Jewelry Hanger from a Refreshed Memo Board

Jewelry Hanger from a Refreshed Memo Board

Sometimes I am flush with project ideas, but then there are the scary droughts. And you guys, I was in a drought recently- all sorts of self-doubt creeped in, my thrifting luck dried up, and I just needed to step back for a bit. But, thankfully I felt the gears in my head start to turn again when I stepped back into a thrift store and found this outdated memo board thingamajig. I knew right away that it would be easily transformed into a very handy DIY jewelry hanger, perfect for a teen or tween’s room, a dorm, or any small space, like an apartment.Read more ›

Vintage Silverplate Candelabra Jewelry Tree

Vintage Silverplate Candelabra Jewelry Tree

So, yes, here I go with another way to display and organize jewelry. But I was so excited by this one that I just couldn’t help myself. See, I’ve made a LOT of different jewelry holders over the years…but they’ve all been a little quirky- in a fun way! From spools, to cigar boxes, to coffee mug trees and balls of twine…they’ve been colorful and funky.

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Thrifty Jewelry Organizer with a Cutlery Tray

Thrifty Jewelry Organizer with a Cutlery Tray

I know everyone always talks about “Spring Cleaning”, but let me tell you- January, for me, is all about the purge! Decluttering, cleaning, organizing, and donating to Goodwill is a great way to start off the new year- who else feels that way? Read more ›

Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

With a lengthy textile history, it’s no surprise that antique malls across North and South Carolina are often filled with cotton mill relics- spools, and spindles, and bobbins, and looms! They range in size, shape, condition, and price, but the question always remains:

What can I do with these??” Read more ›

Ring Holder from an Upcycled Cigar Box

Ring Holder from an Upcycled Cigar Box

During a trip to West Palm Beach, we stopped in a nautical salvage shop. I picked up a bunch of fun odds and ends, including this cigar box. I had wanted a vintage cigar box for a while now so that I could upcycle it into a ring holder or wooden jewelry box, and this one seemed to be the perfect size and shape.
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Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

People tell me constantly that they have no idea how to “get into” upcycling- and they ask me how I come up with all of my ideas. I wish I could tell them that I’m the Sorceress of Repurposing, but the truth is, I’m not- I just enjoy finding a different use for something, regardless of what that “something” is.

And yes, upcycling is trendy and hip and all the rage, but really, we’ve been doing it for generations. Did your mother ever store leftovers in empty margarine containers? If you grew up in a cold climate, did she ever slip plastic bread bags over your feet before stuffing them in your snow boots? That, my friends, is upcycling in its most simple and purest of forms.

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How to Make a Pin Holder or Pin Display with Cotton String

How to Make a Pin Holder or Pin Display with Cotton String

I’ve made a lot of jewelry organization projects in my time, but this is the only one specifically for vintage brooches. It’s a play off an idea I saw at an antiques store that used cotton string (straight from the hardware store) as a pin display or pin holder. And I knew right away I wanted to recreate my own version!

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Spool Your Jewels- Necklace Rack

Spool Your Jewels- Necklace Rack

You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a bit of a jewelry hoarder; Accessories have always been my “thing”. Funky necklaces, flowing scarves, and quirky handbags have always trumped any outfit I’ve worn- as is the fate of many short, round gals.

So jewelry storage- or in my case, display- is always a challenge. And by challenge, I mean “Project Opportunity”, obviously! And today’s post is no exception- creating a jewelry display using two of my favorite items: salvaged wood and vintage wooden spools wound with rich, glossy thread.Read more ›

How to Make a Mirrored Vanity Tray from Wooden Picture Frames

How to Make a Mirrored Vanity Tray from Wooden Picture Frames

It’s hard not to love a pretty mirrored vanity tray on your dresser. And there are a lot of options available- from plain beveled mirrors, to brass filigree, to large hand mirrors given a new purpose. A vintage mirrored perfume tray can be pricey, so why not make one from wooden picture frames from the thrift store?
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Jewelry Organization – Coffee Cup Holder to Bracelet Holder

Jewelry Organization – Coffee Cup Holder to Bracelet Holder

I had first seen this idea at thrift store counters – they had used a coffee cup holder as a bracelet holder, displaying the cuff bracelets and bangle bracelets that they had for sale. It was SO simple and SO genius that I needed one for myself – plus, I definitely needed some more jewelry organizing solutions in my life.Read more ›