Ok, I am procrastinating, there is homework I should be working on. But after going to a local concert, raking leaves in the yard, emptying a few more boxes from our move right before Crush and necessary house keeping, I am ready to relax before I dive back into studying. So I will write; not about wine this time.
My paternal grandparents made jewelry, doing really neat lapidary work and beading through the ’70’s and 80’s. My early introduction to jewelry predisposed me to loving the bling – and my wonderful husband spoils me with fun and lovely pieces. But I am an organized person and I want to be sure I can quickly choose what to wear each day, regardless of how fast I have to rush out the door. I have had limited ability to display in some houses (my Gypsy blood keeps me moving) and the system I used in our last house was ok, but not what I wanted here.
Being an avid gardener, I have some old, broken garden tools – each with its own story – and my love of wine has provided a large collection of corks. One of the rakes kept potholders and aprons at hand in the kitchen of the first house I owned. I helped build the house, during building all of the rocks in the soil broke the first rake from its handle, while the second rake met its fate, at a slightly later time putting in a garden at that house. Hanging my necklaces and bracelets from them seemed like a good use now.
A yardstick (actually any piece of molding or thin wood board would work) and wood-glued corks with a dowel hung from eye hooks makes finding the perfect pair of earrings a snap. I chose corks with fun memories attached so I have a daily reminder of fantastic times. There is a lamp and will be a mirror, when it gets here from the old house, to help ensure I can see what I am doing.
To hang the earring holder I used adhesive backed loops, stapled for stability, at intervals along the length of the yardstick. Having had most of my jewelry packed since January when we put our other house up for sale it was exciting to make this happen and be able to use it despite the chaos of Crush.
I intend to write about some of the wineries we visited in the last few months and some other crafty decorating that is fast making this house our home since wine making is much less active for the time being.