DIY: ADORABLE STUD EARRING BOX

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Now if you’re like me and your jewellery storage resembles a recent bowel movement from a very distressed gold-eating dragon, you’ll be, like me, eager to find an easy, cute and compact solution to your clinky and frustrating problem. So after years of fishing about aimlessly for that one earring (similar to single-sock-theory) I decided I had better tackle my problem head-on – and I went scouring about the internet for a suitable DIY project.

After shuffling around Pinterest for a few minutes, I found that many people went with styles that accommodated dangling earrings  and seemed to involve a lot of effort when trying to hang them up – I didn’t need them on display…I just needed them sorted. Eventually, I found a very simple solution that involved using things about the house and a hot glue gun. An added bonus – it didn’t look like it would take forever to achieve – in fact it took me the duration of a small thunderstorm to complete (say 1/2 an hour) AND is also completely reversible. So I’ve written up a tiny tutorial – feel free to tweak it to suit your needs!
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I bought a little kraft-card gift box from Daiso – and since I liked the look of the box I didn’t make any changes to it at all, other than add a little tag. You can also install this into a pre-existing jewellery box drawer or any shallow box (eg. shoebox lid).

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I took a quick measurement of the base of my box and used that measurement to mark my old pencils so that they would just fit inside, which I then sawed through using my husband’s nifty multi-tool. You can use any sort of similarly shaped item for this part – another Instagram user suggested old takeaway chopsticks! I just happened to have a huge box of old (and not to mention terrible) coloured pencils hanging about!
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Using a sheet of felt (also bought from Daiso) I measured it up so that the felt would easily cover the shortened pencils. Other good fabrics to use are velvet and fleece – anything that will give a bit of a spongy surface for your earrings to sit in.
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I then hot-glue’d the length of felt, placed the pencil on to the glue and wrapped the felt around it. Remember to secure your felt with a little more glue – taking care to hold in place for a few seconds for the glue to dry.
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After you’ve completed your felt-coated pencils, you can start putting them into your box. You should have enough to wedge perfectly in so that they stay firmly in place and that your earrings don’t slip around inside.        OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Success! I hope this helps all those ladies out there who are desperately seeking a solution to their earring chaos – I’ll soon be looking up easy and fun ways to sort out my ridiculous necklace collection – so stay tuned for more DIY updates!
DIY: ADORABLE STUD EARRING BOX

CROSS STITCH: I STITCH BECAUSE I CARE.

My newest obsession is cross stitch. Yes, the granny’s past-time (apart from making ridiculously thick cups of tea, patting cats and gummily approaching children and tempting them with age-ambiguous candy).But there you go, every girl’s got to have a hobby of sorts, you can’t just have girls flapping around free with nothing to do – and since I do actually spend a large quantity of my spare time drinking coffee, I thought I had better add a hobby that suits such vigorous activity – Felting? Too fluffy. Plaster sculpting? Too messy. Poly clay? Too fiddly. So, cross stitch it was.

So, I’ve been trying my hand at a little bit of font-work for starters, and with the added awesomeness of painted hoops (yes, here’s me dabbling with a little bit of the spare gouache paint I’ve had around), a little bit of magic comes to play.

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SO, WHY CROSS STITCH?

  • It’s a maddenly twee past-time that will make your friends think that you have a granny-issues.
  • It’s a portable hobby – you, for instance, don’t need to bring around a pile of vaguely obstetric instruments to get some stitching done.
  • Cross stitch needs are comparatively blunt to many other on the market (think tapestry needles) – so if you stab yourself, it won’t be enough to draw blood.
  • Cross stitch needles are STILL NEEDLES. Which means if anyone bothers you, and if you inflict enough force, you can draw blood and possibly disable an eyeball.
  • You get to make offensive art, but it’s kitsch, so it’s okay. For reference, check out Subversive Cross Stitch – cross stitching for those with anger management issues.
  • If you can count, you can cross stitch.
  • ALL OF THE PRETTY COLOURS. With floss from DMC and Anchor, you can pretty much paint with all the colours of the wind – Pochahontas-style. Also, you don’t understand the joys that a small bundle of metallic thread will bring to your life until you have cross stitched.

I’m in the process of making little motivational hoops for a few friends – but I’ll probably be doing a give-away for my “HEART A HIPSTER” hoop soon, if people are interested! Also, if you’re wondering where I’ve got my lettering from – I used the Cross Stitch Writing Tool – which allows you to generate pretty much any phrases you want, in four different cross stitch fonts and two different backstitch fonts – all of which are ADORABLE.

CROSS STITCH: I STITCH BECAUSE I CARE.