Shake Up Your Valentine!

February 8th, 2010 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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A shaker four ways. Im a multi-tasking shaker. Which way do you shake?
Are you wondering what to do with a drawer full of Mother of Pearl salt and pepper shakers? Well, maybe not...but I was. I came across a slew of these while cleaning out a storage room the other day. Theyre not really my taste in table decor anymore, but I thought they might make sweet little ditties for Valentines Day.
This little shaker had its lid on tight. I popped it up, added an E, and filled it with little, fragrant flowers. Elizabeth scores again! I think it looks like a sweet little creature from outer space...kind of like a teenager. Ah, haha! Oh, and by the btw...if you dont like the alien look, flip it around as shown in the first image.
Some of the tops were hanging on by a thread...so I took them off. A wire cutter will help you remove the hardware from the edges.
Did I forget to mention that I had a bunch of salt spoons too? Imagine that! I used Gorilla Super Glue to adhere the spoon to the shaker top. This hides those pesky little holes. Ahhh, the perfect disguise!
The top of the spoon makes for a right fine place to attach a purdy little ribbon. Silver spacers from the craft store add the finishing touch for what comes next.
For a girlfriend perhaps? Now, mind you...im no Gretchen or like any of you other fine jewelers, but I can accomplish simple tasks like this necklace. Actually, I had to have my daughter thread the ribbon because I dont see so well. TeHe! The shaket itself acts as a nice package.
Something for the children...a shaker full of tokens to be used for extra special treats and requests. It holds 15 tokens. If I know my daughter (and I do), shell be out of tokens about noon on Valentines Day.
I glued a fancy schmancy button to a token and then glued the pair to the shaker. If E can get this off the bottle shell try to redeem this one too!
For your sha-weetie. A little shaker full of three big wishes that you get to make a reality. I call this Genie is Out of the Shaker, or perhaps Wishful Thinking.
I had an ab fab and very old New York Ledger and this romance banner was part of the tag line. Now you dont see that included on the front page anymore! I cut it out and glued it on with good old Elmers.
About the three wishes. I cut out sections of the very same New York Ledger, put a wish that I was willing to grant on each of the three sections, rolled em up, tied them with vintage string, and put them in the shaker. Did you think I would allow my sweetie to wish for just anything? I think not. The ladies always call the shots...right. I just may have gotten myself in a heap of trouble with that remark!
A shaker four ways. Im a multi-tasking shaker. Which way do you shake?

A shaker four ways. I'm a multi-tasking shaker. Which way do you shake?


There is no better day than Valentine's Day to give something handmade to those you love. You know what they say....sometimes the best things come in small packages.


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Comments (19)

fellowjunker writes: Wow Sue,
What gorgeous V.gifts you have created with these fabulous shakers!
xojanis Posted: 3:57 pm on February 12th
junkfestgirl writes: Dang, you're good. These are adorable. Posted: 10:42 pm on February 11th
MimiToria writes: Sue aka Jewelry Designer extrodanaire...
Love them all! Very creative and oh, so fun! Love the "E" for my Emily, the "Romance" for my Jon, and the necklace for me. lol
Happy Valentine's Day!
Gretchen Posted: 7:29 pm on February 10th
georgiamoon writes: Happy Valentines Day Sue!1 These are such an amazing ideas for this most romantic of holidays. You do come up with the most fantastic gift ideas...I'm telling ya...a Holiday Book would be awesome!!!Love, Georgia Posted: 2:14 pm on February 10th
suewhitney writes: Hey Kenda...

Sounds like we have a par-tay! Only a parting gift? Wow, you're easy! Man, maybe if everyone comes I can clean out my garage enough to park my car. Wouldn't that be something!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 7:44 pm on February 9th
RustyDiva writes: Sue, if you're looking for volunteer ~ I'm here. I LOVE to organize! It gives me zen. You don't even have to feed me because I will be in "the zone" and not thinking about food. I'll bring my own water but like Jim, I would like a parting gift. LOL Darn it....wish I lived closer!!!!

Kenda Posted: 7:23 pm on February 9th
RustyDiva writes: Sue, if you're looking for volunteer ~ I'm here. I LOVE to organize! It gives me zen. You don't even have to feed me because I will be in "the zone" and not thinking about food. I'll bring my own water but like Jim, I would like a parting gift. LOL Darn it....wish I lived closer!!!!

Kenda Posted: 7:20 pm on February 9th
suewhitney writes: Sounds good, Jim. Do I have to water you too?

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 3:41 pm on February 9th
JunkArchitect writes: Sue, what a beautiful Valentine’s Day present. You really do come up with the best gifts. I can just imagine the junk you have stuffed away in your basement. I’ll tell you what, I’ll come over and help you clean and organize as long as I get to keep a few things and you feed me…OK?

Jim
Posted: 2:54 pm on February 9th
emw1203 writes: This is so pretty, a little something for everyone. I love the one with the E on it..lol. A very nice recycled Valentine's idea. I agree, gifts from the heart are treasured so much. As always you do fabulous creations. Posted: 12:05 pm on February 9th
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

Thanks so much for your comments. Just wanted to hop on and address the S & P shakers and the treasure hunt! A treasure hunt at my house? What fun! I'm sure you would all find things that even I didn't know I had. One stipulation, though...you have to clean and organize while you're here! Ah, hahaha. Did the number of willing participants just go down? I purchased these s&ps new about 15-20 years ago. I can't remember where I purchased them, but Lani pointed out that they look like they came from a beach resort. I suspect she might be right. Ya know, a little memory from the family vaca. Any hoo, my point is that if we search through our own personal junk room, junk drawer, and garage stashes we are all highly likely to find something ripe for re-purpose or upcycling. For this idea you can look to ceramic, glass, or silver shakers and come up with your own twist on a Valentine's Day surprise that comes in a small package! Happy Valentine's Day!

Be Well,
Sue

Posted: 8:50 am on February 9th
shabbychick writes: Sue - it's all so pretty - and those salt & pepper shakers are wonderful (haven't seen that kind before - are you hiding them all in your basement??).

Very elegant!

Happy Valentine's Day to you!!

Kathy

P.S. Lani - I'm definitely up for a treasure hunt! Posted: 8:24 am on February 9th
chippingcharm writes: These are love-ly Sue...that little necklace with the salt spoon is wonderful too! So clever...Laurel Posted: 9:22 pm on February 8th
alicemom writes: Oh my!!! Salt and Pepper never looked so good! The only kind of shakers that are fancy like that..........are the movers and shakers and you definitely one!
smiles, alice Posted: 3:43 pm on February 8th
greencolleen writes: sue it does make us wonder about what else you have tucked away ;).
oh i finally personalized my pic with my 1st ever posted project.i thought it was fitting ;)
wouldnt these shakers be great for a shower or wedding??? very stylish . Posted: 2:54 pm on February 8th
54girl writes: I've never seen salt and pepper shakers like these either. Very pretty!! Love what you did you did with them!! Just amazing!! Love the threading of the ribbon remark. I have glasses laying all over the house for projects like that. And I too would love to shop at your house!! You do have the neatest treasures!! This one is just beatuiful!! Mary Posted: 1:27 pm on February 8th
SnowmanHill writes: Sue, these are just incredible. I have never seen these before, what a great stash you have. I love all of the "bling" you added to them, so fun!

Stay warm,
dana

Posted: 12:53 pm on February 8th
CottageElements writes: Now you know I like this, Ms. Sue! B&W, my favorite color combo! And how you can pull these things out of your basement? Let's have a JMS treasure hunt at your house...lol! As always, amazing.

Lani Posted: 11:51 am on February 8th
RustyDiva writes: Oh my gosh Sue ~ I've NEVER seen such fancy salt and pepper shakers!!!! I love this idea. My wish would be to go through your stash cause I know you have some awesome stuff. I'm always amazed by the little treasures you have tucked away. These really are beautiful and the attention to detail is to die for perfect!

Kenda Posted: 10:57 am on February 8th
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