I received several pairs of earrings for Christmas, and I had no idea how to keep them organized. I looked around Pinterest for a while, but didn’t have the supplies to make any of the projects shown. So I made my own! You probably already have all the supplies on hand to make this cute earring organizer.
- Shoe box lid
- 3 feet of thick ribbon
- Acrylic craft paint
- Tacky glue
- Scissors or X-Acto knife
- Paint brush
- Measure one inch from the edge of the shoe box lid on each side, and mark the one-inch marks with a pen. Connect the marks so you have a smaller box. Cut out the box using scissors or an X-Acto knife. Now you should have a frame-shaped shoe box lid.
- Paint the frame in the color of your choice. I chose a pretty light blue color.
- Measure the width of the opening of the frame, then add two inches to your measurement. Cut four pieces of ribbon that are this size. Use tacky glue to attach the four pieces of ribbon to the back of the frame.
- To make a hanger for the earring organizer, cut out a six-inch piece of ribbon. Glue together the edges, then glue the ribbon to the top of the back of the earring organizer. And that’s it!
Let me know if you try this project!
Every once in a while, I get bored and play around with Polyvore, just picking and choosing things that I like to make a collage. I rarely actually post these collages, but this one turned out nicely and sums up what I’ve been into lately. Very vintage, very French, and very pretty.
Le Petit Prince // A book that I was forced to read in 11th grade French class… it was a challenge to read and I didn’t get the message from it as I was reading it, but the ending made me understand it all. This is a spectacular book for children and adults.
Vintage posters // These zoology and fashion posters are so detailed and elegant.
Accessories // In tortoiseshell and rose gold, plus those amazing Mary Jane heels.
Home // Jadeite and milk glass will always be my favorites, plus pretty apothecary jars, fun garland, white hydrangeas, bold trellis prints, and cursive-print fabric.
What inspires YOU?
Not so marvelous… Ever been to a Party City? For some reason, the one near me is maybe the most uncomfortable store I’ve ever shopped in. Narrow aisles, less-than-friendly employees, and of course, a lot of random stuff. I picked up the items I needed and got out of there. I don’t know why the store freaks me out, but it does!
Marvelous… Target is much better. I come from a small suburban town, so wandering around the aisles of Target is one of the few activities we do here.
I especially love browsing the home aisles and imagining what my future house will look like. I love interior design. Here are some items I found on my most recent trip!
Marvelous… trying a new nail polish and loving the result. This one is called Cocktail Bling. It’s a pretty light blue-ish grey color.
Marvelous… I’m off to bake some pumpkin bread. Look for a recipe soon! 🙂
What is marvelous about YOUR Monday?
It’s that time again! I like Pinterest Wednesdays because I don’t have to think of things to write about. Thus, I don’t have to think. Which is good sometimes.
Can you tell I’m tired?
My pageant last night went well – I won the stage presence/evening gown award, so I’m happy about that. More details to come when other people post photos from last night on Facebook that I can edit to my liking. 😛
Back to the point of this post… the pins!
Urban Outfitters is known for their clothing, but I absolutely love their home decor. Here are some of my favorites.
Private shopping websites make me feel special. Like I’m part of some special club of people who like nice things but have no money to spend on them.
But not all of them are created equal – it’s important to only join the ones you think you might actually buy things from. Because the websites will send you emails. Lots of emails.
And even though you can probably un-check a box that says “YES send me hourly updates that I won’t read anyway!”, you won’t. You’ll just be annoyed by them because you don’t care that such-and-such brand is on sale.
So here are my recommendations of where to join and why. And because these websites are private, you’ll usually need an invitation. Some of them just let you sign up, which is great! But I can send you an invite if you’d like. So if you want to join one, send me an email. My email address is on the sidebar to the right of this post.
First up is Rue La La.
Contents: Everything from clothes (for men, women, and kids) to home decor, accessories, and even a few local deals.
Discounts: Vary, but generally around half off the original price.
Big Picture: Rue La La always has a great selection, but when high-profile brands are for sale, they sell out extremely fast. Be sure to keep up with the “Coming Soon” section to make sure you get the deals you want quickly.
Next is Joss and Main.
Contents: Home furnishing, accessories, and gifts
Discounts: Usually around 60%
Big Picture: Joss and Main has a more traditional style, which is great if you’re into that. I’m not, so I prefer the next website on this list,
Contents: Home furnishing, accessories, gifts, and vintage items
Discounts: Around 40%-50%; vintage items are on sale but the prices are subjective because you can’t buy them anywhere else
Big Picture: I love the style of items One Kings Lane has to offer, but I wish their prices were a bit lower. Sometimes you can find some great, inexpensive pieces here, and the fact that they sell vintage items makes me love just browsing around this site.
Next up, Fab.com.
Contents: Home furnishings, home accessories, tech stuff, occasionally clothes, accessories, art, stationary, other knickknacks
Discounts: Varies by brand, too wide-range to make a good estimate
Big Picture: I love to browse around this site, but I’ve never actually bought anything because there’s rarely anything I really need. A great place to shop for gifts and home stuff, though!
And finally, the newest site I joined, Everlane.
Contents: Basic clothing for men and women, accessories
Discounts: This site doesn’t show the retail prices of each item, but nothing is under $100. It’s tough to determine the quality of the items just by looking at the pictures on the site.
Big Picture: I’d say join and wait for it to grow some more. It just launched, and I have a feeling it will turn out to be really great.
That’s all for now, hope you gained valuable knowledge from this post. Er… I hope you enjoyed reading it, though!
Are you a member of any of these sites? Are there any great ones I’ve missed?
It’s so good to be home.
…where I can work out in a gym that has towels for free.
I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, promptly coughed up half my lung (why do I have such a bad cough?!?!), and finished the workout at that. People were staring. Things got awkward.
…where I can photograph my food without anyone questioning my sanity.
Breakfast was a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and raspberries that were unusually good for being out of season.
Grocery shopping! It is weird to go to the store and have so many choices: I’m used to getting to choose from 5 cereals or 2 soups at the dining hall, and hardly any fruits or vegetables! I got Crispix, Total, whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat pasta, dark chocolate chips, egg whites, clementines, Amy’s lentil soup, carrots, and red bell peppers. I miraculously had exactly 10 items, so I was able to use the 10 Items or Less cash register at SuperTarget.
It’s the little victories that matter most.
I peeled and cut the carrots into sticks for hummus dipp-ability.
And heated up the soup on the stove. Along with the carrots and hummus, this was an easy and tasty, albeit unattractive lunch.
I hated lentil soup until I went to college. Now I crave it. No idea why.
…where I can make puppy chow in a kitchen that doesn’t have pots of day-old, cold ramen noodles on the stove.
What is puppy chow, you ask?
JUST MAKE IT. THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.
Puppy Chow (aka “crack”)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 7 oz. chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 12 cups Crispix cereal
- 2 cups powdered sugar
1. Melt butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter in the microwave. It will take approximately 1 minute, but check after 45 seconds.
2. Stir, then pour the chocolate over the Crispix in a large bowl. Toss gently to coat all the cereal.
3. Add powdered sugar, and toss to coat. I usually do this step in a big plastic bag because it isn’t as messy.
4. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then eat. YUM!
…where I have access to a variety of fun nail polish colors.
I’m now off to eat pizza and bake cookies. I am an old lady, and proud of it.