Monday, March 18, 2013

The Secrets Out…Jewerly Drawer

I went to the dollar store to fix my jewelry drawer. A quick, cheap and easy fix.

This was my drawer. I am not a big jewelry person at all. You can see there really isn’t much care that went into my jewelry. Whenever I wanted to add a piece to what I was wearing, I will usually buy something new, and then it will get lost in here.
A waste of time and money.
So I have decided to try at saving that time and using that money somewhere else!
Starting here in this little drawer.
Maybe I can invest more money in more beautiful pieces instead of my usual costume jewelry.

A pen started leaking here, unknown for some time and this is what happened to my recently purchased watch. I have tried to clean it but can’t removed the ink without damaging the look of the watch, so this one reason for the change and clean-up.

Gift wrapping paper from Home Goods $3.00
Silver Trays from the Dollar Store $2.00 ($1.00 each)
Double sided sticky pads from the Dollar Store $1.00
Set of 4 glass bowls $2.00 ($1.00 each)

Total: $8.00

After I cleaned out the drawer and threw away a lot of damaged pieces.
I used the sticky pads to each corner of the drawer to hold the paper in place.  Then I was able to organize the drawer.

I also added the sticky pads to the bottom of the trays , and the glass bowls, so that when I open and close the drawers everything will stay in place and not slide with the movement of the drawers.

And in just under an hour and $10.00 dollars I had this! 

I will admit, I kept going back and forth looking at it…. opening and closing the drawers to make sure nothing was flying out of place, and I am proud to say, every time, everything stayed in its place. A beautiful beginning!

Monday, March 4, 2013

My 1st House Love

I love my childhood home.
I am sure that we ALL do, because being home is like no other feeling in the world, right?……
But I am actually in love with my childhood home.

In Love. 

I love everything about it. The location, the square footage, the yard space. It is the perfect 3 bedroom, 2 bath brick home.  My parents have been living there for well over 10 years and many renovations have taken place.

One of the largest renovations was when they decided to have the kitchen gutted a few years back. They installed slate flooring in the kitchen and had tons of it left over.
With that slate they asked my husband and I to redo their fireplace.

Here it is. Full brick, from the floor to the ceiling with that white wood banister.  On each side is glass shelves, with mirror backing. Before snapping these pictures they had actually just put this TV up, And if you can see on the bottom flooring of the fireplace you will see the slate pieces that were used in the kitchen. They are 12x12 and very beautiful. 

Inside this fireplace we have had many warm fires. I remember one winter there was a city wide snow storm that left us with no electricity for a few days. This fireplace was our main heat source. We thought it was the end of the world to not have power, but looking back on the memories these are the ones that I remember and enjoyed the most. Our family all cuddled in this one space, trying to keep warm together and make it through the storm.
And here is my husband preparing the brick for its redo.

My mother didn’t want to just lay the 12x12 tile on the fireplace. There was a commercial that she had been seeing on TV, a commercial about soap, cereal, makeup or something…. but the look for the fireplace was in the background of this commercial. Do you know how many commercials there are on TV?  So there we were on YouTube, trying to find this commercial that she had seen. To our luck we found it! I don’t remember the commercial now, but here is a picture of the look she was going for.

google search
You may have even seen that commercial…..
My husband and I then had to come up with a plan to

” Use what we had to get what we want.”

So we then took all of those 12x12 pieces and took a hammer to them to break them up. Then we (my husband) started to place them on the fireplace randomly here and there, until it was completed.
This is how it turned out, right before grouting it.

Isn’t it beautiful. You all should know by now that I have a thing for natural stone, and this stone is one of my favorites, so natural, so beautiful, so true. Each piece is like a fingerprint, and that in it self is "Amazingly Wonderful”.

 Check back for the finished look and I may even sneak in a little house tour.