Two weekends ago, my husband and I went yard-sale-ing. Last week, I posted part 1 (here ). I purchased several craft items. Last week, I wrote about the knitted bead bracelet kit I purchased for $.50. This week’s project is a Hanging Jewelry Organizer.
At a second yard sale, I purchased a dated apple print in an oak frame. I have been looking for an inexpensive large solid lightweight frame for this project for a long time. Above is a picture of the supplies I have slowly purchase to make a jewelry organizer for my wall.
Supplies pictured above:
Lace, I chose black & white with large loops
1/2 yard of fabric, I chose a burlap
Cup hooks ( a package of eight – although mine only had seven)
Also used a foam paint brush, tape measure, glue of choice, and a screw gun.
Step One: Discard the undesirable apple print and the glass. Paint the frame – I used a black multi-surface acrylic paint.
Step Two: Reused the board that backed the print. Glue the fabric down. Determine the distance from the top to fit your necklaces. Mark the line you would like to glue your first row of lace. I determined that I needed two inches between rows of lace. (Be careful – when applying the glue line for the black, mine got a little uneven).
Step Three: Measure and drill holes for the cup holders, if your frame requires. Also, do not attempt to drill through the frame without using clamps and a barrier under the frame – not pictured. (I brought in professional help – my husband was a carpenter for twenty years.) Twist the cup hooks into the frame. Assemble.
I love to yard sale. It wasn’t something that came naturally to me. My mother really didn’t approve for many years. My husband’s family had done some when he was young. If memory serves, it was more auctions.
My husband and I move away from family after we had been married nine months. Trying to find inexpensive fun things to do together after we bought our first place, we needed to decorate on very tight budget. I asked him to teach me how to yard sale and auction etiquette.
I am sure that there have been times though out our marriage that he has regretted teaching me.( I have definitely surpassed my teacher.) However, this past weekend, we went spent a day together yard sale-ing. It was a great day.
I found quite a bit of art supplies at a much reduced price. YEAH!!!! I have wanted to try my hand at beaded bracelets. (I tried one years ago. It turned out okay. I wanted one of those kit thingies, but not enough to put my money where my mouth was.) I found one of the Klutz Knitted Beaded Bracelet kits at a yard sale for fifty cents. It was time to try it. It looked like maybe someone had opened it up and looked at it then put it back.
There is a learning curve and my background of crochet and knitting definitely help me jump to the head of the class. The pictured purple beaded bracelet is my first attempt. I found the knitting relaxing. The stringing of beads was a little tedious but I love the comfort and look. There will be more.
Join me next week when I share a picture tutorial on a Pinterest – Success project with things bought this past weekend.
I have been working on my Mixed Media projects and that has developed into yet another book I am trying to write and Illustrate with my poetry on my mixed media art pages. One of the hard things is trying to figure out how to get the text on the page. Sure, I could do it with the computer graphics program and make it look great. But I want the original complete with the poem as well.
I dislike my handwriting. Over the years I’ve gotten busy, it’s gotten sloppy. During one of my searches I found by Dawn Nicole 30 Day Challenges. The link will take you to her February 2016 Doodling and Lettering Prompts. I have also signed up for several of her other projects, but that’s another post.
Yesterday’s challenge was to doodle Love birds. She has an entire Facebook Group devoted to these Challenges. The talent is amazing.
For the hundredth time, I wondered why couldn’t I be more like my peers, standing around talking about what they watched last night not caring that the client’s messages were ten and twenty deep on their messy, unorganized desk. But no! My mother’s mother had the work ethic, and she had passed it on to my mother, who had just retired, and who missed her job in the same way, as she put it, a cow misses its pen. We’re a dying breed.
Maybe it’s a good thing, I tell myself as my fingers fly across my keyboard.It was five minutes before five . . .
“Linda, get in here.” My supervisor bellowed across the office. “Now.” She stood there tapping her foot.
I grabbed a note pad and pen fast. I had no idea why she’d called me into her office this late on a Friday.
“Leave that and get in here.” she added.
I practically ran, tripping over my own shoes.
“Sit!” She pointed to the chairs across from her desk. She walked back to her chair. “Linda, I am sorry but I did warn you.”
“Warned me about what?”
“I have to let you go. You make the others look bad.”
“But . . . I do my job and do it well.” I stuttered.
She shook her head. “I know but that’s the way of the world these days. You can’t stand out. Please hand me your badge.” She stood. I stood. “You should call HR on Monday morning.” I stumbled out of her office towards my desk.”Have a good weekend, Linda.”
I was browsing at Wattpad for SciFi writing prompts when I discovered a new official Wattpad Science Fiction Competition. While I like the other group I wrote with, I struggled with the mature adult themes required. This one stated PG-13 ratings. So, I gave it a try. Here’s the link: http://www.wattpad.com/114186949-sweep
Wattpad's Science Fiction Competition Entry - Challenge 12 -Space Debris
"As a member of CORDS, you are working on a new project/system/theory to clean all this garbage we sent to space since we started to try reaching the stars.
In 400 words, tell us what happens when this new system is implemented."
Taria Hoots is in the final waiting stages. Everything has been ready when her boss interrupts. What happens next is unthinkable?
Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.
The nearest book to me at the time I read the prompt was my High School daughter’s pleasure read, “The Naturals” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. A book she has been trying to talk me into reading.
However, the real story behind this post is my daughter and the words “You’re driving.” She is one of those teens that loves to be driven around. She has no desire to drive. She has even so far confessed that she wants to move to a big city like New York or Chicago so she doesn’t have to drive and she can take the bus.
The irony is she just got her driver’s license Monday. And today, I told her, “You’re driving.” Now, her book is mocking me. Maybe I should read the book.