I am so happy today I feel like doing cartwheels! Well, maybe a somersault or two. A cartwheel would probably land me in the emergency room (or at least the chiropractor’s office) and then I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the reason I’m so happy! For months I have been trying to come up with a way to store and organize my jewelry collection. I know, it sounds kind of frivolous but it honestly has been stressing me out!
Even though there’s definitely not a lot of it…it still drives me crazy having necklaces, bracelets and earrings all bunched together on a closet shelf or in a drawer. Actually, I have lost a lot of jewelry that way, because it gets tangled and broken.
I have looked at countless ideas on Pinterest and Google and everywhere in between, but nothing was doing it for me. Either it wasn’t practical for the space I had available, or I couldn’t find the materials I needed to make it, etc, etc, etc.
Last week the stars were in alignment and I finally came up with an idea that turned out to be perfect!
I was in Home Depot looking at blinds for our kitchen when providence intervened and for some mysterious reason I ended up in the aisle that carried something called “hardware cloth”. I had never heard of such a thing before, but it basically looks like chicken wire, with much smaller openings.
I decided to buy a roll (I think it cost me $10 for about 5 feet) even though I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it. I figured it was a start!
The very next day…my sister brought me this cute magnetic board as a Thank You present (which I love!) for designing some business cards for her. Which actually has nothing to do with my jewelry organizer….except that I decided to hang it in my kitchen, replacing an old bulletin board I had hanging there.
Now the wheels in my not-so-crafty brain were starting to turn! (Can you hear the creaking? They are a bit rusty!) I had some wire stuff, I had a frame…I could almost see the finished product in my minds eye!
After taking the corkboard out of the frame (which happened to be covered with piece of quilted fabric), I had my trusty assistant (my son Kell) cut a piece of the “hardware cloth” to fit the opening. Something that was easily accomplished with a simple pair of wire cutters.
I envisioned the whole thing being done at this point…but as I looked at the piece of quilted fabric that was laying on the table, at the last minute I decided to add it behind the wire mesh and taped it in place on the back with the only wide tape I had, clear packing tape. (That’s why you can’t see it in the picture below.)
After putting a couple of Command picture hanging strips on the frame (No Nails! I love these!)….I hurried to put it up in my bedroom so I could see the final results of my brain child.
My final inspiration for this project came in the form of using shower curtain hooks to hang the necklaces and bracelets from. I actually impressed myself with that one!
All I can say is it couldn’t have turned out better! Even though I didn’t have a clue what I was doing when I started! lol. I definitely got lucky….and I’m pleased as punch about it. Cheers!! :-)