thimble bells …

thimble bells…

thimble all the way…

the last swap of the season for me with my Queen Bee friends…

we challenged ourselves to use some junk or treasure and turn it into an ornament…

I was inspired by thimbles and little bells that I have had around for awhile…

I took apart a bird, bead and tinsel garland I bought some years ago…Mr Magpie drilled holes in the center of the thimbles as my attempt at doing it went cockeyed…I am more of a gluer than a driller I think…

the tiny round bells work perfectly inside the thimbles…they make a sweet tinkling sound…which brings to mind one of my favorite lines in Chris Van Allsburg’s book “The Polar Express

Hero boy says:

“At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

it’s really fun hanging out with so many people here in blogland that believe and care about the spirit and heart of things

… Brightest of Blessings to All … oxo

I am participating in this month’s Junkle Bells on Jill Ruth & Co here


29 responses to “thimble bells …

  1. Patty; these are charming. I love the thimble bells and the line from Polar Express is perfect! xxoo

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  2. this is so cute, and such a creative way to give new life to something that otherwise would be thrown away, you’re genius Patty! 🙂

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  3. oo patty, that is just darling…i love bells and the polar express…

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  4. So sweet! I’m in awe of your creativity with this one!

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  5. I love thimbles. I’ve always wanted to turn one into a necklace. thanks for reminding me. but yes, the drilling part keeps scaring me away. 🙂

    really cute ornaments. and very creative ones, too.

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  6. Oh Patty, this post gets the “Best of the Year” award for me, let’s see, that would be a silver bell and your quote is perfect for this one. And, I think I hear your bells a ringing!!! Just Wonderful!

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  7. Oh my I love your ornament!! I’ve been eying some old thimbles thinking about tassels but I love your bells! I love how you reworked your garland to suit your needs now. I’m so happy you linked up.

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  8. I believe! And I LOVE my thimble bell ornament….which I think I may start wearing today!

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  9. Ooooh, Patty, how wonderful is that? I love it.

    Bezaubernd

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  10. This is really wonderful Patti! I love what you made, and the thimble is perfect!
    Love the quote too, and I am glad I have found wonderful blog friends like you to share the true meaning of Christmas!

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  11. Certain things are ahrder to drill than others. For me it is old silverware.
    What a cute use for thimbles and that they really do tinkle is even better.

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  12. Whoda “thunk” it….they look great as bells!! All the decos look so artistic…stunning!

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  13. Ooo I’m a believer and always will be – Christmas is the most magical time of year and always will be for me!!
    What a great team you and Mr M are – these thimbles are adorable!!
    Maybe thimbles were bells way back and someone thought – “I could use this to protect my finger” – and maybe not!!…….
    Now I won’t be able to get “thimble Bells” out of my head all day – lovely.

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  14. ahhhhhh, is it every time I hear a bell ring an angel gets her wings? Love the quote you used and love the creation. How special, hugs!

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  15. I think more than one beautiful angel received their wings from this gorgeous project, and I’m sure they’re very fluffy too! Your little bird bell is darling, Patty!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  16. Ahhh! I am completely head over heels for your thimble bells! That’s one of the grandest things I’ve seen in ages 🙂

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  17. This is just so awesome, Patty! I love the thimbles!! And the bird is splendid!

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  18. We watched Polar express this week. We watch lots of Christmas films coming up to Christmas ending with the nativity bliss!

    I love the bell in the thimble it’s all just beautiful

    Love Dawn xx

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  19. Thimble bells – how cool!! Obviously my education is lacking because I have yet to see Polar Express (making mental note to watch for it on tv).

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  20. These are so wonderful. I have some old thimbles and might just have to play with them. The little bird just adds a special touch. So glad you joined us!

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  21. thimble bells! i LOVE it patty! clever and cute. what a fun little project. i knew i’d be smiling here soon after visiting your blog.

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  22. It is the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas!

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  23. You know now I am going to be looking for thimbles at the thrift store!!LOL You think as a quilter, I’d have some!!! I do have a huge bag of bells. LOVE the way you incorporated the bird in a tinsel nest too!! Gorgeous!!!

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  24. As always Patty, you do so much with just bits & pieces…the bird ornament is fantastic….thanks for sharing

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  25. I still believe!!! ❤

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  26. A very clever and sweet idea for all those thimbles. I can just hear the sound they make in the breeze. I may have to see where I put all my old antique ones.

    Lovely…..happy day to you my friend!

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  27. oh beautiful thimble bells Patty, great idea…

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  28. I only have ONE thimble, and it belonged to my Grandmother. What an awesome project, though. I’m glad Mr. Perfect Driller took over, or you would have lots of headless thimbles. And the way you displayed your thimble and bird is awesome. Simply wonderful wire wrapping, too.

    I actually stopped by to snag a couple of those freebies you left for us, then realized I had missed a couple of posts. That’ll teach me to be gone.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts here...it means a lot to me and I appreciate your visit very much oxo

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