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T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It’s Finished!)…

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The Trellis Jewelry Display Project

A week or so ago, I posted a couple of pictures of a garden trellis I had just finished putting a base coat of paint on in preparation for my latest “crafty” project.  I have wanted to make myself a jewelry display for quite sometime, and just hadn’t gotten around to it until now… And, indeed, I *finally* finished it!  I am so thrilled with how it turned out, and was certainly glad to replace the old cork bulletin board I have been using for I don’t know how long…

This is what I had hanging on my wall before. A boring, drab, and not-so-pretty corkboard:

The Not-So-Pretty Before Picture

This was the ugliest, and most *un-organized* jewelry board. Granted, it did what it was supposed to do, but it wasn't much to look at, if you ask me... (And, see that baby picture along the top? That is a picture of my Grandma! Wasn't she cute!?)

Last year sometime, on one of my many “thrifting” forays, I found this garden trellis at my local Goodwill and bought it for a mere $4.00! (Quite a steal, I know!) I had envisioned what it would be as soon as I saw it, and it was just a matter of having the time to actually get it done. It only took me a year to get around to it, but this is how it looked after the initial coats of paint:

Trellis Jewelry Display - Before

A good couple of base coats of gloss white acrylic spray paint was just what this baby needed to make it shiny and new... 2 coats later, it gleams!

(As a side note, this 40-foot pine tree came down during our last big storm here a couple of weeks ago, so I took full advantage of the “paint prop” before the guys came by and cut it all up.)

I let the paint dry and cure for a few days before proceeding with the rest of my project. At that point, I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted to decorate the top bar, so I got out the paint and my Sharpie markers and jumped right in! Here’s what we had after my decorating spree:

Trellis Display - After Decorating

This is what I ended up with after I took the paint and Sharpie markers to it...

And, a close-up view:

Trellis Display Close Up

A close-up view of my pretty painted flowers and butterflies!

The next step was to add my window screen, courtesy of the staple gun and some much-needed brute strength from Troy… (Without him, this would have taken *forever* for me to do! I bet he must have put at least 100 staples in this baby!)…

We started with the underside of the top bar and laid the window screen flush with the back edge and stapled it all the way across in 1/2″ increments so that it would be good and tight all the way across.

Trellis Display - Adding the Screen

It's a little hard to see the window screen, but my kitty, Whiskers, did a good job of acting as a backdrop so you could make it out better... 🙂

We stretched the screen down and around the bottom edge first, cutting out a small section where the bars come out and down at the base. Then we stretched it to either side and around to the back.  (Like I said, easily 100+ staples by the time we were done!)

The next step was to trim off the extra screen, and then add picture wire along the back edge so that it would hang without drooping down. Troy made the wire go across the back  pretty tightly to achieve the look I wanted.  He used 3 cup hooks screwed in at even intervals, and then took the wire and twisted it back on itself at either side, until it was fairly taut. (I forgot to take a picture of that part, but it pretty much looks like a straight line across the back when done.)

We then added quite a few nails along the bottom edge and down the “legs” of the piece to hang my necklaces and bracelets.

And, voila’! Done! All that remained was to hang it on the wall and put my jewelry on it! Here is the finished project before I hung my jewelry…

Trellis Display - After, but before Jewelry

This is my *new and improved* jewelry display for my personal jewelry! I am so tickled with how it turned out!

And, finally, the “After” shot… This looks *so* much better than the old one!

Trellis Display - After Jewelry

This is the "After" I was looking for, by golly! I did end up having to add some extra pins along the bars to hold my multitude of necklaces and bracelets.

I am so happy with this display!! It looks SO much better than what I had to begin with, and now when I look at my jewelry, I can actually find what I am looking for… I also had a lot of fun making it, and am now going to start work on another one for my office/studio. I just MUST have *somewhere* to hang all those earrings and necklaces I make every day! 😉

Till next time…

Peace, Love, Creativity,

~Lisa~

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Just a little on the crafty side…

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This week’s post doesn’t have a lot to do with organizing my space, per se, but I suppose on some level it does count, since I’ll be using this project to organize *my* jewelry. As you would expect, (me being a jewelry artist and all!), I have a small truckload of jewelry of my own that needs a permanent landing zone. So, here is my project for the week…

I am, by nature, a crafty girl. My friends and family will tell you that I am the *Queen of Crafty*! All my life, I have been, in one way or another, creating something, at any given moment… The past week, I’ve been working on at least 3 different projects, or maybe even 4! I am *always* creating new jewelry, and since one of my favorite girlfriends was heading into town for the week from Texas, I was also busy creating a new pair of earrings for her in the midst of everything else I had going on! 🙂 A while back, I made a “shabby-chic” jewelry display/storage for one of my nearest and dearest friends, and I loved it so much that I set out to create one for myself as well. I found a great trellis-type piece recently at my local Goodwill that I have determined is PERFECT for me, since I love nature and flowers so much, (and am so often inspired by God’s lovely gifts to us)… So, the other day when it was so nice outside, I decided to start on it, and get the first steps done. Here is a photo of the piece I made for my best buddy, that is the inspiration for the newest one that I’m working on:

Tina's Birthday Present

This is the piece that I created for my best friend, Tina, for her birthday last year. It is the inspiration for the piece I am in the process of creating now.

And, another shot:

Tina's Birthday Present - Take 2

Another shot of Tina's jewelry display... Strands of hemp for the hanger at the top, and cup hooks along the bottom for holding necklaces and bracelets, etc.

And, here is a picture of the piece I am working on now… It will be very similar to the one above, with a slight variation or two… So far, I have only done the base coat of paint. I plan on adding some painted vines and flowers along the top, and using small nails and cup hooks for hanging my own necklaces, bracelets, and such, along the sides and bottom. I will also add window screen across the front for hanging earrings.

Trellis Jewelry Display - Before

We lost this tree during the storm last week, so I took advantage of the "painting prop" before it got cut up.

I will post the “after” pictures as soon as I am done, so stay tuned for the finished project pics, and the “how-to”!

Peace, Love, and Creativity, as always! 🙂

~Lisa~

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