Turning Metal Storage Baskets into Display Shelves

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Turning Metal Storage Baskets into Display Shelves

We are getting ready to redo the main bathroom, which has a definite beachy feel going on in it. Because the design will be more modern, we had to relocate all of my shells to somewhere else in the house. The half bath that is in our bedroom had a wall that was mostly blank, so that’s where we decided to put them.  The problem?  Well, the shells were all in one display cabinet in the main bath, and it sat on the floor.  I didn’t have any room for the cabinet, so I had to come up with other display options.

This is the wall that we started with. Pretty much a blank space. The predominate color in the 1/2 bath is brown, with a bit of purple and green in the curtains. I wanted something that would stand out from the white wall, and kind of make a pop. I researched a ton of shelving options, and I wasn’t finding anything that really stood out to me.Blank wall

I went to Michaels to get something else, but they happened to have their baskets half off that weekend. That is what you call luck. On top of the discount, I also had a 20% off coupon my total purchase.  I stood in the middle of the basket aisle, and had a crazy thought that maybe I could use baskets as shelves.  I saw that people were using wood crates, so I thought they wouldn’t be much different.  There were a lot of pretty options, but I had to have something that could withstand some weight, and that didn’t have sides that slanted. The other problem is that the wall they were going on is rather tiny, but I had to have enough space to hold all my shells. I ended up buying six wire mesh baskets in gold, two each of three different sizes, for $42.00.  I figured if they didn’t work, I could just return them. Wire metal baskets in three sizes

I started by tracing the bottoms of the baskets onto tissue paper, which I cut.  Then I played around with the layout that best suited the wall space that was available.  I would have like to not have them grouped so close together, but we had to work with what I had.tissue paper layout possibilities

Once I decided on the layout, Double D started hanging the baskets.  This was another problem, since we had to find wall studs.  There would be a lot of weight on these baskets. finding wall studs for metal baskets

We finally got all six up, using washers to go between the screw head and the basket. Metal baskets finally hung

Also, the two middle ones only had one screw in a wall stud, so we attached all the baskets with a nut and bolt through the sides of the baskets.  It might have been overkill, but I didn’t want them to come crashing to the ground.Baskets held together with nuts and bolts

And here they are with all of our shells.  Some of them are my grandmothers, collected from her trips to Florida and California. Most of them are mine, from Florida, South Carolina, Aruba, and the Philippines. I even have the one from my fish tank, after my snail didn’t make it. I’m not so happy about the black screw head showing, but I do have gold paint that I’m considering using to cover them up. Other than that, I love how they look up on the wall, and the baskets seem to be holding fine!finished baskets with shells

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Cedar Rose Cones On Display

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Cedar Rose Cones On Display

My mother-in-law gave me some more cedar rose cones recently.  I had never seen anything like them until she gave me a couple, years ago.  They come from the Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara), which is native to the Himalayas, but grown in the United States too. When the cones fall to the ground, they shatter, and the resulting damage makes the cone look like a wooden rose.  They are really quite beautiful.

I had a total of ten, and I knew I wanted to do something with them to keep them intact, and possibly display them.  I came across this shadowbox at Kirklands, and thought it would be the best option.Shadowbox display

I started by removing the back of the frame, and taking out the flowered insert. It was a heavy board-like material, and all the flowers were inserted through drilled holes, and then secured with globs of glue on the back. This is a close-up of two of the flowers.board with flowers

I used a side cutting plier to remove the red flower at the base, which left a nice plastic tube base for me to work with. Cutting the flower off was really easy to do, since it was plastic. removing flowers from board

From there, I hot glued the pointy end of a toothpick into the plastic tube.adding toothpicks to secure rose cones

Then I added some hot glue to the rose cone, at the base, where a naturally occurring hole was in each cone.rose cone hole with glue

And I then set the cone done on the toothpick, and let the glue dry a bit, while I started on the next one.gluing rose cone to board

In this photo, I only had two more to add. I also should mention that a couple of them were too tall to fit between the backing and the glass, so I had to take a few of the cone leaves off, until I was able to close the shadowbox completely. I typically tested each one before I did any gluing. Most of them were flat enough to fit fine, but I did have two that I trimmed down, which made the cones a bit smaller in the display.some rose cones on the board

And here is the finished product.  I like the printed background that gives it some color, and of course, the blue flowers.  Now, they hopefully will stay free of dust and damage, and still be able to be seen.Finished rose cone shadowbox display

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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I’ve Been Busy…Making Necklaces

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I’ve Been Busy…Making Necklaces

I know I haven’t posted much lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy.  Mostly, I had to make it through the holidays, and then I got sick for what feels like months.  Seriously, won’t this stuff ever go away?  Anyhoo, in between all of that, I’ve been working on various jewelry projects, which I’ll go over in this post.

I went to Florida in November with some girlies, and we all brought back a lot of shells. I collected a white shell from each of them, and make three necklaces and one rearview mirror dangle.  These white shells were perfect because they each already had a hole at the top, so I didn’t have to drill them. It was fun to see what I could create, and now we’ll always have a special memento from that trip.  I have to say I had the most fun with the mirror dangle, because I could add as much as I wanted to the piece.  Also, the cork was from a bottle of wine we opened on the trip.  How fun is that?Shell Necklaces from the beach

I also found an idea for ribbon necklaces on Pinterest. I’ve had two necklaces from my grandmother that have been sitting in my jewelry box forever. One was a long strand of white beads, and the other was a double strand of crystals. For the white beads, I folded the strand in half. White bead strand

I then measured how much ribbon I would need, cut it, and tied it together at one end. Then, I made a slip knot and combined the ribbon with one end of the white beads. For the other side, I just tied the ribbon around the beads.  To cover the knot on that side, I attached a bow made out of the same ribbon, and added a lapel pin that had also been my grandmothers. attaching ribbon to strands

I did the same thing for the crystals, although I didn’t have another pin to add to one of the sides. Here are how they turned out. I like how this ribbon transforms the pieces into something a bit more modern, or trendy, and I feel comfortable wearing these with a dress or a high collared shirt. They aren’t just sitting in my jewelry box anymore. finished ribbon necklacefinished ribbon crystal necklace

And the last thing I have done, jewelry wise, was to create initial charm necklaces for all the ladies in my family as a Christmas gift.  I had bought the initial charms at a craft fair in October, and while they were cute just by themselves, I felt it needed something more.  One day, I was at Michael’s, and they had some birthstone charms, one for each month, in the jewelry section.  These were great, because they came with lobster claw clasps already included.  I figured up who had birthdays in each month, and bought two packages, plus some ball chain.

I then added the initials to the lobster claw clasps. I liked this, because if they want to just wear the initial one day, without the birthstone, they can definitely just take it off.  It’s a easy way to be able to switch it up a bit. Necklace charms

I measured the appropriate length of chain for each person, and cut it with a pair of pliers. chain being measuredcutting chain

And then hung the pendants on the chain.  Easy peasy.  Here is the finished result for one. Also, I like that they can add any additional charms, if they want. finished initial necklace

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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