Friday, August 19, 2011

TRINKETS...

Trinket - A small trivial thing, a trifle, usually an inexpensive object
 I am intrigued by trinkets, small little finds of unrelated objects that are of little use or value except that they hold droplets of inspiration and bubbles of joy for me.  I found a little trinket bag last week while I was out searching for chairs for the farm house.  Still no chairs but this was a fun find...
 I keep an old crazed platter in my studio where I drop these little treasures.  It is fun to root around and find just the perfect little piece that is often a finishing touch for an art piece...
 I love how random this little bag of objects were, a wonderful old laminated oval photo...
 Are they friends?  Sisters?  Cousins?  The back side is a little hand mirror...
 A sweet little silver box...
 Very masculine, I think it might have been a cuff link box...
 A quirky pair of mini, 1/4 inch, dice...
 A silver key...
 An old cork fishing bobber...
 A tiny plastic bullet...
 I think you could hide a secret message in here...
 A wee little watch parts tin...

This is only one inch long...
 A cool old wooden red lead pencil case...

It is the size of a fire cracker...


 Its red, white, and blue label would make it a fun addition to a 4th of July display..
 And last, but not least, the thing that truly captured my heart and sealed the deal on this purchase, a flat as a pancake pair of tiny black baby shoes...
 One little jet button remains, the other has been replaced by a safety pin...
 I can't decide if I want to try and recondition the leather and make them stand up or leave them flat and use them in an art book project...
 These trivial pieces of history had some meaning to someone at some place in time or they would not have been save.  They were new once, actually used objects, and perhaps they were treasured by their owners.  They may have changed hands many times.  For now, they are mine, I will enjoy them, use some of them, or pass them along to someone else.  Each one has a hidden story of the life it lived and that is what draws me to these trifles.  Each object does have its appeal to me but it is the hidden story that fires my imagination or inspires my creative soul.

I am indeed enamored by trinkets.  
What inspires you?

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 May your weekend be filled with bubbles of inspiration and droplets of joy!




14 comments:

Kathryn Ross said...

A wonderful trinket find, Sandi! I share your sentiments. I've pulled out my lace and linen hand-me-downs from my grandmother's estate and found some wonderful needle hand work - including a very tiny petti-point. I must feature it somehow in an upcoming post. It fascinates me to know who made it and why it was never finished. Perhaps that is left to me . . .

Joy!
Kathy

Robin said...

Love your trinket find Sandy! Also, I love the way you keep them in a platter at the ready for when inspiration hits. Beautiful pieces to rummage through. Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Robin

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

I just wanted to rummage through these pictures! I'm with you, trifles are so fun and inspiring. I like to wonder about them. What were they originally used for? Were they once important to someone? I have a cabinet filled with little bits and bobs as well. It's almost like going through a treasure chest of oddities every time I open it!

Jill

Charlene said...

Sandy what fun finds you showed us. I have so many little trinkets stashed so many places. In fact, my problem is finding them if I want to use one. OR knowing I have something... sometimes I put it away & forget I have it. Does that happen to anyone else? HUGS!
Charlene

sonya said...

Hi Sandy,
I too am intrigued by trinkets! When I find them, my heart just starts pounding! :) I love the darling shoes-if they were mine? I would leave them just the way they are. I love the little lead box. As I'm scrolling down my wheels are turning! Thanks for sharing your trinkets with us. I love the little mirror too!
Hugs to you,
Sonya

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Great trinkets. I would leave the shoes the way they are...but thats just me! Thanks for sharing such wonderful things!!

Angela said...

I have always loved these kinds of things too. I'm so glad they are finally valued as pieces for artwork and jewelry. Doesn't it remind you of the little things children find and keep? Some of us, happily have never out-grown the habit.

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy- my heart would have just beaten very high and much,finding all those wonderful trinkets-and the shoes are the so sweet top find.
But love all the little great pieces.I also have platters with finds, from here and there :)
Hugs,Dorthe

Diane said...

I am more intrigued by FINALLY being able to SEE my friend Sandy!!! You are so pretty! Inside and outside!

Forgive me for not visiting more often this summer.

Hugs to you!!!
Diane

Kasia said...

All the goodies are to great to pass up! I love each and every one! :) Wonderful finds, you have a nose for them it seems ;)

Hugs,

Lovey said...

So many wonderful goodies...I too love them all!

Rebecca said...

Sandy these are lovely little pieces of inspiration! It is exactly what I would have picked up... I love the little details of life
Blessings to you today
Rebecca

lailani said...

Love!!! I reminded me of when I was little. My mom had a couple of containers with trinkets from when she was a child. They were some kind of tins, and full of marbles and plastic charms from some kind of bracelet and costume jewelry and cracker jacks type of goodies. And it had the best smell in the world - ok maybe that sounds strange. But it is true. Thank you for sharing your trinkets!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

What sweet little details!

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