A Million Ways to Store Treasure

I, like many men and women, have jewelry. I don’t have a lot by most standards, but I have enough that storage has become a problem. Pinterest has plenty of ideas for me! Coat rack as necklace organizer, foam board for earrings, framed pieces, push pins (which I did use for my necklaces). My earrings are still a hassle to organize.

I’m working part time at the moment which means my (disposable) income is next to nothing. Meaning I have nothing I can justify spending on cute organization for my jewelry. I tried the bowl thing (a picture to prove it).The push pin necklace idea actually works well. But I own about 3 rings, 2 bracelets (more are stored with my summer clothes), and a bazillion earrings. So earrings are my “problem”.

All this brings me to my creative solution! 🙂 Wednesday night I went to my teachers meeting to learn the new lessons and collect supplies. My boss is also caring enough that she keeps giving us edible gifts. Last time it was chocolate truffles and this time it was the classic valentines assorted chocolates box from Russell Stover. Now, I’m not a big fan of milk chocolates, but I popped the box open anyways and shared it with my roommates (hey, guys like chocolate too!) As we emptied the box down to the last confection (a chocolate peanut butter something), I realized I was staring at a solution to my problem! The little empty tray, with its little sections, could fit my assorted earrings without them getting tangled!

Now it’s time to take theory to experiment. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of gold, and if I had spray paint, I would make it silver or teal or something NOT gold. But I’m broke remember? I’m not going to spend $8 on spray paint when that can buy me a cheap lunch or go towards gas money (or bills). What I’m left with is the gold sectioned tray, hot glued into the box it came in, filled with earrings. I had to double (or triple) up on some sections with my studs but I kept it cohesive (pearls with fake pearls lol, dark with dark). Here are the before and after shots (sorry for the bad photo quality):Before 1 Earrings BeforeEarrings After 1Earrings After 2

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Creative Ideas for the Future

As I start this blog, I’m not thinking about the present, or past, just the future. Ideas I have now that will work for later times and moments in my life, but not now. This is a problem. Why? Well 1) it keeps me from the projects of now, and 2) I have no way of keeping track of all these wonderful ideas. How hard will it be to find these ideas on my Pinterest or Google Drive in 3-10 years (yes, ten years)? My guess is pretty hard. Who knows if i’ll even be using those platforms in that day and age. So instead, here I am. Writing a blog, telling whoever is out there on the other end that I have a great idea! And I want you to know about it too. Today’s stroke of genius? Bridal belts. Truth be told i’ve spent what I consider an unusual amount of time (on Pinterest mostly) planning my future wedding. But in that time I’ve come up with a few DIY ideas for when the time comes. Which brings me back to the bridal belts. The wedding industry wants you to spend $2000+ on a wedding dress , plus alterations, plus accessories and shoes. I think that’s crazy for the average Joe (unisex name, get it?). But I will write about that another day. Belts cost around $100-$300 through David’s Bridal. I would love a belt for my simple wedding dress but refuse to pay that kind of money for it. My solution? DIY. Step One: Get a necklace or a few (jeweled headbands or floral headbands would work too). Step Two: Get some ribbon, enough to cover the rest of your waist and whatever length you want the bow in the back (or you can close the loop). Step Three: Cut off most of non-jeweled material on headband/necklace. Leave room to tie on ribbons, but make sure to cut off most of what you want to be hidden. Cut ribbon to size (rest of waist, and tail). Step Four: Tie said ribbon onto said jewelry/headband. You could do this with a simple small knot. You could also hot glue it on, sew the ribbon on (fully under the necklace/headband or partially). The result is a beautiful bridal belt for at least $70 less (and less work than making one from scratch 😉