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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Butterfly Necklace - by Chinese Knot on: September 21, 2011 01:51:07 AM
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewellery Storage Revamped [Very Pic Heavy] on: September 10, 2011 10:26:35 PM
I don't do so enough, but I can't seem to stop making it!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewellery Storage Revamped [Very Pic Heavy] on: September 10, 2011 05:19:01 PM

Hi All;

Im the crazy girl responsible for this post:

In it I mention painting my room. Well, its painted! And my jewellery storage has been upgraded to match! For those of you who saw the first post, youll notice my collection continues to grow. Again, forgive my photo-quality, I remain camera-inept.

First Up: My Favourite Bangle Set- In Silver Shadow Frame. Like My M*A*S*H collection? I Have All 11 Seasons. It Went Off The Air 3 Years Before I Was Born, But I Still Love It!

Next: My Up-Cycled Necklace Holder- It Used to Be A Calendar Holder.

Further: My New, IMPROVED, Jewellery Boards- Theyve Been Recovered In This New, Totally Cool Fabric I Found (yay!staplegun). These Two Boards Are For Long Hanging Necklaces

The Fabric Theyre Covered in:

Then: My New Jewellery Board- For Short-er Necklaces

Followed By: My 3 Original Silver Shadow Frames

Subsequently: My 3 Wall-Hanging Frames- Up-Cycled From Ugly Brown (I Have A Thing About Threes)

Last: My White Shadowbox Frame. Like My Basket With A Sewn On Flower? It Matched My Colour Scheme. Arent My Parents Cute?

As Always My Craft Becomes My Art!

Count: Space for 86 Pieces Of Jewellery, And I Have A Few More Expensive & Awkward Pieces Tucked Away!


4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: jewelry holders on: June 05, 2011 09:11:13 PM
I'm jealous of YOUR jewellery collection! I love the fancy frame you used!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewellery & Accessory Storage Solutions! IMG HEAVY on: June 02, 2011 03:48:51 PM
My flatmate at university used to hang her necklaces on her mirror. Obviously, that wouldn't work for you or I, the mirror would come off the wall Cheesy but it looked really gorgeous cos you got all the colours doubled up and reflected.

Mirrors sound totally cool! Now I'm thinking of how to incorporate those into the boards... I was thinking of making another set of boards to hold additional stuff anyway... If you used a framed mirror you could put pins or hooks into the top of the frame and let the necklaces hang down over the mirrors!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewellery & Accessory Storage Solutions! IMG HEAVY on: May 30, 2011 01:41:02 PM
I just moved into a new, small, apartment & I'm trying to set up my jewelry making area as well as find storage for my personal excess & now I'm really excited to try some of your storage ideas. The frames are super cute, I really like the way you organized everything Smiley Thanks for sharing!

I know, storage is a huge problem for me too, as my personal stuff is all confined to my room and I'm working on a student budget. I've done everything I can to make my closet, cabinets and bookshelves do double duty for me without looking like they're overflowing. I'm a big fan of the fabric boxes and baskets you can get at the dollar store- and mine sells some in fairly nice, neutral colours on the cheap...

Thanks so much everyone for your comments!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jewellery & Accessory Storage Solutions! IMG HEAVY on: May 30, 2011 01:34:01 PM
I think you should open an Etsy store. Cheesy

I would, but I can't bear to part with anything!
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewellery & Accessory Storage Solutions! IMG HEAVY on: May 29, 2011 11:38:38 PM
Hello Fellow Craftsters;

As a perpetual graduate student, I spend an inordinate amount of time procrastinating (I’m doing it right now)... Instead of studying, I bead! I’ve seen several posts on this site discussing jewellery storage solutions, and as someone whose struggled with this problem (you’ll see why as I go along!) I thought I’d share what has worked for me and take you on a tour of my bedroom.  Forgive the state of the walls, they’ve been prepped for paining and look atrocious. I also apologise for my photo taking skills, I’m camera illiterate.

In my opinion, my jewellery is art, and I thought it would be appropriate to treat it as such. First up are my picture frames. I bought these deep silver frames at the local dollar store, Dollarama (Canada), near my home for $2 apiece. I backed them with scrapbook paper, hammered in finishing nails to hold the necklaces in place, and Voila! Instant art! They usually sit on a shelf above my desk, but you try standing on the bed and not stepping on two cats while trying to take a picture!

I love these; they’re a great way to display my necklaces, and if I ever want to change the colour scheme I just change out the paper backing. I also made a prototype (frame also from Dollarama) that sits on my bookshelf nearby, beside my actual jewellery box (which holds my more expensive, sentimental, or delicate jewellery). If you look in the mirror of the box, you can sneak a peek at my next storage solution!

You can see why I’d need more storage than that little box!

Beside that is my piece de resistance, my jewellery boards. I got these cork boards from Ikea for around $10 each. They have gone through many incarnations, but they now exist as storage for my long necklaces. Spray painted white to match my colour palette, I pushed in antique bronze tacks used for furniture upholstery. For less than $35 I now have a display that holds 46 long necklaces! You could also cover these with fabric if you wanted...

Think that’s enough storage? Think again!

Nearby I have another picture frame. It began as a black monstrosity (it was a gift), but has been prettified! Using silver and white paint, scrapbook paper, finishing nails, and white fabric to create stud earring holders! As I don’t really wear earrings, I use it to hold loose charms for necklaces.  The frame also holds some of my bracelets and a few other pairs of earrings.

I also thought I’d show where I keep some of my other accessories! In beside the cabinet that the picture frame sits on are all my scarves hanging on a rack tucked out of the way.   

Beside that is my closet. Closets are for clothes right?

Wrong! Closets are for jewellery.

 Hung on the wall of my closet is another rack that holds 22 more necklaces (mostly my shorter, bead heavy items). Again, this was a painted dollar store find.

Ok, that has to be it right? No one person needs more jewellery storage.... It’s neo-liberalism at its worst; consumerism run amok!


People seriously under estimate the appeal of pretty, shiny things!

I was forced to screw an additional 11 hook into the inside wall of my closet, hidden from sight (I hate yellow gold, and that was all I had on hand!).

(There’s another row of hooks above this one!)

I also have three additional baskets in my closet holding things like:



And hair stuff! (Plus a couple of fabric necklaces).

(don’t even ask where my purse & bag collection is!... Or my glasses collection... Or my coat collection... *coughcough*)

Finally, considering my obvious obsession with beads, I thought I’d show you may bead storage.

I keep most of my stuff in this storage thingie I got as a birthday present. It’s great, all the beads are divided by colour.

However, it’s too far from my desk where I bead (I’m lazy!), so I keep the stuff I use most (eyepins, headpins, clasps, chain, beading wire etc.) close at hand (you’ll notice, the top two rows of my bead storage is missing, that’s all the equipment I keep in the tub).

And, lastly (I promise), a full rotation of my room from where we began, a pile of stuff beside me to encourage inspiration... and my latest project hanging nearby!

So, for around $50 (and a whole lot of stuff filched from family and friends) I estimate I have storage for well over 100 pieces of jewellery, as well as space for other accessories, and beads! In my not-large bedroom. Yet I’m still running low on space... Plus I just spent a chunk of my latest paycheque on more beads!... Any ideas? I’m always looking for new storage solutions!

What do you all think? Am I in need of heavy sedation? Or, do you think I should post some of my beadwork on the forum?

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Buttercup bag on: May 29, 2011 11:35:04 PM
To Cute! Makes me wish I could sew! The mouse is adorable!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded 3D grapes Charm tutorial! on: May 29, 2011 11:30:58 PM
I'm so going to try that!
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