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[Quick Room Fixes/DIY] Jewelry Struggles Solved!

I have way too much jewelry of all of the various types (bracelet, rings, earrings, necklaces), I’ll be the first to admit, it’s disgusting in the most beautiful, sparkly way ever. My friend Maddie has a truly ungodly amount of rings. Or maybe she has so many it makes her omnipotent in the world of jewels? Anyhow, for years now I’ve been having this issue of keeping my jewelry presented nicely, keeping it untangled, and out of the way, without using those heinous clear lucite plastic trays or set of drawers. Does this problem sound familiar to anyone else?

I am beyond proud to say I have solved the problem! *cue lightbulb and that wonderful binging noise cartoon characters get above their heads* For my rings, bracelets and earrings, I got two shallow ceramic bowls with mosaic patterned glass in the bottoms, and for the necklaces I was given my grandpa’s old 8-point deer antler rack, which was mounted sans fur, freaky glass eyeballs, etc. It was so simple and it really gives a unique touch to my room. I know some of you may be uneasy about the whole idea but I promise, if you find the right set of antlers/ the right setting it’s mounted on, you’ll like it too – there are a dozen different styles to mount antlers, and I mean just antlers.

For the bowls, I went to La Bodega ( in Ann Arbor and East Lansing), but if you’re not from Michigan I’d reccomend looking online, at a local Pier 1 Imports, or even at a local art show at the ceramic bowls (some of those pieces people make are simply out of this world). No matter what you choose, I would recommend a shallow bowl, bigger if you have a choice so you can actually see your jewels.

[Red Black Mosaic Bowl, Etsy $30.00]

For the deer antlers I’d try eBay over anything else if you’re not from the country or know someone. I suppose another option would be to call a taxidermist (but that wouldn’t be my first choice, just saying). Faux antlers are definitely another option too!

[Faux Antlers, Etsy $119.99]


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[DIY] Colorblock Pouch

For all your multitasking needs, I present you my most recent love in the DIY world, courtesy of the lovely Just B. As you must know, the Celine pouch was and still is a big effing deal. But let’s be honest, I don’t have the money to blow on it, especially considering I’m on my shopping hiatus (for the record I’m one day in and struggling). This image has been floating around the internet and apparently sparked her desire to make her own pouch.


These pictures are not of my actual pouch, which I’ll make with the American Apparel pouch in the color “tan” with a red stripe. I also want to make one in a lavender purple or maybe a pale pink and maybe do sort of tribal diagonal black stripes. I’m not sure yet, but the ideas keep pouring out of my brain!

1. Gather your life into a 3×3 foot area. You need an American Apparel Pouch, or something similar, white acrylic paint, and the acrylic paint of your choice, a paint brush, painter’s tape, acrylic coating spray, and a new playlist from 8tracks, and if you’ve never checked 8tracks out, you need to.

2. Tape off the area you want to be your bright color with the painter’s tape, either by measuring or eyeballing it.

3.  Mix a bit of water into your white paint, and brush downwards onto the leather. You need some water to help the paint adhere to the leather. (For the record, I did do some research, and acrylic paint is the proper paint to use on leather, so it shouldn’t flake or peel).

4. After the white almost fully dries, paint over the white with your bright color, with no water added to it. The white acts as a primer to your color, and depending on the color leather you use, you may still need to do more than 2 coats. Just B used a blow dryer to make the coats move along faster, and she also said it works great for getting the coats to dry evenly.

5. When you’re satisfied with the level of saturation of your bright color, cover the non-painted leather of your pouch with a magazine or newspaper, and follow the directions on your glossy clear acrylic spray to cover the rough feeling of the acrylic paint, and give it a smooth texture like the rest of the pouch! Let sit (untouched) for at least 2 hours, or whatever your acrylic spray says (listen to it! It knows the plan!). And enjoy!

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