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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

An Old Clock Becomes a Jewelry Organizer

 My very first blog entry!  I am excited about the possibilities!  After becoming addicted to blogs over the past year, I kept thinking in the back of my mind "I should do this!".  I have been so inspired and awed by all of the wonderfully talented bloggers out there.  Of course I thought that blogging would be too difficult for me to learn, and feared that I would be the only one reading my posts!  Well, time to take a deep breath and dive right in!  A very special thanks to my sister for showing me the ropes and getting me started.  So please bear with me as I learn the art of blogging!  Hopefully I can be an inspiration to some of you out there..........

An old clock becomes a jewelry organizer!

My mom gave me an old clock that hadn't worked in years, as she thought that I would want to use it for one of my projects (it wasn't valuable or sentimental). Well, the wheel started churning......At first I thought that I would turn it into a curio cabinet, but then I realized that it would be the perfect place to store my jewelry! I had been stashing my jewelry in a bunch of boxes, and they re a jumbled mess! It was so hard to find anything, and I don't know how many times I gave up in frustration trying to untangle my necklaces!

I wish that I had "during" pictures of my project, but I began working on it this past winter, long before I started thinking about a blog. Anyway, I first removed all of the clock parts, which I saved for future crafting projects (any ideas on what to do with them??). Like my mom, I have a hard time tossing anything away if I think it has "potential". After removing the parts, I then sanded inside and out, primed, then painted it a nice creamy color. I distresses it a bit, and followed with some burnt umber craft paint. I found some really pretty wooden appliques at Hobby Lobby, and I epoxied them to the top and bottom, then I added a repurposed knob from my craft supply stash. I adore toile, especially blue and white, so I knew I wanted to incorporate it into this piece. I just so happened to have some beautiful toile that I got in Hawaii several years ago. (I know, I don't think of toile when I think of Hawaii!). It is bark cloth, so it has a wonderful texture. I cut a plain ol' piece of cardboard to fit the inside (actually I cut two pieces), and covered it in the toile, using my trusty old hot glue gun. I picked up some pretty blue trim to dress the edges up a bit, using more hot glue. I added a bunch of little cup hooks to the inside, so now my necklaces and bracelets can hang tangle free! I am thrilled with the result, and love using it!

One of the best parts of this project is that it hardly cost me a thing! I already had the paint & fabric, just needed to by the wooden appliques, trim & cup hooks! It looks so pretty hanging in our bedroom. Some day I will show you our bedroom, that I have decorated in blue & white toile.

I am linking up to Metamorphosis Monday, at Between Naps on the Porch.
and  Funky Junk Interiors
 and Trash to Treasure Tuesday


NanaKaren said...

Great idea! Its so wonderful when "things" can be re-purposed into such creative useful accessories. Bet it looks good in your room!

Have fun creating!

Hugs, Karen

Needled Mom said...

Wow! It looks great and I love the idea for it's use.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is really pretty, Donna! Great idea to make it a jewelry holder. Love the color, the toile fabric and the embellishments.

Welcome to the world of blogging! : )

Alyssa Barnett said...

Great job!
Looks so cute.


PS: Good luck with your blog!

Michelle said...

This is so cool! I love the fabric that you chose, now I am going to be on the lookout for a clock!

:) Michelle

Ginger said...

What a wonderful idea & i love your blog great job on it!

junkermidge said...

Very, very clever! You did a great job with it!

Summerland Cottage Studio said...

Hi Donna,
Of course I had to pop over and say hello.
This has been pure pleasure visiting your blog !
We obviously have lots of likes in common.
Is that a little cessna your hubby flies ?
You look like a fun couple,
if you are ever out my way I'd love to connect !
Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet comment,
happy holiday !