a super sweet young girl, I love her pretty golden hair.

This wooden clock case also has the same graceful arch.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


in the jewelry box again and these are what I created! I find making jewelry very relaxing and love taking vintage chains apart and putting them back in different ways and of course working with tintypes is always a pleasure! To see more photos just stop by here.

Saturday, July 3, 2010


Happy 4th of July to you, may it be a special day with family and friends!