I find no greater pleasure, creatively speaking, than giving new life to old ratty-trap Train Cases! I love refurbishing them and turning each one into a special keepsake for the home They are perfect for holding all sorts of treasures...from photos to love letters and beyond! I've been refashioning these sweet aging beauties for over twenty years now and each Case transformed brings me so much joy! No two are ever alike and they can be made as simple or as elaborate as you like!
My Mr. AGPMan found this wee little Case at a local sale here in Oklahoma. Generally I don't makeover Cases with only a single latch, but I was so taken with the size of this one that I couldn't resist bringing it home. It's dainty and it has this sweet texture to the outside! LOVE IT!
I decided to do this one up using reproduced vintage French graphics accented with hand painted roses in a softly muted pink. For those of you that don't paint maybe you could use stamps? I distressed the edges and then lined the inside with a soft white linen. First time I've ever used linen for the inside! Love the simpleness and feel of this fabric! The back includes a shirred/ruched pocket complemented with vintage millinery blooms (lovin' that great velvet pansy flower!), vintage crochet lace and an old skeleton key...
What makes this great old Case extra special is that it came with the original key! Almost unheard of these days as such things are long-lost! It still has the manufacturer's paper label tied to it, too! I did some research on this Case (I wasn't familiar with the brand) and it appears to be about 60-65 years old! Can you believe that?
Now~I find vintage Cases all the time and they vary greatly in price! As you hunt for them look for ones that are free from major tears and broken threads...
Couldn't forget about showing you the back!
Here is the before shot I showed you the other day! The litty bitty key is tied onto the top handle!
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Hope your hump-day is fabulous! I'm off to sew and paint!
So. Off. To. Work. I. Go.
Love to you...