Thursday, September 30, 2010

framed jewels

i saw this on someone's blog awhile back, but forgive me i can not for the life of me remember who to credit! if you know who's blog it was... please inform me. : ) i know a few people did their own versions, and i don't mind linking to those as well. thanks!

 i was actually really in love with the idea when i saw the pics from the other blogger(s), and i have been wanting to do this project ever since! as always a lucky thrift store find, put my project in motion. it's a great a feeling when you find a hidden treasure, and for $10 i couldn't say no to the frame.

first thing was to get it painted white. : ) i didn't want it to be too coated, i liked the real wood showing through to give it a little vintage feel.
second step was the mister's job ~ hanging the frame! i actually started to do it myself, but he came in to save the day. i quite admittedly have an obsessive compulsive issue... soo most of the time i need him to do it so i can look at it from all angles, and give direction on how to get it perfect... ps. looking at these pics make me cringe because it's UNEVEN! haha ohhh man.
third step (sorry didn't shoot an image of this) was to lay out the necklaces so i knew exactly how far to space the nails. this was an obsessive moment for sure. i did it, and re-did it, until i felt it was absolutely right.

fourth step was putting in the nails and hanging some of my favorite necklaces. i consciously chose a few that have special meanings to me. (from left to right)
~ string of pearls: i've literally had them since i was a tiny kiddo. it used to fit like a necklace, and now it's almost a choker. : ) only the three oldest sisters got them so when i wear them, that's who i think of.
~ gold cross: gift from my mama after a very personal rough patch that i went through this year. she actually took got it from my grandma, so it's extra special. i wear it when i need an angel with me.
~ silver starfish: i wore it to my rehearsal dinner, and gave matching ones to all of my bridesmaids so of course it makes me think of all my lovely friends.
~ silver/turquoise owl: a gift from my grandma. my grandpa gave it to her when they were younger. LOVE IT ~ it always grabs attention, and it's nice to say it was my grams.
~ tiny silver cross: *next to the owl* the mister gave this to me when we were dating. it's so delicate that it's easy to wear with a lot of things.

*the others may not have stories, but they are little charms dedicated to some of the things that are important to me*

i have one other frame i need to find a home for. pretty sure i will be hanging earrings in the second frame using white netting. and don't worry i will post the finish product : ) 

happy thursday!


Mango Gal said...

Such a cool way to display jewelry! I love how it turned out!

Debby said...

Adorable, and a great idea! It also keeps them from getting tangled!! xo

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love this idea! My cousin just did something like this. I have had an obsession with empty frames lately. I was thinking of posting about it next week!

Cindy Whitehead said...

I like it with the necklaces in it - great idea!

simpledaisy said...

Love it!!!!