Craft Notes

The DIY jewelry holders worked out great.    Turns out I have less pins, and less earrings than I made space for, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.     The pin holder will be living elsewhere (just haven’t decided where yet), but the earring holder is in situ, since if I’m going to use it, it would be silly to have it attached to the wall.

I think the earring holder will work well for me because I don’t change my earrings that often.    If I was going to be switching things out everyday, I think the aida cloth would get unwieldy, and would probably not stay attached to the frame without more shoring up.   But, I have seen versions of this using screening, so that would definitely work for higher usage.

For the pin holder, the one disadvantage is that I can’t put the backs on stick pins.   But, some of the fabric bands are tighter than others, so I was able to stick those in there, and they will stay.    However, that’s definitely a flaw in this design.    Still, I think it’ll work for me, since this is for the pins I want to display, not wear.


Craft Notes

This weekend’s project is a bit different and experimental for me.     I’ll preface this by saying, I’m not much of a jewelry girl.    I have stuff I wear, but it quite nicely fits in my (not so huge) jewelry box, and I can’t say I own anything of any real and impressive value.    Not to mention, I can easily go months without changing my earrings, and nine times of ten, I wear my favorite triskele necklace to work.
That being said, I’m a little sick of my current earring situation, which is one section of the top of my jewelry box.    They fit easily enough, but I have days where I spend an inordinate amount of time digging for earring #2.    With that in mind, I bought a picture frame, and some aida cloth (built in holes!), and I’ve done my best to glue in the aida cloth as tightly as possible, with a little bit of additional wooden support around the edges.    I have no idea if this will work, but if it does, I’ll be able to keep my earrings, organized by pair, where I can more easily see them.
Project #2 is something to put my pins on.    These are mostly novelty pins that I’ve had stacked up in my jewelry box drawer (the ones I actually wear with any frequency will be staying there).   I have a few I have fond memories of (the IT person in chains from college, etc), and it occurred to me that I should have those out where I can see them.    So that’s just a leftover quilt block, glued to a board backing, which I will slightly stuff.    Again, hopefully it’ll work out.
I also have some ideas for something to put my most used necklaces on, but that involves paint, so it’s further down on my list for the moment.