DIY: How to store your jewelry?

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How frustrated do you get when your necklaces are tangled, or when you are missing an earring? I would like to share few ideas on how to store your jewelry in order to make it easier to get ready in the morning as well as to make sure that you don’t damage your jewels!

  1. Canvas with magnets of various sizes – This is a very easy project for the manually challenged…

You will need: a blank canvas (white or black), some magnets, embellishments

The idea is to make it easier for you to display and store your jewelry. This example is for necklaces, earrings and brooches. Keep in mind that it will not work for very heavy jewelry as the magnet needs to hold each piece (see photo)

I bought all of the material at my local Michael’s Craft Store, but you can also visit your local dollar store for a more economical option.

  • You have the option of leaving the canvas as is, or you may also want to cover it with some fabric, or photos in order to personalize it
  • In my case, I picked a black canvas, and decorated it at the top with some embellishments that I glue to the canvas. The options are limitless: you could also decide to frame the canvas, or perhaps even use a shadow box.
  • The magnets could be of different sizes depending on the size and weight of the jewelry that you are hanging.

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The result is a very clean display of your favorite baubles. Please send me some photos of your projects!

2. Vintage frame with chicken wire: this project is a lot of fun, but make sure that you have the correct basic tools…

You will need: a frame (I got mine at a garage sale for $2!), paint for the frame (optional), a brush, chicken wire, some cutters, protective gloves, a heavy duty stapler, and some magnets (optional)

I bought the chicken wire at my local hardware store. It usually sales by the foot. I also bought some antique wax (by Artminds) at Michael’s (this one is water base, semi transparent)

  • I chose a wire with small space in between, but there are a lot of different sizes available
  • I started by cleaning the frame (it was dusty) and then gave it 2 coats of the antique wax as I wanted to give it a vintage look
  • You will most likely have to cut the wire to size, so make sure that you are using protective gloves to avoid getting cut
  • Make sure that you don’t cut too much, as it’s always easier to cut the extra wire at the end
  • To hang your fish hook earrings, just place them thru the wire. I also use some magnets to hang the necklaces. If you are using a wire with more spacing, it would be easier to hang your brooches or hoop earrings

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And voilà! You have a very practical and artsy jewelry display! Please send me some photos of your own projects!

Isabelle V.

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How to store, repair and re-use your jewelry…

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If your jewelry box looks like the above photo…then you need to read this blog…I have been collecting vintage jewelry for many years and I have to admit that I often benefited from finding broken jewels at garage sales or charity shops …From a broken clasp to a lovely brooch missing one small crystal, we often discard our jewelry or just let them sit at the bottom of a drawer.

How many lonely earring,  or other injured baubles do you keep? Even if you are not very handy, it’s quite easy to repaire a clasp or a broken necklace.

I will be posting a serie of blog in the next few weeks about:

  • DIY’s on how to store your jewelry
  • DIY’s on easy fixes for your jewelry
  • DIY’s on how to re-use your broken jewelry

In the meantime, please feel free to send me any question or a comment on the topic.

Thanks in advance!

Isabelle V.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My thoughts about Valentine’s day…

When I first moved to Canada from France many years ago, I was very surprised and amused by how commercial Valentine’s day was…In France, and most of Europe, you celebrate with you significant other by going out for dinner, or buying flowers. There is no pressure to buy a card or gift for your babysitter, your children’s teachers, soccer coach, pets etc…

In my early 20’s I was working in an office and all the women were wearing red or pink on that day.. really? I thought that it was a bit much…and then there was a real competition to find out who was the luckiest woman…how big was your bouquet? Did you get any jewelry?

I remember seeing a lot of men , with a panicked look on their faces at the drugstore the day before Valentine’s day, rushing to buy a card and a box of chocolate! Personally, I much prefer something spontaneous…One should not feel pressure to ‘have to buy’ a gift to show their feelings…

Don’t get my wrong, I’m a romantic, but I prefer to receive flowers or a gift from my darling when I’m not expecting it…don’t you?

So, my message is…be original…Here are few ideas that I gather from my circle of friends:

  • If you are not a cook, make an effort and prepare an entire simple meal from scratch…your effort will be definitely appreciated…
  • If you are a parent with young children and feel guilty about going out…don’t! Get a babysitter and go for an early dinner and a catch a play! (your sanity is important…)
  • Up cycle: maybe your husband has been meaning to build that side table using an old leather suitcase…Well, why not go ahead and make it for him! (some great DIY tips on line!)
  • Be green: buy local flowers, buy a vintage item, send an eCard
  • Perform a RAK* (Random Act of Kindness): volunteer at your local nursing home or shelter…

Food for thought: In 2015, Americans spent almost 19 billions for Valentine’s day…Are you surprise by that figure? How will you be celebrating Valentine’s day this year?

Isabelle V.

 

Top 10 reasons to buy vintage in 2016

  1. It’s good for the environment: Less clothing end up in landfills.
  2. It’s more ethical: Less demand from sweat shops in third world countries
  3. It’s cheaper (usually): Real vintage clothing are well made with quality fabric, so they tend to last longer.
  4. It’s more original: You don’t run the risk of wearing the same winter coat as your colleagues
  5. It’s more trendy: Even celebrities are embracing vintage! Thanks to Gwen Stephanie, Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman (to name a few…)
  6. It’s a good investment: Vintage clothing and accessories often increase in value as they become more scarce – So you can always resale them…
  7.  It’s important to reduce ‘Fast fashion’: which is the equivalent of ‘Fast food’ in the clothing industry –
  8. It’s critical to reduce our fashion footprint by supporting the use of alternative fibre such as bamboo, hemp and sustainable grown cotton
  9. It’s a good example for the next generation! I remember taking my niece to a vintage store when she was 13.  I gave her $20 and she was SO excited that she was able to purchase 5 items!
  10.  It’s easy to make the first step: some of my friends think that vintage is just ‘old smelly stuff’…Not every old items can be called vintage…It needs to be a well made, quality item. Whether you are calling it a thrift shop, consignment store, online such as on etsy.com or ‘dress agencies’, as it is called in the United Kingdom – just take the challenge to visit one of your local stores, you may be surprised by what you find…

What was your best vintage find this year? I look forward to your feedback!

Isabelle V.

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Vintage Borsalino hat