Category Archives: Decorating

As I mentioned in a previous post,  I hate tossing my jewelry in a box at the end of the day. I love being able to find a full set of hanging earrings and throwing on a necklace without spending ten minutes untangling it. After making jewelry frames for myself, I wanted to make some larger earring and necklace displays to give as gifts. I’ve used plastic embroidery canvas to hang earrings, but I wanted to find a material that was a little sturdier and added a bit more interest than a standard grid pattern. I came upon some decorative aluminium sheeting at Home Depot and knew it would be perfect. After finding and painting some wooden frames, I cut the sheeting with sharp scissors and attached it to the frame with Gorilla super glue. Clear thumbtacks got topped with large stone beads so bracelets and necklaces could be hung as well. I ended up making a couple matching ones in a white and teal palette because I liked the color combination so much.

I don’t like to get too crazy in the decor of the display because once the frame is filled with jewelry, there will be a ton to look at. Too much competition with the earrings and necklaces distracts from the beauty of each individual piece. Hope this inspires you to dig your precious gems out of their boxy coffins and display for all the world to see! (or maybe for your eyes only!)

I got this frame for $1 and added the sheeting leftover from my gift making. Saved it for myself!

I got this frame for $1 and added the sheeting leftover from my gift making. Saved it for myself!

I gave this one to my sister. It matches the one I made for my friend--I loved the teal and white combination too much to do a new design.

I gave this one to my sister. It matches the one I made for my friend–I loved the teal and white combination too much to do a new design.

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While perusing my favorite Goodwill, I came upon this gorgey chair for $10. I knew as soon as I saw it I had to have it. It has great lines, is in really good shape, and isn’t too complexly designed for an at-home upholstery job. Upholstering can be a complicated task–you have to remove piles and piles of teeny tiny staples and be really careful when attaching the new fabric. I originally thought I would cover this chair in a bright yellow and replace the matching tufting buttons with white ones. The chair’s cording matches the fabric, but I wanted to change that white as well so it would really stand out against a bright yellow.

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Mid Century Modern PRE-rehab

Then I found this tremendous navy patterned fabric at another thrift store. 3 1/4 yards for $13! The fabric has a retro feel so I think it will complement the chair’s style well. I’m hoping I’ll have enough to cover the entire chair, but fortunately the fabric is 60″ wide instead of the standard 44/45″. Fingers crossed some careful pattern placing will do the trick!

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This little lady was my first lamp makeover! I found her in the basement where she had been covered in a light layer of dust and spider web. The lamp had originally belonged to my grandmother and looked quite good in her day. Some of the hardware was missing, but I just the loved the shape and style. The etched glass was in good condition, and both light sockets worked perfectly.

Grandmother Lamp

Grandmother Lamp

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Porcelain Thimble Jewelry Display

Porcelain Thimble Jewelry Display

I used to collect porcelain thimbles in grade school.  Odd, I know.  I can’t quite remember why I started–they have no real function, are sort of hard to find (due to their HUGELY popular status-hahaha no), and are too small to display well in a collection.  I found a pile of them in the back of a drawer a while ago and decided they had to be put to good use. I had seen some jewelry displays using bulletin boards and pushpins, but that’s not really my style. I bought a white frame and some embossed scrapbook paper at Michaels. After removing the glass, I jury rigged the thimbles to some cardboard backing with TONS of Gorilla superglue and thumbtacks.

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I had been looking for an interesting-shaped frame to fashion into a bulletin board or a memo board where I could jot down ideas or keep track of my crafting To Do list. I found this great picture for a steal. Image

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I dissembled the frame and covered the image in a textured paintable wallpaper. 

I painted it a bright yellow to pop against the purplish gray wall of my craft studio. A coat of primer and a few coats of white spray paint gave new life to the frame.  

After the yellow paint had dried, I used the opposite end of my paint brush to add dots in the shape of a caption symbol.

A quick reassembly later, a stylish, functional dry erase board was born.  

 

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Brochette Quilt

I finally finished my first quilt! I used Joel Dewberry’s Notting Hill line and a few additional patterns. The final size measures about 80″x60″–large enough to snuggle under the couch and still can cover the top of a double bed. Being my first quilt, I had to learn somewhere. I got a lot of help from a great tutorial from Natalie at Threaded Mess. Hopefully the first quilt of many! Read More →

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Vintage Lamp Meets Handcrafted Shade

I found this lamp base at a thrift store that was in dire need of a rehab. A few coats of spray paint made it shine like new. I made the lamp shade with decorative aluminum sheeting and translucent plastic. A large Edison bulb pulled the whole item together!

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