So, I had been watching Craft Wars on TLC, which is where I was introduced to Erica Domesek and her craft book, P.S. I made this … I had looked through different bookstores trying to find this book but ultimately had to order it on Amazon. Erica’s book is full of different and simple craft projects to make everything from jewelry to items of clothing. She takes popular trends from right off the runway and creates easy ways to DIY. I got this book for Christmas but have been too busy too attempt any of these crafts yet, however, as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to post details and lots of pictures!
In the spirit of my brother being in Thailand, it only makes sense for my first travel post to be about Bangkok, Thailand. If you ever get the chance to travel the world, please make sure you stop in Thailand along your way. The busy streets are filled with the scents of vendors cooking up local delicacies, the colors of the fruits and fabrics, and the friendliest people you may ever meet.
And if you do make it to Thailand, make sure you check out Sara Jane’s Restaurant in either the Bangkok or Hua-Hin location. Sara Jane’s is a restaurant that fuses Thai and Italian cuisine. Sara Jane is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts and also happens to be my aunt 🙂 They have fantastic food that includes everything from an incredible Pad Thai to a classic cheese pizza. The atmosphere in the Bangkok location to cool and sophisticated vibe while the Hua-Hin location is incredibly chic and relaxed. I encourage everyone to visit both.
I hope you all get the chance to travel to Thailand and I would love to hear what you think!
This allows me to rid my life of a chaotic, disorganized makeup bag and replace it with a fun and easy way of displaying my makeup collection. I can see everything I have, making getting ready a breeze!
What You’ll Need:
1. large picture frame – judge the size you want by how much makeup you want to display
2. two sheets of 1 ft. x 2 ft. 28 gauge galvanized steel
3. fabric of your choice
4. spray adhesive
5. different sized strong hold magnets
6. super glue and duct tape
For this project, the dimensions of the metal sheet and the fabric will depend on the size of the frame you buy. For mine, the sheets of metal had to be cut and duct taped together in order to fit my frame. I had a pair of metal cutting scissors that I used to cut the sheets. Once they were cut to the right sizes, I duct taped the two sheets together on one side.
I flipped the sheets over so that side without the duct tape was facing up. I sprayed the adhesive all over the front and laid the fabric down and smoothed it out. Flip the metal back over and secure the extra fabric over the side and place the covered metal inside the frame. Now mount the frame to the wall.
Take out all of the makeup you wish to display and secure a magnet to the back of each cosmetic item using super glue. Some of the bigger items require bigger magnets or two magnets so that they hold to the sheet and hang evenly. NOTE: some magnets have a certain side that is more magnetized than the other so make sure you check both sides of the magnet before deciding which side to glue and which side to place magnetically to the board.
Finally, I didn’t want to hang my brushes, mascara, lipgloss, lipstick, etc. on the board so I bought $1 metal buckets from Target and placed them underneath the board and put all of my extra product in those. The buckets had a green ribbon in them but because I have a red fabric on my board, I changed it to a maroon ribbon to match.
The first craft I’d like to share with all of you is my simple jewelry organizer for the wall.
What You’ll Need:
1. 2 ft. long copper pipe (1/2 inch in diameter) from Home Depot
2. four 1/2 inch copper tube caps from Home Depot
3. four screw hooks from Home Depot
For my particular display I decided to use one 2 ft pipe and had them cut it in half for me in the store but depending on how much jewelry you have, you may want the pipe to be longer or shorter. I had planned on using one half for bracelets, and one half for rings however once I glued the caps on the ends of the pipe my rings no longer fit so i used both halves for bracelets since I have plenty to fill both.
The copper pipe has some printed text on the exterior that comes right off with any household cleaner and paper towel. Next, glue the caps onto the ends of the pipe using crazy/super glue and let dry for a few minutes.
I tried screwing the hooks right into my wall but because it’s made out of drywall the screws were uneven and extremely wobbly so I had to go back to the hardware store and buy plastic wall anchors to fit the size of the screw hook. Using a level, drill two holes into the wall and hammer in the plastic anchors. Once the anchors are in place, the hooks will screw right in and hold tight. NOTE: make sure your screw hooks are long enough so that your pipe sits far enough away from the wall so your wider bracelets will hang straight down and not hit the wall.
Now just hang all of your jewelry on the pipe and lay it down into the hooks! For anything without a clasp, just lift up the pipe to take it off.
This whole project cost me about $20 and provides a modern, colorful alternative to storing and displaying my jewelry.
My blog is designed to inspire and help you create a colorful, stylish world for yourself. I have a newfound obsession with Pinterest and the majority of the crafts I do come from different pins. That being said, one disadvantage of finding crafts on Pinterest is that they often lack instructions. This is where I hope to come in handy.I intend to use my blog to post detailed instructions and pictures for all craft projects, while posting links and prices for all of my style obsessions. I hope you enjoy!
With Love, Caitlin