May 22, 2017

DIY Jewelry Frame

I've been doing some spring cleaning and organizing around the house lately, and I have a great DIY jewelry organizing project to share with you today.


I repurposed this wood picture frame into a jewelry frame for my bedroom in less than an hour. 


I have a large jewelry box sitting on my bedroom dresser, but not large enough to fit all of my necklaces. Some of the bigger necklaces ended up shoved underneath the jewelry box to keep them out of the way. 


Can you see them peeking out there? I would forget to wear them because they were pretty much hidden away under there. So I kept my eye out for a jewelry frame whenever I went to Home Goods. I saw cute ones there on past shopping trips, but when I needed one, there was not one in sight. 

Does that happen to you? 

If you snooze, you lose.


Lose?!?!  No way! 

When all else fails, make your own! 

I already had this big wood frame, but thrift stores are great places to find inexpensive frames if you don't have one at home to repurpose. My local Home Depot had small 10' x 2' x 1" rolls of chicken wire for around $6.50 (and as you can see I have some left over for other projects.) I flattened the chicken wire out on my work bench, set the frame over it and used my wire cutters to cut a piece to fit the frame. Chicken wire is stiff and sharp, so you can wear gloves to protect your fingers while working.   


After I had the chicken wire cut, I started in the middle of one side of the frame back and used my staple gun to attach the chicken wire to it. I stretched the wire to keep the lines straight as I rotated the frame around. I shot in a couple of staples, then rotated the frame, pulled the wire straight, and shot in a couple more staples on that side, and repeated rotating and stapling until it was all straight and attached.


 I covered the staples and sharp edges of chicken wire with a few layers of masking tape so it wouldn't scratch my wall.   


I used two picture hangers and hooked the chicken wire over them for attaching it to the wall. I bought some S-Hooks at the hardware store for hanging my necklaces on the chicken wire. I can take them off and move them where ever they're needed. 


Now I can easily reach up and remove the necklace I want. I'm wearing my necklaces more often because they're always in view as I get dressed. In fact, sometimes I pick out my necklace first before I pick my outfit! I chose to hang only necklaces on my jewelry frame, but you could also hang earrings and bracelets. 


I love the way the colors glow at night. My jewelry frame makes the perfect artwork for above my dresser. 

Need some jewelry organizing at your house? Make your own jewelry frame!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!



What a great day for a party!



Apr 21, 2017

A Tiny Cabin in the Woods

Happy Friday, friends! 

I have some fun and exciting news to share with you today!

Back in October of 2015, I shared our road trip to my brother's lakeside cabin at Twain Harte, California. It was a such a relaxing and soul-rejuvenating vacation for my husband and me. In the mornings we enjoyed our coffee on the deck while watching the Canada Geese take flight through the mist from the little lake below. During the warm sunny days we hiked in the mountains and explored the charming nearby towns. In the evenings, glass of wine in-hand, we watched the geese return to the lake as the sun set, and as the mountain air chilled we wandered inside to snuggle in front of the cozy fireplace and read our books.  

Payette Lake, Idaho
Staying at my brother's cabin was a life changing experience for me. After we returned home, I found myself yearning to recreate that soul-satisfying sense of relaxation that we experienced there. I wanted our own cabin, and I started seriously considering it. 

Chris and our girls at Payette Lake, Idaho, in 1992
Like many people, we had dreamed of one day owning our own mountain cabin here in Idaho, but the realities of our single income family budget and the expenses of raising our daughters kept it just that - a dream. However, now that our daughters were out on their own and with that magical Twain Harte vacation experience fresh in my mind, I started investigating vacation property real estate listings in our part of the state. Everything I saw seemed out of reach and either too expensive or too rundown. I looked at every possibility including cabins, condos and unimproved property in every direction within a three hour drive of Boise.

Payette Lake, Idaho
I soon realized that to fit within our budget it would be a long search to find that one in a hundred listing that combined an affordable price and a realistic fixer upper undertaking, but I had faith it was out there. After all, that's how we found our little cottage twenty-nine years earlier; the only property we could afford in the North End of Boise where we dreamed of raising our children, the one in a hundred listing we could make into our dream home with a combination of penny pinching and hard work.

McCall, Idaho
One year after our Twain Harte vacation we were planning a day trip to the little mountain town of McCall just north of Boise to check out potential rentals for our Thanksgiving weekend. Our family has been camping here on Payette Lake for 30 years, and I shared our 35th Anniversary trip to McCall here back in 2013. Before we left, I bookmarked the VRBO rentals on my phone and did a quick check on Zillow for sale property. As a world class vacation destination McCall property prices were way out of our budget, but my quick search did bring up a tiny one bedroom cabin that was actually within our price range. I thought to myself, it probably doesn't have indoor plumbing or has a caved in roof, or something like that. It seemed to fit that old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, but I added it to my bookmarks anyway and thought it couldn't hurt to drive by.

Chris and Tucker in Ponderosa State Park, Idaho, on our 35 Anniversary
Later that afternoon, just before heading back home, we did drive by the tiny one bedroom cabin. My husband took a quick look as we drove slowly past and ho hummed it, but something about it resonated deeply within me. This tiny cabin was adorable in a neglected, run down, needs our love kind of way. I didn't say anything because my husband was so underwhelmed, but over the next few days I couldn't get the little cabin out of my mind and I kept going back to the Zillow listing to look at it. I figured it was my longing to own my own cabin along with the tantalizing idea of owning one in wonderful McCall that was skewing my judgment. Surely, this little affordable cabin was too good to be true. Right?

Cabin location marked by my x on a beautiful photo of Payette Lake and McCall Idaho.  Source: Idaho Airships, Inc.
So I texted the listing to my daughters for confirmation that I was being crazy to fall in love with a tiny seventy year old dilapidated one bedroom cabin that was just barely in our price range with no money left over to fix it up. 

Tiny cabin in McCall, Idaho
They took one look at the listing and said, 

"BUY IT NOW!!!" 


SO WE DID!
 

And of course, I'll be sharing the whole adventure with you!


  


Apr 9, 2017

Easy Easter Mason Jar Gifts


Next Sunday my husband and I will be joining our children for Easter dinner at my eldest daughter's home. My two grown daughters have become wonderful hostesses, and we really enjoy having them host some of the cooking and cleaning holidays at their houses a few times a year. 

My daughters are age twenty-six and thirty now, but no matter how old they are I always put together little treats for them for the different holidays. 


When I went to our local drug store to buy some Easter candy last week, I found some cute mason jar drink containers with straws in the dollar aisle. (They weren't a dollar, they were on sale for a couple of dollars. I don't even know why they call it the dollar aisle anymore because a lot of items there are not a dollar. They should call it the around-a-couple-of-dollars aisle.)  


Anyway, I bought one jar each for the girls and their guys along with a few bags of candy. When I got home I found some cute free printable tags over at Clean & Scentsible to tie around the lids. And my Easter mason jar gifts were ready to go!

And that's what I call easy and cute! 

And yummy!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter! 

It's a great day for a party!


Apr 3, 2017

Spring Decor at the North End Loft!

I said it last week, and I'll say it again this week:


HAPPY SPRING, EVERYONE!


I just can't get enough of yellow daffodils, pink blossoms popping out on trees, and big fluffy clouds in the cornflower blue sky. 


I'm love, love, loving Spring this year! 


And it helps a whole bunch that I can decorate my home again this Spring after my long health hiatus. It felt SO GREAT to sprinkle some seasonal Spring cheerfulness around the house today, and I even had some energy left over to take a few photos. 


Life is good! 


And I hope it's good for you today, too!


Have a wonderful week!


Let's start the week off with a fab party!


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