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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~

Don’t forget to stop by Fresh String Beads on ArtFire! I’ve added quite a few new earrings and findings, so please come by and check them out!

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Knoxville Fashion Week… I promised you pictures!

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A couple of weeks ago, I promised you some pictures from Knoxville Fashion Week, and here they are! The girls, from Gage Talent, were all beautiful, and did a stunning job of showing off our handmade jewelry. So, without further ado, here are the photos…

Knoxville Fashion Week 2012

Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal Earrings and Cherry Jade and Onyx Necklace. Modeled by Kelly Korrod of Gage Talent.

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Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystal Prom Necklace and Earrings. Modeled by Jody Mills, Gage Talent, Knoxville, TN.

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Super Long Sterling Silver Earrings with Amethyst Clusters, Wire-Wrapped Sterling Victorian Key Pendant, and Single Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace on Sterling Chain. Modeled by Alanna Phillips, of Gage Talent, Knoxville, TN.

Knoxville Fashion Week 2012 - 4

Sterling Silver Swirl Earrings with Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drops, Copper Stamped Bracelet, and Copper Swirls Bracelet. Fandangle Necklace by David and Tina Brunetti, of Brunetti Confetti. Modeled by Wendy Adams of Gage Talent, Knoxville, TN.

Knoxville Fashion Week 2012-9

Fandangles Necklace and Earrings by David and Tina Brunetti, of Brunetti Confetti, Knoxville, TN, copyright 2012. Modeled by Silver Martin, of Gage Talent, Knoxville, TN.

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A selection of rings and bracelets, all handmade by Lisa Glenn - Fresh String Beads, copyright 2012. As modeled by the lovely and beautiful young ladies of Gage Talent, Knoxville, TN.

…and one more!

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All the gorgeous young ladies of Gage Talent, Knoxville, TN.

Jewelry shown here is made by me, Lisa Glenn, of Fresh String Beads, Knoxville, Tennessee, copyrighted by Fresh String Beads, 2012; and David and Tina Brunetti, of Brunetti Confetti, Knoxville, TN . Additional thanks go out to Jennifer and Seana, of Ollantay’s Gallery 133, 133 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN, for use of the gallery space, and the wonderful artists, Dawn Denton Hawkins and Tina Brunetti, whose artwork graces the backgrounds in the photos! We couldn’t have done it without all of you! 🙂

Please stop by Gallery 133 while you are downtown, and check out the spectacular assortment of artwork, photography, and jewelry, by Lisa Glenn, David and Tina Brunetti, Dawn Hawkins, Andrew Tituskin, Angie Ball, Chris Cornett, Rucker Wells, Cinda Costner, and many more! We hope to see you there soon!

Peace, Love, Creativity,

~Lisa~

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Very Pinteresting… and Knoxville’s First Annual Fashion Week!

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My love/hate relationship with Pinterest...

Just a quick note today…

~*~ I’ve worked furiously for the last few weeks to get new jewelry goodies made for Knoxville’s First Annual Fashion Week! Hence, the reason y’all haven’t heard from me in a week or better! I promise I’ll have more time to organize and declutter this next week, as  I’m determined to get the chaos under control! I have been working on it, a little bit each spare moment…

Anyway, I had a wonderful opportunity to take part in K-town’s newest annual fashion event, and got a few pieces modeled by the lovely, young ladies of Gage Talent/Barbizon Modeling. Fashion Week continues through March 3rd, which is when they’ll have their big blowout fashion show… I am honored to have been able to take part in the festivities, and I definitely look forward to next year! (I’ll post my photos from the modeling shoot in the next edition, and I’ll be listing some of those new jewelry creations for sale on the website in the next few days as well.)

~*~ So, who among us has not become *totally* addicted to Pinterest yet?? I swear, I could get lost on that site for DAYS!!! I love looking at all the handmade goodies, fabulous recipes, beautiful homes and dream cottages/cabins… people’s “style” boards, DIY and craft ideas, wedding plan boards, pictures of awesome travel destinations that make you WANT to go there, and so much more… I could go on, and on, and on… but, I’m sure you get the point! It is FAB-U-LOUS!!!

I have found so many great ideas there, (and I’m sure I’ll probably never get to most of them in my lifetime), but hey, a girl can dream… and find *plenty* of inspiration for her next crafty project! You wouldn’t believe the number of great organizing ideas I’ve come across… I’m telling you, it’s flippin’ awesome!

The idea behind Pinterest is that it is a “virtual bulletin board”, where you can “pin” pictures of things you love and websites you want to check out when you have more time. There are *tons* of craft ideas for any number of things you already enjoy doing, I guarantee it! You can make as many boards as you want, name them accordingly, and pin whatever you like (or love!) to them. I have several boards already, and I bet you could guess that at least two of them have to do with decorating and organization ideas… yeah, I’m *that* transparent! I even have one for ideas, and craft and home projects I think my sister would like that I want to share with her.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. (But, with a warning of impending addiction, mind you). If you need an invite to join, feel free to leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll send you one. (And, I won’t post, or make viewable, any comments that include e-mail addresses. I promise to respect your privacy, and your right to non-junky/spammy e-mail inboxes!)

Drop by and check out my boards. I have no idea how many pins I have about now, but it’s a lot, I assure you. You can find my inspirations at http://pinterest.com/lisag966/. And next time, we can also discuss how you can use Pinterest to build your business.

‘Til next time!

Peace, Love, and Creativity,

~Lisa~

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Did I mention that I have BEADS??? Lots, and lots, and LOTS, of beads… ~Part 1~

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I apologize for not getting another blog post up until today… I took Valentine’s Day off to spend with my family, expecting to get back on the cleaning bandwagon on Wednesday. Then real life interrupted, as it so often does, and I am just now getting back to it today.

So, here we are… It’s Friday, and I’m ready to go at it again! Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Okay, so I absolutely *love* www.bhg.com! They are, without a doubt, one of the best resources for organizing tips… as well as the inspiration and motivation to get yourself there! I love looking at the spaces they show on the site (and, I am always asking myself, “how *do* they do it?”)! I long to be THAT organized, and am keeping my fingers crossed that I will eventually get there.

That being said, I’ve been poring over the pictures for storage ideas and inspirations, as well as talking to one of my followers who is in the organizing business, about bead storage… I have so many beads, I’m not quite sure what my best method of organization will be for them. Presently, they are in boxes, bags, muffin tins, old printer’s drawers, shoe boxes, etc. But, I honestly don’t know what all I have. As I’ve gone through things trying to purge, organize, and clean, I keep coming across bead strands and bags of beads that I had forgotten all about! How sad is that??!

I have tried a couple of different methods for keeping particular types of beads together, so that I can easily look through them and decide which ones I want to use for a project. For example, my briolette beads, are in bags that I’ve hole-punched in the corner, and I keep them on a binder ring so that I can flip through them. This method works fairly well, but the problem I have now, is that I’ve got so many bags that I am up to two binder rings that I’ve married together, just for the briolettes.  Not to mention, that all of my binder-ringed bags have overflowed into a cardboard box that is *not* attractive at all, much less organized, in any fashion. Let me show you what I mean…

These bags hold my briolette beads, and have been hole-punched to keep them all together. I used to hang them from nails on my shelves until they became so numerous and heavy that I couldn't hang them anymore!

This box became the place to put them all, and as you can see, it's not very pretty, or very organized, for that matter.

I guess I’ve got my work cut out for me. So, the plan of attack for today, is to take stock of what I have and try to come up with a system that works better. I’d like to be able to see what I have, and not have them lost in the confusion that is my studio at the moment! In perusing ideas, and trying to be creative about it, I thought about using a peg board but I have no place to hang it, no free space on the wall. (As I said before, my studio is only about 10 x 15, so space is pretty limited, and *wall space* is at an all-time premium)! Other thoughts and suggestions were storage bins with little drawers (like the yellow one in the photos on my first post), and see-through shoe boxes. I also saved and re-purposed some large restaurant-size cherry jars, but those jars of beads just seem to sit on my shelves taking up space and I don’t actually use them or even think about them. I’d probably use them more if they were right in front of me, or at least within eye-view.  Any suggestions you might have are welcome. I’d love to hear how you are organizing YOUR craft space! Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

‘Til next time, and more “after” pictures…

Peace, Love, and Creativity,

~Lisa~

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