Monday, March 10, 2014

This came to me at 2:00am

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Free standing earring/necklace display!

Heres the ugly truth.... I hate setting up and breaking down my displays at shows. Back in the day you just needed a table and a tablecloth, nowadays....not so much. There are more and more artists and crafters signing up for shows and competition is getting fierce. And let's face it, the craft show world isn't hurting for jewelry vendors. So how do you get seen and not have lug a bunch of heavy, expensive, or elaborate displays? You go get yourself a pair(or two) of reclaimed slated bifold doors. Like these!
Tools and items required:
Drill or screw driver
2 hinges with screws

Now I scored these wood beauties at a Habitat for Humanity salvage sale for $7 for the pair! I originally picked them up for the shop to use as a backdrop for my bigger window display but when I decided after a few months it wasn't working they sat in the hallway here in the store taunting me. I walk past them for months waiting for that "A-Ha!" moment. Finally yesterday I decided they were going to get demoted to the back storage room. As soon as a touched them "Jewelry Display!" screamed at me.... Well not really but you get the point.
Now sometimes the "obvious" eludes me. I know it and I can laugh at myself for it.  So as I stared at them again I thought "How am I going to put jewelry on this? The slats are in the wrong direction." And I gave in to defeat.
Now you have probably figured out the "obvious" solution. It took me picking them up and getting ready to move them into the back to "see" the "obvious".... The back side. 
So I removed the knobs and used stain I had on hand to cover the exposed wood under the knobs. 
Now I forgot to take a pic before I removed them but were 4 of these plastic thingies on the bottom. 
They were used to keep the doors in place....and also to torture me. First one popped right out.... The other 3 made me work for it. I pried 2 out using determination as my fuel. The last one broke just perfectly where I couldn't grip it with pliers, but it stuck out out enough to make it an issue.... I beat the crap out of it with a hammer and it sunk all the way in. A short temper works in my favor on occasion. 

I stood them up together and measured for hinges leaving a slight gap( less the 1/4 inch)for wiggle room for moving the hinges.
Since I am a collector(hoarder) I was lucky enough to find these in my stash. 

I've gotten old hinges from yard sales, salvage sales, thrift stores, I keep them off old projects, dumpsters outside of house renovations(with permission),.... But if all else fails check out Etsy and eBay.
I used a scrap piece of industrial strength Velcro to keep the gap consistent.... You can use whatever. FYI I thought I was sooooooo smart using that Velcro because it was sticky on both sides so it stuck in place. Industrial stuck. It was not fun to remove.
Both hinges on and stupid Velcro removed
I am leaving it the color it is for now.... But imagine what you could do with it. White wash it, spray paint it, use fabric in the lower panels, paint designs on the panels......

I left the plastic bits on the top.... Because they are functional( that's a lie. There was no way I was fighting with them)
Now how to display your jewelry....
Hanging earring card-
S hook- I had a few spray painted S hooks left over from a previous project.
Or... Bent colored paper clip

Now as far as transporting it...
I played around and I found that with my earrings I can load the display up, sandwich a piece of thick fleece in between the panels for protection, and fold it up. Now it doesn't lie flat obviously, but it closed. I'm going to sew a sack to store it in for travel that way I don't loose any escaping earrings and it's easier to carry. But if couldn't sew one I'd wrap it in a sheet and secure it with ribbon. 
Just remember to not put anything on top of it while traveling or you'll bend or snap a hinge or break your jewelry. Also if you are going to keep your jewelry in there I'd store it standing up while not in use.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Making everything old new again...then old again?

Seriously how crazy is this. 
You acquire something old and worn down
Clean it and restore it
Paint it and make it look like new
Then take a sander to it to age it again?
But man do I love the look.
Take this heavy wood display thingie I found
It appears to have been a display... I think. Maybe for knick-knacks? But I like it because it was a good solid piece. And then it sat in my studio...then my jeep....then my shop...then in my jeep...then back in my studio...then back to my shop. Why? Because I couldn't figure out what to do with it!
And then it hit me...
Technically I hit it...with a hammer! I knocked out the back, which was particle board. 
I sanded it, painted it brown again, and then sanded it down again.... 
Added legs and made a cushion from some foam and a old burlap coffee sack I had.
And what did I make?
What do you think?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Why can't I keep my studio clean!

It's bad enough that I'm hoarding furniture and supplies for my new shop....but I can't even see my desk anymore! I'm currently working in my living room. Ugh!
Einstein said “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
I don't think that applies to me....

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Teenage Girl's Room Makeover....DIY Style

I decided that I'd give my teenage daughter's room a facelift. I didn't want to spend a lot and of course it was going to have as much DIY as possible.
The first thing was cleaning it....
Was it dirty? No
Does my daughter have a ton of stuff? Yes
Did the cat grab my hand while reaching under her bed? Let's just say I'm glad I had just used the restroom, and I'm glad he didn't understand all the foul words that fell out of my mouth.
The walls were already painted turquoise, so I had that started for me....sorta. The problem with the turquoise walls and matching curtains is that her room was "Too Turquoise". The white cathedral ceiling is too high to break it up. So I decided to break it up with some white and silver accents.
I am big on upcycling and DIY. When you've been a military spouse for a million years(ok, it's only been 18) you learn how to pinch a penny till it screams. So there was no way I was going to spend a fortune on this room!
Let's get this show on the road....

So here's a small list of my universal supplies I used with prices:
-1 gallon White Paint and Primer- $29.99, and I still have more then 1/2 left
-1 quart silver paint- I've had this for a few years. I believe it cost me $12
-Left over room paint...I really don't thrown anything out
-Card stock butterflies. When I am working on paper crafts and I have scraps left I use my "Martha" butterfly punch, make some butterflies, and put them aside. This way I'm not wasting paper, waste not want not....says the craft hoarder

Let's start with the DIY Suitcase Vanity:
Vintage blue suitcase -$1.99
Outdoor table- I already owned
Plastic bins and mirror -$3 all together from the dollar store
Velcro- I had on hand along with hook
Total- $4.99

I painted the suitcase and added the initial. I then attached it to the table with a bolt... Can you imagine if I didn't and this spilled everywhere? Ugh! I attached the mirror to the top with some "Fusion" adhesive.

Cost -$35.99
I used the white paint and butterflies to cover the dresser and the silver paint to repaint the handles.
Total -$35.99

The butterflies were painted over so they were a subtle touch.... I didn't want them to be very dominant. Can you sorta see them?

Mirror -$1. Garage sale find! Was used as a coat rack by the entry way, they used tea hooks instead of big hooks so I just unscrewed them and sat them aside.
I used the butterflies a little more boldly on this.
I sanded the wood, glued the butterflies on, painted it white, then rubbed some of the room paint on it to "Distress" it a little and make the butterflies "pop" more
Total cost

Confused Pomeranian not included.

Wall grouping
First off I had to paint the tree, I felt the room needed it. It would be nice if it had silver leaves! I misplaced my silver's still MIA. When I find it, this tree will have it's leaves!
Frames- .49 at thrift store. They are wood so it made it easier to sand and paint
Metal clock face and heart-$1.99 each at thrift store. They were black so they had to be primed first.... And yes I did fix the clock face after the pic. Lol.
Total -$6.92

The nightstand used to be our end table so I already had that
I sanded the wood, painted it white, added the butterflies to the inside of the shade, and used some scrap sheer material under the glass.
Cost.... Nothing

Last but not least...because it's my favorite....
The desk!
She had one of those plain industrial looking black and silver Walmart desks. It cost like $20 I think. It really didn't match her room, plus she likes to draw and write a lot and there was no room on it for that.
I found this 2 piece set at the thrift store for $39.99. It had permanent marker all over it, the back of the bookcase was gouged in a few spots, there was a whopping hole in the bookcase back, the paint was peeling off,....
However it is solid wood, I loved the style, and it fit her needs.
I sanded the whole thing, painted it white, painted the handles turquoise, and used the turquoise paint as the accent around the trim and carved accents. I had some cork that I was using for coasters and covered the hole while making it useful. I also had an extra dry erase board in my craft room so I added that. I'm going to make her a different dry erase that's only temporary.
Total cost...factoring in the cork which cost me $12 for the roll... $45

And there you have it!
Is it done yet? No, and that's half the fun.
Have any questions or if you know where that damn silver paint is leave a comment!