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Studded Zipper Case

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Low and behold, the answer to your tablet storage question is here! I struggled for weeks, scouring the internet for a fashionable yet sturdy case for my iPad. I wanted something that was pretty (obvi) but be also durable enough to withstand extended stays in my handbag. I couldn’t find one to purchase that met all of my requirements. I decided to assemble some supplies and make one myself. I settled on black vinyl fabric, gold spikes, a coordinating black and gold zipper, and black cotton fabric to line the inside of the bag.

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One of my sisters has a huge collection of rings. I wanted to make her a ring box so she could both display them and keep them from being misplaced. I picked up a standard wooden jewelry box from a thrift store.

Retrofitted Ring Box

Retrofitted Ring Box

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I always keep birthday and get well cards family and friends have sent me. I used to keep them tucked safely away in a box, but I wanted to find a better way to store them. I’ve seen a few examples where cards are stacked and held together with rings. I wanted mine to be easy to browse through and still look gorgeous when on display.

Greeting Card Keepsake Book

Greeting Card Keepsake Book

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I spend a lot of time in my craft studio. Even when I’m not making things, I just like to hang out there. I keep all of my supplies there and display a lot different medium on walls and shelves so I can get inspired. Formally a bland study, the studio is only 6 months old–we’re just about to start eating solid foods. I try to keep the space as organized as possible while maintaining a relaxed, cheery environment that’s bursting with color. Over the last couple months, I’ve noticed a real need for a place to display clippings, notes, pictures, and other bits of paper so they won’t accidentally get thrown out. A regular old corkboard just wouldn’t do. I started rummaging around and came across a few matching canvas frames. With a little decoration and some engineering, I knew they would become the perfect bulletin board triptych. To give the canvas some personality, I settled on three different geometric stencils. I wanted them to coordinate with my dry erase frame that also hangs in my craft studio, so I chose a yellow and teal palette. They also would coordinate well with the gorgey rug that lays in the center of the room beneath my large counter-height table.

Stenciled Geometric Bulletin Triptych

Stenciled Geometric Bulletin Triptych

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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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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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