Sunday, July 19, 2015

Refurbished Necklace Holder

While my daughter and I were out running errands last weekend we stopped by a boutique-home decor store that I try to get to every now and again.  Outside was a table filled with clearance items, including this:

Do you see that price??

It was marked down because two corners had come unglued.

I knew my husband would come up with an idea for gluing it back together.  He added some wood glue, put a baggie around the corners (to avoid getting glue on the wood), and then used a tie-down strap to tighten up everything and hold it in place until the glue dried.

Next came the brainstorming...what was I going to use this thing for?  At first I thought of putting a picture in the middle of the inside, but that seemed sort of....boring.  Then, while putting my jewelry on, an idea came to mind.  I could hang all of my layering necklaces from the top.

Off I went to Hobby Lobby to look for some "hangers."  This is what I decided upon.

As shown in the picture above, I bought a variety pack of glue.  I knew I needed some E6000, but didn't want to buy the large size because it goops up before I use half the bottle.

I played around with both the miniature clothespins and the metal clips.  In the end, I chose the metal clips.  I placed them across the top and once satisfied with how many I was going to use, I glued them on using the E6000.

I have some extra clips that I might end up gluing in the middle area, but I will decide on doing that later, if needed.  While clipping some necklaces on, I realized that for each clip, I can place one chain inside the clip and wrap another one (or more) across the top of each clip.

The finished product.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Living Room Gallery Wall Update

School is officially out and I am on summer vacation.  Today is day one and I wasted no time being productive because hello, it takes teachers a couple of weeks to get into vacation mode.  Unfortunately, I normally don't have the time to devote to my blog like I'd like to.  However, with summer vacation here, and the itch to update some things around the house, I hope to be a bit more active over the next couple of months.

Project #1:  Living room wall.  Back in 2011 we painted our living room and added an accent piece on one of the large walls.  You can find that blog entry and details here.  Things have been tweaked over the years, but the wall was definitely due for an upgrade.  I'm happy with the colors so I didn't repaint.  It was all about new wall accessories.  After cruising Pinterest for a while, I gathered my ideas and headed out to Rod Works, Target, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods.  

Here is what the wall looked like after I took everything off (I was in such an excited rush that I forgot to take a 'before' picture.)  I used the packing paper from my purchases to cut out the shapes of the items I bought so I could manipulate them until I was happy with the arrangement.

I had initially bought a metal W initial (for our last name) to fit inside an empty frame, but it ended up being too big.  Instead, I fooled around on the Tagxedo website and made this:  A personalized subway art for our family.

At first I was searching for a premade family subway art to print, but then I remembered hearing about this website and gave it a shot.  Totally easy, totally cool.  I typed in the words I wanted to use, chose the shape and colors, and printed it out.

As far as the rest of the wall, here is what I came up with on my shopping trips.

Metal Initial:  Hobby Lobby

 Wall Hanging:  Target

Mirror:  Hobby Lobby

Bike:  Hobby Lobby

 After moving the papers around and around, this is what I came up with.

Oh that...over there on the right side?  I had some handmade project there that I can't find the link to, but it was due to be taken down.  Really, you aren't missing anything.  In its place I found a metal sign from Hobby Lobby and wooden numbers, and the curly rod at Rod Works to hang the numbers from. first post in a while.  Stay tuned for more summer projects.!