Wednesday, February 16, 2011

fixed assets: vintage keys


I like keys.  They can be elegant and tall or short and stocky.  Some keys are decorated like fine china and others are purely utilitarian.  Keys lock away secrets or open the door to new possibilities.  I grew up in a small town and we rarely used keys.  We only locked the house if we were going on vacation, and then we had to search for the key.


Years ago I bought some vintage keys at a flea market.  I put my keys into a shadow box, strung up with pretty velvet ribbon and attached with pearl head pins.


Interestingly, lately I have seen vintage keys popping up at home decor stores.







I must not be the only one who loves keys!

21 comments:

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

I LOVE skeleton keys! I've only managed to collect 2 so far, I never find them anywhere. I got one of mine at a flea market & one at an antique store in Virginia. I have mine hanging from a length of ribbon from my lamp.

Thanks for visiting!

Kristen said...

I love this!!! Im going to forward this on to my MIL. she has a TON of old keys!

Aubrie said...

I love keys in decorating! There are so many things you can do with them :)

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Alena said...

I love skeleton keys, too ♥ I found five or six at a yard sale two years ago, and once we're moved into the new place I'm going to make some kind of art out of them - maybe a wind chime? I like yours ☺

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

This is such a cute entry way decoration! Or anywhere really. I like to use keys as pendants for necklaces. It's sooo in right now. At least that's what i tell myself :)

WobiSobi said...

No, I love keys Too!:)

Liz @ SageandCocoa.blogspot.com said...

I love the whole 'key' craze!!

Christy said...

I love the keys! I'm always looking for vintage key ideas. The ribbon really sets these off nicely!

The Loops said...

Thanks for visiting. I'm following you back! I love these keys!

Denise said...

I REALLLLY love what you have done here. I love old keys.



Denise
Extreme Personal Measures

Kylie Craftafarian said...

Very pretty, yet simple. Love it!

Kylie Craftafarian said...

ps- Thanks for the follow :) and I'm following you too! Love your crafty ideas.

southernscraps said...

Love your display!

Jenna @ SAS Interiors - Simple. Affordable. Stylish. said...

Love your unique style and I've awarded you with The Versatile Blogger Award ~ take a look: http://tinyurl.com/6chr84e
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Heather@The Black's Best said...

Loving your keys! What a great vintage feel! The shadow box frames them out perfectly!

Tammy said...

love the keys and velvet ribbon.

Lauren said...

I love your shadow box! I've seen a lot of skeleton keys in shadow boxes lately but yours is for sure my favorite that I have seen!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Stopping by again to let you know I nominated you for a bloggy award! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/versatile-blogger.html :)

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I'm a key lover also. I'm enthralled with the possible story behind each one. I also collect & wrote a post about it. (It's on the sidebar of my blog if you want to see it or you can search "keys please").

Warmly, Michelle

Madi.B said...

I love this idea, but I also really love your creative title! You're not the only crafty accountant ;)

Madi.B said...

I love this idea, but I also love your creative title! (You're not the only crafty accountant out there!)

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