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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sometimes the simplest projects ...
... make a world of difference! The above project may not look like much to you, and I admit it is pretty simple. But it has sure made a difference in the way the top of my dresser looks.
My earring storage (for lack of a better word) has been bugging me for awhile now. What I had was a nearly flat wooden container of sorts made from a piece of scrap wood and popsicle sticks, glued together by my then-7-year-old son many, many years ago. He designed it with four compartments to hold earrings. I have used it all these years even though he has told me numerous times to just throw it away. I finally agree: sentiment can be carried too far.
I kept my more seasonal earrings in a jewelry box and the ones I wear most often on this little wooden tray. It's nearly impossible to keep it free of dust. It was never designed to be a long-term earring organizer, but honestly, I am not one to shop for such an item. This was working okay and I didn't have time to hunt for one.
One day, either on Pinterest or a blog, I forget which, I saw a nifty earring organizer made from plastic canvas in a picture frame. I pinned it and forgot about it. A couple of weeks ago I remembered it again, and did find my pin. I thought that I had both a picture frame and a piece of plastic canvas on hand, but didn't have time to do anything about it right then.
Yesterday I was dusting in the bedroom and just became really disgusted with that heap of dusty earrings. I hunted up my picture frame, but couldn't find a whole piece of plastic canvas. So, rather than give up on the whole project, I decided to improvise and just use the partial piece of canvas that I did have, without a frame, and see how that worked.
You can see that it worked admirably.
When all of the earrings were in place, I needed a quick hanger. I grabbed a piece of green satin ribbon that happened to be on my crafting desk, slipped it through a hole in the canvas, tied a knot and push-pinned it to the wall. Easy!
And later that day when I walked into the bedroom, I could not believe the difference it made to have that earring clutter gone from the dresser. Things looked so neat! It honestly made a difference to the entire room.
Yes, I admit I am easily amused. Not to mention frugal.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.