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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Up in Smoke Again

What's It Wednesday #135

Every once in a while, blog life requires a repost. In this case a partial repost from one of my favorite fall posts. 
SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy. Ok now that that is out of the way, let's look at some amazing collectables that came out of the culture of smoking. 

Part of this smoking culture from around the world was the creation of fashionable accessories which are now highly sought after. 

After Patti introduced me to the blog world, I was a blog voyeur for quite awhile. I ran across a blog where gorgeous cigarette cases were highlighted. Falling in love with silver cigarette cases was a natural attraction for me. The author of the post said that photographs would look great in these cases. That was my OMG moment. I would give my eye teeth, as they say, to find that blog again and thank that person for introducing me to cigarette cases. So let me introduce you to a few of mine. Let's see what they look like individually.


I collect silver cigarette cases from all over the world. I think they are fascinating. Oh and don't they make awesome picture frames? That blogger was absolutely right. By the way, meet my little prince. 

I love the corners on this German silver cigarette case.


Using silver cigarette cases as picture frames is ideal because they are quite versatile. As you can see, you can use them portrait or landscape. These Halloween photos are perfect in this vintage English cigarette case.

I fell in love with this enameled cigarette case by the Saart Brothers because it perfectly compliments my mother's jewelry box. She received this beautiful jewelry box from Asia when she was in junior high school. 

So I keep one of my favorite photos of my mom inside this beautiful cigarette case.

This cigarette case has an amazing scene of a beautiful temple on the cover which is the perfect accent to the photo of my little prince and me.

This very small cigarette case hails from England and is the perfect size for this small picture of my mother as a little girl. It compliments the platinum embossed vintage plate that I picked up from a wonderful gal named Linda, on my way to the Florida Keys.  

Do you have a favorite item you have repurposed?

xoxoxo
Paula
Thanks to all of you who partied with us last week. Please link-up and join us again. Remember, it's not a party without you!

Here Are This Week's Features:
Victoria's Vintage Designs

My Thrift Store Addiction

My Shabby French Life

Locksley Lane

Olla-Podrida

Peonies and Orange Blossoms

59 comments:

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

Thanks so much for hosting! Love all the features.

My thrift store addiction said...

Thanks so much for including my steampunk pumpkin patch! I appreciate your party! Blessings, Cecilia

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Paula, you have such gorgeous collections and your little prince is really a doll! Thank you for hosting and we both are sharing smoke today..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Shannon said...

That is so awesome how you use them for picture frames. Very cute. Thanks for hosting.

Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

Helen's Decor said...

Patti, your little man is precious!! What a great smile, perfect for the camera! I do like how you are using the cases for photos. Just gave me an idea for old pressed powder compacts! Anyone else remember those?

Thanks for the nice party,
Helen

bj said...

Hi, ladies...I am totally IN LUV with those silver cases...beautiful.
I just linked about a pot to pee in...hahaaa...

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I love how you transformed the elegant cigarette cases into photo frames!
Your little Prince is so VERY handsome!

You and Patti so often transport me back to my childhood with your vintage finds and sharing your old family photos.

Thank you for visiting 34th street!
~Lynne
withLove.

Dining Delight said...

Those are great uses for cigarette items! Much better than their original purpose. Great features too. Thanks for hosting!

Blue Creek Home said...

The cigarette cases are adorable but your little prince is even more so!
Thanks for the party.
Rhonda

JP said...

So many beautiful cases, so many adorable photos...thank you for hosting, Patti! I am so happy that you are still hosting...I've been absent for a while but I back now!
JP

Linda said...

Thanks for the party. Your collections are amazing! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Doreen@househoneys said...

I like the new use for those cigarette holders a LOT more than their intended purpose! They also remind me of a business card holder. I use to have one that looked like that.mwish I had thought of this repurposing idea!

Thanks for hosting!

NanaDiana said...

Paula- Those are just marvelous old cases. Amazing and they make GREAT photo frames. Love them. xo Diana

Donna Wilkes said...

I will never look at a cigarette case the same again. Thank you for reposting and the party!

Susan Freeman said...

Those cases are so pretty and you found such a good way to bring them back to life! Thanks for the party Paula.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Your collection is quite elaborate! I never would've thought to use them for pictures- great idea and far healthier! Your kids are both precious!
Thanks for hosting!

Angelina B. said...

Thanks for the feature! It's amazing that cigarettes used to have such fancy cases... Like they were a prized possession to have. I like how you use them instead!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

The cigarette cases are beautiful and I love the use of them as frames! Thanks for hosting the party!

Nancy Roberts said...

I love this idea. So clever and such a wonderful way to repurpose the cigarette cases. What a cutie pie too!

Thanks for hosting,

Nancy

Deanies Stash said...

Oh wow, I love using those for photos. I would never have thought of it. Now I am going to be on the look out for some cigarette cases. Like the features this week. Have a great day. Dianne

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

That's a great way to look at two beautiful things at once - the photos, and the cases. Your little prince is adorable!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful family with that handsome little guy there!... and I love the cases and frames!
Thank you so much for hosting the party again this week.
FABBY

Linda Bouffard said...

I love what you used the cigarette cases for. They are beautiful. Little man is pretty cute also!!
Your friend, Linda

xinex said...

Your cigarette case collection is amazing! What a great idea to use them for photo frames. Great features too!...Christine

Trish Martin said...

Thanks for the party. I love repurposing and what a great way to repurpose those beautiful cigarette cases.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Such a pleasure to see your photos in their very vintage silver cigarette cases. Love the Halloween one and your Mom as a young girl. Treasures all.
Joy

Jill Harrison said...

I would never have thought that cigarette cases would make such lovely photo frames - what a good use for them. Have a lovely week and thanks for the invite to link up.

Karen Xavier said...

This is a brilliant idea... they look so pretty in those cases, cool idea!

Poppy said...

Hi Paula,

Well isn't this ingenious! What a brilliant, (not to mention healthier), way to use cigarette cases! You've done a fabulous job of matching each one to its surrounding accessories. Family photos of loved ones are surely the best things with which to fill these lovely and ornate frames!

Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful first week of Fall!

Poppy

Sandra and Hennie Cronje said...

Thanks for hosting a wonderful selection. Your dearest collections are to wonderful.
Blessings from South Africa
Sandra

Muscetta said...

Thank you for hosting. Have a nice day. Tina

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a grand collection of cigarette cases!! They really caught my eye and i now may also be out on the look out for tham....

Thanks for the party!

Hugs,
Debbie

Kristen Chidsey said...

Those pictures--be still be heart!! So precious!!

Vesna (HOME CHIC CLUB) said...

Such a beautiful collections, so many adorable photos...Thank you for hosting! Have a great day!
Hugs,
Vesna

Julie Reinwald said...

Your son is a doll :) I just love how you have used those cigarette cases to display special photos...beautiful! Thanks for hosting the party. Fantastic features!

Maria Elena said...

Thank you for the party! Have a great day. Maria

Kelley said...

You have certainly piqued my interest in those beautiful cases! I love the treasures they are now. I would've never dreamed...

Great blog!

Hugs and happy highways,
Kelley~

Maria Brittis said...

Hey Patti
Stopping by your fabulous Party today and sending you some cheer you way! Hope you have a wonderful party! will stop by to meet some of the bloggers.
Thanks
Maria

Revi said...

You have FABULOUS collections, and a fun party! Thanks for hosting, ladies. :)

Dru said...

Beautiful collection ~ and I love all your photos vintage and new. What a treasure trove.Dru

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

these are magnificent!! love them...but even more precious are the darling pictures of your charming son....LOVE that you used these cases as picture frames...fabulous idea :)
Hope you have a wonderful time down in the Keys!!
Karla & Karrie

The Charm of Home said...

Using those to display your photos is a really neat idea! Thanks for hosting.
Sherry

Alessandra said...

First of all, your little prince is very sweet. Your collection is marvellous and very fascinating.I like very much how you use them for portrait.
Kisses
Alessandra

Kim - Exquisitely Unremarkable said...

Wow, what a unique way to display such pretty treasures! Love it!

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

I tend to stay away from anything for smokers, but I may have to make an exception to that! What a clever way to use the cigarette cases -- and they are so lovely! I love that sweet photo of your little guy with the pumpkin patch sign -- I have one of my son with the exact same expression on his face! Too cute!
Great features too! Lovin' that desk!

Lee Dewsnap said...

Thank you for the link invitation, I haven't had anything worthy of my own achievement for a while but getting to grips with photography and linked some blue and white images.

Lee :)

lynn cockrell said...

I am not a smoker, Paula, but those cigarette cases are gorgeous! I love the way you've used them for frames for your precious little fellow.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Paula, you have an amazing collection of cigarette cases. I love them holding precious pics. Your mom was so pretty and your little prince is so handsome.
Thank you for sharing and inspiring with your collection.
Hugs

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love repurposing things and you did it in such a charming way here!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I never would have thought to use cigarette cases to hold pictures! What a clever reuse of these pieces.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Paula, I can so see why your obsession with cigarette cases has nudged you to becoming a collector. Seeing what you have done here and how you up-styled them into picture frames you have inspired me to not turn away the next case I come across! You have fashionably used them in the best way possible, what wonderful photos to add to there charm. Thank you for the cigarette disclaimer, a strong much needed message.

See you and Patti's beauty soon.

Xoxo
Dore

Villrose said...

Ingeniously using the great cigarette cases to photo frames! Perfect for your little Prince :-)
I am not so clever at repurposing, so I look for ideas and inspiration in blogs.

Jeannie Marie said...

So nice to stop by and see you and the others who post!

Laura Turner said...

I just LOVE your silver cigarette cases and what a great idea to use them as picture frames! Beautiful post. So nice to visit!
Laura from Sunday View

Pura Vida said...

very clever!

Paula Driesell said...

Thank you so much for the awesome feature! Love seeing everyone's creativity!


Paula
Locksley Lane

Jann Olson said...

I don't think I have ever ran across a cigarette case, but would not have thought to use it as a picture frame. Very clever and unique! You have an amazing collection!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Debi @ Adorned From Above said...

HI Patti,
What a cute idea for the cigarette cases. They look so pretty as frames. Thanks so much for sharing at Adorned From Above's Link Party.
Debi

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