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Sunday, September 25, 2011

a fresh start

I'm starting this blog over again. It has a new purpose, so I feel it should have a new beginning. I'd like to use this as a space for our coming adventures on the east coast, projects we're working on around the house, recipes, and general musings on married life.

Hubs and I are now officially residents of Eastern Standard Time, which is an adventure in and of itself. We're still adjusting to not mentally adjusting TV times back one hour. It actually took me several hours last Monday to figure out why the Monday Night Football game started at 8:30pm.

Speaking for myself, I do miss the Midwest. But I'm also immensely enjoying life out east. Pennsylvania is a very pretty, sometimes quirky state. We're very much looking forward to exploring it further. So far, we've really enjoyed being so close to Baltimore. But there are so many other places to see. We're currently planning a number of trips, which I hope to blog about here.

This past weekend, I was on-call for work, so it was very hectic. But we managed to squeeze in a quick shopping trip to pick up materials for my new jewelry organizational set-up.

I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration for our house. I found an amazing idea for the storage of necklaces. My previous set-up worked for a number of years - it was a cork board covered in fabric and necklaces hanging on push pins. But it wasn't quite as tidy as I wanted, plus after several years of use, the board was starting to come apart at the wooden border.

Since moving two months ago, I have been wanting to do this project. The inspiration was a simple photo of a towel bar with necklaces hanging from s-shaped hooks. The towel bar was simple to find, but we were having trouble finding the right kind of hooks. A nice associate at Home Depot gave me the idea to use shower curtain hooks.

I ended up finding hooks at Target with two slots. I picked up a package of 12, along with an 18 inch towel bar, for less than $25.

Here is the result:



I'm really happy with it! It looks much cleaner and more streamlined than the board. It's actually kind of pretty on the wall of our bedroom. I can also easily add more hooks by picking up a second package for $6.99, but one package was enough to store my current collection.

I look forward to sharing some of the other projects we're working on this fall!

14 comments:

  1. Cute! =) You should pin your own picture and see if it catches on on Pinterest!

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  2. Thanks! I pretty much stole it directly from Pinterest already. Here is the inspiration: pinned here.

    I might pin it anyway though. :) I like that mine has the double prongs so you can hang necklaces on both sides.

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  3. Soooo, I was just wandering through Pinterest and your picture came up on the DIY&Crafts feed! =) Just thought you would like to know!

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  5. This is so AWESOME!!! I just pinned it on Pinterest :) I can't wait to try it

    http://atterec-beauty-bar.blogspot.com/

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  6. Awesome idea, thanks! I have needed a new organizational idea for all of my necklaces!

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  7. Hi Julia, great necklace holder. I thought I had already joined your blog but I guess I didn't leave a comment before. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  8. Ok, got it! Should have read further before I commented on the necklace holder, of course it uses shower curtain hooks, awesome idea, I will do this!!!

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  9. By the way Julia, I love your blog, but I love how you made the time to read all those books, that is so impressive to me. at one time in my life I was an avid reader, something I have loved since I was about 6 years old. Now there seems to be no time for reading and I miss it so much, but you give me encouragement, maybe again someday, who knows!!Blessings!

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  10. I love how clean this looks. I also tried the cork boards and cannot get my necklaces to stay on all the time. I have been so frustrated but now will try this, thanks for posting this!!!

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  11. I have those exact hooks for my bathroom, and they really don't slide easily on a shower rod. I'm glad you found a more useful purpose for them!

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  12. I am so glad you posted this...I found you through Pinterest and your idea is just what I needed to solve my "how to store my necklaces" dilemma. I LOVE the results. Thank you!

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