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Earring Frame

5 Feb

I’ve had an earring holder on my to-do list for a long time. Tashia already inspired us all when she made two great framed versions in this previous post.  I tried a slightly different framed version using a 1×2 foot panel of decorative sheet metal that I picked up at Home Depot.


I had an 11×14 inch frame in my collection of unused frames, so I just needed to cut down the panel of sheet metal to fit the frame opening.  I measured and marked the panel with a sharpie, and then used a tin snips to trim it down to size.


Once trimmed, I fastened the panel into place with the metal tabs on the back of the frame.


All I had left to do was fill it with my earrings!

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I plan to add some color to this earring frame this spring or summer when it’s warm enough to spray paint.  I think I’ll paint the sheet metal to give some contrast to my earrings and may paint the frame as well.  Stay tuned!

Holiday Card Display

11 Dec

Are all those holiday cards piling up on your kitchen counter looking for the perfect place to be displayed?  I’ve created a very easy and inexpensive card display that has been a great addition to our holiday decor.

All you need is:

  • Ribbon, string, or yarn
  • Clothes pins, paper clips, or binder clips
  • Painters tape, poster putty, or command hooks


I display our cards on an interior door that’s located in the middle of all the action in our house. It’s the door to the stairway leading to our second floor, and it’s located in an open area between our kitchen and living room.  I hang 2 or 3 lengths of ribbon down the front of the door, and then simply clip the cards to the ribbon with small decorative clothes pins as they come in the mail.  You could also easily use some simple string or yarn instead of ribbon.

In the past, I’ve just used painter’s tape on the back of the door to secure the ribbon.  But this year, I decided to try using removable command hooks on the top part of the  back side of the door.  I started by putting the command hooks upside down, and tying the ribbon to each hook.  The ribbon then wraps around the full front of the door, and I still used some trusty painters tape to secure the bottom.



That’s it, the 2 minute card display!

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Do you have a fun and easy way to display your cards? Please share!

Framed Up

13 Sep

For years I have been searching for the perfect earring holder.  Then I joined Pinterest and a whole world opened up for me in terms of where my earrings could find their home. I’ve done this project a few different ways. In this post I’ll show you a few different options I’ve created and some basic steps on how to make them. This is the first version I made for my roommate Kristine more than a year ago. (Pardon the not-so-great ancient photo)  At her request I left the frame unpainted, but I did spray paint the chicken wire black.

During this same time frame I painted a few other frames I had lying around.  I found all of these frames at a garage sale for $1 each.  I finished the next framed earring holder with regular chicken wire and a bright cheery blue spray paint. In addition to a manual heavy duty staple gun I also used a tin snip to cut the chicken wire.

I began by stapling the chicken wire across one side of the frame.  I then continued around the corner to  complete two contiguous sides.  From there I stretched the wire taut and completed stapling one additional side, then the other.  I tried to staple so that the edges of the staple would catch where the wire met.The larger chicken wire was more difficult for me to keep taut, but I think it reflects the rustic nature of the piece.

The finished version with earrings.

At the same time I painted this lovely frame I also painted a much smaller green frame.  I decided I wanted a different look for this version.  Enter the jute I inherited from my mom’s cleaning out of her sewing room. While you probably can’t see it, the blue “oriental jute” on the left was purchased at The Gift Shop in Devils Lake, ND. I’d bet this was purchased in the 1970s, but it now has a purpose.

I used a heavy duty stapler, a needle nosed pliers, a screwdriver, scissors and jute.

I tied off the jute after stapling it to the side, then used another staple to start my criss-cross motion.

In order to space the jute apart I stapled the jute twice on each side for every turn.  Making the loop also made the stapling on this section quite easy.  See all those extra original tiny nails? I used the needle nose to pull them once once I realized they would effect my spacing.  The screwdriver I used to pry up “oops” staples where I missed the jute completely. Be sure to keep tightening the jute on each turn.

And this is the final product.

As another option, I’ve also seen examples of lace strung across as well.

Between the Studs

8 Aug

Our 1950’s cape cod is a bit lacking in the storage department, so I’ve tried to add as much storage capabilities as possible with every home project we’ve tackled so far.  One thing that bugs me is that I don’t have a good place to store my brooms and mops in or near my kitchen.  I resorted to propping my broom against the wall near the garbage can and threw my hard wood floor mop and Swiffer in the coat closet by the door.  It’s not ideal, not to mention giving up precious shoe real-estate in my closet. Yes, I could have kept them all in the utility room in the basement, but it’s just handier to have them on the same floor where they are used.

I always thought it would be perfect if I could figure out a way to put a broom closet between the studs in the stairwell adjacent to the kitchen. Brooms only need a couple of inches of storage depth, and there is a perfect amount of (interior) wall space at the landing at the top of the stairs.  When we had our bathroom re-modeled this summer, we had a carpenter create some built in wall cabinets.  They worked so well, I decided to strike while the iron was hot, and have him create my much dreamed about broom closet.



There are holes on the side panels for shelving, and the carpenter included a handful of shelves and shelf pegs. Once I got my long hard-wood floor mop in there, I realized I only had room for one or two shelves.  But, I also see that the shelving capability means that this could potentially be used as a shallow pantry if I ever chose to use it that way.
I picked up some basic broom holding mounts at The Container store to hold the broom and mops. I couldn’t help but still see the space potential with the 2-3 inches of space between the broom handles and the door. I knew there was enough room to store cleaners and spray bottles on the door, I just needed to figure out a way to do it.  I was limited to 11”x3” so most door mount organizers like these wouldn’t work as they were either too wide or to deep:


I started looking in the office organizers to see if I couldn’t find something else that would work.  I brought home these items to try it out.


I ended up going with the pocket file folder as it was most versatile and maximized my cabinet space. Check it out!

Some things to think about if you ever consider putting any shelving or cabinetry between the studs:

  • An interior wall must be used, as exterior walls are built to insulate.
  • Consider if any electrical wiring, air ducts, insulation or plumbing is in the wall.
  • Consider the size of what you want to store in the space – Space between studs typically measures 14.5 inches wide and 3.5 -4.25 inches deep.

Other great ways to use between the stud storage*:

  • Kitchen: Pantry (perfect depth for canned goods), spice cabinet, hanging utensils, or storing cooking pans, Message Center.
  • Bathroom:  Medicine Cabinet, Shelving or Cabinetry for toiletries and personal items.
  • Bedroom: Use recessed storage for CDs, paperback books, magazines, belts, scarves, and jewelry. You can also create a wall niche for your flat screen television as long as a header provides support where studs are removed.
  • Family room: Store pool cues, balls, and the triangle as well as CDs, wine or liquor, and barware.
  • Laundry: Ironing Board/Center