Now that moving, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year are behind me, I've been excited to get working on a few projects that I want to share with you.
First up: "Saw this on Pinterest" Earring and Necklace Display, made from a .50 cent yard sale frame, a bit of craft paint, burlap and cup hooks. Not difficult, and just up my alley with my tiny budget!
Here's a few slight differences in mine:
* Larger frame that hangs on the wall
* Lightly distressed the frame after painting, for my favorite shabby-chic look
* Added hooks to hold necklaces
* Hot-glued around the raw edge of the burlap to prevent fraying
* No painted stencil for the embellishment
Here's a trick that I've used before: I printed out the fleur de lis design and etc. using regular paper. Then, I centered the paper UNDER the burlap and traced the design using a black Sharpie pen.
The little burlap bow is a Christmas decor tag I found at Target in the Dollar Spot. I pulled off the little gold bell that it came with, and hot glued on a tiny button instead.
If you are like me, you live and learn from projects. This is what I would do differently:
1. Drill pilot holes for the hooks! My right index finger is sore and red from twisting the cup hooks into the wood, because I didn't wait to borrow Hubs' drill.
2. Center the burlap more accurately the first time. I ended up pulling out 20 staple-gun staples, because my first attempt was WAY off!
3. Invest in a better staple gun. Our electric one jammed on me many times.
(If only my office/craft room would stay organized, too!) It's great to be back, and I hope you'll continue following my journeys right here in my little corner of Blog-land.