If there is one thing I have loved seeing over the course of this looooong recession, it’s the sense of making do with what one has that I’ve seen people (in real life & in blogland) adopting a lot more frequently. Picture perfect catalog type rooms have been replaced with rooms filled with found objects and diy projects. And you know what? I have found that I enjoy the latter much much more! Borne out of necessity, I think people are getting more creative, more industrious, and more stylish on a tight budget.
Here are just a couple of my favorite “making do” projects:
More gorgeous than the most lavish of ice buckets.
Unless you can read German, you will need to do a quick Google translating. Once in your own language, the process appears surprisingly simple, and the materials are available for pretty cheap on Amazon; however, I haven’t spotted the plaster in any of my local craft stores.
No instructions for this one either but from other DIY doily rug tutorials I have read , you just need to find a doily pattern you like and follow it with heavy cotton cording and either a giant crochet hook or your fingers. I’m hoping to finally tackle this type of a project soon and do a step-by-step tutorial for the blog.
Still putting the finishing touches on the vanity we are fixing up and will be posting on that shortly, but in the meantime, I have been trying to come up with a pretty solution for organizing my jewelry.
Part 1: Necklace Storage
I want to come up with some hanging solution for my necklaces as it seems when I put them in piles, they end up in a giant knot that only my boyscout husband can untangle…and he gets tired of spending his evenings untangling necklaces.
Whether its cute little containers you have saved from a destiny of rotting away in the landfill, or odds and ends vessels accumulated from garage sales, thrift stores, and flee markets, this is the perfect way to make sense of random containers and turn them into a “collection” that seems purposeful and worthy of being displayed in your home.
One hot summer night, I headed off to Bunko with my mom-in-law (hold your Bunko jokes for the end por favor) and as we were about to leave the neighborhood, I spotted it…the most beautiful piece of junk I had ever laid my eyes on and it was FREEEEE. It was classic in its style, well made, and the color was awesome (we actually color matched the existing color when we painted it). Here is that piece of junk’s journey…in photo form.
“In Progress (aka Sanding, Sanding, and More Sanding)”
Stay tuned for the finished product (which you can sorta see in the Haloween pics below) tomorrow!