Monday, March 11, 2013

My Gingher scissor collection - voila!

Hi everyone....thought I'd share with you a little do-it-yourself project I did last month.  I've been collecting those Gingher designer embroidery scissors for years like so many of you but sadly they've just been stored in a box and not really on display.  I know a lot of people have used lovely glass flower frogs and while I love those, I had too many scissors and would've had to buy several and I really don't know where I'd put them all. 

Then one day while searching on Gingher scissors in Google I stumbled on a stitcher's blog and WOW she had a beautiful display!  Let's give credit where credit is due - this is from a stitching blog called Periwinkle Ink.  I never would've thought of this myself.   It was just what I needed so I headed right off to eBay to see if I could find one of these vases. (If you search on "Southern Home vase" you will find them easily.  I only paid $7.00-9.00 US for mine - the shipping was more than the vase).  Luckily they are plentiful and easy to find.  What I love is that it has 22 holes so can hold a lot of scissors!  The only thing is they only come in butter yellow (even though some of the photographs on eBay look white - they aren't).  It's a very pretty yellow mind you but just didn't go in my sewing room.  Well I bought one anyway and then I started wondering if it was possible to paint it.  Hmmmm...the wheels were turning..........

Thank goodness for all of those DIY blogs!  I found a blog that explained how to paint pottery and so my little project was born.   I marched off to Walmart to stock up on spray paint - white primer for a base coat then a white lacquer spray to go on top of that.  I also got a can of Krylon clear coat for a sealer.


After many coats and a few booboos later I finally got it painted white.   I'm not a master of spray painting - I tend to be too impatient and you have to give it several light coats and not let it drip etc.    My sewing room is aqua and pink so I then got on my computer and played around to create a label as I thought the vase needed a little something.  I created a label using a free graphic oval from the Graphics Fairy blog and Powerpoint, then added the pink color using Microsoft Paint.  A graphic artist I'm not but I got it looking pretty good I think.  Getting it to stay on the vase was a bit of a trial - I tried printing it on a clear label - wouldn't stick.....I tried printing it on a piece of waterslide decal paper purchased off eBay....what a nightmare that was!  Another failure.  Finally I just printed it on white label paper I use for shipping labels and right after I stuck it on the vase I gave it a coat of the spray clearcoat.  So far it's staying put thankfully.   Now I was almost done but I decided to buy a small piece of foam at Joann's and cut an oval to stick down in the vase.  This holds the scissors up a bit so more of the pretty handles show and they don't slide down in the holes as much.



So here it is finally - 22 of my Ginghers on display finally in my sewing room!  I'm really happy with it and have bought a couple more vases for "future growth" LOL.  I still have 5 pairs of scissors that don't have a home yet so I'll be starting on painting another vase this weekend.  Oh these addictions we have!





45 comments:

  1. Look what you've done! That is simply genius! The scissor collection is pretty awesome too ;)

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  2. So pretty and what a really neat idea!

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  3. Fabulous scissor holder you made. Your ginghers look amazing!!

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  4. WOW!!!! Love it! What a collection too!

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  5. WOW!!!! Love it! What a collection too!

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  6. I collect them too awesome idea. I went on ebay the vases are 38 and shipping is too. Too expensive for me

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  7. Oh lucky you to have this and have finished and showcased your Ginghers so nicely. Jane

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  8. I think my heart stopped .......

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  9. OOOHHH~AAAHHHHH. Lovely.

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  10. What a great project! It displays your scissors perfectly.

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  11. What a wonderful display - well done!

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  12. Beautiful! I could never be that clever.

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  13. Great idea and collection!!

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  14. Wow , that looks really pretty .X

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  15. How wonderfully creative of you! Way over my head! And your collection is fantastic!! Laura

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  16. Great job! It looks fabulous. I only own two pair. And I can't even find the second pair!!

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  17. Oh my goodness, I love what you have done with that frog. I own the same on and it's still yellow.

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  18. Jeanne -- What a FABULOUS idea. It looks great and shows off your beautiful scissor collection!

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  19. Oohh I love it! Those scissors are so pretty!

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  20. What a great job you did! I love your display!

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  21. Now aren't you just the bee's knees?! That turned out really nice and your scissors look great!

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  22. Oh my goodness I did NOT need to see this beautiful display! I quit buying the scissors because I was just keeping them in their boxes in a drawer! I am definitely going to borrow this idea and put them on display. Of course this means I'm going to start buying then again, too! :D

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  23. That is AWESOME!! I want one :(

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  24. Holey shamoley!! You did a fantastic job, and I really love the way your label looks!

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  25. Wow and wow - love love it!

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  26. You did a great job with the scissor holder, they look great!

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  27. Wow!!
    You did a great job
    Your scissors are oh so pretty in it

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  28. Great transformation! I am one who has a full glass flower frog from many moons ago before they got popular. Now they are unaffordable because of stitchers. I also have a scissor tree. Why have I never shown that on my blog?

    Ginger scissors are not cheap even before they retire a design. What a beautiful collection you have. Do you switch off which ones you use regularly?

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  29. what a beautiful way to display your wonderful collection Jeanne! I don't blame you for wanting to get these beauties out of the box and on parade! Thanks for showing us - Melody

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  30. That is a fabulous collection of snips in a perfect display. Well done!

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  31. First thought was WOW! Look at all those scissors, but you did a great job sprucing up the holder too!

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  32. Wonderful, great holder. I have never even seen one like that. The scissors of course are awesome too. I love how you were able to make the holder into something that fits in your stitching room. I think I am most impressed that you have a color theme for your stitching room. Lovely stuffl.

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  33. Much agree! You are a genius!!! Beautiful display, you enabler you!!!

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  34. Oh wow that looks fantastic! Gorgeous collection of scissors.

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  35. What a great makeover, your scissor collection is stunning

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  36. WOW, now that is an impressive idea and a lovely finish. What a delightfully inventive way to showcase your scissors collection!

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  37. Totally awesome!!! If I saw this in person I would faint!!!

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  38. Oh my word, I must get off your blog you have me so jealous. I love....love...love your scissor holder! that is so creative and that label is awesome.

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  39. They have not released a new pair since 2012. Does anyone know if they have decided to quit selling designer scissors?

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  40. Wow those are beautiful! I just heard about these Ginghers recently and of course I fell in love with the Charlene design...which is virtually impossible to get!

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  42. Hi - I am trying to identify by name my Gingher Scissors. They are in your picture on the third row left next to the Sonia scissors. Can you tell me the name of them? Mine have a white background and small blue flowers and green leaves.

    Thank you.
    Brenda

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  43. I'm in absolute awe over your collection! I love, love, love these scissors. I only have 2, but just acquired a lovely pair of Ashley's just yesterday. I was trying for the Leah's, which are my holy grail, but with 2 seconds left to the auction, someone outbid me.

    Bidding on Ginghers on Ebay when you are on a budget is sometimes frustrating, but I WILL get a pair of Leah's one day. Oh yes, I will!

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  44. I actually just bought one of these and am waiting for it to be shipped. I have a huge favor to ask, could you electronically send me a copy of this label you created? I'd love to be able to change the pink background into a medium bright aqua or a lime green that would compliment my sewing space but I am limited with the computer knowledge I have. I'd be more than happy to pay you for your services too. Just let me know. Thanks for your consideration. Jane

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