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But, thankfully I felt the gears in my head start to turn again when I stepped back into a thrift store and found this outdated memo board thingamajig.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.

But not exactly elegant.Read more ›

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 ›

Smoke Rings: Cigar Box Ring Holder

Smoke Rings: Cigar Box Ring Holder

So, if my memory is correct, I’ve made a Bracelet Holder…a Necklace Rack…and a Brooch/Pin Holder so far. Obviously I needed to work on something for my rings, so here we go!Read more ›

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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“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

I have to admit, this project is a play on an idea I saw on Pinterest. The original idea involved an antique oil can, with a large industrial spindle slid onto the long spout. Then, rolls of jute were pushed onto the spindle- and ta-da, a pin holder!

I loved the idea, but I was a little concerned about placing an old oil can on my dresser. Sure, I have a handful of them- but they’ve stayed untouched because I’m not overly excited about finding a way to clean them…and possibly drain them, as needed.

But I did need something to hold my brooches, so I decided to improvise. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

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 ›

Picture Frame Remix- The Vanity Tray

Picture Frame Remix- The Vanity Tray

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. Some (not all) can be a little pricey, so I wanted to give the ole’ DIY a try using a rectangular picture frame and some special paint.
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Caffeinated Cuff Rack- Mug Tree Bracelet Holder

Caffeinated Cuff Rack- Mug Tree Bracelet Holder

Alright, this really isn’t a “craft”. All it entails is painting.

BUT, that means anyone- and I mean ANYONE- can do it. You don’t even need “craft supplies”.

I had first seen this set-up at thrift store counters. Now, they didn’t do the paint job that I’m talking about here, but turning a thrifted coffee mug tree into a bracelet display is definitely not a complicated (or even novel) idea. In fact, here are the motor skills required: (1) Grasp coffee mug; (2) Slide mug off stick; (3) Grasp bracelet; and (4) Slide bracelet onto stick.Read more ›