Sunday, June 16, 2013

Frame & Lace Jewelry Organizer

I got the idea for this all on my lonesome. Then I looked on Instructables and Pinterest and saw hundreds of similar ideas. So I'm not as brilliant as I'd like.


Frame ... free
Lace shirt ... free
White glue ... $1
Small hooks ... $3
The frame & lace I got free from neighbor who moved. Glue came from Dollar Tree. Hooks came from Home Depot in a little pack

  1. Drilled small holes into the frame then screwed in the hooks. I used a drill and later added more holes with a Dremel when I realized I didn't have anywhere enough for the amount of jewelry I wanted to hang. It was much harder to screw the hooks into the Dremel holes because they weren't as deep. Would not recommend. I eyeballed the spacing of the holes but measuring would be even better :)
  2. Cut the lace shirt larger than the frame.
  3. Glued the lace on with Elmer's glue. Why, you ask, did I not use a glue gun? Because I did not think of it until this very moment. Sigh. It would have been a lot easier. The Elmer's took forever to dry and I had to use thumb tacks to keep the lace in place until it did.
  4. Cut the lace so it fits within the frame.  I didn't cut to fit initially because I had to re-stretch the lace as I went to keep it taut enough to hang the earrings.
  5. Hung necklaces and hooked earrings into the lace.


The lace shirt I used had many seams so my jewelry holder has one. I'd like to say I made a thoughtful decision to use the lace despite the seam but actually I started cutting before I realized the issue and the frame is so large I didn't have enough lace to re-cut. On the plus side I love the pattern of the lace this way.

The black lace with good thread looks fantastic against my tan wall but the jewelry doesn't stand out. I arranged the necklaces by color but will have to rearrange them so the silver and lighter colors ones are against the black.

Overall I'm really happy with the results. I love being able to view everything without opening drawers etc.  It's also great to have coordinating earrings next to their necklaces.

Good luck!

Of Coupons and Craft Stores

I recently went to 2 craft stores. I know this blog is about using up the crafts crap I already have, but some projects can't get done without extra supplies so off I went.

Conversation at JoAnn's

Me: Can I use this coupon on my phone?
Cashier: Sure. (She waits while I fumble trying to get it up)
Me: Can I use this Michael's coupon on my phone?
Cashier: Sure. (She waits while I fumble trying to get it up)
Cashier: Do you get our coupons online and to your home?
Me: (mumbling) I think so.
Cashier: Because you can use 1 phone coupon, 1 email coupon, 1 mailed coupon, 1 from our Sunday ad and a competitor coupon together. As long as they have different barcodes.

She continues talking about % off an item and % off the receipt coupons. She must see my eyes glazing over.

Cashier: Next time just bring in all the coupons you have and we'll figure out what works best. Come to the register first so you know what discounts you can get before you shop, if you want.

Conversation at Michael's

Me: Can I use this coupon on my phone?
Cashier: Sure. (She waits while I fumble trying to get it up)
Me: Can I use this JoAnn's coupon on my phone?
Cashier: No. You can only use 1 coupon.
Me: What about this coupon from Michael's ad?
Cashier: No. You can only use 1 coupon per visit per day.

I gaze at the stuff I really want that I really didn't want to pay full price for. I end up buying it.

However I did email Michael's asking for the coupon policy.  Will let you know when I hear back!

Friday, June 14, 2013

In the beginning..

In an effort to feel more in control of my destiny I recently started cleaning out my huge walk in closet. I realized something. You can put your crap behind closet doors, it can be neatly placed in totes, labeled, color coordinated and organized, you can pretty it up every way possible BUT IT'S STILL CRAP!

I have a ridiculous amount of craft supplies. I have lots of great ideas but somehow never get any projects completed. Sometimes I don't even get them started :) 
This blog is a record of my successful and not so successful attempts to clean out my crafts storage by actually doing some crafts. Wish me luck!